Lares Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

The hike through the Lares valley is a unique alternative, with a combination of landscapes and mountains that will captivate and transform us. This hike will take us through valleys, high passes and giant mountains; an experience that is undoubtedly unmissable for travelers who are in Cusco and enjoy walks that connect with nature. This is yet another new route that takes us to one of the wonders of the modern world, Machu Picchu!

4 days
Demanding level
Group size:
from 2 to 8
3150 msnm
Travel style:
Hiking, Trekking and Adventure
Price From: $ 695.00
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We will pick you up from the hotel at 5 a.m. approximately to head to the town of Lares, appreciating along the way the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas with its fertile lands. We will arrive at the small town of Calca (2,940 meters above sea level), after which we will begin our ascent, passing through the villages of Totora and Maucaupata, where the residents dress in their typical costumes, and are mostly dedicated to textiles, agriculture. and livestock. Finally, after a 4-hour trip we will arrive at Lares (3,200 meters above sea level), where we can visit the thermal baths to take a refreshing energy bath. After lunch and having contacted our muleteers, we will undertake a 4-hour walk to our first camp, called “Wacawasi” (3,600 meters above sea level).

After our breakfast we will begin the walk towards our second camp. We will start the day very early, ascending to the “Ipsay” pass and appreciating along the way the different peasant communities, with their customs and the textiles that they themselves weave for their daily use. We will arrive at the “Ipsaycocha” lagoon, where we will have lunch and take a nap, after which we will continue to the town of Patacancha to spend the second night in our camp.

After breakfast we will continue our walk towards the small town of “Willoq”, a community with original customs. We will also pass through small towns during our walk and we will be able to observe the archaeological remains of Qochapata and Pumamarca. At approximately 2:00pm we will arrive at the town of Ollantaytambo. After lunch we will have free time until 6:30 p.m., time at which we will board the train to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the last night in a hotel/hostel with a private bathroom and hot water on the slopes of the imposing Machu Picchu.

Very early we will walk or take the first bus to Machu Picchu to enjoy the sunrise in this magical place before the arrival of other tourists from the city of Cusco. We will enjoy the tranquility of the lost city of the Incas on a guided tour (Approx. 2 ½ hours), then we will have free time to walk around the Citadel or climb the Huayna Picchu mountain. From there we will have spectacular views of the entire Machu Picchu citadel, as well as the valleys and mountains that surround it. We can also visit the temple of the moon and the fabulous Inca bridge. In the afternoon we will go down by bus to Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly the town of Aguas Calientes), from where we will return to Ollantaytambo by train, and then take the bus that will take us to the city of Cusco.


  • Transfer by tourist transport from the hotel to the beginning of the walk (Lares).
  • Transfer from the Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco.
  • Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco “Expedition” tourist service or similar.
  • Entrance to the citadel of Machupicchu.
  • Professional English or Spanish guide throughout the tour.
  • Food: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners.
  • Chef
  • Mules and muleteers (camping equipment and food)
  • Camping equipment (tents, kitchen, dining room, chairs, tables, mats). • First aid kit.
  • Emergency oxygen cylinder.
  • Cook in charge of food preparation.
  • Muleteers and horses (in charge of transporting all camping equipment).
  • Accommodation for guides, cooks and muleteers
  • 01 night Hostel/Hotel in Aguas Calientes according to your choice (See list below).


  • Hot Water – Machu Picchu – Hot Water Bus Ticket (US $24.00).
  • Breakfast on the first day (normally hotels offer breakfast).
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day (after visiting Machu Picchu you will have free time to enjoy the view of the ruins and you can choose to have lunch in Machu Picchu citadel or in the town of Aguas Calientes).
  • Visit to the thermal baths along the way and Aguas Calientes (entrance is US $4.00, towel and bathing clothes can be rented in Aguas Calientes).
  • Tips for the Guide, Cook and Muleteers.

Group Tour

A group tour means that it is open for other hikers to join.

Private Tour

2 Travelers: $ 0 per person
3 Travelers: $ 0 per person
4 Travelers: $ 0 per person
5 Travelers: $ 0 per person
6 Travelers: $ 0 per person
7 Travelers: $ 0 per person
8 more Travelers: $ 0 per person

Private tours are available and the price depends on the size of the group.

Additional Items

  • Admission to Huayna Picchu Mountain US $15.00 (Confirm this entry at the time of booking, subject to space availability).
  • Extra horse to carry personal equipment for the entire walk (If you need to carry more than 5 kilos of luggage, you can bring an extra porter who can carry up to 25 kilos. The cost is US $80.00).
  • It has an additional cost if you wish to return by First Class train “VISTADOME Tourist Service”, increase US
    $35.00 per person.
  • Sleeping bag for the entire hike: in Polar or Synthetic (US $15.00) or in Feather (US $25.00). For rent in our Office.


  • A backpack.
  • Original passport.
  • 01 change of clothes.
  • Warm clothes.
  • Hiking Shoes.
  • Small towel.
  • Swimwear (in case of going to the thermal baths)
  • Rain poncho.
  • Water Cantimplora.
  • Photographic camera and batteries.
  • Repellent, Sunscreen and Hat.
  • Flashlight.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Bottle of water and purifying pills.
  • Optional: o Canes covered with rubber for the walk. o It would be advisable not to bring sweets or candy, if you wish, it would be preferable to bring school supplies to give to the local children.

Frequent Questions

The maximum altitude reached during the hike is approximately 3,600 meters above sea level.

The tour includes 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners prepared by a professional chef, with a vegetarian option available.

Yes, during the walk you will have the opportunity to interact with local communities, such as Willoq and Patacancha, where you can learn about their traditions and customs.

Complete camping equipment is provided, including tents, kitchen, dining area, chairs, tables and mats. Mules and muleteers are also included to transport camping equipment and food.

Yes, it is important to carry the original passport, as it is required to enter the Machu Picchu citadel. In addition, it is recommended to have travel insurance.

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