- Time 6 Days / 5 Nights
- Tour Type Hike
- Altitude 4700 m.a.s.l.
- Place Cusco
- Difficulty Moderate
If you are short on time to visit Cusco, our 6-day Lares tour is the ultimate option. This program will allow you to explore the highlights of Peru’s cultural capital, Cusco, as well as the impressive Sacred Valley of the Incas. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a 6-day trek along the Lares route, visiting small communities set amidst the majestic Andean mountains. The trip will culminate with a visit to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This tour has been designed to offer you an authentic and local experience of Peru’s culture and history. The Lares Trail awaits you with anticipation!
- Day 01: Cusco- Huaran – Cancha Cancha
- Day 02: Cancha Cancha – Queñococha
- Day 03: Queñococha – Huaca Wasi
- Day 04: Huaca Wasi – Patacancha
- Day 05: Patacancha Cancha – Ollanta
- Day 06: Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cusco
DAY 01: CUSCO – HUARAN – CANCHA CANCHA.
We leave Cusco by bus following the route of the Sacred Valley until we reach Huaran, which is located at 2850 meters above sea level. It is there where we begin our hike. During the trek, we will enjoy magnificent views of the crops and fruit trees, and we will stop to rest and have a drink in Somacpampa, approximately two hours of walking. Then, we will continue hiking to the village of Cancha Cancha, located at 3900 masl, while observing the flora and beautiful waterfalls along the way. Finally, we arrive at the first camp in this place.
- Time: 6 Hours Approx. of walking.
- Climate: Temperate, Cold
- Maximum Altitude: Between 2,920 – 3,400 masl.
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Overnight: Huacawasi
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 02: Cusco – CANCHA CANCHA – QUEÑOCOCHA
We leave early to Queñococha, admire Acopata lagoons, ascend to Abra de Pachacutec (4600 m.a.s.l.) for two hours, descend to Abra Candarian, observe Candarian lagoon. We continue to Qollalay to rest. We pass by Quishuarani, ascend to Qeñococha (4100 m.a.s.l.) for second camp.
- Time: 8 Hours Approx. of trekking.
- Distance: 14 Km.
- Weather: Cold
- Maximum Altitude: 3, 800 masl.
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Overnight stay: Qelcanca
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03: QUEÑOCOCHA – HUACA WASI
We start early after breakfast, we visit Wikicocha and Azulcocha lagoons, admire Qolquechacana snow-capped mountain and Awayman waterfall. We descend to Cuncani to fish trout. We arrive at Huacawasi (camp) after a 3 hour hike. We pass by Cancha Cancha (3,950 m/ 12,959 ft) and arrive to the cozy camp at Acopata (4,200m/ 13,780 ft) after 7 hours. Where we will have dinner and rest.
- Time: 7 Hours Approx. of trekking.
- Distance: 14 Km.
- Climate: Cold – Temperate
- Maximum Altitude: 3,800 masl. – 2040 masl
- Difficulty: Moderate – Low
- Overnight stay: Aguas Calientes Hotel
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04: HUACA WASI – PATACANCHA
We start at 7 a.m. and ascend to Abra Qolquechacana. After lunch and about 3 hours of walking, we reach Patacancha, where we will set up our camp.
Day 5: PATA CANCHA – OLLANTA
After breakfast, we start our hike to appreciate archaeological sites, the bridle path and the traditional dress of the peasants. We observe the original Inca trail and, at the end, we arrive in Ollantaytambo to spend the night in a hotel.
Day 06: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
After breakfast, we take the train to Aguas Calientes to receive the guided tour of Machu Picchu. Then, we descend by bus and return by train to Cusco.
What’s Included Lares Trek:
- Information about the trek and maps.
- Transfer from the hotel in Cusco to Huaran.
- Entrance fee to Machupicchu.
- Professional bilingual tour guide.
- Food during the trek (5D, 5A, 4C).
- Mules and muleteers (who carry the camping equipment and food).
- Cook (who prepares the food).
- First aid kit, blood pressure monitor, oxygen balloon.
- Camping equipment (tents, mats, cooking equipment).
- Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
- Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu.
- Return ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
- Air ticket reconfirmation.
- Transfer from the train station to the hotel.
What Lares Trek does not include:
- Lunch and dinner last day
- Sleeping bag
- Pair of poles
- Air mattress
- Huayna Picchu Mountain
- Machu Picchu Mountain
- Optional upgrade (hotel)
- Original passport
- CIIU (student discount card), in case you have it.
- Small backpack
- Rain poncho
- Good hiking pants, hiking boots, sun, hat and sunglasses
- Camera batteries and extra
- 2 liters of water
- Extra money
- Insect repellent
- Trekking poles
- We can help you with the rental of certain equipment such as:
- Sleeping bag US $ 25.00 for the whole trip
- Walking poles US $ 15.00 for the whole trip
- Extra horses to carry your personal equipment US $ 70.00 for 04 days.
- Supplementary single tent for camping nights US $ 30.00.
- Vistadome class tourist train (a “first class train, with panoramic windows to enjoy the view of Machu Picchu Valley”) is an additional US$ 80.00 per person.
SHARED SERVICE TOUR
Tour Lares Trek 6D/5N to Machupicchu
PRICE PER PERSON
Minimum 02 people
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TYPE OF TOURIST TRAIN
THE VOYAGER – Inca Rail or EXPEDITION Train – Peru Rail service is available. If you prefer to add the VISTADOME train service, there will be an additional cost of US$ 45.00 per person for the round trip.
There are special prices for students, children and infants.
Frequently Asked Questions from Travelers
Can I store my luggage in your office?
Of course you can! During the tour, we can store your main luggage for free at our office or at your hotel.
What is the weather like during the trek?
The weather can be very changeable and is difficult to anticipate. Therefore, it is advisable to dress warmly to adapt to different weather conditions, whether it is rainy, cold or hot.
What Happens With Altitude Sickness?
Generally, if you exercise regularly and spend a few days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, you will be able to adapt adequately. Acclimatization usually takes 24 hours to 2 days.
To counteract altitude sickness, it is recommended to drink WATER, COCONUT MATE and, if necessary, OXYGEN. Our guides are trained to treat the symptoms of altitude sickness. You can get more detailed information about altitude sickness in our FAQ.
If you are satisfied with our services, a tip for our staff is appreciated but not mandatory. It is a common practice in the travel industry and shows your appreciation for exceptional service. The amount of the tip depends on your perception of the quality and length of the trip. Remember that it is not mandatory and should only be given in the case of receiving excellent service.
IS TREKKING HARD? Do I need to get in shape?
The four-day trek from Lares to Machu Picchu is a 37 km trek through the Andes in Cusco. The maximum altitude reached during the trek is 4,700 meters. On the second day of the trek, two mountains will be climbed. The trail presents a considerable level of difficulty and it is necessary to be well prepared and in good health before starting. It is important to be in moderate physical condition and to exercise regularly. In preparation, it is recommended to hike at least 15 km or 9 miles in one day, or to exercise in the months prior to the trek. In addition, it is essential to be properly acclimatized to the altitude. It is suggested to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (at 3,350 m / 11,047 ft) before starting the trek.
How much does it cost to enter the thermal baths of Lares?
The thermal baths of Lares are a popular attraction in Peru, known for their natural and relaxing hot springs. They are located in the town of Lares, in the Cusco region. Entrance fees to the hot springs vary according to the category of visitor:
- Foreign Tourist: The entrance fee is S/ 15.00.
- Foreign Tourist Child: Foreign children have a price of S/ 7.50.
- National Tourist: Peruvian tourists pay S/. 8.00.
- National Tourist Child: Peruvian children have a price of S/ 4.00.
Is it necessary to hire a guide or an agency to do Lares Trek?
Yes, it is essential to hire the services of an accredited tour guide and a travel agency to do the Lares Trek. This measure is due to government regulations in Peru, which aim to preserve the environment and ensure the safety of hikers.
Is it necessary to be in good physical shape to do the Lares Trek?
