Embarking on the Lares Trek with Bamba Travel turned out to be more than just a journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Peru. It became a transformative experience for my family, as we hiked together through remote Quechua villages, witnessed stunning snow-capped mountains, and immersed ourselves in the rich cultural tapestry of the region. Join me as I recount the highlights of our Lares Trek, a trip that brought us closer together in more ways than one.
Day 1: Cuzco to Wakawasi
Our adventure began with an early morning pick-up from our accommodation in Cuzco. The anticipation was palpable as we boarded the bus to Lares Town, situated at 2,900 meters above sea level. The optional stop at the Hot Springs set the tone for the journey ahead—a perfect blend of relaxation and exhilaration.
The 6-hour trek to Wakawasi took us on a zigzagging climb, offering awe-inspiring views of glaciers, local wildlife, and traditional Quechua communities. Meeting local families living in harmony with nature left an indelible mark on us, emphasizing the beauty of simplicity in their way of life.
Day 2: Wakawasi - Patacancha
Day two brought us to the top of Ipsayccocha Pass at 4,400 meters. A moment of serenity enveloped us as we gazed upon the panoramic views before descending to a picturesque lunch spot by the lake. The 8-hour trek to Patacancha, surrounded by llamas, alpacas, and native crop plantations, forged bonds within our family against the backdrop of Peru’s natural wonders.
Day 3: Patacancha - Aguas Calientes
The third day unfolded with a 4-hour walk to Ollantaytambo, where a train ride ushered us into the enchanting town of Aguas Calientes. Surrounded by cafes and shops, we soaked in the local atmosphere before preparing for our Machu Picchu adventure.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cuzco
The pinnacle of our journey arrived as we boarded an early morning bus to Machu Picchu, the mist lifting to reveal the ancient city in all its glory. A guided tour enriched our understanding of this archaeological marvel, and the subsequent exploration allowed us to appreciate the grandeur at our own pace. For the adventurous, the option to climb Huayna Picchu added an extra layer of excitement.
Our return to Cuzco via Ollantaytambo marked the end of this unforgettable expedition, dropping us off at Plaza San Francisco with hearts full of memories of the beautiful Peru.
Bamba Travel not only curated an adventure through the Lares Trek but crafted a shared experience that brought our family closer together. The trek’s challenging yet rewarding nature, combined with the immersion in the rich Quechua culture and the awe-inspiring beauty of Machu Picchu, made this journey a catalyst for growth and connection. As we reflect on the Lares Trek, we carry not just photographs and souvenirs but a deeper appreciation for the simple joys of togetherness amidst the wonders of Peru.
Guest post written by Bill Hasan
Bill Hasan loves flying around the world while documenting his travels in engaging articles.