Lares Trek and Short Inca Trail 4D

Lares Trek and Short Inca Trail tour 4 days 3 nights combines the best of mountains, lakes, llamas, and alpacas with the Short Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu.

Lares Valley Trek Alternative Hike To Machu Picchu

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-day 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 is high in the mountains of the Sacred Valley with astonishing and beautiful landscapes, mountains, lakes, Andean communities, and a hot spring, as well as the Andean weaver’s trail.

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 (Mother Earth), the dye of the Inca textiles 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 textillery. Enjoy us ancient Andean rituals with the sacred coca leaves and customs that are still practiced among the locals.

NOTE: Kindly inform us promptly if you are interested in booking the Inca Trail. The Inca hike allows only 500 tourists per day, including guides and porters, as regulated by the National parks authorities. For optimal availability, during the peak season of June/July/August, we suggest securing your Inca Trail permit at least six months in advance. During the remaining months, we recommend securing your Machu Picchu entrance and Huaynapicchu Ticket at least three months ahead.

Private Service Price

From $699 Pp

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Itinerary highlights

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Exploring the colonial city of Cusco, Discover Hidden Places with our experts tour Leaders in Peru

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Get ready to Explore in the mesmerizing Sacred Valley of the Incas and level up your hiking skills!

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Embark on an epic adventure, tracing the sacred Inca Trail of the Incas along the legendary pilgraming Path!

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Rediscover the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu

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Visit The Most Colorful Rainbow Mountain in Peru.

What’s included

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Private guide, leading you to the awe-inspiring wonder of Machu Picchu.

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Hotel accommodations in Cusco & Sacred Valley, for every budget.

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Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge
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Door to Door service
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Meet and greet airport service

Highlights

HOW TO TRAVEL TO PERU?

How To Get To Cusco City?

Currently, the airport in Cusco serves exclusively domestic flights. As a result, all international travelers arriving by plane must disembark in Lima and proceed through Customs.

Even if your flight to Cusco is scheduled on the same day with the same airline carrier, it is necessary to retrieve your luggage in Lima and check it in again.

The best way to reach Cusco is by air, and luckily there are several options from different airlines. Start Peru or LATAM are highly recommended, although they can be a bit pricey. They offer the most flights and flexibility.

Just keep in mind that delays or cancellations may occur. We Highly Recommend You Travel Insurance. If You do have one we work with Allianz.com we can help you create your package just contact us.

The high altitude of Cusco makes landing a bit challenging, especially in bad weather conditions. If you’re up for an adventure, bus travel is always an option.

Although it can be a long journey, the buses in Peru are well-maintained and quite comfortable. This option is particularly encouraged if you’re coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Arequipa, Puno. If you’re traveling from Lima, be prepared for a 21-hour bus ride. Safe travels!

How To Treat The Elevation In Cusco Peru

Treating elevation (altitude) sickness in a place like Cusco, Peru, which sits at a high elevation of about 3,400 meters (11,150 feet), requires some precautions and strategies to help your body acclimate to the thin air.

Altitude sickness can range from mild discomfort to severe symptoms, so it’s important to take it seriously. Here’s how you can treat elevation sickness:

1. Acclimatization:

Gradual Ascent: If possible, try to gradually ascend to higher altitudes over a few days rather than going directly from sea level to Cusco’s altitude.
– Take Breaks: Plan for rest days or shorter activities upon arrival to allow your body to adjust.

2. Hydration:

– Drink Plenty of Water: Staying well-hydrated helps your body cope with altitude. Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption, as they can contribute to dehydration.

3. Rest:

– Allow for Rest: Listen to your body and get plenty of sleep during the first few days at high altitude. Avoid overexertion.

4. Diet:

– Eat Lightly: Consume easily digestible foods and avoid heavy, greasy meals that can stress your digestive system.

5. Medications:

Diamox (Acetazolamide): This prescription medication can help prevent and alleviate altitude sickness Please consult a doctor before using it and discuss potential side effects.

6. Supplemental Oxygen:

– In severe cases, supplemental oxygen might be necessary. Some hotels in high-altitude areas offer oxygen tanks for guests.

7. Avoid Alcohol and Smoking:

– Alcohol and smoking can worsen the effects of altitude sickness. It’s best to avoid them while acclimating.

8. Listen to Your Body:

– Pay attention to any symptoms like headache, shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue, or dizziness. If symptoms worsen, it’s crucial to descend to a lower altitude.

9. Natural Remedies:

– Some people find relief from altitude sickness by drinking coca tea, a traditional remedy in the Andes. However, it’s important not to overdo it, as excessive consumption could have negative effects.

10. Consult a Doctor:

– If you have a history of heart or lung problems, or if you’re concerned about altitude sickness, consult a doctor before traveling to high altitudes.

Remember that everyone’s body reacts differently to altitude, and there’s no way to completely avoid altitude sickness. It’s essential to be prepared, give your body time to acclimate, and seek medical attention if symptoms become severe.

How Is The Weather In Cusco Peru?

