Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days

4700 m.s.n.m

8 people

Group / Private

Bus, Train

Moderate

4 Days
Lares Valley, Machu Picchu
From $497 USD
Per person

VV Hotel & Tours will take you on its own exclusive scenic trekking route, which gives you the very best in cultural interactions with local indigenous people and the rugged scenery of the wild Andes Mountains. You pass through the most isolated indigenous communities, which are still keeping the Inca culture alive. Our own unique route is incredibly picturesque, with majestic glaciers, shockingly blue glacial lakes, waterfalls, llamas, and alpacas. We are the only tour operator that includes our exclusive access to our hotel with our PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL AND SAUNA in Ollantaytambo — NO ONE HAS A BETTER DEAL than VV Hotel & Tours for this trek.

Day 1: Cusco – Cuncani – Quiswarani

Amazing views of lakes
Amazing views of lakes

We start early with a pick up at 5:00am from your Cusco hotel. The first part of our journey is a drive of about 2.5 hours to the Cuncani community. We will stop along the way at the traditional Calca market to buy some provisions and to give you the opportunity to buy anything you might want to gift to the highland children you will meet along your trek. Breakfast is served high in the mountains, admiring the waterfalls, mountain peaks and awesome views of the valleys. Time to get our packs ready, put our boots on and begin our first 3 hours ascending to Willqaqasa Pass (4,200m/13,779ft). You will enjoy the amazing views of rugged Andean peaks, glacial lakes, valleys and much more. Afterwards, we will relish our gourmet lunch prepared by our trekking chef. Two hours descending to the next valley, we have completed our first trekking day and have arrived at our campsite.

Our campsite is at the Quiswarani community, which is still very traditional and follows ancient agricultural practices. Arriving at camp, your afternoon tea will be waiting for you to enjoy with amazing views of the frozen Andean peaks and seven waterfalls. You will also have an opportunity to meet some of the villagers. This is a great opportunity to share any of the gifts that you brought. You might also meet a weaver selling her artwork. Buying directly from the person who raised the alpaca, sheared the wool, spun the yarn and wove the product is true Fair Trade!  After dinner, our guide will show you the Inca constellations on which they depended on for their agricultural guidance and still do to this day.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with bathroom building 
  • Distance: 12kms / 7 miles
  • Time: 6hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate 
Lares trek to machu picchu 4 days day 1 map

Day 2: Quishuarani – Pachaqutec Pass -Cancha Cancha 

Your guide will wake you up with a hot mug of tea or coffee to enjoy in your tent before you step out into the chill morning air. We begin our second day feeling refreshed after a good sleep and another delicious breakfast. Our second day starts with a 4 hour hike southwest, an intense walk accomplishing high passes to the highest point of our trek called Pachacutec Pass (4,700 m / 15,420 ft). Embrace the feeling of total exhilaration and self-achievement when you arrive at the summit. Motivating you along the intense hike are spectacular glaciers, alpine lakes, llama herds, rugged valleys and undulating farmlands. After a time to enjoy the 360º views, we descend for 30 minutes, having lunch with great views of glaciers and with its picturesque views of the Lares Valley with herds of llamas and alpacas.

After some time for photos and a little rest, we descend for 2 hours until we reach our campsite located by the Cancha Cancha community, (3,700m /12,139ft). The trails are truly out in the wilds of the Andes Mountains. You will walk past llama and alpaca herds. The local indigenous people will shyly welcome you and greet you in the Quechua language (the Inca language). Your guide will act as your interpreter to translate and teach you some Quechua language. Cancha Cancha is one of the most isolated and traditional mountain communities. There is no road to the village and they were only connected to electricity in late 2019. You will have the opportunity to meet with a local family to learn about their Andean lives. Depending on the time you arrive in Cancha Cancha you may have the opportunity to visit the school also.

