Lares Trek + Short Inca Trail 4 Days
Lares Trek + Short Inca Trail 4 Days
Service Of Level
Visitors to Peru should be in good physical shape and feel comfortable walking, for long periods of time. Daily activities include City tours around sites such as historic ruins; visits from buses that may last up until nightfall when they’ll stop at either an outdoor market town before continuing on foot back home again (or vice versa) – Tour Leaders Peru
Activity Of Level
Inca Trail tours demand a lot of physical activity and adequate preparation and very good physical condition are required. These tours are usually hikes that go from 3 days to 7 days, where you walk every day for between 6 and 7 hours which is done for more than 1000 meters and likewise descends hundreds of meters by very steep steps.
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LARES TREK HIGHLIGHTS
- The Lares Trek And Short Inca Trail 4D/3N is appealing because it is a short multi-day hike
- With only two nights camping and the third night in an Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel.
- It gets really cold camping in rural Peru!
- The route consists of trekking through valleys, mountains, tropical forests, up and down hills, past lakes, waterfalls, and towns.
- Day two is the hardest, although this is not unique to the Lares trail, day two is tough on all Machu Picchu treks.
- Take the Lares Trek, a little-known Inca trail trek, to escape from the crowds.
- Discover the towns of the Sacred Valley to get a glimpse into the lives of Andean indigenous people.
- Uncover the beauty of seldom-seen Inca ruins before your grand finale at Machu Picchu.
- A guided tour of Machu Picchu is a must-see experience on any trip to Peru.
Lares Trek And Short Inca Trail 4D/3N is a Fixed Price and NEW! This is by far the best choice of an alternative Short 2 days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Don’t Miss this Opportunity.
Lares Trek 4 Days and Inca trail to Machupicchu is one of the best alternative routes after the classic Inca Trail and Salkantay trek. This type of trek is cultural, mystical, and beautiful scenery. From our past experience, many tourists compare these valleys to Peter Jackson’s production of Lord of the Rings.
The Lares Valley trail high in the mountains of the Sacred Valley with astonishing and beautiful landscapes, mountains, lakes, Andean communities, and a hot spring is known as well as the Andean weaver’s trail. Book Lares Trek Package 7 Days
Connect With the Short Inca Trail
Afterward connect with the famous Inca Trail trail, 6 -7 hours gentle walk through Chachabamba then admire Wiñaywayna Inca town and Inti Pata, Walk through the Sun gate and arrive at Machu Picchu to see the sunset and delight with this unique view.
You’ll stay in a nice hotel at Aguas Calientes and the following morning see the sunrise at Machu Picchu along with your guided tour into the remarkable temples and plazas, You’ll then have time to explore on your own. You will visit this magical and sacred wonder of Machupicchu 2 times with this tour option.
See firsthand many cultural customs that are still practiced from Inca times. Examples include the cultivation of organic products, the upbringing of llamas and alpacas, offerings to Pachamama (Mother Earth), the dye of the Inca distillery with natural pigments, and Iconography. The natives found in these highlands are able to interpret Inca iconography and you are also able to see the process of the woven distillery. Enjoy with us ancient Andean rituals with the sacred coca leaves and customs that are still practiced among the locals.
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DAY 1 TRAINING DAY
As soon as breakfast is over we will head out for a 20-minute drive to the beginning of the Pumahuanca Valley. This is the place where we will meet our horsemen, and horses. And chaskis (porters). All of our required equipment will be carried by mules and horses. As soon as we finish packing our equipment we begin our Lares Trek Adventure.
Lares Trek Inka Ruins
On the way, you will see Inca remains and ancient pre-Colombian paths. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery, waterfalls, and much more. Our expert chefs will indulge you with delicious Peruvian dishes. Along the way you will be able to observe native trees of qeuñas, and eucalyptus, then we reach a small Andean community of P’accha, spectacular mountain landscapes, herds of llamas, alpacas, sheep, and goats.
The final 2 hours further we will reach a series of small waterfalls and a beautiful campsite named Cuyoc, our first campsite at 4,000 masl. You arrive at your first campsite at around 5 pm, followed by dinner. Make sure to get a good night’s rest for the next day as it will be the most challenging day of all.
