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LARES TREK MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS: Explore the Andes, visit traditional villages and take a bath in the natural thermal baths

Experience trekking through the Andes with amazing mountain scenery, ice rivers, full color lagoons and traditional villages; at the end explore the iconic Machu Picchu

Lares Trek is an unspoilt, remote, little used and beautiful trail to Machu Picchu Inca citadel. The route is one of the few where groups may be accompanied by other group of tourist, as the trail is inhabited by picturesque communities, scenic mountains and diverse wildlife; this trek offers a pleasant combination of beauty and contrasts in scenery, wildlife and cultures; explore the Peruvian Andes and visit the stunning Machu Picchu situated in the heavens of the Americas.

Lares Trek & Machu Picchu is one of the challenging trail which encompasses one high passes that reach to 4,600m in altitude. Trekking in to Machu Picchu is dream of entire people in the world who know about Inca Trail & Machu Picchu and this is one opportunity to explore the Peruvian Andes as it start from Lares village where one can take bath in the natural hot springs; them climb toward the pass of Ipsay at 4,600m and descend to the town of Ollantaytambo from where we take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes, after spending a night in in the hotel in this town, the next day we’ll explore the Iconic Machu Picchu.

FOUR DAYS TOUR

From Cusco to Cusco
$ 480 Per Person
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotels + Guide

This Lares Trek & Machu Picchu is suitable for everybody, friends, families with children, and all experienced trekkers. Lares Trek & Machu Picchu can be accomplished in 4 days. We run our own Lares Trek which ensure the fair treatment of our porters and quality of food and equipment. The trip starts in the city of Cusco, drive through the sacred valley,  enjoy the hot springs at “Lares” villages hike through the Andes and ends in the lost city of the Incas – Machu Picchu.

The Lares Trek is a challenging and inspirational introduction to Peru’s magnificent mountain scenery. Arriving to Machu Picchu is to complete one of the most memorable trekking experiences the world has to offer, a classic adventure into the wilderness. The Lares Trek takes you through the homeland of the countryside people to come face to face with the snow peaks , the highest mountain range, with La veronica at 5,750m above sea level, and the neighboring peak of Qolqe cruz, one of the most beautiful in the Urubamba Mountain range.

Lares Trek & Machu Picchu

Lares Trek is an amazing 4-day trek with outstanding combination of mountain scenery and valleys in a remote area where we will see authentic Quechua communities and its inhabitants still live in thatched stone houses and shepherd their llamas and alpacas below the snowcapped mountains. This trek ends at Machu Picchu. This trek does not require permits as the Inca Trail; however as it combines with Machu Picchu trip and therefore train tickets between “Ollantaytambo” and the town of “Aguas Calientes” is better to buy it several weeks in advance.

Lares Valley is one of the most picturesque villages in the southern part of Peru. Lares Valley is particularly well-known for its very high-quality, brightly coloured weavings and characteristic upturned hats, many of the popular tourist markets being supplied from here. Although in this area always people not far away often don’t speak Spanish. The Lares trek to Machu Picchu itself is rated moderate, similar to the regular Inca trail.

TRIP STYLE

Adventure Trekking

MAX. ALTITUDE

4,450 masl/14,596 ft.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent & Hotel

DIFFICULTY

Moderate/ Challenge

TREK AT A GLANCE

  • TIMING: 4 days and 3 nights.
  • STARTING POINT: Cusco hotel.
  • ENDING POINT: Cusco hotel.
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Challenging.
  • DISTANCE: 41 Km
  • ALTITUDE: 4,600 masl to 2,000 masl
  •  DIFFICULTY: The trek is rated moderate to challenging; any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route.
  • TEMPERATURES: From -5ºC to 28ºC

NOTE: If you require assistance to purchase your air tickets from Lima to Cusco, we can assist you on this issue.

BRIEF TREK ITINERARY

DAY 1: Cuncani

4-hour bus journey to Quishuarany (small community) and enjoy the lifetime trip to Machu Picchu.

DAY 2: Ipsayccocha

Today, we will pass the highest pass (4,450 masl /14,596 ft.) where you will be rewarded with stunning mountain scenery.

DAY 3: Aguas Calientes

We will trek in the morning and in the afternoon, we will ride train for two hours through the Urubamba Valley to the picturesque town of «Aguas Calientes».

DAY 4: Machu Picchu

Very early, we will take the bus for 25 minutes up to Machu Picchu to see the sunrise and explore every important place; in the afternoon, we will return to Cusco by train.

