One of our fantastic lares treks is also known as the Weavers trekking in cusco, a trekking program that takes you through high Andean Scenery, visiting many villages where life goes on much as it did in Incan times. The local native Peruvians, descendants of the Incas are continuing their life I a very traditional way maintaining their ancient customs, agriculture, livestock and the way of their dressing. They still practice the ancient weaving techniques used for producing colorful high quality traditional textiles. This trek combines scenic highland mountains and paths that takes you nearby glacier water lakes. In the hike you have the opportunity to meet and make friends with local people, this is a moderate level trek, and while the hiking is not hard, you can summit high pass at 4550m.
Trek available only in private service: Daily departures.
Day 01: Cusco – Lares – Waca Wasi: The program begins with early departure. Meet up in the hotel at 05:00 and drive to Calca town in the “Sacred valley of Incas”. After a brief stop at Calca we continue driving on a recently asphalted road, we climb on a narrow road up to (Chayña Pass at 4265m). From here we are able to see the Sawasiray and Pitusiray snowy coat mountains, From here the road descends into the warm valley and arrives in Lares village where we meet up our muleteers; It’s a typical colonial village with a small church located in the main plaza, then we drive for 10 more minutes up to hot springs (3100m) where we have the opportunity to take a swim in the hot pools. After breakfast we start our hike, we will be hiking up the valley which is very scenic, we pass through corn and potato fields and small Andean settlements, then after about 1.5 hours of walk we cross a small river named Trapiche, we continue our walk and at arriving to a quiet spot at river back over the chancachaca river we will have lunch. After lunch we continue hiking up towards Waca Wasi village (3800m) which is a charming little community of mud brick and grass thatched houses, where we set up our first camp. We have the opportunity to meet llama herders, local traditional weavers and kids dressed in their colorful traditional clothing.
(Driving distance 3 hours. Walking Distance: 09kms. Hiking Time: approx. 4 hours).
Day 02: Waca Wasi Village – Mantanay: It is considered as the hardest day of the trek. If it is a school day we will meet lots of local kids wearing their colorful typical cloths, some of them will pass us running to school, some others will stop and say hello. We also meet several local women who like the children wear brightly colored traditional clothing with full skirts and colorful hats. They are the weavers and they lay out displays next to the trail for us of their high quality textiles (hence the name “Weavers Trek”). You can buy quality handmade weavings direct from these lovely humble and shy ladies at the best prices than in Cusco, at the time you will be helping the local economy, the ladies have spent hours of hard work lovingly crafting these textiles. The other attractive of the Lares Valley trek are the many herds of Llamas seen grazing along the trek. After Waca Wasi the trail leads a short climb to Saccsa Llave (known as Waca Wasi) Pass at 4550m, at arrival we can stop and takes pistures of this beautiful landscape before descending its 1.5 hours to Aroray qocha & Millpoqocha lakes, formed by the melt waters of Pumahuanca and Q’apacsaya snow peaks. This section offers a unique and unforgettable scenic landscape through the Urubamba Mountain Range. We have lunch by the lake, then after a time to relax we continue walking for 1 hour to the second camp at Mantanay at 3650m (we may see a lot of different Andean birdlife and from the pass at times we have witnessed Condors), We will camp in a place surrounded by local trees.
(Distance hiking: 14 kms. Hiking time = around 7 hours
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03. – Mantanay camp – Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu Town “Aguas Calientes”: We start our day by a gentle downhill path to the sacred valley, the walk takes for about 3 hours, we pass through stands of native polylepis forest and finally we arrive into the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas. The trail ends at the charming tiny hamlet of Yanahuara (2800m) with its agricultural terraces sown with corn and irrigated by glacial water. We have lunch at Yanauara, then our private trek transport will pick us up and drive to Cusco City. We end this fantastic lares trek program at around 16:00 pm. (Upon request we can extend your lares trek program to Machu Picchu).
(Hiking Distance: 08km approximately. Walking time 4 hours).