The Lares trek to Machu Picchu route is one of the best and most unique paths, and is now even better with the addition of the Pisac Inca ruins tour.The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu itinerary takes you through the Lares Valley known as the “Weavers Way.”
On this trek you visit some of the most isolated Indigenous communities who are keeping the Inca culture alive. You’ll have the privilege to interact with the local indigenous people, experience a bit of their culture and traditions and have fun with the children. On this incredibly picturesque trek, you will enjoy peaking ice glaciers, shockingly blue glacial lakes, waterfalls, llamas and alpacas. On the last day, turn your dreams into a reality and enjoy a new day watching the sunrise at Machu Picchu and exploring the amazing citadel with your professional guide. An amazing alternative to the Inca Trail and slightly easier than the Salkantay trek, this 3 day trek takes you off the beaten track.
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We will pick you up at your hotel at 5 am, and then we will drive in our private van towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac. Our first stop is on the way to have a classic view of the Sacred Valley with crops dressing the mountains in terraces. Then we arrive at the archaeological site of Pisac where you’ll discover the biggest Inca cemetery with more than 5000 tombs. You’ll admire the incredible farming terraces carved into the mountain, explore the Inca tunnel and the religious area of this important Inca city.
After exploring the Pisac archaeological site, we drive to Calca where we stop to visit the local market and buy the last supplies for our adventure trek. Then we ascend with our van towards the Hualcapunku pass (4,500m/14,847ft). Once there we enjoy the breath taking views of snow-capped mountains, rural communities and valleys packed with plenty of llamas and alpacas. After that we descend and head to the starting point of our trek at Chancachaca, with backpacks on! Then we start hiking for 3 hours through the Huacawasi valley to our campsite which is located at 4000mt/13123ft near Huacawasi. There we spend the night.
We start the day with a good breakfast before leaving the campsite by 6 am. A brief ascent takes us to the pass at Huahuaqasa (4500mt/14763ft). At this iincredible viewpoint, we enjoy an amazing views of lakes, snow-capped mountains and valleys. Then we descend to the lakes known as Aruraycocha and Yuracocha which are formed by the waters melting off the snow-capped peaks of Pumahuanca and Kiswarani. We’ll have lunch close to these lakes. This is a spectacular day of trekking through the Urubamba mountain range; we’ll have ample opportunities to spot a number of andean bird species, including condors, the largest wingspan flying bird in the world.
After lunch the trail descends through the Yanahuara ravine, with its farming communities, for almost 3 hours. This valley is situated at an altitude of 2950m/9678ft and the climate is pleasantly warm. The tiny village of Yanahuara is located in the Urubamba Valley. For the Incas, the fertile Sacred Valley was the bread basket of Cusco, they sowed the terraced slopes with corn and irrigated their crops with water from the glaciers of the great snow peaks which dominate the valley and feed the people. Finally, we will take a bus for 20-minutes to the Inca village of Ollantaytambo, where we will catch the train to Aguas Calientes.
After breakfast, we leave our hotel to take the bus for the journey up to the Machu Picchu CItadel in time for the sunrise, where we have a 2 hour guided tour and time to explore, take photos and the option to climb Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountain (extra fee of $75). We will give you sufficient time to enjoy the “lost city of the Incas” before heading back to Aguas Calientes. When arrive in this quaint town we stop for lunch and then take the return train to Ollantaytambo at 4:22pm. Our private van will be waiting to pick you up and drive you to Cusco, arriving at your hotel at around 8pm.
“The best Lares Hike to Machu Picchu is available on any date that is best suited to you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers”
Price includes a personal porter, a guided tour in the Sacred valley and entrance into the Pisac Inca ruins!
This price includes the extra porter who will carry your belongings up to 7kgs, we will provide you with a duffle bag to put your personal things in.
“Please read the following information carefully; it will help with your questions about our services and the trek to Machu Picchu”
You will be greeted at airport in Cusco and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to the start of your trek. Look out for our representative holding an orange board with INCA TRAIL HIKE at the arrivals terminal.
It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm at our office which is located at Garcilaso Street 210 , Office Nº:213 (2nd Floor) in the la CASA DEL ABUELO shopping center.
Of course!During the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are for free.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an Lares Hike Machu Picchu tickets without the following information:
SECOND, we require a deposit of US$200.00 per person in order to purchase a permit for the Lares Trek to Inca Trail Machu Picchu. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or on our booking page.
It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of email@example.com.
Unfortunately the answer is generally “No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure dates. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable. With alternative treks we may be able to change dates for a fee depending on what has been already purchased. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date.
If you cancel your Lares Trail Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!
You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your Lares Hike to Machu Picchu permit or other entrances and reservations. The rangers on the Inca Trail check every day and it will be checked when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before allowing you to board the train. In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.
If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both old and new passports to be able to enter Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter Machu Picchu or the train. They are very strict about this!
The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. BUT you will have many different seasons as you pass through the numerous microclimates and it will depend on your location. We highly recommend you bring some warm clothes and good rain gear in your day backpack. Multiple layers are essential.
In general if you exercise regularly and spend 2 to 3 days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley for acclimatization to the altitude, you may be just fine.
The recommended medicine for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN IF NEEDED; our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness. For more detailed information on Altitude Sickness click this link: Altitude Sickness.
We offer the Cusco City Tour and Sacred Valley tours that you can book while you are acclimatizing. Check out our day tours on our Main Page.
The maximum group size is 8 people. Usually our groups are between 2-6 people. INCA TRAIL HIKE specialises in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provide a personalised service.
You will have 1 cook per group. The number of porters depends of the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, they will have 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.
The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the upcoming days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/15p. Your team of porters will carry your duffle bag for you, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware, that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.
Because our Lares Hike to Machu Picchu is pretty unique and off the beaten trek, even during high season we will only occasionally encounter another group.
It has been the highlight of most of our clients, especially females who want a private, clean and sanitary toilet!! INCA TRAIL HIKE toilet facilities have an individual tent and a “camping toilet with a seat.” Check out the picture, which illustrates how we set up our camping toilet on the trek by using this link: picture of toilet tent. Our toilet is always set up a comfortable distance from our campsite. At night if you need to use the toilet it is readily accessible and clean, unlike the dirty facilities supplied by the government.
In the event that you are unable to finish the trek due to health issue, INCA TRAIL HIKE will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.
Generally those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if they recover quickly, they then continue the journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to the original plan.
Absolutely!! Included in the package and on the last day we will drop you at your hotel! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you off there too! If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, we can also pick you up from there !
It will depend on the train availability (during high season it could be booked out) but the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enough daylight to enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco from the train. Therefore we usually book the train at 4:22pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours to enjoy Machu Picchu
For sure you may upgrade to the Vistadome train which has slightly nicer seats, panoramic windows and ceiling. You will be offered some snacks and a dance show will take place on board. The price is US$67 per person which includes the transfer from Poroy train station to your hotel in Cusco. It is 2 hours by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then another 2 hours from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by bus. If you upgrade to Vistadome, all the way back to Poroy (Cusco), the trip lasts 3.5 hours, then 25mins by taxi to your hotel. Usually our clients are back at their hotel by 8pm. If you plan to take the bus to Puno on the same night, that is totally possible.
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance to the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many INCA TRAIL HIKE destinations. Of course you are free to tip as much as your budget will allow, depending on your perception on the quality of service and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator in that we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.
As a professional direct local tour operator we provide you with a duffle bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 15 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.
We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40Litres for hiking in the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.