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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
3 Days and 2 Nights

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Locations Visited

Locations Visited:

Lares Valley, Ollamtaytambo, Machu Picchu

Starting Altitude

Starting Altitude:

3250 masl = 10662 Feet

Highest Point

Highest Point:

4450 masl = 14599 Feet



Minimum 2 paxs & Maximum 10 paxs

Physical Grading

Physical Grading:


  • Summary
  • Itenerary
  • Map
  • Inclusions
  • packing list
  • prices


The Trek from Lares to Machu Picchu is a bit equal to the Inca Trail hike but with more living culture intact and also has a challenging high pass, although there are many different routes you can take to make this hike. Local Trekkers Peru offers you a 3-day and 2-night hike that includes 2 nights of Camping and 1 night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes before visiting Machu Picchu on the last day. This is a great alternative route and something different from the Inca Trail, as you can experience local life and cross intact Andean villages where residents still wear traditional clothing, retain the Quechua native language and earn a living cultivating the land. In each step we take, we can see the farmers with their alpacas, llamas and sheep, as well as children dressed in colorful red ponchos. We offers the best service to know these places, and make of this route an unforgettable experience until you reach the citadel of Machu Picchu.

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 3 days and 2 nights - Local Trekkers Peru - Local Trekkers Peru


Early in the morning we will pick you up from your hotel lobby in Cusco at 05:30 am and travel for 1 hour towards the Sacred Valley we will stop at the lookout to take panoramic photos of the Valley and the tour guide will give you a brief explanation of the place, then continue to the village of Calca, where we will make a short stop and a visit to the local market where typical local products are sold, then we will transport you for about 2 hours to the village of Lares (3,100 mals / 10,170 feet) in this place we will welcome our road team (chef, carrier) before the walk we will have the opportunity to go to the medicinal thermal baths of Lares (3,250 mals / 10,662 feet) and enjoy a relaxing bath, the temperature varies between 28 Celsius degrees to 34 Celsius degrees. Then we will begin our adventure, walking Andean flat terrain for about 2 hours for better acclimatization to the bridge of Vilcabamba where our team awaits us with lunch, after lunch we will enjoy a short break and continue for 3 hours to the village of Wacahuasi (3,750 mals / 12,303 feet) during the trek find children from nearby villages using their traditional costumes to welcome us is a great opportunity to support and share good times with them. Wacahuasi is the place of our first day of camp, this camp the night will be colder recommend wearing warm clothes for the night, then we will have tea time ideal for sharing experiences in the day time. Later we will enjoy dinner and finally the night.

Total distance: 11 km (6,84 miles)

  • Estimate Walking Time: 4 to 5 hours.
  • Maximum Altitude Point: 3,750 mals / 12,303 feet

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 3 days and 2 nights - Local Trekkers Peru - Local Trekkers Peru


Very early in the morning after breakfast we will start the 6:00 am walk, where we will have the best views of the incredible mountains of the Andes. We will walk uphill for 3 hours, arriving at Paso de Paso Sacsallaully (4,646 mals / 15,242 feet). This point offers a rewarding view of the valleys, snow-capped mountains and Lake Aruray Cocha. We will also appreciate species of native birds including geese (Cara Cara), ducks, etc. and other typical animals of the area such as llamas, alpacas, vicunas and guanacos. From Aurora Cassa Pass we descend to the two lakes known as Aruraycocha and Yuraccoha, with the forest of Queunas (typical tree of the Incas). At the side of one of the lakes we will have our Andean lunch with beautiful views. During the next two hours of our walk and before our arrival in Mantanay (3,850 mals / 12,631 feet.) There will be a great change in the landscape. The rest of the walk is downhill through a picturesque valley of Queunares (native) with ample opportunities to take pictures of the Andean flora. Then we arrive at Yanahuara (2,780 mals / 9,120 feet.) A cozy warm village with a comfortable climate, located near Urubamba Valley (Sacred Valley of the Incas) Our vehicle will be waiting for us here to take us to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo, where we will board our train which will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu town (train trip 1 hour and 40 minutes). Here in this town we will have dinner and spend the night in a cozy hotel with private bathroom, cable TV and wifi.

