Our Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is an excellent alternative for those who want to get off the beaten path. Travelers will gain insight into authentic communities while being surrounded by stunning scenery. *There's the option to take a private trek or group trek- links below*
DAY 1 - CUSCO TO PATACANCHA TO IPSAYCOCHA LAKE
We start our morning departing Cusco to travel towards Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will spend about 4 hours on the road. Then, we will arrive in Patacancha, a Quechua community, where the people still live like their Incan ancestors. The locals live in adobe home with thatch roofs, they weave their own clothing and work the land.Their income is based on their livestock and working as porters. We will visit this community and its school. Afterwards, you'll meet your trekking crew and take off on your trek. As you leave the village, you'll enjoy views of alpacas and llamas grazing along the trail. We will start to ascent for about an hour and half until the trail flattens out and we reach Lake Ipsaycocha. Towards the afternoon, we will cross our first high pass called Ipsaycocha Pass, the rest of our hike will be downhill until we reach our campsite. Lunch and dinner are included.