Lares Trek 4 Days to Machu Picchu.- In the last day we will make your dreams come true, where you can enjoy a new day of observing the sunrise in Machu Picchu and explore the incredible city of Machu Picchu with the guidance of your professional guide in your language; An incredible alternative to the traditional Inca Trail, and easier than the trek by Salkantay Trek.
The Lares Trek 4 days 3 nights, is an excellent option to the Inca Trail. Away from the crowds of walkers, visiting authentic Andean communities, surrounded by impressive mountains and snow-capped mountains, as well as lakes and valleys. A unique experience in contact with the local people.
The route we offer starts in the town of Huaran in the Sacred Valley and ends with a visit to the hot springs of Lares with a visit to the town of Cuncani on the way. On the third day of the trek, we take a bus from Lares to Ollantaytambo and then arrive by train to Machu Picchu.
- Starting altitude – 2800m / 9186ft.
- Highest altitude – 4780m / 15,682 feet.
- Walking distance – 34 km / 21 miles
- Longest day – Day 1, approximately 14 km / 8.7 miles
- Coldest night – Day 1 around 0º Celsius
- Overall Difficulty: Moderately difficult (depends on your fitness level).
- Acclimatization is recommended ***
Day 1: Cusco – Pisac Inca ruins – Huaran – Canchacancha.
To begin the tour we will pick you up from your hotel or lodging at 5:00 am to begin our expedition to the Lares Valley; Also we can pick you up from any hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley itself to start your trek. We will go by car for an hour to the Inca ruins of Pisac; Where we will be able to explore this incredible Inca city, our tour guide will give you a brief talk about the history of this Inca city, here we will enjoy breakfast with the incredible views of this Inca city and the natural valleys of the area.
Then we will continue our expedition by truck for another 40 minutes to the town of Huaran.
When we arrive we will meet with our riders and horses to begin our trek gradually for 3 hours until the area of Canchacancha, where we will have lunch our fresh and delicious lunch prepared by our professional chef.
After a short nap, we will explore the most isolated community in the area called Canchacancha and where we can visit the people of the area where we can interact with it, here we recommend to bring some toys or clothes for the children of the area, they will always be grateful Of receiving them.
After learning about the lifestyle of these local people, we will walk for another 2 hours to reach our first camp.
Here we will arm our tents, and you can enjoy afternoon tea appreciating the incredible views of the snow-capped mountains and green valleys. After dinner, the guide will show you the constellations of the Incas, such as the famous cosmic constellations of the south, orion and many others.
These were very important in the time of the Incas by their agricultural seasons and still today they are very important for the local population.
- Meals we provide: Breakfast – Lunch – Tea time – Dinner
- Included Accommodation: Camping Facilities
- Distance traveled during this day: 12km / 7 miles
- Walking time: approximately 6 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate
Day 2: Cancha Cancha – Quishuarani
After a nutritious and delicious breakfast, we begin our trek northeast to the valley, the trek will take approximately 4 hours to reach the highest point of our walk called Pachacuteq (4700 mt / 15420 ft).
Here we will enjoy breathtaking views of glaciers, lakes, wild flames, steep valleys and farmland. Here we can appreciate the views in 360º, we begin the descent towards our site for lunch, approximately 1 hour of descent next to a glacier lake, with breathtaking views of the valley of Lares where we will be accompanied by llamas and wild alpacas.
After a short nap we will start walking for another 2 hours to our camp located in the community of Kiswarani (3700 mt / 12,139ft). On the way to Kiswarani we will be able to interact with local people who will be grazing llamas and alpacas in the local language “El Quechua”. (Inca language).
The Tourist Guide will help you understand what the natural people of the area say and take a nice experience. You can also enjoy an impressive waterfall. In the camp, the shops will be ready and we can enjoy a tea and dinner to rest in our tents
- Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Tea time – Dinner
- Accommodation on this day: camping facilities with comfortable tents, inflatable mattresses, blankets, pillows
- Distance traveled: 14km / 10.3 miles
- Travel time: approximately 8 hours
- Difficulty: challenge
Day 3: Quishuarani – Cuncani – Lares – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
This will be the most memorable day with this incredible new adventure! We will hike for approximately 3 hours until reaching the Port of Hullkiccasa (4200 m / 13779ft). Here we will enjoy the view of beautiful views of the lagoons that look like giant mirrors.
