Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days

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  • Tour TypeTrekking
  • DifficultyMedium
  • Duration4 Days
  • LanguagesEs, En,
  • Best TimeYear around
  • Group Size12 people

Lares Trek is a unique trail that begins near the town of Lares, 40 miles north of Cuzco and 35 miles southeast of Machu Picchu. The hike takes place in the Lares Valley, east of the Urubamba mountain range, which passes through part of the Sacred Valley.

The walk is 4 days in its classic version, the last day is the visit to Machu Picchu.

No permit is required to use Lares Trek. This means that you can arrive in Cuzco in one or two days depending on the season (not from June to August).

Of course, you will have to book your train to Aguas Calientes as soon as possible in the middle of the season, as well as your admission to Machu Picchu.

As for the current route, there are a number of options for the Lares Trek route, most of which end in Ollantaytambo.

From here, tourists can take the train to Aguas Calientes to visit Machu Picchu or return to Cuzco. Next we will discuss in detail each of the options for the routes of Lares Trek.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 01: Cusco – Lares – Huacawasi: Trekking.
  • Day 02: Huacawasi – Patacancha
  • Day 03: Patacancha – Ollanta – Aguas Calientes: Trekking and train.
  • Day 04: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Whats Included / Not Included

  • Tour with Professional guide (08 people maximum).
  • Mobility from Cusco to Lares Village.
  • 02 nights camping in double tent, 01 night hotel.
  • Tents: EUREKA K2-XT.
  • A Duffle bag
  • Porter in charge of carrying 8kl of the equipment.
  • Mattress
  • Dining tent, Kitchen tent and Bathroom tent.
  • Chairs and tables.
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • Return bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
  • First aid kit.
  • 04 Breakfasts, 03 Lunches, 03 Tea time and 03 Dinners.
  • *Vegetarian Food upon request
  • Huayna Picchu tickets or Machu Picchu Mountain (extra cost $60).
  • Sleeping bag (extra cost $25 USD).
  • Hiking sticks (extra cost $15 USD).
  • Air Mattress (extra cost $15 USD).
  • Drinks.
  • Tips.
  • Travel health insurance (obligatory)


There are a number of factors that make this trek a great alternative to Machu Picchu.

First of all, and perhaps most importantly for some, it is that it is much quieter than the Inca Trail.

Second, the route may be easier than the Inca Trail as it is not necessary to take many steps.

The altitude above sea level is still a problem and in some variants of the route you will have to overcome 3 steps that exceed 4,200 meters (the highest, depending on your route – 4,400 meters or 4,600 meters). More information on acclimatisations and altitude sickness can be found here.

Finally, Lares Trek offers a true Andean culture. The Lares Valley is home to a number of traditional Andean communities that have changed little in the last 500 years.

You will probably see many local weavers and farmers dressed in traditional colorful clothing and depending on your tour you will have the opportunity to see or participate in some weaving activity.

The area is famous for its homemade textiles, so if you want to take home a genuine piece of Peruvian textiles, take home a few spare soles. Here you can buy the products by spending the day with the local weavers!

Full Itinerary

DAY 1: Cusco – Lares – Huacawasi: Trekking.

Pick up at 6:00 a.m., then we go to the town of Lares (3,100 m.a.s.l.)here we will have breakfast and go to the thermal baths to enjoy its thermal medicinal baths, after lunch we start the trek, it is about 04 hours of walking until our first camp of Huacawasi (3,900 m).enjoying the beautiful Andean landscapes, crossing some small villages where we will have the opportunity to know a little more of the high Andean culture.

Meals included:Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 2: Huacawasi – Pata Cancha: Trekking.

After breakfast, we start the hikking of the longest and most difficult day of the entire trek taking an average of 8 hours. The first three hours will be of continuous ascent to the highest point of our journey to Abra Ipsay at 4,490 m.a.s.l. Here live the people of the Andes, they will teach us their customs and traditions, time to photograph the alpacas, llamas, vizcachas and if there is a little luck we can appreciate the condor that sometimes pass through that area. arriving at the lagoon of Ipsaycocha. Lunch, then continue the walk to our second camp.

Meals included:Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 3: Patacancha – Ollanta – Aguas Calientes: Trekking and Train.

We start the day with the hike to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This day is much easier than the previous days, especially because all the way is downhill. On the way we will pass through Willoq and Pumamarca two villages well known for their textile works and colorful costumes that come from the ancestral times, in Ollantaytambo we will have lunch and then the train to the town of Aguas Calientes.

Meals included:Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 4: Machu Picchu

This is the most important day of the tour the day we will arrive to one of the 7 wonders of the world, our last day of tour starts very early to appreciate the sunrise in the Inka citadel of Machupicchu.
Then a tour with our guide for 02 hours by the most important buildings and temples of this city, you can explore Machupicchu on your own and maybe climb the mountain Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu (book 02 months in advance, ask availability plus $ 20 dollars) later you can go down by bus to the train station in Aguas Calientes and from there take the train back to Ollantaytambo station, where a transfer will be waiting to take you to your hotel in the city of Cusco.

Meals included:Breakfast.

What to Bring? - Packing List

We recommend carrying only the necessary luggage for the four days of the tour. Large backpacks with equipment that are not needed for the expedition should be left in the city of Cusco (at your hotel or in our main office).

  • A small backpack of 30 to 60 liters capacity, remember that a large part of your belongings (08 kg) will go with the porters.
  • 04 T-Shirts.
  • 02 or 03 trekking pants (fast drying).
  • Pants and thermal pole (first layer).
  • A light sweater.
  • Waterproof clothing.
  • Warm jacket (of feather or fiber).
  • Hiking boots. Read our full guide about: Inca trail hiking boots.
  • Flips flops.
  • Hat or cap.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Water bottle
  • Repellent for mosquitoes (30% Deet or more).
  • Original Passport.
  • Personal medications.
  • Flashlight.
  • Personal hygiene items: Wet wipes, toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • The most friendly and positive attitude possible.

Additional Items to upgrade your experience

1. Huayna Picchu

The cost of the ticket is $60 dollars per person.

Huayna Picchu is a mountain within the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu, it is a 45 minute hike to the top.

To purchase this additional you have to let us know at least 2 months in advance due to high demand, schedules and details of your visit to this site will be confirmed in the previous meeting that we will have.

1. Machu Picchu Mountain

The cost of the ticket is $60 dollars per person.

Machu Picchu Mountain is another place that many travelers want to climb to have a spectacular view of Machu Picchu, and of course we help you with all this.

3. Vistadome Train

This train costs $60 dollars per person.

All our tours include the Expeditions train if you want an additional one we can offer you the Vistadome train which gives you more comfortable seats, large panoramic windows and we will include transportation back to your hotel.

Price from $699 / person
We highly recommend to contact us via email before making the deposit (to comfirm availability).