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Certified, medically trained guides (two guides for seven people or more) that’ll lead you safely on your journey
  • Round trip transportation from Cusco to Lares valley and from Machu Picchu to Cusco
  • Enjoy the natural hot springs at Lares village
  • 3 days trekking through the Urubamba Mountain range
  • 2 nights camping with all facilities
  • Visit the traditional communities
  • Ride the train through the Urubamba valley
  • Explore full day the stunning Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy free time within Machu Picchu

Detailed trek Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO – CALCA – QUISHUARANY – CUNCANI

The trek begins once we pick you up from your hotel at 05:00 a.m and travel by private bus at 04:00 p.m through the Sacred Valley of the Incas until Quishuarani (a small community – at 3,700 masl) starting point of the trek; here we will meet our horses and «arrieros» (muleteers)  whose will transport our belongs; we’ll start the trek going up gradually toward Willkakasa the first pass at 4,450 masl from here you will be rewarded by a nice views of some snow peaks and many lagoons around, then we’ll continue down to our camp at Cuncani community; This remote Andean community is located in an impressive valley from where we can see Colquecruz snowcapped mountain.

Meals: B-L-D.
Accommodation: Camping.
Maximum Altitude: 4,400 masl.
Minimum Altitude: 3,800 masl.
Distance of hike: approx 14 km.
Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours.

DAY 2: CUNCANI – IPSAYCCOCHA

After early breakfast, we’ll continue the trek toward Cuncani pass (4,100 masl) observing agricultural fields where andean farmers are cultivating potatoes and living in their traditional houses grassing some animals from the area as the llamas and alpacas; from the pass, the trail continues little down and after gradually up to the third and the highest pass of Ipsay (4,450 masl/14,596 ft.), walking across little communities with the presence of llamas and alpacas. The pass offers imposing views of «La Veronica Mountain» and the surrounding snow-capped peaks. From the pass, we’ll continue 1 hour down to Ipsayccocha; a beautiful lagoon next to which we will set up our camp and spend the night.

Meals: B-L-D
Accommodation: Camping
Maximum Altitude: 4,600 masl
Minimum Altitude: 3,900 masl
Distance Travelled: approx 16km
Approximate Walking Time: 7-8 hours

DAY 3: IPSAYCCOCHA – OLLANTAYTAMBO – «AGUAS CALIENTES»

After breakfast, we’ll leave our camp and continue the trek downhill through the picturesque valley until we reach Patacancha; this is a renowned textile Andean community that still preserves the ancient traditions and dressing code at its best. From Patacancha, we will take 1 hour and 30min by private bus to go down to Ollantayatambo and then the 2-hour train ride to the town of «Aguas Calientes»; here you could visit and relax in the natural hot spring. And be ready for the next day to explore Machu Picchu.

 Meals: B-L-D
Accommodation: Hotel
Maximum Altitude: 3,900 masl
Minimum Altitude: 2,700 masl
Distance Travelled: approx 11km
Approximate Walking Time: 5 hours

DAY 4: «AGUAS CALIENTES» – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Early breakfast and we will take the first bus to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu. Since other groups arrive at midday, your tour will be quiet and relaxing; after 2 hours and 30min of tour you will have free time to walk around, climb up the Wayna Picchu Mountain where you can experience spectacular views or visit the Temple of the Moon. In the afternoon, we’ll meet each other at the town of «Aguas Calientes», and then we will take the train back to Cusco where we’ll arrive after nightfall.

Meals: B

Lares Trek includes

  • Transportation: Tourist bus from Cusco to Quishuarani; starting point of the trek and tourist train expeditions class from Ollantaytambo to «Aguas Calientes» and from «Aguas Calientes» to Cusco; Bus up and down from «Aguas Calientes» to Machu Picchu.
  • Camping equipments: We provide four people capacity tent for two people, brand new four-season tents, therm-a-rest, dining room tent, kitchen tent, toiled tent, seats, tables, tent for guides and helpers, cooking gear.
  • Acommodations: 01 night at a basic hotel in the town of «Aguas Calientes».
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu.
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 hot lunches and 3 hot dinners with delicious meals prepared by professional chefs.
  • Guide: English-speaking professional guides, 2 guides over 8 people.
  • Cook: Professional Chef and Chef Assistants.
  • Horses: For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears as well to carry your personal items (6kg per person) in duffel bags that we provide. Muleteers.
  • Others: First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle.

