Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days /3 Nights
The Lares Valley is located in the Urubamba mountain range, high above the Sacred Valley of the Incas. During this trek we will visit traditional Andean communities and experience awe-inspiring views of the major snow-capped peaks. We will hike through these ancient forests, of native trees and camp beside pristine highland lakes. Visiting local communities, we will have the opportunity to witness traditional ways of life and handcraft techniques. At the end of our trek there will be time to relax in the waters of the natural hot springs of Lares, before going to Machu Picchu. The Lares tour is a diverse one, since it leads us to waterfalls, condors, cultural highlights and of course Machu Picchu.
DeparturePick up from your Hotel
Departure Time5:00 AM.
Return TimeApproximately 6:00 PM.
Dress CodeWarm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk
IncludedAccommodationEntrancesFirst aid kit and emergency oxigenMealsPick up from your HotelProfessional GuideTransportation
Not IncludedWalking Stick
Day 1: CUSCO–PATACANCHA-PALCA–CHAULLACOCHA–CHUPANA
We will be leaving from Cusco at around 06:00 in the morning in a private vehicle through the Sacred Valley of Inca. We will stop in Ollantaytambo for breakfast. You will then have some time to walk around this impressive village which hosts original Inca street plan. From Ollantaytambo, we will continue for almost an hour to Palca, where we will begin the hike.
Along the way, you will be rewarded with astonishing views of mountains, lakes and plains grazed by llamas and alpacas. After hiking for about three hours, we will reach Chaullacocha (4,121 meters / 13,520 feet) a small village. Here we will stop for a traditional Peruvian lunch. We will walk around the village and will be visiting the local school. You will also be introduced to the production of traditional Andean handcrafts and weavings. We will the be leaving the village and will be descending for almost 1½ hours as far as the small community of Chupani (3950 meters / 12,960 feet), where we will camp for the night.
Day 2: CHUPANI – VILCABAMBA
Today we will begin our hike by descending through a valley, passing through Chaupipampa, with its abundant native flora. We will stop for lunch at Machaypampa, before continuing up to the Quellok’asa Pass, from where there are fine views of the surrounding area. Here, we will pass waterfalls on this section of the trail, as well as a magical place called Condorhuachana (“condor’s nest”). We will also pass through the small villages of Rosaspata, Choquecancha and Cachin on the way to our final destination for the day, Vilcabamba, where we will camp for the night, relax, and take in the natural scenery surrounding our campsite.
Day 3: VILCABAMBA – LARES HOT SPRINGS – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU
We will be leaving the campsite at around 07:00 AM. The first part of the trek with be downhill, we will then start hiking up for almost 3 hours until we reach the hot springs of Lares. Here you will have ample of time to take a dip in the pool with thermal baths. Locals here believe that the water here has medicinal benefits. We will then serve you a typical Peruvian food for lunch. Post lunch, we will continue our journey to Ollantaytambo. It will take approximately three hours to reach here. The village is known for its original Inca street plan. From here, we will board the train to Aguas Calientes, a town that serves as a gateway to Machu Picchu. We will be accommodating you in a private ensuite room with breakfast. In the evening, we will meet for dinner and celebrate the completion of the trek.
Day 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO
The much awaited day of the trek! We will be picking you up from your hotel at 05:30 AM. We will then board the exclusive tourist bus that would drive us up to Machu Picchu citadel. You will have to go through the security check point to enter the citadel. Here, you will have to present your original passport along with the entrance ticket. You will have a two hours guided tour of the citadel. Our local guide will talk about historical and cultural aspects of this lost city. After the trip you will be taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes from where you will be boarding a train back to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will meet you at the train station in Ollantaytambo and transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco.
- The times given on this itinerary are approximate.
- Hiking times depend on how the group progresses.
- The trip offers plenty of adventure.
- For complete information, please send us an email.
- We will have a meeting at your hotel before leaving to give you complete trek details and to answer any questions.
- Available discount these discount are not cumulative.
- Students: US$ 29 students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid.
- Teenagers: US$ 20 up to 16 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings.
- Children: US$ 46 up to 10 years of age, passport.
- A passport copy is required for all bookings.
- Departures are available along the year although due to weather conditions, the recommended period for this trek is April to November.
- Pre trek briefing
- Entry fee to Machu Picchu (Huayna Picchu $15 extra) and Salkantay trek. (if charged)
- English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 6 people)
- Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
- Basic foam mattress.
- Toilet tent.
- Toilet paper, pack-in &pack out.
- Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
- 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower.
- Tents for our staff to sleep in.
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a basic hotel.
- One textile snack bag per person.
- Others: Warm water for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
- Cook and Cooking equipment. (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
- Our chef would prepare meals that would absorb elements of the traditional Peruvian delicacies and the western diet. (We request you to notify our guide/cook who will be accompanying you on the trek, if you have any meal preference)
- Horses (for personal items and equipments) including horsemen. Utensils, camping equipments are transported on hose back. While we have a pre trek briefing, we will be providing a duffel bag for your personal items. (upto 7kgs).
- Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals.
- Celebratory dinner in Aguas Calientes.
- Lunch on the last day is included.
- Transport from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the trek in private car.
- Private transport form Lares to Ollantaytambo.
- Train ticket (Expedition service) form Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
- Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu.
- Train ticket (Expedition service) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
- Dinner on the last night.
- Huayna Picchu entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain an additional fee of US $16 per personal applies Breakfast on the first morning.
- Entrance to the thermal springs.
- Sleeping bags – If you haven’t got a sleeping bag or you don’t want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you, then we have sleeping bags for hire.
- Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
- A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature.
- Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
- Sleeping bag. (we can rent these to you)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
- Sun block.
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
- Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
- Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
- Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
- Small towel.
- Swimsuit. (if you wish to go to the hot springs)
- Cash in soles and/or US$.
- Original passport.
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
- Flashlight/headlamp and batteries.
- Camera and batteries. (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
- Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: Authorities in Machu Picchu have put restrictions on carrying plastic water bottles.
- Metal bottles are recommended.
- Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount.
- Optional: Walking sticks(rubber covers are must in order not to damage archaeological sites)
- If you would like to make a reservation for this program, please go directly to the Booking Online section of this website.
- Once you have chosen your tour, please read the Booking Terms & Conditions, as your booking is subject to these terms.
- Then fill out and submit the Reservation Form that you will find in the Booking Online section of this website.
- In case your reservation is confirmed, a money deposit will be requested to secure your reservation.
- Once we confirm the deposit reception, your booking is confirmed. A Service Confirmation Form will be sent to you including all the details of your program.
- Should you have any query or are in need of any more information, do not hesitate to write to us. We will respond to all your queries within 24 business hours.
- Sleeping bag $5 per day.
- Walking Stick $2 per day.
- Inflatable Mattress $5 per day.
PRICE $USD PER PERSONPrivate Group
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