Lares Trek
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Lares Trek Short To Machu Picchu 3 D / 2 N


Lares Trek was in many centuries ago, the Incas governed this vast area with bridleways, which was connected by thousands of miles of stone-paved highways. LARES TREK is beautiful and remote trek to Machu Picchu, where you can see llamas, alpacas, ducks, in the wild, and lakes and snowy mountains.
In the Lares Valley the Andeans are well known for the high quality of bright fabrics made of alpaca and llama so there is opportunity to purchase articles made from these fabrics. The Andes Mountains which are spread throughout Peru (Inca’ Empire) have numerous trails built by the ancient people to Machu Picchu.

Level: Moderate; good physical condition required
Description: Hike around the Lares to Machu Picchu.
Season: April to January.
Departure: Private Service every day

We depart from Cuzco City early in the morning (5:00 am) and take a scenic three-hour drive towards Lares Valley Trek, north of the Sacred Inka Valley passing through Calca Village which is the capital of the Valley. Leaving the main road and heading over the Lares Pass (4,450 m/14,599 ft.), we arrive at Lares valley (3,250 m/10,662 ft.) the starting point of our hike. This is the site of the Los Baños Termales de Lares, a relaxing thermal hot springs (temperature ranges from 28 º C/82.51 º F to 34 º C/93.20 º F). After the Andean spa we start hiking uphill for approximately 2 hours to Chanca Chaca, a place where we stop for lunch at 3,480 m/11,417 ft. Then we continue hiking westward up a small valley dotted with herds of grazing alpacas and llamas, and Andean farmhouses (made of rocks) to Wakawasi (3,872 m/12,703 ft.) The native inhabitants who are descendants of the Incas have maintained their traditional way of life.


After our Breakfast early morning start our trek (5:30 am) allows us the best views of our incredible Andes mountainous surroundings. Walking uphill for 3 hours, we reach the Aurora Cassa Pass (4,600 m/15, 091 ft.), our pass of the day. This point offers a rewarding view of the valleys and Aruray Cocha Lake below. We also enjoy spotting native bird species including Andean geese (Cara Cara), ducks, and plovers. From Aurora Cassa Pass we descend, hiking to the two lakes known as Aruraycocha and Yuraccoha, with the forest of Queuña (specific type of tree from the Incas). By one of the lakes we serve our Andes lunch.
During the next two hours of our hike and before our arrival at Mantanay (3,850 m/12,631 ft.) there is a wide change in scenery. The remainder of the hike is downhill through a picturesque Queuñas bush valley (native) with ample picture taking opportunities of the Andean flora. Then we arrive at Yanahuara (2,780 m/9,120 ft.) an inviting warm village with a comfortable climate, located near Urubamba Valley (the Sacred Valley of the Incas). Our vehicle will meet us here to take us to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo, the place where we board our train service to Aguas Calientes Village, where we spend the night.


Very early in the morning we board the tourist bus towards Machu Picchu Park. Lares Valley Trek The guided tour begins at the natural viewpoint of Casa del Vigilante (Inca Guard house). This place is where you will have the best views of Machu Picchu in all its glory. The guided tour takes three hours for exploring and learning about most of the Incan structures that compose this wonderful citadel. After the guided tour you have free time to stroll around some more.
Later on in the afternoon we return to Aguas Calientes town to board our train service to Ollantaytambo Village. From there we travel by transport to Cusco City

  • Tourist transport Cusco - Calca – Lares.
  • Transport Yanahuara – Ollantaytambo.
  • Backpacker Train Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes.
  • Backpacker Train Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo (subject to availability)
  • Transportation Ollantaytambo - Cusco.
  • Roundtrip bus tickets to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Transfer to the hotel.
  • Entrance to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
  • Professional tourist guides (English / Spanish). 02 guides for groups over 9 people.
  • Camping equipment: tents, inflatable mattresses, dining tent, kitchen; tables, chairs, tablecloths.
  • First-aid kit and oxygen.
  • Horsemen and porters (support team) also mules to transport food, camping equipment and personal luggage of passengers.
  • Luggage 6 kilos per person.
  • 1-2 emergency horses depending on group size.
  • Meals 02 breakfasts, 02 lunches, 02 dinners.
  • One night accommodation in Aguas Caliemntes.
  • Lunch on the third day in Aguas Calientes
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tips for guides
  • Tips for the staff
  • Extra Drinks
  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Original passport
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)