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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu from Cusco (4 Days)

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Tour Details

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu from Cusco is one of the most preferred treks. It is considered as one of the best alternatives to the renowned, Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Inca Trail however, requires an advance booking of at-least six months. Hikers are also required to obtain permit as the authorities have restricted the number of visitors to maintain the trail.

Lares Trek on the contrary, requires no permit or an advance booking.

However the sooner you book you will be able to obtain a booking in your preferred train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back.

The highest point of Lares trek to Machu Picchu is at 4600 metres above the sea level. It is highly recommended to take your time in Cusco and get used to high altitude before trekking.

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu from Cusco offers an extensive introduction to Peruvian culture and history. It is also offers incredible views at every turn. The trek will take you through tropical forests and green valleys offering sights of some remote lakes and waterfalls and camping in rural Peru.

The trek will give you an authentic cultural experience of Andes. There are many small communities in the valley who have maintained and preserved their 500 years old traditions and customs.

You will be meeting many farmers and weavers who continue to wear their colourful traditional attire. The region is popular in Peru for weavers who knit from home. If you are planning to buy some authentic handmade outfits, this will be the place to get a good bargain.

Our tour guides are tourism professionals and locals. They have an extensive knowledge about the sites and history and are fluent in English. With Treks in Cusco, you are certain to have a memorable and a lifetime experience.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0400 AM

Price Includes

  • Professional Spanish/English Speaking Guide
  • Private transportation Cusco/Quishuarani
  • Round Trip Train Ticket Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
  • Camping Equipment(Mattress, Double Occupancy Tents)
  • Dinning Tent, Kitchen Tent
  • Professional Chef
  • Horsemen: in charge of the horses
  • Horses and Llamas to take our Equipment
  • Entrances Fees to Machu Picchu
  • All meals (3B, 3L, 3D)
  • 01 night Hotel(Double Room) in Aguas Calientes

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Recommended To Carry

  • Personal Sleeping Bag
  • Flash Light
  • Warm and Rain Clothes
  • Hiking shoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Cap
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Bottle of Water
  • Day Pack
  • Sunscreen, Insect Repellent
  • 04 Pairs of Socks
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Tips
  • Original passport
Itinerary

Day 1Cusco – Calca – Quiswarani – Yanacocha

At day break, we will be leaving from Cusco by bus along the Sacred Valley of Incas to Calca. We will be having a brief stop in Calca before continuing our further three hours drive to Quiswarani. Along the way, we will be meeting some communities. The drive will be along a scenic route. At Quiswarani, we will be meeting our muleteers. We will then start our Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.

Our first part of the trek will be a gradual up-hill hike to 4200 metres. Here, we will be stopping by a nice lagoon and continue hiking further to our first pass of the trek named Hualcacassa Pass at 4425 metres. You will be able to see some snow capped peaks and seven lagoons from here. From here we will be hiking down to our lunch camp. After relishing on a freshly cooked nutritious meal for lunch, we will be doing a up hill trek to our second pass in Qolqecasa at 4200 metres.  From here it is just a thirty minutes downhill hike to our first campsite in Yanacocha at 3800 metres.

  • Meals included: Lunch and Dinner
  • Type of accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,200 m
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,700 m
  • Distance travelled: 15 km approx.
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours

Day 2Yanacocha – Huacahuasi – Mantanay

After breakfast, we will start our second day. We will be doing a down hill hike for almost two hours where we will see farmers and their traditional houses. You will be introduced to the products they cultivate. Here, you will be also seeing Andean camelids, Llamas and Alpacas. From here, we will be hiking uphill for three hours to the highest point of the trek. The highest point of Lares Trek is Auroracassa at 4600 metres above sea level. We will stop here and regain the energy and then trek down the hill to Mantanay , our second campsite at 3850 metres.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Type of accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,600 m
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,850 m
  • Distance travelled: 15 km approx.
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours

Day 3Mantanay – Yanahuara – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

This will be our last day of hike and the easiest one as well. We will be descending passing through Quinoa fields. On this route you will be able to witness a change in the landscape. You will also be able to see fields of potatoes, corn and some other native vegetables. Finally, we will reach Yanahuara. Here we will stop for lunch and bid adieu to our chef and muleteers.

We will then continue in our transport to Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo has been an important part of Inca civilization. We will be taking a train to Aguas Calientes. Upon reaching Aguas Calientes, we will be escorting you to the hotel where you will be spending the night in an ensuite room.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Type of accommodation: Hostel
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,850 m
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,150 m
  • Distance travelled: 10 km approx.
  • Approximate Walking Time: 4-5 hours

Day 4Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

After breakfast, we will be taking a bus up to Machu Picchu citadel. Here you will be having a complete two hours guided tour of the citadel. After the tour, you may take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and at a decided time you will be taking a train back to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will be meeting you at Ollantaytambo train station and will organise your transfer back to Cusco.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,450 m
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,150 m
  • Distance travelled: 10 km approx.
  • Approximate Walking Time: 4-5 hours
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Nelsson

Couple Traveller

We went on a 4D/3N Lares Trek + Macchu Picchu with Treks In Cusco. Our guide Carlos was super friendly and a great guide! He informed us a lot about life in the Lares Valley and was happy to answer any questions we had. The trail itself was quite off the beaten path and we only saw three other travellers on the trail. They have a different route than other Lares Treks as they finish directly at the Hot Springs, which is the perfect way to end the trek! The rest team was also super friendly and we had a great time playing cards together in the evenings! The food was also divine – we were impressed how Jonathan was always able to cook up delicious meals in such basic environments. He also baked a cake for us on our last day!

Treks In Cusco have made our Lares Trek and visit to Machu Picchu super memorable, and we would definitely recommend Treks In Cusco for a great experience!

February 19, 2020

Matt

Couple Traveller

This was a very nice trip. Marko is an excellent guide. He is very helpful and thoughtful. He organised this trek extremely well. There were a lot of times where we could not walk normally due to high altitude, and Carlos never got frustrated or rushed us, infact he stood next to us and encouraged us. The food were exrtreemely delicious and the camping areas were clean and well kept.

February 15, 2020

Jordy

Couple Traveller

Treks In Cusco is a wonderful operations. From our initial contact with Carlos to our final drop of with Carlos they were helpful throughout the entire process. Carlos is a special guide who lead us on the Lares trek. He is friendly, funny and cares greatly for those who he is guiding as well as all the people we met along the way. Our experience was beautiful and the private chef Grimmaldo made delicious meals at every stop considering our vegan and vegetarianism. I highly recommend booking with these guys.

February 7, 2020

Melissa

Family Traveller

We went to Peru with our children aged 10, 8 & 6. We were so lucky to walk the Lares Trek with Carlos and his amazing team of cooks and horse people. We also did day trips to Sacred Valley and Rainbow mountain with Marco. His knowledge of the area and history; passion for the local culture and custom; and ability and willingness to connect with us and our kids were beyond anything we could have expected.

February 4, 2020
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