Get the best of both worlds with an off-the-beaten-path trek combined with the end of the famous Inca Trail. A trek fit for a true adventurer!
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.
Meals on hike
Accommodations in Aguas Calientes
Hotel in Cusco
Optional Huayna Picchu climb
Your hotel in Cusco
Day 1: CUSCO- HUARAN- CANCHACANCHA
We will drive from Cusco to the head of the trail at Calca for breakfast.
The first leg of the trek takes 4 hours until we get to lunch.
After lunch, a 2 hour climb takes us to the campsite at Cancha Cancha for Andean Happy Hour and dinner.
Day 2: CANCHA CANCHA- QUISWARANY – LARES HOT SPRING
The top is just around the corner!
After a delicious breakfast, we start the three-hour climb to Pachacute Mountain for stunning views.
We will spend some time here before descending to the lunch spot near a beautiful lake.
After lunch, we continue descending for 3 hours to the campsite at Lares Hot Springs.
You will have the opportunity to enjoy any of the various pools in Lares before or after dinner.
Day 3: LARES HOT SPRINGS – ANKASMARKA OLLANTAYTAMBO
After breakfast, we will say goodbye to the horsemen, chef, and porters.
We will take the van for 1.5 hours to the final leg of your trek through the Ankasmarka Inca site.
After lunch, we will take the van to the town of Ollantaytambo where we will have dinner and sleep in a hotel for the evening.
Day 4: OLLANTAYTAMBO – KM 104- AGUAS CALIENTES
Finally on the Inca Trail!
After breakfast, we will go to train station to take the train to KM104.
We will visit an Inca site before hiking for 4 hours to lunch at Wiñay Wayna.
After luch, we will continue for 2 more hours to the Sun Gate where you will have your first view of Machu Picchu.
After spending some time there, you will take the shuttle to Aguas Calientes where you will have dinner and sleep in a comfy hotel.
Day 5: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Let’s finish strong!
Today is the highlight of your trek! You will have a 2 hour guided tour of the citadel with your guide before having time to explore on your own or climb Huayna Picchu Mountain.
After your free time, you will take the shuttle back to Aguas Calientes before catching the train back to Ollantaytambo and your van to Cusco.