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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days

Created with Sketch. Lares, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru.
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4D/3N

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10 people

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Overview

Lares Trek to Machupicchu is the best alternative trekking route if you miss the permits for the classic Inca Trail to Machupicchu; The trek, doesn’t require permits – for now; it takes you far off the beaten track to where you can meet and interact with members of traditional Andean communities. You will learn all about life in these isolated villages, become familiar with their culture and traditions, and even visit a local school.

Our 4-day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is also outstandingly beautiful, combining the majestic Andean mountains with spectacular ice glaciers, piercingly blue glacial lakes, stunning waterfalls, and countless llamas and alpacas. You´ll finish your trekking holiday exploring the wonder of the world – Machupicchu.

The 4-days Lares Trek is exceptional and rewarding Trekking holiday in Peru. It is truly one of the world’s beautiful hikes, not just in nature but in its culture and variety of ethnic groups inhabiting it. Compared to trekking in other sites of the country, this offers better serviced trekking route, making trekking easy and comfortable for you.  Though if you are not inclined to stay long time in the mountains and want a more remote experience there are limitless opportunities for camping and fully self-supported remote trekking Peru.

The Lares Trek in Peru has captured the imaginations of mountaineers and explorers from more than 20 years. The lifestyle and habits of the inhabitants of the mountain regions has not changed for generations, the village people offer a huge sense of hospitability and welcome to trekkers and mountaineers a like, its often form the people that trekkers take there fondest memories.

At Lares  Trek we offer enjoyable camping sites with fascinating views. To complement a lifetime trek, we will explore the lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu. This trip will reward you with an intriguing combination of mountains capes and History. The Trail here is a less travelled but equally rewarding and challenging alternative to the Classic Inca Trail.

One of the biggest parts of your trekking experience is your guide. Your local guide will be everything to you along the trek and for most people lifelong friendships are formed with their guides and the guide’s families. Peru is a country of friendly people belonging to many different ethnic groups, each having their own variety of culture, religion, festivals and castes etc.

  • The LARES TREK is an excellent alternative to the traditional Inca trail to Machupicchu with the added bonus of visiting isolated Andean communities with long weaving traditions.
  • We offer you the best service at a great value, a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
  • Explore the lost city of Machupicchu early in the morning with options to see the Sunrise.
  • Visit Andean communities and learn about the traditional behaviors.
  • Learn some “Quechua” words – the official Inca language.
  • We don’t want your trek to be just hiking but we want to create a memorable trip, for that, we have spiritual ceremonies perform by local Shamans, meditation sessions
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    Activities: Trekking Adventure
    Shuttle to Lares: 3½ hour by bus from Cusco.
    Difficulty Levels: 3 of 5
    Maximum Altitude: 4350 masl. / 14271 ft.
    Accommodation: 1 Day Hostel, 2 Days Camping
    Optional Activities: Horse Reading, Hotspring.
    Locations: Lares, Ollantaytambo, Machupicchu.
    Departures Day: Daily Departures.
    Starts: Pick up at your accommodation in Cusco around 4:00 AM
    Ends: Drop-off at Cusco around 22:15 PM

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco — Calca — Lares’s hot springs Wacahasi.
The Adventure stars when we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 5:30am or the sacred valley at 8:00am. Then we travel by our tourist bus for 3 hours to the village of Lares. One hour after we leave Cusco we’ll arrive to the town of Calca where you can have your breakfast, purchase last items for the trek and use the toiles if you need. Then we continue 45 minutes up to the Inca site of “Ancasmarka” at 3850m / 12631ft, where you’ll see the large quantity of Inca store houses; for approximately 20 minutes we’ll explore the site then continue the trip to the highest point from where the route descent to the village of Lares.

From Lares we’ll continue 10 minute to the thermal baths where we’ll find the pools of volcanic water; the water is considered a medicinal for the artistries, mussels, head ages, stress, etc. there are several pools with different temperatures from cold 5°C to hot 42°C; you’ll have enough time to be in the pools. While you are in the pools you cook will prepare the lunch which will ready for after the relaxed baths.

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After you lunch we commence the trekking through the valley accompanied by Ice Water River and great views of the mountains; we’ll see farms of different types of potatoes, corn, Quinua and beans. The trekking will last for four hours until the community of Wacawasi (3700m / 12139ft).

Once you arrive to the camp you will pick you duffle bags and go to your tent which will be set up; after a little rest you will have your tea time where your porters will serve you a hot drink (coffee, tea or chocolate). One hour later enjoy you diner after which you can stay longer in the dining room tent chatting with you trekking guide or you can go to your personal tent to rest.

