INCA TRAIL LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU: 4D3N
INCA TRAIL LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU: 4D3N
Inka trail is a unique way to see the Andean world, to connect with the quechua people and with nature, share the spiritual World, link the present with the true essence of the past, revive the Andean mysticism of this magical and majestic world trough the living experience of meeting some communities and the quechua people. Explore remote inca trails and isolate landscapes.Trek trough the Urubamba mountain range with massive glaciers,lagoons and incredible views of the cordillera and snowpeaks.Explore different ecosystems,observe the flora and fauna while appreciating the uniqueness of the Andes,one of longest mountain range in the world.
We Provide and Include: Itinerary transport roundtrip from Cusco-Licensed, Bilingual, history and naturalist Tour Guides-All Itinerary Meals, including vegetarian & snacks, Safety orientation and Equipment for optional activities-First Aid kit and Oxygen-Tour specific Sleeping bags, air mattresses and Expedition grade tents-Dining tent, Cook & Services-Horses,Mules,Llamas for tour outfitting, wrangler staff, and emergency or back-up horse-Ecological, portable toilets-All Entrance Tickets-Bus up and down for Machu Picchu-Pre-purchased Return Train connections to Cusco.optional hikes in Machu picchu and Huayna picchu mountains and the Intipunku Inca trail.
Difficulty of the trek: easy to moderate , good physical conditions.
Day 1: Distance: 11km, Altitude: 2900 to 3900 mts, hours 7, camping 3900mts
Day 2: Distance: 13km, Altitude: 3900 to 4700 mts, hours 8, camping 3200mts
Day 3: Distance: 14km, Altitude: 3200 to 4400mts, hours 8, camping 3700mts
Day 4: Distance: 8km, Altitude: 3700 to 3100mts, hours 5, hotel 2060 mts
Day 5: Distance: 7 km, Altitude: 2060 to 2450mts, hours 6, Cusco 3200mts
Ecosystems: Scrub bush vegetation, Andean semi dry forest, cloud forest, inter Andean valleys. Grass land, alpine, glaciers.
Highlights: Some Inca remains. High biodiversity, flora, fauna. Ancient Inca road, sacred mountains, amazing landscape.
Climate:The temperature varies in between below ºC to 2ºC,morning ,night to 20ºC,middle day to 25ºC day.mountain weather sunny to cloudy,windy.
Note: For adjusting to tour altitude, we suggest one day tours like the Sacred Valley, River Rafting and the City Tour of Cusco. As Guides we offer 100% Gauranteed Information, for your sensibilities – about the best specific hotel rooms and services around Peru, like extra windows and other amenities.
We pick you up in the capital of the Inca Empire and drive northeast for about 2 hours, to the Sacred Valley, arriving at the small town of Huaran, at 2900 meters, and the nearby trailhead. After preparing ourselves and all our equipment, we load the supplies onto the horses and mules and we are ready for the hike. We start in the Andean semidry forest, where we will see some Andean flora and fauna typical of that ecosystem. As we go up through the different Andean valleys, following the Cancha Cancha River, we will enjoy picturesque waterfalls falls cascading into the Wilkamayu “Urubamba River”.We arrive at the Andean community of Cancha Cancha, at 3900 meters. Our camp in the grassland area near the village will have incredible views of the snow peaks. Cancha Cancha Casa rises to 4984 meters and the Chicon, to 5530 meters, are both part of the Urubamba Mountain Range. Here we will see flora and fauna typical of the high Andes. (L, D) Camping.
We start the day off with a good breakfast. We begin our trail with the incredible views of two glacial lakes, Suirococha and Yuraccocha, where we will explore the fauna and flora of the grassland and see the grass called “Ichu Stipa” which was used by the Incas for ropes in the construction of suspension bridges and also to transport rock from the quarry to building sites in the city. There will also be some Puyas “Puya Densiflora” and some native Queoñas “Polilepis”. Among the local bird species we are likely to see Puna Ibis “Pklegadis Ridgwayi”, Andean Flickers “Colaptes Rupicola”, and the Andean Goose “Chloephaga Melanoptera”. After enjoying our nature walk, we will continue upward for another 2 to 3 hours until we reach the pass at 4700 meters. When we arrive to the top there will be incredible views of the Urubamba Mountain Range, some snow capped peaks including Pituriray at 5750 meters and Chicon at 5530 meters. We descend through a succession of small inter-Andean valleys on original Inca stone pathways with amazing views of the glacial lakes and Andean grassland until we reach the scrub bush vegetation ecosystem or “Andean Semi-dry Forest”. When we arrive at the camp we will meet native Quechua people in their home community. (B, L, D)
On this, our third day, we take a small trail going west that cuts through the mountains and the small valleys, zigzagging up our second pass called Huillquijasa, 4400 meters. From here we will see part of the expansive Urubamba Mountain Range. On the way down we will pass small glacial lakes and trek through various inter-Andean valleys where we will see native flora such as Quiswar “Buddleja Longifolia”, the Tancar tree “Duranta armata” and the Colle tree “Buddleja Coriacea”. Perhaps also some species of Finches like the white winged Diuca Finch “Diuca Speculifera” and Collared Warbling Finch “Poospiza hispaniolensis”. In the grassland area we will see herds of Alpacas and Lamas as well some Montane Vizcacha “Lagidium Peruanum”. Our day ends at the village of Cuncani, at 3700meters, where we will camp through beautiful landscapes. (B,L,D)
We will be up today in time for sunrise and the incredible view of the distant, snow capped peak Colque Cruz, at 5818 meters. After breakfast we continue descending along the river creek through the different Andean Valleys for a couple of hours, enjoying nature in the Andean forest with the scrub bush vegetation. We will see Andean bush called “Chilca Bacharis Peruviana” and the Andean bush called “Checche Berberis”. If the time is right we will see the Rufus Collared Sparrow “Zonotrichia Capensis” and some hummingbirds like the sparkling Violet Ear “Colibri Coruscans” and Giant Hummingbird “Patagoniagigas”. After a while we have time to enjoy a quick bath in the river nearby. After this refreshing experience we go to the town of Lares, at 3100 meters, where we can enjoy hot baths and lunch. After bathing in the hot springs we will enjoy something cold to drink then drive to the village of Ollantaytambo where we will board our late afternoon train and ride for about 1 hour and 30 minutes to Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu. (B, L, )
Depending the time of the yearwe may have an early breakfast and go up to Machu Picchu to see the sun rise in the archeological site and then begin our tour for about two hours. There will be time afterwards to relax and enjoy the site on your own or go for a optional hike to the Sun Gate to enjoy incredible views of Machu Picchu from above. There will be a good opportunity to see cloud forest flora and fauna as well as part of the Inca original stone path that connected the city of Cusco with the Citadel. In the afternoon we return to the town for lunch and then we take the train back to Cusco.
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