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Lares Trek

A beautiful cultural hike to Machu Picchu

The Lares Trek provides a fantastic alternative trail to Machu Picchu! This 4-day itinerary passes through fascinating Quechua highland communities and provides majestic views of snow-capped mountains. You will also see herds of llamas and alpacas throughout the trek.

On the penultimate day we catch the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night before visiting the famous ruins of Machu Picchu.

Is this tour right for you?

The Lares trek is ideal for those seeking a moderate difficulty trek that immerses oneself into the local Quechua culture.



4 days




Cusco, Cusco


Easy Moderate Challenge Hard


  • Immerse yourself in the Quechua culture and see communities still living traditional lifestyles in the mountains
  • Experience stunning vistas of snow-capped mountains and beautiful lakes
  • Guided tour of the amazing Machu Picchu ruins


  • DAY 1
  • day 2
  • day 3
  • Day 4



Lunch, Dinner




Hike 14km


Cusco (3,350m) to Pumahuanca (3,150m) to Puyoc (4,100m) 

lares trek hikers
lares trail alpaca

We will collect you at your hotel in Cusco and drive to the small village of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley, where our trek begins. We’ll gently make our way up one of the side valleys covering about 14km in total and climbing about 1150m / 3373ft as we make our way towards the village of Puyoc. On our way up we’ll visit the small Inca site of Pumahuanca and learn about the native plants, flowers, and birds that inhabit this region.

Other companies do not commonly do this particular route for the Lares trek so we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of our surroundings without any distractions or disturbance. Because so few people visit the area, there is a good chance of seeing Viscachas (a rabbitlike Chinchilla), and we may also spot Andean Fox. Our campsite for the night is at Puyoc (4100m / 13451ft); it’s quite barren at this altitude, and it is not uncommon for it to snow up here during the dry season, so gloves and a warm beanie are recommended.

Dates & Prices

Below are our open group dates for the Lares Trek. Single supplements apply.

Please note: January and February are the rainy season and we therefore don't operate treks during this period.

If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party. 

What's Included


  • Expert English-speaking adventure guide + assistant guide for groups of 8+
  •  2 x nights camping and 1 x night in 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes 
  • Full support crew, including a cook, muleteers, and mules to carry all equipment and 7 kg of your personal items
  • Camping tents for every 2 trekkers + dining tent with tables and chairs
  • All vehicle transportation + train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes return
  • All meals as set out in the itinerary (3 x Breakfast, Lunches and Dinners)
  • Entrance permit for Machu Picchu + a guided tour around the ruins

Not Included

  • Personal hiking gear and equipment
  • All drinks other than water
  • Support crew tips
  • Meals that are not described in the itinerary (i.e. Breakfast on Day 1, lunch Day 4)
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee (Extra: US $35), return bus from Machu Picchu (Extra: US $12)
  • Travel insurance
free tour rainbow mountains


Included in our price is a FREE full-day Sacred Valley or full-day Rainbow Mountain tour. 

Travellers can choose to join one of these tours either before or after their trek.


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Pre-departure briefing

The evening before departure we ask guests to visit the offices of Inkayni Peru Tours in Cusco for a pre-departure briefing. You will be sent details for this briefing once your trip is booked.

Packing List

  • 1 x hiking shirt + 1 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
  • 1 x hiking shorts and 1 x hiking trousers
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Hard shell rain jacket
  • Light insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet
  • Light, but warm gloves
  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie for the nights
  • Mid-weight hiking boots / hiking trainers
  • 3 x hiking socks
  • Trainers for camp
  • 20-25L daypack
  • 45-55L Backpack (carried by mules, needs to be no heavier than 7kg). Only pack what is necessary for the 4 days of the trip. The rest of your luggage can be left in a storeroom at your hotel/hostel in Cusco or our office.
  • Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain
Other Essentials
  • Original passport (you need this to enter Machu Picchu)
  • Four season sleeping bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream

Rental Gear

There are a number of good rental gear shops in Cusco where one can rent / buy most items listed above. Sleeping bags and hiking poles can be rented from our local partner.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend getting travel insurance for your trip. We recommend World Nomads as they provide comprehensive cover for adventurous activities and are very affordable. Get a quote below.


Night 1 and 2: Great quality camping tents for 2 trekkers sharing. 

camping tents machu picchu

Night 3: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel or similar 3 star hotel.

Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel


Inkayni Peru Tours


Inkayni Peru Tours are a fantastic local operator based in Cusco, Peru. The company is run by Edgar, Alex, and Percy, spiritual brothers and natives of the town of Chinchero in the Sacred Valley. Together they are united by their ambition of offering personalised services of great quality, aiming to make every experience unique and unforgettable. With Inkayni Peru Tours you can expect a professional tour to the highest standard!


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A great experience all round!

5.0 rating
February 25, 2020

If you go to Peru and want to visit Machu Picchu I highly recommend this tour. My friends and I went with Jonathan from Inkayni and we loved it! We did a lot of activities and Jonathan was very attentive and available, with insightful explanations about the places we visited and the Peruvian culture. A great experience all round!

Sarah Roe

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