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Trek to Lares Valley 3 Days / 2 Nights

Lares Valley
Lares is not only its baths and thermal springs, you only need to look around to be submerged in all that is the Lares Valley, a place that seems to have been discovered recently, and above all is being rediscovered for its enormous natural and cultural heritage.
Lares Valley
Lares is not only its baths and thermal springs, you only need to look around to be submerged in all that is the Lares Valley, a place that seems to have been discovered recently, and above all is being rediscovered for its enormous natural and cultural heritage.
Lares Valley
Lares is not only its baths and thermal springs, you only need to look around to be submerged in all that is the Lares Valley, a place that seems to have been discovered recently, and above all is being rediscovered for its enormous natural and cultural heritage.
Lares Valley
Lares is not only its baths and thermal springs, you only need to look around to be submerged in all that is the Lares Valley, a place that seems to have been discovered recently, and above all is being rediscovered for its enormous natural and cultural heritage.
Lares Valley
Lares is not only its baths and thermal springs, you only need to look around to be submerged in all that is the Lares Valley, a place that seems to have been discovered recently, and above all is being rediscovered for its enormous natural and cultural heritage.
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Lares Trek 3 Days / 2 Nights

This Trek is the least known in the Sacred Valley, but where impressive landscapes and mountains, lagoons, glaciers and cloud forests are combined; we will also be able to share moments with the inhabitants of the area who carry out traditional activities such as animal breeding and textile weaving; in addition there are also thermal waters that are a remedy for the most demanding hikers. A unique walk to get in touch with the Andean people and learn about their traditions and lifestyle. Social assistance is appreciated.

Description of the Lares Trek

  • Day 01: Cusco – Calca – Lares Hot Springs – Wacawasi
  • Day 02: Wacawasi- Puerto pass-Mantanay
  • Day 03: Mantanay- Yanahuara- Ollantaytambo- or Cusco.

Price: $450.00 USD per person

Itinerary of the Lares Trek

Our tour starts early in the morning, when we pick you up at your hotel. To then transport us in our vehicle depriving us for 3 hours and 30 minutes to reach the hot springs of Lares at an altitude of 3,200 m / 10,496 feet, on the way we will make a stop in Calca, a small town in the Sacred Valley, here we will make a visit to the typical market where we will be able to stock up on some items that we will need for our walk. When we get to the hot springs, here our muleteers will be waiting for us and we will have time to prepare our backpacks for our hike.

The route begins to gradually climb up the Valley to the Highlands. On this day we will enjoy our lunch around 1:30 p.m. in the middle of the first camp. The adventure continues after lunch, in this section of the trail we will be able to see herds of llamas and alpacas, then arrive at our camp located in the village of Wacawasi at 3,800 m / 12,464 ft.

Once in our camp we will have our tea time and dinner. This day we will have the option of entering the hot springs before our hike begins, the entrance fee is already included, or simply starting the hike to the first camp, as most hikers do, this will be managed by you and your hike leader. Lunch and dinner included (except breakfast which is delivered to your hotel).

  • Walking distance: 8 km / 4.97 miles.
  • Walking time: 3 – 4 hours.
  • Lowest elevation: 3,200 m / 10,496 ft (hot springs)
  • Highest elevation: 3,800 m / 12,464 ft (camp site)
  • Highlights: Trekking in the Andean valleys with beautiful panoramic views, interacting with local people (children), herds of llamas and alpacas along the way and camping in a highland village.

This day the adventure begins very early, with breakfast prepared by our chef will give us the energy we need for the walk. We will hike to the highest point of the hike called “Puerto Pass” 4,420 m / 14,498 ft for approximately 4 hours from our campsite.

In this part of the trek we will appreciate a herd of llamas and alpacas near us, and beautiful panoramic views. Upon reaching the highest pass, we will take a well-deserved rest while enjoying breathtaking views of the landscape and have a perfect moment to offer some coca leaves to the spirits of the Andes by making an Apacheta (mound of stones, a mound of stones stacked as a memorial or mark a boundary or path).

