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Lares trek to Machu Picchu

Lares trek to Machu Picchu


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Group Size

min 2 / max 10


Max Altitude

2430 m / 7932 ft


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4 Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – OVERVIEW

With a fully immersive local experience with the locals and panoramic views, your trip to Machu Picchu will be nothing but spectacular. If you’re looking for the best option to get the most out what you see, then the 4 day Lares trek to Machu Picchu is truly the one for you.

Though this is a hiking trek, there are many stops along the way for you to relax. You’ll experience breathtaking scenery, small towns with amazing people, and finish off the trek with a soak in the thermal waters of Lares as you take a break and reflect on the journey. 

The 4 day Lares trek to Machu Picchu is the home to many villages where you’ll find traditional weavers, farmers, and other places that are famous for their handmade textiles. The indigenous people you’ll meet on this 4 day Lares trek to Machu Picchu speak Spanish and Quechua.

Being accessible only from Cusco, the Lares Trek is a popular alternative to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Though it is only a slightly shorter trek, it is much higher in altitude than the Inca Trail.

No permits are required for this trek, and there are many different routes and variations available on the Lares trek to Machu Picchu. If you have the time and need a little extra peace and quiet, then the Lares Trek is for you.

It is also a little easier and not as popular as the traditional route using the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Don’t get too relaxed, though. The trail may be more comfortable but you will still have to trek over three high mountain passes to get to the final destination of Machu Picchu. 

This 4 day Lares trek to Machu Picchu offers a uniquely immersive experience that will take you step by step to the ancient Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. 

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1: Cusco – Pumahuanca Village – Puyoc campsite

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Campsite Altitude: 4.300 m / 14.108 feet
  • Walking/ Hiking Distance: Pumahuanca Village to Puyoc 11 km / 6.84 miles
  • Walking/ Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours approx.
  • Weather: Warm and windy

Day 2: Puyoc – Yanacocha – Cuncani campsite

  • Difficulty: Moderately difficult / Challenging
  • Campsite Altitude: 3.800 m / 12.467 feet
  • Walking/ Hiking Distance: Puyoc Village to Cuncani 12km / 7.46 miles
  • Walking/ Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours approx.
  • weather: Cold and windy
  • Highlights:

Day 3: Cuncani Village – Lares town (Hot Springs)

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Campsite Altitude: 2.040 m / 6.69 ft
  • Walking/ Hiking Distance: Cuncani Village to Lares hot springs 8 km / 4.98 miles
  • Walking/ Hiking time: 3 hours approx.
  • weather: Cold and warm
  • Highlights:

Day 4: Machu Picchu site & back to Cusco

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highest Altitude: Machu Picchu Site 2.430 m / 7.972 ft
  • Walking/ Hiking Distance: No Trekking, but lots of walking around the Machu Picchu Site
  • Walking/ Hiking time: 2 hours approx.
  • Highlights:

Useful Info

  • Level of difficulty: Moderately difficult / Challenging.
  • Walking Distance – 31 km / 19.2 miles
  • Accommodation: Camping & 3 star Hotel (3 rd Night)
  • Consideration: Entrance fee required
  • Tour availability: Daily departures min 2 people
  • Weather: dry from May to October, wet from November to April
  • To climb Huayna Picchu mountain you need to book in advance
  • 2 or 3 days Acclimatization is Recommended
  • Service offered: Group service, Private Service and Luxury Service
  • Tour Operator: Machu Picchu Tours & Treks

Lares Trek To Machu Picchu – DETAILS


Day 1: Cusco – Pumahuanca Village – 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 extraodinary 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 campsite

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 Cuncani (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 Village – Lares town (Hot Springs)

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 whre 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 site & back to Cusco

Early in the morning, we will be taking a bus (30 minutes drive approx.) to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Our guide will welcome you with a 2 hours and half 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



  • Pick-up from and drop off in your Hotel
  • Professional Tour Leader
  • Professional 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 Ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Return bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

Not included

  • Wayna Picchu Entrance Ticket
  • Sleeping bag: Us$20 
  • Walking sticks Us$8
  • Single supplement fee Us$ 30
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day are not included
  • Tips for your crew
  • Travel insurance

