Overview on the Lares Trek Tours to Machu Picchu
Cusco – The old Inca capital is the main destination of everyone’s trip. Sits at 3300m / 10,827ft above sea level; Cusco has a unique charm and provides an interesting mix of Andean and Spanish cultures. Therefore is filled with ancient Inca sites and colonial buildings sat alongside modern restaurants. And upmarket cafes, Cusco has a little something for everyone.
The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous treks in the world; it takes you 4 days of trekking through beautiful mountain scenery with visits to Inca sites; lakes and a wide variety of flora and fauna. On the final day you arrive to Machu Picchu.
- Tour the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
- Meet local people along the hike
- Admire Colonial architecture on a tour of historic Lima
- Visit the ancient Inca Ruins of Ollantaytambo
- Discover the ancient City of Pisaq
- Witness the spectacular Andes Mountains
- Explore the Imperial City of Cusco
- Stay in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Town
- Enjoy after 3 days of hiking The hot springs in Lares
- Visit ancient Inca monuments
- Enjoy the impressive Inca site of Saqsaywaman
Itinerary on the 8-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
Impressive trek that takes you to the capital of the Incas and allow an encounter with their Gods. Come and see the majesty of the Andes and the passion of its people!
Day 1: Fly to Lima
Upon arrival into Lima a representative will be waiting for you; to transfer you to your hotel located in Miraflores or San Isidro the center of the capital of Peru.
Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro, Lima
Day 2: Fly to Cusco – City Tour in the afternoon (Lares Trek briefing in the evening).
After breakfast, be picked up from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Be met upon arrival at Cusco airport (Alejandro Velasco Astete) and taken to your hotel in the centre of the city. Take the remainder of the day to explore this colonial and beautiful city at your own pace.
Overnight: Rumi Punku Centre, Cusco
Day 3: Sacred Valley Cusco
This tour is one of the most traditional tours in Cusco City. The Sacred Valley of the Incas was a crucial area for the Inca empire and it functioned as both an agricultural, spiritual and political center for them. Throughout its length there are many Inca and Pre-Inca sites that can be found and the Sacred Valley tour visits the three main sites, Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero.
Lasting a full day you will get to appreciate the fine works of craftmanship that the Incas produced and see the beautiful scenery of the Sacred Valley. Many tourists pick out to do this tour just before their visit to Machu Picchu as you can choose to finish in Ollantaytambo from where you take the train on to Machu Picchu Pueblo (the town at the base of Machu Picchu citadel).
Day 4: Cusco – Pumahuanca – Puyoc
We depart Cuzco early in the morning and travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and our first day of the trek starts off in the small village of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley. We’ll gently make our way up one of the side valleys covering about 14km in total and climbing about 1150m / 3373 ft 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.
This particular route for the Lares trek is not commonly done by other companies so we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of our surroundings, without any distractions or disturbances. Because so few people visit the area there is a good chance of seeing Viscachas (a rabbit like 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 hat are recommended.
Day 5: Puyoc – Yanacocha lake – Cuncani village
After breakfast you begin to ascend for about three hours until you reach the highest point of Lares Trek Siclla Qasa pass. Today the scenery will be dramatically different from yesterday where you get to see fields of potato, small lakes, etc. Today is the most spectacular day of the trek and quite a bit easier going than yesterday as well. From our campsite it’s about a 13km walk to the village of Cuncani but most of that is downhill and on a rocky path.
As we make our way to Cuncani we’ll pass by snow capped peaks high above us, serene mountain lakes (including Yanacocha –Black Water lake) and get to meet the local people dressed in their traditional bright red clothing. This side of the pass is completely different culturally to the other side and as we wind our way down from the pass your guide will teach you about the people and their way of life. You’ll also get to learn a few Quechua phrases so that you can interact with the local people.
Day 6: Cuncani village – Lares valley (Hot Springs)
Our porters will wake you up with a hot drink at your bedside, you will have some time to pack your backpacks and duffle bags, enjoy breakfast, and get to take in the lush green mountains that surround you. We focus today to meet the local people. Then we’ll be taken by our guide to one of the houses where we’ll get to meet a local family. The people are incredibly welcoming and are just as eager to learn about you as you are of them – hopefully by now you’ll have mastered a few phrases and be able to ask a few questions (much to everyone’s delight and amusement). After the visit you’ll have the opportunity to give any gifts you’ve brought for the local people and also to buy some of the locally made alpaca products that the region is famed for.
Leaving Cuncani it’s just a short distance (6 km) until we reach the hot springs of Lares. Along the way we’ll pass through several small communities and see the people growing a variety of foods such as Quinoa and Tarwi, we’ll also probably spot flocks of Andean parrots flying overhead (they’re easy to spot thanks to their piercing calls). After a relaxing dip in the hot springs we’ll be picked up by our bus and driven back to the Sacred Valley from where we’ll catch our train to Machu Picchu Pueblo.
Day 7: Machu Picchu The Wonder of the World!
Waking up early we’ll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the Citadel. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
Day 8: Fly to Lima
After breakfast, enjoy some more leisure time before transferring to the airport for your flight back to Home.
Price On The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu in Peru
Standard Package 3 and 4 Star Hotels
US$2190 per person for travelers with 2 or more with sharing double, matrimonial or triple rooms
US$2430 per person for Solo Traveller with Single Room
Pick-ups from the airport to the hotel and viceversa
All hotel accommodations of 3 star Casa Andina Cusco classic or similar standard.
Breakfast in all the accommodations
Student Discount: US$60 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
Under 18’s Discount: US$90
Wayna Picchu ticket US$25Vistadome 40USD Per Person (Round trip 80USD P/p)
Inclusions On The 8-day Lares Tour in Cusco
- Professional bilingual tour guide
- Pick up from your hotel
- Private transportation to the start of the trail, along the sacred valley with nice views
- One night accommodation at Machu Picchu Pueblo
- Round trip bus ticket from Machu Picchu Pueblo to Machu Picchu
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
- Transportation by train back to Ollantaytambo train station
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station back to Cusco
- 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 3 dinners
- Water (You will only need water for the first morning then we will provide you hot or cold boiled water)
- Dining tent with table and chairs
- Professional chef
- Porters to carry personal belongings up to 8 kilos
- Horsemen and mules (to carry camping gear and food)
- 4-man tent (per 2 people)
- Foam mattress (carried by the horses)
- Oxygen bottle
- First Aid kit