"Life's a climb but the view is great."
"After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb."
“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.”
“A glance of Machu Picchu is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye.”

Lares Trek + Short Inca Trail-

This trek is the adventurer’s dream.  A perfect combination of our standard Lares Trek and our Short Inca Trail Trek, this five day package allows you to experience a challenging mountain trail and a piece of the classic Inca Trail with only two nights of camping.   This trek will bring you over snow-capped peaks, to waterfalls, and hot springs while witnessing the traditions and customs of the local Quechua culture.  This is an opportunity for a truly unique and intimate look at the Andean way of life that should not be missed if you have the time.

**The children in these local communities are extremely friendly and will often offer to help you carry your things.  Please consider bringing or purchasing small gifts or school supplies for them before you begin your trek.  If you are interested in doing more, please ask us how!**



  • 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. It is here that you will meet up with your trekking staff and horsemen. You will give your duffel bags to the horsemen to be transported to the campsite.
  • 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.
    • Walking Distance: 12 km/ 7 miles (6 hours)
    • Elevation: Minimum: 2700m/8858ft Maximum: 3,750m/12,303ft
    • Difficulty: Moderate/challenging – all uphill
    • Weather: Cold, windy, could rain


  • 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.

    • Walking Distance: 14 km/8 miles (7 hours)
    • Elevation: Minimum: 3,750m/12,303ft Maximum: 4680m/15354ft
    • Difficulty: Challenging/Difficult
    • Weather: Cold


  • After breakfast, you will begin the last leg of your Lares trek. Today, the scenery will be very different as you descend to the Lares Hot Springs 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 town of Ollantaytambo. (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 have dinner and sleep in the town of Ollantaytambo.
    • Walking Distance: 6 km /3.7 miles (3 hours)
    • Elevation: Lares: 3100m/10,562ft Aguas Calientes: 2040m/6693ft
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Weather: Cold in the morning, warm in the afternoon. Watch out for mosquitoes this day.


  • After you sleep like rock in a comfortable bed and take a lovely hot shower, we will pick you up from your hotel at 5:40am to take you to the Ollantaytambo train station. After one hour and ten minutes on the train, we will reach kilometer 104 – the start of the Inca trail.
  • From here, we will visit the site of Chachabamba and then walk four hours to Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) where we will have a boxed lunch.
  • After lunch, we will continue for two more hours to Inti Punku, The Sun gate, where we will get our first view of Machu Picchu.
  • After spending some time there, you will have the option to walk or take a shuttle to Aguas Calientes where you will check into your hotel. At night, we will meet and have dinner together.
    • Walking distance: 6 1/2 (14 KM)
    • Elevation: km104: 2100mt/Sun Gate 2700mt
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Weather: Cold in the morning, hot in the afternoon, it could rain, watch out for mosquitos.


  • 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 Cuscso from the train station.

    Walking distance: varied! You can spend as much time as you like exploring Machu Picchu city or taking an additional hike.
    Elevation: 2400m/7874ft
    Difficulty: Moderate. Machu Picchu city is large and requires many trips up and down stairs to see it all.
    Weather: Hot and humid (bring a lot of water and rain gear)

  • 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 accommodated with proper notice)
  • Tent – two people/tent (single occupancy available for additional charge)
  • Duffel bags to be carried by porters (up to 15pounds/7kilos per person)
  • Hotel in Ollantaytambo (Double occupancy. Single occupancy available for additional charge)
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Double occupancy. Single occupancy available for additional charge)
  • Round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Round-trip train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Sleeping mat
  • Clean water at every meal stop
  • Basic First Aid equipment
  • Lunch and Dinner – Day 5
  • Walking sticks (available for rent)
  • Sleeping bag (available for rent)
  • Optional dip in Lares hot springs
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb (available for additional $65 – must be purchaed in advance)
  • Tax
  • Alcoholic beverages of any kind
  • Tips (please see our guide for tipping here)
  • Travel insurance

Total Walking Distance: 45km/28miles + walking around Machu Picchu
Elevation: Minimum: 2040m/6693ft Maximum: 4520m/14,829ft
Difficulty: Challenging
Weather: Chilly in the mornings, warm/hot while walking. Always a chance of rain.


$850 per 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: $65

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