Cusco, Peru, has a temperate and relatively mild climate due to its elevation in the Andes Mountains. The city’s high altitude of around 3,400 meters (11,150 feet) influences its weather patterns. The climate is characterized by distinct wet and dry seasons. Here’s an overview of the weather in Cusco:

1. Dry Season (May to September):

– This is considered the best time to visit Cusco, as it experiences less rainfall and generally clearer skies.
– Daytime temperatures are mild, ranging from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F).
– Nights can be chilly, with temperatures dropping to around 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F).
– It’s the peak tourist season, so expect larger crowds, especially around popular attractions like Machu Picchu.

2. Wet Season (October to April):

– The wet season in Cusco coincides with the Southern Hemisphere’s summer and is characterized by more frequent rainfall.
– Daytime temperatures during this period are similar to the dry season, but nights might be slightly warmer.
– Rainfall is heaviest from November to March, with January and February being the rainiest months.
– Rain showers can be intense but are often followed by periods of sunshine.
– This season is considered the low tourist season, so there might be fewer crowds and lower prices on accommodations and tours.

Keep in mind that weather can be unpredictable, even during the dry season, due to the city’s high elevation. It’s a good idea to pack layers, including warm clothing for the nights, as well as waterproof gear for potential rain showers. Additionally, the weather in Cusco can vary based on the specific month and even week, so checking a reliable weather forecast before your trip is recommended.

Bring Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is an absolute must! Whether you’re planning trips for months or embarking on adventurous journeys, unexpected events can strike at any moment. Protect your investment and embrace peace of mind with the right insurance. Need assistance? We’re here to connect you with an expert agent who’ll guide you through the process!

Health Concert Along the Inca Trail

Open communication with your Tour Leader regarding any health conditions or concerns is vital. Although our guides are not medical professionals, they are equipped with first-aid training. Additionally, we collaborate with a clinic in Cusco to provide support to our team when needed.

Please that you assess whether a Tour is suitable for you. Consulting your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in planned activities is recommended. It’s also important to seek your physician’s advice regarding vaccinations and medical precautions. Please note that One Travel Destinations does not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level, and medical needs.

If you experience severe altitude sickness or any other condition that prevents you from hiking, but you still want to visit Machu Picchu, we will gladly assist you in coordinating a train trip. Please note that since this will be a new itinerary, additional fees may apply. However, we will make every effort to utilize as much of the original plan as possible to keep costs to a minimum.

If you encounter difficulties during your hike and are unable to proceed, a dedicated porter will accompany you to the nearest road. They will wait while a car is arranged to pick you up and transport you to the closest health clinic for assistance.

Comparison Between Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain in terms of time, distance, and location

Machu Picchu Mountain: Price $80.00
– Time: The hike to the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain usually takes about 3 to 4 hours round trip, depending on your pace.
– Distance: The trail is approximately 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) one way, making it a total hike of about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).
– Location: Machu Picchu Mountain is located to the northwest of the Machu Picchu archaeological site itself. It offers panoramic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding area.

Huayna Picchu Mountain: Price $80.00
– Time: The hike to the top of Huayna Picchu generally takes around 2 to 3 hours round trip.
– Distance: The trail is shorter but steeper, with a distance of about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) each way, making it a total hike of around 2 kilometers (1.2 miles).
– Location: Huayna Picchu is the iconic mountain that rises directly behind Machu Picchu. It offers breathtaking views of Machu Picchu and the Urubamba River valley.

Both mountains require a separate entrance ticket and have limited daily slots due to conservation efforts and the preservation of the sites. The hikes are considered moderately challenging and involve steep ascents, uneven terrain, and sections with stairs and narrow pathways. It’s important to consider your fitness level and any altitude-related factors before attempting either hike.

Machu Picchu entrance Times and Circuits

As of our last update in September 2023, Machu Picchu has specific entrance time slots to manage the flow of visitors and preserve the site. These times may vary, so it’s important to confirm the current entrance times with our office before your visit. Here’s a general idea of the entrance times:

There are typically two entrance time slots for Machu Picchu:

1. Morning Entrance:

– The morning entrance allows you to enter Machu Picchu early in the day.
– It often starts around 6:00 AM and lasts until around noon.
– This entrance time is popular for visitors who want to experience Machu Picchu in the cooler morning hours and have more time to explore the site.

2. Afternoon Entrance:

– The afternoon entrance is usually from around 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM.
– This time slot is often less crowded than the morning entrance and can be a good option if you prefer a quieter experience.

It’s also important to book your tickets well in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to secure your preferred entrance time.

Pre Departure Briefing

We kindly request you to join us at our office for the pre-trek briefing, which takes place at 7:00 PM on the evening before your trek. If you are unable to attend at this time, we would be more than happy to arrange an alternative time that suits you. The briefing session typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes, during which you will also be provided with your duffel bags for the Inca Trail, spanning 4 days.

The 2D/1N Short Inca Trail Trek with HOTEL package does not include a briefing session. However, our friendly office staff will be more than happy to assist you and review all the necessary details during your check-in time at the hotel. Rest assured, we are dedicated to providing you with a seamless and enjoyable experience throughout your trek.

