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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
4 Days and 3 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
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Lares Machu Picchu Trek 4 Days

The trek from Lares to Machu Picchu is a bit like the Inca Trail trek but with more intact living culture and also has a challenging high pass, although there are many different routes you can take to do this trek. Local Trekkers Peru offers you a 4 days and 3 nights trek that includes 2 nights camping and 1 night hotel in Aguas Calientes before visiting Machu Picchu on the last day. This is an excellent alternative and somewhat different route to the Inca Trail, as you can experience local life and cross untouched Andean villages where residents still wear traditional clothing, preserve the native Quechua language and make a living by farming the land. At every step we take we can see farmers with their alpacas, llamas and sheep, as well as children dressed in colorful red ponchos. We offer the best service to get to know these places.

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days and 3 nights - Local Trekkers Peru - Local Trekkers Peru


Early in the morning our guide will pick you up from your hotel to travel by private bus through the Sacred Valley until you reach the city of Calca where we stop at a local restaurant, where you can order your breakfast (optional) and then we will continue our way to the town of Lares; The trip takes approximately 3 hours. Already in Lares, we will climb to the hot springs to relax and enjoy these beautiful outdoor hot springs and then have lunch in this place. Then we will board our bus to continue our trip for about 20 minutes to PASCANA where our trek will begin, it will take us about 2.5 hours to reach Quishaurani where we will spend the night, crossing beautiful landscapes we will arrive our campsite that will be already established for us. In the free time we have we will can meet the local people and see some weaving techniques.

Total distance: 14 km (8.70 miles)

  • Estimate Walking Time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude Point: Cusco = 3,350 mals /10990 feet; Lares = 3,100 mals/10170 feet; Quishuarani = 3,700 mals /12139 feet.

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This day we will wake up very early to have our breakfast and start our tour, since this will be our longest day we will have to walk approx. 7 hours. We begin our ascent towards the highest point of the trek, the Pachacutec Pass (4,450 masl/14599 feet). When we reach the top our effort will be rewarded with magnificent views of Lake Pachacutec and the snowy peaks of Pitusiray, Sawasiray and Chicon. Then we will continue downhill for approximately 2.5 hours until we reach the town of Cancha Cancha where we will have dinner and spend the night, our camp will be ready. Also on this day we will can see a lot of wildlife, fauna and flora.

Total distance: 12 km (5,94 miles)

  • Estimate Walking Time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Maximum Altitude Point: Quishuarani; Cancha Cancha = 3,800 mals/12467 feet.

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On our third day and after a delicious breakfast, we will start our walk, we will walk downhill for approx. 5 hours to reach the village of Huaran, from there we take a local transport that will take us to the town of Ollantaytambo, a beautiful well-preserved Inca town that is still inhabited, we will have some time to explore this amazing small Inca town before boarding the Ollantaytambo train to the town of Agua Calientes. In Agua Calientes, a member of our team will wait for you to take you to your hotel, then we take dinner in a local restaurant. where your guide will explain you about the visit to Machu Picchu for the next morning. then you will sleep in your confortable bed at the hotel to be ready for tomorrow, you can also go to the hot springs and relax or walk the streets of this town below Machu Picchu.

Total distance: 12 km (5,94 miles)

  • Estimate Walking Time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude Point: Cancha Cancha; Huaran = 2,800 mals/9186 feet; Ollantaytambo = 2,700 mals/8858 feet; Aguas Calientes..

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The day we will arrive in Machu Picchu, you have to wake up early (before 05:30 am), have your breakfast and leave your luggage at the hotel, your guide will take you to take the tourist bus (Optional) early to Machu Picchu, when we arrive we will be The first to enter Machu Picchu, it will be quite empty and we will have the best opportunity to enjoy the beauty and magic of Machu Picchu, and with tranquility we will have a guided tour of the most important places of Machu Picchu of approximately 2:30 hours, and then you will have time, to explore the whole site for about 3 hours by yourself and the most enthusiastic have the option of climbing the Mountain of Wayna Picchu or Mountain Machu Picchu, from the top the view is impressive but you must go after the guided tour since the entrance to climb is limited per day. Then, after visiting Machu Picchu, you will get off in the tourist bus (optional) to Aguas Calientes. The buses leave every 15 minutes you should consult your guide the real times to board the train that will take you to Ollantaytambo, Then a private transportaion will transfer you to Cusco, when you arrive to the city of Cusco in the evening our team It will take you to your Hotel. End of service Waking per day.

Total distance: 4 km (2,49 miles)

  • Place to Visit: Machupicchu
  • Maximum Altitude Point: 2,700 mals = 8,829 Feet.
  • Campsite altitude: Machupicchu Citadel 2,400 mals = 7,872 Feet.

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  • 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):
600 USD$ 550 USD$ 530 USD$ 500 USD$ 480 USD$

PRICES FOR 2021-2022
Number of People for PRIVATE SERVICE:
2 3 4 5-6 7-10
Price USD$ (per person):
800 USD$ 750 USD$ 700 USD$ 650 USD$ 600 USD$


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