Meals: B, L, D – Snacks,
Accommodation, hot Drinks, Popcorn
Maximum Altitude: 4,000m/13123ft / Minimum Altitude: 2,800m/9186ft
Distance Travelled: approx 13km / 8.1miles
Approximate Walking Time: 6.5-7 hours
DAY 2 CHALLENGE
Early wake-up at 5:00 that includes hot drinks or a cup of coca leaf tea, then a Good breakfast. At 07:00 am we recommend starting our trek. Scenic Mountain views Surrounded by a native forest for a challenging 4-hour climb along the grass and rocky road with some stone steps, in some parts, there are zig-zag switchbacks toward the Pumahuanca Pass.
Once we get to the highest peak we honor the top of this mountain with coca leaves as are the local customs. Enjoy the amazing views of part of the Cordillera de Los Andes. Then we are ready to descend for another three hours along a gravel road with a nice view of both Valleys, Cuncany valley, and Lares Valley arriving to enjoy lunch in the Community named Cuncanny. After our lunch, we take our transportation directly to Hot Springs which is also our campsite.
Share Your Present
On the Short Inca Trail and Lares Trek | Machu Picchu 4D/3N. We will meet some locals (people of the local village) in colorful costumes as is traditional in all villages around Lares. Impressive landscape views, mountains, flocks of llamas, and alpacas. We recommend you bring nice presents for them. It can be pencils, pens, crayons, playdoh, or maybe you have extra clothes at home and you want to give them away this is the perfect place to share. We can carry it for free if you have extra weight at no extra cost. Please let us know in advance if you have presents to share with the local community
Cuncani is the major district in the area, located at 3,750 masl. At this little village we have the chance to visit the house of our horse wrangler who will share with us how they live in a simple way in a deep connection with nature, preserving traditional customs in agriculture, and weavings, showing their textile skills from generations past, use of medicinal plants, etc. Then our transportation will pick you up and take you to Lares village. Once we arrive at the pools, we can soak in the medicinal hot springs.
Meals: B, L, D – Snacks,
Maximum Altitude: 4,780m/15682ft / Minimum Altitude: 3,900m/12795ft
Distance Travelled: approx 13km / 8.1miles
Approximate Walking Time: 6.5-7 hours
DAY 3 UNFORGETTABLE
At Km 104 after submitting passports at the check control point, we begin to walk softly meters up beside the Vilcanota River then gradually up around 600 meters.
Starting out we will see the ruins of Chachabamba, a stone altar -site that was used to worship the sun and mountains around, still revered by local people. After visiting Chachabamba, we continue the path south and walk gradually up the mountain before entering a cloud forest. The trail leaves the forest and goes west while continuing uphill in an open meadow.
Meals: B L D
Accommodation: Intipunko Hotel base on Double, Triple bed
Maximum Altitude:2680m/8792ft /
Minimum Altitude: 2100m/6888ft
Distance Travelled: 11 Km approx. /
Approximate Walking Time:6 – 7 Hours
After walking for 3 hours, the road descends into an amazing forest. Here you will find a beautiful waterfall, then go to the bottom of the ruins of Winaywayna. Appreciate the beauty of this place, information from our expert Tour Leader. After lunch at Winaywayna, we will continue in the afternoon in the cloud forest, filled with bromeliads, orchids, and tree ferns. As we walk the last part of the Inca trail we pass many impressive features such as the stone stairs and drums (resting places). You climb 60 stairs before you reach Inti Punku (Sun Gate).
From this point, you can see and observe this wonderful place called Machu Picchu. Then descend for 45 minutes to get to the viewpoint of the famous place, from here you can watch the sunset. Descend to the entry of Machu Picchu where we board the bus to Aguas Calientes. Accommodation and Dinner are included. Rest well as the following day Machu Picchu awaits.
DAY 4 MACHU PICCHU
To avoid large lines and crowds we highly suggest you have a very early breakfast (5:00 am) at your hotel before taking the earliest bus to Machupicchu. We recommend everyone try and be the first ones in line because it fills up incredibly quickly. Enjoy the first view of Machupicchu and the sunrise (depending on the weather). Your tour leader will guide you throughout this magnificent Machupicchu tour for about 3 hours. If you book well in advance and have a Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain ticket, your tour leader will take you to the main entrance where you can explore these sites on your own.