Duffel Bags For Each Hiker

During your Meeting, duffel bags will be waiting for you at the briefing. Our dedicated porters will take care of carrying them, ensuring they are returned to you at each campsite, so you can focus on enjoying your adventure. The duffel bags measure 65 cm long X 30 cm wide (equivalent to 2ft long X 1ft wide) to accommodate your essentials.

It’s important to note that each duffel bag has a maximum weight allowance of 7kg. Out of this, 4kg is allocated for your clothes and other personal items, leaving you with a remaining 3kg specifically designated for your cozy sleeping bag and comfortable pad. We want to make sure you have all you need to have a restful night’s sleep amidst the breathtaking surroundings of your journey.

Pick-Up Time For The Inca Trail Trek

ONE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS stands out as one of the few companies that offers hotel pick-up services. If your accommodation is located within Cusco City’s central area, your Tour Guide will arrange the pick-up time during the briefing session. Please note that pick-up times may vary by 30 – 45 minutes due to traffic conditions and previous pickups.

Cusco, a city steeped in history, boasts charming cobblestoned streets and narrow passageways. However, it’s important to note that smaller hotels and Airbnb options are often nestled in car-inaccessible streets, sometimes located on hilly terrains. As a result, hauling luggage could pose a challenge. For a more convenient stay, we highly recommend selecting accommodations with improved accessibility. We have curated a list of comfortable hotels that are easily reachable for both pick-up and drop-off purposes.

Certain treks offer the convenience of pickups in the mesmerizing Sacred Valley, as described in detail below.

The List below outlines potential pickup locations for the start of our tour.

Trek Possible Starting Locations
  1. Inca Trails Cusco, Urubamba, Yunahuara & Ollantaytambo
  2. Salkantay Treks – Only Cusco
  3. Lares Trek – Only Cusco
  4. Huchuy Qosqo Trek – Only Cusco
  5. Ausangate and Rainbow Trek – Only Cusco
  6. Day Tours Cusco, Urubamba & Ollantaytambo

Return To Cusco After Your Hike

Returning From Machu Picchu requires a lot of logistics, which are all included in your tour.

From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, you will take a 25-minute bus down to the village. Buses are first come first serve and run all day.
You will take a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. Your guide will give you your train tickets with train time. Make sure you get to the platform 30 minutes ahead of time.

* Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo is 2 hours

* Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy is 3.5 hours

Once you arrive at the train station, look for a gentleman wearing our Logo sign. He will then drive you to San Francisco Square, Cusco

* Van ride from Ollantaytambo to nearby San Francisco Square is 2 hours Aprox.

* Van ride from Poroy to nearby San Francisco Square is 30 minutes

Once you arrive near San Francisco Square, you will separate into separate pre-paid taxis and be driven back to your hotel.

LARES TREK & INCA TRAIL INFORMATION

Embark on the incredible Lares Trek and Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu! This unique adventure takes you off the beaten path to discover remote villages in the breathtaking Peruvian Andes. Experience the beauty of pristine glacial lakes, hike alongside llamas and alpacas in their natural habitat, and trek the Short Inca Trail to reach the majestic Machu Picchu.

Ready to start your unforgettable journey? Check out the most frequently asked questions about this fantastic trek below!

What is the Lares Trek and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

the best of both worlds with the Lares Trek and the Short Inca Trail—a dynamic duo that will take you on an unforgettable journey to Machu Picchu!

Embark on the Lares Trek, a beautiful 2-day adventure through the majestic Andean mountains, immersing yourself in the heart of the illustrious Inca Empire.

Then, get ready for the Short Inca Trail—an exhilarating 2-day trek that leads you to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, a world-renowned archaeological marvel.

Be prepared to be mesmerized by Peru’s breathtaking landscapes, while delving into its vibrant history and culture. These extraordinary treks offer an once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you in awe!

What are the differences between the two treks?

A few key differences exist between the Lares Trek and the Short Inca Trail.

The Lares Trek is more of a cultural trek where you visit isolated Andean villages, explore beautiful lakes, and hike in the remote mountains in solitude. The Short Inca Trail follows the ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, full of history and Inca sites.

The Lares Trek is less crowded; few people will be hiking this trail compared to the Short Inca Trail, which can have up to 250 people daily.
The Lares Trek is a high-altitude hike, while the Short Inca Trail is located in the Cloud forest region close to the Amazon basin.

What is the Lares Trek?

The incredible Lares Trek Offers a less crowded and more authentic Andean experience, this trek will take you through breathtaking mountain scenery and charming traditional villages. The adventure begins in Lares, just about 3 hours from Cusco, and guides you along a picturesque valley up to the breathtaking pass at an impressive altitude of 4,750 meters. From there, get ready for an awe-inspiring descent into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the journey concluding at the magnificent destinations of Ollantaytambo or Aguas Calientes. Get ready for an unforgettable expedition!

What is the Short Inca Trail?

On the remarkable Short Inca Trail, a stunning 4-day trek commencing in Cusco and culminating at the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. Offering a less crowded and expedited experience compared to the Classic Inca Trail, this enticing option remains a coveted choice for those seeking to sidestep the throngs while still immersing themselves in the iconic journey to Machu Picchu. The Short Inca Trail encompasses all the significant sites along its route, including the enchanting Chachabamba, Wiñay Wayna, and the revered Inti Punku, also known as the Sun Gate.

