Lares Trek To Machu Picchu 4D

This four-day Lares Valley Trek is an opportunity to interact with the Andean Quechua people, who have Inca heritage.

Andes – Lares Trek To Machu Picchu in 4 Days

Explore whit Us Lares Trek To Machu Picchu in 4 Days. We will cover your Lares Adventure and  Machu Picchu travel such as Permits, Transportation, Camping, Hotel; Tips, Lares Weather, and Frequently Asked Questions for the Amazing Andean Trek.
These 4 days Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the best alternative routes after the Inca Trail and Salkantay. This type of trek is cultural, mystical, and beautiful sceneries. From our past experience, many tourists compare these Lares valleys to Peter Jackson’s production of Lord of the Rings. You will see many cultural customs that are still practiced from Inca times.

Examples: include the cultivation of organic products, the raising of llamas and alpacas, offerings (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 distillery.  Don’t forget your Lares Packing list.

Enjoy ancient Andean rituals with the sacred coca leaves and customs that are still practiced among the locals. Join us on our next trip.

NOTE: If you’re interested in booking one of our hiking or sightseeing tours, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. It’s worth noting that Machu Picchu only allows a maximum of 2500 visitors per day, including guides, which is regulated by the National Park authorities. For the best availability during the peak season of June, July and August, we recommend securing your Machu Picchu permit at least 4 months in advance. For the remaining months of the year, we suggest you book your train tickets and Huaynapicchu tickets at least 4 months ahead to avoid disappointment.

Private Service Price

From $599 Pp

(5/5)

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

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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.

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

Beginning of The Hike Day 1: Lares Valley Hike

Inca Trail - KM-82
Fig.1 – Pumahuanca Valley day One Hike.

Day 1: Training Day: Cusco – Urubamba – Pumahuanca Valley – P´acchayoq – Cuyoc campsite

We will come and pick you up from your hotel 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 town of Urubamba, which is also part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Here we will have a shortstop to serve you a hearty breakfast and allow you to buy any last-minute snacks and 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. On the way, you will see Inca remains and ancient pre-Colombian paths. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery, waterfalls, and much more. 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, hot drinks, and popcorn
Maximum Altitude: 4,000m/13123ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,800m/9186ft
Distance Travelled: approximately 13km/8.1miles
Walking Time: approximately 7 hours

Day 2: Puma Pass - Cuncani Village Campsite

Dead Woman Pass 4200m

Fig.2 – Hiking To Cuncany Valley after the Most Elevated Point Along the lares trek 4780m/15.682f.

Day 2: The Most Challenging Day: Cuyoc – Pumahuanca Pass – Lares Hot Springs Campsite

Early wake-up call at 5:00 am. You will have 30 minutes to pack up your personal belongings until breakfast and coffee/tea are served. Afterward, your trip continues with scenic glaciers surrounded by native forests for a long hike towards Pumahuanca Pass. Once we arrive at Pumahuanca pass we honor the top of this mountain with coca leaves as is the local Andean custom. A glimpse of Maras and Moray (salt mines) will be seen while trekking.

We then descend a gravel road towards Cuncani Village. We’ll meet local Andean people in their colorful and traditional clothing. From here we walk for about 2 ½ hours towards Lares Hot Springs where you will camp and rest! This is your most challenging day of all, but it will be worth the hike as you relax your muscles in the natural and medicinal hot springs. You will feel refreshed and renewed the following day.

Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and popcorn
Maximum Altitude: 4780m /15682ft
Minimum Altitude: 3750m/12303ft
Distance Travelled: approximately 18km/11.2miles
Approximate Walking Time: 10 hours</strong

Day 3: Bus, Ollanataytambo - Aguas calientes hotel
Ollantaytambo
Fig.3 – Ollantaytambo Inca Ruins – Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Early in the morning you will have breakfast at the campsite and await the bus that will take you for a 2-hour ride to the Quellopuito community. From there you will trek a short pre-Colombian Inca trail to Totora Community while seeing gorgeous views of cascades and tomb remnants, lunch will be served here as well.

From Totora you will get back on the bus and head to the Ollantaytambo in ruins and town to explore and have dinner in a fine restaurant. The train to Aguas Calientes will depart at 7:00 pm. Your tour leader will drop you off at your hotel and brief you for the next day.

Meals: B/L/D and snacks
Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Maximum Altitude: 3750m/12303ft
Minimum Altitude: 2750m /9022ft
Distance Travelled: approx 6 km
Walking Time: approx 3 hours

Day 4: Machu Picchu Lost City Exploration Back to cusco
Machu Pichcu Lost Inca City
Fig.3 – You can hike to Machu Picchu in 2, 4, 5, or 7-day all-inclusive tours, which are included in Our Machu Picchu Tour Packages.

