Lares Trek to Machu Picchu


4 Days/ 3 Nights


3,150 msnm


108.3 km


Level 3: Moderate

Tour Guide



Lares Trek


The Lares Trek is a stunning multi-day trek in the Peruvian Andes that offers a unique insight into the culture and history of the ancient Incan Empire. The trek takes you through remote and stunningly beautiful landscapes, where you’ll pass by snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes, and traditional villages. Along the way, you’ll visit archaeological sites and learn about the Incan culture and history. The trek culminates in a visit to the famous Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Lares Trek is an amazing experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. The trek is relatively easy, but it is still a challenge, and you’ll need to be physically fit to complete it. You’ll need to bring plenty of warm clothing and good hiking boots, as the weather can be unpredictable. You’ll also need to be prepared for altitude sickness, so it’s important to take your time and acclimatize.

The Lares Trek is a great way to discover the beauty of the Peruvian Andes and explore the rich culture and history of the Incan Empire. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

Why explore the Lares Trek with us?

Andean Trekking Peru is a travel agency located in Cusco, Peru, that specializes in providing travelers with the best of local knowledge and experiences. They offer a variety of services, from trekking and camping to cultural tours and guided hikes. With their experienced team of guides, they can provide visitors with an unforgettable journey through the majestic Andes.

Whether you’re looking for a multi-day trek through the Andes, or a cultural tour of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, Andean Trekking Peru has you covered. All of our tours are designed to provide travelers with an intimate experience of Peru’s unique culture, wildlife, and landscapes. Our knowledgeable guides will take you to places that you never knew existed, giving you an opportunity to explore this spectacular region in a safe and comfortable way.

Departure & Return location:

Cusco hotel transfer

Departure Time:

5:00 am

Recommended to carry

  • Original passport.
  • Warm clothes.
  • Hiking poles.
  • Hiking boots.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Mosquito Repellant
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Peruvian soles in cash.
  • Water bottle and snacks.
  • Camera.


  • Cusco hotel transfer.
  • Camping equipment.
  • Professional tour guide.
  • Professional chef.
  • Mule and muleteers.
  • Transportation to the Lares Trek’s trail head.
  • Breakfast during the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th days.
  • Lunch during the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd days.
  • Dinner during the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd days.
  • 1 night at a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu citadel.
  • Round bus trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Round train trip from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition train ticket).
  • First aid kit.
  • Hotel in Cusco.
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Duffel bags.
  • Lunch on the 4th day.
  • Dinner on the 4th day.
  • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu mountain (optional).
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu mountain (optional).
  • Entrance ticket to Aguas Calientes hot springs (optional).
  • Vistadome train tickets (optional upgrade).
  • Hiram Bingham train tickets (optional upgrade).
  • Any private expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips.

Tour Plan

Day 1 Cusco - Lares Hot Springs - Kiswarani

At 5:00 am, we pick you up from your accommodation in Cusco to begin our journey. We'll then get in our own car and head to the Lares thermal springs. When we get there, you can take a bath in the therapeutic hot springs. Additionally, there will be a quick breakfast before the walk begins.

After breakfast, we will get ready and start the renowned Lares Trek. We will hike through the "Potato Valley," a region renowned for its abundant native potato fields, on the first leg of the journey. We will pause for lunch in Kiswarani town after a two-hour hike.

We will take part in a customary ritual honoring llamas, native pack animals of the Andes mountains, after lunch. The Kiswarani waterfalls will then be reached after a short trek. We'll set our camp close by after admiring this location's natural splendor. We'll eat a delicious dinner, and then we will rest for the next day.

Day 2 Kiswarani - Condor Pass - Cancha Cancha

After breakfast, we'll depart from our campground close to Kiswarani. We will then trek to the Condor Mountain Pass, which is located at 4,680 meters (15,354 feet) above sea level, and it is the highest point of the Lares Trek. The "El Mirador" viewpoint, which offers breathtaking views of the Lares Valley, will be our next stop after we have passed this point.

We will have a lunch halt close to "El Mirador." We'll then hike to Cancha Cancha town, pitch our tents, eat dinner, and then spend the rest of the evening unwinding and getting ready for the next day.

Day 3 Cancha Cancha - Huaran - Maras Salt Mines - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

We will depart our campsite after breakfast. After that, we'll hike to Huaran town and have lunch there. After that, we will get in our personal car and travel to the Maras Salt Mines. This area is well known for its large number of pink salt ponds.

Then, we will go to Ollantaytambo town where we will eat dinner at a local restaurant after touring the Maras Salt Mines. Afterwards, we will board a train to the town of Aguas Calientes, which serves as the gateway to Machu Picchu.

The journey by rail lasts about two hours. The Urubamba River, the primary water source for the Sacred Valley of the Incas, is traced by the train tracks. Our team will take you to your hotel room once we get to Aguas Calientes. You will then have time to go exploring around the town and see its well-known hot springs.

Day 4 Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

We will go to the fabled Inca stronghold of Machu Picchu on this day. After eating breakfast, we will check out of the motel. After that, a bus will take us to the citadel. We will finally enter Machu Picchu after passing the security checks.

After that, a thorough guided tour of the archaeological site will be given to you. You will see the Intihuatana, the Main Temple, and the Temple of the Three Windows, among other Inca wonders. We will direct you to the appropriate trailhead if you purchased a ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain.

Then, we will take a bus to return to Aguas Calientes after touring Machu Picchu. When you get there, you can stop for lunch at a nearby eatery. The price of the tour does not include the cost of the meal. We will take a train to head back to Ollantaytambo later in the afternoon.

Our crew will bring you back to your accommodation in Cusco city after you arrive at Ollantaytambo. We plan to get there around 10:00 p.m.

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