|US$ 665||Price per person for Lares Trek based on 2 travelers in private service only. Airfares not included.|
|Destination:||Cusco – Huaran – Cancha Cancha – Quishuarani – Cuncani – Lares|
Lares Trek Description
The Lares Trek is a lesser-known hike which departs from the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It boasts a route with amazing mountain scenery, glacier lagoons, valley cloud-forests and authentic textile Quechua communities. It ends in the village of Lares where one can relax in its famous hot springs. The Lares Trek is a unique opportunity to get to know the Andean people along the Lares Valley and learn about their traditions and lifestyle. Social help is appreciated.
Hiking along mountain pathways and crossing some interesting Quechua-speaking high Andean communities, the Lares Trek offers impressive views of snow-capped mountains, beautiful cascades, and lakes. With some luck, you will be able to observe a variety of endemic birds and mammals. You will pass through a forest that is home to Peru’s native queñua tree. On the last day you can relax in the medicinal hot springs, ideal for reviving those tired legs!
Come and experience this enriching trek route!
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate to challenging. We strongly recommend acclimatizing to the altitude by staying in Cusco at least two – three days prior to the trek.
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Lares Trek Itinerary
DIFFICULTY: MODERATE TO CHALLENGING
DAY 1: Cusco – Cancha Cancha
Leave Cusco at 7.00am in a private transport and drive for 2h towards Huarán, the starting point of the trek. On this first day, you will walk for approximately 5 hrs following an uphill path that starts in a valley with lush vegetation. This path will take you to your first campsite in Cancha Cancha, a small farming community in the middle of a spectacular mountain scenery. There is a break for lunch along the way. Once in Cancha Cancha, camp is set and one can get to know the local people and their way of living.
|Distance:||8 km / 4.97 ml|
|Minimum Altitude:||2750 masl / 9020 ft|
|Maximum Altitude:||3650 masl / 11792 ft|
|Approximate Time:||5-6 hrs|
Overnight at campsite.
(S, L, D)
DAY 2: Cancha Cancha – Queuñaqocha Lagoon
Leave camp after breakfast to start walking along an ascending path that will lead to the first mountain pass of the trek, the Abra Pachacutec (4400m/14432ft/3h), from which one may enjoy awesome views of glacier lagoons and the surrounding valleys. Along the hike, you will also have spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains in the area, such as Colquecruz, Minas and Sirijuani. You will have lunch after the pass, to then descend to Quiswarani, a small peasant and textile community. The trek will continue from there, following an uphill path until the beautiful lagoon of Queuñaqocha is reached. This is where the second camp is set.
|Distance:||10 km / 6.21 ml|
|Minimum Altitude:||3500 masl / 11480 ft|
|Maximum Altitude:||4400 masl / 14432 ft|
|Approximate Time:||6-7 hrs|
|Gradient:||moderate – challenging|
Overnight at campsite.
(B, S, L, D)
DAY 3: Queuñaqocha Lagoon – Lares – Cusco
Continue on your hike towards the second mountain pass, the Abra Willkiccasa (4100m/13448ft/2h), offering impressive views on both sides of the pass, especially of the Colquecruz and Pitusiray mountains. The trail continues along changing puna, lakes and agricultural areas with roaming deer until Cancan, a small peasant community, is reached 3 hrs later. From there, the hike follows down a fertile valley with more vegetation, crops and agricultural communities. Along the trail you may see native flowers such as begonias and wild orchids. After an approximate 2 hr walk, one arrives at Lares, a large village whose principal attraction is its pleasant hot springs, where one can enjoy a dip. After lunch, private transport will take you back to Cusco, with an estimated arrival time of around 20:00 hrs.
|Distance:||11 km / 6.83 ml|
|Minimum Altitude:||3000 masl / 9630 ft|
|Maximum Altitude:||4100 masl / 13448 ft|
|Approximate Time:||6-7 hrs|
(B, S, L)
- Recommended period: from April to October.
Lares Trek Pricing
|Trek Lares||Price per person / double occupancy tent|
|Private Service: 2 travelers||US$ 765|
|Private Service: 3 travelers||US$ 560|
|Private Service: 4 travelers||US$ 480|
|Private Service: 5 travelers||US$ 450|
|Private Service: 6 travelers||US$ 390|
|Private Service: 7 travelers||US$ 360|
|Private Service: 8 travelers||US$ 330|
|Single Supplement||US$ 35|
What is Included in Lares Trek
|Included in Tour Price||Not included in Tour Price|
|Pre-departure briefing||International and domestic flights|
|Transfer from Cusco to Huaran, starting point of the trek||Visas required to enter Peru|
|Adventure tour guide in English||Airport taxes|
|Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent (4 seasons)||Hotel accommodation|
|Duffel bag to place your belongings||Drinks|
|One foamy and one inflatable sleeping pad per person||Tips|
|Dining tent with tables and chairs||Sleeping bag|
|Kitchen tent||Breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 3|
|Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities||Walking poles|
|Cook and cooking equipment|
|Pack animals to carry camping equipment and your belongings|
|Food and cooking equipment|
|One emergency horse every 6 people|
|Meals (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, daily morning snack, daily tea service except last day) – vegetarian menu is available at no extra cost –|
|Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead|
|First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle|
|Transfer from Lares to Cusco|
|Sales taxes and payment transaction fees|