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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.

Summary

DURATION

4 days

LOCATION

Peru

START & ENDS

Cusco, Cusco

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

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

MACHU PICCHU TO CUSCO

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

None

ACTIVITY

Tour of Machu Picchu

ELEVATION

Aguas Calientes (2,050m) to Machu Picchu (2,400m), back to Cusco (3,250m)

machu picchu sign
machu picchu with clouds

Waking up early we’ll take the first bus up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the Inca site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most critical areas of the citadel. After your tour, you’ll have extra time to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain (assuming you have booked permits). In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.

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

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

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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

Clothing

  • 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

Headwear

  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie for the nights

Footwear

  • Mid-weight hiking boots / hiking trainers
  • 3 x hiking socks
  • Trainers for camp

Bags

  • 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.

Accommodation

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

Reviews

Best Adventure Yet

5.0 rating
April 7, 2020

Thanks Mountain IQ and Altezza for arranging our climb. It is by far the best adventure holiday I have ever experienced, the toughest too! Our guides and the entire support were truly amazing – I don’t think I would have made it without their support and encouragement! Thanks again!

Rob Arnold

Tip top trekking experience

5.0 rating
March 29, 2020

Visiting the Annapurna Sanctuary has been one of the highlights of my life. I was very nervous joining this trek as I was a solo female and had never trekked at altitude. The team at Mountain IQ were fantastic at answering all my questions and putting my concerns to rest. Once in Nepal, Upendra and the Himalayan Leisure team were just amazing. Our guide, Dorchi, was an absolute hoot and very caring. The whole experience from beginning to end was awesome. Thanks again!

Olga Ikin

Simply magnificent!

5.0 rating
March 29, 2020

We joined this trek with short notice. Upendra was very responsive and accommodating to our needs. The tour from pick up to drop off was professional and fun. Would highly recommend joining this tour!

Burnham Arlidge

An once in a lifetime experience!

5.0 rating
March 25, 2020

This was by far the most amazing adventure we’ve ever had. We can’t thank the team at Himalayan Leisure and at Mountain IQ enough for arranging such an incredible trek for myself and my girlfriend. From the very get go, the support from Mountain IQ and Upendra was top notch. All our questions were answered quickly and in detail. Once we arrived in Kathmandu we were warmly welcomed. The pre-trek briefing was excellent and we immediately liked our guide Dawa, and felt confident putting our safety in his hands. The trek itself is truly amazing – the views throughout were spectacular. The high pass was a big challenge but the whole group managed it without too much strain. We can’t wait to return to Nepal to complete the EBC trek via Gokyo and will definitely be going with HL again!

Felix O'Brien

Epic experience with Dawa and his team

5.0 rating
March 19, 2020

Just a quick note to say thank you to Himalayan Leisure for an amazing trekking experience to EBC. We felt well looked after throughout and really enjoyed the company of our guide Dawa. I highly recommend booking this adventure!

Rob Kendrick

A superb trekking experience

5.0 rating
March 17, 2020

We had an absolutely amazing experience with Himalayan Leisure on this trek in the Langtang region. The Langtang is a lot quieter than the popular trails to Everest. If you are looking to get off the beaten path then I highly recommend this trek and HL!

Nick Swanson

Superb Tour!

5.0 rating
February 26, 2020

This tour company is excellent. From the time they met us at Cusco airport, their interaction with us was first class. They were able to accommodate the tour changes we requested. Our guide, Percy, was excellent, very knowledgeable and took the time to explain and answer questions. I highly recommend Inkayni. I would advise anyone who wants to see Cusco and Choquequirao to select this tour company.

James Roux

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

Amazing experience!

5.0 rating
February 17, 2020

Touring around Cusco, Salkantay and Machu Picchu with Franco was more like touring around with a friend than someone I had just met! He was extremely personable and knowledgeable. I learned a ton, saw beautiful sights and had great conversation.

Kayla

Elbrus Normal Route

5.0 rating
February 15, 2020

Absolutely PRO experience! RMH are on top of everything. From organisation before the trip, responses to questions before, during and after, to organisation, security, food, lodging and guiding – they are amazing. Going to Russia to do this is not without insecurity. We felt we were in safe hands throughout the trip. I would highly recommend Vitaly and is team to anyone who desires to climb Elbrus.

Nick Swanson

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LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

Inkayni Peru Tours

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This tour is operated by Inkayni Peru Tours, 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!

We work with local guides to offer great value adventures at unbeatable prices