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Lares Valley Trek & Short Inca Trail, 4 day

Lares Valley Trek

This is our new itinerary for Lares Valley trek & Short Inca Trail 4 day, is a great option for those people short in time for trekking the classic Lares trek to Machu Picchu or the full Inca Trail hike! It’s a moderate trek that passes through stunning mountain scenery and enjoy all the interesting lifestyle of the Quechuas in the Peruvian Andes. You will also have a guided tour at short Inca Trail and time to explore the site on your own. Two nights in hotel, 1 night in a tent. Travelers will have the chance to enjoy the Sunset at Machu Picchu and the Sunrise the next morning. This great Lares valley trek allows you to hike up to Wayna Picchu with train return to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon.

Lares valley trek – Highlights:

  • The amazing scenery around the Sacred Valley.
  • Beautiful villages on the way to Lares.
  • Great native forest and wildlife in Puamahuanca Valley.
  • The amazing view from Pumamhuanca pass.
  • Beautiful and peaceful camping spot.
  • Indigenous native locals herd of Llamas and Alpacas.
  • Touched-roof house, home of the Quechuas.
  • Lares hot-spring.
  • Hiking the famous Short Inca Trail band Sun gate.
  • Machu Picchu the lost city of the Incas


Lares Valley trek: Overview

  • First day: Cusco – Pumawanca – Cuyoc
  • Second Day: Cuyoc – Cuncani- Hot springs – Ollantaytambo
  • Third day: Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Sun gate – Aguas Calientes
  • Fourth Day:  Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco


Lares valley trek – Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco -Urubamba- Pumahuanca – Cuyoc.

Pick up from your Hotel in Cusco. Our private van leaves Cusco at 6:00am for a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley, passing through Chinchero with a short stop in the town of Urubamba, (2,800 masl) for a toilet break and you also have chance to buy any last minute suplies, water, etc,. Departing from Urubamba you will have a further 20 minutes’ drive to the trail-head at Pumahuanca Valley. This is the place where we will meet our horses and wranglers, (arrieros). All of our required equipment will be carried by mules and horses.

We begin our hike through this beautiful Valley in the Andes with lots of native forest . 3 hours walk to the Inca complex of Pumahuanca, where the guide will talk about the Incas. Hiking one one more hour uphill along the same valley we will reach our lunch spot near to the village of P`accha sorrounded with some native trees of qeuñas, elder-berry, and the spectacular mountain landscapes, herds of llamas, alpacas, sheeps and goats. Then final 2 hours further we will pass by a series of small waterfalls and beautiful area named Cuyoc will be our campsite for the night at 4,000 masl.

  • Meals: B, L,D – Snacks
  • Accommodation: Camping Tents for 2 ppl
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,000m/13123ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,800m/9186ft
  • Distance Travelled: approx 14km
  • Approximate Walking Time: 7 hours

Day 2: Cuyoc – Cuncani – Lares Hot Springs- Ollantaytambo

Early wake up with a cup of coca tea, then after a good breakfast  we will start the second part of Lares valley trek with scenic views of the mountains around.  This is the challenging part for our trip, there will be 4 hours uphill hike along a dirt road with some stone steps to arrive to Pumahuanca Pass.  located at 4,580 masl (a holly place with lots of stone piles, made by pilgrims as a symbol of respect and gratitude to the Apus). After we got the summit there will be time to enjoy the amazing views of Pumahuanca valley and parts of Moray, Maras and Salineras.

Then we have to continue the downhill for 2 hours along a stone road with breathtaking views of some tall glaciers and beautiful Andean lakes. Along the way to Cuncani we will meet some local campesinos (people of the local village) dressing bright colorful clothings as is traditional with all villages around Lares valley. Also there will be chance to see lots of llamas and alpacas on the hills.

Cuncani is one of the main communities in Lares Valley. Located at 3,750 masl where we should have our second day lunch. Local women will meet us at the lunch spot, they are eager to sell us their great hand-made textiles. Then our transportation will pick us up and then will take us to Lares hot- springs, where we can soak in the pools. In the afternoon we will have 3 hour drive to arrive to Ollantaytambo town for dinner and overnight at this picturesque Inca.

Day 3: Ollantaytambo – Km 104. – Sun gate – Aguas Calientes.

After an early breakfast at the hotel you will walk 10 minutes to the train station in Ollantaytambo. Here we board the Expedition train, travel by train for 1 hr and 45 minutes to Km 104 (start of the trek). At Km 104 after submitting passports at check control point, we began to walk softly around meters Vilcanota River then gradually to walk up around 600 mts . Starting the hike we will see the ruins of Chachabamba a beautiful Inca site ,  After visiting Chachabamba , we continue the path south and started a gradual hike to the mountain , before entering a cloud forest , overgrown area. After walking 3 hours, the road will take us to a nice area with a beautiful waterfall, then get to the bottom of the ruins of Winaywayna . Our expert guide will tells us all the history of this charming site.