When is the best time to hike the Lares Trek?

For optimal conditions, plan your Lares Trek between May and September, the dry season. The weather is more predictable with fewer rain chances, creating an enjoyable trekking adventure. Although days may be warm, nights can still be chilly, so pack accordingly to stay comfortable throughout your journey.

When is the best time to hike the Short Inca Trail?

The optimal time for embarking on the epic journey of the Short Inca Trail is during the dry season, which spans from May to September. This period blesses hikers with milder weather and decreased rainfall. However, it’s important to note that it’s also the peak time for visitors, so securing your trip well in advance is crucial. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

What is the highest altitude on the Lares Trek?

The highest altitude on the Lares Trek is Puma Pass at 4750m (15583 ft)

What is the highest altitude on the Short Inca Trail?

Sun Gate is the highest altitude on the Short Inca Trail, with 2700m / 8858 ft.

How long does the Lares Trek take?

The Lares Trek is a 2-day hike and covers a total distance of 38 km (24 miles). The trek is challenging but incredibly rewarding, and you’ll experience traditional Peruvian culture firsthand.

How long does the Short Inca Trail take?

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu takes 1 day to hike and covers 16 km (10 miles).

How to prepare for either trek?

you have a basic level of fitness, preparing for either the Lares Trek or the Short Inca Trail shouldn’t be too daunting. Here are some key things to keep in mind to make the most of your adventure:

– Get ready in advance by going on regular hikes back home. It will help you build up strength and endurance.

– Make sure to bring proper hiking equipment for a comfortable and enjoyable trip.

– Keep in mind that both tours are at high altitudes, so give yourself plenty of time to acclimate before embarking on either one.

– We strongly recommend arriving in Cusco at least 2 days before your trek starts. This will give you a chance to adjust and soak in the incredible atmosphere.

– Pack plenty of layers as the temperature can significantly vary throughout the day, especially on the Lares Trek. Be prepared for any weather conditions.

– Make sure your footwear is well broken in and comfortable. With all the walking you’ll be doing, it’s important to have happy feet!

– Listen to your body and take it easy if you’re not feeling 100%. Rest up and be ready for your hike. It’s better to pace yourself than risk getting sick or injured.

Get ready for an unforgettable experience of natural beauty and ancient wonders!

How many people can go on the Lares Trek?

A maximum of 16 people can go on the Lares Trek at once. However, groups are usually very small, and we seldom get full groups.

WHY YOU SHOULD HIKE WITH TOUR LEADERS IN PERU?

LOCALLY OWNED COMPANY.

Founded by former Inca Trail Tour Guide Cesar Conde, founder of www.blissfultravelescapes.comTOUR LEADERS PERU is a locally-owned company in Cusco, Peru. It proudly stands as the sole tour operator and agency with deep roots in the region, offering unparalleled expertise and insider knowledge.

OUR CAMPING EQUIPMENT.

With its dedication to utilizing top-of-the-line equipment like HALF DOME REI tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags, Tour Leaders Peru has established itself as a trailblazer in the industry, driving impactful change.

FOOD IN EACH TRAIL.

With Tour Leaders Peru, indulging in culinary delights is almost guaranteed. Our talented chefs undergo specialized training annually to craft exquisite meals throughout the journey. Prepared with fresh ingredients, our buffet-style food selection includes delectable options spanning breakfast, snacks, and lunches complete with soup, main courses, and hot Drinks.

To welcome you at each campsite, we’ll treat you to a delightful hot drink during our happy hours.

PORTABLE TOILETS.

At Tour Leaders Peru, we prioritize the comfort and convenience of our valued clients. That’s why we offer exclusive access to portable ecological toilets at all of our campsites. Rest assured, these facilities are available solely for the private use of our esteemed clientele, ensuring a seamless and eco-friendly experience for everyone involved.

PERSONAL PORTER.

Our hiking services encompass porter assistance, allowing travelers to bring along 6 kg (13 pounds) of personal belongings while on the trail. Our dedicated porters will shoulder the responsibility of carrying all your belongings, ensuring your trek is hassle-free and enjoyable.

HOTEL TO HOTEL SERVICE.

Tour Leaders Peru provides convenient hotel-to-hotel service for all our travelers. Our comprehensive services start by offering direct pick-up from your Cusco hotel accommodation and conclude with a seamless drop-off in Cusco. Experience seamless and hassle-free transportation throughout your journey with us.

FREE LUGGAGE STORAGE.

At Tour Leaders Peru, we go the extra mile to provide exceptional service. That’s why we offer complimentary luggage storage for all your extra bags and personal belongings. So, whether you’re exploring the city or catching a flight, you can trust us to keep your belongings safe and secure while you enjoy your journey worry-free. Experience hassle-free travel with Tour Leaders In Peru!

TOP QUALITY SERVICE.

