Lares Trek with short Inca Trail 4 Days / 3 Nights


  • Time 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Tour Type Hike
  • Altitude 4700 m.a.s.l.
  • Place Cusco
  • Difficulty Moderate
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Trip Description

Explore the precious Inca treasure with our 4-day “Lares Trek and Inca Trail” itinerary. This journey combines breathtaking natural beauty and rich Inca culture, making Peru a must-see destination. During these 4 days, you will have the opportunity to enjoy an exciting trek through mountains, valleys, meadows and picturesque Andean villages, giving you amazing views of the Andean landscape. In addition, you will walk the ancient Inca Trail, following in the footsteps of the ancient Inca civilization, allowing you to immerse yourself in their past and explore the enigmatic citadel of Machu Picchu. Our tour will take you through the famous Sun Gate, which will give you direct access to the citadel of Machu Picchu, where you will live a unique and unforgettable experience.

In our 4-day package, you will have expert trekking guides, private transportation, accommodation in comfortable tents, nutritious and delicious meals, as well as high quality camping equipment. Get ready to live an unparalleled and exciting experience while discovering the fascinating Inca culture and the breathtaking natural beauty of Peru.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco – Calca – Lares – Huacawasi

We leave Cusco early in the morning, making an optional visit to the relaxing thermal baths of Lares, and then start our trek to Huacawasi, where we will set up our first camp.

Day 02: Huacawasi – Sacsallaulay Pass- Yanahuara

After breakfast, we begin our hike to the highest point of our route, the Sacsallaullay Pass, and then descend to Yanahura, where we will set up our second camp.

Day 03: Yanahuara – Ollantaytambo – Km104 – Inti Punku – Machu Picchu

We leave early in the morning to Ollantaytambo, from where we will take the train to KM104 to begin our trek. We will arrive at Inti Punku, where we will enjoy the first view of Machu Picchu. Then, we will continue by bus to Aguas Calientes, where we will stay in a hotel for the night.

Day 04: Agua Calientes – Machu Picchu Sanctuary – Cusco

After an early breakfast, we head by bus for a guided tour of the citadel of Machu Picchu during the day. Finally, we take the train back to Cusco.

Complete itinerary

Day: 01: Cusco – Calca – Lares – Huacawasi

Cusco (3, 400 masl): You will start your day early, as at 6:00 am the guide will pick you up at your hotel. We will head through the Sacred Valley to the village of Lares, where we will begin our hike. Throughout this trek, you will be treated to breathtaking landscapes and views of the mountains, so it is advisable to have your camera ready.

Sacred Valley – Calca (2,920 masl): During the itinerary, we arrive at the town of Calca, where we make a brief detour to start ascending towards the village of Lares, which will be our starting point for the trek.

Lares (3150 masl): The hike lasts approximately 3 hours. Once we reach the village, we head to the hot springs to rest and enjoy its natural beauty in the open air. Lunch is also offered here. During this time, our bus awaits us, and then we continue our journey for about 20 minutes until we reach the starting point of the trail known as Pascana.

Here we meet our muleteers and prepare the horses and llamas. We are ready to begin our trek through the mountains of the Sacred Valley, which will last approximately 6 hours. During this day, we will be able to enjoy beautiful landscapes and the opportunity to visit several Andean villages, admire their traditional costumes and observe how people live in this region.

Huacawasi (3,800 masl): Once we finish our hike, we arrive at the charming village of Huacawasi, where everything is prepared to enjoy a delicious dinner and rest properly. It is important to have the proper equipment, as the nights can be quite cold in this area.

  • Time: 6 Hours Approx. of walking.
  • Distance:
  • Climate: Temperate, Cold
  • Maximum Altitude: Between 2, 920 – 3, 800 masl.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Overnight: Huacawasi
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 02: Huacawasi – Sacsallaulay Pass- Yanahuara

Huacawasi (3, 800 masl): In the morning, we will be greeted by the children of the local community dressed in traditional costumes as they make their way to school. After enjoying a nutritious breakfast, we will begin our hike to the highest point of the route, known as the Sacsayllaylay pass.

Sacsayllaylay (4400 m.a.s.l.): The hike will take about 4 hours and will be a steep climb. To ensure that everyone can reach the top, we will have an emergency horse. During the trek, you will be able to enjoy imposing mountains, beautiful agricultural fields and breathtaking views. Keep in mind that we will reach high altitudes and the weather can be very cold. After reaching the highest point, we will descend and visit the lakes known as Aruraycocha and Yuraccocha, surrounded by the Queuñas forest. There, we will enjoy an Andean lunch while enjoying the beautiful panoramic views.