Although the Lares Trek is not as demanding as the Inca Trail, it still requires a moderate level of fitness. You must be prepared to hike several hours a day on uneven terrain and at high altitudes. Training and acclimatization hikes are recommended before embarking on the trek.
What is the best time to do the Lares Trek?
The best time to do the Lares Trek is during the dry season in the Peruvian Andes, which generally covers the months of April to October. The months of June to August are considered high season due to the more stable climate, although there may be more tourists during this period.
How much does it cost to enter the Machupicchu butterfly park?
This is located near the Machupicchu campsite and is a charming place where you can appreciate a great variety of butterflies in their natural habitat. This wonderful sanctuary is home to hundreds of species of butterflies, providing a unique and educational experience.
Entrance fees to the Machupicchu Butterfly Sanctuary can vary, so I would recommend you to check the updated prices before your visit. Generally, prices range between S/ 10 soles and S/ 15 soles.
Does the entrance fee to the site museum 'Manuel Chávez Ballón' cost?
The Machu Picchu Museum is a must-see for those who wish to deepen their knowledge about the ancient Inca city and its history. This museum exhibits an extensive collection of archaeological artifacts and objects found in the area, providing a fascinating insight into the Inca culture and its relationship with Machu Picchu.
Entrance prices to the Machu Picchu Museum can vary, so I would recommend checking for updated prices before your visit. Generally, prices range around 22 soles for adult tourists and 11 soles for Peruvian tourists (free with the Machu Picchu entrance ticket).
What to see in the citadel of Machupicchu?
At Machu Picchu Citadel, you will find a variety of fascinating places to explore. Some of the sites you should visit in the citadel are:
- Intihuatana: Admire this carved stone structure, considered a sundial and a point of connection with the stars in Inca culture.
- Temple of the Sun: Explore this temple dedicated to solar worship, which features impressive architecture and offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
- Temple of the Three Windows: Observe the three trapezoidal windows that characterize this temple and marvel at the precision of Inca construction.
- Main Temple: Tour the main temple, which is one of the central points of the citadel and shows the architectural and ceremonial skill of the Incas.
- Intipunku (Sun Gate): If you access Machu Picchu through the Inca Trail, you will arrive at this emblematic gate that offers an impressive view of the citadel.
- Main Plaza: Enjoy the central space of the citadel, surrounded by important structures and with a privileged view of the surroundings.
- Residential Zone: Explore the residential areas of Machu Picchu, which include dwellings, fountains and agricultural terraces.
What does Machupicchu mean?
Machu Picchu, which in Quechua means “old mountain,” is an ancient Inca citadel located high in the Peruvian Andes. It is considered one of the archaeological wonders of the world and is renowned for its impressive architecture and beautiful natural surroundings.
How much does it cost to enter the Machupicchu hot springs?
These baths are a popular attraction for visitors who wish to relax and enjoy the hot springs after their visit to Machu Picchu. Prices to enter the Aguas Calientes hot springs can vary, but generally range from 10 to 20 Peruvian soles per person.
What can I bring to the Lares trek?
When doing the Lares Trek, it is important to bring the following:
- Backpack: A comfortable and resistant backpack to carry your belongings during the trek.
- Adequate clothing: Wear comfortable clothing suitable for walking in different weather conditions. Include breathable t-shirts, trekking pants, thick socks, waterproof jacket and an extra warm layer for cold nights.
- Appropriate footwear: Use sturdy and comfortable hiking boots or hiking shoes for walking on uneven terrain.
- Sleeping bag: A sleeping bag suitable for cold night temperatures.
- Personal hygiene items: Bring toilet paper, disposable towels, soap, toothbrush and other personal hygiene items.
- Reusable water bottle: Stay hydrated during the hike by carrying a reusable water bottle.
- Sunscreen and insect repellent: Protect your skin from the sun and insects by using sunscreen and insect repellent.
- Medications and first aid kit: Take your personal medications and a basic first aid kit that includes bandages, painkillers, anti-diarrhea and any specific medications you may need.
- Cash: Bring enough cash to cover additional expenses such as tips, shopping in local towns or possible emergencies.