Pitusiray Snow-capped peak
This trek is categorized as moderate – challenging, so it is always recommendable to be in good physical condition.
Chicon Snow-capped peak
Lares thermal baths
The Lares Valley is an important area towards the east, the land of the Antis, with whom the Incas were able to trade goods; at the same time they wanted to establish themselves in the area to cultivate the important Coca Leaf. This area is also known for the confection of hand made textiles, using techniques and tools inherited from ancestral times. A good example of living culture.
The geography is spectacular and we will have the chance to see flora and fauna characteristic of each of the ecological levels mentioned above.
Also, on our trek we may see groups of camelids, as rearing camelids is one of the principal economical activities in the area together with the confection of artesanal textiles. We can appreciate it in each community.
We leave the Sacred Valley of the Incas early, taking the route which goes through the town of Calca in the direction of the Lares valley. On the way we will enjoy Andean scenery, characteristic of the quechua, suni and puna regions, reaching our highest point at the Lares mountain pass, over 4300 meters above sea level.
On the way down we can admire the beauty of the snow-capped peak of Sawasiray, as well as small Andean settlements along the banks of the crystal clear rivers. We will appreciate the local flora, in which the Puya de Raimondi stands out for its singular beauty.
We will take the turning to the community of Kiswarani, where the tradition of textile art (using ancestral methods and uses) is one of the principal economical activities of the area. We will have the opportunity to buy from the local “mamachas”, who produce these magnificent works of art.
After our lunch, we begin our walk uphill towards the Qeuñacocha lake, where we can appreciate a beautiful woodland of Qeuñas (a native Andean tree), protected by the reforestation project developed by the community of Keswarani.
After a short rest, we will continue our climb to the Wilkajasa pass, from where we will have an amazing view of the Urubamba mountain range and its beautiful lakes of stunning colours.
We will begin our descent on a path which leads us to these beautiful lakes and to the waterfall in the Ccacahuayco area, where we will make our camp.
Meals: lunch and dinner.
4400 masl / 14435 ft
2800 masl / 9186 ft
8 km / 4.97 ml
We leave our campsite and head towards the community of Cuncani, which is characterized by the rearing of camelids and agriculture. Continuing our trek downhill through this narrow valley, we enjoy the path next to the Cuncani River, a source of fish such as trout for the local population.
We will walk towards the town of Lares, where we will enjoy the thermal baths and our lunch.
Here we will take our private transport which will take us back to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, specifically to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we will board our train to Aguas Calientes.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
4000 masl / 13123 ft
3190 masl / 10465 ft
10 km / 6.20 ml
Pachatusantrek is committed to following the principles of ecotourism in our operations, and request the understanding and cooperation of trekkers, especially by not contaminating the waters and in the adequate disposal of non-biodegradable waste. We must also respect the customs and traditions of the local people.
“With the protection of mother earth and the permission of the apus …”
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