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Lares Trek

The most cultural route to discover Machu Picchu

4 days
4.8 (1 reviews)

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Lares Trek tour information

timer 4 days
chat Spanish and English


Pick up at your accommodation in Cusco about 5:00 AM


At your accommodation in Cusco around 8:00 PM

This Lares trek tour will take you to explore the most remote, authentic and unknown places in the heart of the Andes. Along with incredible landscapes, you will have the chance to see unique fauna, such as llamas, alpacas or Caracara hawks. You will also learn about the local way of life with the Quishuarani community and visit such essential places as the Pisac Inca fortress, the volcanic hot springs, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu.

Tour itinerary

todayDÍA 1 Cusco - Pisac - Huaran - Cancha Cancha

Distance : 12kms Time : 6 hours (approximately) Difficulty : moderate
They will pick us up around 5:00 AM in our accommodation in Cusco to go to Pisac, where the guide will tell us the history of the Inca fortress. While you admire the historical ruins, you can see Caracara hawks flying through the sky.
While eating breakfast, you can see breathtaking views of the city and the Inca valleys from the top of the deep gorges. We will arrive in Huaran where we will begin our ascent of three hours on horseback until we reach Cancha Cancha, where you will find yourselves with one of the most isolated and self-sustainable communities of the region. This experience will allow you to connect with nature and the traditional life of the locals.
After lunch we will continue our way to our camp where we can rest and look back on all of the wonders we marvelled upon during the day. After dinner the guide will show us the constellations, specifically how the Incas used them in the agricultural orientation, and how it is still done today.

todayDÍA 2 Cancha Cancha - Quishuarani

Distance : 14kms Time : 8hrs (approximately) Difficulty : challenging
After eating breakfast, we will walk for four hours to reach the highest point of this hike, Paso Pachacutect at 4,700 meters above sea level (masl), from which we will see incredible landscapes such as glaciers, blue lakes, steep valleys and farmland. After appreciating this view, we will begin the descent that will take us about an hour. We will stop for lunch next to the glacial lake, where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Valle de Lares and its native wildlife, such as llamas and alpacas.
After, we will descend for two hours until we reach the camp located in the Quishuarani community at 3,700 masl. There, we will have the opportunity to interact with the local community and learn even a little Quechua language (with the help of our guide), as well as enjoy the spectacular waterfall that is there.

todayDÍA 3 Quishuarani - Cuncani - Lares - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

Distance : 15kms Time : 6 hours (approximately) Difficulty : moderate
Day three we will have one of the most memorable days of the trek. After three hours of hiking, we will reach el Paso Hullkiccasa at 4,200 masl, enjoying incredible views from there. We will begin the descent that will take us about two hours, traveling through farmland and beautiful pristine lakes until we reach the Cuncani community. There, we will have the chance to get to know the community more closely and share time with them.
Later we will arrive at the volcanic thermal waters of which you will be able to enjoy during approximately one hour, as well as have time to eat and rest afterwards. After this relaxing experience, we will travel for two and a half hours on the road to Ollantaytambo to have dinner and later take our train to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night.

todayDÍA 4 Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Difficulty : easy
Today is the magical day we've been waiting so long for. We will get up early to take the first bus that leaves from Aguas Calientes to the fortress of Machu Picchu. A guide will be waiting for us to take us on a guided tour of these wonderful World Heritage sites by UNESCO. After the tour, you will have free time to enjoy Machu Picchu at your leisure, to take pictures and imagine what life was like in that incredible place.
At the end of our visit, we will return to Aguas Calientes to have lunch and take the train back to Ollantaytambo. There, we will meet with our driver that will take us back to our hotel in Cusco, where we will arrive around 8:00 PM.

Tour details


  • Private transfer from your accommodation to the Pisac Inca ruins
  • Bilingual Spanish and English guide (one guide per eight travelers)
  • Entrance ticket for the Pisac Inca ruins
  • Train from Aguas Caliente to Ollantaytambo (roundtrip)
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (roundtrip)
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Hotel with private bathroom (wifi - storage- breakfast buffet)
  • Tent for four travelers to share (with mattress - blankets - pillows)
  • Chef to prepare meals during the trek
  • Mules to carry luggage up to 7kg (approx. 15 lbs)
  • Oxygen bottles and first aid kit
  • Waterproof poncho
  • Waterproof bag for your backpack
  • Private transfer to return to Cusco

Not included

  • Sleeping bag (rent for $20 USD)*
  • Inflatable mattress (rent for $20 USD)*
  • Walking sticks(rent for $15 USD)*
  • Individual tent (rent for 30$)*
  • Lunch the last day in Aguas Calientes
It is important to know that the indicated price is per person and for the entire tour, as well as the fact that payment is made at the destination. Also, it is recommended to indicate this when booking your trip to ensure availability.

error_outlineImportant information

The timetable of trains and access to additional archaeological zones may vary depending on availability, so we recommend booking as early as possible. Remember that being in a higher altitude requires more effort for everyday tasks and can generate altitude sickness, so it is very important to arrive in Cusco at least two days before the tour departure. Other recommendations are to eat lightly, drink a lot of water, avoid alcoholic beverages and tobacco altogether and do not strain yourself physically.
The order of the visits could be altered, but it will not affect the content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transports could be subject to modifications.
This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation policy

Free cancellation! You can cancel this tour and you'll receive 100% refund of the amount paid if you cancel more than 8 weeks in advance. After this time, or in case you do not show up, no refunds will be given.

What to bring to Lares Trek

  • Original passport (the same one you used to book your trip)
  • Medium backpack of 30 or 40 liters
  • Water bottle / thermos / refillable water bottle
  • Comfortable mountain boots
  • Lantern
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain jacket or waterproof poncho
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Leisure footwear for the camp
  • Quick dry towel
  • Battery charger (there is only electricity in the hotel on the last day of the tour)
  • Personal hygiene items

Where does the tour Lares Trek start

Cusco is the main tourist city of Peru and is very well connected. If your starting point is Lima, you can take a bus (24 hour trip) or take a plane that has a journey of one hour. The flights that are offered vary greatly. You can choose between low cost airlines such as Peruvian Airlines, LCP or StarPeru, or other premium airlines such as Latam or Avianca. If you arrive from Arequipa, the bus trip is ten hours. You can also choose to travel by plane, but in this case the only airline that offers direct flights is Latam. If you arrive from Puno, the best option is to make your journey by bus, which is a six and a half hour trip. We also offer the possibility of making this trip on a tourist bus that stops at the most important places along the way. The departure is at 7:00 AM and the arrival in Cusco is at 5:30 PM.

Lares Trek tour reviews with Howlanders

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Zdenka · August 5, 2019
I love this trek, the landscapes were so beautiful. Furthermore, the way not was crowed like other treks so famous. My boy friend and I enjoy this experience a lot (L)

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