LARES TREK PERU – MACHU PICCHU TRAIL 4 DAYS
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
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Visitors to Peru should be in good physical shape and feel comfortable walking, for long periods of time. Daily activities include City tours around sites such as historic ruins; visits from buses that may last up until nightfall when they’ll stop at either an outdoor market town before continuing on foot back home again (or vice versa) – Tour Leaders Peru
Activity Of Level
The Salkantay Trek tours demand a lot of physical activity and adequate preparation and very good physical condition are required. These tours are usually hikes that go from 4 days to 5 days, where you walk every day for between 6 and 7 hours which is done for more than 1000 meters and likewise descends hundreds of meters by very steep steps.
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- Lares Trek is one of the hiking trails that lead to Machu Picchu.
- Lares Trail It lasts 4 days in which 37 kilometers are covered in total
- Lares Trek Peru route is famous for touring Andean towns where the visitor soaks up the Andean culture. The difficulty of this walk is not much.
- On the 3rd day you arrive at Aguas Calientes through the train ride from Ollantaytambo.
- The last day you visit Machu Picchu and return by train to the city of Cusco
- Seasonal Hike: All year round
Explore whit Us. We will cover your Lares Trek Machu Picchu travel & Peru Tour Packages such as Permits, Transportation, Hotel; Tips, Lares Weather, and Frequently Asked Questions for the Amazing Andean Trek to Lares.
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 before you forget your Lares Packing list.
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.
DAY 1 TRAINING DAY
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 CHALLENGE
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 HOT SPRINGS
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 MACHU PICCHU
Day 3: 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 through 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 is 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
OTHER PERU TREKS
How Many Days Do You Need in Order to Hike In Peru
The Classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular combined routes. Each route varies in length from one to fourteen days, depending on the demand and availability of lodging along the way. All four journeys are one-way trips. You will generally travel back to Cusco using a combination of public and private transportation, depending on which tour company you use to make your trip reservations.
The One-Day Inca Trail Hike (1-day trek)
You can see Machu Picchu in one day if you’re short on time (but be prepared to wake up early!). You’ll take the train from Cusco to Kilometer 104, which is a location on the trail. Then, you’ll hike around 15 kilometers (9 miles) through the Sun Gate until you reach the Machu Picchu sanctuary. This option is great if you want to view Machu Picchu and experience a small section of the Inca Trail trek all at once.
The Lares Trek (3-day trek)
The Lares Trek, also known as the cultural alternative to the Inca Trail, is a three-day journey into the historical weaver communities on the eastern slopes of Machu Picchu. But don’t expect it to be a trip to the museum.
To glimpse into time-honored villages, you must earn access by obtaining passes that soar to over 15,000 feet and zigzag across Pumahuanca’s peak. On day four of your Lares trek, you may add another stop at Machu Picchu ruins.
Vilcabamba Traverse Route (1 – 2 week trek)
The trek to Machu Picchu is not for the faint of heart. At 65 kilometers long, this is regarded as one of the most difficult ways to see Machu Picchu. The route starts in Cachora and winds a mile-deep canyon to Choquequirao, or “Cradle of Gold.” The Vilcabamba Trail follows the same route that Hiram Bingham took when he rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911, albeit via more isolated towns.
The Salkantay Route (1 – 2 week trek)
The Salkantay Trek is the only Inca Trail option that lets you sleep in a comfy bed and take a hot shower at the end of every day’s hike! Though it still requires reasonably fit participants, The Lodge Trek runs along the Salkantay Trail through the Cordillera Vilcabamba mountain range but permits nightly rest at fully serviced lodges placed along the route. Machu Picchu is reached by following the trail to an elevation of 15,000 feet.
