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Lares Valley Trek and Quechua Llama Experience (3 Days)

Hike through the local Quechua communities in the hidden Lares Valley that very few outsiders have ever visited! It will be a wonderful adventure.

USD $687.00

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Lares Valley Trek and Quechua Llama Experience (3 Days)

Highlights

  • Visit Quechua llama herders in the remote Lares Valley
  • See mountains, glaciers, lagoons, cloud-forests, and unique flora and fauna
  • Learn about weaving from Native peoples

Description

Experience Andean Life in the Lares Valley, visit Quechua native people: This unforgettable hike combines amazing mountain scenery, glacier lagoons, valley cloud-forest, authentic textile Quechua communities, and more.

Duration

3 Days/2 Nights

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco / Cancha Cancha Community

You’ll be picked up from the hotel in Cusco at 6:00 am and be driven to Pisac. From here, you’ll hike up a quaint valley, filled with a variety of native flora and fauna, that slowly narrows as you head up an original Inca Trail. After a 3-hour hike, you will arrive at Cancha Cancha where you will be greeted with some delicious typical food. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain insight into the traditional lifestyle and culture of this Andean community as you will also camp here for the night.

Meals Included: Box-lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 7 km (4,35 miles)

Estimated walking time: 4-5 hours

Maximum altitude point: (3800m/12464ft)

Day 2: Cancha Cancha / Quiswarani

After breakfast, you’ll start uphill before continuing northeast up the valley on your Lares trek Peru adventure, passing small thatched stone houses. After a half hour, the path flattens out for a bit before steeply climbing again for the 2½ hour trek to the first pass at Pachacuteq. The path continues for an hour along a narrow ridge until dropping down into a beautiful secluded corrie filled with glacial lakes and diverse birdlife. Later, you’ll descend into the next valley following a series of cascading waterfalls to the village of Quishuarani where you will camp and get the chance to meet with local children and women weavers.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 9 km

Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours

Maximum altitude point: (4458m/14622ft)

Day 3: Quiswarani / Lares Hot Spring / Back to Cusco

After breakfast, you’ll begin the slow downhill trek through the Lares valley to the town of Lares. On the way, you’ll have another opportunity to meet and spend time with local Quechua people in the village of Huacawasi where you’ll stop for lunch.

Once you’ve eaten lunch, you’ll continue for another hour to the town of Lares. You won’t want to forget your swimsuit on this trip as you’ll have the chance to relax and soak in some open air thermal springs. After having lunch, you will be taken back to the train station in Ollantaytambo town where you’ll head to Aguas Calientes.

Overnight at Aguas Calientes Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 6 km

Estimated walking time: 2-3 hours

Maximum altitude point: (3100m/10168ft)

Single supplement: $Price based on sharing tent 2 people

What’s Included

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning of trek departure
  • Transportation to Huaran (head of the trek) and from Lares to Cusco
  • English speaking Professional Guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
  • 4 season tents, 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent
  • Therma-Rest self-inflating mattress
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Dining tent with tables, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Horses to carry camping equipment, food, cooking equipment and personal items of the trekkers (maximum of 9 kg/ 19 lbs per person including sleeping bag)
  • One emergency horse every 4 trekkers

What’s Not Included

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented for US$ 20 for the trek)
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Domestic airfare to and from Cusco (+/- US$ 290 per person round trip)
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Passport & Visa Costs
  • Vaccination Costs
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Border taxes or fees

Important Notes

Optional Services

Sleeping bag during the tour ( -10°C): add US$ 18 per person

Extension to Machu Picchu add US$ 210 per person (includes one night hotel in Aguas Calientes)

Single supplement single tent: US$ 18

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Lares, Cusco, Peru

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