4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu: Discovering Quishuarani's Andean Secrets

Journey through the heart of the Andes on this immersive four-day trek from Lares to Machu Picchu, unveiling the cultural and natural splendors of Quishuarani.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

4 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Embarking on the 4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is more than just a hike; it’s a journey through the vibrant heart of Andean culture, history, and breathtaking landscapes. This trek is an extraordinary adventure that weaves through the picturesque village of Quishuarani, showcasing the untouched beauty of rural Peruvian life. As trekkers traverse ancient trails, they experience a world where the past and present meld seamlessly, offering insights into the traditions and customs that have shaped this region for centuries. The route’s natural splendor, from lush valleys to snow-capped peaks, creates a backdrop that is as culturally rich as it is visually stunning.

This adventure is not just about reaching the iconic Machu Picchu; it’s a chance to connect with the land and its people in a deeply personal way. The journey unfolds through diverse landscapes, from the soothing thermal baths of Lares to the majestic heights of the Pachacuteq Pass. Each step brings a new discovery, whether it’s a chance encounter with local weavers, a moment of reflection beside serene glacial lakes, or the thrill of uncovering ancient Incan ruins. By the time trekkers reach the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, they have not only witnessed one of the world’s greatest wonders but have also become part of a timeless narrative that continues to resonate through the Andes.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:00 AM - 4:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Lares, Taray Viewpoint, Ancashmarca Ruins, Quishuarani Community, Pachacuteq Pass, Cancha Cancha Community, Huaran Valley, Archaeological Museum of Inkarry, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu.
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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Your journey begins with an early morning pickup at 4:00 am from your accommodation in Cusco. As you travel towards Lares, the first highlight is the Taray viewpoint. Here, you're treated to a breathtaking panoramic view of the Sacred Valley's peaks, an introduction to the majestic landscapes you'll encounter. Enjoy a breakfast set against the backdrop of the Ancashmarca ruins, immersing you in the Inca civilization's legacy. This meal is not just nourishment but a taste of history.

In Lares, you're introduced to our indispensable team of muleteers and strong Andean horses, key players in our trek. Take a moment to unwind in Lares’ famous Thermo medicinal baths, a perfect blend of relaxation and cultural experience. Post-bath, we venture into the heart of the Quiswarani community, a vibrant hub preserving Inca textile traditions. Here, you'll witness first-hand the intricate art of weaving and dyeing, integral to Andean culture. After a gourmet lunch in this picturesque setting, embark on a scenic trek through diverse landscapes, ending your day beside the tranquil Yanacocha lagoon, where our campsite awaits.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 14 km

Day two is about ascent and descent, challenges and rewards. After a nutritious breakfast, we ascend towards the Pachacuteq Pass. This hike is a journey through untouched Andean villages, where traditional lifestyles flourish. You'll have opportunities to interact with local inhabitants and their llamas, offering a glimpse into the pastoral life that has remained unchanged for centuries.

The summit of the Pachacuteq Pass is a moment of triumph. Here, you're surrounded by the grandeur of snow-capped peaks and serene glacial lakes, a landscape that feels otherworldly. After soaking in the views, we descend to a charming lunch spot by a glacial lake, a perfect setting to relax and refuel. The afternoon's hike takes us downhill on ancient trails once trodden by the Incas, leading us to the Cancha Cancha Community. Here, we set up camp, enjoy dinner, and rest under the stars, surrounded by the quiet beauty of the Andes.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5-6 hours, 12 km

The day begins with a descent into the lush Huaran valley, where the scenery shifts to dense Andean forests. This segment of the trek is a serene walk, with the sounds of nature accompanying you. By 9:00 am, you'll arrive at the small town of Huaran, marking a farewell to our trail team.

The journey continues with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Inkarry, an enlightening experience showcasing Peru's diverse cultural heritage. By noon, you'll wander through Ollantaytambo's ancient streets, a living museum of Incan urban planning. A delightful lunch in this historical setting precedes your train journey to Aguas Calientes. This ride, alongside the Vilcanota river, offers a relaxing transition as we near the climax of our trek.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 3-4 hours, 9 km

The final day of your trek is dedicated to exploring the world-renowned Machu Picchu. Rising early at 4:45 am, a hearty breakfast prepares you for the ascent to this ancient wonder. The guided tour of Machu Picchu is an insightful journey through time, revealing the secrets and architectural mastery of this Incan citadel.

