Lares – Machupicchu 4D/3N
This remote and rarely visited region offers the trekker an insider´s view into traditional Andean life – a timeless world where farmers plant their crops on the lands their ancestors tended and watch over herds of llama and alpaca beneath the sacred snow-covered peaks they worshipped as gods. The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the Inca trails from the time of the Inca Empire. Today, the trail is still in use by farmers, who are Inca descendants. The Lares Trek connects the communities of Cancha Cancha, Quisuarani, Cuncani and Lares with life in the Sacred Valley. On the third day, we’ll take the afternoon train to Aguas Calientes, having a full day to explore the Machu Picchu Sanctuary and climb Huayna Picchu mountain the last day.
We offer this alternative route to the classic Lares trek to Machu Picchu. We think it is superior because we visit the hot springs on day 3 instead of day 1. On day 3 it is a much deserved reward for completing the hiking portion of the Lares trek.
Additionally our standard package includes a very nice bed and breakfast in Aguas Calientes as well as your ticket to climb Huayna Picchu mountain.
- Day 1: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Fondo Huaran – Cancha Cancha – Acopata
- Day 2: Acopata – Pachacutec Pass – Quishuarani
- Day 3: Quishuarani – Cuncani – Lares – Aguas Calientes
- Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Starting Altitude – 3,000 m / 9,840 ft
Highest Altitude – 4,780 m / 15,682 ft
Walking Distance – 37 km / 23miles
Lares Valley Hike – Pre-trek briefing:
You will have a thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your Lares trek to Machu Picchu. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.
Day 1: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Fondo Huaran – Cancha Cancha – Acopata
We will pick you up early from your hotel to take you to the beginning of the trek at Huaran (3,000 m/9,840 ft) in the Sacred Valley; it is 1 ½ hours by private bus. We will pack the horses and start to walk northward. The trail climbs gently following the Cancha Cancha river towards the community of the same name. On this walk along the river we will see cultivated fields and pass through old Polylepis forests. This type of vegetation is very interesting for a wide assortment of bird life, and the valley itself is very impressive. We will have lunch half way through the hike.
We will pass by the village of Cancha Cancha (3,956 m/12,976 ft). on the way to our camp. After a total hike today of around 6 hours we will reach our campsite for the night at Acopata.
- Meals: Lunch/Dinner
- Accommodations: Camping
- Maximum altitude.: 3,956 m/12,976 ft
- Minimum Altitude: 3,000 m/9,840 ft
- Distance to walk: 12 km
- Approximate walking time: 6 hours
Day 2: Acopata – Pachacutec Pass – Quishuarani
After an early breakfast we will continue up hill. After 2 ½ hours we will reach the highest point of the trek: Pachacutec Pass is at 4,780 m/15,678 ft. The view from here is overwhelming. The Pitusiray and Sahuasiray snowcapped mountains will be right in front of us.
Now we will hike downhill for 2 hours until we reach our lunch spot, next to a captivating lake.
After lunch we will descend for another 1 ½ hours into the valley. We will pass by several glacial lakes along the way. Also we can see herds of alpacas, llamas and sheep. It is also possible to see Gray Brocket Deer, Viscachas, Andean Geese, the rare Giant Coot, Puna Hawks and the impressive Andean Condor. Tonight we camp at 3,870 m/12,694 ft close to Quishuarani village, which has typical stone houses
- Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
- Accommodations: Camping
- Maximum altitude.: 4,780 m/15,678 ft
- Minimum Altitude: 3,870 m/12,694 ft
- Distance to walk: 12 km
- Approximate walking time: 7 hours
Day 3: Quishuarani – Cuncani – Lares Hot spring – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Today we follow another valley and climb up to the second pass at Willcaccasa mountain (4,458 m/14,622 ft) , for 2 to 3 hours. Again the view of the Andes, turquoise lakes and its beautiful valleys are impressive.
After the pass we walk downhill for 1 ½ to 2 hours, passing many gourgeous lakes. This takes us to Cuncani village (3,900 m/12,792 ft).
We then continue downhill for 2 to 3 hours towards the Lares Valley and its hot springs, where we can have a well deserved soak. This is also our lunch spot.
Now that we are fully relaxed, we will get in our private van, which will be waiting for us, for the 3 hour drive to Ollantaytambo (2,792 m/9,158 ft). We will have dinner in Ollantaytambo. After dinner, we will take the train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival you will check in to your room at the bed and breakfast.
- Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
- Accommodations: Hotel
- Maximum altitude: 4,458 m/14,622 ft
- Minimum Altitude: 2,792 m/9,158 ft
- Distance to walk: 13 km
- Approximate walking time: 6-7 hours
DAY 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
You will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a very early bus (5:30am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Once there you will be given at 2 hour walking tour of the site.
You will begin your Huayna Picchu hike at 10 AM.
After your hike, you will have free time to explore the site, hike to the Sun Gate, or hike to the Inca Bridge before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus.
Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
- Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft
Prices & Availability
Group Service Price per person 2017:
US$520 per person (Group Size 02 persons Minimum 08 Persons Average – 16 Persons Maximum with 02 Guides)
Private Service Prices 2017
2 people US$675 per person
3 people US$650 per person
4 people US$625 per person
5 people US$600 per person
6 people US$575 per person
7+ people US$550 per person
Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card. Must be below 25 years old): US$20
Under 15 years will pay as student: US $20
Aditional/Extras NOT Included (Need to book in Advance):
Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00
Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00
Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: USD60.00
Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired.
Sleeping Bag US$25
Walking Pole US$15
Inflatable Mattress US$25
Single Tent Supplement US$35
How to book:
You can either book by emailing us or by using the Booking form on this site.
Send us your main Departure date and back up date: By providing us with a main date and a back up date for your trek (classic Inca Trail, Lares, Salkantay, etc) you automatically authorize Aymaras Expeditions to use either of these dates for your reservation. Aymaras Expeditions within the next 48 hours (after you have sent us your booking form and confirm deposit was made) will send you an electronic receipt confirming your trek has been officially booked and also to confirm the exact departure date of your trek.
Send us your Personal Details for Booking: Your passport number and other information must be valid. Please advise if you change your passport number after booking the tour (especially for booking the classic Inca Trail as if we do not make a change in your official details, you may not be permitted to do the trek). Please Note changing passports’ numbers requires an extra fee (we are able to change passports numbers easily on our receipt but its also extremely important that we make the changes with the Inca Trail authorities)
Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid ISIC card. It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail/alternative trek (you will need to show the real ISIC card http://www.isiccard.com upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).
Payment of deposit:
1. For the For any our alternative trek to Machupicchu (Group or Private Service)
We request a non-refundable deposit US$100 per person along with personal details of each member participating in the trek:
Full Passport names
Date of Birth(DOB)
Payment of deposit amount is:
US$100 per person for the Inca Trail only Or
US$125 per person for the Inca Trail + Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu climbing. Please confirm if you want to climb Huayna Picchu (the 45 minute climb near Machu Picchu site) or Machu Picchu as they need to be booked well in advance too; there are 2 time sessions:
7 – 8am or
10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified although you need to be flexible to either time.
Please note, if you get the permits for the 7am start you will probably have to miss the Machu Picchu guided tour.