Hiking distance: 10 Km. / 6.2 mile.
Hiking time: 3½ to 4 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and cold in the night.
Acomodation: Camping.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 3700 masl. / 12138 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3100 masl. / 10170 ft.
Day 2: Wacawasi — Ipsayccocha:
Your team of porters will give the wakeup call with a cup of tea; then you’ll have enough time to pack your duffel bag and with your day pack head to the dinning room tent for breakfast. After breakfast, your guide will take you to visit the school (it is important to bring some toys or school supplies) and one family where you’ll learn about the countryside behavior; then we continue the trekking up through farms and with the presence of spectacular mountain scenery; along the trail we’ll see Llamas and alpacas grazing around.

The trail reaches to the highest pass called Ipsay Pass (4,400 m/ 14435ft); from where you’ll be rewarded with the views of Snow Mountains and lagoons. From the pass the trail is descending for 2 hours to the shores of the IPSAY Lake here will be set up the second camp. Be prepared for a cold night and in the morning will be also very cold, we highly recommended to take warm clothes.

Hiking distance: 15 Km. / 9.4 mile.
Hiking time: 6½ to 7 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and cold in the night.
Acomodation: Lodge: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 4400 masl / 14435 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3900 masl / 12795 ft.
Day 3: Ipsayccocha — Ollantaytambo — Aguas Calientes.
After breakfast in the camp, we will start the trekking. The trail descents through the open valley where you’ll observe native crops like: different types of potatoes, Quinoa, lima beans, oxalis, etc. Until we reach the Community of PATACANCHA Here, we can visit the school and see how the education system are in the Peruvian Highlands where students use the Quechua language, the official language of the Incas; after that, we’ll continue the trek down to Ollantaytambo, along the trail we’ll pass other communities like Willoc and Pumamarka, we also will see the Inca site of Pumamarka.

After 5 hours of trekking we’ll arrive to the town of Ollantaytambo where you’ll have your lunch in one of the restaurants and then you can rest or explore this picturesque town. Ollantaytambo is considered the unique living Inca town since the contractions still can be seen in the town like the streets, the terraces, the aqueducts, the store houses and even the temples still exist. The town is touristic place so that here you can find nice restaurants, markets and coffee shops.

In the afternoon (subject to the availability), we’ll take the train for two hours through the Urubamba Valley until the town of Aguas Caliemtes wher you’ll have your dinner and then hotel accommodation.

Hiking distance: 14 Km. / 8.6 mile
Hiking time: 5 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: Hostel in Aguas Calientes town.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 3900 masl / 14435 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2700 masl / 8858 ft.
Day 4: Hiking & Explore Machu Picchu — Cusco.
Today we arrive at the long-awaited finale of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu! We will wake up early after a refreshing night at our hostel to beat the crowds to the top of Machu Picchu and enjoy its serenity in the soft morning light. The Machu Picchu entrance check point is open from 06:00 AM until 17:00 PM. We will hike up to Machupicchu (a bus ride is optional for $12.00) and enter the hidden Royal Citadel of the Incas. Here we will have a 2-hour guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields. Be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas which was so far ahead of their time and still partially a mystery today! Without having modern tools or even steel and iron to work with, the people who built this city were genius in organizing this community in a sustainable and beautiful way on the side of a mountain, even bringing water in canals through its streets for the people to use. When a Peruvian guide showed this site to Hiram Bingham, it was almost unrecognizable, covered in thick vegetation and in a state of disrepair. It has since been cleaned and restored and is now protected and treasured by the world at large!

After this tour, you are free to climb up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (Be sure to book in advance to get tickets for these!). Each mountain takes approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Another lower-impact option for which you do not need an extra ticket is to trek to the Sun Gate, the main entrance from the Inca Trail (this takes about 2 or 2.5 hours round-trip). Another option is walking to see the Incan Bridge. You will be able to stay and enjoy this magical city for more than 7 hours before hiking back down to Aguas Calientes for the train ride at 18:20 hrs (subject to availability) to Ollantaytambo. A private bus will pick up our group and drop you off at your hotel in Cusco at about 21:30 hrs. Rest your feet and your body now, but we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come!

Distance Travelled: 6 Km. / 3.7 mile
Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours approximately.
Machu Picchu guided tour: 2½ hour.
Climate: tropical warm.
Shuttle to Cusco:3 hours by train and bus from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast.
Maximum Altitude: 2429 masl / 7972 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2040 masl / 6692 ft.

