Inca Trail is already exhausted for the months of August, September and even October the question arises of how to get to Machu Picchu without getting lost in the culture and not just take a train.
The Lares walk is an excellent alternative to the traditional Inca Trail as it has the same number of days (4 days) and the same destination – Machu Picchu – through this walk you can get to know Machu Picchu enjoying the beauty of the landscape, culture and the best coexisting with local communities that have known how to maintain their current customs and traditions.
We recommend taking this walk with a travel agency to get to know the best of the area, the walk starts in the city of Cusco the morning of the first day in mobility to the town of Lares passing before part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
In Lares you can visit the thermal baths of Lares which have medicinal qualities for bones, skin and some diseases. After relaxing, you start the calm walk through the valley of the Trapiche River and after a 2 hour walk you will reach the town of Vilcabamba, which is the place to have lunch. Continue the walk after lunch to the first camp in the sector of Huacawasi (3700 masl), although the place may vary depending on the agency with which you hire the tour.
The second day in the morning, we will have time to get to know the Huacawasi community in which the houses are made of stone with roofs of Ichu (straw) and whose main work is that of livestock and textile, we can learn how they make their textiles and why not buy some to support them financially.
After lunch we will leave for our second camp, this walk will be a bit heavier than the previous day since it will be in ascent. The duration of the ascent is of 2 hours and a half approximately until the Pass of Ipsayccasa (4500 masl) being the highest point of the walk.
From this open the view of the mountains and lagoons that surround the place is really impressive and makes it worth the ascent to then start the descent to the Lagoon of Ipsaycocha near which we will camp surrounded by mountains.
The third day will be the least heavy of the walk and begins with breakfast and then begin with the walk down a valley to reach the community of Patacancha, the inhabitants of this community keep their ancestral clothes of a reddish color which It has been worth calling them as the “Huayruros” which is a seed of the area of red and black.
We will continue the walk to the community of Willoq, who have also kept their clothes and who live very proud of their traditions. In this community will be waiting for a mobility that will take us to the town of Ollantaytambo where you can have lunch while waiting for the train departure time that will finally take you to the town of Aguas Calientes where you will rest for the next morning finally visit the citadel and Wonder of the World – Machu Picchu!
What to bring? – Recommendations:
- For this walk it is recommended to acclimatize before in the city of Cusco staying at least one day so that they know the city as well.
- Among the objects to carry the most important are camera and / or video camera, warm clothes, light clothing, bathing suit (for thermal baths in Lares and Aguas Calientes), sunscreen, sunglasses, wide-brimmed hat and products of personal cleaning.
- We recommend you take some coca leaves or candy to counteract altitude sickness.