Minimum Altitude:2100m/6888ft / Distance
Approximate Walking Time:4 – 5 Hours exploring Machu Picchu Citadel
After your Tour in Machu Picchu
Be sure to return to Aguas Calientes on time to board your train to Cusco. Your tour leader will specify the time after your guided tour. The train ride back to Ollantaytambo is approximately 2 hours followed by a 2-hour drive to Cusco. We will drop you off at your respective hotels in Cusco.
The train departs from Aguas Calientes
the train station in the afternoon at 16:45 pm and arrives at Cusco or ( Poroy train station ) at 8:30 pm, It depends on train ticket availability. Then we pick you up to transport you to Cusco and drop you in your respective hotels.
How Many Days Do You Need in Order to Hike In Peru
The Classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular combined routes. Each route varies in length from one to fourteen days, depending on the demand and availability of lodging along the way. All four journeys are one-way trips. You will generally travel back to Cusco using a combination of public and private transportation, depending on which tour company you use to make your trip reservations.
The One-Day Inca Trail Hike (1-day trek)
You can see Machu Picchu in one day if you’re short on time (but be prepared to wake up early!). You’ll take the train from Cusco to Kilometer 104, which is a location on the trail. Then, you’ll hike around 15 kilometers (9 miles) through the Sun Gate until you reach the Machu Picchu sanctuary. This option is great if you want to view Machu Picchu and experience a small section of the Inca Trail trek all at once.
The Lares Trek (3-day trek)
The Lares Trek, also known as the cultural alternative to the Inca Trail, is a three-day journey into the historical weaver communities on the eastern slopes of Machu Picchu. But don’t expect it to be a trip to the museum.
To glimpse into time-honored villages, you must earn access by obtaining passes that soar to over 15,000 feet and zigzag across Pumahuanca’s peak. On day four of your Lares trek, you may add another stop at Machu Picchu ruins.
Vilcabamba Traverse Route (1 – 2 week trek)
The trek to Machu Picchu is not for the faint of heart. At 65 kilometers long, this is regarded as one of the most difficult ways to see Machu Picchu. The route starts in Cachora and winds a mile-deep canyon to Choquequirao, or “Cradle of Gold.” The Vilcabamba Trail follows the same route that Hiram Bingham took when he rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911, albeit via more isolated towns.
The Salkantay Route (1 – 2 week trek)
The Salkantay Trek is the only Inca Trail option that lets you sleep in a comfy bed and take a hot shower at the end of every day’s hike! Though it still requires reasonably fit participants, The Lodge Trek runs along the Salkantay Trail through the Cordillera Vilcabamba mountain range but permits nightly rest at fully serviced lodges placed along the route. Machu Picchu is reached by following the trail to an elevation of 15,000 feet.
The Classic Inca Trail Route (3 – 5 day trek)
The Classic Inca Trail Hike is the most popular trek of the four alternatives described in this piece. It begins at kilometer 82 along the route, at the village of Piscacucho. The first day is a moderate hike through the Andean foothills, crossing the Urubamba River and arriving at your campsite in Huayllabamba. On the second day, you’ll ascend what’s known as “Dead Woman’s Pass,” which is the highest point of the Inca Trail Elevation at 4200 meters (13,776 feet). After that, it’s all downhill to the Pacaymayo River campsite.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN LARES TRIP PERU?
You can expect an amazing experience full of culture and natural beauty.
The Lares Trek is a great alternative to the more popular Inca Trail since it’s less crowded.
You will get to see some amazing scenery and learn about the local culture and traditions.
The Lares Trek is perfect for those who want to avoid crowds but still want to see Machu Picchu.
Preparing for the Lares Trek Peru
You should start preparing for the Lares Trek a few months in advance.
You will need to train for the hike and be in good physical shape.
You should also pack light and bring all the necessary gear.
The Lares Trek is a great way to see Machu Picchu and avoid crowds. With a little preparation, you can have an amazing experience.
Cusco is located at a high altitude of 11,200 feet. The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu are lower, at 9,200 and 8,000 feet respectively.
