Lares Trek. Hike this stunning route to Machu Picchu–Lares Trek with less crowded, which is a great alternative to the Inca Trail famous, and rightfully so. The trek goes through the golden Polylepis in the valleys to the snow-dusted peaks, an autumn hike along the North of Pumahuanca Mount in the Western Sierra of Cusco, overwhelms with sheer beauty and the largeness of the landscape with full of llamas and alpacas with locals in colorful usages. Set up your tents at a highland deserted place in the andes range. In addition, Lares trek offers opportunities for insight into rural Andean life as the trail passes through very remote mountain communities, allowing hikers learn about the Inca’s fascinating culture through these communities. This trek to Machu Picchu is truly amazing.!
Group size: We need a minimum of 02 people to depart. Family groups, friend travelers, couple travelers or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our adventure to Machu Picchu. Prices are per person which are based on two people who might share a room / tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services; however, you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.
Service Level: Upgraded
- Visit remote rural communities preserved in rich Incan culture.
- Your own private guide, muleteers, horses, delicious camp cuisine prepared by your personal cook.
- Hike at elevations between 10,000′ and 15,000′ with several passes around 15,700′.
- Spend the last day at Incomparable Machu Picchu, “Lost City of the Incas” with a private guide.
- Trek in a high Andean realm close by to herd of llamas, and alpacas. Stay in a mountain 4 season roomy tents (Black Diamond tents).
- Direct & official local tour operator based in Cusco, managed by locals.
Physical Grading: 1 2 3 4 5 6
STRENUOUS: Full-day hikes (6-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many hikes. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 14,500 feet are in this category.
Activities: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures.
Accommodations: 4 season Black Diamond tents designed for 4 people which are used only for 2 people, come with sleeping pads “Therma-Rest”, and Pillows.
- 3 star Hotel in Aguas Calientes Town / Machu Picchu Town.
Important Note: While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, e.g, strikes, natural desasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company
Price: From US$ 690/ 4 Days.
The price is subject to a hotel in Machupicchu town; however, you want to have four-start or five-start hotel we would provide you that class hotel, so you would add the difference to the total balance. Besides the price is based on two-person. Whether you would like to take a private service, our service would increase in US$350 with two-person, US$300 with three-person, US$250 with four-person or more, these prices are applied to each person.
Student with a valid ISIC student ID: US$ 630; Children under seven years of age receive a 10% discount. Children between 7 and 15 years pay the student price, but must show a copy of their passport.
We need a minimum of two people to run the tour. We guarantee that your tour will be limited to a maximum of 12 people. To ensure a private tour with us, our price increases US$350 with two-person, US$300 with three-person, US$250 with four-person or more, these prices are applied to each person.
Request a Quote: We can customize this private trek just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and other destinations. Call us at +51 984 464 391 or request a quote, Here.
Limited Spaces: NO, the Lares trek is not regulated yet by the peruvian goverment; thus you could book in one month in advance that way to organize the tour, whether you would like to climd up the keen Wayna Picchu mountain, please let us know at the moment you are booking the tour( tickets for Wayna Picchu is limited, 400 tickets a day).
Acclimatization: Please allow a minimum of 2 days in Cusco before your hike begins to Lares Trek.
DAY 1- CUSCO – CALCA – LARES HOT SPRINGS – WACAWASI
We will pass by your hotel very early to pick you up, and right away to drive for one-hour to Calca; Calca is a town that is located in the sacred valley of the incas, in Calca we will stop for half-hour to explore the typical market, and take some pictures. Shortly thereafter we will keep driving for two and a half-hour to get the Lares town and the hot springs, when we arrive to the hot springs we will have enough time to enjoy the thermal pools, after two hours of enjoying the hot springs we will have a succulent lunch right beside of the hot springs, after having the lunch we will get ready for the afternoon hiking, we will start the trek at an altitude of 3,200m/ 10,464feet and gradually walk uphill for four-hour to arrive the first camp site which is located around the Wacawasi town at an elevation of 3,800m/ 12,426feet. When we arrive to our camp spot we will see our tents already set up and right infront of the tents warm water in small vats to wash the face and hands, inmediately we will have our tea time where we will have just made pop corn, biscuits, hot chocolate, variety of tea, milk, coffee, etc. After that we will have a delicious dinner, then our tour manager will refresh the information for the next day eventually we will go to sleep.