Total distance: 18 km (11,18 miles)

  • Estimate Walking Time: 8 to 9 hours
  • Maximum Altitude Point: 4,646 mals / 15,242 feet

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 3 days and 2 nights - Local Trekkers Peru - Local Trekkers Peru


This day finally we visit Machu picchu, after breakfast your guide will meet you by you hotel lobby and you go to the bus stop to board the bus, we will drive for about 30 minutes to reach the citadel of Machu Picchu we pass the control where you show your ticket and passport, you will have a private, guided tour, to visit the most important places in Machu Picchu such as the Main Plaza, the Sun Temple, the Sacred Sundial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and cemeteries, the tour will be for more than two hours, After the visit, you will have free time to visit Machu Picchu on your own (optional, climb the Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountain, this costs an additional $ 25 USD per person). You can also hike to the Sun Gate or the Inka Bridge, for these 02 places there are no additional payments. At the appropriate time, we will take the bus and descend from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes usual train departure to Ollantaytambo is in the afternoon, followed by car two hours drive to your hotel in Cusco.

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 3 days and 2 nights - Local Trekkers Peru - Local Trekkers Peru


  • Bilingual and certified Tour Guide
  • A briefing about the trek with your guide the day before
  • Collection from your hotel (we pick you up where you are staying from) from 6:30 to 7:00 am
  • Private Transportation Van to lares valley (trailhead)
  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu
  • A duffel bag where you can put inside 08 kilos from your personal stuff (it will be carry by the horses or mules)
  • Camping equipment (Kitchen tent, portable chairs and table)
  • THERM-A-REST self-inflating air Sleeping mattresses (a whole new way to sleep in comfort)
  • Four season tents (2 trekkers in each one) you will have enough space to put things inside
  • Mattresses
  • Horses or mules and muleteer to carry camping equipments and cooking stuff
  • 1 emergency horse to ride every 3 persons, days 1 to 2
  • Professional Cook
  • 3 Meals per day during the trek (food served in a buffet style)
  • Availability of meals to your preference (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, pesquetarian, etc)
  • Snack for each day of trekking
  • 1 night accommodation in a hostel Aguas Calientes and if you want to upgrade let us
  • Touristic train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Private Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Boiled water to drink during the trail
  • First Aid Kit, with Oxigen ballon.
  • A Survivor T – shirt, for each member of the group

Doesn’t includes:

  • Extra expense if you want to buy things along the trail
  • Entrance fees to Waynapicchu Mountain or Mountain Machu Picchu. (it has an extra cost of 70 dollars per person)
  • Sleeping bags (you can rent from us which cost 20 dollars for a professional one, which can support until -15 degrees celcius or 5 degrees farenheit)
  • Walking sticks (you can rent from us which cost 15 dollars for a professional black diamond pair)
  • Mineral water (you can buy bottle of mineral water in Ollantaytambo)
  • First Breakfast and last lunch and dinner
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Pichu (Round trip bus cost 24 dollars but just one way cost 12 dollars)
  • Upgrade your Touristic Train to a Luxury Vistadome Train to Ollantaytambo (70 $)
  • Extra horse or mule to carry extra backpacks or to ride until the second campsite (150 dollars per horse or mule)
  • Tips for the team (Is not obligatory but if you wish to do it, it will be welcome).
  • Original Passport
  • A valid student card if you book this trek as student (25 years old as máximum)
  • Travel Insurance card (you have to le tus know the name of your Travel Insurance company and you travel Insurance Number)
  • Day Pack
  • Rain coat or Rain Poncho
  • Cold Clothes (For the first and Second day)
  • Trekking shirts and trekking pants
  • Waterproof hiking shoes
  • Bottle of Water
  • Flash Light
  • Toilet Paper
  • Sun Block
  • Sun Glasses
  • Caps or Hats
  • Gloves (for the first and second day)
  • Insect Repellent (30% DEET Recommended)
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Walking sticks
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Extra money especially in soles to buy thing along the trek


PRICES FOR 2021-2022
Number of People for GROUP SERVICE :
2 3 4 5-6 7-10
Price USD$ (per person):
450 USD$ 450 USD$ 450 USD$ 450 USD$ 450 USD$

PRICES FOR 2021-2022
Number of People for PRIVATE SERVICE:
2 3 4 5-6 7-10
Price USD$ (per person):
650 USD$ 630 USD$ 610 USD$ 600 USD$ 580 USD$


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