Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights
The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days is the best Alternative treks, is a truly unique experience. It is one of the alternative treks to Machu Picchu. Along this incredible lares trek trail, you will be amazed by the beauty of its Andean landscapes and the beauty of its lakes. On this trek you will have the opportunity to meet closely our native Quechua brothers and have a unique cultural exchange, only done on this trek, on the breeding of alpacas and other local domestic animals, you will have the joy of sleeping under a sky full of stars, the wind whispering through the mountains and the silence of an Andean night.
The Lares Valley Trek is an alternative route of the Inca Trail, designed for people who want to know closely the experience of the original Inca people or for travelers who did not manage to get permits for the Classic Inca Trail. It is undoubtedly the best route after the little known Inca Trail, spectacular snow-capped mountains and mountains that are still cared for and worshiped by the Quechua and Inca peoples.
During this tour we will have a great team at your service, both guides and assistants, you will share unforgettable moments with our specialized team.
Tour Location: This tour is located in the district of lares, province of Urubamba and department of Cusco.
Type of tour: This tour is a combination of trekking and culture of 4 days. You will pass through the Urubamba mountain range between the native communities of Lares and Ollantaytambo, with nights of camping under the stars.
Recommended: For those who enjoy long treks, for families and children.
Considerations: If you are planning to do this magnificent hike, you should consider that it will be at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level where the cold is intense, so it is advisable to bring a good coat for the cold. Check the details of the itinerary we have for you. “We look forward to taking responsibility for your next adventures in Cusco”.
Day 1: Cusco – Quishuarani – Cuncani
Our first day will begin with pick up from your hotel in Cusco at 5:40 am. Once we’ve picked you up on our bus, the trip is approximately 3 hours to the community of Lares, the beginning site of our journey.
The trek will begin with a good bath in the hot springs of Lares, where you will have 1 hour to relax while our team prepares your first meal of the walk. The hike will continue for 3 hours until we reach our second point, the Cuncani pass. Here we will see tall peaks and crystalline lagoons while we trek on the slopes of the mountains. As we continue the journey, we will descend to our third point for about an hour, where we will have lunch with all the team. After lunch, we will continue with the walk until we reach the fourth stopping point, where we will spend the night in comfortable, well-equipped tents. At this site, we will have dinner at 7 pm and then settle in for the night.
Elevation: 3,224 / 10,853
Day 2: Cuncani pampa – Sicllacasa – Paqchaq
The second day of the journey will begin with a delicious morning coffee (or tea) surrounded by the mountains and a classic Andean breakfast. We will leave the camp for the highest trails, and as we advance, we will travel through spectacular landscapes and we will be able to see the highest peaks of the mountains. Some of the sights we’ll see include snow-capped mountains and crystal clear lagoons. We will arrive at our first stopping point will at the edge of a lagoon to take a short break and recharge our energies. Then, we will continue with our uphill hike, until we reach the highest point of our entire walk at 4,900 meters. Here, we will enjoy a delicious lunch and we hydrate in order to continue the trek. From there, we will go to our camp (about 2 hours walking downhill), to settle down and have a well-deserved rest surrounded by the Lares valley. Dinner will be scheduled for 7 p.m. and then we will have a well-deserved rest.
Elevation: 3,824 / 10,853 feet
Distance: 8 km
Day 3: Paqchaq – Pumamarca – Ollantaytambo
Our third day will once again start with a coffee or a cocoa tea as the classic Andean breakfast is prepared. After eating, we will continue with the hike and descend for 4 hours to the Patacancha valley. At this site, you will meet members from the local community. We will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious Andean lunch and participate in a small cultural exchange. The members of the local community will teach you the ancient practices of water care and agriculture. Then, we will take the bus to the impressive ruins of Puma Marca, which are full of mysticism and ancestral energies. At this point, you can walk and enjoy the silence that this magical place offers. Once the hike is finished, we will descend to our camp that is located in the community of Ollantaytambo. We will settle in and have free time to explore and enjoy the local history and charm. Our dinner will be at 7 pm and following that, we recommend an early bedtime in preparation for the next day.
