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Embarking on a Cultural Odyssey: My Lares Trek to Machu Picchu with Bamba Travel

Are you ready to immerse yourself in the heart of the Peruvian Andes? Join me as I recount my unforgettable journey on the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, a carefully crafted adventure by Bamba Travel that promises an authentic cultural experience intertwined with breathtaking hikes and mesmerizing views of the snow-capped mountains. Let’s unravel the details of this extraordinary trek!

Day 1: Cuzco - Wakawasi

overhead view of cuzco

The anticipation of this adventure had me up and ready as the sun began to rise over Cuzco. Around 5:00-6:00 am, Bamba Travel arranged for a pick-up from my accommodation, and we were soon on a bus heading to Lares Town, perched at an altitude of 2,900 meters. Our first day was set in motion with a visit to the Hot Springs (at an extra cost), a delightful opportunity to relax before the thrilling 6-hour hike that awaited us. 

The trail carved a zigzagging path, offering captivating glimpses of glaciers, wildlife, and the heartwarming embrace of local communities. The true essence of the journey revealed itself upon reaching Wakawasi (3,850 m), a town that welcomed us with its scenic beauty and a chance to connect with families living harmoniously with nature.

Day 2: Wakawasi - Patacancha

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Day two greeted us with promises of breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment. The day began with a 4-hour ascent to Ipsayccocha Pass (4,400m). Standing at the pass, surrounded by nature’s serenity, we took a moment to absorb the beauty before beginning a 40-minute descent to a picturesque lunch spot by a tranquil lake. The journey continued, and with every step, the captivating landscapes unfolded. After a 3-hour trek, we arrived at Patacancha town (3,800m), where the charming company of llamas, alpacas, and native crop plantations set a perfect camping scene.

Day 3: Patacancha - Aguas Calientes

aguas calientes river peru

On the third day, the trail beckoned us for another day of exploration. We embarked on a 4-hour trek, tracing a path that led us to Ollantaytambo. The trek was fulfilling, and after a hearty lunch, we boarded a train to Aguas Calientes, our resting place for the night. Aguas Calientes welcomed us with its bustling streets, adorned with cafes, shops, and inviting spots to unwind. It was a perfect setting to recharge for the days that lay ahead.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cuzco

alpaca grazing in machu picchu

The fourth day was the climax of our adventure. An early morning bus ride at 5:30 am took us to Machu Picchu, and as the morning mist dissipated, the mystique of this ancient city was unveiled. A 2-hour guided tour allowed us to delve into the historical narratives etched into the ancient stone walls. 

The rest of the day was ours to explore the enigmatic allure of Machu Picchu at our own pace. For those seeking an extra thrill, Huayna Picchu Peak beckoned (pre-booked at an additional cost). As the day drew to a close, we returned to Aguas Calientes for a visit to the local marketplace before boarding a train back to Ollantaytambo. A bus ride from there took us back to Cuzco, concluding our adventure around 8:00 pm at Plaza San Francisco.

Final Word

Embarking on the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu was a journey of a lifetime. Bamba Travel orchestrated an unforgettable experience, offering a glimpse into the soul of the Peruvian Andes. From towering peaks to intimate encounters with local communities, this trek was a celebration of nature, history, and humanity. With hiking boots laced and a spirit ready for adventure, Machu Picchu awaited, revealing its awe-inspiring mysteries at every step. Every day in the custom trip brought new surprises, leaving me with memories etched in my heart and a deeper appreciation for the beauty and culture of this incredible region.

Check out the Lares Trek itinerary from Bamba Travel.

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Guest post written by Bobby Wades

Bobby Wades is a passionate Spanish teacher with a wanderlust-filled soul. Beyond the classroom, he channels his love for language and culture into captivating travel writings.