Lares Trek 4 days to Machu Picchu
Lares Trek 4 Days
Lares Trek 4 Days–Trace ancient footsteps on this wonderful hiking to the incomparable Machu Picchu a perfect combination of adventure travel and cultural immersion. This trek takes us truly off the beaten path, from the most iconic Inca sites of Sacred Valley to the best trails of uncrowded Lares. Your experience on our journey will alternate with an exploration of the astounding natural scenery of the Andes and an intimate look at Andean culture, both in busy towns and in the most-remote of mountain hamlets. We’ve honed this journey to perfection with spectacular campsites, superb camp amenities, and an extraordinary team of Tour Leaders. If you’ve ever dreamed of hiking the Lares Trek 4 Days, this is the way to do it!
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Physical Rating: 4 – Moderate, Average – Some high altitude hikes – depending on your fitness level. Full-day hikes (6-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many hikes. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 15,600 feet are in this category
Service Level: Upgraded, Comfort
Group Size: Small group experience, Min 02 – Max 8, Avg 04.
Overnight In Machu Picchu Town? YES.
Limited Trekking Permits: NO. Lares Trek 4 days to Machu Picchu is not regulated yet by the Peruvian government; however, the entrance fee for the Lares trek is charged at each campsite (the entrance fee is included); thus you can book your trek one month in advance to organize the tour, whether you would like to hike up Wayna Picchu mountain, please let us know at the moment you are booking the tour ( tickets for Wayna Picchu is limited to 400 spaces a day).
Please Note. Passport information must be submitted to Machu Picchu Travel Company at the moment you book prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue, Machu Picchu entance fee, Waynapicchu, train tickets, bus tickets.
Day 01. Cusco – Cuncani
Today’s journey begins with 3 hour’s transfer to Lares valley, on the way we’ll stop and explore an old Inca site “Ancasmarca” that features a variety of ancient food storages, dwellings, and farming areas. Ancasmarca’s location was significant for the Incas because it connected the high elevation villages of the Sacred Valley with the communities in the Lares region. After heading over the Lares Pass (14,501 feet), we arrive the valley of Lares, where we’ll start our hiking experience to Cuncani community. Walking gradually uphill for about two hours to our picnic spot, we pass farmhouses and fields. The local inhabitants, descendants of the Incas, have maintained their traditional way of life, growing an amazing variety of potatoes nearly year-round, using their llamas as transportation and the wool from alpacas for clothing. Reaching to our picnic lunch spot, we’ll enjoy a succulent lunch with amazing vistas around. Other three hour’s hike brings us to Cuncani andean village and our camp site (12,753 feet) located in the village bearing the same name. Cuncani is a famous weavers’ village, where the men still wear traditional colorful ponchos and the women’s attire includes wide handmade skirts and decorated hats. All meals included.
Hiking Distance: 5.6 miles.
Hiking Time: 6 hours.
Day 02. Cuncani – Kuyoq
A great day awaits us as we hike one of the most beautiful trails in the Cusco region! From our camp, we begin hiking upward a small valley dotted with lakes and herds of grazing alpacas. Our trail then narrows into a series of switchbacks as we climb approximately 2,943 feet to Sicllaqasa pass (15,748 feet). From the pass we have the most amazing views of mountain ranges on the horizon. We can see stunning turquoise lakes whose brilliant hues are the result of bronze metal elements in their icy waters. Descending slightly, we continue hiking downward for another hour for a relaxing lunch. Refueled from our appetizing lunch, we descend a craggy, rocky trail, and in a very enclose valley forested by andean polylepis trees. This section of the trail requires some steady footing so we take our time as we make our way down. We finish our hike today in Kuyoq. All meals included.
Hiking Distance: 9.9 miles.
Hiking Time: 9 hours.