From here we will hike downhill to our place to enjoy lunch near a beautiful lagoon, where we will enjoy our food and hot beverages. After lunch we will continue our descent to the second camp located in the Mantanay Valley, a beautiful valley called Queuña (a tree typical of the highlands of Peru that grows between 3,400 m / 11,152 feet to 4,300 m / 14,104 feet, polylepis “Rosaceae” is a genus of low trees with rugged rugged bark). In the evening we will have our hot drinks and dinner. All meals included

  • Trekking distance: 14 km / 8.69 miles.
  • Approximate hiking time: 7 – 8 hours.
  • Lowest altitude: 3,700 m / 12,136 ft (campsite)
  • Highest altitude: 4,420 m / 14,498 ft (step)
  • Highlights: herds of llamas and alpacas along the trail, reaching the highest point, beautiful lakes along the way and camping in a highland valley.

This day will always begin with a big breakfast. We will make a donwhill for about 3 hours to Yanahuara, this town is located in the Sacred Valley, where we will enjoy our last lunch and say goodbye to our muleteers and cook. After lunch, we will take our transport to Ollantaytambo or Cusco end of service.

  • Hiking distance: 7 km / 4.35 miles.
  • Approximate trekking time: 2 – 3 hours.
  • Lowest elevation: 3.050 m / 10.004 ft (The end of the road)
  • Highest elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136 ft (campsite)
  • Highlights of the tour: Trekking through the high altitude forest.

Advantages of contracting this tour with Rainbow Peru Travel

  • Personalized assistance: You will have private transportation and a specialized guide just for your group.
  • Departure and return times will be adapted to the availability of time you have.
  • You will have more time to get to know in depth the place and the culture of its inhabitants.

What’s included in the tour

  • Pre-Tour Chat
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Lares, starting point of the walk.
  • Entrance to the thermal baths of Lares
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each tent 4 people capacity, to allow greater comfort and a custody of backpacks. Our tents have 3 stations, highly maintained to ensure excellent performance in the field.
  • One inflatable sleeping flask per person
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen shop
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilets
  • Professional and official English-Spanish speaking guide (2 guides for groups of more than 8 people)
  • Chef and kitchen equipment
  • Loading animals (to carry tents, food and kitchen equipment)
  • Pack animals to carry personal equipment up to a maximum of 7 kg per person (includes sleeping bag)
  • 1 emergency horse for 6 people
  • Muleteer
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • Meals (02 Breakfasts, 02 Lunches, 02 Dinners and daily aperitif in the morning + daily tea service except the last day). You can choose vegetarian diet at no additional cost
  • Filtered boiled water from lunchtime on the first day onwards
  • Biodegradable personal soaps
  • Biodegradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
  • Hot water every morning and evening for personal hygiene
  • Boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and night
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen balloon
  • Transportation from Yanahuara to Ollantaytambo or Cusco.
  • 24-hour customer service: ask for the emergency number available during your visit

What is not included

  • Breakfast for the first day
  • Dinner on the third day
  • A sleeping bag
  • A pillow

What we recommend you bring

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole tour
  • Rainwear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Sturdy footwear, waterproof walking boots recommended
  • Sandals or walking shoes for greater comfort at camp
  • Clothing for cold weather, including a jacket. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight / headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume faster in cold climates)
  • Hat or cap for protection from sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or moisturizer for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: many snacks are recommended to conserve energy in the walk like: cookies, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • A container is recommended for carrying and recharging water.
  • Water purifying tablets are necessary if you collect water from the springs on the route, although we also provide boiled water on the walk.
  • Small towel
  • Important bathing suit- (if you want to take a bath in the hot springs)
  • Cash in soles and / or US $
  • Original passport
  • Gratuities: please note that our agency staff is well paid so do not hesitate to tip us or as you wish your will.

Why book with Rainbow Peru Travel?

Our travel agency works directly with our passengers, therefore, we do not work with intermediaries or give commissions to third party agencies that increase prices unnecessarily.

In our company we work with 100% local people, professionals in the area of tourism who are constantly trained, which guarantees a fully personalized service.

We are a Tour Operator totally authorized to carry out Tourist Activities in the different tourist sites in Cusco, certificates granted by the Provincial Municipality of Cusco and Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (DIRCETUR and MINCETUR).

