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Lares Trek & Machu Picchu 3 Days


Alternative trek to Machu Picchu citadel through Lares


TYPE SERVICE: Group Service
ACTIVITIES: Hiking & Trekking, Cultural & History
DESTINATION: Lares Trek, Machu Picchu

Alternative hike to Machu Picchu citadel through Lares Trek
Lares trek is an alternative trek to Machu Picchu for people unable to book the Inca Trail. It also offers the opportunity to learn and experience rural Andean life as the trail passes through mountainous landscape, glacier ponds and genuine textile Quechua communities. Finally we make our way by train to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night in a Hotel; next day we take first bus to Machu Picchu to see the sunrise.


  • The Ultimate Lares Trek to a Legendary Lost City “Machu Picchu”
  • Camp high in the Andean mountains during Lares Trek ending at Machu Picchu
  • Alternative trek to Machu Picchu citadel through Lares Trek
  • Trek to Machu Picchu, with an overnight in Aguas Calientes


Day 1 – Transport to Huaran, Hike to Canchacancha
You will be picked up from your hotel at 6:00AM after which a private transport will take you on a 1.5 hour journey to Huaran village (2850mt/9348ft) situated between Pisaq and Urubamba in the Sacred Valley. Huaran is the place where the Lares trek actually begins. Your horses will be prepared as they will accompany us from this point forward as we start our soft ascend along the small Cancha Cancha River. Day 1 will have you walking for roughly 5 hours and a climb to a hill in the valley, with lush plant life, to reach the 1st campsite in Cancha Cancha (3800mt/12464ft) which is a little farming community in the midst of brilliant mountainous scenery.
As we make camp you can familiarize with the locals and their way of life. Camping
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 – Hike from Cancha Cancha to Quiswarani || Train to Aguas Calientes
Once we’re done with the 2nd day’s breakfast the Lares Trek begins, leaving Cancha Cancha behind as we head north east in the valley, seeing some small thatched stone houses along the way. After half an hour we see ourselves following a flat trail. After this we begin our 2.5 hour long steep climb to the Pachacuteq Pass (4400mt/14432ft). This is the first pass of the trek and provides terrific views of snow-capped Pitusiray and Pachacuteq Lake. After moving on for an hour over a narrow ridge we come across a splendid valley with exotic birds and glacial lakes. You might also observe the snowy peaks of Colquecruz, Minas, Sirijuani and other mountains. After having lunch at the pass we begin climbing down towards a delightful little textile community known as Quiswarani (3700mt/12139ft).
Once lunching in Quiswarani we will take our private transport to Ollantaytambo (journey takes around 3 hours) from where we catch the train to Aguas Calientes, where we will check in at our hotel/hostel.
Overnight at the Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Sunrise in Machu Picchu & Train back to Cusco
Breakfast at the hotel; at 5:00AM take first bus to Machu Picchu citadel, you will ride a bus to Machu Picchu archeological site and tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can then wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered as the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom. Once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to meditate.
You will then have time to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own (not included in the price)
– Climb up Huayna Picchu and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there.
– You will be given some time to walk till the Sun Gate or Inti Punku.
– Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs.
Back to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes and, later on, board the train for the return trip to Cusco; you will stop at the Ollantaytambo Station and be picked up and driven to your hotel in Cusco.
Meals Included: Breakfast





Single Room

Double/Triple Room

Single Room

Double/Triple Room

2 people

US$ 725

US$ 691

US$ 743

US$ 698

3 people

US$ 662

US$ 626

US$ 680

US$ 636

More than 4 people

US$ 611

US$ 575

US$ 629

US$ 585

Is there any additional cost for Solo Travelers?
Yes, there is an additional cost for single travelers; make an inquiry about it.

Discounts Available

  1. Students: US$ 25 (students up to 18 years old require a valid International Student Identity Card (
  2. Children: US$ 25 (Children under 17 years of ages old, will need only passport copy to apply discount)

What’s included 3-day Lares Trek?

  • Accommodation: 1 night camping, 1 night in hotel Aguas Calientes
  • Camping equipment: Overnight in 4 season tents including comfortable inflatable sleeping pads, cooking equipment, kitchen and dining tent including tables and chairs
  • Excursions: 2 Lares trek and one Machu Picchu tour
  • Entrance fees to parks and cultural sights: Lares and Machu Picchu Citadel
  • Transfers: All airport transfers, Hotel pickup and drop-off, all transfers are assisted by English-speaking staff.
  • Transport: All land transport involved in the itinerary (minivan, train, hiking)
  • Train ticket: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Meals: According mentioned in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
  • Pack animals: To carry camping equipment and food, horse to carry your personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping).
  • Support Staff: Cook and Wranglers
  • An experienced local English speaking guide throughout the 2-day trek and one day in Machu Picchu
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Pre-departure briefing, one day before trek departure
  • 24 hour support by our local staff

Services not included

  • International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru, airport departure taxes (Approximate cost US$ 31.00 international flights, and US$ 7.40 for each domestic flight)
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items – Pre & post tour accommodation
  • Spending money – allow approximately US$ 35-50 per day to cover meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • Sleeping bag, breakfast on the first day and entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain

Optional services for Lares trekking

  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain; add US$ 20
  • One way (Aguas Calientes to Cusco) upgrade train to Vistadome Class; US$ 30 per person
  • Sleeping bag rental for Lares trek add US$ 15
  • Walking stick rental for Lares trek add US$ 15 (one pairs)


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