Don’t let them tell you…. Visit Now Lares trek to Machu Picchu 4 days
Come and enjoy a picturesque tour located in the Mountains of the Sacred Valley, where we will have the option of sharing experiences with local people. If you are tired of the traditional, this option is for you, visiting the beautiful valley of Lares that leads you to the Machu Picchu by taking a train
- Day 1: Cusco – Calca – Cuncani – Quiswarani.
- Day 2: Quiswarani – Paso Pachacutec – Cancha Cancha.
- Day 3: Cancha Cancha – Huaran – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes.
- Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco.
Sites to visit
- Calca District.
- Community of Cuncani.
- Quiswarani Community.
- Pachacutec pass.
- Cancha Cancha Community.
- Machu Picchu Town.
- Minimum duration of the trip: 4 days.
- Maximum elevation: 4600 masl (13,260 feet).
- Difficulty: Moderate (3/5).
- Best season: All year.
- Overnight: Camp + hotel.
The Lares Valley is located in the district of Calca, on the slopes of the Andes and the Urubamba Cordillera, this place is made up of beautiful lagoons, subtropical streams, in addition to having a variety of Flora and Fauna. It is surrounded by the snow-capped mountains of La Verónica, Sawasiray, Pitusiray and El Chicón.
You can experience traditions and culture of the people that live in this valley, and then be able to travel to Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Cusco - Calca - Cuncani - Quiswarani
We will start our adventure with picking guests up from their hotel at 5:00 am, and then go to the town of Calca, we will make a brief stop to do some shopping and continue our trip to the thermal baths of Lares. There you can enjoy a refreshing bath before starting our walk.
Then, we will continue towards Punta Highway at 3300 meters above sea level (10,827 ft), where we will prepare luggage to start our walk, where our riders and horses await us. We will have a 2 hour uphill walk until we reach Quiswarani, where a delicious lunch prepared by our cook will be served.
In the afternoon, we will have enough time to enjoy with the residents and learn more about their traditions and customs, while our staff install the tents for our first night of camping. Later, we’ll have dinner, and in the night we can observe the stars and constellations. Resting, because of the next day.
- Accommodation: Tent facilities with bathroom.
- Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
- Distance: 12 km / 7 miles.
- Time: 6 hours approx.
- Difficulty: Challenging (4/5).
Day 2: Quiswarani - Paso Pachacutec - Cancha Cancha
After breakfast, we will start an intense 4-hour hike to the highest pass of our Paso Pachacutec route at 4700 masl (15420 ft). From the top, you can admire everything that surrounds the valley, snow-capped mountains, valleys and lagoons. Here, our cook will make us a delicious lunch and then we continue our journey through the Lares valley.
Continuing our trip we will descend 2 hours until we reach Cancha Cancha at 3700 masl (12139 ft), where we will install our tents. Throughout the journey we will be able to enjoy the flora and fauna of the place, as well as llama and alpaca farms. And you’ll be able to interact with the community members who speak Quechua and our guide as interpreter.
You will have the opportunity to learn the customs and traditions of the community, as well as its handmade textiles, made with llama and alpaca wool. Enjoy a dinner prepared by our cook and settle down to rest with hot drinks.
- Accommodation: Tent Facilities With Bathroom.
- Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
- Distance: 14 km / 10.3 miles.
- Time: 7 to 8 hours approx.
Day 3: Cancha Cancha - Huaran - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
Today we will have our last hot drink accompanied by a delicious breakfast to start our last walk. We will start downhill for 3 hours accompanied by a beautiful river, then we’ll pass through small towns where traditional tools are still used for growing potatoes and other tubers.
Continuing our journey, we are going to the sacred valley until we reach Huaran where our mobility awaits us to move to Ollantaytambo to our restaurant, where we can take the opportunity to wash up and take a well-deserved rest. Then, we will take the opportunity to visit the town of Ollantaytambo, as well as the archaeological park and then get ready to take the train to Machu Picchu, where we will have comfortable rooms to spend the night.
- Accommodation: Intipunku Tambo or Wiracocha Inn Hotel.
- Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
- Distance: 9 km / 6 miles.
- Time: 4 hours approximately.
- Difficulty: Moderate (3/5).
Day 4: Machu Picchu Pueblo - Machu Picchu - Cusco
The day to return…
After a nutritious breakfast, together with our guide, we will board our bus heading to the Inka Citadel of Machu Picchu, for a 4-minute journey along the Hiram Bingham road.
Already in the citadel we will have a tour with our guide from the highest part of Machu Picchu “La Casa del Guardian”, from where we can appreciate the greatness of Machu Picchu, from here we will begin the descent to the lower part of the citadel passing through the agricultural and urban part and visiting the most important points such as the stone quarry, the 3 windows, the Intihuatana, the Toreon ceremonial table and the Condor temple.
At the end of our return visit on the bus, we will return to Machu Picchu town, where we will have free time to carry out free activities until 30 minutes before the departure of the train to board with return to Ollantaytambo. From here we will board our bus with return to the hotel in Cusco.
- Meal included: Breakfast.
- Difficulty: Easy.
- Private transportation from the hotel to the beginning of the trek.
- Professional English language guide.
- Informative meeting one day before the start of the tour.
- Porters and riders and horses to carry luggage.
- Emergency horse.
- Accommodation 2 nights at camp.