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 the bus 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 in the afternoon at 16:45 pm and arrives at Cusco or ( Poroy train station ) at 8:30 pm, It depends on train ticket availability. Then we pick you up to transport you to Cusco and drop you in your respective hotels.

Meals: Breakfast
Maximum Altitude:2400m/7872ft
Minimum Altitude:2100m/6888ft / Distance
Approximate Walking Time:4 – 5 Hours exploring Machu Picchu Citadel

INCLUSIONS

Transportation:

  • Private transport from your Cusco hotel to the start of the trek
  • Round Trip Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Train Machu Picchu – Cusco (Vistadome Train for 5-star and 4-star packages / Expedition Train for 3-star packages)
  • Transfer from Cusco train station back to your Cusco hotel

Camping Equipment:

  • We use four-season REI tents with two entrances and a capacity for four people (for comfort, only two people per tent)
  • Infable REI mattresses.
  • Hiking Poles for each Hiker
  • Tables, and seats for each Hiker
  • Food and drink utensils
  • Dinner tent and kitchen tent
  • First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle

Our Team:

  • Professional, knowledgeable bilingual Tour Guide
  • A Cheff to prepare your meals
  • Porters to carry provided equipment and food (additional porters are available for rent to carry your personal belongings) such as your Duffle bags or Any other Staff. 7 Kilos Per 40 Dollars Per Day.

Food On The Lares Trail:

  • High-quality meals to provide the necessary energy for this challenging trek
  • In addition to three meals daily, you will be given revitalizing snacks
  • Hot drinks such as tea and coffee, as well as enough water for your canteens (collected from local streams and boiled while on the trek)
  • For more information about the trek, please see our Inca Trail FAQs.
COMPLETE LARES TRAIL PACKING LIST

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

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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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CESAR is originally from Cusco, currently living in San Jose, CA. With a background in tourism ( TOUR GUIDE ) and business, he has over 15 years of experience in the industry. Cesar has extensive knowledge of other destinations He is passionate about research as a Digital Nomad and photographer.

Natalie Conde

California USA
R.N San Jose University
Owner of Blissful Travel Escapes
Her first experience of South America was when she traveled through Argentina and then to Peru… but she liked it so much she stayed! She realizes that traveling is always going to be an important part of her life but for the time being.

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Price Per Person From:

Adult

Child
Under 17 $30 Discount 

Adult (18-70)

8+ $599.00
7 $645.00
6 $699.00
5 $760.00

4 $820.00
3 $860.00
2 $895.00

Hiking Gear

We Arrange Lares Trek Tours For 2 People Price $895 Per Person

Sleeping mattress – For Rent – $20

Gear 

Trekking Poles – rent for $20
Sleeping bags ( For Rent )$30

Availability

Huayna Picchu Mountain $80.00 (if available)
Machu Picchu Mountain $80.00 (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 Lares 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

INCLUSIONS:

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Pick Up From Cusco Airport

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All tours are stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides.
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Ground transportation and all entrance fees to national parks asn Inca ruins

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Breakfast at all hotels
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All meals on Inca Trip

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Budget tours are designed to offer the best value and comfort possible, and have some variations compared to our 3, 4, and 5-star packages. Speak with your Travel Advisor to learn more about our Budget tours.
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Train Machu Picchu – Cusco (Vistadome Train for 4-star and 5-star packages / Expedition Train for 3-star packages)

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Airfare – In case you need help with your flight ticket to Peru Contact us at (408) 898 – 8724

Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
Airport taxes
Tips

Sleeping Bag, Hiking Poles You must Bring your own or You can rent one from our office.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Machu Picchu Larest Treh 4 Days FAQs: Usually before booking the Lares trek, you will have questions, such as the best time to go to Machu Picchu and Peru.

What do I need to carry on the Lares trek?

Tour Leaders Peru recommend that travelers carry the items that they will need each day while hiking such as water, snacks, a camera, and film.

Our horses will carry 8 kg of each of your personal gear including the camping equipment during the trek. We will give you a duffel bag for those belongings at the time of your pre-trek briefing.

We generally ask trekkers to bring only the necessary items that they will need for the trail and leave any unneeded luggage at the hotel in Cusco or at our office.

Are there age restrictions?

