Lares Trek is one of the best options to hike to Machu Picchu! The 4-day-trek gives you great opportunities to get an authentic insight of local people’s daily life and culture, to see alpaca and llamas shepherds, and to enjoy great landscapes like the amazing mountains and beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas and Lares Valley. You will enjoy a bath in the natural hot springs of Lares, and be amazed by the color of the natural lagoons formed by the melting of the ice pick of the Andean Cordillera.
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Cusco – Qushuarani – Lares Hot Springs
Your adventure trip begins at 4:00 am in Cusco, where we pick you up from you hotel and then start our way through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We pass the colorful town of Calca and then ride up to Qushuarani, where we have a coca tea to wake up. From here, we start our 1,5 hours walk on an ascending path, uphill to reach a viewpoint at 3850 meters. With the greatest of all breathtaking views over the beautiful snow-covered mountains, the lagoon Quellacocha and the green valley, we will have our breakfast. As well we will be able to discover llamas, alpacas and with some luck one of the majestic Condors.
After having a rest, we then keep hiking uphill for approximately 2 hours, until we reach the highest pass at 4400 m. Enjoying the view, you can see some of the beautiful blue lagoons produced by the melt water of the snow carpets. From here, we will descend to Cuncani, a small local community, from where we observe a beautiful waterfall. We have our lunch and after a short time continue our downhill hike for 3 hours to the Hot Springs of Lares, descending to 3400 m. On our way, we can enjoy both the changing scenery and climate and will finally be amazed by the view of the Lares Valley. We end our hike in the relaxing hot springs, where we will camp and spend the night.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Snacks
Lares Hot Springs – Mantanay
We wake up early to have a delicious breakfast, and then prepare ourselves for an amazing hiking day where we will reach the highest point of the trek (higher than the “death woman pass” on the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu).
After this astonishing experience, we keep ascending for a short time until we reach Urope pass. Enjoying the great view, we will be able to see the lagoon of the same name and great parts of the sacred Valley, a large extension of the Lares Valley.
At this special place, we will have a short rest and afterwards start our descent to the camp site at Mantanay (3900 meters), where we will have our dinner and share a coca tea.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks
Mantanay – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
We begin our third day with an early breakfast and then start do descend approx. 4 hours to Yanahuara in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. During our hike, we have great opportunities to observe the local flora and fauna, like the most famous Peruvian tree “Queuña”. Arriving at Yanahuara, we take a short break and have lunch.
In the afternoon, we will take a transport to Ollantaytambo from where we take our train to Aguas Calientes at 04:36 pm.
In Aguas Calientes, you will be picked up from the train station and brought to your hotel. Having a rest at your hotel room, make sure to recharge your camera and other devices in order to enjoy Machu Picchu at its fullest the next day! In the later afternoon, you will have to explore Aguas Calientes and enjoy a dip in the local hot springs (not included).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu Sanctuary – Aguas Calientes -Ollantaytambo – Cusco
You will take your breakfast very early in the morning. Then we start our last day, climbing up the hill to the famous Inca citadel Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. Avoiding the crowds, you will be one of the first visitors of the day. Your bilingual tour guide will take you around the vast ruins for about 3 hours, comprehensively explaining its historical significance and place in the Inca Empire. After this you have some free time to wander around.
Machu Picchu is the best known of all the archaeological Incas sites, as it is recognized worldwide! Experts believe that the citadel was constructed around the mid-15th century by the Inca Pachacuteq and was then rediscovered by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911.
Due Huayna Picchu is very fast oversold, we offer Machu Picchu Mountain as a second optional climbing. The advantage of this hike is that it will be less crowed, but not lest beautiful! The costs for this hike are also US$ 15.00 per person.
As well, you can go on an unguided walk to Inti Punku, the SUN GATE, which is the traditional end of the Inca Trail (duration 3 hours) or you can visit the beautiful Inca Bridge (duration 1 hour). Otherwise you can simply relax and take in the awe inspiring atmosphere as well as many breathtaking pictures.
In the late afternoon at 7:00 pm, you take the train back to Ollantaytambo and from there the private transport to Cusco. If you want to return to Cusco in the early afternoon, please let us know so we can book an early train at 2:30 pm or 4:12 pm.
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Group price US$ 530.00 based on 4 people.
Price for 2 people US$ 620 per person
Price for 3 people US$ 570 per person
Exclusive international transaction fees: The amount of the extra transaction fees depends on how the payment is made and on your bank. For further information please don’t hesitate to ask.
Upon request, with each booked tour with Green Peru Adventures, you will receive a free walking tour of the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. You will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.