Lares Valley Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days/ 3 Nights

  • Destination: Lares Valley, Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Price per person: $530

Based on 4 people.

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Price for 2 people US$ 620 per person
Price for 3 people US$ 570 per person

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.

-> Check out the Video of our Lares Valley Trek!!

Itinerary

Day 1

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
Accommodation: Camping
Maximum Altitude: 4400 m./714476ft
Minimum Altitude: 3800 m./12502ft
Distance Travelled: approx. 14 km.
Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Day 2

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).
We first follow the slow ascending path through Lares Valley for a few hours to its highest part (Urope Pass) at 4600 meters altitude. Stopping by some small local families on the way, we share some supplies, observe their way of living and get in contact with the Andean culture, costumes and traditions.

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

Accommodation: Camping
Maximum Altitude: 4600 m./15134 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3900 m./12831 ft.
Distance Travelled: approx. 16 km
Approximate Walking Time: 7-8 hours

Day 3

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
Accommodation: Hostel Margarita’s House in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town)
Maximum Altitude: 3900 m./12831ft
Minimum Altitude: 2700 m./8883ft
Distance Travelled: approx. 12 km.
Approximate Walking Time: 4 hours

Day 4

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.
The guided tour of this fascinating place is an unforgettable experience! You will visit the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Burial Grounds. After the guided tour, you are free to hike up Huayna Picchu (the mountain behind Machu Picchu), where you will enjoy stunning views over the whole complex! However, there are only 400 entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu every day; therefore you must let us know in advance if you want to do the hike so we can reserve your ticket at an extra cost of US$ 15.00.

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.
After our free time in the sanctuary, we take one of the frequent buses back down to Aguas Calientes for a late lunch or a dip in the hot springs (not included). In case you don’t want to take the bus, feel free to walk down through the beautiful jungle which will take you 45 minutes.

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.

Meals: Breakfast.

Map

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Please note:
  • Times cited in this itinerary are aproximate. Walking times depend on the group! The guide can change lunch and camping spots depending on the group’s progress.
  • The guide can have his own preference of which route to take – this might not
    correspond exactly to the described route.
  • An extra night in Aguas Calientes can easily be arranged if you let us know in advance, so we can change the date of your train ticket for the following day.
  • According to your request, the cost of the hotel can depend.
Included:
  • Pre-departure orientation in our office
  • Local cell phone
  • 24-hour-support from company owner
  • Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to Lares (starting point of the trek)
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-person-capacity tent, to allow a higher comfort and safe keeping of the backpacks
  • English speaking professional official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) days 1 to 3
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 5 kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) days 1 to 3
  • 1 emergency horse (day 1 to 3)
  • Meals (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinner, daily morning snack, daily tea service except last day).
  • Vegetarian or special dietary menus are available at no extra cost, please advise us when booking
  • One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
  • Filtered boiled water for lunch time (from 1st day onwards)
  • Bio-degradable personal handsoaps
  • Bio-degradable dish washing detergents used by our kitchen staff
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing / boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and night (and at lunch time if requested)
  • First-aid-kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • 1 Day Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (one way)
  • Trainticket Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantyatambo (Expedition Service)
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco
Not Included:
  • Sleeping bag
  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day after the guided tour at Machu Picchu
  • Visit of the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you prefer
Recommendations, what to bring:
  • Backpack to carry personal items
  • Sleeping bag
  • Warm clothing layers for variable temperatures, especially at night. Flash light with extra batteries
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Sun protection (sun hat, sunglasses, ..)
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain poncho or jacket
  • Toiletries
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Water bottle, water purifying tablets
  • Personal medical kit
  • Original passport and student card if applicable
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
What we need when you make a reservation:
  • Full name as it is written in your passport (please include a copy of your passport)
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Scan copy of your student card (if you have one, it’s US$ 18 less)
  • Tour departure date
  • Send a deposit of 60% of the total price of your tour. (The remainder of your balance will be due upon your arrival in Cusco.) Payment may be made via *Western UnionPayPalABN AMRO Bank in Holland or securely and directly through our website by choosing your desired tour and clicking on the BOOK NOW button.

Group price US$ 530.00  based on 4 people.

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Price for 2 people US$ 620 per person
Price for 3 people US$ 570 per person

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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.

We are looking forward to create an unforgettable experience for you.