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Lares trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Lares Trek + Short Inca Trail 4Day/3Night

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.

RELATED TOURS | Inca Trail 4 Days | Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail 7 Days | Private Inca Trail 4 Days | Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

Max Altitude

4780 m / 15682.41ft

Best Time

May/Nov

Accommodation

Tents

Difficulty

Mod / Chall

Group Size

8 People Max

PRICE

689

Inca Trail & Lares Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco -Urubamba- Pumahuanca (Begins our Lares Trek)

Pick up from your hotel is at 5:00 am. Our private bus leaves Cusco at 5:40 am for a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley until we reach Urubamba city, Here we will have a shortstop to serve you a hearty breakfast and give you the opportunity to buy any last-minute snacks and power drinks.

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: Cuyoc-Pumahuanca Pass - Lares Hot Springs Campsite

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 hours 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 to 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 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 deep connection with nature, preserving traditional customs in agriculture, 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,
Accommodation, Camping
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: Short Inca Trail Train to Km 104. Sunset at Machu Picchu. Night in Aguas Calientes.

Early pick up from the campsite at Lares Hot Springs at 4:00 am to take you on a journey of 3.5 hours, with private transportation to the train station in Ollantaytambo. Here we board the Expedition train and travel by train for 1 hr 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 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

Beautiful Waterfall

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 Tour and return To Cusco City.

Early bus to Machu Picchu or Climb to Huayna Picchu (Optional)

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.

Meals: Breakfast
Maximum Altitude:2400m/7872ft
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 in 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.

Food & Drink

Healthy Organic Gourmet meals in all of your Classic Machu Picchu Hike

Daily Seasonal Food on each trip and Tours

Peruvian cuisine has only recently exploded onto the international culinary stage, but Peruvians have always been crazy about their nation’s culinary heritage, and they steadfastly cling to the traditional, multiculti flavors of home. Even in the face of modern gastronomic innovation. A range of climates, from high altitude to low, offers an impressive diversity of produce. Yes, that means potatoes over 3800 kinds but also a variety of corn and other grains, to say nothing of the country’s native aji chilies that are often puréed into sauces.

Coffee, Tea, Water, & Assorted Beverages

Every morning and afternoon, before and after your daily hikes you will find hot drinks and snacks in your dining tent.

*Special Diets Available Upon Request

MACHU PICCHU HIKE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Price, FAQs, and Everything you need to know before embarking on the Machu Picchu Hike makes your reservation ahead – we have a Special discount for team leaders and family groups tours to Machu Picchu.

HIGHTLIGHT
PRICES
INCLUSION
NOT INCLUDE
PACKING LIST
ITEMS FOR RENT
INFORMATION

100% GUARANTEED

  • 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 for Two people
  • 7 kg per person, other companies offer you only 6 kg
  • Inca Trail and Short Machu Picchu hike entrance Tickets (Huayna Picchu or Montana Machu Picchu in case you want to explore more)
  • Best English Speakers 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
  • Perfect Location For Photographers
  • Comfortable and Panoramic Train back to Cusco from Aguas Calientes.
  • and More

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
This price is based on Double Accommodation

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.

100% WE COVERED MACHU PICCHU HIKE

  • 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

Not Included

  • 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

CLOTHING:

1st Layer:

  • Underwear
  • Long-sleeved Thermal Shirt
  • Thermal form-fitting pants

2nd Layer:

  • Polar Fleece
  • Trekking pants
  • Thick socks

3rd Layer:

  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof pants (optional)
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Scarf
  • Cold weather Hat
  • Gloves
  • Buff/ handkerchief
  • Sun hat

TRAVEL ACCESSORIES:

  • 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
  • Headlamp
  • Plastic bags for wet items
  • Toiletry kit (toothbrush, wet wipes, etc)
  • Swimsuit/ towel
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended)
  • Sunscreen lip protector
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent

OTHER:

  • 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

Read our Important information the booking process and confirmation

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 Trekking the Luxury Inca Trail Hike

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, and so we cannot guarantee that all campsites described in this itinerary will be available when you book.

Booking Inca Trail Hike

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 on the Luxury Inca Trail Hike

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 Full service (Tourist Class), or equivalent Inca Rail service, followed by private vehicle transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

COMBINED INCA TRAIL HIKING 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!

SHORTH 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
Elevation: 4,200m/13,779ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require

SALKANTAY & INCA TRAIL 7 DAYS

Total distance: 46.7 miles/75km
Elevation: 4,821m/15,817ft
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.

Lares Trek Map and Short Inka Trail

The Andean Route of weavers is how the Lares trek is known. Unlike the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for 4 days, this Lares Trip invites you to experience the living culture of the Incas dynasty, during your vacation in Machu Picchu Peru. Their routes are full of experiential live culture.

