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Lares Trekking To Machu Picchu 4 Days

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Duration : 4 Days - 3 Nights
Availability : Daily Departures
Departure Location : Cusco
Destination : Lares - Machu Picchu
Min Age : 6+
Max People : 12 PER GROUP




4,700 M


Camps, Hotel



Lares trek 4 days to Machu Picchu will provide you with a magical and impressive experience that you will never forget. Along the trail, you will find rivers, lakes, waterfalls and breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks of the Andes mountain range. If you are interested in Andean culture, this path will be the best option for you.
You will see several rural communities that raise llamas and alpacas and also keep the tradition alive through their sophisticated fabrics. The textile art of these communities is really impressive! Take this opportunity to make new friends and open your mind.


DAY 1Cusco - Lares Hot Springs - Quiswarany

The most amazing parts of the day: Traversing the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. Taking a dip in the hot springs of Lares, and taking advantage of its medicinal properties. Being surprised by the precious lakes and impressive waterfalls. Getting to know more of the Andean culture.

We ll pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 AM to start our fantastic adventure. You ll be able to see how the city of Cusco wakes up while we go toward the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After an hour of driving, we ll stop in Calca to visit the local market. There, you ll see a bit of the Andean culture and will be able to buy some last-minute things: snacks, fruit, water, etc. We ll continue our journey for 2 more hours to arrive at the hot springs of Lares where we ll be spoiled by an energizing breakfast accompanied by the mountains. Then will come the time for a dip in the waters. This recreational complex possesses various pools of different temperatures. The smallest are very hot. Be careful getting in! The volcanic water of these pools is medicinal and helps in treatment of bone and muscle illnesses. It also helps with stress and headaches. After spending a few minutes in the waters, we ll get back in the car to go to Punta Carretera (3,300 MASL / 10,827 FASL). Here, we ll have a meeting with our trekking team who will accompany us on the excursion. The porters will carry your luggage with the horses and will wait for you at each campsite. The only thing left for you is to enjoy the trek! The Lares trail won t disappoint. Soon, you ll find yourself in front of the impressive waterfall of Pacchayocc, a true gift of nature. We ll continue about 2 more hours until we get to an area filled with lakes. There, we ll enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our chef.

We ll continue with our trek and arrive at the highest point on the trail for the day, the Willkikasa Pass (4,400 MASL / 14,435 FASL). Take it easy; altitude sickness is a serious thing! From here, you ll just have to go downhill an hour and a half to our campsite in Quiswarani.

In Quiswarani, you ll have enough time to explore the town and visit some of the houses there. You ll learn about the lifestyle and traditions of the people from this part of the world. We ll also be able to visit the school where boys and girls speak Quechua, their mother tongue. If you d like, you can bring toys, notebooks or other school supplies to share with them.

We ll enjoy hot drinks while the sky darkens and the stars begin to appear. Finally, we ll have dinner prepared in this same place. You ll be able to stargaze and then take refuge in your tent to rest.

Distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles
Trekking time: About 5 hours
Starting altitude: 3,100 MASL / 10,170 FASL
Maximum altitude: 4,400 MASL / 14,435 FASL
Lodging type: Campsite
Lodging altitude: 3,850 MASL / 12,631 FASL
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner; besides that, snacks and tea time in the afternoon

DAY 2Quiswarany - Abra Pachacutec - Cancha cancha

The most amazing parts of the day: Seeing the surprising valley of Quiswarani. Touching the clouds at the Pachacútec Pass. Letting the power of the Qanchispaccha waterfall clean your internal energy. Being submerged in Andean culture and making new friends.

Today, we ll wake up around 5:30 AM, being offered hot drinks. At this time, people from the town will already be taking their llamas and alpacas out to graze. Breakfast will be served as soon as we finish getting the luggage ready to go. We ll fill our water bottles and receive snacks to start the day strengthened for the trail. There will be 3-4 hours of ascent toward the highest point of the entire trek: the Pachacútec Pass (4,700 MASL / 15,419 FASL). We ll hike upward in zigzag to lessen the strain due to the altitude. The landscapes of this place are surprising. You ll see the beautiful lake of Palcoyo and the impressive Qanchispaccha waterfall. If you feel bad or too tired, don t worry, we ll always have an emergency horse available. We ll find ourselves above the clouds once we get to the Pachacútec Pass. From there, the 360 degree view is truly astounding. In front of you, you ll see the majestic mountains of Pitusiray and Qolqe Cruz. Take advantage of this point to take amazing photos because we ll soon start going downhill! We ll start a one-hour descent down the slope to a place where we ll enjoy our lunch. Recuperate your energy, you ll still need to walk 3 more hours! Our campsite is found in the town of Cancha Cancha (3,900 MASL / 12,795 FASL). Here, 85% of the houses are made with traditional techniques and materials: stone walls and thatched roofs. Since our support team will be in charge of setting up the tents, you ll have time to spend with the local people. After that, your guide will take you to one of the community houses to learn about their lifestyle. You ll be able to see guinea pigs being raised and learn about traditional, hand-made textiles made of alpaca and llama wool. In the afternoon, you ll enjoy hot drinks and dinner.

Distance: 13.5 km / 8.4 miles
Trekking time: About 8 hours
Starting altitude: 3,850 MASL / 12,631 FASL
Maximum altitude: 4,700 MASL / 15,419 FASL
Lodging type: Campsite
Lodging altitude: 3,900 MASL / 12,795 FASL
Difficulty: Challenging
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner; besides that, snacks and tea time in the afternoon

DAY 3Cancha cancha - Huaran - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

The most amazing parts of the day: Seeing the work of the shepherds who live at high altitude. Leaning more about ancient Inca agriculture. Being surprised by the pink salt of Maras. Visiting the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo. Relaxing in the town of Aguas Calientes and preparing to go to Machu Picchu.

