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Lares Trek Machu Picchu 4days/3nights

lares trekking machu picchu tours peruLares Trek Machu Picchu 4days: The Lares Trek is a stunning trip designed to avoid the crowdedness on the traditional Inca Trail hikes. On the Lares Trek, there are great opportunities to experience wildlife, meet locals and enjoy the ancient Andean surroundings.

The route of Lares Valley trek to Machu Picchu allows us access to high Andes of Cusco areas overlooking beautiful and spectacular mountains, beautiful landscapes with crystalline lakes and small Andean villages where native people survive on agriculture, fisheries and textileria. During the tour to the Lares Valley, varied flora and fauna seen in a magical landscape. The effort is complemented by a visit to the textile artisans showing the process of his works and visits to archaeological sites such as Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu.

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Prices

Summary of Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

  • Trek Day 1: Cusco – Lares Trek – Quishuarani
  • Trek Day 2: Quishuarani – Cancha Cancha (3800 m.a.s.l.)
  • Trek Day 3: Cancha Cancha – Huaran – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu pueblo)
  • Trek Day 4: Trek to Machu Picchu – Return to Cusco


  • Type of circuit for the walk: Scenic / Historic / Cultural
  • Travel activity: Walk
  • Level of difficulty: Requires enough physical effort
  • Duration of the trek: 4 day trip trek to the valley of dollars.
  • Maximum height: 4580 m. Open Amparaes and Ipsay to 4400msnm (walk)
  • Season Recommended: May to November (The rest of the year with rains in between)
  • Climate: Temperate / wet and cold- Gelido / Dry

Inca Trail Availability:

The Inca Trail is subject to availability. You can check the official number of spaces on the Inca Trail for the whole year 2016.





Detailed Itinerary Lares trek to Machu Picchu 4days and 3nights

Trek Day 1: Cusco – Lares – Quishuarani

lares trekking machu picchu tours peruThe adventure begins in Cusco from where we will leave by bus and travel to the Lares Valley (3,100 m/10,170 ft). There you can enjoy the hot springs or rest for approximately 90 minutes. This is also where we will have lunch.

After lunch we take a 20 minute bus ride to Pascana, which is the official beginning of the trek. We will hike for approximately 2.5 hours and arrive at our first campsite, Quishuarani (3,700 m/12,139 ft) for dinner. Here you can meet the locals “campesinos” and learn about weaving and their ancient techniques. This is a beautiful day with Andean villages, stunning views and great landscapes along the route.

Trek Day 2: Quishuarani – Cancha Cancha (3800 m.a.s.l.)

Day 2 requires approximately seven hours of hiking and is the longest hiking day of the trek. After breakfast, we start ascending to the highest point of the circuit. The climb is difficult until the Pachacutec Pass (4,450 m/14,599 ft). Once you reach the pass, you will be able to enjoy incredible panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks of Pitusiray, Sawasiray and Chicon. After the pass, we descend for about 2.5 hours to our camp at Cancha Cancha (3,800 m/12,497 ft).

Trek Day 3: Cancha Cancha – Huaran – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu pueblo)

After a delicious breakfast we begin descending for about 5 hours to Huaran. There a vehicle will take us to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo we will transfer by train to Aguas Calientes (2,000 m/6,561 ft) and spend the night there in a hotel.

Trek Day 4: Trek to Machu Picchu – Return to Cusco

We get up at 5:30 AM for breakfast, secure our luggage at the hotel and take the early tourist bus to Machu Picchu. A walking tour at Machu Picchu (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and afterwards you can explore the amazing city by yourself. If you still have energy and bought the ticket, you can also climb Huaynapicchu (2,720 m/8,923 ft). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top of Huaynapicchu and you will get a magnificent view of Machu Picchu and its surroundings.

Later you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes "Machupicchu pueblo" (The trip down to Aguas Calientes can be reached by bus or by foot) for lunch (this lunch is not included in the cost of the trek) and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco. The ticket of the train is included in all tours to Ollantaytambo. Once you arrive in Ollantaytambo, a bus will take you back to Cusco.

If you desire an extra night in Aguas Calientes, it can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu. You can also go to the hot springs in the town - a real treat after finishing the trail.

Trek Price Includes - Lares Trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Professional, bilingual (English and Spanish) tour guide
  • Collection from your hotel on Day 1 to the start of the trail
  • Spacious, personal tents
  • Sleeping mat
  • Hot water for lunch/dinner on Day 1, breakfast/lunch/dinner on Day 2 and 3, and breakfast on Day 4. With adequate advance notice, we can supply boiled water to fill your water bottle or hydration pack.
  • Horsemen and mules (for equipment and 6 kg of your personal items)
  • Excellent meals (3 breakfast, 3 lunch, 3 dinner)
  • Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
  • Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco

What You Need to Bring - Lares Trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC), if applicable)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required)
  • Sleeping bag (also can be rented from us)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended)
  • Insect repellent
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelbak
  • Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with previously-boiled drinking water throughout the trek)
  • Toiletries (including toilet paper)
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
  • Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) for tips
  • Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) for Machu Picchu locker rental. You are required to check your backpack into a locker before entering the ruins.

*To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC card. Please scan and email us a copy at the time of booking.
If desired, the train back to Cusco can be upgraded to Vistadome (+$20)

Optional Items to Bring:
  • Shorts
  • Walking sticks or trekking poles. Trekking poles are required to have rubber tips.
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit for Aguas Calientes hot springs
  • Entrance fee for Aguas Calientes hot springs

Optional Services (Not Included):

  • Sleeping bag rental, $20
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch on Day 4
  • 1 extra horse to carry personal items, $30 per day
  • Walking sticks, $8

Prices for 2014:

Number of People 2 3 4 5 6-10
Price per Person ($ USD) $580 $560 $540 $520 $500

Cusco Native is a company comprised of certified and licensed local tour guides. All tours booked with Cusco Native are led and staffed by Cusco Native employees. We will never pass you onto another tour company for your trek. We are a local company with professional employees and guides who are knowledgeable in all of the main (like the Inca Trail) and alternative (Lares to Machu Picchu) treks.


In the event of a cancellation we need to be informed in writing. Cancellation charges plus forfeiture of the non-refundable deposit will be applied as shown below calculated from the day written notification is received by Cusco Native.

Our cancellation table is as follows:

Days Prior to Start of Trek Percentage Lost of Total Trek Price
29 to 22 60%
21 to 9 80%
8 to 0 100%

In the event of partial cancellations, the remaining passenger may have to pay any remaining charges (e.g. single room supplements or double-occupancy).