LARES VALLEY TREK- 4
(*4 days, 3 nights)
This trek is an excellent
alternative for those who want to get off the ‘beaten track’ and
have an insight into authentic communities whilst being
surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes and valley landscapes.
This magical route starts from a small village in the Sacred
Valley and ascends to 2 passes over 4,000 metres (13123 feet)
passing through traditional and colourful villages to finish in
the relaxing hot springs in Lares.
We pick you up from your hotel at about 7am and in an
approximately 2 hour bus ride we get at Huaran (2840m/9317ft), a
small village in the Sacred Valley, the starting point of the
trek. We will meet our horseman and the muleteers here and begin
the exciting hike through the lush valley, following the mild
uphill route of the Cancha Cancha River. It will take about 5
hours to reach the picturesque village of the same name where
we`ll set up our camp for the night (3800m/12467ft).
After having breakfast, we will leave the campsite and begin a
steep ascent to the Pachacutec Pass (4458m/14625ft), the highest
point of the trek. From here there are spectacular views of the
snow-peaked mountain, Pitusiray, the Pachacutec Lake and the
surrounding valleys. After the pass, we get along walking
downwards into the next valley to reach the Quiswarani village
(3700m/12138ft), where will spend the night. Along the route,
the scenery is breathtaking – there are glacial lakes,
waterfalls and snow-peaked mountains. This area is also rich in
birdlife and there`s the chance of seeing the Andean ibis, the
Andean geese and flamingoes amongst others.
After having breakfast we start an ascent of about 3 hours to
reach the Huillquijasa Pass (4200m/13779ft), the second highest
pass of the trek. The views are impressive and worth the
climbing! After this, we descend towards the village of Cuncani,
passing by beautiful turquoise lakes along the way. We continue
descending after Cuncani until we arrive at Lares’ hot springs.
We will spend the night in a nearby campsite (3860m/12663ft).
After having breakfast, the morning will be spent enjoying the
hot springs – a well-deserved reward after the trek!!! From
Lares we will take a returning bus* to Cusco and we`ll arrive
late in the afternoon.
LARES VALLEY TREK- 4 DAYS Code: A - 1 PRICES 2010