The Classic Inca Trail Route (3 – 5 day trek)
The Classic Inca Trail Hike is the most popular trek of the four alternatives described in this piece. It begins at kilometer 82 along the route, at the village of Piscacucho. The first day is a moderate hike through the Andean foothills, crossing the Urubamba River and arriving at your campsite in Huayllabamba. On the second day, you’ll ascend what’s known as “Dead Woman’s Pass,” which is the highest point of the Inca Trail Elevation at 4200 meters (13,776 feet). After that, it’s all downhill to the Pacaymayo River campsite.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR TRIP?
This alternative Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is perfect for those who want a light/moderate/challenging adventure and like to explore new things. Travelers should be in good shape since you’ll be hiking for long periods of time, Hiking unstable ground, and going upstairs without any handrails.
It is suggested to have hiking preparation at least 2 months in advance with activities that help strengthen the muscles of the legs with a good technique to hold your breath as this tour generally cover heights over 14,000 feet above the mountains in very rough terrain and very low temperatures as well as very high temperatures.
During your Pre-departure for Salkantay Trekking, you will explore various areas including Cusco City.
This trip preparation is for acclimatization purposes; there are several day tour options such as Sacred Valley, Maras Moray, Walk with llamas, and alpacas Tour. The walks will be moderately difficult with options for more strenuous hikes. You’ll also get to see numerous archaeological sites along the way.
Cusco is located at a high altitude of 11,200 feet. The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu are lower, at 9,200 and 8,000 feet respectively.
The Peru Adventure includes a stay in wonderful accommodations that have been chosen for their excellent quality, location, and personality. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions!
OUR PRIVATE TEAM
Throughout the Hike, you will be accompanied by a top private Tour Leader. You will also meet local experts as detailed in the itinerary.
We have all of the transportation you need in Peru taken care of, as specified by your itinerary. If you want to go see something that’s not already on the agenda while you’re here, just let your private guide know. They will be more than happy to help recommend some options for getting there.
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With our private Lares hiking tours, you get to design your dream trip – pick your departure date and we’ll do the rest. These specially crafted itineraries include guided excursions, cultural experiences, wildlife encounters, and luxurious accommodations so that you can make the most of your time abroad.
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- 100% Operated by Tour Leaders Peru, We never mix our groups with other travel companies
- Pick up from Airport and Hotel Cusco - included
- 4-star hotels in both Lima & Cusco (apply for Peru packages)
- Bus suttle Round Trip from Machu Pichu
- Machu Picchu entrance Tickets.
- Packed Lunch
- Best English Speakers Tour Leaders, We know Communication is very important in your trip
- Early tour in Machu Picchu (important tip)
- 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
- Perfect Location For Photographers
- Comfortable and Panoramic Train to Aguas Calientes.
PRICE PP 599,00 - 8+GUESTS
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 permitted on the Inca Trail of which 250 are reserved for tourists. Machu Picchu allows 2500 tourists daily.
Note: For Machu Picchu 2,244 Max of Visitors Per Day! Book Your Peru Lares Trek. 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 permitted on the Inca Trail of which 250 are reserved for tourists. Machu Picchu allows 2500 tourists daily. Don’t miss your adventure!
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- Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before your tour in our office or your Hotel.
- Collection from your Hotel in Cusco from (05:30 am) or from Sacred Valley.
- Private transportation (Start of our trek).
- Breakfast in Urubamba in our farmhouse,
- Full meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat-free, or special diets upon your request.)
- Permit and fees for the Inca Trail Machu Picchu Sanctuary, (Request for Huayna Picchu your Entrance ticket)
- Inca Trail Porters to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food, and fresh vegetables).
- Drinkable boiled water for your container (We start filling from the second Days Morning)
- 7-kilogram duffle bags (per Person)
- 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
- 2 expert gourmet mountain cooks, assistants.
- Hot drinks every afternoon include popcorn.
- Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
- 2 people per tent, clean, new, spacious (4 people REI Half Dome 4 tents).
- Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress,
- Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
- Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
- Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance.
