Views : Valle de Lares
Early in the morning, we will pick you up at your hotel at 05:30 a.m and travel for 1 hour towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we will stop at the lookout to take panoramic photos of the Valley and the guide will give a brief explanation of the place, then we'll continue to the village of Calca where we will make a short stop and a visit to the local market where typical local products are sold, then we will take the transport for about 2 hours to the village of Lares (3,100 masl / 10,170 ft.) in this place, we will welcome our road team (chef, carrier) before the walk, we will have the opportunity to go to the medicinal thermal baths of Lares (3,250 masl / 10,662 ft.) and enjoy a relaxing bath, the temperature varies between 28 ° C to 34 ° C.
Then we will begin our adventure, walking Andean flat terrain for about two hours for better acclimatization to the bridge of Vilcabamba where our team awaits us with lunch, after lunch we enjoy a short break and continue for 3 hours to the village Wacahuasi (3,750 m / 12,303 ft) during the trek find children from nearby villages using their traditional costumes to welcome us is a great opportunity to support and share good times with them. Wacahuasi is the place of our first day of camp, this camp the night will be colder recommend wearing warm clothes for the evenings, then we teatime ideal for sharing experiences in the day time. Later we enjoy dinner and finally the night.
Camping night in Wacahuasi.
This day is one of the most exciting days, after breakfast early in the morning, we'll start our trek where we're gonna see beautiful lakes, ridges and glaciers; worth mentioning is the longest day and arduous trek. The first leg of the trek will be for 4 hours until the highest point, during the tour, we will stop to observe native animals of this area such as llamas and alpacas villagers use these animals for their daily lives; Alpaca is used in the production of their clothing, the fur of this animal has the nolina a chemical that repels water and is also used as food; meanwhile, the flame is used as cargo transport. The guide will give a brief description of these animals and may well apart. These animals were sacred to the Inca period, they were sometimes sacrificed in honour of their gods. We may also see birds in the area as the Cara Cara a bird of prey.
Upon arriving at "Abra de C’asa Pasa" (4,500 masl / 14,763 ft.) the highest part of the route, we can see the beautiful Lagoon of Cocha Auroray (4,470 masl / 14,665 ft.) and at this point, the guide will explain about the place and the customs of the people who inhabit it. After taking the pictures, we'll start to decline for about 1 hour to the Lagoon Cocha Auroray and there, we'll waiting for our team lunch. After enjoying lunch, we'll continue walking downhill for 4 hours between cloud forests on the road, we're going also to observe another beautiful Lagoon: Cocha Yura until we reach our camp Punto Toro (3,100 masl / 10,170 ft.), arriving at the camp, we could rest and share anecdotes of this long and arduous day; to end the day, we will have dinner. Overnight in the camp.
Camping night in Punta Toro.
This day will be the easiest, we'll get up a bit later and calmly enlist our belongings and have breakfast, then we'll say good bye to our team of road and start to descend for 1 hour to the village of Yanahuara (2,850 masl / 9,350 ft.), village that has a mild climate is a provider of food to the city of Cusco, in this place we will take a transport for 15 minutes to the village of Ollantaytambo (2,850 masl / 9,350 ft.) living Inca town where the architecture is seen as Inca streets narrow. After lunch, we'll take the train, the trip is about 2 hours to the town of "Aguas Calientes" (2,160 masl / 7,087 ft.) Upon arrival at the village, our guide will take us to the lodge where you will be informed about some activities you can do in this time and coordinate the dinner.
Accommodation in a comfortable hostel.
After an early breakfast (approximately 05:00 a.m), we'll begin the ascent by an hour hike to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, in this way, we can be one of the first groups within the Inca city allowing us to enjoy the majestic sunrise, then we will have a tour of the most important compounds Inca temples and palaces inside the citadel of Machu Picchu, with his guide for approximately 02 hours, then you could explore the mysterious city on your own (optional climb of the mountain of Wayna Picchu, cost $ 15 per person).
At the appropriate time, we'll descend from Machu Picchu to "Aguas Calientes" to board the train back to Ollantaytambo and then the bus to Cusco.
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