Include:

  • Transportation.- Tourist bus from Cusco to “LARES” starting point of the Trek.- Tourist train EXPEDITION CLASS round trip from “Ollantaytambo” to “Aguas Calientes town and from “Aguas Calientes” town to “Ollantaytambo”; transfer from “Ollantaytambo” to Cusco.- Bus up and down from “Aguas Calientes” town to Machu Picchu.
  • Camping equipments.- We provide four-people capacity tent for two persons, brand new four season tents, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toiled tent, seats, tables, tent for Guides and porters, kitchen gears.
  • Accommodations.- 01 night hotel accommodation in the town of “Aguas Calientes” based in double ocupancy. 3-stars category hotel.
  • Entrace Fees.- To Machu Picchu.
  • Meals.- 3 breakfast.- 3 hot lunches.- 3 hot dinners delicious meals prepared by professional chef food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), we offer vegetarian option, We provide available boil water each mourning for your water bottles.
  • Guide.- English speaking professional guides, 2 guides over 8 people.
  • Trekking Cook.- Professional trekking chef and Chef assistants.
  • Horses .- For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears as well to carry your personal items (6kls per person) in duffel bags that we provide. Muleteers.
  • Others.- First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle.

Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag.- can be rented in our office for US$ 20 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
  • Breakfast.- on the first morning. Some hotels offer early morning breakfast service. If not, we stop at “Calca” town for your breakfast and also you can buy some items for the “Lares trek to Machupicchu”.
  • Meals.- in “Aguas Calientes” town on the final day you must consider a bugged of US$ 15 to 30 in average restaurant.
  • Entrance fees to “Huaynapicchu” Mountain (US$30). Please advise at time of booking as the spaces are limited.
  • Entrance.- to the thermal baths in “Aguas Calientes” town (optional) US$ 3.00 and “Lares” town (optional) US$ 3.00.
  • Tips.- for the staff.

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Lares, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru.

Tour Map Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days

FAQs

What Should I Bring for the Tour?
– Original passport
– For students: ISIC card
– Insurance card/certificate
– Walking stick ( Highly Recomemded )
– Hiking boots
– Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
– Warm jacket
– Hat and gloves
– 2-4 t-shirts
– 2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
– Long underwear for sleeping
– Hand sanitizer
– Comfortable trousers
– Sun hat or cap
– Sunscreen
– Insect repellent
– Water
– Toiletries/ Toilet paper
– Personal medication
– Camera
– Flashlight or headlamp
– Extra money for tips/snacks/beer.
How Difficult Is The Lares Trail?
This is very difficult to answer definitively, but if you are reasonably fit, then trekking is moderate but not challenge. Most treks are designed so that you walk a comfortable distance each day and still have enough power left for the next. It’s very important to acclimatized to the altitude, Lares Trail pass over an altitude of 4400m /14435ft
How Long Is The Lares Trek And How Many Hours Do We Hike Per A Day?
The entire Lares Trail is a distance of 39 kms (24.2miles); the beginning point is the Lares’s hot springs and the ending point is the town of Ollantaytambo. You’ll walk in 3 days. The first day is relatively easy and you’ll walk for 4 hours; the second day is probably the hardest day since we have to walk over the highest pass at 4400m /14435ft, the walking time is for 8 hours; the third day you’ll walk manly down for 5 hours passing waterfalls and picturesque communities; the last day we’ll explore Machu Picchu I the morning and in the afternoon we’ll return to Cusco.
What Is The Scenery Like On The Lares Trail?
Since the trekking takes you through the Andes, the Lares Trail provides stunning mountain scenery; several snow Peak Mountains, Waterfalls, ice-cold rivers, lagoons, meadows, farms, etc. What make this Trek so popular are the local Andean communities that the trail passes through. The Authentic weaving communities are one of the highlights. On this trail you also will explore Inca site where your trekking guide will take you in an informative tour.
Do I Need A Permits?
The Lares Trail does Not require permits as the Inca Trail, but it is important to reserve in advance do to the trip requires train tickets and entrance to Machu Picchu which once are limited.
Is Altitude Sickness Common? And How High Is The Lares Trail?
It’s impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. One or two days spent in Cuzco (3,400m/11154FT), taking it easy and drinking plenty of water is usually enough for most people; or you also can stay in other place at same altitude or higher.
The highest point you will reach while hiking the Lares Trek is 4400m / 14435ft. You will sleep at 3600m / 11811ft for one or two nights. The trail is climbing gradually up to the highest pass and you can step in any place you want, IT IS NOT like the Inca trail with several stone step and very steep
When Do We Reach Machu Picchu And How Much Time Do We Spend There?
We’ll reach Machu Picchu early in the morning on Day 4th; we’ll try to take the earliest bus from the town of Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (25 minutes); Once in Machu Picchu, Your Trekking guide will take you for an informative 2-3 hour tour, where you’ll visit the most important places of Machu Picchu and you’ll have enough time to take pictures. After the tour you will have a free time to explore along. When you finish All in Machu Picchu you’ll take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes where you can have your lunch in one of the restaurants.
Does The Porters Carry Our Luggage While On The Lares Trek?
No, llamas, pack mules and/or horses will be provided to carry your personal items in duffel bags that we’ll provide one night before the tour (During the briefing time). The duffel bags will be transported from camp to camp. You will still need to bring a day backpack (30lts) to carry any essentials you might want or need, such as water, snacks, camera, sweater, rain jacket.