Then we will trek for another 2 hours, where we will be able to appreciate the cultivated lands of the people of the area and we will be able to appreciate the lagoon of the Community of Cuncani, here we will be able to visit the local school and we will play with the students of the highlands. Then we will take our vehicle to Lares hot springs where we can relax in these waters of volcanic origin for an hour, then have lunch and take a short nap.
Here we will leave our cook and the horse rider, then we will take our vehicle for two hours to Ollantaytambo, where we will have our dinner in a well known tourist restaurant in the area; At 19:00 we will take our train to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) where we will spend the night in the Hotel
- Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
- Accommodation included: The hotel president, Machu Picchu hotel or similar
- Distance traveled: 15km / 9.3 miles
- Travel time: approximately 6 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate
Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
After a so nutritious breakfast, we will take one of the first vehicles (around 5:30 am) for a magnificent expedition to Machu Picchu where we can appreciate the sunrise over the incredible Inca city.
You will be able to explore the incredible citadel of Machu Picchu during the next 2 hours with your private guide who will give you a talk about the fascinating history of this charming Inca city. After the tour you will have time to continue exploring, take many photos and the option to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain or climb to “Puerta del Sol” before returning to Aguas Calientes for lunch in the afternoon.
At 16:22 we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, and then a private vehicle will take us back to Cusco where it will be transferred to your hotel around 20:00.
- Meals included: Breakfast
- Difficulty: Easy
Included in the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days
- Transfers at the beginning and end of the tour
- Transportation Cusco Lares Town.
- Professional Guide in your language.
- Assistant Guide (for groups of 9 or more)
- Entrances to Machu Picchu.
- 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 snacks in the afternoon, 3 different dinners and to eat snacks all day “does not include breakfast and lunch on day 1 after breakfast on the last day (day 4)”
- Chef (Professional Chef) Vegetarian option on request for free!
- Drinking water along the Inca Trail, we include snacks
- Dining room with tables and chairs
- First aid box
- 01 oxygen ball
- Horses (to carry groceries, food and cooking utensils)
- Goalkeepers (to carry the canvas bags)
- Waterproof shops “02 people per tent”
- 01 mat per person
- Tourist bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- 01 night in hotel in Aguas Calientes.
- Train to Machu Picchu Pueblo
- Train tickets at Expedition Services (Machupicchu.Ollanta and bus to Cusco) and transfer to the hotel.
Not Included in the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days
- Sleeping Bag – Additional US$20 per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
- Air Mattress – Additional US$20 per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
- Walking Poles – Additional US$15 per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
- Personal tent: Additional US $30 – (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Vistadome Train Upgrade – Additional US$57 per person (For the return to Cusco)
- Huayna Picchu Mountain – Additional US$35 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Machu Picchu Mountain – Additional US$30 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
- One way bus ticket from Machu Picchu back to Aguas Calientes – It can be hiked in one hour
Packaging List Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days
- Original passport (International Student Card (ISIC)
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Mountain hiking boots
- Jacket or poncho to protect against rain
- Warm clothes for the cold of the walk
- 2 T-shirt
- 2 hiking pants at least
- 4 sets of undergarments
- 3 sets of hiking socks
- Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
- Portable Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat
- Sunglasses with UV Protection
- Sunscreen (35 factor recommended)
- Reusable plastic bottle or metal water container or canteen.
- Water (only needed for the first 4 hours of the walk, then we will provide you with the water you will need
- Insect repellent (there are mosquitoes on the walk)
- Toiletries (Toothpaste, Shampoo, etc)
- Personal medication
- Additional photo camera, memories and batteries (We recommend a GoPro or Smartphone for being light and easy to carry)
- Flashlight with spare batteries (preferably headliners)
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
Enjoy this Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days
Travel Notes Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days
- VISTADOME TRAIN from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo: US$57 per person
- La Cabaña Hotel: US$40 per person
- Tierra Viva Hotel: US$70 per person
- El Mapi Hotel: US$120
- Additional Night in hotel in Aguas Calientes – From US $60 (depending on choice and availability)
Prices in Private Service
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Pricing Lares Hike:
Our prices are based on the number of people and are valid from March 2020 to January 2021 (All our prices are in US dollars)
Price: $ 600 USD per person
In our group travel option, you will join other passengers who will walk at a different pace; our expert guides will make your trip pleasant for everyone.
Note: The price includes up to 7 kilos.
