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Lares Trek Machu Picchu 4 Days

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April 17, 2024

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4 Days
Availability : Jan 18’ - Dec 19’
Lares & Machupicchu
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 15
Tour Details

Lares 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.

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.


Day 1Cusco – Lares – Quishuarani

The 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.

Day 2Quishuarani – 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).

Day 3Cancha 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.

Day 4Trek 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.

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Price Includes

  • 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 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

  • Original passport - in addition to needing to show your passport with your entrances, you will have an opportunity to stamp your passport at Machu Picchu
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required)
  • Sleeping bag (also can be rented from us)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sunscreen (SPF 35 or higher recommended)
  • Comfortable trousers
  • 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
  • Flashlight (headlamps are useful)
  • Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) to purchase items along the trail and tips for porters
  • 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.
  • Student ID, (if applicable) - Please note, student discounts are given to passport holders under the age of 18. Students 18 years and above need to carry with them a valid Student ID from their school/university that shows expiration after travel dates. The International Student Identification Card (ISIC) is no longer a valid form of student identification. Please scan and email us a copy of your student ID at the time of booking to receive student pricing for applicable entrance fees and travel.
Optional Items to Bring:
  • Shorts
  • Walking sticks or trekking poles with rubber tips (rubber tips are required for archeological preservation of the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and other sites)
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Sandals
  • Entrance fee to Aguas Calientes hot springs
  • Swimsuit for hot springs (near the hot springs, one can rent a swimsuit and towel for a modest fee)
Optional Services (Not Included):
  • Sleeping bag rental, $25.00
  • Breakfast on Day 1, lunch on Day 4, dinner on Day 4
  • 1 extra porter to carry up to 15 kilos of personal items, $90 per day
  • Walking sticks, $8

Machu Picchu Trekking is a licensed tour operator comprised of certified and licensed local tour guides. We are a local company with professional employees and guides who are knowledgeable in traditional (Inca Trail) and alternative (Lares to Machu Picchu) treks; all tours booked with Machu Picchu Trekking are led and staffed by Machu Picchu Trekking employees. We value your trust and never pass our valued clients onto other tour companies.


You may need to cancel your Inca Trail Trek due to personal emergency, illness or flight delay. Because we schedule and purchase permits well in advance of your travel, we are not able to refund you your full amount.

To be refunded (see our refund chart below), please notify us as soon as possible in writing (email). Cancellation charges in addition to the non-refundable deposit will be applied as shown below, calculated from the day written notification is received by Cusco Native. (Please consider purchasing optional travel insurance to cover emergency cancellations.)

Our refund table is as follows:

Days Prior to Start of Trek Percentage Refund of Total Trek Price
29 to 22 40%
21 to 9 20%
8 to 0 0%

In the event of partial cancellations, meaning other members of your party will continue with the trek, the remaining passenger(s) be subject to pay additional charges (e.g. single room supplements or double-occupancy).

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