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Peru: Lares Trek
01 Feb 2014

Arrival

Feb 01, 2014

from Cusco, Peru

Departure

Feb 03, 2014

to Ollantaytambo, Peru

Weather (Celcius)

Elevation (m)

Woke up

Saturday, February 01, 2014 04:00

On our way!

Saturday, February 01, 2014 05:32

Just Passed Through A Checkpoint

Saturday, February 01, 2014 06:33

Stopped in Calca

Saturday, February 01, 2014 06:40

Chef is picking up his stuff. There’s a market here as well. Pronounced cow-ka.

Arrived at the Hot Springs

Saturday, February 01, 2014 08:53

And we're Off!

Saturday, February 01, 2014 11:30

Lunch time!

Saturday, February 01, 2014 13:39

Chicha Mora drink Garlic bread and sauce Pumpkin soup Corn carrots beans Rice and carrots Potatos with wedges of egg Fish with tomato and onions Lupenz incan food

And we're off again!

Saturday, February 01, 2014 15:01

Saturday, February 01, 2014 15:35

Saturday, February 01, 2014 16:05

Arrived in a small village

Saturday, February 01, 2014 16:10

Saturday, February 01, 2014 16:17

Saturday, February 01, 2014 16:17

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Saturday, February 01, 2014 16:23

Saturday, February 01, 2014 16:34

Saturday, February 01, 2014 16:39

Saturday, February 01, 2014 16:39

Saturday, February 01, 2014 16:40

Saturday, February 01, 2014 16:43

Saturday, February 01, 2014 16:44

Saturday, February 01, 2014 16:45

Saturday, February 01, 2014 16:59

Saturday, February 01, 2014 17:00

Saturday, February 01, 2014 17:05

Nap

Saturday, February 01, 2014 19:12

We took a nap for a couple hours after arriving at our first camp and sadly missed the “give chocolates to the locals” exchange.

Dinner

Saturday, February 01, 2014 19:51
  • Vegetable soup and crackers
  • Tea
  • Mixed veggies: brocolli, carrots, potatoes, and beans
  • Eggplant
  • Chicken, potatoes, and carrots
  • Rice

Sleep!

Saturday, February 01, 2014 21:15

Got ready for bed and it was hella cold! Thankfully our sleeping bags were really warm and we had our Cusco toque and newly-acquired mitts to keep us warm.

Day Two

Sunday, February 02, 2014 05:32

Woke up this morning at 5:30am to fresh coca tea brought to our tent.

Sunday, February 02, 2014 05:33

Sunday, February 02, 2014 05:34

Sunday, February 02, 2014 06:26

Breakfast

Sunday, February 02, 2014 06:31
  • Pancakes!
  • Toast
  • Coca leaves
  • Bananas
  • Quinua

Sunday, February 02, 2014 06:48

Sunday, February 02, 2014 07:08

On Our Way

Sunday, February 02, 2014 07:45

And so began day two!

Sunday, February 02, 2014 07:58

Sunday, February 02, 2014 08:01

Sunday, February 02, 2014 08:03

Sunday, February 02, 2014 08:05

Sunday, February 02, 2014 08:15

Sunday, February 02, 2014 08:22

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Sunday, February 02, 2014 08:27

Sunday, February 02, 2014 08:28

Sunday, February 02, 2014 08:39

Sunday, February 02, 2014 08:41

Snack Break

Sunday, February 02, 2014 09:08

We took a quick snack break in the fog to have some bananas and trail mix.

Sunday, February 02, 2014 09:28

Sunday, February 02, 2014 09:39

Sunday, February 02, 2014 09:39

Sunday, February 02, 2014 09:42

Sunday, February 02, 2014 09:42

Tea Break

Sunday, February 02, 2014 09:52

Took a ten minute break to have some coca tea.

Sunday, February 02, 2014 10:12

Sunday, February 02, 2014 10:16

Sunday, February 02, 2014 10:16

Sunday, February 02, 2014 10:16

Sunday, February 02, 2014 10:20

Sunday, February 02, 2014 10:27

Sunday, February 02, 2014 10:35

Sunday, February 02, 2014 10:40

Sunday, February 02, 2014 10:42

Sunday, February 02, 2014 10:43

Sunday, February 02, 2014 10:43

Sunday, February 02, 2014 10:43

Sunday, February 02, 2014 10:52

Sunday, February 02, 2014 10:53

Sunday, February 02, 2014 10:54

Sunday, February 02, 2014 11:03

Sunday, February 02, 2014 11:03

Sunday, February 02, 2014 11:07

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Sunday, February 02, 2014 11:39

Moo

Sunday, February 02, 2014 12:03

The Pass

Sunday, February 02, 2014 12:44

There is an ominous scarecrow that welcomes hikers to the Lares Trek’s highest point. We reached the pass just before 1pm and had a brief celebration. This was definitely one of the hardest hikes we’d done and we were only about halfway through!

