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Lares trek to Machu Picchu

If you are looking for the local experience and panoramic views then the Lares Trek Machu Picchu is one of the best options !!

Our travelers will have an extraordinary experience passing through breathtaking scenery along small towns and finishing off in the thermal waters of Lares taking a break to relax.

The Lares Trail To Machu Picchu is home of many traditional weavers and farmers and famous for homemade textiles. The indigenous people of this area speak Quechua and Spanish.

The Lares trek is one of the main alternatives to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It is slightly shorter and higher in altitude than the Inca Trail; it is accessible from Cusco. Unlike the Inca Trail, permits are not required to hike the Lares Trek.

There are a number of different route itineraries and variations available on the Lares trek. The trek is also far more quiet than the Inca Trail as it is not as well known. The Lares trek is also slightly easier than the Inca Trail, although there are still 3 high passes will trek over, the highest being 4,400 m (14,400 ft).

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Lares Trail Machu Picchu
Day 1: Cusco – Pumahuanca – Puyoc campsite
Day 2: Puyoc – Yanacocha -  Cuncani camp site
Day 3: Cuncani – Lares town
Day 4: Machu Picchu & back to Cusco
Lares Trek Machu Picchu
Day 1: Cusco – Pumahuanca – Puyoc campsite  

We will pick you up at 4:30 am and drive to the town of Pumahuanca where we will have breakfast. During the trek, we will meet some of our locals including the local muleteers who will accompany us on this wonderful trip. Whilst the walk is about 3 hours, we get the chance see the beautiful valleys of Pumahuanca surrounded by high mountains and extraordinary panorama. We also get the chance to meet local families and interact with them.

After lunch, we continue to climb up for 3 hours until we reach the campsite of Puyoc (14100 ft/4300m). Be sure to bring warm gear as sometime the temperature can reach to 0 degrees.

Day 2: Puyoc – Yanacocha -  Cuncani camp site

Today is the longest day of the hike where we will climb to the top for 3 hours and a half reach Sicllakasa pass (15850 ft/4830m). Be ready to have your camera ready to take many photos of this majestic and unique site. From there, we descend for another 3 hours to reach our lunch point at the community of Cunkani (12426ft/3800 m).

Once we have finished lunch, we will continue on walking for 2 hours and a half until we reach the thermal hot springs of Lares to relax our muscles and unwind.

Day 3: Cuncani – Lares town

Today will be a relaxing day where you will have the opportunity visit a local bar and taste a typical and common drink of the Incas, Chicha.

On return we will have the last lunch with our team of Machu Picchu Tours. This will be our last day to stay with out team where we will say goodbye and to more great adventures! From there, you will continue the rest of the trip with our guide to the town of Ollantaytambo (3hrs) and then we take the train to Aguas Calientes (town near Machu Picchu).

Day 4: Machu Picchu & back to Cusco

Today we hop on a bus and make the journey (30 minutes drive approx.) to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Our guide will welcome you with a 2 hour guided tour and take you to the most important temples and enclosures Machu Picchu has to offer. After the tour, you will have free time to explore the citadel on your own.

In the afternoon, we will be departing Aguas Calientes to board the train at 2:30pm (depending on availability) and arrive to Cusco at roughly 7:00 p.m.

  • Level of difficulty: Moderate difficult
  • Highest Altitude - 4780m / 15,682ft.
  • Walking Distance - 34km / 21 miles
  • Coldest Night - Day 1 around 0º celsius
  • Accommodation - 3 Star Hotel (on Day 3)
  • Weather - dry from May to October, wet from November to April
  • To climb Huayna Picchu mountain you need to book in advance.
  • Acclimatization is Recommended
  • Pick-up from your Hotel
  • Professional Tour Leader
  • Chef
  • Entrance to Lares hot springs
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment plus 6kg of your personal items.
  • Transportation by bus to Pumahuanca and from Lares to Ollantaytambo
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek )
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • 2 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • 3 Star Hotel on Day 3
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Return bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  Does Not Include
  • Wayna Picchu Entrance
  • Sleeping bag: Us$20 
  • Inflatable Air Mattress Us$15
  • Walking sticks Us$8
  • Single supplement fee Us$ 35
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day are not included
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu.
  • Tips for your crew
  • Travel insurance
Things we highly recommend packing for the trek:
  • Original Passport
  • Student card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Daypack, warm clothes (scarf, sweaters, gloves)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream 
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • First aid + digestive meds, ibuprofen 
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Sandals, bathing suit