There is no age restriction for this particular trek, but there are some aspects to take into account: First, elderly people have to be aware of how their bodies respond to an Andes mountain hike. If you are going with kids, the key is to stay well-hydrated, have snacks for them, and take breaks. It all depends on the kid has previous experience, then route 2 would be recommended for 8-year-old kids and up.

Do you need hiking poles?

If you are someone who typically hikes with poles, it’s highly recommended that you bring them along for this trek. They can be incredibly useful in helping you avoid muddy terrain as you descend, as well as keeping your ankle joints and knees safe while navigating the mountain trail.

How far in advance should I reserve my permit for the Lares hike?

Unlike the Classic Inca Trail, where there is a limit of 500 hikers per day and so permits can be sold out up to six months in advance, there are no limits for the Lares trek.

This makes it an excellent alternative if you’ve been hoping to hike the Inca Trail but have found that there isn’t any space.

The only restriction you’ll face is on the availability of entry tickets to Machu Picchu, so it’s still worth booking at least a few weeks in advance, particularly if you’re travelling between May and September.

Is a permit required to hike the Lares hike to Machu Picchu?

No permits are currently required to hike the Lares trek. However, you will need a ticket to enter Machu Picchu at the end of the trek.

Also, if you plan on hiking any of the three mountain trails within Machu Picchu, you will also need to buy these tickets in advance.

Again, be mindful, that tickets for Huayna Picchu sell out months in advance (not included in this package), as there is a limit of just 200 people per day. So, you may need to be a little more organized than usual if you plan to hike this trek.

Does the Lares hike include your Machu Picchu entrance ticket?

Yep, the cost of entry is included in the trip price and it’s the responsibility of Action Peru Treks to take care of all that and provide you with the ticket on the day you’re entering the site.

Is there a waiting list for sold out Machu Picchu permits?

No, there is no waiting list for permits. Permits are only available for purchase through the Peruvian government.

Once a permit is purchased for one person, the permit cannot be refundable or transferred to another individual.

What is the terrain like? And how difficult is the Lares hike?

The difficulty of the Lares trek is “Challenging”.

The Lares hike is around 37 km (23 miles) long. For travelers interested, you must be physically capable of a trek like this.

Altitude effects aside, it is multiple days of 7+ hours of hiking through rough terrain and often up or down hill. But anyone who exercises regularly will manage just fine! It is exhausting but it’s certainly not unbearable.

All guides carry oxygen canisters, so if you start to feel altitude sickness you can rest and get some much-needed O2. If you’re an avid hiker or used to the altitude you won’t have a problem.

For everyone else, make sure you feel confident in your hiking abilities and you’ll do amazing.

Which campsites do you use along the Lares hike?

Campsites may change depending on booking time and availability, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by our trekking team.

We generally camp in less trafficked areas so that trekkers can enjoy the natural beauty of the trek and minimize environmental impacts.

Altitude and acclimatization

We recommend travelers spend a few days in Cusco before doing the trek to help adjust to the high altitude.

It’s better to acclimatize in Cusco, not the Sacred Valley because the higher elevation of the city at 11,120 ft (3,400 m) is more akin to those at the start of the Lares trek.

Altitude sickness is caused by a rapid change in elevation without the necessary time for acclimatization.

Mild symptoms are common and include lingering headache, nausea, and loss of appetite.

Every person responds differently to the change in altitude and unfortunately, there is no way to prevent it or predict how seriously it may affect you.

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.

What if I have a medical emergency while hiking the Lares hike?

At Tour Leaders Peru is obligatory to carry a first aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts/scrapes, etc.).

Tour leaders in Peru receive Red Cross First Aid and other emergency training every year.

Our Tour Leaders in Peru lead over 1000 travelers along the trek each year and we have rarely had a traveler unable to complete the hike. In these rare instances when someone has not felt well enough to finish the hike, the client has been escorted back to Cusco or the Sacred Valley and generally felt well enough to re-join the group in Ollantaytambo before taking the train down to Aguas Calientes on day three of the trek.

Cusco and the Sacred Valley have the nearest modern medical facilities so travelers with a serious medical emergency would need to be evacuated there.

Guides and porters have pre-established evacuation strategies in place should this need occur.

How much money should you bring on the Lares Trek?

The vast majority of costs will be covered in the up-front price of your trip, but there are a few costs along the way for which you’ll need to bring cash:

Snacks and drinks from stallholders
Toilet entry fees (usually 2 soles at Machu Picchu)
Tips for porters and guides
Lunch on day 4 at Aguas Calientes.
It’s sensible to take this money in the form of smaller notes and coins.

We’d say at least 500 soles or USD 150 aprox per person for the trek-specific section.

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

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