Lares trek offers a glimpse at traditional Andean life, which includes centuries-old weaving, farming, traditional clothing, and the opportunity to experience an authentic Peruvian homestay.
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Lares trek route has wonderful panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and shockingly blue lakes. Along the way you can also experience rural Andean life up close, and enjoy the final day at magnificent Machu Picchu.
Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
Tour Start & End Point: Day 1 starts in Cusco, and day 4 ends in Cusco.
Availability: This is a private tour and requires a minimum of 2 people to book. It is available on any day!
Day 1: Cusco to Chuallacocha
Early in the morning you will depart across the Sacred Valley for the village of Patacancha. In Patacancha you will meet your muleteers and mules, and enjoy breakfast with a local family before setting out on the trail. From there, you will begin ascent up a long, narrow valley toward the remote village of Chuallacocha. As you will ascend, the air gets cooler, grazing llamas and alpacas appear, and snow-capped peaks come into view. You will arrive to Chuallacocha in time for a late lunch, then spend the rest of the afternoon learning about traditional weaving and potato cultivation. You will have the option of camping or staying with a local family.
Trek duration: 5 hours/8 km
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 2: Chuallacocha to Ataotambo
This morning you leave Chuallacocha and set out on an incredibly scenic and relatively easy hike toward the Ataotambo – our campsite tonight. As you will descend, the vegetation will become increasingly lush, and you will pass small streams and lakes.
Trek Duration: 6 hours/11 km
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3: Ataotambo to Lares
You will begin your day with downhill walk. The trail follows the river valley for about 2 hours to Lares (3100m). Here you will spend the remainder of the morning relaxing and enjoying the town’s renowned hot springs. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a soak in open air thermal hot springs (bring a swimsuit) and enjoy lunch, before departure for the town of Ollantaytambo. You will have some time to explore and see this original Inca town before going to Aguas Calientes by train. Overnight in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Trek duration: 2-3 hours/5 km
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Day 4: Machu Picchu
In the morning you will catch a bus which will take you to the gates of Machu Picchu. The incredible Inca stone construction will be spread below, alternately hidden and revealed by clouds. After your private tour, you will have time to explore the ruins on your own. In the afternoon, you will descend to Aguas Calientes for your return train to Ollantaytambo. You will be dropped off at your hotel in Cusco.
Lares is a high elevation trek, so it is highly recommended that you spend a minimum of two days in Cusco (or another high elevation city) to become acclimated before attempting the trip. The hike is generally medium difficulty, but will be harder if you have not first spent a few days at a high altitude
Like many treks in Peru, the weather along the route is subject to sudden changes, so be prepared for warm days and cold nights- especially while at high altitudes. Don’t forget warm clothes, hats, and gloves
The best time to trek is usually between June and August. This is Peru’s winter, and is known as the dry season. Trek conditions vary greatly depending on the weather, and while you can trek year-round, dry conditions are usually preferred.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.