After lunch at Winaywayna , we will continue hiking following the last section of the classic Inca Trail trek , filled with native plants as the orchids and ferns . As we walk the last part of the trail to the popular Sun gate, there is a place where we climb 60 stairs before you reach Inti Punku. From here, you can see and observe this magnificent place . Then descend for 45 minutes to get to the famous viewpoint to watch the sunset and take pictures. Descend to the gate of Machu Picchu where we board the bus to Aguas Calientes. Accommodation and Dinner included , rest, plans and arrangements for the next day.

  • Meals:L breakfast, Box lunch and Dinner
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes,
  • Maximum Altitude:2680m/8792ft /
  • Minimum Altitude:2100m/6888ft

Day 4: Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

After an early breakfast we board the bus to Machu Picchu at 05:20, the citadel opens at 6:00 am. We have a guided tour of Machu Picchu, this enigmatic and mysterious city is explored for about 2-3 hours explained by your expert guide , you will visit the most amazing places as the Royal Mausoleum , the Temple of the three windows , the main temple , the Sacred Plaza , the famous Intihuatana where Incas determinated the winter solstice in June , stairways , plazas , fountains, etc. Then you will have free time to explore more places on your own. Optional walks to Inca Bridge and Huayna picchu MT (check availability at your booking time).

After finishing our masterful visit to Machu Picchu you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, where you can have lunch before to board the train back to Ollantaytambo. Then you will transferred to Cusco hotel by car.

  • Meals: BL /
  • Maximum Altitude:2400m/7872ft
  • Minimum Altitude:2100m/6888ft


Inclusion for Lares Valley trek & short Inca Trail 

  • Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before of your tour in our office.
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco from or from Sacred Valley (Urubamba).
  • Private bus to Pumahuanca (the trail-head).
  • Full meals while trekking (3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat free or special diets upon your request.)
  • Trek Permits for Short Inca Trail Park and entrance fee for Machupicchu.
  • Horses to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dinning and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetables).
  • Excellent experienced top tour guides
  • Expert top gourmet mountain cook and assistant.
  • Happy hour with macho-tea and hot drinks every afternoon on camp.
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
  • A gentle start to the day with a wake up coca tea in your tent.
  • 2 person per tent clean, new, spacious (4 person dome igloo tents).
  • Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress, (Pillows by request)
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
  • Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance..
  • 3 hours guided tour in Machupicchu and extra time for yourself.
  • Bus down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes town.
  • Tourist Expedition train return to Ollantaytambo Station and bus to Cusco Hotel

Not included for Lares valley trek & short Inca trail:

  • Sleeping bag (4 season -Minus 8ºC)
  • Tips for the trekking crew, guides, cooks and porters at your discretion.
  • Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes and Lares. Optional (20 soles & 10 soles)
  • Flight Ticket to Cusco. Accommodation in Cusco. see recomendation
  • Travel Insurance.- e.g.: World Nomade Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl)
  • Wayna Picchu ticket additional $30.00

Recommended things to bring for Lares valley trek:

  • Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable).
  • A comfortable 45 Lt Trek backpack if you want to carry all your belongings.
  • A small daypack to carry your personal belongings
  • Warm sleeping bag Minus 8ºC (You can hire from SAS Travel.)
  • Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support or tough sport shoes, (light sandals or clogs are recommended to rest at campsites).
  • Trekking poles with rubber tips. (metal tips are not allowed on the trail).
  • Warm clothes,layers for variable temperature especially at night
  • Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or in cold conditions
  • Gloves or mittens, scarf , wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zipoff to short pants for comfort
  • Flash light, head torch and extra batteries
  • Camera and extra batteries, – Binoculars
  • Wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
  • Sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Personal medical kit, insect repellent
  • Rain Gear: a good rain jacket, rain poncho
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel
  • 2 litre water bottle, (disposable plastic bottles are forbidden).
  • Bathing suits for hot springs for hikers with a night in Aguas Calientes (5 Day Special Inca Trail)
  • Extra money for drinks in route, Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes. ($10-15)
  • Tips for (porters, cooks, guides. ($30-40) Not mandatory.
  • Emergency money at least 200-300 soles.($ 120)


Optional Services per person:

  • Entrance fee to Wayna Picchu Mountain; add US$ 70 per person
  • Upgrade train service to Vista dome Train (First Class); add US$ 40 per person
  • Sleeping bag rental for the trek add US$ 25 per person
  • Extra porter to carry your personal equipment add US$ 140
  • Walking stick rental add US$ 20 (one pairs)


US $30.00 discount on the above prices to students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and to children under the age of 16. (Scans of your ISIC card or child’s passport must be provided at the time of paying the trek deposit in order to qualify for the discount). International Youth Travel Cards (IYTC) or other forms of student identity are not acceptable for the Classic Inca Trail or any other hike

Important Note: We will book your short Inca Trail trek  permits using the names & passport numbers, nationality, date of birth, and sex. That you send us with your trek departure date.

You must bring the same passports with you to Cusco and take them on the trek. If you plan to renew your passport between making the trek booking and actually starting the trek please visit our web page. At www.topperutrips.com

If you book the Classic Inca Trail at the student price, you must send us a copy of your ISIC card at the time you pay the trek deposit.

If you fail to bring your ISIC card on the trek the government authorities will not allow you to start the trek and you will not have chance to pay the extra and finish the trek.

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