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – Packing list

  • Essential: Original Passport ( Same as used at time of booking for permits)
  • Student Card (if you are a student and have booked in advance to qualify for the discount)
  • Backpack / Daypack (With a supportive hip belt)
  • Supportive footwear (Trekking footwear, recommend waterproof)
  • Walking sticks or poles
  • Water storage for at least 2 liters; either a camel bag or water bottle(s)
In your Daypack
  • Original Passport
  • Student Card
  • Water
  • Cash (For water, snacks, tipping )
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • Sun hat or cap & bandana or similar (Sun, rain and cold)
  • sunglasses
  • Protect & hydrate sunscreen lotion (factor 60 or 70+ is recommendable )
  • Insect repellent
  • First aid + digestive meds, ibuprofen
  • Headlamp / flashlight
  • Walking sticks
  • Camera fully charged ( Batteries drain quicker in the cold)
In your duffle bag
  • Sleeping bag (Some nights can drop below freezing)
  • 3 sets of long sleeve shirts (Lightweight & protection from sun)
  • 2 or 3 sets of pants (Zip off pants are ideal in changing weather conditions)
  • Undergarment & socks (Synthetic recommended)
  • Thermal clothing is recommended for evening /sleepwear
  • Sandal or sneaker (Campsite use)
  • Power bank (Electronic outlets are not available until after the trail )
  • Toiletries: toothpaste, Brush, lip balm and personal hand towel
  • Inflatable Air Mattress

Lares Trek To Machu Picchu – ESSENTIAL INFO


At Machu Picchu Tours & Treks, a representative will organize a simple meeting the night before your tour or trek starts. During this meeting, you meet fellow adventures or tourists and gain valuable information regarding all aspects of your trip. If you do arrive late, your Machu Picchu Tours & Treks representative will leave you a message regarding the time and meeting details for the next morning.

Luggage Storage

Your luggage is limited due to the train restrictions, even if its an overnight tour. All bags that you bring to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) should be carry-on only. All extra luggage can be left safely in Cusco at your hotel or the Machu Picchu Tours office depot while you enjoy your tour or trek. We’ll take them from you on the morning of your journey and return them once you’re back in Cusco. Make sure your bags are appropriately identified, so it’s easy to locate them.

Baggage Restrictions

Please note any type of bag or bagged when visiting Machu Picchu. A bag can be no bigger than 40cm, or 157 inches high X 35cm or 14 inches wide X 20cm or 8 inches deep as anything bigger won’t be permitted into the citadel. There is storage near the citadel. Even if your bags are already tagged with ID tags, please use any Machu Picchu Tours luggage tags. This makes it easier for Machu Picchu Tours staff to find and manage your luggage for you.

Lares Trek To Machu Picchu- FAQs

How to Book a Lares Trek to Machu Picchu?

  1. When booking your Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, you’ll need to fill out our booking form by clicking on the BOOK NOW link on Inca Trail Tours’ homepage. Be ready to supply the following information for each participant in your group. Keep in mind that we can’t purchase the entrance into Machu Picchu or the train without this information.
    1. Personal Information (Full name as it appears on your passport)
    2. Gender
    3. Passport Number
    4. Date of Birth (D.O.B.) example: dd/mm/yyyy
    5. Nationality
    6. Date of Passport Expiration. This date must be valid for at least six months past the time of travel. 
  2. There is a required USD$300.00 per person for us to purchase the train tickets and entrance into Machu Picchu. Click on the VISA, Western Union, or the PAYPAL links on our booking page. Once we receive the deposit and details, we can then book your permits. Once we have those in our hands, we’ll send you the invoice and confirmation that everything is ready to go. All start dates, once they’re confirmed, are guaranteed.

Do I need My Original Passport for my Lares Trek to Machu Picchu?

Yes! Please bring your original passport. It must be the same passport number information you sent us when you booked your entrance into Machu Picchu, train ticket(s), and other entrances or reservations. The site rangers will check your passport when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also do the same before you board.

If you do happen to renew your passport, you can send us your old passport information to secure your permit. Once you get the new one, we change it for a nominal USD$10 fee per person. Keep in mind, and we need an old copy of your passport and the new one to make any changes. Before you make any changes, keep your old one.

Note: If you don’t want to pay this fee, bring both passports to Peru. You can enter Peru with your most recent passport but will need to show both to be allowed entrance into Machu Picchu or on the train. If you don’t have both, then you won’t be allowed access. This is a strict policy that must always be adhered to.

Lares Trek To Machu Picchu – PICTURES

$615 USD
Contries: Perú stay: 4D /3N

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