Day 03. Kuyoq – Ollantaytambo Inca Ruins – Machu Picchu Town
In the mornig we still have three hours hiking to end of the trail, then time to give our legs a well-deserved rest!. After lunch, we drive to Ollantaytambo, where we begin with a visit to the Inca ruins of the same name, an impressive, well-preserved archaeological site dating from the late 15th century. In fact, it has some of the oldest continuously occupied dwellings in South America. Ollantaytambo was the estate of Emperor Pachacutec who conquered the region and who, most archaeologists now believe, is the reason Machu Picchu was built. In the evening we’ll have our dinner and celebrate the trip with Pisco Sours in this town then to take our train to Machu Picchu town at 7:00pm. We’ll spend this last night at the delightful Gringo Bill’s Boutique Hotel, a perfect base from which to explore the wonders of this magnificent site “Machu Picchu” the next day. All meals included, exept the last dinner.
Hiking Distance: 5.6 miles.
Hiking Time: 3 hours.
Day 04. Guided Tour at Machu Picchu – Free Time to Explore or Hike to Huayna Picchu Mountain – Back to Cusco
A full day at Machu Picchu affords us the luxury of exploring at a leisurely pace while learning more about the Inca culture and the latest theories behind the construction of this marvelous complex. We have an early breakfast and head up to the ruins by shuttle bus before the morning tourist train arrives in order to fully enjoy the peace and solitude of this mystical place. Our knowledgeable Leader leads us on a fascinating tour, recapping Machu Picchu’s rediscovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and explaining the significance of the various structures that cover the grounds. We then have the chance to indulge ourselves with a hike to the dramatic viewpoint of Intipunku (the Sun’s Gateway), or a variety of other intriguing possibilities including an easy walk to an ancient Inca drawbridge or more vigorous hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain based on permit availability both peaks loom above the ruins. Of course, we can also choose to independently continue our exploration of the main site and daydream about what life must have been like here centuries ago. We catch the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and from there take the bus back to Cusco, arriving at approximately 7:00 p.m. The day concludes with our Leader joining us for a final celebration dinner at a traditional local restaurant. Only breakfast included, the rest of meals don’t include.
Hiking Optional Huayna Picchu. Hike may be unguided and is steep with some exposure. Permits are limited to 400 spaces a day. An alternative optional hike may be available if Huayna Picchu permits cannot be obtained.
– Transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
– Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
– One night hotel in Machupicchu town.
– Bus tickects up and down in Machupicchu town, the day of guided tour.
– Round trip train ticket.
– Camping Equipment Black Diamond 4 season tent (04 people tent for 02 people).
– Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
– Private bus from the train station to hotel in Cusco.
– Tour Leader.
– First-Aid Kits, Oxygen tank.
– Meals: Breakfast (3), lunch (3), dinner (2), and snacks, with option for vegetarians, gluten free, lactose free.
– A professional Quechua chef who grew up in the countryside.
– Llamas, Horses and muleteers to carry your personal gears. Where you’ll pack as max amount 18 pounds.
– Sleeping pad (Therma-Rest mattresses) and Pillow.
– Duffle bag.
– Outdoor toilet tents with chemical toilets at our campsites.
– Emergency horse, that will be staying with us during the hike to upload our personal day gears or ride.
What’s Not Included
– Sleeping bags, you might get them rented from us US$ 5 per day.
– Hiking poles,you might get them rented from us US$5 per day a pair of poles, Black Diamond or leki brand.
– Last dinner on 3th day.
– Last lunch on 4th day.
– Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot springs in Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes).
– Travel Insurance.
– Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.
– International or internal airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Detailed Itinerary, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).
Lodging & Camping Amenities
Lares Trek Camps.
We make hiking and camping in the Andes as comfortable as it can get! On the trail, you are accompanied by our experienced team of trek Leaders, and all your gear is carried for you, leaving you free to hike with just a light daypack to hold your camera, water bottle, jacket, etc. Our camp amenities include a dining tent with a dining table, chairs with backs, camp meals prepared by our highly trained staff, toilet tents with chemical toilets. Our camp crew takes care of all camp chores, including bringing tea or coffee to your tent each morning and providing beautiful picnic lunches each day at a scenic spot along the trail. Accommodations are in sturdy mountain-four season tents, mountain-four season sleeping pads, pillows. Our camps are operated to the highest environmental standards. Most trip members bring their own sleeping bag, but we can arrange for you to rent them in Cusco at our office if you prefer.
