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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

4 days / 3 nights

US$ 509.00

Lares trek to Machu PPicchu Description

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu offers hikers enchanting landscapes and interaction with rural Andean farmers dressed in their traditional ponchos with distinctive local colors. You will see stone houses with thatched roofs, magical mountain scenery, llamas and alpacas roaming freely in the mountains, and a total absence of frenetic tourist crowds, the beautiful Lares Valley has all the natural beauty of the Inca Trail – magical mountain scenery and the legacy of the Incas – but without the busy tourist crowds. 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. A wonderful hike offering a unique view into the lifestyles and traditions of the Andean people.

The Lares Trek is similar in difficulty to the Inca Trail (with one challenging 4,100m / 13,123 ft high pass). 2 nights camping and one night accommodation in Aguas Calientes, and an early bus ride up to Machu Picchu on day 4.

Other similar treks: Salkantay Trek, Inca TrailInca Jungle Trail.


  • Relax in the hot springs and visit an Andean community to learn ancient traditions
  • Experience the best of Peru, from the Lares Valley Highlands to the Machu Picchu Inca city.
  • Learn from the experienced Cusquenian guides, who are passionate about Inca Culture and the Mountains.
  • Hike through the communities of the Andes and witness authentic Andean traditions.
  • Follow local expert guides who pass on their Inca’s knowledge.

Day 01: Cusco – Calca – Lares – Wacahuasi

We depart Cuzco early in the morning and travel to the town of Calca (2,900m) in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We then ascend out of the Sacred Valley, and, after 2 hours of driving, arrive in the town of Lares. Here we will soak in the medicinal waters of the hot springs and relax until lunch. We will begin the Lares Trek afterwards, walking about 3.5 hours to Wacawasi, the first campsite. Overnight camping, dinner and breakfast on the next day.


Day 02: Wacawasi – Lago Ipsaycocha

Today offers the most captivating scenery. This morning we cross Ipsaycocha, our first high pass (4,600m / 15,456ft), with spectacular views of Ipsaycocha Lake situated at 4,280m / 14,380ft. We will also see the surrounding valleys and Andean farmers dressed in their traditional, brightly colored ponchos and head-wear, tending their crops and alpaca and llama herds. Our time here is an unforgettable experience and excellent photo opportunity. We will stop for a well-deserved lunch close to Ipsaycocha Lake and then continue on to Patacancha, being welcomed by children coming back home from school. We will spend the night here.

Abra Ipsaycocha.

Day 03: Patacancha – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

An early morning start today to get to a viewpoint giving us an amazing view of the valley. A small break, then we will continue for, on average, two hours to reach Pumamarka and explore its Inca terraces. We will finish the route in Ollantaytambo, catch the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night there.


Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

We will begin the day very early by walking up to Machu Picchu citadel for about an hour. After registering at the checkpoint, we will begin our 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore this amazing Inca city at your leisure. You can also visit Huayna Picchu Mountain (optional – additional cost and reservation required), Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), or the Inca Bridge. Finally, we will end the day, returning by train to Ollantaytambo and then taking a bus to your hotel in Cusco.

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