Just like every morning, our trekking team will wake you up with a hot drink to start the day in the best way. Once you re prepared, you ll start the last leg of the trek. We ll walk 4 hours downhill along a gorgeous path where you ll see herds of llamas and alpacas again. We ll pass by fields of potatoes, haba beans and other products. This is a fabulous opportunity to learn more about Andean agricultural techniques. We ll start descending to a warmer area: the Sacred Valley. You ll feel the changes between micro-climates and will see different crops than you saw in the higher altitude areas. The Sacred Valley cultivates corn, quinoa, kiwi, peaches, avocados and other types of fruits. Of course, this area is full of history and Inca culture. We ll finish the tour in a small town called Huarán (2,700 MASL / 8,858 FASL) where you ll say goodbye to the trekking team and the horses. Here, you ll enjoy a delicious, nutritional lunch.

In Huarán, transportation will be waiting for us to go through the Sacred Valley to the salt mines of the town of Maras. Here, at 3,380 MASL / 11,089 FASL, a salty spring of water flows and spills out over the slope of the mountain. You ll be able to see 3,000 small evaporation chambers that have been used since pre-Inca times. This salt has curative properties due to the minerals it contains and which turn it a beautiful pink color. Local families possess every one of these chambers and support themselves by supplying salt to the towns in this zone. There s a small shop there where you can buy some of the pink salt, if you re interested.

After visiting the salt mines, the van will take us 45 minutes away to Ollantaytambo, the last intact, living Inca town that exists. There, you ll see water canals, as well as houses and walls more than 5 centuries old. Your guide will drive around so you can see more of this small city until dinner time in a local restaurant. We ll board the train at 7:00 PM for Aguas Calientes, the town found at the base of Machu Picchu. Remember that train schedules can vary depending on availability. When we arrive to Aguas Calientes, you ll be registered at a hotel. Now relax and prepare yourself for the most astounding day of the whole trip.

Distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles
Trekking time: About 4 hours
Starting altitude: 3,900 MASL / 12,795 FASL
Maximum altitude: 3,900 MASL / 12,795 FASL
Lodging type: Hotel
Lodging altitude: 2,000 MASL / 6,562 FASL
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner; besides that, snacks

DAY 4Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco Hotel

The most outstanding: Feeling your heart accelerate as you walk closer and closer to Machu Picchu early in the morning. We ll arrive before the majority of other tourists! Exploring this sacred wonder of the world while you enjoy the sunrise. Discovering the mysteries of Machu Picchu with your professional guides in a two-hour tour. Next, if you d like and have reserved your tickets in advance, hiking up Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain or walking to the Sun Gate where you don t need extra tickets.

Today, we ll get to the final destination of our trek. Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and Historical and Cultural World Heritage Site.

After a restful night in the hotel, we ll get up very early to go to the archeological complex of Machu Picchu with the intention of arriving before the majority of the tourists. In this way, you ll be able to enjoy a serene view of this sanctuary under the smooth light of the morning. The control point in the entrance of Machu Picchu is open to visitors from 6:00 AM until 5:00 PM. It s important to know that this trek is challenging, and there s also an option to take a bus for USD $12.00 extra. There, we ll have a 2-hour guided tour around the entire ancient city. The architecture of the Incas is truly surprising! The Incas we able to construct a safe, sustainable city with excellent planning on top of the mountains thanks to their deep relationship with the surrounding nature. Among other feats, they were able to distribute water to the whole population through canals!

After the tour, you ll be able to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. For this, be sure to reserve your tickets in advance. It takes about 3 hours round-trip to hike either one of these mountains. A less difficult option for which you don t need an extra ticket is to walk to the Sun Gate, the main entrance for trekkers coming from the Inca Trail. This hike takes about 2 to 2.5 hours round-trip. Another interesting option is to walk to the Inca Bridge.

After enjoying the magic of this city-state, you ll return to the town of Aguas Calientes where, at about 4:22 PM (subject to availability), we ll take the train to go back to Ollantaytambo. This trip will take 2 hours. In Ollantaytambo, we ll get on a bus to take us back to Cusco. Arrival to the city will be at about 9:00 PM.

We ve finished this vibrant adventure, and now you can rest your body. However, we assure you that your heart will keep beating in joy for weeks, years or maybe eternally.

Distance: 6 km / 3.72 miles
Trekking time: About 2 hours
Starting altitude: 1,900 MASL / 6,232 FASL
Maximum altitude: 2,400 MASL / 7,872 FASL
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
Meals: Boxed breakfast

  • Sleeping bag
  • trekking stick
  • Extra oxygen
  • First Aid kit
  • One foamy sleeping pad per person
  • Inflatable Mattress
  • Tea time = Happy Hour: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the cooks will let on the dining table pop-corn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
  • Private transportation from the hotel to Pisac Inca ruins and then Huaran (Trailhead)
  • Local Licensed & Fluent English speaking guide (2 guides for more than 8 people)
  • Round trip train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and a transfer back to Cusco
  • Admission ticket to the Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu for 2 hours.
  • Hotel with private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, storage and buffet breakfast included
  • Delicious gourmet meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our mules)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles
  • Rain poncho
  • Transfer back to Cusco only for our group
  • Interaction with the local kids and community people
  • Original Passport
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film with extra batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Daypack
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