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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu - 4 Days

The Best Route From Lares to Machu Picchu – Group Tour

The trek from Lares to Machu Picchu 4 days is a spectacular way to visit one of The New Seven Wonders of the World  – Machu Picchu. On the other hand, this impressive Lares trek from Cusco offers you unique opportunity to enjoy your Machu Picchu trek.

The Lares Trek, Peru combines beautiful lakes, snow-capped mountains, local Quechua communities and herds of Llamas, Alpacas and Vizcacha (Andean Rabbit). You will visit villages of farmers and weavers who are still living traditional lifestyles in the mountains, cultivating the practices of ancient knowledge and continuing to build stone houses similar to those of Inca times. Therefore, after three days of hiking and reaching a summit of 4850m (15912 ft), you will finish the trek in the Lares Hot Springs. The Lares Trek is an exciting adventure to make your way to Machu Picchu.

Why book the Lares Cusco Trek with us?

✔ We are the only ones in Peru that offer Organic Peruvian Food during treks to Machu Picchu – Treks designed for health-conscious and curious travelers

▬ Arrival in Machu Picchu at sunrise

✔ Our Lares Trek ends at the Lares hot springs, allowing you to relax after your 3 day trek. (Other agencies begin their trek at the hot springs)

▬ We pick you up from and drop you off at your hotel in Cusco

✔ Free luggage storage during your trek

▬ Happy Gringo Tours is a company founded by locals from the Sacred Valley. During your trek, we will pass through communities that our staff grew up in.

✔ You will learn about the local Quechuan traditions with which our staff grew up

▬ Local expert guides, cooks and porters

✔ Our Lares expedition begins in the Sacred Valley and ends in the Lares Hot Springs

▬ We are the only company in Cusco that offers hot water bottles

✔ Free pick-up service from Cusco airport (Please inform us in advance of your arrival time)

▬ Experience the Pre-Inca Trail to Machu PicchuSee the video

✔ We have received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, the world’s largest travel website. Please read our reviews!

✔ In real time, Lares Trek allows you to explore the land and communities of the ancestors of the Incas, therefore enriching your trip to Machu Picchu.

✔ We have our own camps without crowds.

☼ Note: After the hot springs of Inca in the Lares valley: we take the bus to the Ollantaytambo train station and take a train to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the last night of Lares walk.

Overview on the 4 Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

4-Day Lares trek to Machu Picchu is spectacular alternative to the inca trail tours. Taking you off the beaten track with visit to authentic Andean villages, whilst being surrounded by stunning mountain peaks, meet native people, you get to see impressive lake blue color, the chef prepares amazing organic Peruvian food, we have good camping gear to enjoy Machu Picchu hike and travel with Horses/Llamas as in the past!. Our Lares trek in Peru offers you, starting the hike in Pumahuanca village located in the famous sacred valley of the Incas, passing through the Lares hot springs and finishing the lares trek 4 days with walking tours in Machu Picchu – The Inkas capital citadel.

Useful Information in Lares Trek Peru

✔ Trip Type:

➳ Hiking                   ☁ 🌄 Adventure

⚤ 👓 Camping         ❣ History

📗 🌎 Culture           🌽 Healthy Food – Based in Peruvian food recipes and prepared by local chefs

✅ Good For: Moderate physical fitness.

✅ Difficulty: Moderate.

✅ Starting Altitude: 3000 m – 9186 ft.

✅ Highest Altitude: 4850m – 15,682 ft.

✅ Hiking Distance: 36 km – 22.5 miles

✅ Accommodation: 2 nights in tents and 1 night hotel

✅ Coldest Night: Day 1 around -5º celsius

🎺 Recommendation: We recommend you to arrive in Cusco 48 hours before your trek departure in order to acclimate at high elevation.

🚦Lares Trek Reviews

You can read all our Lares trekking to Machu Picchu reviews on TripAdvisor. Hiking with Happy Gringo Tours, you are traveling with the best organic food benefits and staff selection commission.

Day 1
Itinerary on the 4 Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 1 Cusco – Pumahuanca – Puyoc

🆆e leave early in the morning to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Pumahuanca), where you start hiking all the way up the Pumahuanca valley to get the first lunch place – Paqcha Pata «Waterfall», covering approx 14 km in total, along the walk there is a small Inca ruin «CHUPANI» to explore, you see native plants, spectacular rocky/sharpy mountains and a small crystalline stream along the Lares hike to get the BASE campsite – Puyoc at (4150m).

