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4 Day Lares Trek Peru – Lares Valley Explore
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N 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 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 upbringing of llamas and alpacas, offerings to Pachamama (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. Enjoy with us ancient Andean rituals with the sacred coca leaves and customs that are still practiced among the locals. We are Lares Trek To Machu Picchu Join us on our next trip.
Lares Trek Map: 4 days To Machu Picchu
Hiking Distance 19 MILES (30KM) Lares Map: Go to Machu Picchu for a hike in the Andes, and go to Machu Picchu. Using our illustrated map, discover the attractions and altitudes each day of the alternative 4-day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.
Lares Trip 4 Days Itinerary
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 give you the opportunity 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 sceneries, 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: 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 in 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 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: Adventurous Day– Lares Hot Springs—Totora –Salt Mines — Aguas Calientes
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 salt mines of Maras, a site that has existed for thousands of years. After the salt mines, you will be taken to Ollantaytambo town 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: Your Awaited Destination: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
Early breakfast (5:00 am) before taking the earliest bus to Machupicchu. We recommend everyone try and be the first ones in line because it fills up incredibly quickly. As soon as you arrive at Machupicchu enjoy the sunrise (depending on the weather).
Your tour leader will guide you throughout this magnificent site and one of the seven wonders of the world for about 3 hours. Afterward, you will have your own free time to explore this citadel and take numerous photos. If you book well in advance and have a Huayna Picchu or Monta~na Machupicchu ticket, your tour leader will guide you to the entrance where you can explore these sites on your own.
Not everyone explores these sites, if interested be sure to mention this while you book your trip. If you choose to not purchase these extra sites, the Inca bridge or Sun gate are free options located within Machupicchu. Be sure to arrive back to Aguas Calientes on time well before your train departure as the bus lines fill up quickly. Your tour leader will specify the exact times after your guided tour.
Meals: Breakfast included at your hotel. Lunch not included
Maximum Altitude: 3400m/11155ft
Minimum Altitude: 2100m/6890ft
Distance Travelled: approx 6 km
Approximate Walking Time: 5 -6 hours exploring
- 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 Lares Trek Information
- 100% Operated by Tour Leaders Peru, we never put you with other tour operators.
- Pick up from Airport and Hotel
- Top-of-the-line equipment REI Co-op Half Dome 4 Tent. Only for Two Persons
- 8 kg per person, other companies offer you only 6 kg
- 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 Machupicchu
- Umantay Lake included (most companies skip this wonderful lake)
- Private transportation on each trip
- Perfect Location For Photographers
- Comfortable and Panoramic Train to Aguas Calientes.
- 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, 4 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat-free, or special diets upon your request.)
- Permit and fees for the Inca Trail Machupicchu Sanctuary.
- 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).
- 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
- Sleeping bag (4 season -Minus 8ºC)
- Hiking Poles
- 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. Only 500 people a day are permitting on the Inca Trail of which 250 are reserved for tourists. Machu Picchu allows 2500 tourists daily. Don’t miss your adventure!
From: $544 per person Group Service
2 Trekkers: $680 per person
3 Trekkers: $659 per person
4 Trekkers: $632 per person
5 Trekkers: $612 per person
6 Trekkers: $578 per person
8+ Trekkers: $544 per person
Note: An initial deposit of $250.00 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. 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. Only 500 people a day are permitting on the Inca Trail of which 250 are reserved for tourists. Machu Picchu allows 2500 tourists daily. Don’t miss your adventure!
- Long-sleeved Thermal Shirt
- Thermal form-fitting pants
- Polar Fleece
- Trekking pants
- Thick socks
- Waterproof Jacket
- Waterproof pants (optional)
- Insulated Jacket
- Cold weather Hat
- Buff/ handkerchief
- Sun hat
- Backpack 20-30 L
- Waterproof cover for backpack
- Trekking shoes (waterproof and firm)
- Sport shoes/ sandals for campsites
- Camping pillow
- Sleeping bag liner (optional)
- Sturdy water bottle
- Trekking poles
- Plastic bags for wet items
- Toiletry kit (toothbrush, wet wipes, etc)
- Swimsuit/ towel
- Sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended)
- Sunscreen lip protector
- Insect repellent
- Personal Medications
- Motion sickness tablets for the van ride
- Camera/ Extra battery
- Personal snacks
- Hand warmers (optional)
- Leisure book for evenings
- Cash and small coins
Items for rent
- Single Tent $40 (if you wish to sleep alone)
- Sleeping Bag $20 per person (minus 5 degrees Celsius)
- Air Mattress $20 per person (REI inflatable mattress)
- Professional Walking Poles $20 per pair
- Backpacks $25
- Head Lamp $10
- Extra kilograms $10/kg (Example 5kg=$50)
If you want to climb Huayna Picchu make sure to book in advance as there are only 400 permits allowed daily to this location.
$40 per person Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade.
From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo: Prices vary from $57.00 to $73.00 per person one-way.
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.
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.
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 of your Lares Trek To Machu Picchu?
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
Why You Should Travel with Tour Leader Peru?
Free Luggage Storage
We make easy your trip, Free luggage storage when you are traveling or Hiking with us for more details contact us, please.
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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- Small-Group Tours (consisting of 8 people)
- Escorted Bus Tours
- Independent City Stays
- Multi-Destination Rail Packages
- Customized Travel Vacations
- Custom Groups and Individuals Packages
- Group Air Packages
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F&Q Lares Trek
This is the most scenic trekking route which also gives you the opportunity to learn about local Inca culture. Through the Lares Valley, you pass through the most isolated indigenous communities which are keeping the Inca culture alive. One of the highlights of this trek is the privilege to interact with the local people and learn about their way of life.
There are six different routes through this valley, depending on where you start. Research each company carefully and ask exactly which route they take. Each route is incredibly picturesque, with majestic ice glaciers, shockingly blue glacial lakes, waterfalls, llamas, and alpacas. Pumahuanka Lares Trek very recommendable on Our Ownopinionnedable
How Difficult Is The Lares to Machu Picchu?
Difference between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Montana
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?
What Is The Scenery Like On The Lares Trail?
Is LARES TREK for me or for my Family?
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.
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.