Duration: 4 Days
Tour Type: Walking
Max.Height : 1,900 msnm
Group sizes: +2
Fisica Level: Moderate
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days.- This Hike run through Lares to the Machu Picchu offers a combination of beautiful landscapes, Inca constructions and a glorious visit to Machu Picchu on the fourth day.
This hike will take you through beautiful mountain landscapes, highlands and spend two nights near the traditional Andean villages.
On the fourth day we will be able to appreciate the magnificent treasures of Machu Picchu with its professional guide. The Lares walk is one of the main alternatives to the Inca Trail. It is slightly shorter and at an altitude higher than the Inca Trail.
This Off the beaten path. Affords wonderful panoramic views, shockingly blue lakes, the opportunity to experience rural Andean life up close and a final day at Machu Picchu. The Lares trek offers glimpses of an area where traditional Andean life continues to this day: centuries-old weaving and farming practices and traditional dress, plus the opportunity to participate in optional homestays with local families.
- Lowest Altitude: 2800m / 9186ft.
- Highest Altitude: 4680m / 15,682ft.
- Hiking Distance: 34km / 21 miles
- Longest Day: Day 1, approximately 14km / 8.7 miles
- Coldest Night: Day 1 around 0º celsius
- Overall Difficulty: Moderate (3 over 5)
Day 1: Cusco – Lares Hot Spring – Huacawasi
Our Tour begins 05:00 am pick up from your hotel. to the Lares Town; the journey lasts four hours in our private transport. In the route we will pass through the Sacred Valley of the Incas after passing an open finally descending to the thermals baths on Lares. From where after lunch and meet with our muleteers we will start the four hour walk observing local types and personal landscapes with their type costumes until arriving at the town of Huacawasi place where we will spend the first night. After an enjoyable dinner at (3,600 masl
- Transport time: 4 hours.
- Hiking time: 3 hours.
- Climate: cold.
- Hiking distance approx 12km (4-5 hours).
Day 2: Huacawasi – Isayccocha – Patacancha
This day will be difficult, beautiful and interesting as after breakfast we will start the hardest climb up to 4,450 m appreciating in the tour panoramic views of some snowy, peasant communities their customs, textiles, beautiful landscapes and after a descent we will arrive at the lagoon Of Ipsaycocha (4,100 masl) place where lunch will be, after a good rest we will continue towards the community of Patacancha where we will spend the second night at (3,600 masl) after a nice dinner.
- Hiking time: 7 hours
- Climate: cold.
- Walking distance approx 9km (6-7 hours).
Day 3: Patacancha – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
This day after breakfast will be easy and interesting because we will visit some communities like Willoq and Pumamarka where there is a school we can visit and we give some gifts to the school besides observing some archaeological remains of Qochapata and Terrazas Inca and part of impressive Sacred Valley of the Incas. Approximately we will arrive to the town of Ollantaytambo at 2 pm after lunch we will have free time until 7.30 pm to finally board the train to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the last night in lodging with private bath and hot water.
- Hiking time: approx. 6 hours.
- Walking distance approx 12km (5-6 hours).
Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
This day will be spectacular as we will know one of the wonders of the world Machu Picchu Early in the morning after breakfast we will take the bus that will take us to Machu Picchu accompanied by the Guide who will share his knowledge and show us the most important places of Machu Picchu during Two hours approximately and then you. You will have free time to explore and feel the magic of the place until the time of return that will be by tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
Hiking time: 2 hours.
Included in the Trip
- A professional guide who knows the trek, who can contact you with the environment and its culture.
- Food as mentioned in the tour.
- Meeting before the Trek.
- Pick up from your hotel on the morning of departure of the trip by private transport to the starting point of the trek.
- Chef and kitchen assistant.
- Food as described in the itinerary: (D) breakfast (A) lunch (C) dinner, our chef will prepare traditional Peruvian food with selected and quality food, typical of our region and great care of preparation of the same. If you have any preference let us know in advance.
- Tents Eureka Timberline 4 stations.
- Dining tent, kitchen tent, tables and chairs, utensils.
- Tent biodegradable bath.
- Inflatable Matras Personal.
- Personal Duffle.
- Horsemen who will direct the horses and transfer of equipment.
- Horses and / or mules: they will carry camping gear, kitchen and dining equipment, backpacks, sleeping bags and matras.
- 1 emergency horse support, which can be mounted, in case you feel sick or tired.
- Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
- Entrance to Machupicchu.
- Bus up and down to Aguas Calientes -Machupicchu and vice versa.
- Entrance to the Citadel of Machupicchu.
- Lunch of the 4th day.
- Return train to Cusco.
- Private transportation back to Cusco.
- First aid kit and oxygen.
- Second Guide (depending on the number of paxs).
Not Included in the Trip
- Breakfast of the 1st day.
- Dinner on the 3rd day.
- Gratuities for Arrieros, cook and guide.
