The Lares trek with the short Inca trail is a great alternative if you want to enjoy the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to interact and being part of the local communities along the way, the Lares hike also offers a magnificent view of the Vilcanota mountain range with many farmlands, andean camelids grazing and the Pitusiray glacier right in front, this hike sends most hikers to a true connection with nature and show the traditional Quechua lifestyle, before to continue with the Inca trail is moment to relax in the hot springs of Lares. The fourth day we will start the Inca trail and explore Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna Inca sites then we will encounter plenty of intoxicating vistas comprising snow-smothered peaks and emerald valley where is running the sacred river of the Incas, as well as lots of flora and fauna with more than 400 species of birds and a similar number of orchids. Also present on the trail – though less forthcoming – are the rare spectacled bear and the Andean puma. The part of the Inca Trail that sends most trekkers starry-eyed, however, is the moment when we arrive at the Sun Gate and first fix your eyes on the mysterious ruins below. the last day you will be in one of the new seven wonders in the world, Machupicchu and your guide will complement it with the Inca history.

  • Day 1:Cusco – Pisac – Huaran – Canchacancha

    We will meet at 5:00 am. at your hotel, then we will drive for 1 hour to the sacred valley of the Incas, place where we will have our delicious breakfast enjoying the beautiful scenery of this valley also the ancient remains of this awesome Pisac Inca Citadel. Your guide will share with you also the history of ‘Pisac Inca Citadel’. Then driving 1 more hours next to the sacred river or ‘Wilcamayu’ onward to ‘Huaran’ (2,700m./8,858 ft.) where we will start this amazing trek, here we meet our horsemen and horses, once we are ready we begin our first 3 hours gradually ascending up to ‘Canchacancha’, here we will replenish our energy for our trek ahead with a delicious lunch prepared by our trekking chef. Canchacancha being the most isolated and self-sustainable community with no electricity, no bus roads, no modern technology and this is a perfect place to make your connection with nature and the realness of life in the Peruvian andes with the locals that share their lifestyle, their homes and It would be of much appreciation to share some toys, old useful clothes, school supplies, fruit or any items with them. After 2 hours we have arrive to our first campsite. So here time to enjoy the great views of the glacier with a cup of hot tea, then we will have a delicious dinner, actually this is a good place to enjoy the fascinating Inca constellations in the southern hemisphere sky.
    • Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch, tea time and dinner.
    • Accommodation: Camping facilities.
    • Distance: 12 kms. – 7mi.
    • Average time: 6 hours.
    • Considered: Moderate.
    • Weather: Warm - cold.
    • Campsite altitude: 3,750 m./ 12,303 ft.

     

    Day 2:Canchacancha – Quiswarani

    We will be woken up around 5 am. with a ‘room service’ a cup of hot coca tea, this is going to be one of the most beautiful days in the trek. We will see the ‘Pitusiray’ glacier ahead in the distance, also the spectacular views of the mountains, some local people herding the llamas and alpacas also taking them to the mountains. After an energetic breakfast we begin our 4 hours’ uphill hike until we reach to the highest point of our trek called Pachacutec pass. (4,700 m./15,420 ft.) once here if you take your eyes off of the ‘Pitusiray glacier’ (5,700 m/ 18,700 ft.) you will be able to enjoy the astonishment Vilcanota mountain range in all its beauty with waterfalls, lagoons in the distance, snowcapped peaks, and at the bottom the farmlands. After taking a great pictures and enjoying our cup of coca tea provided by our porter, we start to descent for 1½ hours towards our lunch spot (3,850 m./1,2631 ft.). After a satisfying lunch we start our next two hours hiking downhill until ‘Quiswarani’ campsite. On the way we will be able to see the organic potatoes valley, and the llamas working there, how come? In the Inca´s time the llamas were considered sacred and fundamental to the economy also they were the main transport for the products, and here the people continue the tradition of the Incas. After siesta we will have afternoon tea time and dinner then a comfortable night sleep.
    • Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch, tea time and dinner.
    • Accommodation: Camping facilities.
    • Distance: 14 kms. – 8,700mi.
    • Average time: 8 hours.
    • Considered: Challenging.
    • Weather: Cold – windy.
    • Campsite altitude: 3,700m./12,139ft.

