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Embracing Nature and Tradition: My Inspiring Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

As a fashion designer, I often seek inspiration from the world around me, particularly the beauty of nature and diverse cultures. My recent adventure on the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu , organized by Bamba Travel, provided a profound and enriching experience that went beyond my expectations. 

This journey through remote Quechua villages and breathtaking landscapes was not only a visual feast but also a heartwarming reminder of the simplicity and harmony of life. Here’s a detailed account of my four-day trek, which deepened my appreciation for nature and traditional ways of living.

Day 1: Cuzco to Wakawasi

overhead view of cuzco

The adventure began with an early morning pick-up from my accommodation in Cuzco. As the bus wound its way to Lares Town, I felt a mix of excitement and curiosity about the days ahead. 

Lares Town welcomed us with its famous hot springs, a perfect prelude to the trek. After a soothing dip, we embarked on our six-hour hike, ascending zigzagging paths to reach Wakawasi at 3,850 meters.

The journey to Wakawasi was a visual treat, with stunning views of glaciers and diverse wildlife along the way. But what truly captivated me were the encounters with local families who live harmoniously with nature. 

Dressed in vibrant traditional clothes, they graciously shared their way of life, unaltered for centuries. This initial leg of the trek set a beautiful tone for the cultural immersion to come.

Day 2: Wakawasi to Patacancha

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Day two saw us trekking up to Ipsayccocha Pass, standing tall at 4,400 meters. The four-hour ascent was challenging yet rewarding, offering a serene moment at the summit to soak in the panoramic vistas. After a restful lunch by the lake, we descended and continued our journey to Patacancha, a total trek of 15 kilometers for the day.

Patacancha was a haven of tranquility, surrounded by llamas, alpacas, and other wildlife in the Lares and Machu Picchu. Camping under the starlit sky in this pastoral setting was an unforgettable experience. 

The simplicity of life here, where communities live off the land, was both humbling and inspiring. It was a poignant reminder of the beauty in sustainability and living in tune with nature.

Day 3: Patacancha to Aguas Calientes

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The third day began with a four-hour trek to Ollantaytambo, a historic town rich in Incan heritage. This part of the trek was less strenuous, allowing us to fully appreciate the lush landscapes and ancient ruins along the way. After lunch in Ollantaytambo, we boarded a train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu.

Aguas Calientes was a charming contrast to the remote villages, bustling with cafes, shops, and vibrant street life. The evening was spent exploring this lively town, relaxing and gearing up for the highlight of our journey—the visit to Machu Picchu.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Cuzco

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The final day started with an early bus ride to Machu Picchu. As the mist lifted, revealing the ancient citadel, I was awestruck by its majestic beauty. The two-hour guided tour offered deep insights into the history and significance of this architectural marvel. Wandering through the ruins, I could feel the mystique and energy of this sacred place.

Exploring Machu Picchu on my own after the tour was a surreal experience, one that will remain etched in my memory. Climbing Huayna Picchu was an optional adventure that some chose, offering even more spectacular views of the site.

As we made our way back to Aguas Calientes and eventually to Cuzco, I reflected on the journey. The Lares Trek had been more than a physical adventure; it was a soulful journey through time, culture, and nature.

Final Word

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu with Bamba Travel was a transformative experience. It deepened my appreciation for the natural world and the enduring cultures that inhabit it. 

This trek reminded me of the simplicity and beauty of life, elements that I aim to incorporate into my designs. For anyone seeking inspiration, a cultural awakening, or simply a deep connection with nature, this trek is a must. It’s a journey that leaves you richer in spirit and perspective.

Check out Bamba Travel’s free itinerary to the Lares Trek:

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Guest post written by Ducky Dresden

Drawing inspiration from his extensive travels around the globe, Ducky infuses his designs with a rich tapestry of cultural influences and a unique, worldly flair.