Tents: Black Diamond tents, North Face Summit Series. Our tents are 4 season and roomy, high-quality 4-person mountain tents (used for only two people) and 2-person tents (used for singles).
Sleeping Pads. Therma-rest 4 season. Our Sleeping pads are confortable and high-quality mountain type.
Hotel in Machu Picchu Town. On the fourth night of the trek, after your final day of hiking, you’ll overnight at charming Gringo Bill’s boutique hotel or similar hotel, in the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes).
From USD 720.00 Per Person.
Prices are quoted in US Dollars and all payments must be made in US Dollars.
To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of full-paying participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. If you are willing to share accommodations, we will match you with a roommate if one is available. If we cannot match you with a roommate, the “forced single supplement” is listed if applicable.
Trip Payment Schedule.
– At the time of reservation: 30% of total balance.
– 90 days prior to departure: Balance should be paid fully, or once upon your arrival in Cusco the other 70% of final balance must be paid fully.
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule.
– Minimum fee (Lares Trek permit fee): $120 per person
– 61-90 days prior to departure: 30% of trip cost
– 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
– 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost.
Preparing For Your Trek
Whichever trail people choose, it’s important that they make the right preparations. The hike into the Andes is difficult for most, if for no other reason than the high altitude. No matter what, hikers should give themselves at least two days to adjust to the high altitudes in Cusco before beginning their journey. Once setting out, it’s important to be prepared with all of the essentials. Vendors will sell bottled water and snacks on the way, so it’s a good idea for travelers to carry currency just in case. Also, the trail gets cold at night, so it’s important to have proper sleeping bags and warm clothes even when hiking in Peru’s summer months.
The Lares Trek 4 days to Machu Picchu is mostly bridle path and it goes up and down across green mountains while crossing one high-altitude pass. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed because we always have a staff member hiking in the lead as well as one behind with the slowest hiker in our group if ther are 7 participants in the group. Any fit, experienced hiker will enjoy this hike, but we recommend you make an extra effort to prepare by engaging in regular exercise well beyond your normal routine. To accelerate your conditioning, try walking faster than 1.5 miles per hour, walking on steeper inclines, using your gym’s stair-climbing machines, or going on long hikes (also a good way to break in your boots). Please be aware that there are a few sections of long, steep stone staircases, so we do suggest hiking poles to protect your knees. The trek takes place at altitudes between 9,810 feet and 15,744 feet.
What To Pack. Your 18 pounds will be carried by horses to the camp sites. Thus, you do need to pack light for the trek, but you will find it is not that challenging since all you really need are the following: comfortable hiking clothes, with additional warm layers, good hiking boots, and personal toiletries (we provide a detailed clothing list). You can bring your own, or rent a Machu Picchu Travel Company sleeping bag, and hiking sticks. Your non-hiking luggage will be safely stored for you at your Cusco hotel. One of our Area Managers will be your point person from your first inquiry throughout your preparation for the trip, and they will be happy to answer any questions you have about preparing and packing for this incredible journey.
A professional Machu Picchu Travel Company Tour Leader with a deep knowledge of the destination and a focus on customer service makes all the difference. Our leaders are experts in Inca history, nature, birding, gastronomy, local laguage, etc, with a profound connection to Peru’s fascinating traditional culture. They take care of all the details so that you can savor the experiences of the trip. And just as important, they have a remarkable gift for sharing their extensive knowledge and favorite places. Our Tour Leaders have the warmth, endless energy, and that special “it” factor that transforms a trip into an unforgettable journey.
Make the most of Peru’s natural beauty with outdoor picnics on each adventure tour, and Discover the delights of Peruvian cuisine in each tour destinations and outdoor tours. So food is awesome!
Our chefs are to Food what Leonardo da Vinci is to Art, so we rely on really experienced Quechua chefs who were trained and chosen to make this food in the mountains, and they are our stars.
