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  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Difficulty: 6/10
  • Pick up: Hotel Cusco
  • Drop off: Hotel Cusco
  • Availability: Year Round
  • Tour type: Adventure

Lares Trek 4 Days to Machu Picchu

The Lares Trek 4 Days to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular alternative treks to the classic Inca Trail. It doesn’t include as many Inca ruins as seen on the Inca Trail. Still, it makes up for that by offering a fascinating hike through magical landscapes and a far more in-depth look at local life in this part of Peru (a cultural element not found on the classic Inca Trail trek). It’s also slightly shorter – but for higher than the Inca Trail, and you’ll see far fewer trekkers along the route.

Our four-day Machu Picchu Lares Trek takes you deep into the heart of the Andes to a remote landscape of towering mountains, shimmering mountain lakes, and staggering views. You’ll also experience the living traditions of the local people as we pass through ancient villages, meeting friendly Quechua people who will be happy to share their culture with you.

And then, of course, there’s our final destination: Machu Picchu. We’ll get there on Day 4, and you’ll have plenty of time to explore the magnificent Inca citadel, one of the seven new wonders of the world.

Departure & Return Location:

Hotel Cusco.

Departure Time:

Pick up from your hotel (5:30am – 6:00am).

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Calca - Lares Hot spring - Huaca Wasi.

The first day begins early when we pick you up in Cusco. We will then drive to Calca, a small town in the Sacred Valley. Here you’ll have your last chance to buy any last-minute supplies. Continuing, we’ll drive for about three hours in the direction of Lares, passing the highest point for the day at 4,265 meters above sea level (13,992 ft), where the Sawasiray and Pitusiray mountains rise. We’ll then descend into the Lares Valley until we reach the small village of Lares.

In Lares, we can make the most of the local hot springs famous in the Cusco Region for their healing properties. These natural springs are excellent for stomach and rheumatic diseases, conditions such as arthritis, and treating fractures, muscular pains, and more. We’ll have lunch in Lares and then get ready to start our hiking adventure.

From Lares, we’ll head off on foot towards Huacawasi, a colorful little town of adobe houses and roaming llamas, located at about 3,600 m (11,811 ft) above sea level. It will take us about four or five hours to trek to Huacawasi, where we’ll have dinner and camp for the night. Huacawasi is a traditional weaving community, and you’ll be able to spend some time watching the local weavers at work and maybe have a go yourself.

Day 2: Huaca Wasi - Auroray Lake - Mantanay.

We’ll start the day early in the morning with a hearty breakfast to get our energy levels up for what is probably the most challenging day of our trek. Setting off, it’s a steep uphill climb to a mountain pass at about 4,500 meters above sea level – the highest point reached on our Lares trek. The view from up here is sublime, looking out across the surrounding mountains and down to the beautiful Aruraycocha Lake below us. We’ll then head downhill towards the lake, stopping off to admire its clear glacial waters.

We’ll then head on through the Mantanay conservation area, where the natural environment changes. This region has forests of polylepis trees, known locally as queuñas, which provide an essential refuge for many bird species, including some that are endangered. Mantanay is also dotted with lagoons, around which various hardy shrub and tree species grow. We’ll have lunch on the banks of one of these pretty lakes. If we’re lucky, we might even see a huge Andean condor as it swoops overhead.

After lunch, we’ll continue our downhill trek until we reach the village Mantanay, our second campsite, at about 3,800 meters. This is another excellent opportunity to interact with the local villagers and see how they live in this remote region. At Mantanay we will have a tasty dinner and bed down for the night.

Day 3: Mantanay - Yanahuara - Aguas Calientes.

Our final day of trekking will be a relatively easy walk between four and five hours. We will leave Mantanay after breakfast and head towards the pretty colonial town of Yanahuara in the Sacred Valley, passing through more spectacular scenery where the Incas once roamed. The weather should be warmer as we descend towards Yanahuara, passing near fields of white corn typical of this region. Once we reach Yanahuara, we’ll have our last meal together. At this point, our cooks and porters will leave you in the capable hands of your guide. This marks the end of our Lares trek.

From here, we will travel by minibus to the beautiful Inca archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, one of the most famous ruins in the Cusco Region. The sprawling mountainside complex was once the royal estate of the Inca emperor Pachacuti. After exploring these extensive ruins, we´ll take the train to Aguas Calientes, where we’ll have dinner and spend the night in a hotel, not far from our final destination: the magnificent Machu Picchu.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco.