We are the only company that prides itself on consistently receiving excellent reviews on TRIPADVISOR. Our satisfied customers have raved about our exceptional services, describing the unforgettable experiences they’ve had on our tours. With us, you can expect nothing less than a remarkable journey filled with immersive adventures, knowledgeable guides, and delightful discoveries. Join us for a Private tour along the Inca Trail that will leave you with cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Itinerary

Lares Trek (Cuncani - Kuyoc)

Inca Trail - KM-82
Fig.1 – Pumahuanca Valley day One Hike.
Cuncani – Kuyoc 9h-10h17km Embark on a hike starting from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain, covering 12.2 km (7.6 mi) to reach its high pass at 4,800 m (15,748 ft). Along the way, enjoy breathtaking views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Upon reaching the summit, celebrate by offering coca leaves to the Andean gods. Descend 2.2 km (1.3 mi) to QuencaPata for a lunch break and to marvel at the stunning landscape. Continue your descent for another 2.6 km (1.6 mi) to our First campsite beside a serene stream. Tonight, rest at an elevation of approximately 4,114 m (13,497 ft). Accommodation Suttoq Pacchaq Camp Site (or similar) Campground Meals included:   Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 2: Lares Trek / Ollantaytambo Town - Hotel

Dead Woman Pass 4200m

Fig. 1 – Hiking To Cuncany Valley after the Elevated Point Along the Lares trek 4780m/15.682f.

Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before traveling by van to Ollantaytambo to enjoy a good night’s rest at your hotel.
Lares Trek (Kuyoc – Ollantaytambo)
Kuyoc – Ollantaytambo 4h 30m 10-11km
Follow the trail to see typical Andean flora and fauna, llamas and alpacas. Descend through the valley of Pumahuanca meet friendly local Quechua people and explore some Inca storehouses along the way.
Our hike starts by traversing the stunning Polylepis Qeuñas Valley in the majestic Andes. The ascent follows a gentle switchback on a gravel path, guiding us from 4,114 m (13,497 ft). Along the way, we’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the valley and towering peaks. After about 3.5 hours of invigorating trekking, We’ll soon arrive at the primary route leading to the town of Pumahuanca.
Enjoy lunch then hop in a van to Ollantaytambo for a night’s rest in a hotel.

Day 3: Train ride & hike Short Inca Trail - Hotel
Winayhuayna Inca terraces

Fig.3 – Wiñay Wayna (2650 m) (Quechua for “forever young”, Hispanicized spelling Huiñay Huayna) is the most beautiful Inca ruin along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Early Breakfast at you Hotel then Here we board the Expedition train and travel by train for 1 hour and 45 minutes to Km 104 (the start of our trek).
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 the trail we will see the ruins of Chachabamba, a stone altar -a 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.

Beautiful Waterfall and Inca Ruins

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.

Meals: B L D
Accommodation: Intipunko Hotel based on Double, triple-bed bed
Maximum Altitude:2680m/8792ft /
Minimum Altitude: 2100m/6888ft
Distance Travelled: 11 Km approx. /
Approximate Walking Time:6 – 7 Hours

Day 4: Machu Picchu Lost City - Return Cusco
Machu Pichcu Lost Inca City
Fig.3 – You can hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2, 4, 5, or 7-day all-inclusive tours, which include all or part of the famous Classic Inca Trail Trek.
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.

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 at 4:45 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. Meals: Breakfast Maximum Altitude:2400m/7872ft Minimum Altitude:2100m/6888ft / Distance Approximate Walking Time:4 – 5 Hours exploring Machu Picchu Citadel
COMPLETE INCA TRAIL PACKING LIST

Recommended Inca Trail 4-day Private Tour to Machu Picchu Packing List

In order to prepare your Machu Picchu packing list, you’ll need to understand some basics about the logistics of the hike, weather seasons by month, and what tour companies provide top-of-the-line equipment. Before you purchase any gear, research carefully and also find out what the tour you’ve booked (or are considering) includes.

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Daypack:

You will need a daypack for the 5-day Machu Picchu trek; this must be small, light, and comfortable. For Machu Picchu, backpacks should not be larger than 25 liters; Osprey Day Pack Amazon or DayPacks for Hiking REI.COM however, if yours is bigger is ok; you can make it look smaller or store it on the last day.

Duffle Bags:

The Tour Leaders Peru office will have a special treat for you the day before your tour begins: a handy duffle bag. This bag is super convenient because you can stow all the essential equipment you’ll need during the exciting 5-day adventure. And guess what? The amazing porters will carry these bags for you! Just remember, the weight limit is 6 kilos, which includes your cozy sleeping bags and comfy air mats.

Passports:

On the epic Inca Trail adventure, don’t forget your original passport! Make sure it’s valid for at least 6 months from your visit to the country. And hey, if you’re booking as a student, remember to bring along your student card. Can’t wait to see you on this amazing journey
Recommendation:
Bring a waterproof neck wallet travel pouch and passport holder

Sleeping bags:

Make sure to bring high-quality sleeping bags rated for temperatures as low as -10°C. During winter, mountain temperatures can drop to 0°C below. Don’t worry if you don’t have one; you can rent a sleeping bag from us for just $25 for the entire trip! our recommendation is to buy down sleeping bags 0 degree

Inflatable mattresses:

We provide foam mattresses for the Inca Trail; if you want more comfort, you can bring an inflatable mattress or rent it from the Tour Leaders Office for 20$ for the whole trip or buy your own inflatable mattress pad online

Trekking poles:

REI.COM Trekking poles are incredibly useful when conquering mountainous terrains—helping you tackle both ascents and descents with ease! Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with them; our knowledgeable tour leader will provide a thorough explanation of how to use them effectively. You have the option to bring your own trekking poles for hiking Online or rent a pair from us for just $15 for the entire trip. So, gear up and get ready for an exhilarating hiking adventure!

