The Authentic Lares Community Trek

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Overview

Departing from the Sacred Valley, we tread in the footsteps of the Incas, on one of the original Inca trails, enjoying a variety of native flora and fauna, including herds of alpacas and sheep, and indigenous plants used for natural dyes. The second day challenges us with a steep ascent towards Pachacutec Pass (4697 m / 15,406 ft) surrounded by panoramic mountain vistas and an overview of the beautiful Azulcocha and Suerococha Lakes. From the pass, we follow the slowly descending trail, with views of snow-capped Colque Cruz, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Sirihuani, and Chicon mountains. On the final day of the trek, our view includes the Chicon glacier and “The Seven Lakes,” each with varied hues, from brilliant turquoise to cerulean. We’ll see huallatas (Andean geese), ducks, and other waterfowl, and finally enjoy a soak in the medicinal waters of Lares Hot Springs, to top off an amazing trip.

Location

Cusco

Duration

4 Days / 3 Nights

Season

April – November

Group Departures

Every Monday

Minimum

2 passangers

Private Departure

On request

Difficulty

1-2-3-4-5

Itinerary

Day 1Cusco – Cancha Cancha

We leave Cusco by bus, following the route to Pisaq until arriving at Huaran Creek (2950 m / 9676 ft). Here we start our hike up a small side valley that narrows gradually, while ascending on an original Inca Trail, enjoying a variety of native flora and fauna en route. After a 3-hour hike, we arrive at Cancha Cancha (4000 m / 13,192 ft), where we will be received with a sumptuous, locally prepared Andean meal and have the opportunity to gain insight into the traditional lifestyle and culture of this Andean community. We will set up camp in the vicinity of the community and overnight.
(L / D)

Driving distance: 60 km (37.3 mi) – Time: 1:30 hours
Trekking distance: 6 km (3.7 mi) – Time: 3 hours

Day 2Cancha Cancha – Quiswarani

After breakfast, we’ll begin a slow ascent to Accopata, an extension of the Cancha Cancha Community, where shepherds live in typical stone and ichu (straw) thatched-roof huts, to be closer to their herds. Now we begin an uphill trek towards Pachacutec Pass (4697 m / 15,406 ft), accompanied by views of the beautiful Azulcocha and Suerococha Lakes. From the pass, we follow a trail that slowly descends, with panoramic views of the Colque Cruz, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Sirihuani and Chicon snow-capped mountains. We’ll pass near Collaycocha Lake (4200 m / 16,000 ft), arriving at a cascading waterfall as we approach the community of Quiswarani (3902 m / 12,798 ft) Here is another chance to spend time with the community, as we will camp here for the night, enjoying traditional Andean food prepared with loving hands, and spending our time with children and women weavers.
(B / L / D)

Trekking distance: 9 km (5.6 mi) – Time: 6 hours

Day 3Quiswarani – Cuncani – Lares hot springs

As we depart from our campsite, we’ll hike towards the Huillquijasa Pass (4457 m / 14,618 ft) where we will observe the Chicon and Colque Cruz glaciers and “the 7 lakes” full of huallatas (Andean geese), ducks, and other waterfowl. After traversing the pass, we continue downhill until we reach the community of Cuncani (3886 m / 12,746 ft), a picturesque village, similar in many ways to Quiswarani, where we spent the evening on the previous night. After our picnic lunch, we’ll continue past a narrow valley, full of spectacular gigantic stones, to reach the Trapiche Valley floor. Now the trail slowly descends until we arrive at Lares Hot Springs (3261 m / 10,696 ft), where we will camp and enjoy the medicinal waters.
(B / L / D)

Trekking distance: 12 km (7.5 mi) – Time: 6 hours

Day 4Lares hot springs – Cusco

After a morning soak, we will enjoy a delicious breakfast and board our vehicle, which will drive us from Lares back to the Sacred Valley or Cusco. Hotel and dinner on your own.

(B / BL)

Driving distance: 152 km (94.5 mi) – Time: 3 hours

End of services

B- Breakfast / BL- Boxed Lunch / L- Lunch / D- Dinner

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WHAT TO TAKE

– Transportation
– Professional bilingual guide
– Double occupancy tents with Thermarest sleeping pads
– All meals during trek
– Non-alcoholic drinks
– Kitchen and dining tents
– Cook and field staff
– Horses and drivers
– Entrance tickets
– Solar energy lamps
– Eco toilets
– Adequate garbage disposal
– First aid kit and oxygen tank

– Personal travel insurance
– Laundry service
– Airline tickets
– Sleeping bags (rent available)
– Personal gear
– Alcoholic beverages
– Additional services
– Tips
– Extras

– Regular and long wicking first layer for cold weather, like polyester, nylon, or merino wool
– Short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts, breathable fabrics, like nylon and polyester
– Light-colored long-sleeved shirts or t-shirts
– QuickDry Pants, trekking pants, and shorts
– Insulated long-sleeve jacket (fleece, synthetic, down, merino wool)
– Liner gloves
– Light cap and beany
– Rain jacket (in the rainy season, bring rain pants)
– Breathable sports socks or hiking socks
– Warm socks for nights
– Multifunctional headwear (e.g. Buff)
– Waterproof and breathable hiking boots
– Comfortable and lightweight shoes for campsite
– Sleeping Bag (0°/32° to -15°/ 5°) (rent available)
– Day Pack (preferably with rain cover)
– Trekking Poles (available to rent)
– Waterproof duffle bag
– Sunglasses
– Headlamp
– Microfiber towel
– Swimsuit
– Sunblock, lip balm, and insect repellent
– Reusable water bottle or vacuum bottle
– Portable Power Bank (to charge lamps, etc)
– Personal First Aid Kit (recommended)

Personal First-Aid Kit: On each trip we carry a medical kit, but we suggest you bring a small personal First-Aid Kit for bruises and blisters. Knee and ankle braces are sometimes useful especially if you suffer from weak knees or ankles. Include any special medication your doctor might suggest for you.

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Dates
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20/10/201825/10/2018Cusco & The Authentic Lares Community TrekTwo more to open
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