Elevation: 3,224 / 9,553 feet
Distance: 5 km
Day 4: – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Our last day is an important & unique experience. It will begin with a final and delicious Andean breakfast to start the day’s trip, and from there, we will go to the train station to take our train. The train leaves at either 6:10 am or 7:20 pm, depending on the service you want. The train trip lasts 1:40 hours to Aguas Calientes, and once we arrive in Aguas Calientes, we will immediately take the bus that leaves every 10 minutes to Machu Picchu. Once in Machu Picchu, we will have a trek of approximately 2 hours. For about an hour, we will have the opportunity to explore and to take photographs (reminder: the time limit in Machu Picchu has been shortened due to COVID). Then, we will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes to have our last lunch (not included). Here, we will give you your train tickets and get everything ready for your return to Cusco,
Upon your return to Ollantaytmbo, you will be transferred to the city of Cusco and then dropped off at your hotel.
Meals Included: Only Breakfast
Altitude in Cusco
People begin to worry about altitude sickness as soon as they reserve their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco. Because there is less oxygen in the air at high altitudes than there is at sea level, your body must work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Your body becomes accustomed to the lower oxygen content of the air over a period of days at a high altitude.
You could initially experience the illness or a hangover when suffering from altitude sickness. You can get headaches, exhaustion, a loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, and difficulty breathing while exercising. Please get in touch with our office if any of these side effects worsen, and we’ll assist you find a doctor.
These symptoms will typically be slight. Always ease into action gradually to give your body time to acclimate. Drink a lot of liquids, such as coca tea or water. Since ancient times, coca tea has been used to help avoid altitude sickness.
The coca plant’s leaves contain alkaloids that assist your body absorb oxygen and ward off the effects of altitude sickness. A lot of alcohol and caffeine should be avoided.
They will make you urinate more frequently and dehydrate you. Don’t smoke. Your body has a harder time getting oxygen when you smoke. Don’t use sleeping medicines. Your body may have a harder time absorbing oxygen when you sleep as a result of their potential for shallow breathing at night.
To assist prevent altitude sickness, your doctor may recommend medications like acetazolamide and dexamethasone. Two days before you travel to a high altitude, begin taking the medication. While you are at a high altitude, keep taking it.
Getting to Cusco
All international passengers by plane must disembark in Lima and pass through Customs because the airport in Cusco is currently only for local flights. You must pick up your luggage in Lima and then check them back in, even if your trip from there to Cusco is on the same day and with the same airline.
The best way to go to Cusco is by plane, and there are many airlines to choose from. Although LAN generally offers the most options and flights, it is also the most expensive. Be prepared for flight delays or cancellations.
Of course, the weather is erratic. In Cusco, the dry season typically lasts from April through October, but be prepared because it can rain in June or get sunny in December.
Please make sure you have rain gear, including a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves, no matter what month you are taking the journey.
Consider the four seasons as well. You should be prepared for all four seasons as many of the climbs over the Andes entail numerous microclimates.
Always wear layers since they make it simple to adapt to changing temperatures. Please be ready with a heavy, winter-weight jacket because evenings will always be chilly.
Your luggage allowance is still restricted owing to railway regulations even if this is an overnight train vacation. To be transported to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu), all bags must fit in a carry-on.
While you trek, you can leave any additional luggage in Cusco at your hotel or with us at the Alpaca Expeditions deposit. On the morning of your tour, we will collect from you and return after you have reached Cusco. Make sure your baggage are identified in some way so they can be found easily.
ALTITUDEXPERIENCE guide has completed a physician-led first aid course. Every February, we hold a training session that is required for all ALTITUDE guides. When guiding you, they’ll have oxygen and a first aid pack for common medical emergencies including traveler’s diarrhea and cuts and scrapes.
In the event that anything unforeseen occurs and you feel you are unable to finish the walk, they will plan the fastest and safest route off the trail to a clinic. You won’t ever be on your own; a team member will accompany you at all times until you reach a doctor in a safe location. We’ll make sure you still have the opportunity to see Machu Picchu and get back in touch with your group when you’re feeling up to it.
ALTITUDEXPERIENCE carries all of our trash back to Cusco and uses biodegradable soap. Our staff are taught to maintain the trail and collect any trash left by other groups. Additionally, we employ chemical portable restrooms that allow us to pack trash out. Leaving no trace is something we highly support.
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights
33 km/20 miles
History, Adventure, Hiking
Student discount: The student discount applies only to people who present their valid UNIVERSITY CARD. Children under 17 years of age or younger. To grant the discount we need you to send us a copy of the university card. For children 17 and under, we need a passport copy for booking.