     

    Day 3:Quiswarani – Lares / hot spring – Ollantaytambo

    Today we start to climb uphill for 3 hours towards the ‘Huillkiccasa pass’ (4,200m./13,779ft.) here another spectacular views of the glaciers and the lagoons in the distance. We start to hike downhill for 2 hours through the beautiful valley until ‘Cucani community’. Where again we will see more farmlands, and as well we will have the opportunity to expend time with the indigenous children in the break at their school perhaps teach them some English expressions and share an unforgettable time. A little further on we will arrive to ‘Lares hot spring’, here we will enjoy of this hot spring which are divided into various pools with different temperatures, also this water is medicinal and is considered good for your muscles, bones and headaches. After lunch and relax we will drive for 3 hours until ‘Ollantaytambo’. (2,792m./9,160ft.) Where we will have our dinner in a touristic restaurant and expend the night in our hotel.
    • Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner.
    • Accommodation: Hotel.
    • Distance: 15 kms. – 9,320mi.
    • Average time: 6 hours.
    • Considered: Moderate.
    • Weather: Warm.

     

    Day 4:Ollantaytambo – Chachabamba – Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes

    After an early breakfast in our hotel we will go to the train station where we will take the train towards ‘Chachabamba’ or Kilometer 104 (2,100 m./6,890 ft.). Here we will have our first control point as well we will show our tickets and passports. After few minutes we go to the first archeological site known as ‘Chachabamba’, where we will have time to explore this beautiful place surrounded by the local green vegetation. Afterward we go up hill for along 4 hours until ‘Wiñaywayna’. On the way we will be able to enjoy the Urubamba valley and all its beauty with the sacred river at the bottom as well the first view of ‘Machupicchu mountain’, finally we reach to ‘Wiñaywayna’, 2,650m./8,700ft. (eternally young) another amazing Incan site, here we will have as well the option to explore this amazing Incan site as well your guide will continue explaining you the history of the Incas. Still 20 minutes to reach to the lunch spot and to the next control point (average time to stay there is 1:00 pm). from here we will join to the classic Inca trail path, afterwards one hour following the andean flat to reach to ‘Inti Punku’ or (Sun Gate), on this way still the green scenery with the sounds of the local birds are living in this national park, the spectacular views of the mountains and again the Urubamba river at the bottom. From the Sun Gate (2,720m./8,923ft.) we will have the first view of Machupicchu in all its majesty. Plenty time to enjoy the views! then 45 minutes downhill reaching directly to Machupicchu, exactly where we can take the classic postcard picture. Finally, by bus 30 minutes until Aguas Calientes (2,040 m./ 6,691 ft.) and check-in at your hotel.
    • Meals: Snack, box lunch, and dinner.
    • Accommodation: Hotel.
    • Distance: 13 kms. – 8 mi.
    • Average time hiking: 6 hours.
    • Considered: Easy/moderate.
    • Weather: Warm - hot.
    • Maximum altitude: 2,720 m./8,923 ft.

     

    Day 5:Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu tour – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

    Today we will wake up very early, due to is Machupicchu´s day!!!  breakfast will be organized at your hotel and then we will walk 10 minutes until the bus stop and wait there until 5:30 am. when the buses start to go to Machupicchu archaeological park, is 30 minutes to reach there and then enjoy the sun rise (if the weather allows).

    We will have 2 hours a private guided tour. After, you will have free time to re-explore on your own, or to climb Machupicchu mountain or Waynapicchu mountain (must be arranged ahead of time).

    Afterwards again by bus to Aguas Calientes, where your guide will be waiting for you in a local restaurant to enjoy the last lunch (this lunch is not included), you should be 30 minutes in advance at the train station and wait for the departure time, 2 hours by train till Ollantaytambo station then by our private van 2 more hours until Cusco directly to your hotel, (in Cusco we will be around 8 pm.)
    • Considered: The most important and unforgettable day!!!
    • Weather: Hot – humid.