Hiking boots:

waterproof hiking boots are a must-have for this hike. Prioritize their use before embarking on the Inca Trail, as they provide crucial ankle and toe support.

Hiking Socks:

Make sure to pack 4 – 5 pairs of hiking socks for your adventure! Opt for thick wool hiking socks to keep those blisters away and enjoy your hike to the fullest!

Sandals or sneakers:

After an exhausting day of hiking, it’s time to free your feet from the confines of your boots. Instead, slip into some comfortable, lightweight footwear as you wander around the campsite. Remember to bring along camp sandals or light Hiking shoes for both the camping and hotel in Aguas Calientes. Your tired feet will thank you!

Rain gear:

You must always bring rain gear; even during the dry season, rain can occur anytime. We will provide you with rain plastic for your duffle bags during the Inca Trail.
Bring:
1. Waterproof Jackets.
2. Gloves.
3. Rain Hiking Pants. You will need to get some waterproof bags to keep your clothes dry.

Warm clothes:

Please Make Sure to have warm clothes with you at all times in your daypack while hiking!
Don’t forget to bring
1. Down jacket
2. Hats for hiking.
3. Thermal hiking gear
As temperatures might drop below freezing at night. Stay prepared and enjoy the winter season in Peru!

Toilet paper:

Carry toilet paper in your daypack. Additionally, it’s advisable to bring wet wipes antibacterial or tissues for added convenience.

Water container:

Ensure you bring water bottles, bladders (Camelbak water bladder), or any reusable containers with at least a 2-liter capacity. Kindly note that single-use plastic bottles are strictly prohibited on the Inca Trail and at Machu Picchu.

Toiletries:

Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, dry shampoo, moisturizers, small Travel towel

Personal medication:

Headache pills, pain killers, Pepto, Imodium, Diamox, band-aids, hand sanitizer, and a basic first aid kit travel.

Cameras:

Cellphones, GoPro, and travel cameras must be comfortable and not very heavy. Note that to use tripods need special permission. During The Inca Trail tour, we camp in the mountains, and at some campsites, we don’t have electricity; you need to bring extra batteries or a portable power bank.

Headlamp:

Headlamps are essential for the Inca Trail; you will need them to go to the restrooms at night, during dinner time, and if you are late on the trail walking in the dark is always good to prevent always carry in your daypack.

Sun Protection:

Sun hats, long sleeves for hiking, and sunscreen are always with you.

Insect repellent:

Don’t forget to pack bug spray for people – something with feet works wonders! If you’re hiking the Inca Trail between July and October, we highly recommend the mosquito net for head and face. Stay protected and enjoy your adventure to the fullest!

Snacks:

Pack energy bars, chocolates, candies, crackers, and granola. While we do provide daily snacks, it’s always great to have some extras on hand! Let’s keep the energy high and the snacking game strong!

Extra Money:

Bring extra money in Soles to the Inca Trail; you will need them to buy water, use toilets during the first and last day, buy souvenirs, or tip.

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Under 17 $30 Discount 

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8+ USD 699.00 Group Size

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Availability

Huayna Picchu Mountain $75.00 (if available)

Machu Picchu Mountain $75.00 (if available)

*Kindly take note that the prices indicated above are solely valid for the year 2024. The rates may differ based on the scheduled departure dates. We suggest that you reach out to one of our Travel Advisors for a Free quotation and additional details. Best Regards Tour Leaders Peru.

DEPARTURE FROM

The Group Service Inca Trail Tours depart From Cusco City and the Sacred Valley Of Cusco

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DEPARTURE TIME

4: am Pick Up time from Cusco Hotels

RETURN TIME

Usually, we are going to return to Cusco by 8: 30 PM Approximately & drop you up to your respective hotels

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Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
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Sleeping Bag, You must Bring your own or You can rent one from our office

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Frequently Asked Questions

Inca Trail Trek & Tours FAQs: Usually before booking the Inca Trail, you will have questions, such as the best time to go to Machu Picchu and Inca Trail Trek.

Machu Picchu Hike Cost? average Price

The price tag for Machu Picchu Hiking Tours depends largely on the tour company, package, and guide you choose. Here are some of the general costs, plus actual specifics from our own recent treks.

Doing the Inca Trail independently is not an option. The Peruvian government limits the number of hikers each day. Everyone must have a permit and be accompanied by a licensed Tour Guide. And yes, through a series of checkpoints on the trail, they actually enforce it.

The general cost for the Inca Trail Holidays: $600 On average including The Inca Trail Permits, transportation to the trailhead from Cusco, porters, three meals a day, entry to Machu Picchu, and tents). You can find it even cheaper.

