Lares trek with Mandor Pampa Waterfall

 

Program: 5d/4n
Group: 4 - 6 persons
Category: Easy to Moderate trek
Season: All Year 
Frequency: Daily
Transportation: Bus and train 
Accommodation: 2 nights of camping tents,1 night tourist hostel in Aguas Calientes
Highlights: Andean Landscape and communities, Snowy Mountains, 3 days trekking
 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco – Lares - Wacahuasi

We depart from Cusco in a northern trajectory, passing through spectacular canyons and mountains until we get to the road to the Lares Community in the province of Calca, in the eastern flank of the Andes Mountains. At Lares we will find some nice hot springs that we can take a dip in before starting our trek. When we get going on the trek, in the afternoon, we will be going uphill towards the river-valley of Trapiche, which has a small typical native community, Wacahuasi, at about 3,600m. That is where we are going to camp for the night. You can see in the ancient designs of the houses that these homes have existed in these remote communities for ages.

Day 2: Wacahuasi – Patacancha

After a filling breakfast, we will continue our ascent, passing through a beautiful area full of Andean flowers where we can see some alpacas and llamas eating peacefully in their natural habitats. The route will finally lead us up to the highest point of the trek, at 4,500m, a place known as Ipsayccasa Pass. From that vantage point, we will have some amazing views of the 5,750m, snowcapped Mount Veronica. After a while of appreciating the views we will begin descending down the other side to either Ipsaycocha or Ipsay Lake where we can do a bit of bird watching. That area is inhabited by a number of Andean birdlife like the Ibis.
We will also take some time to learn about the local Huayruros, which is a culture that can only be found in this area of the Andes. Huayruros are actually teeny little black and red seeds commonly found in the jungle, but in this case, the local Quechua residents are called that way because of their typical dress which is also distinctly bright red.
Continuing on our journey, we will eventually arrive to the community, Patacancha, which is known for its’ fine textiles and weavings. We will spend another night of camping amongst another native community along the route. .

Day 3: Patacancha – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Starting out the morning with a healthy breakfast, we will get back to walking towards our destination, Ollantaytambo. During this stretch of hiking, the most popular and most interesting part is when we get to Pumamarca, which is an extremely well preserved Inca archaeological site. Back in its day, it probably served as a guarded entrance point to the Lares Valley to and from the ceja de selva (outer brim of the jungle). Along the route we will also pass by some ancient Inca terraces which are now being used by the locals with their own farming.
In Ollantaytambo we will have some lunch and then visit the famous ruins, are especially significant in Incan history. Ollantaytambo the pueblo is also a very picturesque little Andean community with cobble stone roads and homes which are built directly on to Inca stones which we will get to appreciate for a while before taking a train to Aguas Calientes in the evening time. In Aguas Calientes we will go to our tourist hotel for the night.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Mandor Pampa – Aguas Calientes

Today we will be going on a short hike to a lush beautiful area with just a few kilometers of Aguas Calientes. Because that area is already in the outer area of the high jungle, that means there will be some great views of mountains with jungle area. When we arrive to the gorgeous Mandor Pampa, which is hidden behind the Wayna Picchu Mountain at the crook of the Urubamba River, we will take some time to appreciate all of the beautiful flowers and birds in the area. The Mandor Pampa area is known for its’ rich foliage and fauna with orchids and a relaxing waterfall. By the time we return to Aguas Calientes in the late afternoon, we will still have some time to go take a dip in the hot springs that Aguas Calientes is named for. The entrance is only 10 soles extra to get in. In the night time we will spend the night in the same tourist hotel.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

At 5:20 a.m, we will start the day first going to the bus station to catch one of the first buses up to the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu. We will then arrive and take some time to take some pictures before doing our guided tour of the ruins for about 2 and a half hours. We will see the main plaza, the Temple of the Condor, the Intihuatana, the mortar room, the temple of three windows and other important sites. We will even have some time later on to explore around on our own and even go up to Wayna Picchu- though make sure that you let your guide know the night before if you are wanting to go up to Wayna Picchu because they only allow 400 persons per day to go up. The extra bit of walking would be about 2 hours round trip.

Later on in the afternoon, we will have to return back down to Aguas Calientes to take our train back to Ollantaytambo. That is where we will transfer over to a bus that will bring us the rest of the way back to Cusco.

Included:
 

  • Official English speaking guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
  • Trek staff of porters, horse wranglers and horses to carry the equipment and food.
  • Transfer from Cusco to Lares valley
  • Transfer Yanahuara - Ollantaytambo (Patacancha - Ollantaytambo)
  • Horses carried food , camping equipments
  • Experienced cook to prepare all meals
  • All camping and cooking equipment
  • 4 capacity tent (four season tent) - 2 persons per tent with plenty of space for backpacks
  • Camping mattress
  • All meals on the trail (4 breakfasts – 4 lunches - 4 dinners)
  • Water supply (boiled) after every dinner or breakfast
  • Teatime everyday (coffee, tea, popcorn, biscuit)
  • Kitchen and dining tent with camp tables and chairs
  • Tents and food for our camp staff
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle for any participant and our camp staff
  • 02 nights in a tourist class hotel in Aguas Calientes (double basic accommodation)
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to Mandor Pampa
  • Guided Tour of Machu Picchu for roughly 2.5 hours
  • R /T  train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo to  cusco.
     

Not Included:
 

  • Sleeping bag
  • Toiletries
  • Breakfast on first day, dinner on day ,dinner on last day three and lunch on Machu Picchu
  • Tips
  • Extras
  • Insurance.

    Recommended Items to Bring:

    • Original passport (and ISICs when necessary)
    • Sleeping Bag
    • A backpack with a change of clothes for the entire trek
    • Strong footwear; waterproof trekking boots are recommended
    • Warm clothes - jacket , fleeces, thermal clothing, wool socks
    • Hat or cap to protected you from the sun, rain and cold
    • Sun block, sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body, Sun glasses
    • Back pack
    • Flash light with batteries
    • Water purifying pills
    • Toilet paper, handkerchiefs, and other toiletries
    • Rain coat or ponchos
    • Mosquito repellent for Machu Picchu
    • Bottle of water (water to drink the first day)
    • Extra money
    • Snacks: biscuit, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please beware that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients been used to a specific snack as it may happen that it is not included in our selection

 

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