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Trip Overview

We are a 100% local agency specialized in small groups with experienced guides for our Lares trek to Machu Picchu, and we have the best prices, we are a direct tour operator. Guarantee a magical and headache-free trip with our team.

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu plan

Day 1:  Thermal Baths – Cultural Immersion in Quishuarani – Blue Lagoon Camp
Day 2: Conquer the Condor or Pachatuq Pass – Accopata – Cancha Cancha Village
Day 3: Weaving Process – Pachamanca Food – Fundo Huran – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Day 4: Visit to Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

Included

  • 2 nights at campin, 1 night hotel
  • Tour guide for all excursions
  • All entrance fees
  • All necessary transportation for the tours.

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is often recognized as a popular alternative to the Classic Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek. Lares Trek Peru is a high altitude and off the beaten track trek dotted with jaw-dropping sights at every turn. The trek is less crowded so you will have most sites to yourself.

The four days Lares Trek Peru takes you through many small towns and remote Andean villages along the Lares Valley. This will be a perfect introduction to life in the Andes. Accompanied by our English-speaking local tour guide, you will get a detailed insight into the life and culture of local people living in the highland.

You will also be hiking through different hot springs and highland Andean lagoons snuggled between snow-capped peaks. Most of these regions are home to different Andean camelids, Alpacas, Llamas, and Andean Rabbits – Vizcacha. 

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is a high-altitude experience. The highest point that you will be reaching on this four-day trek is 4850 meters above sea level (15912ft). To avoid altitude sickness, we highly recommend that you spend at least 3 to 4 days acclimatizing in Cusco. 

We are a fully locally owned and certified Lares Trek to Machu Picchu tour operator based in Cusco. This is one of our signature treks. We have a dedicated team for the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu tour with years of experience guiding this trek.

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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu - Full Itinerary

Day 1Thermal Baths - Cultural Immersion in Quishuarani - Blue Lagoon Camp

Today begins our Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel a 5 am. We will then embark on a 3-hour drive to the Hot Spring of Lares. Along the way, we will be making a brief stop in Calca in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here you can buy some last-minute items and snacks.

At Lares, we will have free time to enjoy the hot springs that are divided into different pools ranging from cold to hot water. Later we will be serving our first breakfast of the Lares Trek prepared by our local Andean chef.

We will then drive for another 40 minutes to Quishuarani (3300m/10827ft). This is the trailhead of the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu. Our tour guide will be introducing you to our support crew. After a short briefing, we will begin the Lares trek with cultural immersion.

We will stop at a local family’s home, where you can witness traditional dances, and also learn about their farming techniques, including harvesting potatoes. They will also show you how they build their traditional houses.

Next we will enjoy a lunch served by the local family, and after a rest, we will begin our three hour hike to the first campsite on the bank of a lagoon. It will be a gradual ascent.

When we arrive at the camp, our chef will serve us coca tea, chocolates or coffee, and finally we will have the Andean dinner.

This hike will take you through mountainous Andean farms, where you will see alpacas and llamas. We will also pass waterfalls that come down from the mountains.

Day 2Conquer the Condor or Pachatuq Pass - Accopata - Cancha Cancha Village

We will be waking you up to a cup of freshly brewed infusion or Peruvian Coffee. After relishing a typical breakfast, we will begin hiking for four hours, up the hill through the Lares Valley.

This section of the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is somewhat challenging as we will be hiking to the highest point of Lares Trek, Condor Pass or Pachacutec Pass (4680m/15350ft).

On this Lares Trek to Machu picchu, you will see stunning views of highland lagoons, dotted with snow-capped peaks.

At the summit of the pass, you will have free time to enjoy the panoramic view of the valley and the snow-capped mountains, enjoying a coca tea served by our chef. at the same time our guide will explain the meaning of the Apus (mountains), which are Andean deities.
Afterwards, we will descend for an hour and a half, accompanied by breathtaking views, to the community of Accopata, where we will have lunch. After lunch we will descend for another two hours through the valley to the last camp of the Lares Trail, the community of Cancha Cancha, where farmers grow only potatoes.

After or before dinner, depending on the weather, our guide will explain the importance of the Andean constellations for agriculture for the Andean man, and at the same time will show you the constellations in the sky.

Day 3Weaving Process - Pachamanca Food - Fundo Huran - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

After enjoying a typical breakfast, we will be visiting a local family house. They will demonstrate their skills in spinning and weaving. You can also buy some items as souvenirs if you wish.

We will then do our last descent to Huaran town. It is a four hours hike along the valley beside the river. You will get to see different Llamas and Alpacas along the way. We will also be passing through potatoes and fava beans farms. The farmers will be happy to demonstrate their farming skills here.

Once in Huaran, our chef will serve a traditional local meal called Pachamanca for lunch. Pachamanca is a traditional Andean meal baked with the aid of hot stones.

After lunch, we will bid goodbye to our Lares Trek to Machu Picchu support team. We will then begin our trip in our private transport to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This was the former administrative capital of the Incas.

Ollantaytambo is also a “living Inca town”. Here you will witness the advancement of the Inca’s town planning and our guide will be giving you a tour.

After having an Andean meal for dinner here, we will be boarding the train to Aguas Calientes town where we will be accommodating you in an ensuite hotel room for the night.

Day 4Visit to Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

Embark on a Machu Picchu Tour, an immersive expedition that transcends time and transports you to the heart of the Inca Empire. From the moment you set foot on Peru, every step is a pilgrimage towards the crown jewel of Inca architecture Machu Picchu.

