Lares Trek to Machu Picchu With Short Inca Trail 4 DAYS  

Enjoy this combo, Lares Trek And Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 4 days

Duration

4 Days/3 Nights

Price From

$ 689

Max. Alttitude

4780 m / 15682.41ft

Best Time

MAY / NOV

ACCOMODATTION

Camping/Hotel

g

DIFFICULTY

Moderate/Challenge

GROUP SIZE

8 People Max

LARES TREK

Lares Trek + Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu with short Inca Trail Tours 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 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 sceneries. From our past experience, many tourists compare these valleys to Peter Jackson’s production of Lord of the Rings. The Lares Valley trail high at 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.

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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Lares Trek Map

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.

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

Lares Trek + shorth Inca Trail 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 the 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, 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 sceneries, 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, 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 is 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 on 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 with 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 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 4:00 am to take you on a journey of 3.5 hours, with private transportation to train station in Ollantaytambo. Here we board the Expedition train, travel by train for 1 hr and 45 minutes to Km 104 (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 walking 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 descending 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.

  • Temperature checks for all traveler are mandatory
  • Face masks required for travelers and staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff at all times
  • High traffic places and equipment sanitized regularly between use
  • Maximum 8 people per group to reduce crowds, for bigger groups we will assign two teams
  • Transportation and touristic sites capacity will be reduced to 50%
  • Printed material such as maps or vouchers will be avoided.
  • 100% online payments with no booking fees at all
  • Flexible bookings during COVID – 19 outbreak

Additional Inca Trail Information

  • 100% Operated by Tour Leaders Peru, we never mix our groups with other travel companies
  • Pick up from Airport and Hotel in both Lima & Cusco included
  • 4-star hotels in both Lima & Cusco
  • You will visit the “Peru Experience” attraction in Lima and learn how to make Pisco sour!
  • 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
  • Free and Safe Storage in Cusco and Aguas Calientes while you are hiking and visiting Machu Picchu
  • Private transportation on each trip
  • Perfect Location For Photographers
  • Comfortable and Panoramic Tourist Trains
  • 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).
  • Private transportation (Start of our trek).
  • Breakfast on the First Day Morning.
  • Full meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfast, 3 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat-free, or special diets upon your request.)
  • Permit and fees for the Inca Trail Park and Machupicchu Sanctuary.
  • Porters to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food, and fresh vegetables).
  • 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
  • Round trip Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu.
  • Tourist Expedition train return to Poroy Station or Ollantaytambo.
  • Bus to Cusco

Not Include

  • Sleeping bag (4 season -Minus 8ºC)
  • Tips for the trekking crew, Guides, Cooks, and porters at your discretion.
  • Flight Ticket to Cusco.
  • Accommodation in Cusco. (see recommendation)
  • Travel Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl) and (COVID-19)

We are excited to be part of your adventure and lead you to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Make sure to book your tour in advance.

If you are thinking to do the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Only 500 people a day are permitting on the Inca Trail of which 250 are reserved for tourists and this Inca trail Permit applies for two days of Inca Trail. Machu Picchu allows 2500 tourists daily. Don’t miss your adventure!

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. 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.

 

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

    Hauyna Picchu

    If you want to climb Huayna Picchu make sure to book in advance as there are only 400 permits allowed daily to this location.

    $50 per person Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade.

    Vistadome Train

    From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo: Prices vary from $57.00 to $73.00 per person one-way.

    Machupicchu Mountain

    Machupicchu Mountain offers even more magnificent views than Huayna Picchu. There are also only 400 permits allowed daily to this location. A 360-degree view of Machupicchu and the surrounding valley and glaciers are seen from this mountain.

    US$35 per person Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade.

    Additional Night in Aguas Calientes hotel

    The price depends on the season and Hotel availability.

    Inka Bridge

    If you did not have the opportunity to book an additional upgrade this one is available for free. It is an hour and a half round trip hike.

    Sun Gate

    If you did not have the opportunity to book an additional upgrade this one is available for free. It is a two-hour round-trip hike.

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    Healthy Organic Gourmet meals in all our inca Trail Tours To Machu Picchu

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    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.

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    Private Eco Toilets

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

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    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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    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.

    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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