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Lares & short Inca trail 5D/4N

  • Tour type: 5D/4N Cultural, adventure
  • Physical/difficulty: Moderate
  • Total distance: 54 kms – 33,554 mi
  • Max altitude: 4,700 m./15,420 ft
  • Temperature: Dry-cold
  • Good for: Those who love hiking and are in a moderate shape

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 great vistas comprising snow-smothered peaks and emerald valley where is running the sacred river of the Incas, as well a lots of flora and fauna with more than 200 species of birds and a similar number of orchids. Also present on the trail – though less forthcoming – are the rare spectacled bear. 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.

Tour location

Cusco – Lares hot springs – Ollantaytambo – Wiñayhuayna – Machupicchu


Visit some local communities, hike the Short Inca trail and have the chance to interact with locals!


Day 1Cusco – 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 with 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 2Canchacancha – 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, 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 3Quiswarani – 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 4Ollantaytambo – Chachabamba – Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes

After an early breakfast in our hotel (by 5 am) we will go to the train station where we will take the train at 6:10 am. 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 5Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu tour – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Today we will wake up very early, due to is Machupicchu´s day!!! breakfast will be organized in 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, then enjoy the sun rise (if weather allows).

We will have 2 hours a private walking tour. In case you have Machupicchu mountain or Waynapicchu mountain You will organize with your guide and he/she will take you to the gate where you will check in, then you continue on your own over 3 hours’ round trip.

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.

  • Considered: The most important and unforgettable day!!!
  • Weather: Hot – humid
What to bring?


  • 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.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sleeping bag: it has to be at least -15 ºC (can be rented from overandestravel)

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.
  • Value things.
  • Personal medication.
  • Sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Rain gear: rain jacket, rain pant and plastic poncho.
  • Camara.
  • Snacks like dry fruits, chocolates, etc.
  • Extra money (dollars or soles) for souvenirs, drinks, tips, etc. at least $100.
  • Trekking poles (can be rented from overandestravel)
  • Head lamp.

For your duffle bag

We will hand out to 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.
  • Hiking pants, couple of fleece (thermals will be great)
  • T-shirts.
  • Sets of undergarments.
  • Quick dry towel, swimming suit.
  • Sleeping bag.


  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
  • Basic first aid kit – moleskin, band aids, etc.
  • Wet wipes, toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste.
  • 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.

Extra information

Included in the Lares trek


  • It will be done one night before the trek, and here we will tell you all the specific details about the trek.

Professional guide:

  • Professional tour guide.
  • Private guided tour in Machupicchu.


  • All tickets for the trek.
  • Tickets for the hot springs.
  • Admission ticket to the Short Inca trail.
  • Ticket for Machupicchu archeological park.


  • 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: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu (round trip)
  • 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)


  • Experienced trekking chef.

Wranglers and horses:

  • To transport all equipment, tents, food, chairs, etc.

Emergency horse:

  • We will have an extra horse in case of difficulties.

Camping equipment:

  • Dining tent with tables and chairs to enjoy our meals.
  • 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.)


  • 5 breakfast, 4 lunches and 4 dinners.
  • Snacks, and surprises made by our trekking chef.


  • We will provide you boiled and cold water to refill the water bottles from your first lunch.

First aid:

  • All our guides have received training in first aid from a Physician.
  • Emergency first-aid kit.
  • Oxygen tank, medical infrared thermometer, fingertip pulse-oximeter.


  • We will provide you Small pillows, a thick foam mattress and much more!!!

Not included

  • Sleeping bag.
  • Inflatable air mattress.
  • Walking sticks (Pair)
  • Last lunch in Aguas Calientes.
  • Tips for the crew. (Guide, chef, horseman)

Rentals and complementaries

  • Sleeping bag: US$20.00 per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress: US$15.00 per person per trek.
  • Walking Poles: US$20.00 per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Waynapicchu Mountain: US$75.00 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Machupicchu Mountain: US$75.00 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)

Price Reference

  • US$ 900.00 per person.


  • Student Discount (with active green ISIC card): US$20.00
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$20.00


  • Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • If you have any food restriction, please let us know.

Sacred valley Map