Machu Picchu

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4 Days and 3 nights


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Price from: 689USDper person




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.

There are a number of factors that make this trek a great alternative to the Classic Inca route.

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!

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The best time to do the Lares Trek is during the dry season (May-September). This is the busiest trekking time in the region, particularly on the Classic Inca Trail, where permits are sold out months in advance.

The Lares Trail is the third most popular trail to Machu Picchu, after the Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek, so during the peak of the high season the trail can be very crowded. That said, there are so many variations on the Lares Trail that in general the routes never feel crowded.

During the dry months (April and October), the Lares Trails are particularly quiet, and the climate is often very pleasant.

The months we do not suggest are from December to March, as the rain makes the trail really unpleasant and visibility is often low due to the strong morning and afternoon fog.

Temperatures throughout the year are moderate, at 20 degrees Celsius in the afternoon, and from cool to cold at night and in the early hours of the morning. Layered clothing is important (see packing list below).

Microclimates characterize the Andes, so it may rain all year round. Always wear rain gear.


Lares Trek is an alternative trekking to the Inca Trail, this tour is to live the experience with the local people and the end of our tour is in Machu Picchu.

Lares trek is an easy – moderate hike, the last day is the easiest, as you visit Machu Picchu.

Yes, this trek combines 3 days of hiking in the mountains of Lares and the last day we will visit Machu Picchu.

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