The Peru Adventure includes a stay in wonderful accommodations that have been chosen for their excellent quality, location, and personality. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions!
Our Private Team
Throughout the Hike, you will be accompanied by a top private Tour Leader. You will also meet local experts as detailed in the itinerary.
We have all of the transportation you need in Peru taken care of, as specified by your itinerary. If you want to go see something that’s not already on the agenda while you’re here, just let your private guide know. They will be more than happy to help recommend some options for getting there.
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- 100% Operated by Tour Leaders Peru. We never share you with other tour operators.
- Pick up from Airport and Hotels
- Top-of-the-line equipment REI Co-op Half Dome 4 Tent. Only Two people
- 6 kg per person, other companies offer you only 5 kg
- Inca Trail and Short Machu Picchu hike entrance Tickets (Huayna Picchu or Montana Machu Picchu in case you want to explore more)
- Best Tour Leaders, We know Communication is very important in your trip
- Extraordinary Chefs! Don’t get stressed about food and forget your power bar. We serve you a 5-star outdoor restaurant with delicious organic gourmet food in your dining tent.
- Hotel Aguas Calientes with all facilities (overnight stay) - In case you have overnight
- Free and Safe Storage in Cusco and Aguas Calientes while you are hiking and visiting Machu Picchu.
- REI Machu Picchu Hike Camping Equipment also available for Rent
- Private transportation
- It perfect Tour For Sky Gazing Photographers
- Comfortable and Panoramic Train back to Cusco from Aguas Calientes.
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PRICE PP 699,00 - 8+GUESTS
Prices Varies Depending size of the Group:
Price Group Service
Our tours are personalized and customized for you. Our Tour Leaders have years of experience guiding tourists with different hiking abilities. You can expect a wonderful time with Tour Leaders Peru Adventure!
From: $ 689 per person Group Service
2 Trekkers: $939 per person
3 Trekkers: $889 per person
4 Trekkers: $839 per person
5 Trekkers: $739 per person
6+ Trekkers: $689 per person
Note: An initial deposit of $300.00 is required to reserve your spot. We require this deposit to buy train and bus tickets, entrance fees to Machu Picchu, Inca trail admission ticket, and for your return transportation. The remaining balance is due 21 days prior to your trek. Please see our Terms and Conditions.
minimum of 2 people to book a tour
Special Discount Information
SPECIAL DISCOUNT INFORMATION If you have a group of 6-8 people we give you a special discount. With more than 10 people you can even travel free! If your interested starting date IS NOT LISTED we can open a new departure date at a group rate.
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- Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before your tour in our office or your Hotel.
- Collection from your Hotel in Cusco from (05:30 am) or from Sacred Valley.
- Private transportation (Start of our trek).
- Breakfast in Urubamba in our farmhouse,
- Full meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat-free, or special diets upon your request.)
- Permit and fees for the Inca Trail Machu Picchu Sanctuary, (Request for Huayna Picchu your Entrance ticket)
- Inca Trail Porters to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food, and fresh vegetables).
- Drinkable boiled water for your container (We start filling from the second Days Morning)
- 7-kilogram duffle bags (per Person)
- 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
- 2 expert gourmet mountain cooks, assistants.
- Hot drinks every afternoon include popcorn.
- Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
- 2 people per tent, clean, new, spacious (4 people REI Half Dome 4 tents).
- Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress,
- Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
- Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
- Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance.
- 3-4 hours guided tour in Machupicchu
- Bus Ticket from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes
- Tourist Expedition train return to Poroy Station or Ollantaytambo.
- Private Bus to Cusco From The Train Station
GO SECTION OF ITEMS FOR RENT
- Sleeping bag (4 season -Minus 8ºC) (For rent in Our Office)
- Hiking Poles (For rent in Our Office)
- Tips for the trekking crew, Guides, Cooks, and Porters at your discretion.