To best appreciated Machu Picchu, we’ll wake up early in the morning so we can get to the citadel in good time. You’ll have time for breakfast first, and then your guide will pick you up from the hotel at around 5:40 a.m. We’ll then walk to the bus departure point for the short but zigzagging ascent up the road to Machu Picchu.
We’ll then pass through the gates into the Machu Picchu archaeological site. Here you’ll begin your guided walking tour with an experienced and highly knowledgeable guide.

Our tour of Machu Picchu will last about two hours and will take you to all the most famous and most spectacular parts of the extensive archaeological complex. These include the House of the Guardian, the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, the Sacred Plaza, and other vital locations. And as we walk around, we’ll have spectacular views of the agricultural terraces of Machu Picchu and across to the surrounding mountains and plunging gorges. After the guided tour, you’ll have time to explore Machu Picchu as you please, perhaps walking to some less visited parts such as the Inca Bridge.

Once we’ve finished our tour of Machu Picchu, we’ll take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, where you can relax and have lunch (not included) before we board the train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at the station, we’ll be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Cusco, where you’ll finish the entirety of your incredible Lares trek to Machu Picchu.

Inclusions

Price Includes for Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – 4 Days:

  • Pre trek Briefing (briefing at the hotel).
  • Pick up from your hotel on the morning of departure.
  • Transportation from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the hike by private car.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu (Huayna Picchu US$ 80 extra) and Lares trek.
  • English / Quechua / Spanish professional guide speak.
  • Second Tour Guide over 12 people.
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
  • Thermarest air-inflate Comfortable sleeping Mattress.
  • Professional Cook.
  • Cooking equipment.
  • Dining equipment including portable chairs and tables.
  • Local food service in the campsites (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 snacks).
  • Vegetarian and free gluten food for no extra cost.
  • Daily tea service (weak up Coca tea and afternoon tea time or happy hour with full of popcorn, chocolate, coffee, and special snacks made by our cooks).
  • Water for Drinking: we will supply filtered and boiled water and your bottles will be filled at each mealtime. please bring enough water for the first day only.
  • Single tents upon request with no extra cost.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Horseman and horses. (they will carry our duffel bag of 7 kilos including your sleeping bag, matt, and clothes.).
  • Local Transportation from Yanahuara to Ollantaytambo train station.
  • Tourist Expeditions Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes(round trip).
  • Private transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • 1-night accommodation in Aguas Calientes (twin bedroom with private bathroom and hot shower).
  • Insurance policy of life for cooks and horsemen.
  • Visit Machupicchu on the last day (2 hours guided tour to explore the whole incan sites).

 

Price Excludes for Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – 4 Days:

  • Extra expenses.
  • Breakfast – Day 1.
  • Lunch and dinner – Day 4.
  • Pillows.
  • Not detailed meals.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you).
  • Huayna Picchu entrance US$ 80 extra.
  • Sleeping bags (it can be rented from us for US$ 30 for the entire trip).
  • Walking sticks (it can be rented from us for US$ 20 for the entire trip).
  • Tips (optional).

Items to bring for Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – 4 Days:

  • Original Passport.
  • Original Student Card (if you book as a student).
  • A travel insurance card is essential.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) or poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased for about $ 2 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breathe at night if you want to take them.
  • Warm clothes include jackets, fleeces, gloves, scarves, and knit / tour beanies. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Camera, films, and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from sun, rain, and cold.
  • Sunblock.
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • Your own first aid kit with special medicines you may need, paracetamol, second skin blisters, etc.
  • Small towel.
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you think swimming in the hot springs)
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Eager and adventurous spirit to enjoy your hike.

Would you like Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – 4 Days in a private service?

We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.

Our Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – 4 Days private service, includes additional items such as:

  • Extra Horse to ride (1-2 days, only for any emergency).
  • Hotel 3 Stars (At Aguas Calientes Town).
  • North Face 4 season tents.
  • Entrance to climb Huaynapicchu Mountain.
  • Vistadome Train (First Class train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo).
  • Private Van from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Bus Round Trip (Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes).
  • Lunch in Machupicchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • 02 Waking Poles per Person.
  • 1 Duffel Bag to carry all your sleeping bags, self-inflating pad, as well as your clothes.
  • Tour Guide to explore Machupicchu and Huaynapicchu all day. And of course, we pay a little more to our Staff and Guide.

Prices

We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.

We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.

We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.

LARGE GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)

USD
600
Per Person

SMALL GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)

USD
620
Per Person

PRIVATE GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: Upon Request)

USD
760
Per Person

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Yes, let us know in advance to organize your pick-up time.

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  • Best price guarantee!
  • Local 100% Peruvian Tour operator (Based in Cusco).
  • We never pass you to another operator.
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed!
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