At the campsite, everything will be ready. Enjoy afternoon tea time and dinner then snuggle in for a comfortable night sleep.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with bathroom building
  • Distance: 14kms / 10.3 miles
  • Time: 7 to 8hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: challenging
The stunning waterfall
The stunning waterfall
Lares Valley with plenty of llamas and alpacas

Lares trek map day two

Day 3: Cancha Cancha – Huaran – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Your adventure continues as you begin the relaxing day that you have definitely earned! After breakfast, you’ll have time to explore the village and visit the local elementary school, where the ancient Inca language, Quechua, is still taught. Once you are ready, you’ll begin the last leg of your Lares trek. It will be about 3 hours of walking gradually downhill, along a lovely river, where you will see even more llamas and alpacas. We’ll pass by farms where they still cultivate potatoes, quinoa, and many traditional potatoes, in the traditional Inca style. This is a great opportunity to learn about Peruvian agriculture because people still farm by hand with traditional, Inca farming tools. Now, we will be descending to the warmer area, the Sacred Valley. You will begin to feel the micro-climate changes and start seeing crops that are different from in the high mountains. Finally, we arrive to Huaran, where we will say goodbye to our chef, horsemen, and horses, as they will be going back to their homes in the highland villages.

From Huaran, our driver will meet us with our private van and take us through the Sacred Valley on our way to Ollantaytambo where you will be welcomed at our exclusive Veronica View Hotel. You will enjoy a gourmet lunch and relax in our private swimming pool and sauna. Your view of the snow covered Veronica Mountain from the swimming pool is spectacular! Take advantage of the beautiful gardens of native flowers and wildlife.

After a relaxing afternoon, enjoy another gourmet dinner at the Veronica View and got to bed early to prepare for your early wake up tomorrow morning.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Intipunku Tambo or Wiracocha Inn Hotel
  • Distance: 9kms / 6 miles
  • Time: 4 hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Indigenous persons
Wonderful experience with local persons
Moray & Salt mines
Moray & Salt mines
Lares trek map day three

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

This is the day you’ve been waiting for! We get up early to take the 6:10 train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. Next we take the bus to Machu Picchu archeological site, making sure we tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The Citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu, what an unforgettable experience! On your 2.5 hours private tour, your guide will expertly direct you through the enigmatic ruins and its most important sites. You will see the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Sun Dial, Quarry, the House of the Inka, the urban areas, agricultural terraces and many different types of architecture.

You may wish to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own (not included in the price):

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

  • Climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain– appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from above. These extra hikes sell out and must be requested at time of booking.
  • You will be given some time to walk to the Sun Gate, also called Inti Punku. (No additional fee)
  • Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs. (entrance fee)

When you are ready, you will descend to Aguas Calientes, have a leisurely lunch on your own, and later on board the train at 14:55 for the return trip with the Expedition train to the Ollantaytambo train station where you will catch our private van back to Cusco. You can expect to arrive at your Cusco hotel around 19:00.

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Difficulty: Easy
Lares trek map day four

WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Private transportation from Cusco to Calca and then Cuncani (Trailhead)
  • Local Licensed guide, fluent in English (2 guides for more than 8 people)
  • Round trip train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and a transfer back to Cusco
  • 2 Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes 
  • Admission ticket to the Machu Picchu Archeological Complex
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu for 2 hours
  • Hotel with private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, storage and buffet breakfast included
  • 4 person EUREKA TIMBERLINE TENT for every 2 trekkers
  • Comfortable foam mattresses
  • Delicious gourmet meals during the 4 days as indicated in the itinerary
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our mules)
  • Provision of an extra horse in case of emergency In case of illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles
  • Rain poncho
  • Transfer back to Cusco only for our group
  • Interaction with the local kids and community people
  • Backpack rain cover

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS?  

  • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress –$20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent- $30 USD – (Please request when you book your trek)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade  –$67 USD per person (For the return to Poroy at 4:43pm )
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain  –$35 USD per person (Please request when you book your trek)
  • Machu Picchu  Mountain –$30 USD per person  (Please request when you book your trek)
  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes

OPTIONAL UPGRADES:

  • VISTADOME TRAIN from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Cusco) at 4:43pm: $67 USD per person
  • La Cabaña Hotel: $45 USD per person
  • Tierra Viva Hotel: $70 USD per person
  • El Mapi Hotel: $120 USD
  • Additional Night in hotel in Aguas Calientes – From $60 USD (depending on choice and availability)

The best Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is available on any date that its best for you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 people.

