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Valle Lares Trek 3 Days – Machu Picchu Lares Trek

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Valle Lares Trek 3 Days - Machu Picchu Lares Trek

Valle Lares Trek 3 Days or Machu Picchu Lares Trek is a unique and rewarding trek from Cusco to Machu Picchu. It combines a highland Andean trekking with an opportunity to experience authentic local Andean culture. This is a high altitude experience.

On the first two days of the three days Machu Picchu Lares Trek, we will be visiting some remote and less known Andean villages and local communities. This is not a route that many people are aware of.

It offers a genuine cultural experience. The Lares trek route offers incredible sights of Andean farms full of llamas and Alpacas. 

On the third day of Valle Lares Trek , we will be driving you to Ollantaytambo. You will be taking a train to Aguas Calientes and will be visiting lost city of the Incas.

Unlike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, permits are not required for Lares Trail. 

Why Treks In Cusco?

We have years of experience in operating Lares Valley trek to Machu Picchu from Cusco. Our guides are locals from the region. They have a closer contacts with local family in these remote Andean Villages. 

We offer the Lares Cultural trek both in small group and as private tours. 

Do take a moment to check out our reviews on Trip Advisor

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0600 AM

Price Includes

  • Pre trek briefing
  • Pickup from your hotel in the morning of trek departure
  • Transport from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the trek in private car
  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu - $15 extra
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 6 people)
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks
  • Basic foam mattress
  • Toilet tent
  • Toilet paper, pack-in &pack out
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7 kg/15 lbs per person)
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Transport from Lares to Ollantaytambo
  • Train (expedition service) Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
  • Train or equivalent luggage from Hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes
  • Train ticket (Expedition service) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Coca Tea and All meals during the trek

Price Excludes

  • Dinner on the last night
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain an additional fee of US $16 per personal applies Breakfast on the first morning
  • Any Private Expenses

Lares Trek Packing List

  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Original passport
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilising tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)
Valle Lares Trek 3 Days - Machu Picchu Lares Trek

Day 1Cusco - Lares - Maranpqui

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 0600 AM. Then in our private transport we will be driving to Lares hot springs. You will have some time to soak in the natural spring water here. We will then have lunch and start a gradual climb to a village called Maranpaqui.

Here we will be camping for the night.

  • Total Distance – 9 KMs
  • Duration of trek: 5 Hours
  • Minimum Altitude of the day: 3100 metres
  • Maximum Altitude of the day: 4000 metres 


Day 2Maranpaqui - Chaullacocha

After breakfast at early in the morning, we will start trekking towards Collquepata Pass. The pass nestles at 4400 metres. We will be passing through picturesque glacial lakes along the way.

Then we will then hike down to Chaullacocha village. We will be reaching there later in the afternoon.

Ou guides have an extensive knowledge about the community and their way of life. After lunch, we will be visiting the community centre and a small school.

We will be camping near the village for the night.

  • Total Distance – 14 KMs
  • Duration of trek: 8 Hours
  • Minimum Altitude of the day: 4000 metres
  • Maximum Altitude of the day: 4450 metres 

Day 3Chaullacocha - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

At 0700 in the morning, after breakfast we will embark on a road trip to Ollantaytambo. We will have a brief stop here. You can buy some snacks or sip in a coffee in this beautiful village.

We will take train to Aguas Calientes. At Aguas Calientes, we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we will take a bus to Visit Machu Picchu citadel.

Once in citadel, our guide will give you a guided tour of the citadel. On this 3 hours tour, you will be visiting prime sites like the plaza, ceremonial centre, temples among others.

After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel. We will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes town. Here we will be boarding the train to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will pick you up from the train station and will transfer you to hotel in Cusco.

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Solo Traveller

We did 3 days / 2 nights Lares Trek. It was amazing experience! The views were beautiful, our group was the only one on the route (which differentiates this trek from Classic Inca Trek).

March 4, 2020