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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Day Trip

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 to Machu Picchu 4 Day Trip

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.

Highlights

  • Trek through the gorgeous high Andes on this unique and remote route
  • Visit local Andean communities for an authentic look into life and culture in the Peruvian Andes
  • Learn about local industry, like weaving and growing crops, from local artisans and farmers
  • Relax in the beautiful Lares hot springs at the end of your trek
  • Spend a final day touring the breathtaking Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu

Tour Information

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!

Itinerary

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.

Meals: breakfast

What’s Included

  • Professional and experienced English-speaking guide
  • Cook and fresh, healthy meals while trekking
  • Mules and muleteers to carry equipment, supplies, and personal items
  • Private transportation from your Cusco hotel to the trek departure point and back
  • All required equipment except sleeping bag
  • All required ground transportation (round trip train to Aguas Calientes, round trip bus to Machu Picchu)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Hotel for one night in Aguas Calientes

What’s Not Included

  • International & domestic flights
  • Traveler insurance
  • Discretionary expenses such as gratuities, snacks, alcoholic beverages, etc.

What to Bring

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • -15C sleeping bag with fleece liner (US$25 per sleeping bag)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you intend to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles

Important Notes

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.

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