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For hikers who want to get off the well-beaten path and escape to a part of Peru that has changed little over the last 500 years, the Lares hike is a must. In this remote and rarely visited region, you will meet real Andean farmers dressed in traditional brightly-colored ponchos. You will pass through local communities and see thatched roof stone houses surrounded by herds of llamas and alpacas. In the kitchens, you'll see guinea pigs running loose, ready to be captured and cooked. (We'll have the opportunity to eat guinea pig for lunch or dinner, if you're up for it!) During the low tourist season, from October to April, you might not see another tourist during your entire hike. For its remoteness and incredible beauty, Lares is the favorite hike for most of our guides.
Early pick up at your hostel for one hour drive to Breakfast at Calca, and visit of Ancascocha lake.
We then go two and a half hours more drive to trailhead at Kiswarani where we make a brief stop to get ready for the hike. We start with a gentle ascend to Lake Qweñacocha(4,200mt) with a slow steady pace that allows you to enjoy the impressive views of snow capped mountains such as, mount Veronica (Wacay Willca), mount Qolque Cruz (silver cruz) and mount Sawasiray. Lunch stop and rest to keep moving on for an hour and half up to Halcajasa pass (4,400mt) and finally two more hurs down to our campsite at Cuncani (3,650mt) .

We start early this day with a hot drink room service to welcome you to another day hike with more exciting things to discover. We will get to know about peasant’s daily activity for instance farming, herding llamas, alpacas, etc. Lunch at Chancachaca valley, we then hike up to the pass and down to Ipsaycocha Lake, where we set up our campsite. (6hours hike up and down)

After breakfast we set off to commence two hours hike down to Patacancha village to enjoy the views and the llama and alpaca children herders, and people on their daily farming work. Patacancha and Willoc have kept most of their ancient costumes and clothing more than any other village has done around in the valley of Ollantaytambo.
Patacancha is famous for making natural colour weavings and Willoc for its village folk and dress red colour ponchos.
We will see local farmers tending llamas, alpacas and their famous terraced crops. Then we board the train to Aguas Calientes (one of the nicest and most spectacular train journeys in South America). On arrival we check into our hostal for the night with hot showers!

Early breakfast at the hostel to either walk up or get bus up to Machupichu for an early guided tour so as to avoid crowds. After guided tour take more time to wander about Machupicchu or walk up to Waynapicchu by yourself. Get the bus down to Aguas Calientes for Lunch group and wait for the train ride back to Cusco.

What is Included?
  • Transport to trail head at Kiswarani
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fee to Machupicchu
  • One night hostal in Aguas Calientes
  • A chef
  • Two person tent and sleeping roll mattress
  • Mules to carry 7 kilos belongings per person plus heavy gear
  • An emergency riding horse
  • 3 lunches, 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners and afternoon teas.
  • Return train and bus to Cusco
  • Oxygen tank

What is Not Included?
  • First breakfast
  • Bus up and down to Machu Picchu (12USD)
  • Last lunch
  • Drinking water
  • Sleeping bag (30 USD)
  • Huayna Picchu ticket (15USD)

  • Backpack with rain shelter.
  • Sleeping back.
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers).
  • Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved polars/T-Shirts.
  • Rain poncho, cold and sun hat.
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Flash light, Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card
  • Extra money in soles (s/300.00 soles). Emergency money and tips
  • Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won dry at night. So take some clothes to change.

As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air. This is why we always recommend spending at least two days (2) in Cusco before beginning any trek. If you have more time, even better. Cusco is an amazing city with a lot to do, so you won’t be bored. With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office and we will help you get to a doctor. Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the COCA PLANT contain alkaloids which helps bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee. They will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep. Remember the trek to Machu Picchu is not a race. Even those in the best shape will suffer from altitude sickness when they race to the top of the mountain too quickly. Go slowly, it will give your body time to adjust to the mountain. Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines, such as are acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine 2 days before you get to a high altitude. Continue to take it while you are at high altitude. You must remember that this is your holiday and you do not want to stress out about the possibility of getting sick from the mountains. Do everything slowly. Drink lots of water. And enjoy the coca tea. If anything does happen and you unfortunately get sick, let your guide know right away – all Cusco Travel Treks guides are trained in how to help you get through it.

Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop raining from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December – just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the trek, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves. Many people forget about gloves, but being cold and wet makes hiking very unpleasant. Also prepare for 4 seasons. Many of the treks through the Andes involve many micro-climates and you will need to be prepared for all seasons. Layers are always key as they are easy to adjust to the different temperatures. And evenings will always be cold, so please be prepared with a warm winter weight jacket.

Every Cusco Travel Treks guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training every February - every single Cusco Travel Treks guides attend. When guiding you, they will have with them a first aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler's diarrhea, cuts/ scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. They know how to make you feel better. In case something unexpected happens and you feel you can no longer complete the trek, they will figure ou the safest and quickest way off the course and to a clinic. You will never be left alone, you will have a member of the team escort you every step of the way until safely with a doctor. When you are feeling up to it, we will make sure that you still have the chance to visit Machu Picchu and re-connect with your group, traveling by train comfortably.

Because there are so many logistics to plan and pay for before your trek occurs, payment for your trek is due even if you are unable to complete the hike. Please read our BOOKING CONDITIONS carefully so you know what is due. Obtaining travel insurance before you leave home is strongly encouraged. This way, if something happens, and this is rare, you will not be out of pocket a tremendous amount of money.Cusco Travel Treks will provide a letter and your invoice to submit to your insurance in this case to help expedite your processing.

Cusco Travel Treks uses biodegradable soap and transports all our garbage back to Cusco. Our porters are trained to look after the trail and pickup any waste from other groups as well. We also use environmentally-friendly chemical portable toilets that allow us to pack waste out. We believe in leaving no footprint behind.