Price per Person
Without Hotel$483 USD 
2* Hotel$497 USD
3* Hotel$537 USD
4* Hotel$627 USD

***Minimum 2 persons required to  open up a new group – single trekkers may join an existing group.
*** This price includes the extra pack horse which will carry your belongings up to 7 kgs and we will provide you with a duffel bag.
***We provide large Eureka 4 person tents for each 2 trekkers.

DISCOUNTS

  • Under 11 years old:$40 USD.  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Group of 5 or more:$30 USD. – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

EXTRAS

  • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress –$20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal Tent –$30 USD – (Tent is for single trekkers only)
  • Additional Night in Aguas Calientes – From $60 USD (depending on availability)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade  –$57 USD per person (For the return toPoroy at 4:43pm )
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain  –$35 USD per person (Please request when you book your trek)
  • Machu Picchu  Mountain –$30 USD per person  (Please request when you book your trek)
  • Single Supplement –$30 USD 2* for single travelers

ADDED VALUES  FOR FREE

  • TRANSFER – from the Airport to Hotel (Cusco Only)
  • DUFFEL BAG AND TRASH BAGS – included in the trekking price!
  • EXTRA PORTER is included in the price, the porter will carry your belongings up to 7 kgs /14lbs like sleeping bag, mattress, clothes etc.
  • BOILED WATER is included along the Lares Trek Machu Picchu
  • OXYGEN TANK will be available along the Lares Trek Machu Picchu
  • EMERGENCY HORSE is included in the price which can be ridden if you get tired or sick.
  • SMALL PILLOW
  • PLASTIC RAIN poncho made by Orange Nation Peru is included.
  • GUIDED TOUR INTO PISAC INCA RUINS: Enjoy and explore the amazing Inca city of Pisac which is one of the most important Inca cities of the famous Sacred Valley.
  • BEST ITINERARY operated by Lares Trekking to Machu Picchu specialist only.

Please read the following information carefully; it will help with your questions about our services and the Lares trek to Machu Picchu.

THE BRIEFING FOR THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm at our office which is located at Calle Santa Teresa  Nº383 ; 303 (second floor) we are next to SUBWAY restaurant.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT THE HOTEL?

ABSOLUTELY! During the Lares trek to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at the hotel in our secure storage.

HOW TO BOOK THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

FIRST, to book your Lares trek to Machu Picchu, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here – BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase a Machu Picchu permit without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person in order to purchase a permit for the Lares trek Machu Picchu.  You can make you deposit by clicking on the PAYPAL symbol on the top of our home page, or you can click on the PAYPAL symbol on our booking page.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you can pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. There are many ATMs within the historical center to withdraw money.  You can also pay by PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charged by PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of veronicaviewhotel@gmail.com. 

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Yes, but with some restrictions. Once the tickets for Machu Picchu have been bought, the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure dates. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable. With alternative treks we may be able to change dates for a fee depending on what has been already purchased.  Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date.  If you cancel your Lares Trekking to Machu Picchu, the deposit is not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT? 

Yes! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your Lares Trek Machu Picchu, other entrances and reservations. In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 USD per person.  We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.

If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you.  You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter Machu Picchu or the train.  If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or get on the train.

Remember to check your current passport to make sure it doesn’t expire within 6 months of your arrival to Peru!!! The Government of Peru is enforcing the existing law that requires all foreign travelers to have a passport valid for a minimum of six months past the time of entry into PeruPeruvian authorities will deny entry into Peru for travelers not meeting this requirement.

WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS? 

For some visitors, the first hours in Cusco can be summarized as: shortness of breath, a discomfort in the body, dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract soroche, Quechua for high-altitude sickness.

