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Sacred Valley to Lares Valley


Duration 3 Days
Difficulty Moderate to Hard
Range of Altitude 2,040m to 4,400m / 6,700ft to 14,432ft
Distance Covered Approximately 35km

This lesser-known trek starts from the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the village of Lares, famous for its hot springs.

Soak in the luscious Andean scenery along the way, made up of its awe-inspiring mountain range, emerald glacier lagoons and get acquainted with local Quechua communities and their traditions and culture.




  • We depart Cusco in the morning by private transport for a two hour drive to Huaran, the starting point of the trek

  • Walk for approximately five hours, following an uphill path to our first campsite in Cancha Cancha, a small farming community in the middle of a spectacular mountain backdrop
  • We leave our camp after breakfast to begin walking along an ascending path for approximately three hours to the first mountain pass of the trek, Abra Pachacutec (4,400m/14,432ft)

  • Enjoy awesome views of glacier lagoons, surrounding valleys as well as snow-capped mountains such as Colquecruz, Minas and Sirijuani

  • After lunch, we then descend to Quiswarani, a small peasant and textile community, from where we continue following an uphill path until we reach the beautiful lagoon of Queuñaqocha. We set up our second camp here
  • We continue our hike for the next two hours towards the second mountain pass, Abra Willkiccasa (4,100m/13,448ft), which offers impressive views of both sides of the pass as well as mountains like Colquecruz and Pitusiray

  • Arrive at Cuncani three hours later, another small peasant community from where we follow our hike down a fertile valley with more vegetation, crops and agricultural communities

  • We reach Lares after approximately two hours, a large village well known for its hot springs. Enjoy a dip here!

  • After lunch, our private transport will take us back to Cusco, with an estimated arrival time of 8.00pm


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