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Lares Trek Peru – Hidden Route to Machu Picchu (4 Days)

Experience Andean Life in the Lares Valley and meet with some local Quechua!

USD $931.00

Per Person

Lares Trek Peru – Hidden Route to Machu Picchu (4 Days)


  • Lares trek Peru (valley)
  • Visit Quechua people and learn about weaving and llama shepherding
  • See glaciers, lagoons, wildlife, and more!
  • Machu Picchu


Lares Trek Peru: Hike through the native communities of Lares Valley in a memorable trip to areas widely undiscovered by tourists that combines amazing mountain scenery, glacier lagoons, valley cloud-forest and authentic textile Quechua communities. These villages take place through a hidden valley that very few outsiders have ever entered. The llama shepherds and weavers that inhabit some of the villages of this obscure place of high Andean Glaciers.


4 Days/3 Nights


Day 1 : Transportation to Huaran – Cancha Cancha Community

You’ll be picked up from the hotel in Cusco at 6:00 am and be driven to Pisac. From here, you’ll hike up a quaint valley, filled with a variety of native flora and fauna, that slowly narrows as you head up an original Inca Trail. After a 3-hour hike, you will arrive at Cancha Cancha where you will be greeted with some delicious typical food. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain insight into the traditional lifestyle and culture of this Andean community as you will also camp here for the night.

Meals Included: Box-lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 7 km (4.35 miles)

Estimated walking time: 4-5 hours

Maximum altitude point: (3800m/12464ft)

Day 2: Cancha Cancha / Quiswarani

After breakfast, you’ll start uphill before continuing northeast up the valley on your Lares trek Peru adventure, passing small thatched stone houses. After a half hour, the path flattens out for a bit before steeply climbing again for the 2½ hour trek to the first pass at Pachacuteq. The path continues for an hour along a narrow ridge until dropping down into a beautiful secluded corrie filled with glacial lakes and diverse birdlife. Later, you’ll descend into the next valley following a series of cascading waterfalls to the village of Quishuarani where you will camp and get the chance to meet with local children and women weavers.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 9 km

Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours

Maximum altitude point: (4458m/14622ft)

Day 3: Quiswarani / Lares / Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, you’ll head out on the short downhill part of the Lares trek Peru that leads to the colonial town of Lares and spend the rest of the morning relaxing in the medicinal hot springs.

After lunch you’ll head to the train station in the town of Ollantaytambo to take the train to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 6 km

Estimated walking time: 2-3 hours

Maximum altitude point: (3100m/10168ft)

Day 4: Full Day Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

After breakfast at the hotel in Aguas Calientes, you’ll catch an early 5:30 am bus to Machu Picchu for a full day excursion. Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel that visits the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, houses, warehouses, and a large central square. These are all connected by narrow roads and steps that are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side. After the tour, you’ll have time to stroll around the Archaeological Site at your leisure.
Then, you will have time to participate in some optional activities such as climbing to Wayna Picchu.

In the afternoon you’ll take a train from Aguas Calientes back to Cusco where you will be brought back to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

What’s Included

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Pick-up from your hotel in the morning of trek departure
  • Transport to Huaran (head of the trek) and from Lares to Ollantaytambo
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • English speaking Professional Guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
  • 4 season tents, 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent
  • Therma-Rest self-inflating mattress
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Dining tent with tables, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Horses to carry camping equipment, food, cooking equipment and personal items of the trekkers (maximum of 9 kg/ 19 lbs per person including sleeping bag)
  • One emergency horse every 4 trekkers
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Expedition train Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and train back to Poroy (Vistadome Class upon request)
  • One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes with Tourist Class Hotel (Superior Tourist Class or First Class upon request)
  • Transfer from Poroy train station to your Cusco hotel

What’s Not Included

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented for US$ 24 for the 4 day trek)
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Domestic airfare to and from Cusco (+/- US$ 290 per person round trip)
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Passport & Visa Costs
  • Vaccination Costs
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Border taxes or fees

Important Notes

Price based on sharing tent 2 people and double accommodation with Tourist Class Hotel

Optional Services

Upgrade the train to Vistadome Class: add US$ 50

Sleeping bag during the tour ( -10°C): add US$ 24

Upgrade the Hotel to Superior Tourist Class: add US$ 40 (double occupancy)

Single supplement (single tent): US$ 50

Lares, Cusco, Peru

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Lares, Cusco, Peru -13.105302, -72.044594

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