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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 07:00am after which a private transport will take you on a 1.5 hour journey to Huaran village (2,850mt/9,350ft) 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
  • 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 (3,800mt/12,467ft) 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.

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 (4,400mt/14,436ft). 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 (3,700mt/12,139ft). Here we spend the night.
  • After lunch we take our private transportation to Ollantaytambo train station. The overland journey will take about 45 minutes then we catch the train to Aguas Calientes (2,000m/6,561ft). At the Aguas Calientes Hotel, dinner and a comfortable bed will await us.

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 06:00am take first bus to Machu Picchu citadel, you will ride a bus to Machu Picchu archeological site (2,430m/7,972ft) 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.
  • Around 07:30am the guided tour begins, 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 to be the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom.
  • From 10:30am to 12:00pm once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, relax, or meditate.
  • From 12:30pm to 13:30pm take bus to Aguas Calientes.
  • From 13:30pm to 15:00pm take lunch at local restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
  • Return to Cusco: later board the train for the return trip to Cusco. You will stop at the Ollantaytambo Station and then be picked up and driven to your hotel in Cusco.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


  • 1 person = US$ 1,449
  • 2 people = US$ 924
  • 3 people = US$ 810
  • 4 people = US$ 742
  • 5 to 6 people = US$ 700
  • 7 to 8 people = US$ 645
  • More than 9 people = US$ 631

(*) Prices are based in sharing one tent 2 people.

Discounts Available

  1. Students: US$ 20 (students up to 18 years old require a valid International Student Identity Card (
  2. Children: US$ 20 (Children under 17 years of ages old, will need only passport copy to apply discount)

What’s included 3-day Lares Trek?

  • Pre-departure briefing, the night before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Huaran (starting point of the trek).
  • Transfer from Quishuarani village to Ollantaytambo train station in private transport.
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 4-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field.
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities.
  • Professional English speaking tour guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people).
  • Cook and cooking equipment.
  • Campsite fees; in every place we camp must be paid to local community.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag).
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 people.
  • Horsemen.
  • Accommodation for all our staff (guide, cook and horsemen).
  • Meals (2 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special diets are available at no extra cost.
  • Lunch on the last day is included after visit Machu Picchu.
  • A bag for your daily snack per person, to avoid using plastic bags and reduce pollution to the environment.
  • Boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards.
  • Biodegradable personal hand soaps.
  • Biodegradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff.
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening 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.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee.
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a Tourist Class hotel Double or Triple Room (Being in a Single room costs an extra US$ 30). This will be a clean and safe hotel with breakfast included and private bathroom. You can upgrade Hotel accommodation upon request; please ask your travel agent.
  • Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu site – Aguas Calientes.
  • Train ticket from the Ollantaytambo town to Aguas Calientes.
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition Service) – we can upgrade to Vistadome service upon request.
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco Hotel.
  • 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 to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain US$ 25 per person.
  • Upgrade train to Vistadome return to Cusco US$ 34 per person.
  • Sleeping bag suitable minus 10 ºC for the whole trek US$ 10.
  • Walking stick with rubber feet (one pair) for the whole trek US$ 10.
  • Single room in the hotel (if you don’t want to share room) US$ 30 per person.
  • Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share tent) US$ 10 per person.


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