Lares Cultural Trek 4d/3n

4 Days / 3 Nights 35 km 2950 msnm – 4200 msnm moderate Cusco – Lares Machu Picchu – Cusco

This trek is a great option for people who want to see traditional Andean communities inhabited by people who consider themselves descendants of Incas and cultivate the traditional customs. The route begins in Lares. On the way we meet typical Andean communities dedicated to agriculture, livestock farming and weaving, where the people still wear their impressive traditional dress from the area and we can appreciate their generous hospitality. The trek is finished in Machu Picchu. We dedicate the last day to visiting the Lost City of Incas.

Day 1: Cuzco – Lares – Huacahuasi
We depart Cuzco early in the morning and travel to the town of Calca (2900 metres/ 9512 feet). From Calca we pass Inca burial tombs, local farms and herds of wild llama en route. Just past the highest point of the day, we will stop for a short walk at the Inca ruins of Ancasmarca with views of the surrounding valley. From here we make our way down into the Lares Valley and the main town, Lares where we can visit the local market before continuing onto the famous hot springs. Have a bath in the hot springs before lunch. In the afternoon we will walk about 3 hours to the village of Huacahuasi. Camping at Huacahuasi village.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

Day 2: Huacahuasi – Ipsaycocha

After breakfast we begin to ascent to the highest point of our trek – Ipsaycocha pass (4200 metres). We reach it after 4.5 hours of walking. On the way we see beautiful snowcapped mountains and see herding llamas and alpacas. After the pass we descent for 30 minutes and arrive at the campspot located close to a nice lagoon. In the afternoon we have an opportunity to fish in the lagoon and observe Andean seagulls and geese.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3:  Ipsaycocha – Patacancha – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

The final section of our trek is a descent to the valley of Patacancha. A steady 4 hours walking brings us to the town of Patacancha, a long-established textile community with strong ancient Quechua traditions. From Patacancha we will take private transport to the village of Ollantaytambo. On the way we may visit the ruins being part of Pumamarca, which was thought to have been built to protect the Sacred Valley. It also has interesting storage facilities. We will have lunch In Ollantaytambo and depending on the train time during the afternoon you will have time to visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo. (Boleto Turistico not included). In the afternoon or evening you will take the train to Aguas Calientes. Accomodation: Hostal in Aguas Calientes.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4: Machu Picchu
On this day, we will plan to leave very early to take the first bus to Machu Picchu which leaves at 5:30 so that we can be at the citadel early to see the sun rise. In this place, we will have a thorough explanation of the Inca construction, at a time where there will be the least number of people. We can also secure our entry to the mountain of Waynapichu from where we can appreciate Machu Picchu from a different vantage point. Later, we will again descend to the pueblo of Aguas Calientes to take our return train to Cusco, and then return you to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast in the hotel.


  • The time of hiking will depend on the group. The guide can change the places for having lunch and camping according to the physical condition of the group.
  • Each guide has his own way of leading his groups but always his decisions will be for the benefit of the tourists.
  • If you would like an extra night in Aguas Calientes please let us know at the time of your reservation so that we can make appropriate arrangements with the return train tickets.
  • LARES. This is an adventure trek. To enjoy it in full – bring an open mind, a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.


  • An explanation two days before departing
  • Transport in private bus to the start of the trek
  • Transport from Patacancha to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer to your hotel on return
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Meals according to the program (Vegetarian option available)
  • Boiled water on all days for your bottles
  • Snacks far walking
  • Camping tents for 2 and 3 persons depending on the requirements
  • Inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest)
  • Camping equipment, dining tents, kitchen, tables, chairs
  • Cook and assistant cook
  • Kitchen/eating utensils
  • Pack animals (mules and horses) to carry the baggage and equipment
  • Emergency horse
  • Wranglers to care for the pack animals
  • Professional guide who speaks English, Spanish and Quechua
  • Assistant guide for groups larger than 8 people
  • Last night celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes in a restaurant
  • Entrance into Machu Picchu
  • Bus up to and back down from Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Return train ticket to Cusco
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom and hot water
  • First aid equipment and oxygen tank


  • Breakfast the first day
  • Dinner the last day
  • Tips for personnel: guide, cook, wranglers (according to their job)
  • Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office)
  • Entrances to hot springs
  • If you would like to rent an additional horse, the cost is $10 per day

  • 1 small nylon reinforced backpack to carry the things you need for the trek (camera, drinks, etc.)
  • 1 large backpack or suitcase to keep the things you don‘t need in your hotel in Cusco until you return from your trek
  • Sleeping bag good for -5°C (which can be rented in Cusco)
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries
  • 1 water bottle (1 liter) or a small plastic throw away bottle
  • Hiking boots
  • Tennis shoes
  • 1 jacket (of nylon with hood and water and wind resistant)
  • 1 Fleece Jacket
  • 1 pair of gloves and hat of wool (they can be bought during your trip)
  • 3 or 4 short sleeved shirts (preferably “dryfit” that don’t retain water)
  • 2 pairs of shorts such as bermudas.
  • Socks: 4 pairs of wool and 4 of fiber (coolmax) for the trek (avoid cotton as these can retain water)
  • 1 sun hat and sunglasses
  • Binoculars for birdwatching
  • Personal medications and toiletries in small containers
  • Sunscreen for your skin and lips
  • Insect repellent
  • Moisturizer lotion to avoid the drying out of the skin
  • Bathing suit for the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes
  • Energy foods according to your needs: chocolates, granola bars, dried fruits, etc. (they can be purchased in Cusco).


  • Sleeping bags which can be rented in the office for $5 per day and good for – 10°C.
  • Professional walking sticks can be rented in the office for $2 per day

Lares Cultural Trek 4d/3n – 2015/2016

PRICE PER PERSON IN USD $ 1,545 $ 1,170 $ 1,035 $ 940 ask us for prices
  • If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour and must let us know when you make your reservation.
  • If you wish to go with other people, check our group departures site to join an existing group.
  • Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions.


  • Students: $20 U.S. (only for students who have a current international student card – ISIC card) – due to the differences in entrance ticket prices
  • Children: $20 U.S. (minors of 16 years with proof of passport) – due to the differences in entrance ticket prices.
  • Volunteers in Peru: $20 U.S. (with a confirmation of volunteering activities)