We have many years of experience, we know our region because it is our area of work, so we find the right solution to the various situations that may arise and fortuitously, this way of working is our best letter of introduction.

Adequate clothing for the walk

Specialized trousers, sweaters, tarpaulins and waterproof jackets are required for the whole day. It is necessary to wear a light rain poncho, which easily changes weather and rains can occur suddenly. At night it is cold so it is necessary to bring warm clothes for the whole route.

Weather

In Cusco we can find two types of climates: the rainy season, from November to April (it rains heaviest between January and March); and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop as low as 0 degrees at night.

In all the walk to Lares the temperatures vary between 10-20ºC during the day if it is sunny, to 5-15ºC during the day if it is not sunny and depending on the elevation. Temperatures go down at night, in the first two camps, in the highest zone, reaching 0-5ºC, although rarely even lower.

Departure Dates: Departures are available throughout the year, although due to weather conditions we recommend booking your walk from April to November. All the dates of departure of the private service are adapted to your request.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the walk to Lares and how many hours will we walk per day?

The Lares hike is 33 km(20.5 miles) long and depending on which camping sites are used the approximate hours walked per day are: Day 1: 5 hours Day 2: 8 hours Day 3: 4 hours

How hard is the walk to Lares?

The difficulty of the walk to Lares is of moderate level, although the altitude can affect some people. We recommend buying a wooden cane while hiking in Peru, as it will help you to maintain balance and reduce the load on your knees. We ask you not to use a stick with a metal tip, as it can damage the fragile environment along the way, and for example to enter Machu Picchu is prohibited.

Is altitude sickness common? How high is the hike to Lares?

It’s impossible if altitude sickness will affect you. Most travelers will have no problems, as long as they can acclimatize properly. A full day in Cuzco (3249m), taking it easy and drinking plenty of water is usually enough. The highest point is 4550 meters. You’ll sleep at 3600 meters for a night or two.

Do the porters carry our luggage while we walk?

For the walk we will provide you to carry your personal items. However, you will need to bring a backpack for the day to carry only the essentials you may need, such as water, snacks, camera, sweater, rain jacket, etc.

How cold is the Lares Trek (I need to wear hats and mittens)?

In the high areas it tends to be colder, especially during the Andean winter (May – September) is where the temperature tends to drop to less than 0 ° C. It can still be cool at other times of the year and so we recommend bringing thermal underwear and a warm sleeping bag. You can buy hand-woven hats and hot, cheap gloves that you can buy from the local people, plus you help them directly.

What type of accommodation is used in the trek to Lares?

For the this tour we use tents with a capacity of three people to accommodate two people of the same sex for the first two nights. We can find some places where there are permanent but very basic sanitary facilities and when they are not available our team will set up portable tents. We will provide you with a bowl of hot water (and a hot drink) each morning in your tent.

Is a sleeping bag and mat included?

Although they are not included, we recommend that you carry a compact three-season sleeping bag.

For the months between May and October, we recommend a 4-season sleeping bag. You can rent them in our office for approximately $20 for the duration of the walk.

Is there purified water available on the trek?

We recommend that you bring a refillable bottle, as every morning we will provide you with water for breakfast.

What kind of food will we receive on the walk to Lares?

During the trek our cooks are responsible for preparing the most appropriate foods for a walk as Lares Trek, the menu consists of: pasta, rice, chicken, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of oats, eggs and other breakfast foods.

You can also choose a vegetarian alternative is available if requested in advance.

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Exclusive service: we will only operate on our tourists; we will not pass or join with other agencies. Our groups in average are from 2 to 6 people, the departure is guaranteed 100% even if it is only one person.

Christina John
Cardiologist

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Highlights of the tour

Perfect for travelers who want to experience the life of the local Andean people. This place is a photographer’s dream, as he will meet the locals and see incredible Andean views.

This hike does not require permits, so there is always availability, however, it is best to book your hike in advance to ensure tickets to Machu Picchu and the best train tickets.

The highest point is 4,450 meters or 14,600 feet, so it is essential that you are well acclimated to the altitude before beginning the trek. We recommend that you spend at least 2 days in and around Cusco before beginning to acclimatize properly.

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