After the tour, you'll have free time in Aguas Calientes, ideal for shopping or leisurely exploration. The return journey includes a scenic train ride back to Ollantaytambo and a comfortable drive to Cusco, culminating your unforgettable adventure at the iconic Plaza de Cusco.

Accommodation: End of tour (return to your accommodation)
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Approx. 2-3 hours, 5 km

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Tour Highlights

  • Thermal Baths of Lares: Start your trek with a rejuvenating dip in the natural hot springs of Lares, renowned for their therapeutic properties.

  • Cultural Immersion in Quishuarani: Visit the picturesque village of Quishuarani, where you’ll witness traditional Andean weaving techniques and gain insight into the rich cultural heritage of the local community.

  • Scenic Views from Pachacuteq Pass: Ascend to the Pachacuteq Pass, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Andean landscape, including snow-capped mountains and serene glacial lakes.

  • Interaction with Andean Wildlife: Along the trek, encounter diverse Andean wildlife, including the chance to see llamas and alpacas up close in their natural habitat.

  • Ancient Incan Trails and Ruins: Hike along historic Incan trails and explore ancient ruins, connecting with the timeless legacy of the Inca civilization.

  • Tranquil Campsites Amidst Nature: Experience camping in serene locations, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Andes, offering a peaceful retreat under the stars.

  • Museum Visit in Huaran: Delve into Peru’s history with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Inkarry in Huaran, showcasing a wide array of cultural artifacts.

  • Ollantaytambo Exploration: Wander through the ancient streets of Ollantaytambo, a living example of Incan urban planning and architecture.

  • Scenic Train Ride to Aguas Calientes: Enjoy a picturesque train journey alongside the Vilcanota River, leading to the gateway town of Aguas Calientes.

  • Machu Picchu Citadel: Conclude the trek with a visit to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, exploring one of the New Seven Wonders of the World with an expert guide.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

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In line with our commitment to your convenience, Peru Tripper accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances - Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Peru Tripper will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Peru Tripper does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 4-Day Lares Trek via Quishuarani. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 4-Day Lares Trek via Quishuarani, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

We’ll supply the duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing with your guide, held 1-2 nights prior to the tour’s start. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the bag and pack efficiently.

The briefing covers essential trek details, such as itinerary, safety guidelines, and last-minute updates. It’s an excellent chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Packing Tips:
  • Adhere to the 7 kg weight limit: Keep the weight of your personal items in the duffle bag within the 7 kg limit to maintain a manageable load for the horses.
  • Place non-essential items in the duffle bag: Store items you won’t need during the day, like extra clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags, in the duffle bag to lighten your day pack.
  • Label your duffle bag: Add a luggage tag or other identification to your duffle bag to prevent mix-ups with other trekkers’ bags.
  • Keep valuables in your day pack: Store passports, cameras, cash, and other valuable items in your day pack for added security and easy access.

By following these packing guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your trekking adventure. We look forward to guiding you on this exciting journey!

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

Can I store my luggage at the Peru Tripper office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Peru Tripper offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

Can I undertake the trek if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

Yes, please inform us in advance about your dietary needs, and we’ll make the necessary arrangements.

Is there an age limit for participants?

While there’s no strict age limit, the trek is of moderate difficulty. It’s suitable for children and older adults who are reasonably fit and have prior trekking experience. However, always consult with your physician before undertaking such activities.

How do we acclimatize to the altitude?

We recommend spending a few days in Cusco before the trek to acclimatize. Drink plenty of water, get good rest, and avoid alcohol and smoking.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

How difficult is the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu?

The trek is of moderate difficulty, suitable for reasonably fit individuals. Some parts of the trek involve ascending to high altitudes, but acclimatization in Cusco before the trek is recommended.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek is accessible most of the year, but the dry season (May to September) is considered the best time for trekking in this region.

Do I need to tip the trek crew?

While tipping is optional, it’s a kind gesture to show appreciation for the services provided by the guide, chef, and other team members.

Is the entrance fee to Machu Picchu included?

Yes, the entrance fee to Machu Picchu is included in all packages.

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