But besides the advertised sticker price, there are a few other things to consider when choosing a tour company: How many hikers are in each group? How often and how much food is provided during the trek? And finally, what’s the reputation for the company’s treatment of its porters?.

Budget

Even though we tend to focus on budget traveling, it’s good to remember that sometimes the cheapest option isn’t always the best option. Cheaper companies for the Inca Trail often have larger groups (15-25 people), provide smaller meals, and/or no snacks, and are crowded groups.

How Hard is The Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is an ancient hiking path that leads to Machu Picchu, one of the most famous and popular tourist destinations in South America. The path is 43 miles long and passes through a variety of landscapes, including high-altitude forests, mountain peaks, and rugged terrains. Hiking the Inca Trail is definitely not for everyone – it can be difficult, challenging, and even dangerous at times. But if you’re up for the challenge, the journey is definitely worth it!.

The hike itself, which brings you along ancient narrow paths deep into the Peruvian countryside and high into the Andean mountains, is gorgeous; perfect Incan ruins, cloud forest, and majestic valley views laid out like breadcrumbs along the way to perhaps the greatest end-point of any multi-day hike on earth, the iconic Machu Picchu.

Ready? Here’s everything you need to know before doing the Inca Trail hike rear all our advice, please.

The Bathroom Situation on The Inca Trail

Inca Trail, toilet quality

This is where the bad news begins. Inca Trail toilets are not the most hygienic, clean, or private affairs. You’ll be lucky if your toilet has a lock. On the first day, the toilets are usually fairly decent and clean. However, as you venture further along the trail the quality rapidly decreases.

By the next day, you will use a squat floor toilet. In which you squat over. The flushing mechanism often floods meaning that toilet waste is on the floor of many Inca Trail toilets. Be sure to wear your hiking boots when going to the toilet.

There is often no light and you’ll want to make sure you bring a headlamp for those night-time toilet visits.

This does not make for a pleasant experience! you can read How to use toilets on The Inca trail very good information for new outdoor adventures

Inca Trail Portable Toilets – option

My name is Cesar and as a Tour Guide, I believe the best option on the Inca Trail is to hire a tour company that provides a portable toilet all the way up. These are known as ‘toilet tents’.

Although not as common, this is probably one of the most important things I would recommend when deciding on what tour operator to use. You’ll probably have to book with a western operator and it may cost slightly more, but it’s definitely worth it! The toilet tent is carried by porters.

They are clean and only used by your group. You’ll be able to sit on a toilet drum within the privacy of a tent, and if there are any issues, your operator will sort them out immediately.

 

Inca Trail Availability - Hurry Up

The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters this 500 permits include 4 days inca trail). We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as posible we recommend 4 months in advance.

It is recommended to book the tour inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 Months in advance, before booking flight tickets and hotels, because there are limited spots to reserve.

Is The Inca Trail Really Worth It!

Hiking the Inca Trail is absolutely worth the $180 dollars per day group service or maybe more if you go on a private group. We can assure you will create big memories that will last a lifetime and that alone is worth the money.

Read the article here: Is The Inca Trail Worth really Worth It

You will see many ancient Inca remains along the way that rival Machu Picchu in beauty and preservation that you can only see on the Inca trail. On top of that, the sense of accomplishment upon arriving in front of the Sun Gate after hiking for 4 days is gratifying.

However, to travel to this iconic Inka city of Machu Picchu on a bus, skipping the hike when you’re physically able to do it, would be a mistake. All of the magic of the experience would be lost.

On the trail, you truly feel connected to the local culture and the Inca history comes alive, which is the best part.

If you happen to be in Peru and you aren’t physically able to do a trek to get to Machu Picchu, it’s still magnificent to see and it’s worth the visit. It’s a world wonder for a reason.

Distance for the Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 days and 3 nights

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 Covers 26 miles (42 km) long, is usually hiked over 4 days and 3 nights, and is Trek away in the beautiful Andes mountains in Peru.

Read Our Article Inca Trail Map  great info for everyone

Is The Inca Trail Dangerous?

Like anything in life, the Inca Trail does have risks. But you are far more likely to have an accident on the roads back home, than trekking on the Inca Trail.

Read Related Article: Is The Inca Trail Dangerous?

There is always a risk of landslides in any mountains. The lifecycle of a mountain involves it gradually eroding and making its way downhill to the sea via the rivers. It is what mountains do. But some parts of a mountain are more prone to landslides than others. In the same way that you are more likely to get mugged in certain areas of California, New York, or the Alpes than others, the key lies in understanding and managing the risks.

Part of managing the risk is making sure everyone involved is aware of the risks, including you or anyone in our groups. You can read more about our Risk and Safety policies at the bottom of each tour on our websites, is an “F&Q” section, with further details about the risks involved in a particular trip.

Is this the first time someone has died on the Inca Trail or Machu Picchu?

No, this is not the first time someone has died either on the Inca Trail or Machu Picchu. But the figures are very low when you consider up to 7000 people per day visiting Machu Picchu and 750 per day trek the Inca Trail (500 on the complete Inca Trail, 250 on Shor Day Inca Trail To Machu Picchu).

