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Lares - Vilcabamba
Typical Trek to Lares - Itinerary

Day 1: We pick you up from your hotel between 08:00 and 08:30 and travel by private bus for the 1 hour ride to the village of Huaran (2840m) located in the Sacred Valley between Pisac and Urubamba. Huaran is the start of the trail. We will meet up with the horsemen and pack the horses. Leaving the Sacred Valley behind us we head northwards following a gently climbing trail that runs parallel to the small Cancha Cancha river. It is a 4 hour trek to our destination, the small village also named Cancha Cancha (3800m) where we will spend the night.

Day 2: Leaving Cancha Cancha we continue north east up the valley, passing small thatched stone houses. After 1 hour the path flattens out before climbing steeply for the 2 hour trek to the first pass, called Pachacutec Pass (4458m). From the pass you will be rewarded with superb views of Pachacutec Lake and the snowy peaks of Pitusiray. The path continues for an hour along a narrow ridge until dropping down into a beautiful secluded corrie filled with glacial lakes and rich in birdlife. The lip of the corrie descends into the next valley, following a series of cascading waterfalls to the village of Quisuarani (3700m) about 1 hours easy walking from the corrie. We will camp here for the night.

Day 3: Heading west up a small valley you will arrive at a lake at the head of the valley and start a steep zig-zag climb up a narrow trail to the top of the second pass known as Abra Huillquijasa (4200m), about 3 hours from Quisuarani village. Below you lies a series of stunning turquoise lakes. We will drop down and have lunch beside the lakes before continuing on for the short trek to the next village of Cuncani (3750m) in the bottom of the valley (1 hour from the pass). Arriving early in the village we will set up camp and you will have time to explore the surrounding hills.

Day 4: The trail follows the river valley down hill for about 3 hours to the town of Lares (3100m). 1hour before arriving in Lares you will have the opportunity to enjoy a soak in some open air thermal springs (bring a swimsuit). You will notice that the vegetation is becoming very green and almost tropical. From Lares we willl return by private minibus to Cusco arriving mid-afternoon. This trek can easily be trekked in reverse.

VILCABAMBA

 Day 1. ARRIVAL LIMA: upon arrival in Lima you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the lively neighborhood on Miraflores.

Day 2. LIMA/CUSCO: early morning flight to Cusco. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Free day to relax in Cusco, the historic capital of Peru. A chance to admire the old Incan buildings in town and gently adjust to the altitude.

Day 3. SACRED VALLEY: full day tour with a local guide visiting Pisac, a typical Indian market and the ruins above the town. After lunch on to Ollantaytambo exploring the terraces and ruins in the town. Returning to Cusco late afternoon.

Day 4. CUSCO/MACHUPICCHU: very early start, your train leaves at 6:00 am. for the scenic three hour journey along the Urubamba Valley, arriving in Aguas Calientes. Here we board the bus up to the ruins. Meeting our specialist guide we have a full visit to the Sacred City of the Incas. A truly fascinating place with many temples, palaces and sacred sites. Following the visit, you will return to the station and board the train back to Cusco, arriving in the early evening.

Day 5/17. MOLLEPATA / SALKANTAY / VILCABAMBA / ESPIRITU PAMPA: we take a bus down to Chillca (2,700 mts) where we collect the pack animals and start our incredible trekking adventure to Vilcabamba, the Lost city of the four rebel Incas. 215 kms of Inca trail from the high Andes down to the heart of the rainforest to Espiritu Pampa (temple of Tupac Amaru Inca I ) (1,000 mts).
Along the way you have the chance to see the glacier mountains of the Vilcabamba mountain range; Salkantay (6,271 mts), Humantay (5,979m), Pumasillo (6,146m). This Inca trail was the Domain Trail of Mancco Inca and his descendents. After this long adventure highlight trek we arrive to Chiwanquiri (1,000 mts), the end of our expediton tour. There we board the bus to take us back to Cusco.

Day 18. CUSCO: free day to relax and recoup after the days of walking. A chance to explore the city on your own.

Day 19. CUSCO/LIMA: morning flight to Lima, transferring to your hotel. Afternoon tour visiting the Gold Museum, a great collection of pre-Columbian gold jewellery and an evening to relax in Peru's capital city.

Day 20. DEPART LIMA: transfer out to the airport. End of tour.

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