You’ll be surprised and delighted at the variety and quality of our on-the-trail cuisine, a blend of freshly made Peruvian & Fusion dishes with vegetarian options. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in our enclosed dining tent, complete with table and chairs. Each morning, you’ll wake up to hot coffee, cocoa, and a choice of teas brought right to your tent. This is followed by a freshly prepared breakfast of eggs, pancakes, fruit salad, quinoa porridge, fresh juice, French toast, or oatmeal. As you start the day’s hike, we provide tasty trail snacks including fresh fruit and chocolate.
Lunches consist of a wide variety of dishes, depending on the day, including delicious roast guinea pig (a local delicacy dish), beef, chicken, fish, pasta salads, soup, casseroles, and other offerings, or surprises with appetizers and delicious desserts. They are served at a comfortable and scenic spot along the trail where our staff has set up tables and chairs, and quite often an open tent for shade. At each lunch stop, we set up our own private toilet tent and chemical toilet for minimal impact on the environment.
This trip is Level 4, Moderate to Strenuous. Most hiking is between 8,000 and 12,000 feet. The maximum elevation we reach is 15,744 feet, and the highest place we camp is 12,792 feet. The total mileage hiked is about 21.1. Trails can be rugged, not the well-maintained trails you may be accustomed to in your country. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed. Our group will spread out along the trail during about six to eight hours of hiking each day (shorter on some days). On the trail, you will just carry your own daypack for the items that you want with you on the trail, such as a water bottle and a jacket. Our horses and muleteers carry all your other gear from camp to camp.
A Typical Trekking Day. Hiking distances on trek are normally measured in hours, not miles since maps aren’t really accurate enough to assess how far we walk up and down on winding mountain trails. With rest stops and photo stops, few people walk faster than one mile an hour in a mountainous region. Some hiking days are shorter than others, and some days are more difficult than others due to altitude gain and loss.
– Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies.
– Travel insurance (and some copies).
– Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
– Backpack to carry your things.
– Phone, power bank battery, camera charger and adapter.
– Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Machu Picchu town).
– Torch or headlamps.
– Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
– Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us).
– Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
– Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
– Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
– Sunblock and sunglasses.
– Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
– Hiking trousers.
– Ear Plugs.
– Thermal underwear.
– Hiking socks.
– Water bottle or canteen.
– American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
– Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
– Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
– Crédit or debit card.
– Luggage Tags and Locks.
– Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
– Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).
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When to Go
The Lares Trek 4 days Machu Picchu can be hiked all year round except in late January and February, the rainiest months when the trail is blocked and damaged sometimes by the rainfall. The trail reopens in March and April, when the rains lighten up and the mountains are still green. High season begins in May and extends through September, as these are the driest months. October through December is considered shoulder season when occasional rain is possible, but keep in mind that the highlands of Peru are a temperate desert and it is not uncommon for it not to rain for weeks at a time even in the height of the rainy season. This is also the time with the fewest hikers on the trail, more flowers in bloom, and fewer tourists at Machu Picchu as well as in Cusco. Temperatures in the Cusco-Machu Picchu region range from the high 60s in the daytime to the low 40s at night, with some variation depending on the time of year you go.
Route & Acclimatization
Whichever trail people choose, it’s important that they make the right preparations. The hike into the Andes is difficult for most, if for no other reason than the high altitude. No matter what, hikers should give themselves at least two days to adjust to the high altitudes in Cusco before beginning their journey. Once setting out, it’s important to be prepared with all of the essentials.
The trail gets cold at night, so it’s important to have sleeping bags and warm clothes even when hiking in Peru’s summer months.
Our trek has six hiking days (most companies push it with just five days on the trail—and some even four). The Machu Picchu Travel Company way allows you to acclimatize gradually to the altitude, have reasonable wake-up times (no hiking in the dark, as with other companies), and enjoy well-paced hiking days that give you time to explore the extraordinary archaeological sites and the birds along the route. We want you to experience the wonder of the Trail, not race through it.
With us, you can have the Lares Trek 4 Days largely to yourself!. We have perfected the timing of our daily hiking schedule so that the majority of other hikers will be either far ahead or far behind you each day. This delivers a much better experience of this World Heritage Site, and our travelers often comment on the magic of having the Lares Trek 4 Days to themselves!.