For trekkers wanting to get off the well beaten tourist path and escape to a part of Peru that has changed little over the last 500 years then a trek through the spectacular scenery of the Lares Valley is a must.
4 Days / 3 nights
Price & Contact
Daily Departures available with a minimum of 5 persons
Scenic trekking routes
Camping in middle of the nature
Passes over 4000m
Day 1: Cuzco – Cancha Cancha
We leave Cuzco at 7.00am on a private bus, and drive for 2h towards Huarán, the starting point of our trek. On this first day, we walk for approximately 5h following an uphill path that starts in a valley with lush vegetation and that will take us to our first campsite in Cancha Cancha, a small farming community in the middle of a spectacular mountain scenery. We will stop for lunch along the way. Once we get to Cancha Cancha, we set our camp and get to know the local people and their way of living.
Day 2: Cancha Cancha to Quiswarani
We leave our camp after breakfast to start walking along an ascending path that will lead us to the first mountain pass of the trek, the Abra Pachacutec (4400m/14432ft/3h), from which we can enjoy awesome views of glacier lagoons and the surrounding valleys. Along the hike, we may also have spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains in the area, such as Colquecruz, Minas and Sirijuani. We will have lunch after the pass, to then descend to Quiswarani, a small peasant and textile community where we set up our second camp.
Day 3: Quiswarani to Cuncani
We leave Quiswarani at around 7.30am following an uphill path that passes along the beautiful Queuñaqocha lagoon. From there, we continue our hike towards the second mountain pass, the Abra Willkiccasa (4100m/13448ft/2h), offering absolutely impressive views at both sides of the pass, especially of the Colquecruz and Pitusiray mountains. In the afternoon we continue on the trail along changing puna, lakes and agricultural areas with roaming deer until we arrive in Cuncani 3h later, where we set our camp and dine.
Day 4: Cuncani to Lares and back to Cuzco
We leave Cuncani at 8.00am to walk down a fertile valley with more vegetation, crops and agricultural communities. Along the trail we may see native flowers such as begonias and wild orchids. After an approximated 2h walk we arrive in Lares, capital of the district with the same name, a large village whose principal attraction are its pleasant hot springs, where we can enjoy a dip. After having lunch, our private transportation will be waiting for us to take us back to Cuzco, with an estimated arrival time around 8.00pm.
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