The four-day trek from Lares to Machu Picchu offers a magical and breathtaking experience that you’ll never forget! Along the trail, you’ll find rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks of the Andes mountain range. If you’re interested in Andean culture, this trail is the best option for you. You’ll get to visit various countryside communities where they raise llamas and alpacas. They also use sophisticated weaving techniques to keep their traditions alive. Textile art from these communities is awe-inspiring and holds extraordinary amounts of cultural and historical significance! Take advantage of this opportunity to make new friends and open your mind.
The path is intense but not as extreme as others. Along the way, rivers will roar by your side, and impressive waterfalls will appear in front of you, catching you by surprise and helping you relax along the rushing waters. You’ll also see teardrop ponds of all colors: blue, green, turquoise, yellow. After this magical few days in the mountains, you’ll finish your trek with a visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World: the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
We will pick you up at 5:00 am from your accommodation in Cusco to begin our exciting adventure. Then we will head to Huaran where we will have a delicious breakfast prepared by our private chef.
We start your trek on a path that will take us slowly to the community of Canchacancha. After 3 hours hike we will stop at a strategic point to have lunch prepared by our cooks after a delicious lunch we will walk 2 hours more to the community of Canchacancha where you will have the opportunity to interact with the locals and be part of their way of living also we offer you tea before dinner to warm up your bodyes also dinner and the amenities for a camping night. If you like you can learn a little bit of quechua the Inca language. While we visit the comiunity our suport staff will set up the camp in order to sleep in the área around 5:00 pm we enjoy a warm tea or “happy hour” and dinner around 7:00 pm then you enjoy the beauty of the sky full of stars usually.
The second day of the trek is considered difficult because we hike from (3,950 m / 12,959 ft)t up to 4,700 m / 15,419 ft which is the highest point of the whole Lares treks. It is going be about 4 hour slow uphill hiking but the landscape is beautifull and unique full of small lagoons, rocky mountains, snow-capped mountains, and the most interesting animals Llamas and Alpacas grazing everywhere taking care by their Andean shepherds who spends time weaving. By 5:00 am our support staff will pass for your tents to wake you up with a hot drink coca tea or coffee After you repack your personal belongings we have a breakfast prepared by the expert chefs in order to start our trek around 6:30 in the morning. After 4 hours uphill hiking we arrive to Pachacutec pass (4700 m / 15420 ft) to enjoy the panoramic views of the beautiful area and also you appreciate Pachacutec mountain from very close then we organize an offering for the mountains gods and after done the ritual we continue hiking for 1 hour downhill toward Coyalago which is the lunch spot located in the borders of a beautiful lagoon after lunch we hike 1.5 hours more towards the camping, along the way we will appreciate beautiful waterfalls and local people getting ready for the nightfall. Then we arrive to the camp to have tea and dinner and camp in the community of Quiswarani at 3,850 m / 12,631 ft.
Today we have to reach to Aguas Calientes town and we are going to do diferent activityes and also is a beautiful day for mountain lovers and pure nature. We wake up at 5:00 in the morning with a cup of coca tea then we have breakfast in order to start the trek around 6:00 in the morning. We start the last part of the of the entire trek. Hiking 2 hours approximately the last uphill section of the trek which is going be to willkikasa pass at (4,400 m / 14,435 ft) from this high you have a espectacular views of Cuncani valley with its amazing views of the colorfull Lagoons surrounded by mountains if you are lucky you will see along the way Chinchillas, Andean foxes for sure you see many alpacas, llamas you will have the chance to be very close to them for photograph. After the summit we will descend 2 hours approximately to the community of Cuncani where we will have lunch. After lunch a car from the company will take us to the hot springs of Lares once there yoy have time to take a bath and realx in the medicinal hot springs. Then we continue by car for 2.5 more hours towards Ollantaytambo for dinner and take the train to Aguas Caliente and spend the night in a hotel and the next day visit Machupicchu.
Most of the people who visist mahupicchu are the people who take train and to get there, of course the most importat reason for them is to know Machupicchu. But in your case after you did the lares trek you will not just know Machu Picchu you will understand and feel deeply the meaning of the Inca civilizations. After breakfast early in the mornig w ego to take the bus uf to Machu Picchu, bus takes about 25 minutes approximately to the main entrace of Machu Picchu. The point is to arrive at 6:00 a.m to Machupicchu in order to see it almost without people and enjoy the sunrise. After 20 to 30 minutes you will have a guided tour service for about 2:30 hours in Machupicchu then we will leave you free to explore the lost city of the Incas. Then if you wish you can go to the sun gate or to the Inca bridge. If you booked in advance the tickets for Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountains you can climb. after you done all the activityes we return to Aguas Calientes town by bus to have a delicious lunch. In the afternoon You will take a train back to Cusco then we take you by car to your hotel.
All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the Peru Hike offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.
ou’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.
A maximum of 5 kg is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.
The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.
It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.
Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.
Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.
Peru Hike can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.
Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!
Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.
Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.
You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.
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We are a family that made Lares Trek / Machupicchu with (Peru Hike), at the recommendation of some friends who also did the same tour.
We made the reservation directly for 6 people one month in advance, and Thanks to Franklin that he gave us all the means to continue with the reservation and have the travel date.
The group was just for us, we don’t share with anyone else. The entire organization was excellent from the first day of travel, all in due course very punctual with pick-up times, walking hours, and daily activities.
The service we had was high quality, our chef, guide and muleteer were the friendliest people we had, the food was very good and varied until we had the option of requesting vegetarian food for one of us.
In the package we had, everything was included from private transport, food, income, machupicchu, hotel, trains and our guide Alex who accompanied us until the final day of the tour.
(Peru Hike) is a safe company, and highly recommended!