Overview of your Lares Trek 4-day Tour

If you feel like getting away from all the daily stress and connecting with nature and your inner adventurer, then a 4 day tour by the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu will ensure you the experience you are looking for. Enjoy the best landscapes up in your way to the Inca wonder, take amazing pictures, feel the cold breeze in your face and wake up in the middle of a stunning Andean landscape.

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Itinerary at a glance!

LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU – 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

DAY 1: Cusco – Calca – Lares – Wacawasi

  • 6:00 Pick up from hotel. Transfer by car to Lares.
  • 7:00 Stop at Calca town
  • 9:30 Arrival to Lares town
  • 10:10 Start of the trek
  • 15:00 Arrival to the Wacawasi campsite

DAY 2: Wacawasi – Ipsaykassa – Patacancha

  • 6:00 Breakfast at the capsite
  • 9:00 Arrival to the Ipsaykassa Pass
  • 9:30 Visit to the Ipsaykassa Lagoon
  • 13:30 Arrival to the Patacancha campsite

DAY 3: Patacancha – Pallata – Pumamarca – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

  • 6:00 Breakfast at the campsite
  • 6:30 Trip by car to Pallata
  • 7:10 Trek start to Pumamarca
  • 8:00 Guided tour by Pumamarca archaeological ruins
  • 12:00 Arrival to Ollantaytambo town
  • Break, lunch and dinner.
  • You will go to Aguas Calientes by train at night.

DAY 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

  • 06:30 Breakfast at the hotel and bus up to Machu Picchu
  • 08:00 Start of the Great Guided Tour by Machu Picchu
  • 08:00 Start of the Great Guided Tour by Machu Picchu

Note: All times are approximated. Additionally, One night before your tour at agreed time we will provide you the tour information as a briefing by our guide at your hotel.

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Lares Trek 4-day Tour in detail

There are many ways to get to Machu Picchu but if you are a hiker or a nature lover then we strongly recommend taking the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu. Four days of adventure that include amazing natural landscapes, traditional villages, lamas and alpacas, nightly camps and much more.

4 DAY 3 NIGHT LARES TREK ITINERARY

DAY 1: Cusco – Calca – Lares – Wacawasi

We will start with a 3 hour trip by car from your hotel in Cusco to the town of Lares (3260m – 10695 ft.) In the way to Lares we will stop in Calca, a traditional town with a lovable crafts market. Once in Lares you can relax a little in the hot springs before lunch and the start of the trek.

The first campsite is 4 hours away from the starting point. The path is quite steep at the first 30 minutes but it will turn flatter then. During the way we will go through rivers, mountains and more. Wacawasi village (3880 m – 12730 ft) is the nearest village to the campsite (40 minutes walking).

Along the way you can see traditional families living in the mountains.

DAY 2: Wacawasi – Ipsaykassa – Patacancha

Breakfast. The next 3 hours we will hike to the Ipsaykassa Pass at 4450 m or 14 600 feet. This is the highest part of the trek. The landscape is full of Andean animals like alpaca, lamas and sheeps and traditional houses built of stones and a straw roofs. Our lunch will be at the Ipsaycocha lagoon, 30 minutes away from the pass.

After lunch we will walk to our campsite near the Patacancha village for about 2 and  half hours.

DAY 3: Patacancha – Pumamarca – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

We will start with the breakfast and then a 40-minute trip by car to Pallata village. This is the point where we will restart the trek to Pumamarca ruins. After the guided tour you will take the old Inca Trail for 3 hours and then take the way of the Patacancha River.

After the hike we will arrive to Ollantaytambo. In this town you will find a craft market, restaurants, and many places to visit. You can also visit the Inca Warehouses, Qolqas, 1 hour away from the city. Try to enjoy this town because you will take the night train to Aguas Calientes later. You will have dinner and spend the night at a hotel in Aguas Calientes.

DAY 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Your day will start very early with breakfast at the hotel and the bus up from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu Citadel. Once all are gathered, we will start the Great Guided Machu Picchu Tour and take about 3 hours. You will visit the Sun Temple, the Main Square, the Intiwatana or Solar Clock Stone and the Condor Temple among others.

Then you will have free time to explore and feel the Inca citadel by yourself. Later, we will go down to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Cusco.

What your dream trip includes

The Lares Trek DOES include:

  • Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to Lares and from the train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Entrance to the Lares hot springs.
  • Train tickets Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes and Aguas Calientes – Cusco.
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Basic hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Camping equipment.
  • Professional Tour Guide in Spanish and English.
  • Three meals during the trek starting from the first day lunch to the last day breakfast. Last lunch in Aguas Calientes is NOT included.
  • Professional chef.

The Lares Trek DOES NOT include:

  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping bags or trekking poles (can be rented as an additional service.)
  • Tips and other spendings.
Price

Tour Price

You can get this tour from $XXX USD, This price may vary due to season, number of travelers or other conditions.

Discounts and Offers

  • ISIC Card: Students with a valid ISIC card can apply to a discount of XX%.
  • Junior: People under 18 years old can get this tour for $XXUSD.
Aditional Services

You can enhance your experience with these aditional services:

  • Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain: an extra hike to the sacred mountains next to the citadel.
  • Vistadome Train: enjoy the landscape in a panoramic train during your trip to Machu Picchu.
  • Porters: hire an extra porter to get him carry your belongings and enjoy the rek at your best! You will support a Peruvian family too!
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What to bring for your Lares Trek 4-day Tour

What to bring:

  • Original passport. Original ISIC card (if student).
  • Sleeping bag (you can rent them too.)
  • Small backpack
  • Swimsuit (in case you want to take a bath in the hotsprings at Lares or Aguas Calientes)
  • Trekking shoes and sandals.
  • Camera and extra batteries.
  • Flashlight
  • Raincoat and plastic poncho (for rainy season October – March)
  • Comfortable and light clothes for the trek.
  • Bug repellent
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Hat for the sunlight
  • Clothes for cold temperatures including gloves and hat
  • Small towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Water bottle. We will provide you water from the first lunch
Map of the tour
Upgrade options for your comfort

You can always ask for an upgrade for all of our services:

Trains: you can ask for a high class train, the Hiram Bingham luxury service.

Accomodation: If you feel like staying in a hotel during your stay in Cusco even for a couple of hours, we have plenty of options for you. Please check our hotel lists to find the best option for you.

Guiding: Our guides are very knowledgeable and experienced, but if you want a specialized guiding you can ask us to a special guiding service.

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FAQ's

What is the best season to visit Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu weather is two seasons. You can enjoy fresh and vivid days in rainy seasons from November to March, or shiny and blue-sky days during the dry season, from April to October.

When is Machu Picchu closed?
Good news! Machu Picchu is NEVER closed. You can visit this wonder every day of the year.

Should I book my permit in advance?
We strongly encourage you to book your Machu Picchu permit in advance as they can be sold out easily.