"The hiking in the Peruvian Andes is tough, but to meet Llamas on your way is worth it."
"Sometimes I wonder if the Peruvian Llamas ever miss me back."
"Everyone has their Peruvian Mountain they were put on this earth to climb."
"The biggest temptation of life is to convert dreams to reality and the biggest defeat of life comes when we surrender our dreams to reality."


The Lares Trek is a humbling hike to Machu Picchu that takes you through the heart of the Andes, not only for its scenery, but by fully immersing you in the local culture.  This trek gives you the opportunity to have the quiet seclusion of a tough Andes trail, but brings you to local villages for camping and interaction with local villages.  You will travel over snow-capped peaks, to waterfalls, and hot springs while witnessing the traditions and customs of the local Quechua culture.


  • We will pick-up you up from your hotel at 5:00am and drive through the Sacred Valley for about one hour, until we arrive at the town of Calca (2,700m/8,858ft). Here, you will have your first breakfast accompanied by amazing views of the Andes Mountains. 
  • Next, you will begin your expedition. We will start hiking for about four hours, uphill, along a path with views of farming fields. As we ascend, you will feel the temperature changes and start to see different crops and vegetation until we get to the lunch spot.
  • After lunch, we will continue hiking for another two hours, uphill, to our first campsite at a local Quechua village called Cancha Cancha (3750m/12,303ft). On arrival, you will have a traditional trekking tea time, and then later, a fantastic dinner before going to sleep.


  • After an early breakfast, we will begin the most incredible and challenging day of your expedition. It will be a three or four hour climb to get to the summit of the Pachacute Mountain (4,680 m/15,354ft ) for absolutely stunning views.
  • After some rest, we will begin descending to the lunch spot near a beautiful lake. After lunch, we will descend for three hours with fantastic views of many lakes, llamas, alpacas, and waterfalls before arriving at your campsite in the village of Cuncany (3750m/12,303ft). Your tent will be ready and waiting with hot drinks before dinner and a great night of camping.


  • After breakfast, you will bein the last leg of your Lares trek. Today, the scenery will be very different as you descend to the Lares Hot Spring for three hours through fields of corn, potatoes, barley, and quinoa.
  • At the hot springs, you will have the opportunity to enjoy any of the various pools that are composed of pure volcanic water, which is medicinal in nature and considered to be good for your bones, muscles, headaches, and for managing stress. You will have the option to swim in the hot springs or go to the village to chat with locals or purchase handicrafts.
  • Around this time, we will have lunch before saying goodbye to the horsemen, chef, and porters before our three-hour car ride to the Ollantaytambo train station. (At this time, it is customary to provide tips if you feel the team has done a good job. Please see our guide for tipping here)
  • We will take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes where you will stay at a hotel for the night and enjoy dinner at your leisure.


  • Today is the highlight of the trek. We recommend waking up early to catch the first bus around 5:30am. After entering Machu Picchu, you will have a two-hour guided tour of the most important sites in the city.
  • Following the tour, there will be free time to explore the site at your own pace or do any of the short alternative treks to the Inca Bridge or the Sungate. If you purchased a ticket in advance to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will complete those hikes at this time (tickets to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain are NOT included and must be purchased separately).
  • At the designated time, your guide will meet you down in the village of Aguas Calientes to pick up your duffel bags from the hotel and take you to the train station for your ride back to Ollantaytambo. A private van will take you back to your hotel in Cusco from the train station.
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
  • Private transportation
  • Private, English speaking guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Drop off at your hotel in Cusco
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary (dietary preferences honored with proper notice)
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Double occupancy. Single occupancy available for additional charge)
  • Round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Tent (Double occupancy. Single occupancy available for additional charge)
  • Sleeping mat
  • Duffel bags to be carried by porters (up to 15pounds/7kilos per person)
  • Clean water at every meal stop
  • Basic First Aid equipment
  • Lunch and Dinner – Day 4
  • Walking sticks (available for rent)
  • Optional dip in Lares hot springs
  • Sleeping Bag (available for rent for $30)
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb (available for additional $30 fee)
  • Alcoholic beverages of any kind
  • Tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for porters, horsemen, chef, and guide (to see our guide for tipping, please go here)

Total Walking Distance: 32km/18.7miles + walking distance around Machu Picchu
Elevation: Minimum: 2040m/6693ft Maximum:4680m/15,354ft
Difficulty: Challenging
Weather: Chilly in the mornings, warm/hot while walking. Cold evenings. Always a chance of rain.

PRICE (per person):

2-3 People: $900/person
4-5 People: $775/person
6+ People: $700/person

Don’t mind traveling while making new friends?
Now offering group service with guaranteed departure dates (up to 10 people): $585/person

All prices based on double occupancy at three star hotels. Requests for alternative accommodations will be honored for an additional fee.

Optional Extras:
Walking sticks: $12
Sleeping bag: $30
Huayna Picchu OR Machu Picchu Mountain Climb: $30

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