- Flight Ticket to Cusco (Contact Us)
- Accommodation in Cusco. (see recommendation Contact US )
- Travel Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl) and (COVID-19)
INCA TRAIL PACKING LIST
This is basic information about the Clothing packing list REI and all the information Here in this linK Comple Packing List to Peru
- Long-sleeved Thermal Shirt
- Thermal form-fitting pants
- Polar Fleece
- Trekking pants
- Thick socks
- Waterproof Jacket
- Waterproof pants (optional)
- Insulated Jacket
- Cold weather Hat
- Buff/ handkerchief
- Sun hat
- Backpack 20-30 L
- Waterproof cover for backpack
- Trekking shoes (waterproof and firm)
- Sport shoes/ sandals for campsites
- Camping pillow
- Sleeping bag liner (optional)
- Sturdy water bottle
- Trekking poles
- Plastic bags for wet items
- Toiletry kit (toothbrush, wet wipes, etc)
- Swimsuit/ towel
- Sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended)
- Sunscreen lip protector
- Insect repellent
- Personal Medications
- Motion sickness tablets for the van ride
- Camera/ Extra battery
- Personal snacks
- Hand warmers (optional)
- Leisure book for evenings
- Cash and small coins
TRAVEL SMART WE HAVE ALL YOU NEED
Items For Rent
- Single Tent $60 (if you wish to sleep alone)
- Sleeping Bag $30 per person (minus -3 degrees Celsius)
- Air Mattress $20 per person (REI inflatable mattress)
- Professional REI Walking Poles or other reputable Brand $20 per pair Hold Trip.
- Backpacks $40 Hold Trip
- Head Lamp $10
- Extra kilograms $10/kg (Example 5kg=$50) Per Day
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General Information Trekking with Tour Leaders Peru
The times Mentioned in this itinerary are approximations. Walking times depend on the group, and the Tour Leaders may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.
Specific Information About the Trekking
The Inca Trail is not open in February
Campsites or itineraries are subject to change, depending on the time of booking and availability of campsites. The Ministry of Culture, the government institution responsible for operating the Inca Trail, allocates campsites to authorized trekking companies on a first-come, first-served basis, so we cannot guarantee that all campsites described in this itinerary will be available when you book.
How To Book Your Tours
A scanned copy of your passport and a non-refundable deposit must be provided upon booking an Inca Trail hike. This is due to government regulations that require complete passport details and full payment of the Machu Picchu entrance fee in order to issue a permit. Your reservation will only be confirmed when we have your entrance ticket in our hands.
If your passport number changes after you book, you must tell us immediately or you may lose your booking! If the name or number on your passport is different from the name or number on your Inca Trail permit, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.
You must carry your original passport with you on the trail.
If you booked an Inca Trail hike at a student rate, you must bring the required documentation on the trail with you. If you do not present this documentation, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund, nor given an opportunity to pay the full rate.
Extras & Upgrades For Hiking
If you’d like to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, let us know at the time of booking as it requires a separate permit.
This trek includes transportation by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and vice versa Full service (Tourist Class), or equivalent Inca Rail service, followed by private vehicle transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
Depending on the date, international and local holidays as well as festivals may result in a surcharge. All prices are subject to change and will be quoted in U.S. dollars. For more information, please consult the terms and conditions for this trip.”
This Hiking Tour is available year-round. Please note the Inca Trail is closed in February.
RELATED HIKING TOURS
If you’re looking for a new adventure, our hiking tours of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu are perfect for you! With restrictions in place due to max capacity, now is the time to book your trip.
Our experienced guides will take you on an amazing journey through some of the most stunning landscapes in Peru. So don’t miss your chance to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Thanks for choosing Machu Picchu tours with Tour Leaders Peru
SHORT INCA TRAIL 2 DAY WITH HOTEL
This itinerary is rated moderate hike. The trek starts at 2100m (KM 104) and climbs to 2700m (Wiñay Wayna) before descending to 2400m (Machu Picchu). Since the trek is carried out at a much lower altitude than the Short 2 day Inca Trail trek you do not need to worry about acclimatization.
INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
Total distance: 26 miles/23km
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
SALKANTAY & INCA TRAIL 7 DAYS
Total distance: 46.7 miles/75km
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
CLASSIC INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS
The trail itself is breathtaking, but the end of the trail is a spectacular sight as you reach the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu at sunrise. The classic Inca trail runs 26 miles (42 km) long, is usually hiked over 4 days and 3 nights, and is tucked away in the beautiful Andes mountains in Peru.