Where their populations keep alive the traditions for many generations, as are the Inca textiles. Lares is an alternative trek to Machu Picchu that offers 34 kilometers of much living history and archaeological remains that manifest what was once the Inca civilization.

The Lares trail is an excellent trek for those who want to get off the ‘beaten track’ as it passes through Andean communities which have remained unchanged over centuries Follow our Lares Map Please.

Lares Trek To Machu Picchu Map 4 Days
Short Inca Trail map 2 days

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Porters Weltfare INCA TRAIL PORTERS

Have you ever wondered how the Inca Trail was made? The answer might be found in its most important part: Porters, they'll take you to your destination.
PORTER isn't just about carrying your gear for hiking – it's also a job that requires strength, agility.

Bathroom Situation ON THE INCA TRAIL

If you're planning to hike the Inca Trail Hike, there are a few things you need to know about the bathroom situation. Unlike many other trails, there are no bathrooms along the way, so it's important to plan ahead. Here are a few tips to help make your journey as comfortable as possible.

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Lares Trek Trip 4 Days FQAs

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is considered a moderate hike around Cusco Region. It’s not a technical hike but the altitude may affect some individuals. We recommend purchasing a Professional walking pole while in Cusco as it will help with your balance and reduce the load on your knees.

37 kilometers
The Lares trek is one of the hiking trails that lead to Machu Picchu. It lasts 4 days in which 37 kilometers are covered in total. The route is famous for touring Andean towns where the visitor soaks up the Andean culture. The difficulty of this walk is not much..

How Difficult Is The Lares to Machu Picchu?
This is very difficult to answer definitively, but if you are reasonably fit, then trekking is moderate but not challenge. Most treks are designed so that you walk a comfortable distance each day and still have enough power left for the next. It’s very important to acclimatized to the altitude, Lares Trail pass over an altitude of 4400m /14435ft
Difference between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Montana

Difference between Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu

Many people ask about Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Montaña and few people know the difference between these 2 climbing hike mountains in Machu Picchu.

Huayna Picchu: It is located in the northeast area and it is famous because since the summit you can enjoy a beautiful landscape and Machu Picchu.

Huayna Picchu has a steep road and people arrive at the summit in approximately 45 minutes hike up. In the summit, you can enjoy and take a picture for not longer than 20 minutes. This is because Huayna Picchu’s peak does not have a big space and not to of people can log in there.

if you plan a hike up to Huayna Picchu You need to book in advance. it cost 25 American dollars per person.

Huayna Picchu altitude: 2789 masl.

Montaña Machu Picchu: It is the taller Mountain. You need at list 3:30 hours to enjoy the hike up to this Montaña. This mountain offer different altitudes view of Machu Picchu and also an amazing panoramic view of all Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, hydroelectric and other areas around.

In the summit, you can spend a longer time. this is because not a lot of people go to this mountain yet because of the new access it is.

if you plan a hike up to Montaña, You need to book in advance. it cost 25 American dollars per person.

Montaña altitude: 3240 masl.

How Long Is The Lares Trek And How Many Hours Do We Hike Per day?
The entire Lares Trail is a distance of 39 km (24.2miles); the beginning point is the Lares’s hot springs and the ending point is the town of Ollantaytambo. You’ll walk in 3 days. The first day is relatively easy and you’ll walk for 4 hours; the second day is probably the hardest day since we have to walk over the highest pass at 4400m /14435ft, the walking time is for 8 hours; the third day you’ll walk manly down for 5 hours passing waterfalls and picturesque communities; the last day we’ll explore Machu Picchu I the morning and in the afternoon we’ll return to Cusco.
What Is The Scenery Like On The Lares Trail?
Since the trekking takes you through the Andes, the Lares Trail provides stunning mountain scenery; several snow Peak Mountains, Waterfalls, ice-cold rivers, lagoons, meadows, farms, etc. What make this Trek so popular are the local Andean communities that the trail passes through. The Authentic weaving communities are one of the highlights. On this trail you also will explore Inca site where your trekking guide will take you in an informative tour.
Is LARES TREK for me or for my Family?
Have you missed out on doing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? Do not miss out on adventure!!… Come and see four-day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.

This may at first seem totally devastating but there are some Alternative treks to Machu Picchu such as this which do not require the same permits and so are available. The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is not just a perfect alternative if you miss out on Inca trail permits but many people choose this trek instead of Inca trail for its cultural aspect of visiting remote Andean villages on and off the beaten track style trek.

Where the Inca trail has become a bit too popular Lares Trek to Machu Picchu still has moments when you are the only people to be gazing over the stunning lanscape from a high mountain pass. At Lares Trek to Machu Picchu will be most probably be some alpacas accompanying you during your hike. There are less Inca archaeological sites along the trail itself until you get Machu Picchu but if you like awesome scenery and the popular history then Lares trek is for you.