✎ NOTE: The coldest campsite of the three nights

Includes: Lunch – Dinner (Extra snack in the morning and happy hour before dinner).

Day 2
Day 2 Puyoc - Yanacocha Lake - Cuncani Village

After breakfast, we start ascending for three hours to reach the highest point of the Lares expedition «Siclla Qasa» pass at 4850m – 15,682 ft. The highest point of Lares Cusco trekking- After the summit you start going down to the lunch spot «Yanacocha» or Black lake. Today you see beautiful sceneries, landscapes, andean lakes, potato fields, vizcacha «Andean rabbit» and local people dressed in their traditional bright red clothing. The campsite is going to be close to a small Quechua village – Cuncani.

Note: Hikers might go directly to the Lares hot springs, where you can have plenty of time to relax/enjoy of the thermal bath in Lares Valley.

Meal Includes: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner (Extra snack in the mornings and happy hour before dinner).

Day 3
Day 3 Cuncani Quechua Village - Lares Hot springs - Aguas Calientes

After organic breakfast, you only hike in the morning focusing to meet local Quechua people, see typical andean huts and farming lands on the way to the hot springs that takes you 2 hours, after enjoying the hot springs we have the last lunch with our Happy Gringo team. Since this place the trip is easier because you take bus to Ollantaytambo to take the train to Aguas Calientes, where you spend the last night in a hotel before to visit Machu Picchu.

→ Meal Includes: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner (Extra snack in the morning and dinner in Machu Picchu Pueblo).

Note: We stay in Presidente hotel or similar in Aguas Calientes town.

→ ☼ After taking Inca hot springs (Entrance fee does not include s/10 soles or $3 per person) – We take bus to Ollantaytambo train station for 2 and half hours, then train to Aguas Calientes for two hours where we spend the last night of Lares trek.

→ Say goodbye your amazing team, give them your gratitude according your satisfaction. The Company recommends S/60 per assistant cook and horsemen and double for the cook.

The tour guides recieves their tip after Machu Picchu tour.

Day 4
Day 4 Machu Picchu “The wonder of the world”.

The tour starts very early in the morning to take the first bus up to Machu Picchu to visit the citadel for the guided tour which lasts 2 hour while you explore the most important temples of the citadel. After the guided tour you have free time to walk around the site by yourself. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo where you will carry on by bus to Cusco city.

Meal Includes: Breakfast (Lunch and Dinner on your own after Machu Picchu you can have lunch in Aguas Calientes town).

→ The Final destination to get back to Cusco. Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo train station by train 2 hours and Ollantaytambo to Cusco another two hours. We will drop off in your hotel or by the center of the city.

Inclusions on the 4 Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

  • Does Include
  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • Assistant tour guide for groups of 9 to 18 hikers
  • Professional chef
  • Horses to carry all camping equipments and 8kgs of your personal items
  • Pick up from your hotel/hostel
  • Private bus to Pumahuanca village
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes town (Round-trip)
  • Return transportation by train to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
  • Drinkable water bring your own water for the first morning (3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks and 3 dinners)
  • Please let us know at the moment of booking if you have a special dietary requirement.
  • Dining tent with chairs and table
  • 4 men tent for only 2 trekkers
  • *** star hotel in Aguas Calientes on night 3
  • Foam sleeping mattress
  • Oxygen bottle tank
  • First aid-kit
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu citadel

Exclusions on the 4 Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

  • Sleeping bags
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Walking poles
  • The first breakfast on day 1, lunch and dinner on day 4 (You can have in Aguas Calientes town)
  • Tips for guide, cook and porters
  • Travel and health insurance. (You are highly recommended to take out travel and health insurance for the duration of your trip).

Lares Trek Peru (Faq)

What you need to take on the 4 Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

✔ Hiking boots
✔ Waterproof jacket and rain poncho
✔ Warm jackets
✔ Hat and gloves
✔ T-shirts
✔ Comfortable trousers
✔ Sun hat
✔ Sun cream (recommended 35 better if is higher)
✔ Insect repellent
✔ Toiletries and hand sanitizer
✔ Personal medications
✔ Camera and films
✔Torch with spare batteries

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Price From USD 675 USD $ 635/person
Total $ 635 USD

Trip Facts

  • ⚑ Minimun 2 - Maximun 10 People
  • ⚑ The Highest Point 4850m - 15,682 ft.
  • ⚑ Bus → Hiking → Train
  • ⚑ 36 km - 22.5 miles
  • ⚑ Moderate