DAY 2 – WACAWASI – PUERTO PASS – MANTANAY
The second day in the morning we wake up very early with hot coca tea, right away we have our powerfull breakfast, then we get raedy for the trek, and we start the second day trek, this day will be a challenging day, because we will have a four-hour walk from the camp spot until reaching the highest point which is the Puerto pass 4,420m/ 14,453feet, mainly on this section of the path we will see a lot of herd of llamas and alpacas just close by, thus we will have a chance to take awesome pictures of these camelids; after long walking we arrive to the highest point the Puerto where we will celebrate the feat of the first and uphill part with coca leaves, and we will build a rock tower called apacheta(cairn, a mound of stones piled up as a memorial or to mark a boundary or path), and from over here we will have beautiful views around. After stopping for twenty five-minute we will walk downhill, on this section of the trail we will see couple of lagoons which are going to make something special our experience; about 1:00pm we will have our lunch enyoying the panoramic views around us, afterward we keep walking for two-hour and we will get the second camp site; after the lunch spot we are getting in some special and unique ecosistems where the landscape will change the colour and we will start to see polylepis trees(a typical tree from the highlands of Peru that grows up between 3,500m/ 11,445feet trough 4,100m/ 13,407feet, polylepis(Rosaceae) is a genus of low trees with rugged scaly bark). We will camp the second night in the midst of this kind of forest, in the evening we will have the tea time then we will finish the day having our dinner, eventually we will go to the bed.
DAY 3 – MANTANAY – YANAHUARA – OLLANTA TRAIN STATION- MACHUPICCHU TOWN
In the morning you will be waken up with hot coca tea as usual, shortly thereafter to have breakfast soon afterwards the breakfast, we will begin to walk down hill through the polylepis trees for three hours to get Yanahuara town( Yanahuara is a town that is located in the sacred valley of the incas), in which we will have our last lunch made by our chef, once we finish having lunch we will drive for half-hour to Ollanta train station from where we will take the train to Machupicchu town( estimated time of arrival to Machupicchu town 1:45-hour), when we arrive to Machupicchu town we will go to the hostal to make our check-in, that afternoon you will have free time to rest at the hostal or explore the town of Machupicchu(Aguas Calientes). About 7:00pm we will go to a restaurant to have dinner right after the dinner you will get a detailed infortmation and recomendation for the next day,(the day of Machupicchu) from your tour manager, eventually you will go to rest because the next day will be a great day.
DAY 4 – GUIDED TOUR AT MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
The most important day has arrived because it is the day of Machu Picchu, we will wake up very early to have breakfast organizad at the hostal, right away to go to the bust station and take the bus for 25-minute to get the Machu Picchu sacred inca city. “what a moment” you will be very amazed of having the Sacred city right infront of you, so we will seal our feat with an epic picture with Machu Picchu at the background. After the photography session, the tour will start, where our tour guide will be the main character for three-hour on the history, arqueology, ancient architecture. Once you finish the sightseeing at Machu Picchu you will have enough time to explore the sacred city. Whether you have booked a climb to Wayna Picchu, you will climb up the mountain after or before the tour, it depends of the spaces availability for that date, more info see wayna picchu option. In the afternoon you have to take the bus from Machu Picchu inca city back to Aguas Calientes town( Machu picchu town), then to take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station and/or Poroy train station, where our transfer will be waiting for you to take you back to the hotel in Cusco.
NOTE ON ITINERARY
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including strikes, weather and terrain conditions.
Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55° – 75° F with evenings cooling down into the 40s and 50s. Much of this itinerary takes place in the mountains where weather can change very quickly and evening temperatures regularly drop into the 25s and 40s. As our treks are planned during the “dry season”, days are typically clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds occasionally building and leading to small amounts of precipitation. While April and November departures may experience slightly higher amounts of rainfall, all-day rain is unusual. We will be hiking over multiple mountain passes which are above 15,500′ so guests should be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.
PERU SUMMIT INCLUDES
- Transportation from hotel to the hot springs of Lares.
- Transportation from Yanahuara town to Ollanta train station.
- Round trip bus tickets in Machu Picchu town.
- Train ticket back to Cusco at the end of our journey.
- One night hostal in Machupicchu town.
- Camping Equipment 4 season tent(04 people tent for 02 people)
- Therma-Rest mattress and Pillow.
- Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
- Transportation from the train station to the hotel in Cusco.
- Lares trek English guide, Our guides are equipped and trained to practice First-Aid, administer oxygen if needed, and conduct radio communication.
- Meals: Breakfast (3), lunch (3), dinner (2), and snacks.
- A professional Quechua chef.
- Horses, and muleteers; horses carry your 7-kl / 14-pound personal items.
- Oxigen Tank.
- Emergency Horse to escort us during the trek.
PERU SUMMIT DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Sleeping bags US$5 per day, and hiking poles US$5 per day( a pair of poles, Black Diamond or leki brand), you might get them rented from us.
- Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot Springs in Aguas Calientes.
- Gratuities for the guides, porters or muleteers, and other staff.
- Travel Insurance and things of a personal nature – laundry and telephone calls, personal taxis, souvenirs etc.
- Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.
- Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies.
- Travel insurance (and some copies).
- Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
- Backpack to carry your things.
- Phone and Camera charger and adapter.
- Bathing suit.
- Ear Plugs.
- Torch or headlamps.
- Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
- Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us).
- Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
- Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
- Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
- Sunblock and sunglasses.
- Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
- Hiking trousers.
- Thermal underwear.
- Hiking socks.
- Water bottle or canteen.
- American dollars and peruvian soles in cash.
- Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
- Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
- Crédit or debit card.
- Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
- Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).