- An additional horse if you require carrying more things.
- Sleeping bag.
LIST OF THINGS YOU SHOULD TAKE IN THE BACKPACK (MAXIMUM WEIGHT 7Kg)
- Sleeping bag. (If you do not have one, rent one at the office).
- Warm clothes for the first day.
- Light clothing, four pairs of socks.
- Good shoes or boots.
- Water bottle.
- Camera or video camera (Optional).
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, hats or hats, mosquito repellent.
- Purifying tablets.
- Jacket or rain poncho
Huayna Picchu: If you are interested in climbing the Huayna Picchu Mountain from where you can appreciate a wonderful view of Machu Picchu, there is an additional cost of $20 USD per person to buy your entrances ticktes. Spaces are limited, so please let us know if you would like to climb Huayna Picchu when booking your hike and depending on availability we can reserve the ticket. For more information on this hike, please visit our Huayna Picchu page.
Hotel Upgrade: We include in this tour one night in a B&B Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Panorama B&B or similar depending on availability). However, if you want to upgrade your hotel to 3, 4, or 5 stars, we offer these prices and options:
- 3 Stars: $40 USD total for a double or single room (Hotel Ferre or La Cabaña)
- 4 Stars: $220 USD total for a double room or $200 USD for a single room (Casa del Sol – includes dinner at the hotel restaurant)
- 5 Stars: $420 USD total for a double room or $320 USD for a single room (Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo or Hotel Sumaq – dinner included in hotel restaurants)
*Please note that all prices are for standard rooms and prices are different for superior rooms. Also, all hotels and room types are subject to availability, and prices rise during holidays. We work with many hotels in Aguas Calientes, so if you prefer another hotel not mentioned, please let us know and we can provide you with the price.
Sleeping Bags: If you wish to rent a sleeping bag from us, the price is $20 USD per person in total for this Lares Trek.
Trekking Poles: We recommend using canes on the way especially when descending. If you wish to rent a pair of canes for the entire hike, the price is $15 USD per person.
Private Tents: We include North Face Mountain 25 tents that are for 2 people. However, you can reserve a private tent for $30 USD.
Vistadome Train: Our price includes train tickets on the Expedition train, however, if you want to improve your return service to the Vistadome train the price is $50 USD per person. Please note that due to the train schedule this option is only available for the return train and not for the train taking from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
Lares in 3D/2N: You can also do the Lares Trek in 3 days instead of 4. If you are interested in this option, please contact us directly at [email protected] for more information.
Additional Information: For more information on Machu Picchu regulations, please visit our Machu Picchu Regulations page here. For information on cancellations and other policies, please visit our Cancellations page here.
Since the number of permits is limited to 250 per day (around 200 tourists and 50 trekking staff members) it is important to book in advance, especially in the high season from May to September. In the low season between December and January, it is possible to get a ticket about 30 days in advance.
The Lares Trek valley offers a combination of breathtaking landscapes, traditional cultures, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. On the 4th day the walk will take you through breathtaking mountain scenery, overpasses, and you will spend two nights near the traditional villages of Peru.
The Inca Trail is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful trails in America and, therefore, an unforgettable experience not to be missed.
The trail takes us through the protected wilderness of the Peruvian jungle and forest steppe, passes several Inca archaeological sites and offers breathtaking views.
The Incas used this pilgrimage itinerary to the sacred city of Machu Picchu.
- Altitude: 2850 – 4400 m. / 9350 – 14436 f.
- High season: All year round
- Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
- Degree of difficulty: Moderate
- Route: Closed in February
Recommendation the Lares Trek 4 Days :
It is necessary to acclimatize in Cusco, two days before starting this tour. For a good acclimatization it is necessary to rest as much as possible, to eat little, to drink abundant liquid; specially the mate of coca that possesses known healing and digestive properties. An adequate acclimatization avoids that it affects the “soroche” or bad of height, that could cause numerous annoyances to the health.
Lares Trek Location
Lares is a valley that is very close to the city of Cusco, is home to people who weave and cultivate the land, live their lifestyle in a traditional way and also speak Quechua and Spanish, their weaving is done manually, both to weave and cultivate use tools that were used by the Incas.
Alternative to the Classic Inca Trail
This trek is one of the main alternatives to the Inca Trail and to the Salkantay Trek because it is shorter and quieter, in addition it is not necessary special permissions to make this walk, it is also quieter than the Inca Trail and that we also offer for you.
Located in a remote and little visited region, it offers the hiker a vision of a different traditional Andean life; a world frozen in time where farmers plant their crops on the land from their ancestors, in addition to raising their herds of llamas and alpacas under the sacred snowy peaks they worshipped as gods.
Today this trek is still used by farmers, who are descendants of the Incas. The trail connects the communities of Cuncani, Huacahuasi, Quisuarani, Patacancha and Lares in the Sacred Valley. On the third day, we will take the afternoon train to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), having a full day to explore the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu the next day.