The duffle bags provided for your personal belongings which will transported by Pac animal from camp to camp during the Lares Trail.
How Cold Does It Get On The Lares Trail (Will I Need To Bring Hats And Mitts)?
Yes, it will be cold spatially the second day. The high altitude means it can get quite chilly, especially during the Andean winter (May – September) when the temperature can drop to below zero degrees (Celsius) at night. It can still be cool at other times of the year and so we recommend bringing thermal underwear and a warm sleeping bag. You can purchase warm, inexpensive and locally made hand-woven hats and gloves in Cusco.
What Type Of Accommodation Is Used On The Lares Trail?
During the Lares Trek to Machupicchu we’ll use camping tents for 2 nights and one night hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes. The tents are a 4-people capacity tent which will be provided for only two people of the same-sex (if you are solo traveller). Trekkers will be served a bowl of hot water (and a hot drink) in their tents during morning hours.
What Type Of Food Will We Get On The Lares Trek?
Our cooks prepare excellent high-energy meals appropriate for a trek of this nature. The menu usually includes pasta, rice, chicken, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other breakfast foods. Vegetarian alternatives are available upon request at the time of booking.
When is the Best Time to hike Lares Trek?
The best time to hike Lares Trek to Machupicchu is during the dry season (April to September). During these months the views are splendid, the camping sites are dry and nice, the trail is particularly quiet, and weather is often very pleasant.

Trekking the Lares Trail is the third most popular trek to Machu Picchu, after the Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek, so during the height of the peak season the trail can be busy. That being said, there are so many variations on the Lares Trail that in general the routes never feel over-crowded.
However, in the last years the weather is unpredictable, instead of dry season we are having rain, and it is difficult to predict the weather spatially in the Andes, so we highly recommended being prepared all the time for sun cold and rain, we‘ll provide always the best quality equipment for your comfort and our staff always will decide the best places where to set up the camps.

Important info
For Lares Trek to Machupicchu, the night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office or in your hotel at either 6 or 7pm (exact time will be confirmed on arrival to Cusco).
All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you’ve booked you can be sure you’re going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.
We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.
Is LARES TREK for me?
Have you missed out on doing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? Do not miss out on adventure!!… Come and see four-day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.

This may at first seem totally devastating but there are some Alternative treks to Machu Picchu such as this which do not require the same permits and so are available. The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is not just a perfect alternative if you miss out on Inca trail permits but many people choose this trek instead of Inca trail for its cultural aspect of visiting remote Andean villages on and off the beaten track style trek.

Where the Inca trail has become a bit too popular Lares Trek to Machu Picchu still has moments when you are the only people to be gazing over the stunning lanscape from a high mountain pass. At Lares Trek to Machu Picchu will be most probably be some alpacas accompanying you during your hike. There are less Inca archaeological sites along the trail itself until you get Machu Picchu but if you like awesome scenery and the popular history then Lares trek is for you.
Huayna Picchu VS Machu Picchu Montaña
Many people ask about Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Montaña and few people know the difference about this 2 climbing hike mountains in Machu Picchu.

Huayna picchu: It is located at the northeast area and it is famous because since the summit you can enjoy a beautiful landscape and Machu Picchu.

huaynapicchu have a steep road and people arrive to the summit in approximately 45 minutes hike up. In the summit you can enjoy and take picture for not longer then 20 minutes. This is because huaynaPicchu pick do not have a big space and not to of people can login there.

if you plan hike up to Huayna Picchu You need to book in advance . it cost 25 American dollars per person.

Huayna Picchu altitude: 2789 masl.

Montaña Machu Picchu: It is the taller Mountain. You need at list 3:30 hours to enjoy the hike up to this Montaña. This mountain ofer different altitudes view of Machu Picchu and also a amazing panoramic view of all machu picchu, Aguas calientes, hidroelectrica and others areas around.

In the summit you can spend longer time. this is because not lot of people go to this mountain yet because the new accest it is.

if you plan hike up to Montaña, You need to book in advance . it cost 25 American dollars per person.

Montaña altitude: 3240 masl.

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