  • Included in the trek
    Briefing:
    It will be done one night before the trek, and here we will tell you all the specific details about the trek.
    Professional guide
    Bilingual English speaking, experienced professional guide.
    Two hours guided tour in Machupicchu.
    All the tickets:
    All tickets for the trek.
    Tickets for the hot springs.
    Admission ticket to the Inca trail.
    Ticket for Machupicchu archeological park.
    Transportation:
    transfer from the airport to your hotel.
    Pick up in a private transport to the starting point of the trek.
    On the third day private van from the hot spring until Ollantaytambo.
    Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Chachabamba (starting point of the Inca trail).
    Bus ticket from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes.
    Bus ticket from (round trip) Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu.
    Last day, train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
    Private van from Ollantaytambo to your hotel.
    Accommodation and hotel:
    2-nights of camping in a comfortable tent (sleeping 2 people in a 4-person tent).
    2-nights hotel, with hot shower, (if you book your hotel just let us know. (Upgrades are always possible).
    Chef
    Experienced chef.
    Wranglers and horses
    To transport all equipment, tents, food, chairs, etc.
    Emergency horse
    We will have an extra horse in case we need it.
    Camping equipment:
    Dining tent to enjoy the meals with tables and chairs.
    Kitchen tent.
    Toilet tent.
    Duffle bag:
    We will provide you a duffle bag at the moment of the briefing for your personal gear (7 kg.)
    Meals:
    Five breakfast, four lunches and four dinners.
    Snacks, and surprises made by our trekking chef.
    * if you have any food restriction, please let us know.
    Water:
    We will provide you boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles from your first lunch.
    First aids:
    All our guides have received training in first aids from a Physician.
    Emergency first-aid kit.
    Oxygen tank.
    Extras:
    We will provide you warm water every morning for washing, small pillows, a thick foam mattress and much more!!!

    Not included
    • Sleeping bag: US$20.
    • Inflatable air mattress: US$20.
    • Walking sticks (Pair): US$15.
    Last lunch in Aguas Calientes.
    Tips for the crew. (Guide, chef, horseman)


  • • Sleeping Bag: US$20.00 per person per trek (It will be clean and warm).
    • Air Mattress: US$20.00 per person per trek.
    • Walking Poles: US$15.00 per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended).
    • Personal tent: US$30.00 – (Tent is for single trekkers only).
    • Private hotel room: US$30.00 per night for solo travelers with single room.
    • Waynapicchu Mountain: US$35.00 per person (Please request when you book your Trek).
    • Machupicchu Mountain: US$30.00 per person (Please request when you book your Trek).

  • PRICE - USD 780.00 per person.
    This price includes the 18% taxes and extra personal porter who will carry your belongings up to 7 kilos.
    DISCOUNTS
    Student Discount (with active green ISIC card): US$20.00
    • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$20.00
    • Under 7 years Discount: US$35.00

    ***please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

  • Essentials for the Lares trek 5D
    You have to take with you for this trek.

    Original passport. (very important).
    Valid GREEN ISIC card, (if you booked as a student)
    Small day pack – 30 or 40 L. for hiking in the day.
    Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support.
    Head lamp with extra batteries. (essential)
    Sleeping bag: it has to be at least -15 ºC (can be rented from overandestravel).

    FOR YOUR DUFFLE BAG
    We will provide you a duffle bag at your briefing time and of course we will explain you what to put inside. Also include a porter wo will carry up your personal items to 7 kg. or 14 pounds including your sleeping bag and air mattress (these 2 items are 3.5 kg.)

    Sandals/comfortable shoes for camp.
    Warm clothes for variable temperatures - 3 ºC: wool hat, scarves, gloves, wool socks.
    Battery charger – No electricity along the trek.
    Quick-dry towel.
    3 hiking pants.
    3 t-shirts.
    3 sets of undergarments.
    3 sets of hiking socks.
    Couple of fleece (thermals will be great)
    Sleeping bag: it has to be at least -15 ºC (can be rented from overandestravel).
    Swimming suit.
    TOILETRIES
    Toothbrush and paste.
    Hand sanitizer.
    Personal medication.
    Basic first aids kit – moleskin, band aids, etc.
    Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste.
    Wet wipes.
    Insect repellent.

    ABOUT YOUR BACKPACK
    We recommend a small backpack 30L – 40L for hiking, Big backpack will not be allowed inside Machupicchu. Big ones can be stored outside citadel gate.

    Water bottle, or Camelbak – please supply your water until first lunch, then we will provide cold-boiled water after every meal.
    Sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
    Rain gear: rain jacket, rain pant.
    Fleece.
    Wool hat, gloves.
    Camera.
    Value things.
    Snacks like dry fruits, chocolates, etc.
    Trekking poles (can be rented from overandestravel)
    Plastic poncho - we will provide you one.
    Basic first aids kit – moleskin, band aids, etc.
    Personal medication.
    Extra money (dollars or soles) for souvenirs, drinks, tips, etc. at least $100.
    Head lamp with extra batteries. (essential)
    Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste.
    Hand sanitizer.
    Insect repellent.

     

    Note: beside the main briefing done the night before the trek. Your guide will explain you every night about the activities to do and what to bring in your backpacks next days.