Lares Valley Trek 4 Days

The Lares Trek is an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail. that will take you through Andean communities where people still live the ancient way ! Taking you off the beaten track, you’ll visit authentic Andean communities whilst being surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes and valleys. This fabulous trek offers a real insight into the lives of the native people.

The route starts in the Sacred Valley village of Pumahuanca and the trek finishes in the hot springs of Lares village, we stop to visit Cuncani local comunity along the way . On Day 3 of the trek you take a bus from Lares to Ollantaytambo and then carry on by train to Machu Picchu.

Duration: 4 Days

Difficulty: Medium

Group Size: Max 12 people

Private Group: 1 to +

  • 4 day trek through native Andean communities
  • See local people, animals (llamas, alpacas and maybe a guinea pig)
  • Experience a different way of life
  • Experience the magic of Machu Picchu at sunrise

Useful Information

  • Starting Altitude – (2800m / 9186ft.)
  • Highest Altitude –( 4780m / 15,682ft.)
  • Walking Distance – (34km / 21 miles)
  • Longest Day – Day 1, approximately 14km / 8.7 miles
  • Coldest Night – Day 1 around 0º Celsius

Explanation of services:

1. Group Service – Join other travellers on your trek
2. Private Service – No other persons except your group

DAY 1
Cusco (3,350m) – Lares (3,100m) – Quishuarani (3,700m)
Lares Valley Peru Early morning rise. Our guide will pick you up from your hotel and we drive through the Sacred Valley turning off at the town of Calca to head to Lares village – the drive takes around 3 hours. Once we arrive into the town we go up to the Hot Springs where we can relax and enjoy these beautiful outdoor hot springs. Lunch is provided here. Our bus awaits us during this time and we then continue our journey for around 20mins to the start of the trail known as PASCANA.
From here we start our hike to Quishaurani. Here we meet up with our horseman and pack the horses. The trek will take us around 2.5hrs. When we arrive our campsite would have been set up for us. In the free time that we have we can meet some of the locals “campesinos” and see some weaving techniques. This is a lovely day filled with great landscapes and the opportunity to visit several Andean villages. (Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 2
Quishuarani – Cancha Cancha (3,800m)
After a delicious breakfast we start our easy hike today. We will walk down hill for approx. 5 hours hiking to the village of Huaran. From there we take local transport to the town of Ollantaytambo – a beautiful well preserved Andean town. Depending on your train time, you will have some time to explore before boarding the train to Aguas Calientes. We overnight in a hostal here tonight. You can upgrade if you prefer. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3
Cancha Cancha – Huaran (2,800m) – Ollantaytambo (2,700m) – Aguas Calientes
After a delicious breakfast we start our easy hike today. We will walk down hill for approx. 5 hours hiking to the village of Huaran. From there we take local transport to the town of Ollantaytambo – a beautiful well preserved Andean town. Depending on your train time, you will have some time to explore before boarding the train to Aguas Calientes. We overnight in a hostal here tonight. You can upgrade if you prefer. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4
Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
A very early start after breakfast in order that we can arrive in time for sunrise at Machu Picchu. We take the first bus up at 5.30am. There will be a 2 hour fully guided tour around the ruins, visiting the main sites and monuments. After the tour you will have free time to wander around and explore by yourself. In the afternoon we take the train back to Cusco, where you will be transferred back to your hotel. (Breakfast)

Prices Lares Trek 4 Days

PAX 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 +
PRICE $ 655 $ 635 $ 615 $ 605 $ 595 $ 570 $ 555

WHAT IS INCLUDED?:

  • Professional English speaking Guide (2 guides for groups over 12)
  • Pick-up from hotel at 05:45am
  • Private Transfer to Lares, Quiswarani (starting point of the trek)
  • Spacious tents / Sleeping mats / All camping equipment
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • Full meals: 3 Meals per day, tea time each afternoon
  • First-aid kit, including emergency oxygen tank
  • Chef/cooking equipment/kitchen tent
  • Horses/mules to carry group equipment (food, tents, tables, etc.)
  • Hot water for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill your personal water bottle
  • Vistadome Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollanta, private transport to Cusco
  • Fee entrance into Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (double or triple accommodation) all rooms are with private bathroom and breakfast. We can upgrade if you prefer.
  • 7kg Personal luggage allowance to put on the horses
  • Personal Duffle Bags for your extra luggage to put on the horses
  • Round-trip bus ticket from Aguas calientes to Machupicchu

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Entrance to Huaynapicchu – there is an increment of $14 per person that applies payable via Paypal in advance so we can secure permits
  • Thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (10 Soles per person)
  • Lares Hot Springs (10 Soles per person)
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Snacks: we reccommend bringing chocolate bars, dried fruits, nuts, etc
  • Gratuities for our crew: cooks, horse herders, guides. Tips are not mandatory but are a great gesture of gratitude.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING?

  • Backpack or daypack
  • Hiking boots (sneakers/running shoes are not recommended)
  • Trekking poles
  • Warm layers for variable temperatures, especially at night
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Sun Protection : Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses
  • Thermals, wool socks/hat for cold nights
  • Gloves, scarf
  • Insect Repellent
  • Rain poncho/rain jacket
  • Toiletries/toilet paper/small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Trekking pants (no jeans!)
  • Camel bag for environmental protection, if not you can take plastic bottles for wáter
  • Personal medical kit
  • Original passport (ISIC student card if applicable)
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks &gratuities for your staff)

EXTRAS AND IMPORTANT INFO:

  • Single Tent (for persons not happy to share) – $50 per tent
  • Sleeping bag – $25
  • Inflatable Thermarests – $15
  • Inflatable pillow – $5
  • Trekking poles – $10 per pole

Optional

  • Saddle Horses – if you are unsure about walking the entire way we recommend hiring a horse – $90 per horse for entire trek