- 3-4 hours guided tour in Machupicchu
- Bus Ticket from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes
- Tourist Expedition train return to Poroy Station or Ollantaytambo.
- Private Bus to Cusco From The Train Station
GO SECTION OF ITEMS FOR RENT
- Sleeping bag (4 season -Minus 8ºC) (For rent in Our Office)
- Hiking Poles (For rent in Our Office)
- Tips for the trekking crew, Guides, Cooks, and Porters at your discretion.
- Flight Ticket to Cusco (Contact Us)
- Accommodation in Cusco. (see recommendation Contact US )
- Travel Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl) and (COVID-19)
INCA TRAIL PACKING LIST
This is basic information about the Clothing packing list REI and all the information Here in this linK Comple Packing List to Peru
- 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
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Items For Rent
- Single Tent $60 (if you wish to sleep alone)
- Sleeping Bag $30 per person (minus -3 degrees Celsius)
- Air Mattress $20 per person (REI inflatable mattress)
- Professional REI Walking Poles or other reputable Brand $20 per pair Hold Trip.
- Backpacks $40 Hold Trip
- Head Lamp $10
- Extra kilograms $10/kg (Example 5kg=$50) Per Day
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General Information Trekking with Tour Leaders Peru
The times Mentioned in this itinerary are approximations. Walking times depend on the group, and the Tour Leaders may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.
Specific Information About Trekking the Luxury Inca Trail Hike
The Inca Trail is not open in February
Campsites or itineraries are subject to change, depending on the time of booking and availability of campsites. The Ministry of Culture, the government institution responsible for operating the Inca Trail, allocates campsites to authorized trekking companies on a first-come, first-served basis, and so we cannot guarantee that all campsites described in this itinerary will be available when you book.
Booking Inca Trail Hike
A scanned copy of your passport and a non-refundable deposit must be provided upon booking an Inca Trail hike. This is due to government regulations that require complete passport details and full payment of the Machu Picchu entrance fee in order to issue a permit. Your reservation will only be confirmed when we have your entrance ticket in our hands.
If your passport number changes after you book, you must tell us immediately or you may lose your booking! If the name or number on your passport is different from the name or number on your Inca Trail permit, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.
You must carry your original passport with you on the trail.
If you booked an Inca Trail hike at a student rate, you must bring the required documentation on the trail with you. If you do not present this documentation, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund, nor given an opportunity to pay the full rate.
Extras & Upgrades on the Luxury Inca Trail Hike
If you’d like to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, let us know at the time of booking as it requires a separate permit.
This trek includes transportation by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo Full service (Tourist Class), or equivalent Inca Rail service, followed by private vehicle transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
NOTE: Prices are based on two people sharing a room and do not include international airfare to/from your destination or internal flights during the Peru Tours. If you’re traveling alone, prices are available upon request but additional fees will apply. For groups larger than 8, please contact us as special pricing may be available for Family and Friend groups.
Depending on the date, international and local holidays as well as festivals may result in a surcharge. All prices are subject to change and will be quoted in U.S. dollars. For more information, please consult the terms and conditions for this trip.”
This Hiking Tour is available year-round. Please note the Inca Trail is closed in February.
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 5 D
The Choquequirao trek is a 58km return hike to the Choquequirao Ruins in Peru’s Sacred Valley near Cusco. It can be done as its own individual trek or combined with hiking to Machu Picchu, and it can be completed independently.
AUSANGATE TREK 5 DAYS
Ausangate Trek and Rainbow Mountain 4 days are considered the crown jewel of the Andes. This isn’t a trek for all, but those who want to get off the beaten path will find this an experience of a lifetime.
INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS
Hikers ascend two mountain passes over 13,000 feet Dead Woman Pass (3,962 meters) and then drop down to where Machu Picchu sits at 7,982 feet (2,430 meters). There are other route options.
SALKANTAY + INCA TRAIL TREK 7 DAYS
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
Best Alternative Trail in Peru