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This 4-day trip offers an excellent combination of great mountain and valley landscapes in a remote area, the visit of authentic Quechua communities and the world famous sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu. This walk starts in the Lares Valley, where you can enjoy a night dive in the relaxing hot springs of Lares, and then we follow our path to the Andean communities.
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Destinations: Cusco, Lares Valley, Machu Picchu

Day 1: Cusco to Lares
We leave Cusco at 6:00 in private transport and drive in about 4 hours to Lares, driving partly through the Sacred Valley. Lares is a small rural village in the beautiful valley with the same name, with famous hot springs. On arrival we leave our luggage and we continue towards Choquecancha, an impressive archaeological site with amazing views over the surrounding valleys. After our visit we walk back to Lares, where we can enjoy a dip in the hot springs before or after our dinner is served. Our camp will be set up next to the thermal baths and access to the baths is free all night. All meals are included.

Day 2: Lares to Ipsayqocha
After an early breakfast, we meet our riders and horses and leave our campsite at around 9:00 and we walk on a climbing path that will lead us to Huacahuasi. This remote Andean community is located in an impressive valley, where we will see the typical lifestyle and home construction of the Quechua communities on high altitude. We stop to visit a typical home and family, before we enjoy our lunch. In the early afternoon, we continue our walk towards the pass of Ipsay, walking past small communities and the highlands of the Andes (pampas) met lamas and alpacas. The pass offers impressive views of Mount Veronica and the surrounding snowy peaks. Just half an hour from this point is Ipsayqocha, a beautiful lagoon next to which we set up camp and spend the night, surrounded by an amazing landscape. All meals are included.

Day 3: Ipsayqocha to Aguas Calientes
We leave our camp and descend until we reach Patacancha. This is a famous textile community that still lives by the ancient Quechua traditions and dresses in traditional Quechua clothing. Then we walk 1.5 hours until we reach Huilloq, walking along a gorge with increasing vegetation as we approach the Sacred Valley. Huilloq is a well-preserved original Andean Community, from where we ride with private transport to Ollantaytambo. Then we take the afternoon train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, we occupy the selected rooms in the hostel. All meals are included.

Day 4: Machu Picchu to Cusco
After an early breakfast in the hostal we take a bus up to Machu Picchu where we immediately begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel which lasts about two hours. We then have free time to walk around, climb the Huaynapicchu mountain, where you have a spectacular view of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or walk to the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca bridge. In the afternoon we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes. From here we take the train back to Cusco, where we will arrive after nightfall. No meals included.

In and out transfers
1 night accommodation in double rooms in a hostel with private bathroom
Mules (for carrying tents, food and cooking)
Train tickets Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu-Cusco
All times breakfast and meals as specified in the program
Bilingual guided tours in groups (English / Spanish)
All entrance fees

Not Included
International and domestic flights

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