  • 2004 A tourist was struck by lightning on Huayna Picchu and died
  • 2010 2 people died in a landslide at Wiñay Wayna campsite
  • 2013 A tourist fell and died, on a lower part of Machu Picchu
  • 2016 A tourist fell from Machu Picchu Mountain, having crossed the safety barrier to take a jumping selfie
  • 2020 A porter was killed in a landslide at Pacamayo campsite

How Long Does it Take to Hike The Inka Trail To Machu Picchu?

How Many Miles is The Inca Trail from km 82?

We’ve outlined our own route on the Inca Trail below and, in broad terms, this is the sort of itinerary you can expect (note that this relates solely to the days spent on the hike, not the days of traveling to/from Cusco and Ollantaytambo):

Day One: Travel from Ollantaytambo to km.82 in the morning and hike to the campsite

Distance | Approx. 6.8 miles/ 11 km

Elevation Gain | 350 meters

Difficulty | Moderate, with a steep tiring section towards the end.

Day Two: Early rise to hike through cloud forest and up to Dead Woman’s Pass and the descent to campsite

Distance | Approx. 7.5 miles/ 12km

Elevation Gain | 1,115 metres

Difficulty | High, this is the hardest day of walking but after you reach DWP, it’s mostly downhill.

Day Three: Early rise to hike the most photogenic section of the Trail

Distance | Approx. 9.6 miles/ 15.5km

Elevation Gain | Minus 1,000 metres

Difficulty | Moderate to a little difficult as there are several steep sections.

Day Four: Very early rise (3 a.m.) to reach the entry check-point and hike 1-2 hours to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu.

Distance | Approx. 3.1 miles/ 5 km

Difficulty | You’re almost at the end and Machu Picchu, you should be hopping, skipping, and jumping all the way there!

Best Time To Hike The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

Towards the end of February is the wettest month in the Andes. The Inca Trail, as well as several other national parks in Peru, is closed throughout the month for essential maintenance. Machu Picchu INCA remains open at this time. The trail reopens in March, though the highlands are still rainy through into

early April. May and October, are the best times to trek the Inca Trail as permits may sell out slightly less fast as in the peak months, plus it’s dry and warmer than June, July, and August. The Festival of the Sun (Inti Raymi) takes place towards the end of June and cities, such as Cusco, always get busier with local crowds heading towards Machu Picchu.

Peru’s national vacation at the end of July is also a peak time for Peruvians to tackle the Inca Trail or visit Machu Picchu by train. The dry conditions prove popular with vacation makes all the way through August and

into September. By November, the rainy season is starting up again in earnest. However, you still might get some solid trekking conditions with nothing like the crowds of the summer – and you won’t need to secure your pass quite as far in advance. December is wet and attracts crowds over the vacations with accommodation and flight prices rising, despite the weather. Things ease off again in January – which is wet but without the vacation crowds.

Machu Picchu Hike Difficulty

First, the numbers: if you tackle the classic four-day Inca Trail you’ll have 24-26 miles to trek (depending on which trailhead you set out from), over 2,000 meters to haul yourself up and level yourself down, and over 3,000 steps to deal with in total.

In terms of fitness and technical challenge, this is considered to be a trek of moderate difficulty. The effort required, though, isn’t evenly distributed across the four days. Rather, the greatest lung-bursting effort is front-loaded into the first day and a half. The high point, Dead Woman’s Pass, is – at 4,198 meters.

Definitely the toughest of the three passes, both in terms of the potential effects of altitude and the sharpness of the elevation gain. There are, however, a number of campsites on the way to this first pass, and some groups opt to make the second day easier by staying at the highest campsite on the first night. 

Machu Picchu Covid19 Restrictions for Visitors

Peruvian authorities are allowing visitors to change their Machu Picchu entry tickets. And tour operators can change Inca Trail permits.

I’ve included a link to see information about the new rules at Machu Picchu pro & post Covid-19, a link to the new Machu Picchu website, and other tips to help you navigate your way through the process of canceling or changing your trip to Peru.

 

Add Ons

Ance your Peru experience by exploring the beautiful city of Cusco. Taking tours in this vibrant destination not only helps with acclimatization but also sets the perfect tone before embarking on the classic trail hike. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

RELATED TOURS

Are you a traveler looking for new adventures? A photographer in search of stunning landscapes? A hiker or camper who loves the outdoors? If so, you’re going to want to check out our new hiking tours of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu post. But hurry – restrictions are now in place due to Covid19 which may limit access in the near future. So don’t miss your chance to experience this unique and amazing journey!

Hiking Trail To Machu Picchu

5 day Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

Total distance: 26 miles/23km Elevation: 4,200m/13,779ft Good for Hikers Difficulty: Quite Challenging Inca Trail: Permit Require
Machu Picchu Ina Trail Hike

Short Inca Trail 2 Days

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 you do not need to worry about acclimatization.

Salkantay Trekking Tour 5 Days

Inca Trail Salkantay Trek 7D

Total distance: 46.7 miles/75km
Elevation: 4,821m/15,817ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
This is all-inclusive Tour

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Lares Valley – Inca Trail 4D

Total distance: 29,3miles/47km
Elevation: 4,700m/15,419ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
Mysticism Hike

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