At 6:00 AM: Begin your day with a scenic bus ride, winding through the picturesque landscapes of the Valley that ascends the serpentine mountain road, offering glimpses of the ancient citadel amidst lush greenery.
Machu Picchu Unveiled:

7:00 AM: Step into the realm of Machu Picchu, where every stone whispers tales of a bygone era. Accompanied by an expert guide, unravel the mysteries of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the Temple of the Sun, the Room of the Three Windows, and the awe-inspiring Intihuatana stone with panoramic views and photo opportunities:

11:00 AM: Descend to Aguas Calientes and take a moment to relax and lunch before boarding the return train to Ollantaytambo and then by car to your hotel of Cusco.

Included

  • Pre departure briefing.Meet with your guide and group in our office a day before at 6 pm.
  • Tour Leader or GuideAn experienced tour leader for the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.
  • Accommodations We include 2 nights camping in tents and 1 night in a Basic three-star hotel in Marital (double or triple rooms) for the night.
    If you prefer a single tent, there is an additional fee.
  • Entrance FeesThe entrance to the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu and the places we will visit as described it the itinerary.
  • All Private TransportationTransportation from Cusco to Quishuarani on day 1, from Huaran to Ollantaytambo on day 2, Consettur Bus round trip on day 4 and from Ollantaytambo to Cusco on day 4.
  • Expeditions and Vista Done Train The Expedition Train on day 1 from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. The Vistadome Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo on day 2.
  • Meals • Our chef’s meals are included from lunch of day 1, until the breakfast of the last day. Also, we include a snack per day, boiled and cooled water for your bottles. Those are prepared by our mountain chef.
  • Medical KitAll of our team are trained in first aid, all our guides carry a kit to face emergencies as well an oxygen tank.
  • 7KM of your bagFor the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, We will transport 7 kg of your belongings and will provide you a duffle bag, a rain poncho, plus a backpack cover
  • Camping Equipment: We use the best possible equipment for mountain activities for your comfort and safety. Tents of 4 people capacity that we use for 2 people, as well a foam mattress and pillow.
  • Tour support team. We include staff that will make your trip unforgettable, such as the guide, cook, cook's assistant, porters and muleteers.

Not included

  • Single Room If you require a single room or tent there is an extra cost.
  • Gratuities for the team.Tipping is a common tradition on any tour. Traveler’s tips will be shared with the muleteers, chefs and guides. Although we pay a good salary to all our team, a little extra is always welcomed.
  • Meals not mentioned.First Breakfast, last lunch and dinner are not included.
  • Trekking poles.Walking sticks with rubber tips are highly recommended to make your hike easier.
  • Sleeping BagsIt is necessary to bring a -15°C sleeping bag, for your comfort.
  • Travel insurance: It is not mandatory, but it is recommended to protect yourself
  • Here are some additional items that you can include in this tour.

    • Vistadome Train for Return: US $ 70 -First class train with panoramic views, windows on roof, typical dance show and on-board service and best accommodation.
    • Huayna Picchu Mountain: US$75 – It is the famous mountain behind the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It takes 50 minutes to go up and another 40 to come back. You can climb it after you finish the guided tour of Machu Picchu. The entrance to this mountain has an additional cost and needs to be booked in advance.
    • Private tours and excursions. They are ideal for those who wants a more personalized service, where the schedules are arranged according to the client’s requirements.
    • Extensions. If you wish we can extend your trip a few more days, before or after the tour, either in Cusco or to other destinations in Peru, just consult us.

Price

Prices in shared service

Price ↓
$  500,00 per person

 -Hotel included: Retama Inn, Hatun Samay or Similar.

  • A group Lares Trek to Machu Picchu means that it is open for other travelers to join in.
  • 100% guaranteed departures. This tour can be done at any time of the year.
  • Prices are per person based on the selected hotel room and in American Dollars.
  • For tours in private service contact us, it has another cost.

Discount:

  • 40 dollars discount for travelers under 17 years old.
  • 40 dollars discount for CAN member countries: Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia.
  • Groups, with more than 6 members also have a discount. Please inform us at the time of booking so that we can apply the discount.
How to Book and Pay for the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu?
  • To book, it is necessary to make the initial payment of the requested amount US $ 150 per person with credit or debit card, by the way that we will indicate.
  • After the deposit, you will have to send us a passport photos, only with this we will be able to confirm your deposit and booking.
  • If you cancel the tour, all deposits are non-refundable for any reason.
  • The remaining balance must be paid in Cusco before starting your tour with cash.
  • Note: If you are paying the balance with credit or debit card there is an extra charge of 6%.

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FAQs

How long is the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu ?

The Lares Trek is around 33 km long (20 miles). It usually takes 3 days to traverse it, while the 4th day consists on a guided tour of Machu Picchu.

How high is the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu?

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu reaches a maximum height of 4600 m.a.s.l at the Condor Pass.

Does the Lares Trek go to Machu Picchu?

The Lares Trek doesn’t directly end in Machu Picchu. The hiking trail ends in Huaran, and it’s followed by a car trip to Ollantaymbo, a train trip to Aguas Calientes, to finally end with a guided tour of Machu Picchu.

How difficult is the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu?

The Lares Trek has a moderate difficulty due to its high altitude, similar to the Salkantay Trek.

Is the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu worth it?

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is definitely a worth experience. It allows hikers to visit the beautiful Andean landscapes and local communities, while trekking to Machu Picchu. Unlike the Inca Trail, the Lares Trek doesn’t require a special permit.

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