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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

The stunning Lares trek to Machu Picchu 4 day, is one of the best alternative treks to the Classic Inca Trail and it has been specially designed for all those people who want to experience less traveled places, away from the classic tourist throngs, ideal to experience the great mountain scenery.

The beautiful Lares trek  offered by Top Peru Trips allows you to enjoy the traditional culture of the Quechuas or Indigenous people descendant of the Incas, who are dedicated to agriculture, livestock farming and weaving, high up in the Peruvian Andes mountains.

Lares Valley is home to numerous native communities, where you find the best local weavers on the mountains, hiking in the Lares valley means to experience the real country lifestyle of Peru.

To the end of the hike after to visit the hot springs, travelers will be transported to the train station of Ollantaytambo. In the evening at the scheduled time we will take the train to ” Machu Picchu” town, at your arrival our representative will take to the hotel.

Lares Trek – Highlights:

  • Amazing mountain scenery
  • High Mountain pass
  • Typical stone houses covered with thatched roofs
  • Native people, descending of the Incas.
  • Snow capped mountains.
  • Llamas and alpaca farm
  • Machu Picchu


Trekking – Overview

  • D1: Cusco – Pumahuanca – Sutoc
  • D2: Sutoc – Yanacocha – Cuncani
  • D3: Cuncani – Lares
  • D4: Machupicchu – Back to Cuzco.


Detailed Lares trek- Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Pumahuanca – Sutoc

In the morning travelers will be picked up from the hotels. There will be a drive of 1 hour to arrive to the village of Pumahuanca to begin our trip . We’ll follow the side valley, covering about 03 hours of hiking we will stop at the village of Cuyoc. On our way up we’ll visit the small Inca site and the guide will talk us all about the native plants, flowers and birds that inhabit this region.

This particular route for Lares trek offer by Top Peru Trips is not used by many travel companies. So there will be a great chance to see the wildlife (hummingbirds and Chinchillas). After lunch the trail goes through a dense native vegetation all the way to the campsite for the night, at Sutoc (4100m / 13451ft).

This is the coldest night in the entire trip, we highly recommend you bring a good four season sleeping bag and some change of warm clothes.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 2: Sutoc – Yanacocha – Cuncani

After an early breakfast we will start the second day hike of Lares trek . Walking slowly for approx. 3 hours we will arrive to the highest point of the entire trip , for many people this is the hardest section due the high altitude. From the pass there will be magnificent views of both valleys. After we enjoy all the wonderful and scenic views it’s time to head down to the village of Cuncani for approx. 3 hours.

Walking down to Cuncani we’ll see some snow-capped peaks high above us, beautiful mountain lakes (Yanacocha – Black lake).  Local people will show up dressed in their traditional bright red clothing. The people in this region are descending’s of the Incas. The second night camp is the lower altitude, So is not too cold.

  • Meals: B, L & D.

Day 3: Cuncani – Lares

Early in the morning the local people come in our campsite to meet us. The people of this region are incredibly welcoming and are just as eager to learn about you as you about them, this is the opportunity to give them any gifts you’ve brought for the local people or just to buy some of the locally made alpaca products that the region is famed for.

We will leave Cuncani. It is just a few hours of walk to arrive to the hot springs of Lares Valley. Following a beautiful hiking trail we get to pass small villages. Lunch is around the thermal baths.

After a relaxing dip in the hot springs we’ll be driven back to the Sacred Valley. In the evening we have to travel by train to Machupicchu town.

  • Meals: breakfast and lunch.

Day 4. – Machu Picchu – Cusco.

In the morning after breakfast we will board the bus which will take us to the biggest energetic center “Machu Picchu” where an expert tour guide will transmit us all the history of this mysterious and outstanding place. After the guided visit to the site, you get free time to explore more places on your own or you can do the optional hikes around Machupicchu like:

  1. Wayna Picchu Mountain hike, available only for early bookings.
  1. Walk to Sun Gate; open to everybody, it takes approx. 2 hours up and down.

At the appropriate time, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. After lunch the Train back to Ollantaytambo is 1 hour 30 minutes. Upon arrival to the Train Station, reception and transfer to the Hotel in Cusco.

  • Meals: B.


What’s included in the Lares Trek:

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
  • Horseman’s and horses to carry our camping and kitchen equipment
  • 7 kg of your luggage will be put on the horse for the hike
  • English Speaking Professional Guide
  • 4 Season tents, with 2 to 3 people capacity.
  • Therma-Rest self-inflating mattress
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 suppers
  • Boiled water to drink on the second and third day
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Expedition Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (day 3)
  • Return Expedition train to Ollanta
  • Transfer from the Train Station to your hotel
  • Accommodation for one night
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes (round trip)
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu

Not Included in Lares trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Sleeping bag.
  • Breakfast on the first day and final lunch.
  • Tips (Cook, horseman and guide)
  • Insurance of any kind, international airfares, domestic flights, Airport departure (U.S. $ 31 per person for international flights and U.S. $7 for national flights) taxes, visa fees or excess baggage charges.

Note: Waynapicchu Mountain tickets are available only for early bookings. Mail us for additional info.


Optional Services per person:

  • Entrance fee to Waynapicchu mountain: $ 30 per person
  • Upgrade to Vista dome train service Train (First Class): $ 55 per person
  • Sleeping bag rental: $ 25 per person
  • Walking stick rental: $ 20 (one pairs)

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