Lares Trek
(4 Days)

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    Duration

    4 Days/3 Nights

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    Difficulty

    Difficult

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    Starting Point

    Cusco

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    Ages

    10+

From: $700.00

The Lares Trek is the perfect alternative hike to Machu Picchu over the busy Inca Trail!

Spectacular scenery, local villages, connect with nature off the beaten path!


The Lares Trek is the perfect hike to Machu Picchu!

In addition to its incredible scenery, this trek gives you the opportunity to have the quiet seclusion of a tough Andes trail, but brings you to villages for camping and interaction with the local people.  You will experience all seasons by hiking over snow-capped peaks into the rain forest with waterfalls and hot springs.  Unlike the Inca Trail, you will have the opportunity to witness the traditions and customs of the Quechua culture.

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

Here we go!

  • 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 SPRINGS

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 – AGUAS CALIENTES

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 a short downhill hike, we will take you to the Ollantaytambo train station for our ride to the town of Aguas Calientes.
  • We will have dinner all together before sleeping at a hotel.

Day 4: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Today is the day!

  • Today is the day you have been waiting for!
  • We will get up early to take the bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu.
  • After a 2 hour guided tour, you will have some time to explore the site on your own.
  • When you are finished, you will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes for your train ride back to Ollantaytambo where your van will take you back to Cusco.
For a more detailed itinerary, click here.

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