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Lares Valley Trek & Huilloc Homestay – 3 Days

Lares Valley Trek & Huilloc Homestay: Nestled in the Sacred Valley, the Lares Valley gives you a beautiful and cultural experience of life in the Andes. Traditions and ways of life exist from many centuries ago. The inhabitants of this valley always provide a warm welcome for visitors; making this a really special place to spend your time trekking.

Embark on a beautiful 3 day trek through the Lares Valley. A trek through traditional native communities where you can see how these populations survive & thrive using local resources.

Starting at the Hot Springs of Lares Valley you’ll pitstop for lunch after a fairly long drive from Cusco in the morning. After lunch you follow a trail for about 4 hrs to the first campsite of Huachuasi. Here llamas & horses graze and are kept for many of the farmsteads.

On the second beginning from Huachuasi you’ll head deeper into the valleys of this area and see many traditional quechuan farm practices, whilst also scaling a 4,800m mountain pass. On the descent you’ll pass a mountain lake in Ipsaycocha & descend down to the town of Patacchanta for a lunch.

Afterwards, from this point you’ll trek to Huilloc; a traditional Andean community where you have the opportunity to enjoy a homestay and some of the local customs. The families love to welcome trekkers and a pachamanca style dinner will often be served (food cooked underground with local herbs and all natural). Overnight here in Huilloc with your family then you’ll continue to Ollantaytambo to explore the ruins the following day.

After Ollantaytambo this will cap a great few days before the journey back through to Cusco or the Sacred Valley and onwards to Machu Picchu.

Day 1
Cusco - Lares Hot Springs - Huacahuasi
Setting off from Cusco at 6 am, you'll weave through the mountain routes of the sacred valley doing a small Sacred Valley tour towards Lares arriving in time for some lunch. After lunch you'll begin trekking from the 'Bano Termales' of Lares & following an old Inca trail along the Rio Huacahuasi. The rustic towns and children help you along the way. On arriving in Huacahuasi you'll overnight, in this welcoming Quechuan valley town, with the local community.
  • Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2
Huacahuasi - Ipsaycocha - Patacchanta - Huilloc
On leaving Huacahuasi the route weaves through more local 'poblados', with glimpses of the Apu Pitusiray Nevada always in the background. Potatoes being cooked using traditional methods out in the open countryside. Herds of Llamas graze the slopes with valley girls shepherding them high on the mountainsides. Quechua is the native language in these parts of the Andes. Passing 4,800m the descent then weaves via Ipsaycocha lake, winding down the valley below heading towards Pataccancha. Crop fields here are being harvested by local families. Pathways carved into the hillsides show the way down to Pataccancha where lunch will be prepared. From here you'll trek to Huilloc where you'll enjoy a traditional homestay with a local family, typically Pachamanca is served for guests (food cooked underground with local herbs and all natural). Staying overnight with the family you'll enjoy homelife here for a night.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Huilloc - Ollantaytambo - Cusco
Leaving in the morning from Huilloc you'll take local transport from here down to ancient archaeological town of Ollantaytambo to explore the many historic Inca ruins here for the afternoon. Then from Ollantaytambo it's either onwards to Machu Picchu or a drive/train back to Cusco late on in the last evening, which caps a great few days.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour Info

Breakfast x 1
Lunch x 2
Dinner x 2
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
Cook
Horsemen & mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Extension trips to Machu Picchu
Tips for crew
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Any additional extras
There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured
Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Peruvian food can be spicy, it can be strong and rich for many European diets. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, so please avoid at all costs on arrival and stick to bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request), and a mountain cook. They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude.
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru.
From June through to the end of September, we’re offering one person free on all of our treks for group sizes of 3+. If you are a group of 2 you can add one person for free, or if you’re a group of 3 the third person joins free and so on.

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Included
  • Breakfast x 1
  • Lunch x 2
  • Dinner x 2
  • Private Transport - collection & drop-off
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Cook
  • Horsemen & mules
  • All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
 
Not Included
  • Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
  • Extension trips to Machu Picchu
  • Tips for crew
  • Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
  • Any additional extras
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