Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
Experience the best of the off road adventure on this four days Lares Trek to Machu Picchu with our English speaking local tour guide.
This high altitude trek takes you through many highland Andean lagoons and remote Andean communities. People here continue to maintain their age-old traditions and customs. You will get to see many highland Andean farms and villages.
On this four day hike, you will get a detailed insight to the Peruvian traditions and culture and history before you visit Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.
The highest point of the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is at 4600 metres above sea level. It is important that you spend at least 4 days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness.
We offer Lares Trek to Machu Picchu both as a group tour and as a private trek.
Why Peruvian Highland Trek?
Peruvian Highland Trek is a fully locally owned tour operating company based in Cusco. We are licensed Lares Trek operators. All our tour guides are locals. They have an extensive knowledge about trekking and local culture.
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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4days/3nights
- Group: 2 – 4 -6 Persons
- Category: Easy and Moderate Trek
- Season: January to December
- Frequency: Frequently
- Transportation: By Bus and train
- Accommodation: 2 nights of camping tents, 1 night tourist hostel in Aguas CalienteS
- Highlights: Landscape, Snow Mountains, 3 days trekking, and tropical jungle
Day 1: Cusco – Lares Valley – Hot Springs – Wacawasi
We will be picking you up at 0500 AM from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you through the Sacred Valley of Incas to the starting point of the trek.
On our way, we will pass by archaeological remains, Andean markets, cultivated Inca terraces and various small villages. Eventually we will arrive at the high mountain pass, at Huacawasi (4450m). From that point it is all downhill to the beautiful Lares Valley (3250m).
Here we will have time to enjoy the natural hot springs. That is also where we will have our Lunch for the day and meet the rest of our trek team- the team cook and the Llameros (Llama handlers), and the horses that will carry all the food, our backpacks, and the camping gear.
We will start the hike with a three hour uphill trek to Wacawasi, where we will set up our campsite. That afternoon we will have a good chance to meet some of the locals and see some of their typical artisan weaving on exhibition. We can even participate in some lessons about the ancient technique of their special textiles.
Day 2: Wacawasi – Abra Epsay – Patacancha
We will be waking you up early in the morning. Our crew will then serve a traditional breakfast. This is the longest and hardest day of the Lares trek to Machu Picchu. We will be hiking for 7 to 8 hours. The first portion of the trek will be uphill towards the immense pass, Abra Epsay (4480m).
The climb is pretty hard with indescribable panoramic view of snow-capped peaks of Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Chicon and surrounding by stunning landscape all around. At about the half way point, we will stop for a lunch break. After resting for a bit we will continue, hiking past a number of small Andean communities.
We will learn about their vast knowledge of natural agricultural techniques. After the pass we’ll continue our journey downwards until our campsite next to the small village of Patacancha (3720m). Set up the tents and time to explore around on your own.
Day 3: Patacancha – Pumamarca – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Today will be walking downhill for about 5 hours where we’ll pass local communities such as Willoq (3400m), Pumamarca (3200m) and many others. Crossing through these villages we can get a taste of the traditions and habits passed on by our ancestors from the times of the Tahuatinsuyo Empire (their culture and traditions).
Then we continue walking to finally arrive to Yanahuara then by car to Ollantaytambo . From Ollantaytambo we’ll take the train to Aguas Calientes (2050m), the tourist town built beneath the ruins of Machu Picchu. We will spend the night at the selected tourist hotel.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes -Machu Picchu – Cusco
Today we will wake up early to take the first bus up to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. Usually we use to get Machu Picchu by 7am, so from this time we will be able to visit Machu Picchu before others hikers arrive here.
Our local expert will be giving you a detailed tour of the citadel. You will then have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you have booked to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will be directing you to the respective entrance.
Alternatively, you can even hike to the Sungate or Inti Punku. This is the point through which those on Inca Trail enter the citadel.
At a designated time, we will be meeting to go down to Aguas Calientes (2050m) where you can take lunch before take train back to Ollantatytambo them Cusco City by Car.
- Official English speaking Guide.
- Transfer from Cusco to Lares Valley
- Transfer from Yanahuara to Ollantaytambo on day 3
- Horses to carry food and camping equipments
- Experienced cook to prepare all meals
- Breakfast on firt day
- Tea time everyday (coffee, tea, popcorn, biscuit)
- 4 capacity tent (four season tent) – 2 persons per tent with plenty space for backpacks
- Double thickness camping mattress
- All meals on the trail ( 04breakfasts – 03 lunches -03 dinners) also Snack
- 01 night tourist class hotel in Aguas Calientes (double basic accommodation)
- Kitchen and dining tent with camp tables and chairs and eating utensils
- Tents and food for our camp staff
- kit and oxygen tank for any participant and our camp staff
- bacFirst aidkpacker train ticket from and to Ollantaytambo both ways
- Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu one way
- Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- We provide dafoo bag and help 05 kilos por person for horse.
- Sleeping bag
- Lunch and ,dinner on last day
- Travel Insurance
Recommended Items to Bring:
- Original passport (and ISICs when necessary)
- Sleeping Bag
- A backpack with a change of clothes for the entire trek
- Strong footwear; waterproof trekking boots are recommended
- Warm clothes – jacket , fleeces, thermal clothing, wool socks
- Hat or cap to protected you from the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block, sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body, Sun glasses
- Back pack
- Flash light with batteries
- Water purifying pills
- Toilet paper, handkerchiefs, and other toiletries
- Rain coat or ponchos
- Mosquito repellent for Machu Picchu
- Bottle of water (water to drink the first day)
- Extra money
- Snacks: biscuit, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please beware that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients been used to a specific snack as it may happen that it is not included in our selection.