Mantanay (3,850 masl): After a two-hour hike, we will arrive at Mantanay, from where we will continue descending through a picturesque valley of Queunales. During this part of the trek, you will have a great opportunity to capture photographs of the exuberant Andean flora and fauna. Finally, we will reach our final destination, Yanahuara.

Yanahuara (2,780 masl): This charming and cozy town has a pleasant climate, and is located near the Urubamba Valley. Here, we will enjoy our second night of camping.

  • Time: Approx. 8 hours of trekking.
  • Distance: 14 Km.
  • Climate: Cold
  • Maximum Altitude: 4, 646masl.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Overnight: Yanahuara
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Yanahuara – Ollantaytambo – Km104 – Inti Punku – Machu Picchu

Yanahuara ( 2,780 masl): After breakfast in the early morning, we will be transported to Ollantaytambo train station to take the train.

Ollantaytambo Station (2,870 masl): At this stage, we will board the Expedition train to our starting point known as KM 104 “Chacha bamba”.

Km 104 Chacha bamba (2,100 masl): At the starting point, it will be necessary to present your Inca Trail permit, your original passport and, if you have one, your ISIC card. This is where the Inca Trail trek begins and we will start walking for approximately 3.5 to 4 hours until we reach Wiñayhuayna, where we will enjoy a delicious snack. The journey to Wiñayhuayna is a pleasant hike, where we can enjoy the incredible flora and the picturesque landscape that surrounds us.

Inti Punku (2,700 masl): After lunch, we will embark on a two-hour additional excursion to Intipunku, known as the “Sun Gate”, from where we will enjoy magnificent views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountains. Here, we will have approximately 20 minutes to rest and admire the breathtaking scenery.

Machu Picchu (2,430 masl): Afterwards, we will head to the ancient lost Inca city of Machu Picchu.

Aguas Calientes (2,040 masl): Afterwards, we will board a bus to Aguas Calientes and transfer to the hotel. We estimate to arrive there around 16:00 to 17:00 in the afternoon. Once we arrive, we will go directly to the hotel to take a short rest and then you will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal in one of the restaurants that we recommend.

  • Distance: 11 kilometers ( 6 hours)
  • Highest point Altitude: 2,870 meters above sea level (cold weather)
  • Rated: Easy
  • Zone: High Cloud Forest
  • Climate: Warm and very humid
  • Overnight: Aguas Calientes Hotel
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch (box lunch) and Dinner.

Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu Sanctuary – Cusco

Machu Picchu: On the last day, we will start early breakfast at 5:00 a.m. at the hotel and then we will go to our bus, which will take us to the Machu Picchu Citadel.

To access, it will be necessary to present your passport, entrance ticket and, if you have it, the ISIC card. Afterwards, you will take a tour of approximately two hours accompanied by a guide, visiting various ruins and temples. Once the tour is over, you will have free time to explore the city and take as many pictures as you wish.

After enjoying the magnificent city of the Incas, you will use the bus ticket to descend to Aguas Calientes and then take the train back to Cusco through Ollantaytambo. The “Expedition” train leaves at 6:30 p.m. and arrives in Ollantaytambo after two hours. In Ollantaytambo you will find a bus waiting to take you back to Cusco. Your trip will end around 10:30 in the evening.

  • Highest point Altitude: 2,650 meters above sea level (cold weather)
  • Rated: Easy
  • Zone: High Cloud Forest
  • Climate: Warm and very humid
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Note for your Trek:  

For the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D / 3N

The program and camping sites are subject to possible modifications depending on the moment the reservation is made. Also, they may vary depending on the weather or the health condition of the hikers. The train service included in each excursion, both to and from Ollantaytambo, is the Expedition Service. Train schedules are confirmed close to the trek start time, so if you join a group later, we cannot guarantee that you will travel on the same trains as the rest of the group. Train schedules may also be subject to change based on train company schedules or availability.

What's included

What’s Included Lares Trek:

  • Transfers In/ Out Hotel
  • Transportation Cusco – Lares.
  • Professional bilingual guide (English – Spanish).
  • 03 breakfasts, 03 lunches, 03 dinners.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Oxygen Balloon.
  • Pack horses and muleteer.
  • Camping equipment “Triple waterproof tents for each 02 people and personal sleeping bags”.
  • Camping equipment for the guides, cook and muleteer.
  • Train “Ollantaytambo -Machupicchu town”.
  • 01 Night Hotel with private bathroom and hot water.
  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu and Inca Trail.
  • 01 Bus up and down – Machupicchu town – Aguas Calientes.
  • 01 Down Bus
  • Train tickets round trip (Expeditions) to Ollantaytambo.

