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 Trail 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 tour operator based in Cusco. This is one of our signature treks. We have a dedicated team for the Lares Trek tour with years of experience guiding this trek.
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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.
Once you have had your fill of the hot springs, 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 trek with cultural immersion.
We will be stopping at a local family house. Here you will get to witness the traditional dance. They will then give you an insight into their farming techniques including the harvesting of potatoes. They will also demonstrate how they build traditional houses.
Once you have had your fill of the Andean traditions, we will be serving lunch here. After lunch, we will begin our hike to the first campsite for three hours. It will be a gradual uphill hike.
This full-day hike will take you through highland Andean farms where you will get to see Alpacas and Llamas. We will also be passing through Glacier Waterfalls.
On reaching the campsite, our chef will serve an exclusive traditional Andean dinner. We will be camping on the shores of a blue water lagoon.
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 Peru. Condor Pass or Pachacutec Pass (4680m/15350ft).
To compensate for the hike, you will be getting stunning views of highland lagoons dotted with snow-capped peaks.
From the summit of the pass, you will get a panoramic view of the valley below. Our chef will serve a cup of freshly brewed coca tea which you will be sipping in with a sight of Pitusaray’s snowcapped peak in front.
Our local expert will be explaining the significance of Apus (Mountain Peaks) which are Andean deities.
We will then descend on the opposite side of the Lares Valley to Accopata. It takes about an hour and a half to hike down. The route is dotted with sights of Llamas and Alpacas grazing on the banks of colorful lagoons. At Accopata, we will be stopping for lunch.
After lunch, we will be descending for another two hours through the valley to the last campsite of the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, Cancha Canhca. It is a small Andean village. Here you will be able to see the life of the highland Andean farmers.
The village got its first electric connection in December 2019. Until then they used candles to illuminate their houses. Also, the village is not accessible by road.
After dinner, accompanied by a village chief, our guide will be talking to you about the prominence of the Andean Constellations and their importance in farming. Often here you will be able to witness different constellations like Andean Cross, and Virgo among others.
After relishing 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 as souvenirs if you want to.
We will then commence our last descent to Huaran. 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. The earthen oven is called Huatia.
After lunch, we will bid goodbye to our 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 Inca’s town planning as our guide will be giving you a tour.
After relishing an Andean meal for dinner here, we will be boarding the train to Aguas Calientes town. Here we will be accommodating you in an ensuite hotel room for the night.
After early morning breakfast, we will be taking the tourist bus from our hotel to the entrance of Machu Picchu. It is a 25-minute ride up the hill to the entrance of the citadel. Our guide will be assisting you in clearing the security control and entering the citadel.
As you enter the citadel, you will witness the golden rays of morning sun shimmering on the walls of Machu Picchu.
We will be giving you a two hours tour of the citadel. You will be visiting prime sites like the main square, remains of royal quarters, and ceremonial center among others. After the guided tour of the complex, you will have some time to explore the citadel on your own.
If you have booked to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will be directing you to the respective trailhead. Please note that to hike to the summit of one of these mountains, you will need a permit. Often permits are sold months in advance.
Alternatively, you can hike to the Sungate. You won’t need any permit to hike there. This is the point of entrance for those hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.
We will then take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. Here we will be stopping at a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch, you will have some free time to saunter through the narrow streets of the town.
Later in the evening, we will be taking the train back to Ollantaytambo train station. Our representative will meet you on arrival and will transfer you to your hotel in Cusco. We will be reaching by 0900 PM.
A group tour means that it is open for other travelers to join.
100% guaranteed departures, because we operate since two travelers.
This tour can be done from March to January. we dont leave on february because rain a lot.
The Prices are per person in double, Marital or Triple accomodation (for a single room or solo Traveler there is an additional cost).
Please let us know when you are booking to give you the discount.
Required Deposit to Book: To book you need to make a pre payment of US $ 200 per person by PayPal with any credid or debit card. To make it sure we will send you a payment link with the deposit amount.
Please, after deposit send us the transfer number and passports copy, Only with this we will be able to confirm your pre payment and booking.
Balance: The balance have to be paid in Cusco at briefing with cash.
Notice: If you are going to pay the balance with credit or debit card there is an extra charge of 5% .
Here are some intens that you can include in this tour if you don’t have them, here are the rental prices.
These extensions can be included before or after the tour, each one needs an additional day, also needs an extra touristic ticket. The price depends of your group size or Service Type.
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.
The Lares Trek reaches a maximum height of 4600 m.a.s.l at the Condor Pass.
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.
The Lares Trek has a moderate difficulty due to its high altitude, similar to the Salkantay Trek.
The Lares Trek 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.