Day 1: Cusco - Lares hot springs - Huaca Wasi. We depart early in the morning towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. When we reach Calca province, we start to ascend to the pass of Hualcapunku (4400m). From here we can appreciate views of the magnificent Ausangate snow-capped peak - at 6370 meters above sea level it is the highest mountain in the Cusco region. From here we start to descend to Lares village (3250m), where we can enjoy the natural hot springs with temperatures between 28°C and 34°C. After the lunch, we walk towards Huaca Wasi (3600m), our place for camping.
Day 2: Huaca Wasi - Abra Ipsay - Patacancha. Today is the toughest day on the trek. We hike to Ipsay (also known as Ipsaycocha, 4400m) for approximately 4 hours. During the walk, you can appreciate small and ancient, native communities, their customs and Andean traditions, such as the locals in colorful, typical dress. After lunch, we continue to our camp at Patacancha (3700m).
Day 3: Patacancha - Willoq - Pumamarca - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes. We continue with our trip though the Patacancha Valley and different, native communities: Willoq (3600 m) and Pumamarca (3400 m). We arrive at the ancient, archaeological remains of Ollantaytambo, one of the oldest, largest and most significant ruins in the Sacred Valley, where we take a rest. Late in the afternoon, we depart by train to Aguas Calientes (2050 m). Overnight in a hostel in Aguas Calientes.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco. After breakfast, we enjoy the lost city of the Incas - Machu Picchu. We take the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu for our journey up to the ruins. After a full day visiting this amazing city built by the Incas, we descend by bus to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco.
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