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)
  • Tips



  • 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 and extra batteries
  • Water storage 2-3 Liters.
  • Extra money
  • Mountain boots (comfortable ankle support)
  • Insect repellent
  • Trekking poles
  • Snacks


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.



Lares Trek Tour with short trail to Machupicchu


Minimum 02 people

Shared tour summary

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel (only Cusco and is optional)
  • Briefing at our office
  • Day: 01: Cusco – Calca – Lares – Huacawasi
  • Day 02: Huacawasi – Sacsallaulay Pass – Yanahuara
  • Day 03: Yanahuara – Ollantaytambo – Km104 – Inti Punku – Machu Picchu
  • Day 04: Agua Calientes – Sanctuary of Machu Picchu – Cusco

What’s Included:

  • Transfers In/ Out Hotel
  • Transportation Cusco -Lares.
  • Professional bilingual guide (English – Spanish).
  • 03 breakfasts, 03 lunches, 03 dinners.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Oxygen Balloon.
  • Pack horses and muleteer.
  • Camping equipment “Triple waterproof tents for each 02 people and personal sleeping bags”.
  • Camping equipment for the guides, cook and muleteer.
  • Train “Ollantaytambo -Machupicchu town”.
  • 01 Night Hotel with private bathroom and hot water.
  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu and Inca Trail.
  • 01 Bus up and down – Machupicchu town – Aguas Calientes.
  • 01 Down Bus
  • Train tickets round trip (Expeditions) to Ollantaytambo.


  • Departure and Return: Expedition or Voyager.

Important note:

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 TOUGH? 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 the 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 of the year 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 weather, although there may be more tourists during that period.

How much does it cost to enter the Machupicchu butterfly farm?

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:

  1. Intihuatana: Admire this carved stone structure, considered a sundial and a point of connection with the stars in Inca culture.
  2. Temple of the Sun: Explore this temple dedicated to solar worship, which features impressive architecture and offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
  3. Temple of the Three Windows: Observe the three trapezoidal windows that characterize this temple and marvel at the precision of Inca construction.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Main Plaza: Enjoy the central space of the citadel, surrounded by important structures and with a privileged view of the surroundings.
  7. 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 thermal baths?

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:

  1. Backpack: A comfortable and resistant backpack to carry your belongings during the trek.
  2. 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.
  3. Appropriate footwear: Use sturdy and comfortable hiking boots or hiking shoes for walking on uneven terrain.
  4. Sleeping bag: A sleeping bag suitable for cold night temperatures.
  5. Personal hygiene items: Bring toilet paper, disposable towels, soap, toothbrush and other personal hygiene items.
  6. Reusable water bottle: Stay hydrated during the hike by carrying a reusable water bottle.
  7. Sunscreen and insect repellent: Protect your skin from the sun and insects by using sunscreen and insect repellent.
  8. 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.
  9. Cash: Bring enough cash to cover additional expenses such as tips, shopping in local towns or possible emergencies.

What are the points of interest on the short Inca Trail?

The Short Inca Trail, which takes approximately 2 days to complete, passes several points of interest along the route. Some of these points include:

  1. Chachabamba: This is the starting point of the Short Inca Trail. Here is an archaeological site consisting of agricultural terraces and Inca constructions.
  2. Wiñay Wayna: This is one of the most important archaeological sites on the trail. Wiñay Wayna has terraces, water fountains, terraces and an impressive panoramic view.
  3. Intipunku (Sun Gate): It is a structure located at the entrance of Machu Picchu. From here, you get a magnificent view of the Inca citadel.
  4. Machu Picchu: The final destination of the short Inca Trail. Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca citadel considered a wonder of the world. Here you can explore the ruins, temples, agricultural terraces and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views.

Is there an age limit?

There are no age restrictions for hiking the Short Inca Trail. Both youth and adults of any age are eligible to undertake this experience. It is common to see happy families and groups of friends enjoying this adventure together, walking step by step without difficulties. The trek provides the opportunity to create unforgettable memories and share special moments amidst the natural beauty and history of the route.

Is previous hiking experience necessary to do the Inca Trail?

No previous hiking experience is necessary, but good physical condition is recommended. Challenging terrain, preparation and consult health professional if necessary.

Are there restrooms along the trail?

Along the Inca Trail, restrooms are available at designated campsites, although they may be simple and shared. Outside the campsites, there may not be restrooms, so it is advisable to bring toilet paper and hand sanitizer.


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