Lares Trek 4 Days is one of the most popular alternative treks chosen by travelers to Machu Picchu. This route passes through local communities, enabling travelers to witness how the people of the Andes have conserved their traditions. The scenery in this area is spectacular, with Andean valleys overlooked by soaring snow covered mountains, with flora and fauna of the Andes.

Short Itinerary

DAY 1: Cusco – Calca – Lares – Wacawasi

  • • 6:00 Pick up from hotel and transfer by car to Lares
  • • 7:00 Stop at the town of Calca
  • • 9:30 Arrival to the town of Lares town
  • • 10:10 Beginning of the trek
  • • 15:00 Arrival at the Wacawasi campsite
  • DAY 2: Wacawasi – Ipsaykassa – Patacancha

  • • 6:00 Breakfast at the campsite
  • • 9:00 Arrival at 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 Transfer by car to Pallata
  • • 7:10 Beginning of the hike to Pumamarca
  • • 8:00 Professionally guided tour of the Pumamarca archaeological site
  • • 12:00 Arrival to Ollantaytambo village; break, also lunch and dinner. At night, you will go to Aguas Calientes by train.
  • DAY 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

  • • 06:30 Breakfast at the hotel and bus transfer to Machu Picchu
  • • 08:00 Start of the professionally guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel
  • • 12:00 Return to the Aguas Calientes village on bus. Train ride to Ollantaytambo. Finally back to Cusco city by car.

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What's included

  • 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.

Does NOT included

  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes.

  • Sleeping bags or trekking poles (can be rented as an additional service.)

  • Tips and other spending

What to bring for this tour

  • Things you should Carry in your day pack for this tour (Maximum recommended weight 6 Kg)

  • Camping gear: Sleeping bag, lantern light-handed, water purifying tablets

  • Clothing: Rain Jacket, 4 t-shirts, long walking trousers, shorts, several pairs of socks, hiking underwear, rain coat, slippers or sandals to rest your feet, a cap or hat

  • Body Care items: Repellent, sunscreen, toilet paper, personal medication

  • Extra items: plastic bags (to protect cameras and littering) What you should wear to start this tour:

  • Short sleeve t-shirt and long sleeve t-shirt

  • Warm jacket

  • Long pants (better if they are reversible to shorts)

  • Thick, mountaineering socks

  • A good pair of mountaineer shoes

  • Money in small denomination, loose change (soles).

  • A light backpack or bag with camera, documents, bottled beverages, etc

Upgrade options for your comfort

  • You can always ask for an upgrade for any of our services:
  • Private Tours: Do not waste time waiting and have the full experience only for you and your people.
  • Trek Aid: You can rent a horse to complete the Rainbow Mountain or Salkantay Trek.
  • Accomodation: Cusco, Lima and Arequipa have plenty of options for a good sleep and rest. Please check our hotel lists to find the best option for you.
  • Food: Do you want to taste Pervian gourmet food? Ask us for special restaurants in any city and indulge yourself!
  • Guiding: Our guides are very knowledgeable and experienced, but if you want a specialized guiding you can ask us to a special guiding service.
  • Special services: Are you planning something special for a friend’s birthday? Or maybe an anniversary? Contact us and we will support you to realize your plan!
  • Extra destinations: If you have some place in mind that is not in this itinerary, just tell us and we will make all the arrangements for you.