As an actress, I’m always seeking new adventures and experiences to inspire my craft. Travel has always been a great source of inspiration for me, and I recently had the opportunity to embark on a breathtaking journey – the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu with Bamba Travel. This trek promised to be a unique blend of physical challenge, cultural immersion, and natural beauty, and it did not disappoint.
Details of the Itinerary
The Lares Trek is a four-day adventure that offers an authentic cultural experience in the Peruvian Andes. It’s a journey filled with hiking, stunning views of snow-capped mountains, and a chance to connect with remote Quechua villages, where the locals maintain their traditions and way of life, seemingly untouched by the passage of time. The ultimate reward at the end of this trek is a guided tour of the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Cuzco to Wakawasi, Peru
Our journey began with an early morning pickup at our accommodation in Cuzco. After a bus transfer to Lares Town, we had the opportunity to soak in the Hot Springs, a relaxing way to prepare for the challenging hike ahead. The real adventure started with a 6-hour trek to Wakawasi, situated at an altitude of 3,850 meters. Along the way, we were treated to breathtaking views of glaciers, encountered local wildlife, and had the privilege of meeting families living in harmony with nature.
Day 2: Wakawasi to Aguas Calientes, Peru
The second day of our trek took us to Ipsayccocha Pass at an altitude of 4,400 meters. It was a peaceful and reflective moment before descending to a serene lake for lunch. The journey continued as we trekked for another three hours to Patacancha town, nestled among Peruvian widlife like llamas, alpacas, and native crop plantations. Camping in this charming village was an unforgettable experience.
Day 3: Aguas Calientes to Cuzco, Peru
On the third day, we embarked on a 4-hour hike to Ollantaytambo. After a hearty lunch, a train ride transported us to Aguas Calientes, our gateway to Machu Picchu. The evening in Aguas Calientes allowed us to explore the bustling town, filled with cafes, shops, and inviting places to relax, setting the stage for the grand finale.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cuzco
The climax of our journey was our visit to Machu Picchu. An early morning bus ride brought us to this mystical city, shrouded in mist as the sun rose. A two-hour guided tour revealed the historical and cultural significance of this extraordinary archaeological site. Afterward, we had the freedom to explore Machu Picchu on our own, and some even took on the challenge of climbing Huayna Picchu.
Our return journey involved a bus ride back to Ollantaytambo and a subsequent bus back to Cuzco, where we arrived around 8:00 pm. It was an epic journey that touched my heart and soul, leaving me with memories to last a lifetime.
My Lares Trek to Machu Picchu with Bamba Travel was a profound and transformative experience. It allowed me to immerse myself in the rich culture of the Andean people, witness breathtaking natural beauty, and explore one of the world’s most iconic archaeological wonders. This journey reminded me of the power of travel to inspire, enrich, and broaden one’s horizons. I will carry the memories of this adventure with me forever, and I’m already looking forward to my next travel-inspired performance on the stage.
Check out the Lares Express Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N itinerary from Bamba Travel.
Guest post written by Pearl Reese
Pearl loves acting as much as traveling the world.