Private Tour (Recomended):
In private service we have the following options:
- 2 hikers: $ 709 per person
- 3 hikers: $ 689 per person
- 4 hikers: $ 669 per person
- 5 hikers: $ 649 per person
- 6 hikers: $ 629 per person
- 7 hikers: $ 609 per person
- 8 or more hikers: $ 565 per person
* All our tours are priced in US dollars.
Important: The price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings.
- Student discount: US $ 20.00
- Children under 15 will pay as a student: US $ 20.00
- Less than 7 years discount: US $ 35.00
Optional upgrades (advance booking required):
- Machu Picchu Mountain uphill: USD 25.00 (booking in advance)
- Huayna Picchu Mountain uphill: USD 25.00 (booking in advance)
- Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (5 star hotel) – US $ 580 per person per night (double occupancy)
- Hotel Sumaq Machu Picchu (4-star hotel) – US $ 345 per person per night (double occupancy)
- Hotel Santuario (hotel with more than 3 stars) – US $ 65 per person per night (double occupancy)
- Vistadome train -US $ 65 per trip from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (booking in advance)
- Hiram Bingham train (deluxe) -US $ 485 per trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (booking in advance)
- Hiking poles – US $ 20.00
- Sleeping bag – US $ 25.00
- Sleeping bag Deluxe Package (+ pillows and covers) US $ 35.00
How long is Lares Trek 4 Days?
The Lares Trek is 33 km long and at a distance from the campsites used, the approximate walking hours per day are
- Day 1: 5 hours
- Day 2: 8 hours
- Day 3: 4 hours
Is the Lares trek hard?
The Lares Trek 4 days 3 nights is considered a moderate trek. It is not a technical hike, but the altitude may affect some people. We recommend buying a cane during your stay in Peru, as it can help with balance and reduce the load on your knees. We ask that you do not use a metal-tipped cane, as it can damage the fragile environment of the trail.
Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Lares Trek 4 Days?
It is difficult to predict who will be affected by the altitude. Most people have no problem as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full day in Cuzco at 3249m will be enough, plus drinking lots of water is usually enough for most people.
What is elevation of Machu Picchu?
The highest point on the Lares Trek is 4550 meters. You will sleep at 3600 meters for one or two nights.
How difficult is the Lares Trek 4 Days?
- Difficulty level: Moderate
- Maximum Altitude: 3900m
- Minimum Altitude: 3100m
- Distance travelled: 7KM
- Approximate walking Time: 5-7 hours
How long will we be in Machupicchu?
We will arrive at Machu Picchu on the morning of the fourth day. Our tour will guide you for 2 hours through the ruins. Then we will have free time to explore the area on your own before we return to Aguas Calientes, where we will take the train back to Cuzco.
Do the porters carry our luggage?
No, the llamas, pack mules and/or horses will carry your personal items. However, you should bring a backpack for only the essentials, such as water, snacks, camera, sweater, raincoat, etc.
How cold is it on Lares Trek 4 Days (will I have to bring hats and gloves)?
Due to the high altitude it can get quite cold, especially during the Andean winter (May to September), when the temperature can drop to zero degrees (centigrade) at night. It can still be cold at other times of the year, so we recommend that you bring thermal underwear and a warm sleeping bag. You can buy warm, inexpensive, locally made hats, gloves and hand-woven fabrics in Cuzco.
What type of accommodation is used on Lares Trek 4 Days?
The first night of the trek to Lares, we stayed at a community camp established by the community of Accopata that has composting toilets, solar showers and a solid waste management system that is the first of its kind in the region. On the second night, we spend the night in three-person tents designed to accommodate two same-sex travelers. Hikers will be served a bowl of hot water (and a hot drink) in their tents during the morning hours. On the third night, we will stay in a simple hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Does it include a sleeping bag and mattress on Lares Trek 4 Days?
They are not included, we recommend carrying a compact three season sleeping bag. If you are travelling between May and October, we recommend a 4 season sleeping bag. You can rent it from our office. For approximately $20 for the duration of the walk. Foam mats are provided, however, some travelers also bring their own self-inflating mat (i.e. a Thermarest).
Is there purified water available on the Lares Trek 4 Days?
Yes, you can, but we recommend that you buy water or rehydration drinks from the local people, as this is a way of being able to support them.
Of course, we offer boiled water every morning so you can drink it during the day.
How is the food at the Lares Trek 4 Days?
Our Chefs prepare excellent food suitable for the nature walk. The menu usually includes pasta, rice, chicken, fresh fruits and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other breakfast foods. We have vegetarian alternatives according to your request.