Do I Need A Permit in order to hike lares trek?

The Lares Trail does Not require permits as the Inca Trail, but it is important to reserve in advance do to the trip requires train tickets and entrance to Machu Picchu which once are limited.

Is Altitude Sickness Common? And How High Is The Lares Trail?

It’s impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly.

One or two days spent in Cuzco (3,400m/11154FT), taking it easy and drinking plenty of water is usually enough for most people; or you also can stay in other place at same altitude or higher.
The highest point you will reach while hiking the Lares Trek is 4400m / 14435ft. You will sleep at 3600m / 11811ft for one or two nights. The trail is climbing gradually up to the highest pass and you can step in any place you want, IT IS NOT like the Inca trail with several stone step and very steep

When is the Best Time to hike Lares Trek?

The best time to hike Lares Trek to Machupicchu is during the dry season (April to September). During these months the views are splendid, the camping sites are dry and nice, the trail is particularly quiet, and the weather is often very pleasant.

Trekking the Lares Trail is the third most popular trek to Machu Picchu, after the Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek, so during the height of the peak season, the trail can be busy. That being said, there are so many variations on the Lares Trail that in general the routes never feel over-crowded.
However, in the last years, the weather is unpredictable, instead of dry season we are having rain, and it is difficult to predict the weather spatially in the Andes, so we highly recommended being prepared all the time for sun cold, and rain, we‘ll provide always the best quality equipment for your comfort and our staff always will decide the best places where to set up the camps.

Important info

For Lares Trek to Machupicchu, the night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office or in your hotel at either 6 or 7 pm (exact time will be confirmed on arrival to Cusco).
All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you’ve booked you can be sure you’re going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.
We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.

Difference between Lares Trek and Inca Trail

Inca Trail highlights

  • Is the ‘original’ trek to Machu Picchu
  • The only trek that takes hikers right to the Sun gates of Machu Picchu on foot
  • Stunning Andean vistas and mysterious cloud forests
  • Chance to cross the infamous Dead Woman’s Pass at 4212 m
  • Several sets of Incan ruins along the way

Inca Trail lowlights

  • Crowded trail due to its popularity
  • Well-developed trail and not a “real” wilderness experience
  • Can be expensive

Lares trek highlights

  • Less busy than the Inca Trail
  • Particularly beautiful trek featuring waterfalls and mountain lakes
  • Chance to see local villages and experience the traditional way of life
  • Moderately hard trail with only one significantly high pass, the Ipsaycocha Pass at 4450 m
  • Visit Machu Picchu on the final day (from Aguas Calientes)

Lares trek lowlights

Does not actually end in Machu Picchu, the last night of the trek ends in Aguas Calientes, after which you can visit Machu Picchu on the following day.

Due to Coronavirus Machu Picchu Tickets and Inca Trail, Permits can be Changed
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, 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.

This is an unprecedented opportunity to perhaps salvage some of your expenses if you canceled a trip to Machu Picchu. The borders of Peru are closed and train service to Machu Picchu is suspended since March 17, 2020, to limit the spread of Covid19. The Peru government has extended the border closing now until October 30, 2020. However, they announced that international flights to Peru will resume on January 1, 2021.

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Why Travel with Tour Leader Peru?

We are available 7/24 in support of your Inka Trail training, preparation, and answering any questions you may have. Our Office staff will be in charge of your Preparation.

We have the experience and expertise to help you prepare and fully enjoy your Amazing Machu Picchu Trek. On signing up we send out our Hiking trips events with full information and details of undertaking this adventure.

The cost of this trek variate according to the size of the group.

Free Luggage Storage

We make easy your trip, Free luggage storage when you are traveling or Hiking your Inca Trail with us for more details contact us, please.

REI Camping Equipment for each trip

We are not affiliated with this rei.com Brand But as a local Tour operator we support local business and our customers enjoy their private Sleeping tent only for two persons to learn more in our Camping Equipment for Inca trail

Private Eco Toilets

We do not share public toilet along the Inca trail we carry our portable ECO Toilets Only for our Groups

Peruvian Gourmet Food on each Tours

Food Include in each Trek, Vegetarian option available. we really take care of your gluten-free food contact with our office for any food restriction.

Private Transportation on each trip

As a responsible tour operator in Peru, we do not share our mobility with other tourists, all our transportation is only for your group or family members.

Best Chaskis (Porters)

We do not overbear our staff, they are principal resources in this travel industry

We leave no trace

We carry all our Trash From The begging to the end of each hike keeping clean all our hiking trail

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