The Veronica View Hotel, and all of the Sacred Valley, are at a lower altitude than Cusco. If you are concerned about the altitude of Cusco, you may want to spend a few days in the Sacred Valley when you first arrive.

DON’T DO ANYTHING OTHER THAN REST

If you travel from Lima to Cusco, the effect can be immediate. This lack of oxygen, scientifically known as hypoxia, begins to manifest itself at 7,874 ft (2,399 m) above sea level. That’s why right after landing in Cusco, visitors can feel fatigued and have difficulty walking. Walking one block could feel like walking ten blocks carrying a backpack full of rocks. It is advisable to take it really easy on the first day and, if possible, rest the first few hours to help the body acclimatize to the altitude.

STAY HYDRATED

How do people feel after a night of drinking? Thirsty. That’s how you’ll feel when you arrive in Cusco. As already stated, the body dehydrates quickly in high altitudes. It is recommended you drink lots of water before and during your trip to Cusco. Also, avoid heavy meals since your stomach takes longer to digest food at high altitudes. A diet of low proteins and high carbs is advisable.

DISCOVERING COCA

No one knew better the effects of high altitude than indigenous peoples. Coca is the best natural medicine to combat altitude sickness. It was even considered sacred because of its curative powers and is still used in the same way now as it was in the time of the Incas. It contains iron, vitamins A, B1, B2 and calcium, among other nutrients. Coca makes it easier for your bloodstream to absorb oxygen, suppresses hunger, combats fatigue, headaches and can ease your stomach. If you do not feel like chewing leaves (which can be bitter, apart from numbing your mouth), you can try drinking coca tea, which is most commonly found in the lobby of hotels in Cusco.

However, if you are drug tested back in your home country, after your trip to Peru, you should avoid coca tea. Lots of rest, water and ibuprofen also prevent the worst of alititude sickness.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?

The maximum group size is 8 people.  Our groups are between 2-6 people. The Veronica View Hotel specializes in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provide a personalized service.

HIKING LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

The evening before you start your Lares trek to Machu Picchu, you will be given a SMALL DUFFEL BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/14p. Your team of pack horses will carry your duffel 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 duffel bag until the end of each day, as the pack horses 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.  A 25 to 30L backpack is sufficient.

IS THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT?

The Lares trek to Machu Picchu is a 39 km hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude reached is (4,700m/15,419ft). On the second day of the trek, we climb two mountains. The trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit and take regular exercise.
In preparation: try walking 15kms  a day or go to the fitness club in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.

ARE THERE TOILETS ON THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

Many of our clients are highly appreciative of the toilet facilities that the Veronica View provides, especially those who want a private, clean and sanitary toilet! At each campsite, there are regular flush toilets available. VV Hotel & Tours also provides toilet facilities during the day, which have an individual tent and a “camping toilet with a seat.”  Check out the picture, which illustrates how we set up our camping toilet on the trek by using this link: picture of toilet tent. Our toilet is always set up a comfortable distance from our campsite.  

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

In the unlikely scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, VV Hotel & Tours will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems and an emergency horse is always available for you to ride. 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 Lares  trek to Machu Picchu.
Generally those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if they recover quickly, they then continue the journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to original plan.

ARE WE GOING TO BE DROPPED AT OUR HOTEL?

Absolutely!! Included in the package and on the last day we will drop you at your Cusco 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, we will pick you up there!

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many VV Hotel & Tours destinations. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you feel it, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

ARE WE SUSTAINABLE? 

Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator. We incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.

WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE WITH YOU FOR LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

  • Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Valid University card (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage:  2-3L (Camelbaks are encouraged)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from Orange)
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Toilet paper

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR DUFFEL BAG FOR LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

As a Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14lbs including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants at least
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
  • Couple Fleece/ Thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º C
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash
  • Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them
  • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us
  • Swimming Suit

TOILETRIES

  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK FOR LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40L for hiking in the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.

  • Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water  at every meal time. Please bring your canteens
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Wool Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Coca leaves
  • Rain plastic poncho (provided by VV Hotel & Tours)
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips