Lares Valley Cultural Trek is offers a rewarding trekking experience from Cusco to Machu Picchu. It takes you to some of the remote communities of Andean highlands.
This is completely an off road experience. Hiking through the less trodden road, you will be crossing many Andean farms. Here the locals have preserved their age old traditions and customs. They are untouched with modernity. Most of our campsites are closer to these Andean villages.
The locals you will be encountering are known for knitting. You will see them wearing their traditional colourful outfits. This is the best option for those wanting to indulge in a cultural experience while witnessing the captivating beauty of Andes on their way to Machu Picchu. This is one of the best alternatives to the Classic Inca Trail.
Lares Valley Trek is an high altitude trek. This involves over a two high mountain passes. We highly recommend you to spend at-least three days in Cusco, before the trek. This would help you acclimatise and avoid altitude sickness during the trek.
Encuentros Peru Adventure is a specialised outdoor adventure company based in Cusco. We are a team of locals. Our dedicated guides have a wealth of knowledge about the history and traditions. Trekking and mountaineering is our passion. We have been in the Andes since we were kids. On any treks with us we offer an authentic local experience.
Our crew are certified tourism professionals. They have knowledge on first aid and using Oxygen cans. We are certain to offer you an experience of a lifetime.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
At 0600 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will drive you along the Sacred Valley of Incas to Lares. This small town is home to the hot springs. So while you will be taking a refreshing dip here, we will be organising your things on our mule. Later, we will gather for lunch. During lunch, our guide will be introducing you to the rest of our crew.
After a nutritious lunch, we will start the Lares Valley Cultural Trek with a gradual uphill hike to a remote village called Maranpaqui. It is a highland village snuggled in between the snow capped Andean peaks. We will be camping here for the night.
We will be waking you up to a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea. Then we will be serving you a nutritious breakfast. We will be then trekking up to Collquepata Pass.. It is a t 4400 metres above sea level. The route on this leg of the trek is beautiful. We will be crossing many remote highland farms and glacial lakes.
We will be then gradually descending to Chaullacocha village. Here we will be stopping for lunch at a local community. Our guides will be introducing you to their way of life and culture. After relishing on a freshly prepared lunch, we will be visiting a small village school. This is the day you will be getting a closer look at the remote Andean culture. The local people here are very welcoming.
We will be camping near the community centre for the night.
Rise and Shine! This is the most action packed day of the Lares Valley Cultural Trek. After an early breakfast, we will be driving you from the village to Ollantaytambo. Here we will be boarding the train to Aguas Calientes. Then we will be taking a bus to Machu Picchu citadel from here.
Our local expert will assist you in walking through the security control. Here you will have to present your original passport and your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu. Once inside the citadel, our local expert will be giving you a two hours guided tour of the lost city of Incas.
After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will direct you to the entrance. You will need to have a prior booking to hike these mountains.
Alternatively, you can walk to Sun Gate. It offers a captivating view of Machu Picchu. This view is exclusive to those who are entering the Incan citadel on Inca Trail.
After visiting Machu Picchu, you will be taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes. Then you will be boarding a train to Ollantaytambo train station. Our local representative will be meeting you and will be transferring back to your hotel in Cusco.
Exceptional tour. Me and my husband, we had a memorable experience. It was nice to see the local communities and their way of living. Jose Luis is a very informative guide. We recommend this.