- Accommodation in Machu Picchu.
- Camping equipment.
- Food 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners.
- First aid kit with oxygen balloon.
- Round trip train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu town and a transfer back to Cusco.
- Baggage of 7 kilos per passenger.
- Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu up and down.
- Entrance ticket to the Archaeological Complex of Machu Picchu.
- Private guided tour in Machu Picchu for 2 hours.
- Comfortable foam mattress.
- Chef and kitchen equipment.
- Boiled water to fill your bottles.
- Transfer back to Cusco just for our group.
- Sleeping bag – 20 USD per person.
- Air mattress – 20 USD per person.
- Walking poles: 15 USD per pair.
- Personal tent – 30 USD.
- Vistadome train upgrade – 50 USD per person (return only).
- Huayna Picchu Mountain Entrance – 30 USD per person.
- Machu Picchu Mountain Entrance – 30 USD per person.
- Lunch the last day in Aguas Calientes.
- Original passport (the same one that was used to book the trip).
- Medium backpack of 30 or 40 liters.
- Refillable water bottle or canteen.
- Comfortable hiking boots.
- Warm clothing.
- Insect repellent.
- Raincoat or waterproof poncho.
- Waterproof gloves.
How to Get
ARRIVING IN CUSCO
Cusco has an airport for local or national flights. In order to get to Cusco, all travelers must disembark in Lima and go through migration, even if their flight to Cusco is on the same day and with the same airline.
WHICH ROUTE SHOULD I TAKE, BY AIR OR BY LAND?
The best travel option to Cusco is by air. Currently, there are several airlines that provide the Lima-Cusco air transportation service, among which we can mention: LATAM, VIVA AIR, SKY AIRLINE, and STAR PERU. Of all of them, LATAM is the most recommended, due to the variety of schedules it handles.
The land travel option is also a good option, but you always have to look for the best options that offer adequate comfort for the trip. The trip by bus is 22 hours. If your trip is from Puno or Arequipa, you can take this option since the trip is usually cheaper and it is only about 12 hours of travel.
DEPOSIT FOR LUGGAGE
To be able to travel on domestic flights, you have to take into account the type of service contracted since there are rates where you can only get a maximum of 8 kilos of luggage. If you travel with more, make sure to hire it in advance and avoid setbacks when boarding.
If you have luggage, it can be left safely in the accommodation, or we can also provide you with a place of deposit at the Andino Tours Peru offices, but take into account the opening and closing hours of the office.
If you arrive before the Check In Time at the hotel, you can leave it totally free in the hotel deposit to be able to go out to carry out your activities or rest in the hotel lobby.
CUSCO HAS THE HIGHEST AVERAGE ELEVATION IN THE WORLD.
That is why people who travel at a lower level suffer from altitude sickness, “Soroche”. This is because at higher altitudes, less oxygen is contained than those who are at sea level, so the body works harder to get the oxygen it needs. That is why for long walks it is recommended to stay at least two days in Cusco.
Symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, sleep problems, loss of appetite, trouble breathing. Most of the time, the symptoms will be mild, but if they get worse, consult a doctor or contact our offices.
Coca tea is a recommended infusion for this disease, so within the accommodation it is always offered to counteract altitude sickness.
You must remember that you come to enjoy a trip through wonderful trails with people who will always be willing to help you, so you can relax and enjoy every moment.
THE WEATHER IN CUSCO.
One of the big questions is how the weather is in Cusco. It is easy to get this information on the internet, but you also have to take into account that each season and during these times the climates are changing. The dry season in Cusco is from April to October, but there will always be a sudden rain with lightning and thunder.
It is always advisable to have the appropriate rain gear, such as rain ponchos or waterproof jackets, waterproof gloves, and suitable shoes that do not slip in the rain.
Each member of the Andino Tours Peru staff has received first aid training from a specialist doctor. Every year we carry out this mandatory training, and on each of our excursions you will have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (Traveler’s Diarrhea, scrapes, cuts, etc.) and, in fact, oxygen should not be lacking.
To protect your trip, the purchase of travel insurance is recommended. Having insurance before the trip is highly recommended. I have agreements with companies that provide this service that will make your trip more pleasant and peaceful in Peru.
For all our excursions, we have biodegradable soap, and all our garbage is returned to Cusco. Our staff is trained to take care of the environment. We use environmentally friendly chemical portable toilets.
We launched a program where for each traveler who reserves with us, we donate 10 trees that will be delivered to the communities of Mikaypata, Ninamarca, Huatoqto, and others, committing them to caring for the environment.
Why choose Andino Tours Peru
WHY ANDINO TOURS PERU?
We are a travel agency tour operator located in the city of Cusco, we have tourism professionals dedicated to quality service.
Our team is integrated by professionals with experience and responsibility to meet each of the requirements of our passengers and offer the best moments and unforgettable trips during their estimated travel time.
why travel ANDINO TOURS PERU?
Our company is legally constituted for more than 3 years in the market, we are registered in SUNARP and SUNAT, as regulatory authorities of commerce in Peru, as well as registered in the GERCETUR-CUSCO as tour operators and retail travel agency. We have also received the certification as Licensees of the PERU BRAND, and registered in PROMPERU and IPERU.
In order to provide the best service to our customers we are in constant search of certifications that endorse us as a travel agency 100% recommendable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Lares trek go to Machu Picchu?