Excluded

  • Sleeping bag: can be rented in our office for $20 USD for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
  • Breakfast on the first morning. Some hotels offer early morning breakfast service. If not, we’re gonna stop at Calca for your breakfast and also you can buy some items for the trek.
  • Lunch in the town of «Aguas Calientes» on the final day you must consider a budget of $15 to 20 USD in average restaurant.
  • Entrance to the thermal baths in «Aguas Calientes» (optional) $3 USD.
  • Tips for the staff.

COST OF THE TOUR

TYPE OF TRAINPRICE PER PERSON IN US DOLLARS
 Expedition class US$ 480
 Vistadome class US$ 540
 Hiram Bimgham class 
  • The price includes the extra porter who will carry your belongings up to 7 kilos,  we will provide you with a duffle bag at the briefing time.

EXTRAS

  • Good, clean and warm -15° sleeping bag: US$20. This is for the whole trek.
  • Vistadome upgrade train for the way back: from US$57 per person.
  • Walking sticks: US$10 for the pair for the whole trek
  • Huayna Picchu Mt: US$25

PRIVATE SERVICE LARES TREK

  • 3 people $700 USD each
  • 4 people $600 USD each
  • 5 people $500 USD each

Payment facts

For Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, we require a non-refundable trek deposit of $150 USD per person. The deposit can be sent by a WESTERN UNION or to our BANK ACCOUNT by money transfer (YOU ALSO CAN USE PAYMENT ONLINE). This is the fastest and most secure form of payment in Peru. The money transfer should be in the name of «SUNRISE PERU TREK TOUR OPERATOR E.I.R.L». Once you arrive in Cusco, you must pay the remaining balance in cash prior to beginning your tour. We accept both US Dollars and Peruvian Soles (local currency).

How to book Lares Trek

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Lares Trek items and FAQ's

It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm or 7pm at our office or in your hotel.

Of course! During the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel in Cusco, both are for free.

The maximum group size is 8 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-8 persons. SUNRISE PEREU TREK Specializes in SMALL; PRIVATE groups and provides a personalized service.

The maximum group size is 8 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-8 persons. SUNRISE PEREU TREK Specializes in SMALL; PRIVATE groups and provides a personalized service.

The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 6kg/12p. Your team of porters will carry your duffle bag for you, together with the food and camping gear.

It’s important to be aware, that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.

In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, SUNRISE PERU TREK will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems in extreme cases; a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.

Generally those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if recover quickly.  They then continue the journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to original plan.

Absolutely!! Included in the package and on the last day we will drop you at your hotel! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!
If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, for sure we will pick you up!

It will depend on the train’s availability BUT the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco from the train. Therefore you will take the train at 4:22pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours for Machu Picchu

The Classic Inca Trail is the only trek that leads you directly up to the Sun Gate, having the first amazing view of Machu Picchu. This trail has also a historical significance because along the Inca Trail, you will explore many religious Inca Cities and it will take you through many different microclimates, offering amazing views of the Andes, the valleys, the waterfalls, the flora and fauna.

It is advisable to have two full days in Cuzco to recover from your travel and to do at least one day hike to higher altitudes help with acclimatization. We can organize day hikes & other tours around Cuzco for you. If you have already been in another area of Peru at high altitude before arriving in Cuzco, we still recommend you have a complete day in Cuzco to rest, recover from your travel and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cuzco before departing for the trek.

To avoid altitude sickness on the trek, we recommend that you spend time in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley. If you have never been in high altitude, we recommend that you spend a day in the Sacred Valley because it is at lower altitude than Cusco city.

We recommended any hiker who are planning to do Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is better to stay a couple days in Cusco or higher altitude to be well acclimatized before you begin the 4 days trek; it is important to walk with small back pack.[/

A minimum of 02 persons is needed to depart Classic Inca Trail. Whether you’re traveling as a family, group, friends, and couples or even traveling alone, we welcome you to our Trekking adventure to Machu Picchu. Prices are charged per person or maximum of two persons sharing a room/tent. Shared services are the basis for the described itinerary. Private services will be upon request.

We are confident that the quality of our journeys will meet your expectations and that you will enjoy the best of cultural, nature, and adventure travel experience ever possible. If you are not satisfied, you will be given credit for an extra trip or for a future journey. This is the best the best guarantee you can get in the travel business.

Due to low participation of trekkers, other tour companies will cancel their trips or pass their customers to bigger group tour operators, we guarantee that we will never cancel a trip because of low subscription or participation or change the date of departure neither will we give our travelers to other tour operators!.. Our customers can rest assured that their trekking holidays are insured and guaranteed for trekking to Machu Picchu.

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