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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu Briefing

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 tourist crowds. The advantage of this trek is that permits are not required and, an 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 (4,550m – 14924ft.) high pass. 2 nights camping and one night accommodation in Aguas Calientes before to visit Machu Picchu.
Other similar treks: Salkantay TrekInca Trail


🤝🏻 Meeting and briefing

Some days before the tour, our team will contact you via E-mail or WhatsApp and will coordinate the meeting time at your hotel to provide you the all tour details and answer all your questions.

🏁 Starts from your accommodation in Cuzco at 05:00 A.M.

🔚 Ends to the center of Cuzco at about 7:00 P.M.

Day 01: Cusco – Calca – Lares – Wacahuasi

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 6 km. - 3.72 mi.

🕗 Duration: 3 hours 1/2

📈 Maximum elevation: 3800m. - 12464ft.

📉 Minimum elevation: 3250m. - 10660ft.

⛺ Lodging: Wacahuasi

We’ll pick you up from your hotel in Cusco center at 5 a.m. to begin the famous Lares Trek to Machu Picchu. It’ll be a three-hour drive along the beautiful landscape of the Sacred Valley and through the Andes. Once we arrive at the Lares Hot Springs (3250m. – 10660ft.) , and you’ll enjoy the hot springs, which are divided up between various pools ranging from freezing to hot water. They’re all composed of pure volcanic water, which is medicinal and considered to be good for your bones, stress, muscles, and headaches.

After soaking in the pools we will have the lunch where you’ll enjoy your first homemade meal prepared by our trekking chef, after our delicious lunch It’ll be three hours and a half hours of gradually uphill hiking. this section of the hike is considered the potato valley area, because people farm many varieties of organic potatoes also will see many llamas and alpacas walking over the mountains like wild animals until we arrive at the campsite in Wacahuasi (3800m. – 12464ft) there you’ll be welcomed by the local family who’ll have your tents set up. We’ll enjoy some hot drinks as the sky darkens and the stars start appearing. Finally, you’ll enjoy a lovely dinner, overnight.

💡 To keep in mind

– Bring a bathing suit, the entrance to the thermal baths is not included and has a cost of 15.00 soles.
– The weather in the Andes is very changeable so it is recommended to bring a rain poncho or rain jacket.


Day 02: Wacawasi – Ipsaycocha lake – Patacancha

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 14km. (8.69 mi.)

🕗 Duration: 8 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 4550m. 14924ft.

📉 Minimum elevation: 3800m. - 12464ft.

⛺ Lodging: Patacancha

Today we will be woken up around 5:30a.m., then we will take our energetic breakfast, today offers the most captivating scenery. We wi’ll begin the hike four-hour climb to get to the summit of Ipsaycocha high pass (4550m. – 14924ft.) on the way we will see, 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 opportunity to connect with the Nature (Pachamama), you’ll have spectacular views of the colorful Ipsaycocha lake (4,280m / 14,380ft.). We will stop for a well-deserved lunch close to the Lake. There’ll be some llamas grazing nearby. After lunch, we’ll hike the last three hours downhill. There’ll be fantastic views of the Valley, llamas, and alpacas, before arriving at Patacancha (3800m. – 12464ft.) Overnight, dinner.

💡 To keep in mind

– This second day is the most difficult so it is highly recommended to use walking sticks.


Day 03: Patacancha – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 6km. (3.76 mi.)

🕗 Duration: 3 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 2800. 9184ft.

📉 Minimum elevation: 1950. - 6636ft.

🏠 Lodging: Aguas Calientres

In the morning we will take our breakfast, start another beautiful day of hiking by the Patacancha Valley, first we will take a transportation for about 30 minutes to Pumamarka from here we will have a nice view of the Inca´s terraces, then will continue walking down to Ollantaytambo (2800. -9184ft.) the only living intact Inca village, It still has many Inca water channels, houses, and walls. Your guide will take you around to view this small town until it’s time for lunch.
After the lunch the cook will say good bye and then we will continúe to the train station to take the train to Aguas Calientes (1515m. – 4969ft.) (Machu Picchu town), where we will spend the night, free afternoon, dinner.

💡 To keep in mind

– You will have the afternoon free in Aguas Calientes and this place has thermal baths if you want to relax again you can visit them at a cost of 20.00 soles.


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

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 6 km.

🕗 Duration: 1 hour 1/2

📈 Maximum elevation: 2400m. – 7872 ft.

📉 Minimum elevation: 1950m. – 6396ft.

🚉 Train back: 1 hour 45 minutes

🚐 Van back: 1 hour 30 minutes

Day four is the most magical day because you’ll finally experience Machu Picchu. We’ll wake up early to start to walk up to Machu Picchu (2400m. – 7872 ft.) citadel for about an hour and half. After show the passports and register 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 (2700m. – 8856ft.) or Machu Picchu mountain (3000m. – 9840ft.) (optional – additional cost and reservation required in advance), return to Aguas Calientes and finally, we will returning by train to Ollantaytambo and then taking a bus back to Cusco.

💡 To keep in mind

– The exact train schedule and access to Machu Picchu are subject to availability and will be indicated with the confirmation of your reservation.
– To go down from Machu Picchu to the town you can do it walking 1 hour 1/2 or take the bus down 25 minutes cost of 12.00 dollars.
– In Ollantaytambo our driver will wait for you with a sign with your name and he will return you to Cusco.


What’s included

   ✔  Informative briefing the day before we coordinate with you the time
   ✔  Pick up from your hotel
   ✔  Private transportation from Cusco to Lares hot springs
   ✔  Muleteers and mules to carry the equipment
   ✔  Professional chef and cooking equipment
   ✔  2 nights camping
   ✔  3 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 3 dinners
   ✔  1 night acomodación in Aguas Calientes
   ✔  Train tickets from  Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
   ✔  Machu Picchu Ticket Llaqta Machu Picchu Route (Circuit 1, 2, 3 or 4)
   ✔  Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
   ✔  Professional guide (English & Spanish-speaking)
   ✔  Return bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
   ✔  First aid kit and oxygen bottle

Not included

  ❌  First breakfast, last lunch
  ❌  Slepping bag (You can rent you if you do not have you own, cost is 15.00 dollars)
  ❌  Entrance to the hot springs 15.00 soles
  ❌  Walking poles

Group size

👁 From 2021 onwards the government introduced new circuits and schedules for this reason in case of unavailability of Llaqta Machu Picchu tickets compatible with the tour schedule, the booking will be processed with an alternative route subject to availability.

💡 Important to know

From 2021, the Ministerio de Cultura (Peruvian Ministry of Culture) has created 4 types of official entrances to visit Machu Picchu those circuits were created in order to better organize the traffic of travelers inside Machu Picchu, reduce the risk of infection by Covid 19, preserve and protect the constructions of the archaeological site for the future.

Machu Picchu Solo (Circuits 1, 2, 3 or 4)
This ticket includes the entrance Llaqta of Machu Picchu (all citadel) (Circuits 1, 2, 3 or 4) this ticket sellout fast.

Machu Picchu Circuit 3 + Machu Picchu Mountain (U$D. 20.00 extra)
This ticket is the only one that has re-entry and first the guiding tour to Machu Picchu from the bottom part and after the guiding tour you go up the Mountain.

Machu Picchu Circuit 4 + Huayna Picchu Mountain (U$D. 20.00 extra)
Machu Picchu Circuit 4 + Huchuy Picchu Mountain
With these tickets you will receive the guided through the lower part of Machu Picchu about 1hour 1/2 until the check point of Huayna Picchu or Huchuy Picchu where you walk up the mountain on your free time.

The availability of entrance tickets to Machu Picchu is very limited and it is recommended to book as far in advance as possible. Especially if you are traveling in high season.

🚫 Cancellation policy

If you cancel more than 96 hours before the start of the tour you will receive a refund of the total amount of the reservation except 50 USD per person (cost of the entrance to Machu Picchu). The entrance tickets to Machu Picchu are nominative and non-transferable. After this time, or in case of no-show for the tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.

Extras: Entrance Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu / Entrance Machu Picchu + Huchuy Picchu / Entrance Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain are non-refundable.

What to bring for the Lares trek to Machu Picchu tour

   ➖  Sleeping bag (-15°C)
   ➖  Passport.
   ➖  Hiking shoes or boots
   ➖  Walking sticks
   ➖  Thermal clothes
   ➖  Light clothes
   ➖  Mosquito repellent
   ➖  Water bottle
   ➖  Waterproof jacket
   ➖  Cap or hat
   ➖  Small backpack
   ➖  Sunblock
   ➖  Sunglasses
   ➖  Flashlight
   ➖  Personal medication and personal higiene product 
   ➖  Chocolates, candies or another snacks
   ➖  Camera (optional).
   ➖  Extra money but in Nuevos Soles (Peruvian national currency)




How difficult is the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu?

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is considered a moderate hike. It’s not a technical hike but the altitude may affect some individuals. We recommend to buy or rent walking poles in Peru as it will help with your balance and reduce the load on your knees, also our guide will have a walking pace according to his rhythm so that you can have fun with the landscape and mountains.

Is altitude sickness common?

It’s difficult to predict who will be affected by altitude. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full day or 2 days spent in Cuzco (3249m), drinking plenty of water,coca tea, along the tour our guide have a first aid kit with oxygen for any case.

We will carry all our luggage while on the Lares Trek?

No, mules and/or horses will be provided to carry your personal items. You will still need to bring a day backpack to carry your personal stuff you might want or need, such as water, sweater, camera,rain jacket, snacks , etc.

Is a sleeping bag and mat included?

The Sleeping bags are not included and so we recommend bringing a compact three-season sleeping bag. If you do not have the sleeping bag we can be rented it for 50 soles( $15 ), self-inflating mats are provided.

What type of meal will we get on the Lares Trek?

Our cooks prepare excellent high-energy meals appropriate for a trek in the andes. The menu usually includes pasta, rice, chicken, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other breakfast foods. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free alternatives are available upon request at the time of booking.

What is the weather like in Lares Trek?

The climate in Lares is temperate during the day but cold during the nights. The average temperature is between 8ºC to 18ºC. During the day, the heat can reach 21ºC. At night, temperatures can drop to 1ºC some times below 0ºC, on the months of December to March is the rain season and on the months of April to November is the dry season.

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