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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

The beautiful Lares Valley has all the natural beauty of the Inka Trail – magical mountain scenery and the legacy of the Inkas – but without the busy tourist crowds.

Group Service Price

 US $550.00 per person

Note: To open the group a minimum of 02 people is required

Private Service Price

  • 2 people    USD$ 625.00 per person
  • 3 people    USD$ 599.00 per person
  • 4 people    USD$ 575.00 per person
  • 5 people    USD$ 545.00 per person
  • 6 + people USD$ 525.00 per person

Discounts:

  • Student Discount: USD $25.00 (requires ISIC Card)
  • Under 18’s Discount: USD $25.00

Optional extras NOT included (need to book in advance):

  • Sleeping Bag USD $20.00
  • Pair of trekking poles USD $15.00
  • Inflatable Mattress USD $20.00 
  • One-person tent USD $35.00
  • Climbing Machu Picchu Mountain:  USD $20.00 
  • Climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain: USD $20.00 
  • Vistadome Train: Aguas Calientes – Cusco: USD $50.00

Every Day Of The Year

Departure dates: We have potential group trips for the Inka Trail every day of the year, except in February when the trail is closed for maintenance. 

Note: You are able to visit Machu Picchu by train in February.

Availability: Only 500 people are allowed on the Inka Trail per day and this includes tourists, guides, porters and chefs. Therefore, to avoid disappointment, you should make your reservation months in advance. Also, please note, all agencies have the same number of spaces, so if one agency is not able to accommodate your dates, none of them will be able to.

Details & Itinerary

 

The advantage of this trek is that permits are not required and, in theory, you could just turn up in Cusco and make a booking 2 or 3 days in advance. You will see stone houses with thatched roofs, magical mountain scenery and llamas and alpacas roaming freely in the mountains.

Level: medium-difficult.

LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4D/3N

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Day 1: Cusco - Huaran - Cancha Cancha

Distance: 9km / 5.4 miles

Walking time: 4 hours

We leave Cusco early in the morning and take a bus through the Sacred Valley for approximately 1.5 hours to Huaran (2900m). Our hike begins here and follows a small river up through the mountain corridor. After walking for roughly 4.5 hours, we begin to see the glacial peaks of Cancha Cancha (4984m.) and Chicon (5530m). We’ll know that we have reached camp, when we see the thatched-roof, stone houses of the Cancha Cancha village (3900m).

Day 2: Cancha Cancha - Quiswarani

Distance: 13.5km / 8 miles

Walking time: 8 hours

Shortly after beginning our trek in the morning, we reach two brilliant glacial lakes, Suirococha and Yuraccocha. Here, we can see several bird species, including Andean Ibis and geese. From the lakes, the trail climbs steeply for about 2.5 hours to the first pass, Pachacutec (4700m). Nearing the top, we enjoy a spectacular view of the snow-covered peaks of Pitusiray (5750m) and Chicon (5530m). An original Inka stone path will lead us along the ridge and down the opposite corridor. We will then follow a series of cascading waterfalls to the village of Quiswarani, where we will camp for the night.

Day 3: Quisuarani - Lares Hot Springs - Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Distance: 9km / 5.4 miles

Walking time: 4 hours  

After a hearty breakfast with the community, we will begin our hike upward through the high puna (high sierra) to the Huillquicasa pass (4400m). From this high mountain pass, we’ll see the extensive Vilcanota range and the pastoral farmland and lagoons below. The well-marked trail zig-zags us down to greener pastures where llamas, alpacas, and sheep graze alongside flocks of Andean water birds. The rare Peruvian Viscacha, a medium-sized rodent related to the Chinchilla, can be seen bounding in and out of the rocky mountain crags. Continuing down even further, we reach the picturesque village of Cuncani (3700m) where our private transport will be waiting to take us to our lunch spot and hot, medicinal baths of Lares (3100m.) A relaxing soak in these thermal pools is an excellent way for trekkers to rest their tired bodies after such a challenging and exhilarating trek. From the village of Lares, our private transport will be waiting to take us back to Ollantaytambo where we will catch a train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arriving in Aguas Calientes, a representative will meet you and take you to your hotel.

Day 4: Machu Picchu

After spending the previous night in a comfortable hotel, we will take the earliest bus up to Machu Picchu, arriving at the entrance around 6:00 a.m. We’ll have an interesting 2-hour guided tour of the ruins and then you will have some extra time to explore the ruins at your own pace. Afterwards, we’ll head back down to Aguas Calientes where you will board a late afternoon train and then a bus to Cusco, arriving in the evening.

Included:

  • Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to the trailhead
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, vegetarian options are available) 
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Coca tea is served every morning in your tent
  • Boiled water after breakfast, to refill your water bottles (1 liter per person)
  • Snacks each morning 
  • Hot drinks such as coca tea, black tea and coffee in the afternoon Round trip train ticket: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Poroy
  • Round trip bus ticket: Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance fee to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • 2 hour professionally guided tour of Machu Picchu 
  • Entrance fee to Lares hot springs  
  • Hotel transfer from Poroy train station to your hotel in Cusco 
  • High quality camping equipment for 2 people. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent)
  • Horseman and mules, for all camping equipment and customer’s luggage (Up to 10kg)
  • Emergency horse for riding in case of illness or injury
  • Duffle bag 
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle

Not included:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Breakfast on Day 1, Lunch and Dinner on Day 4
  • Extra night in Aguas Calientes
  • Travel Insurance – we strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance for the duration of your trip
  • Tips

What you need to bring

  • Original Passport and migration card
  • ISIC card (www.isic.org) if applicable (must be submitted at the time of booking)
  • Backpack and daypack with rain cover
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothing for warm and cold climates e.g. lightweight pants, thermal layers 
  • Rain gear: jacket, poncho, pants 
  • Trekking shoes/boots
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs)
  • Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater
  • Long and short-sleeved polos/T-Shirts
  • Woolen hat 
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs 
  • Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses, insect repellent 
  • Personal medical kit and medication 
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Small towel
  • Water bottle (recommended 1 liter)
  • Trekking poles (can be rented from us)
  • Headlamp with spare batteries (very important) 
  • Some snacks such as chocolate bars and dried fruit
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Extra money for drinks, souvenirs, tips etc. (soles or dollars)

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