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2 Days
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 16

Day 1Cusco – Lares Hot Spring – Huacawasi

Our Lares Trek to Machu Picchu Tour begins 05:00 am pick up from your hotel. to 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 2Huacawasi – 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. (Lares Trek to Machu Picchu)

Hiking time: 7 hours
Climate: cold.
Walking distance approx 9km (6-7 hours).

Day 3Patacancha – 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 of approx 12km (5-6 hours).

Day 4Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Lares trek to Machu Picchu.- 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. (Lares trek to Machu Picchu)

Hiking time: 2 hours.

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights – Patacancha


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. Its panoramic views are magnificent, blue lakes similar to the sky, you can experience the Andean rural life of Peru and finally visit the wonder of 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.

Lares Trek to Machupicchu Information

  • 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)

Departure & Return Location




Departure Time

4 Days


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 the 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 persons).

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.


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


Prices in Private Service

Number of people Price per person
2 People US $647.00
3 People US $574.00
4 People US $542.00
5 People US $520.00
6 People US $506.00
7 People US $495.00
8 People US $482.00


Student Discount: US$20 (Requires Studen Card to qualify (and be NO older than 25 Years Old)
Under 18’s Discount: US$20

Optional Extras:

Sleeping Bag US$25
Walking Pole US$8
Inflatable Mattress US$25
Single Tent Supplement US$35



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.

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 for 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 good acclimatization it is necessary to rest as much as possible, to eat little, to drink abundant liquid; especially the mate of coca that possesses known healing and digestive properties. Adequate acclimatization avoids that it affects the «soroche» or bad of height, that could cause numerous annoyances to the health. (Lares trek to Machu Picchu)

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 Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 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.

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