At the pass!

Sunday, February 02, 2014 12:54

Sunday, February 02, 2014 13:09

Sunday, February 02, 2014 13:18

Sunday, February 02, 2014 13:23

Sunday, February 02, 2014 13:36

Sunday, February 02, 2014 14:13

Arriving at Lunch Camp

Sunday, February 02, 2014 14:22

Lunch

Sunday, February 02, 2014 14:24
  • Corn soup
  • Pasta with potatoes, carrots, and beans
  • Trout
  • Cucumber tomato salad
  • Warm lemonade
  • Meat with peppers and onions
  • Quiche

Altitude Sickness

Sunday, February 02, 2014 15:07

After descending the pass we were feeling pretty ok overall, but as soon as we sat to eat lunch a splitting headache took over our brains and knocked us out.

We could barely eat.

A few cucumber slices later we called it quits and tried to take a nap for a bit. We managed about half an hour before we had to be off again.

And off again

Sunday, February 02, 2014 15:48

The View from Lunch

Sunday, February 02, 2014 16:02

Our First Attempt at Camp

Sunday, February 02, 2014 17:09

When we arrived at this camp we were still feeling the effects of the altitude. Our guide made the tough call to ask our team to pack everything back up and move down a few hundred meters to another camp site.

The Trail

Sunday, February 02, 2014 17:19

A Gate

Sunday, February 02, 2014 17:24

We had to cross this gate by tossing our bags over and grabbling the sides of the fence as we pulled ourselves around.

Sunday, February 02, 2014 17:54

Smiley Face in the Mountains

Sunday, February 02, 2014 18:02

Sunday, February 02, 2014 18:16

Arrived at Camp Two

Sunday, February 02, 2014 18:27

By decision of our guide we moved to a lower elevation in order to avoid having our altitude sickness get any worse. This involved having our team repack all of the gear sadly, but it was definitely the right decision given how much better we felt the next morning.

Dinner

Sunday, February 02, 2014 20:09
  • Asparagus soup
  • Tea
  • Rice with carrots
  • Chicken with tomatoes and onion
  • Carrots and beans
  • Chicken breasts

Day Three

Monday, February 03, 2014 06:10

We slept for about 8 hours, from 10pm to 6am. The headaches we had the night before from the altitude thankfully disappeared and we were ready to take on day three!

Breakfast

Monday, February 03, 2014 07:35
  • Hot chocolate
  • Porridge
  • Omelets
  • Yuca potatoes
  • Bread

"Choo Choo"

Monday, February 03, 2014 08:51

This dog followed us all the way from the first day, over the peak and all!

The View From Our Last Camp

Monday, February 03, 2014 08:51

Saw this view shortly after breakfast. Our goal was to get to the end of this valley by early afternoon. We left at about 9am and arrived at about 12:15pm.

Stream Crossing

Monday, February 03, 2014 08:58

Monday, February 03, 2014 09:20

Monday, February 03, 2014 09:31

Incan Ruins

Monday, February 03, 2014 09:34

On the last day of our trek we came across these Incan ruins and had an opportunity to explore them. They’re not maintained at all so they’re falling apart in a number of ways, but we could still get a sense of what they may have looked like long ago.

Caterpillars

Monday, February 03, 2014 09:44

Tastes like pork when fried.

Plaster

Monday, February 03, 2014 09:48

Many of the walls used to be covered in plaster as a means of decoration. Most of the plaster has fallen off by now.

Monday, February 03, 2014 10:00

13 Degree Slant

Monday, February 03, 2014 10:03

The trademarks of Incan architecture include thick walls and a lean of 13 degrees inward, apparently to survive earthquakes.

A Common Sight

Monday, February 03, 2014 10:52

Last Break

Monday, February 03, 2014 11:18

We took a long break at this part of the river. We watched three local kids catching fish with their hands while we ate apples and oranges.

Orange Peel Boat Races!

Monday, February 03, 2014 11:21

The river always won.

Unfinished Water Treatment Plant

Monday, February 03, 2014 11:39

Monday, February 03, 2014 11:43

Near the End

Monday, February 03, 2014 11:46

End of the Road!

Monday, February 03, 2014 12:17

After two and a half days of hiking we made it to the end of the Lares Trek!

A River Near the Last Camp

Monday, February 03, 2014 12:48

Lunch

Monday, February 03, 2014 13:00
  • Orange juice
  • Quinoa soup
  • Chicken, potatoes, onions, and lettuce
  • Chicken breast
  • Yuca potatoes
  • Carne, carrots, peas, and onions
  • Pasta and cucumbers
  • Lentils

The Shuttle from the Lares Trek to Ollantaytambo

Monday, February 03, 2014 15:20
TotalsTotals
Total bus time0:45

Arrival

Feb 01, 2014

from Cusco, Peru

Departure

Feb 03, 2014

to Ollantaytambo, Peru