Day 1: CUSCO – HUARAN – CANCHA CANCHA
Highlight of the day: a unique hike to get in touch with Andean people and learn about their traditions and life-style..
Ready for the adventure”; Pick-up at 5:30 a.m. at your hotel. Heading towards the City of Pisac (1-hour approx.) there we will have a historical account of the ruins in Pisac while enjoying the sunrise and the breathtaking view of the Valley of Pisac and a delicious breakfast. Afterward, we’ll travel to the Village of Huaran (40 min.). It’s here that you’ll link up with our staff, re-group, and organize for our adventure towards Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.
This adventure is for 4 days and 3 nights.
First-day trekking; as your adventure begins, it’s a smooth and easy day where you’ll see the natural way of life of the inhabitants of this region and observe maize “corn” and potato fields. You’ll continue for Approx. 3 hours, on a gravel road until having lunch. Afterward lunch, we recommend a “siesta”. Then we will walk at approx. 1 hour until arriving at the camp of the “Cancha – Field” with an impressive view of the snow-covered mountain and the main road that we are going to follow for the next 3 days. We will have a short interaction with the local kinsman and women and have an early dinner, and hot drinks. At night you’ll indulge in viewing the constellations and snowy peaks.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea Time & Dinner
- Accommodation: Camping Facilities
- Hiking Distance: 12kms / 7 miles
- Est. Hiking Time: 6 hrs. approx.
- Highest Altitude: 4000 m
- Lowest Altitude: 3200 m
- Level of Difficulty: Moderate
- Weather: hot and cold
- Bathroom: No electricity
Day 2: CANCHA CANCHA – QUISHUARANI
Highlight of the day: Visit fascinating and isolated authentic communities that have existed long before the Spanish arrived in the area..
We awake at 5:45 a.m. with a refreshing hot “coca tea” (which helps with altitude sickness). After packing up we will continue to ascend and you’ll find children herding. As per the Peruvian tradition, we definitely recommend taking presents like (clothing, toys, especially books and pencils). In case, you have altitude sickness during this steep climb to the top, we’ll have horses to mount while you rest (Approx. 4 hrs.) to the peak called “Pachacutec”.
Then we’ll enter a tiny town called “Acopata” to enjoy a delicious cup of coca tea/soda while sightseeing the crystalline lagoons and observing part of the sacred valley. The trek will have its ups and downs (40 min. Approx.) till we reach our lunch area near a lagoon with abundant “trout”.
Later, we’ll walk to the community of Quishurani still descending for about 1:40 min to stop and have lunch. After lunch, we’ll continue for another 2 hours to reach camp (Quishurani). Here you’ll enjoy the local communities’ way of life and have hot fusion drinks.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea Time, & Dinner
- Accommodation: Comfortable tents, inflatable mattresses, blankets & pillows
- Hiking Distance: 14kms / 10.3 miles
- Est. Hiking Time: 8hrs approx.
- Level of Difficulty: Arduous
- Weather: Cold
- Local shop at campsite quishuarani
Day 3: QUISHUARANI – CUNCANI – LARES- OLLANTAYTAMBO– AGUAS CALIENTES
Highlight of the day: Enjoy the natural hot spring in the tour of Lares trek 4 days..
Picking up where we left off, you’ll have an early wake-up call with hot coca tea delivered to your tents. Followed by a delicious breakfast. We begin our hike for approx. 3 hours all the while observing the many crops such as our world-famous nutritionally complete grain known as “Quinoa”, and many varieties of potatoes all originally from South America.
Once we’ve reached the “Huillquicasa” top, you’ll have a gorgeous view of some very transparent lagoons. After a quick break, we will start down to the village of Cuncani, our transportation awaits us. The drive is about 30 min to the secluded “Hot Springs” near the City of Lares. After taking pleasure in the different naturally heated hot springs, you’ll have lunch. After lunch, we’ll board the bus towards the City of Ollantaytambo (part of the Sacred Valley). Here you’ll have Dinner while you wait for your train ride. In Ollantaytambo, you’ll take the train to the “City of Aguas Calientes”, which rests at the foot of Machu Picchu.
• Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
• Accommodation: hotel
• Distance: 15kms / 9.3 miles
• Time: 6hrs approximately
• Difficulty: Moderate
• Train to Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes)
• Aguas Calientes (internet,cable tv,hotels,restaurants,ATM)
• Hot shower
Day 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICCHU (THE SACRED CITY OF THE INCAS) – CUSCO
Highlight of the day: Visit the legendary Inca ruins of Machu Picchu with a private local guide.
After a delicious early breakfast, we will board the bus transporting us to the Majestic Lost City of the Incas, “Machu Picchu”. The trek leader will impart the history of this mystical place. We will have the opportunity to visit the “Temple of the Sun”, the “Royal Palace”, the “Main Temple”, the “Temple of the Three Windows” and the “Sun Dial”. Here, we promise an unforgettable experience. After your guided tour, you’ll have free time to do your own exploring.
If you have reserved your visit to “Huaynapicchu” (tickets limited to 400 per day – not included), you’ll begin your hike at 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., please coordinate with the Tour Guide for your visit depending on Municipality’s programmed time.
There are many more activities that you can do. These activities are optional (not included with the package) for example The “Puerta del Sol” (2 hour hike up and down), where you will appreciate the Inca city from a different viewpoint.
In the afternoon, you’ll catch the train (4:20 p.m.) to reach the City of Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival to Ollantaytambo, we will have transportation waiting to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco (2 hours Approx.).
• Meal: Breakfast
• Difficulty: Easy
Lares Trek To Machu Picchu 4 Days
- Bilingual English-speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
- Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
- TRANSFER FROM AIRPORT TO HOTEL
- SLEEPING BAG
- HIKING POLES
- TRANSFER FROM HOTEL TO AIRPORT
- Four-person tent for every 2 people.
- Excellent meals:
- Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, and rice, foods that are rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking. (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request)
- Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, coca, biscuits, popcorn).
- Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking)
- Wake up to coca tea in your tent
- Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
- Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
- Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
- Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
- Horse to transport 8 kg of your gear
- Duffle bag for your gear
- Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
- One-night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
- Tips: Guide, Cook, Horseman.
- Water on Day 1
- First breakfast- last lunch
- extra horse
Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2022 through January 2023. All prices quoted are $USD
- group service: $600 per person
Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).
- Student Discount 20$ dollars
- Those under 15 years will pay as student: US$20.00
- Under 7 years Discount: US$35.00
Optional Extras (Need to Book in Advance):
- Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 75.00 (Need to book in advance)
- Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 75.00 (Need to book in advance)
Trip Details Lares Trek To Machu Picchu 4 Days
Trip Details of Lares trek to Machu Picchu 4 days
- Tour Name: Lares trek to Machu Picchu 4 days
- Tour/Trek Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
- Location/Terrain: Hot spring, Machu Picchu Inca site
- Accommodation: beautiful campsites and hotel
- Acclimatization: Due to the high altitude, we recommend 2 days in Cusco before embarking on our Lares trek to Machu Picchu 4 days hike
- Adventure Rating Strenuous trek
- Activities: Trekking/ Camping
- Altitude: 4700 M/15,419ft
- Departures: every day with 2 or more people
- Customizable: Yes!
What to Pack
As a Professional Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffle bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds 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 Celcius.
- 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.
- A small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
- Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
What To Bring
Lares Trek To Machu Picchu 4 Days
- A good day pack: such as Eagle Creek Afar Backpack (An appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings.)
- Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if applicable)
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required
- Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
- 3 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans), 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray before the trip.
- Layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
- 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit. A rain jacket can be helpful because there are rainy days even in the dry season!
- 1 warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves, scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
- 4 pairs of underwear, 6 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) It is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well as the weather is variable, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or too hot.
- 4 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
- 1 good sleeping bag liner which is super lightweight and easy to pack. This does its job!
- Travel-size tissues and wet wipes.
- Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
- Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
- Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on, so bringing some anti-itch ointment could be helpful.
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelback
- Water (Only for the first day of the hike, as we will provide you with water throughout the rest of the hike).
- A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
- Bandages or moleskin
- Flip flops to change into at night. Your toes will thank you!
- Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach) because some people get an upset stomach on the trek. Also, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be helpful to help with aches and pains after 8-10 hours of hiking each day.
- Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
- Something to read in the evenings
- Extra money for drinks, tips in Soles for cooks, horsemen, guides. (USD$60-70).
- Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220)