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Peru is a country full of wonderful destinations for adventurers and everyone who wants to disconnect from daily routine, disappear in and feel all the nature around you. The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is a path that will take you by various landscapes like snow mountains, fertile valleys, mighty rivers, archaeological ruins and a first-class modern wonder: Machu Picchu.

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DAY 1: Cusco – Calca – Lares – Wacawasi

  • 6:00 Pick up from hotel and transfer by car to Lares
  • 7:00 Stop at the town of Calca
  • 9:30 Arrival to the town of Lares town
  • 10:10 Beginning of the trek
  • 15:00 Arrival at the Wacawasi campsite

DAY 2: Wacawasi – Ipsaykassa – Patacancha

  • 6:00 Breakfast at the campsite
  • 9:00 Arrival at the Ipsaykassa Pass
  • 9:30 Visit to the Ipsaykassa Lagoon
  • 13:30 Arrival to the Patacancha campsite

DAY 3: Patacancha – Pallata – Pumamarca – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

  • 6:00 Breakfast at the campsite
  • 6:30 Transfer by car to Pallata
  • 7:10 Beginning of the hike to Pumamarca
  • 8:00 Professionally guided tour of the Pumamarca archaeological site
  • 12:00 Arrival to Ollantaytambo village; break, also lunch and dinner. At night, you will go to Aguas Calientes by train.

DAY 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

  • 06:30 Breakfast at the hotel and bus transfer to Machu Picchu
  • 08:00 Start of the professionally guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel
  • 12:00 Return to the Aguas Calientes village on bus. Train ride to Ollantaytambo. Finally back to Cusco city by car.

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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu hike Package Includes:

  • Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to Lares and from the train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Entrance to the Lares hot springs.
  • Train tickets Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes and Aguas Calientes – Cusco.
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Basic hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Camping equipment.
  • Professional Tour Guide in Spanish and English.
  • Three Meals during the trek starting from the first day lunch to the last day breakfast. Last lunch in Aguas Calientes is NOT included.
  • Professional chef.

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu hike Package Does Not Include:

  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping bags or trekking poles (can be rented as an additional service.)
  • Tips and other spending

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Detailed Itinerary

The Lares Trek is the perfect package for everyone who wants to hike on an ancient Inca path on the Andes highlands, which has remained somewhat the same for 5 centuries now. You will also witness the local people on typical clothes, see small Andean villages, and be close to free, region-only camelids like alpacas and llamas


Lares Trek, a 4-day landscape hiking tour to Machu Picchu

Enjoy a 4-day hike full of landscapes

DAY 1: Cusco – Calca – Lares – Wacawasi
At 6:00 am we’ll pick you up at the hotel and go by car to the Lares village. The transfer will take about 3 hours; we will travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and stop first at the village of Calca to visit the local typical market.

Later, we continue by car to the Lares village (3.260 meters above sea level – 10.695 feet above sea level), the starting point of the Lares Trek. At this village you can enjoy the hot springs to relax and then have a delicious lunch.

The first section of the hike will take about 4 hours, up to the first campsite. The path is quite steep for the first 30 minutes but it turns flat after; we will cross a small river and get to Wacawasi village. During the hike you will see people dressed in typical clothes including ponchos and hats. The campsite (3.880 meters above sea level – 12.730 feet above sea level) is 40 minutes away from this village.

DAY 2: Wacawasi – Ipsaykassa – Patacancha

After breakfast, there is an uphill hike for 3 hours to the Ipsaykassa Pass. This place stands at 4.450 meters above sea level (14.600 feet), is the highest point of the trek. The area is full of Andean animals like alpacas, llamas and sheeps, and typical shacks. We’ll have lunch at the Ipsaycocha Lagoon, 30 minutes away from the pass.

The Lares Trek is a beautiful trek path to the Inca wonder, Machu Picchu

Go on a beautiful hike to Machu Picchu!

DAY 3: Patacancha – Pumamarca – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

The day begins with breakfast and next a 40-minute journey by car to Pallata. We will hike uphill for 45 minutes to the Pumamarca archaeological site where you will have a professionally guided tour. Then we take the old Inca Trail for 3 hours and next the path along the Patacancha River. Ollantaytambo village is our destination of day 3.

There we will have lunch and some free time to explore the village; you can visit the main square or go on a 1-hour walk to the Inca warehouse (Qolqa). Dinner will be at a local restaurant and then we’ll board the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night at a hotel there.

DAY 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
After an early breakfast at the hotel we will meet our professional guide to board the 25- minute bus ride to Machu Picchu. Once there, we’ll do the awesome professionally guided Machu Picchu Tour for about 3 hours; you will visit the Temple of the Sun, the Main Square, the Intihuatana or Solar Clock Stone and the Condor Temple among other great attractions.

Afterwards you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu by yourself and take many pictures. When you are ready, you can take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and later the train to Cusco where we will finally transfer you to the hotel.

What to bring for this tour

What you need to bring for this trek:

  • Original passport. Original ISIC card (if eligible student)
  • Sleeping bag (you can also rent it)
  • Backpack
  • Swimsuit (in case you want to bath in the hot springs at Lares or Aguas Calientes)
  • Hiking boots and sandals
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Lantern
  • Waterproof and rain poncho (for rainy season October to March)
  • Hiking clothes for the trek
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunblock and sunglasses
  • Hat or cap
  • Also warm mountain clothes, including gloves
  • Small towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Bottled beverages. We will provide you water for the first lunch
Upgrade options for your comfort

You can always ask for an upgrade for any of our services:

  • Private Tours: Do not waste time waiting and have the full experience only for you and your people.
  • Trains: You can ask for a high class train, the Hiram Bingham luxury service for the Machu Picchu ride or the Andean Explorer for your trip to Puno.
  • Trek Aid: You can rent a horse to complete the Rainbow Mountain or Salkantay Trek.
  • Accomodation: Cusco, Lima and Arequipa have plenty of options for a good sleep and rest. Please check our hotel lists to find the best option for you.
  • Food: Do you want to taste Pervian gourmet food? Ask us for special restaurants in any city and indulge yourself!
  • Guiding: Our guides are very knowledgeable and experienced, but if you want a specialized guiding you can ask us to a special guiding service.
  • Special services: Are you planning something special for a friend’s birthday? Or maybe an anniversary? Contact us and we will support you to realize your plan!
  • Extra destinations: If you have some place in mind that is not in this itinerary, just tell us and we will make all the arrangements for you.
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The price for the tour depends on the number of people in the group. Bigger groups get cheaper prices.

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