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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

4 Days

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4 Days / 3 Nights

Our Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is one of our most beautiful treks as it blends in amazing mountain views with local culture life. We pass through many small villages where the locals keep their own culture and traditions intact.

The landscapes are absolutely stunning and you get fantastic views of the Vilcanota Mountain range (Cordillera Vilcanota), actually we will walk on a part of this mountain range which is very different from the regular Inca Trail and Salcantay Treks as it is not a commonly included as part of popular treks.

Like our 4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu ? Great, please also check our our hikes such as the Salkantay and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Hike Peru is a 100% Peruvian business run by 3 Cusco brothers, Rolando, Edwin and Nilton. Hike Peru is affiliated with Hike Peru (Aus), and Australian-based business which provides email and phone support to anyone who’s interested in hiking the beautiful region of Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Part 1) Cusco to Huaran - Cancha Cancha :

  • We pick up from your hotel at 7:00 am in the morning in Cusco.
  • We drive to Huaran where we will have breakfast (~1hr).
  • Next we start our Lares Trek and hike from Huaran to Cancha Cancha (~3hrs).
  • At Cancha Cancha your camp will be set up and will have a nice lunch (~1hr).
  • After lunch we will meet with the locals and explore how and where our people live (~2hrs).
  • You have time to relax before dinner will be served.
  • We all have a good night sleep before continuing our Lares Trek.

9 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 Cancha Cancha to Quiswarani :

  • From Cancha Cancha we continue our hike towards the Pachacutec Pass (approx. 3 hrs).
  • From there we can see the Chicón Peak, Pumahuanca Peak, Sawasiray Peak, Urubamba (Sacred) Valley and Quishuarani Valley.
  • We slowly decent and have lunch while enjoying some stunning views (approx. 2 hrs).
  • After lunch we continue descending into Quiswarani Valley (approx. 2 hrs).
  • This is where we will enjoy a beautiful dinner before getting a good night sleep.

8 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Quiswarani to Aguas Calientes :

  • Wake up early and enjoy a great healthy breakfast and a big day hiking.
  • Continue our hike towards Cuncani (~4hrs).
  • Here we are picked up and drive to the Lares hot springs (~1hr).
  • We relax in the hot springs for before having a delicious lunch (~3hrs).
  • Next we drive to Ollantaytambo and explore the Mercado Turistico local markets (~3hrs).
  • We have a nice dinner before getting ready to board the train.
  • We take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (~1.5hrs).
  • At Aguas Calientes we will take you to your hotel after which you can explore town.
  • Have a good night sleep before going to Machu Picchu the next day.

11 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu :

  • Wake up early and enjoy a great healthy breakfast.
  • We take the bus from Aguas Calientes to our final destination Machu Picchu (~30min).
  • Explore Machu Picchu with us as your own tour guide (~2hrs).
  • Option to climb Huayna Picchu mountain (must be pre-booked, very steep climb).
  • After this we take the bus back to Aguas Calientes where you can have lunch (~1.5hrs)
  • Then we take the train back to Ollantaytambo (~2hrs).
  • From Ollantaytambo we take a bus back to Cusco and drop you back to your accommodation in Cusco (~1.5hrs).

8.5 hours
Breakfast

Inclusions / Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Pre-briefing session the night before the trek (location TBA)
  • Pick up from and drop oof to your hotel in Cusco
  • Professional and experienced Tour Guide(s) (English and Spanish speaking)
  • Train and Bus ticket(s)
  • Igloo tents (large and comfortable)
  • Sleeping mattresses
  • Expert and experienced Chef
  • Meals (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • Porter to carry all the equipment (tents, food etc.)
  • First-aid kit and oxygen tank
  • Inca trail tickets
  • Ticket for the Machu Picchu Citadel
  • Guided tour at Machu Picchu
  • Hotel and dinner in Aguas Calientes

Exclusions

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Machu Picchu Mountain (can be booked at checkout)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain (can be booked at checkout)
  • Extra porter to carry all your belongings (can be booked at checkout)
  • Sleeping bag(s) (can be booked at checkout)
  • Hiking poles (can be booked at checkout)
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Tips for our crew members (Guide, Chef, Porters)
Do I need insect repellent?

Yes, you should bring your own insect repellent in particular for mosquitos.

Should I prepare for altitude sickness?

Yes, before arriving in Cusco you should get altitude medication (unless told otherwise by your GP). Ideally, you should arrive n Cusco at least 24-48 hours before starting any treks at altitude.

Should I bring any anti-diarrhea tablets?

Yes, if you are taking any altitude sickness medication, you should bring anti-diarrhea tables (unless told otherwise by your GP).

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Personal Information

Checklist

Essentials

  • Passport
  • Small day pack (waterproof preferred)
  • Water storage (e.g. a 2-3L camelback)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can also be rented at checkout)
  • Headlamp
  • Rain protection (e.g. poncho, rain jacket, extra plastic bags especially in wet season

Clothing and footwear

  • 2-3 short sleeve and/or 1-2 long sleeve t-shirts
  • 2-3 pairs of hiking pants
  • 4 sets of trekking woolen socks
  • 1 fleece pullover
  • 1 warm, down jacke
  • 1 hat
  •  waterproof gloves
  • Leggings or thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses

Toiletries

  • Sweat Resistant Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Biodegradable Wet Wipes
  • Lip Balm
  • Toilet paper
  • Insect Spray/paste
  • Travel Towel
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Dry Shampoo
  • First Aid Kit, including:
    • Blister Pads
    • Medicine for Altitudes Sickness
    • Anti-Diarrhea
    • Aspirin / Ibuprofen
    • Paracetamol
    • Rehydration sachets

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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
From US$570
/ Adult
From US$570
/ Adolescent
From US$456
/ Child (20% Off)
  • 4150
  • Cusco
  • Apr - Oct (Dry Months)
  • Hiking
  • Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners
  • English, Spanish
  • Moderate
  • 1
  • 70

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