Lares Trek + Short Inca Trail
(5 Days)

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    Duration

    5 Days/4 Nights

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    Difficulty

    Challenging

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    Starting Point

    Cusco

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    Ages

    10+

From: $850.00

This trek is the adventurer’s dream.  A 5 day/4 night trek that’s the perfect combination of our standard Lares Trek and our Short Inca Trail Trek.


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.

What's Included

  • Tent
  • Professional guide
  • Meals on hike
  • Sleeping mat
  • Accommodations in Aguas Calientes
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Porters/Horses
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Gratuity
  • Hotel in Cusco
  • Optional Huayna Picchu climb

Departure/Return Locations

Your hotel in Cusco

Departure Time

5am

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

Almost done!

  • 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.
For a more detailed itinerary, click here.

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