Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days

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The Lares trek to Machu Picchu in 4 days is one of the trails off the beaten track, crossing Andean communities on tour through the lares valley in Cusco. We meet small Andean villages with traditional ponchos.

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days

Explore the beautiful and remote Lares Valley Trek, a perfect alternative route to the Machu Picchu Mountains in Cusco. At Lares mountain trekking, we offer charming campsites with stunning views. In this beautiful area, you will meet real Andean farmers wearing traditional colorful ponchos. This guided hiking tour is perfect for travelers to take you through the stunning rural communities in the Sacred Valley. The Lares Trek Cusco provides travelers with unique insights into the life of Andean villagers. The picturesque scenery dotted with thatched roofs and herds of alpacas makes the journey a pleasant one. The Lares Cusco hiking package includes a one-night stay at a hotel in Aguas Calientes.


Overview about the Lares hike Peru

Is this Lares trail Peru right for me? AT A GLANCE

The Lares mountain trekking from Huaran provides an insight into the communities that inhabit this rugged and challenging land. Lares Valley is the shortest and easiest route via Quiswarani. This expedition includes camping, hotel, trekking, and exploring the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

  • Day 01: Cusco – Kisacocha – Coyalay
  • Day 02: Coyalay – Condor Pass – Cancha Cancha
  • Day 03: Cancha Cancha – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 04: Machupicchu – Cusco

Lares Trek vs Inca trail: Choose this one!

Highlights: Why you will love this experience

  • Take a look at the weaver’s Way’, the Best Alternative trail to Machu Picchu.
  • It recommended the trip to contact the Andes and its jungle, led by our experienced guides.
  • Lares trek elevation: At 4,400 meters (14,435 feet), it is the highest experience point.


Detailed Itinerary of Machu Picchu Lares Trek

Day 01: Cusco – Kisacocha – Coyalay

A leisurely day hike. Your hike begins here in a fertile valley and follows a small river through the Andes mountain corridor. After walking for over 2 hours, you will start to see the thatched-roof stone houses of the Kiswarani community. After lunch: We follow a series of cascading waterfalls to the community of Coyalay.

The route takes hikers through two attractive weaving communities.

  • 5:30 am we pick up from your hotel
  • On the way to Lares, explore “Ancasmarca Inca Citadel.”
  • Private transfer at the beginning of hiking “in Quishuarani.”
  • Lares trek distance: 10 km/ 6.21371 miles
  • Camp Elevation: 3,850 meters / 1,2631 ft.
  • Weather: Cold
  • Estimated duration: 3 hours and a half trek
  • Trail Conditions: rocky, dusty, and slippery.
  • Meals: Lunch, Afternoon Tea, and Dinner.

Day 02: Coyalay – Condor Pass – Cancha Cancha

Challenge yourself on the most strenuous day of the Lares guided hiking tour! Enjoy incredible views from mountain passes, including the snow-capped peaks of Apu Pachacutec. After breakfast, continue the hike to reach two beautiful glacial Andes lakes, Suiro Cocha and Yurac Cocha. An original Inca stone path will lead you along the ridge down into the opposite corridor.

A challenging day (Pachakuteq Pass).

  • Lares trek altitude “Pachacuteq Pass 4400 m/14,435 ft.”
  • Hiking Distance: 14 km/8 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 830 meters / 2,723 ft
  • Camp Elevation: 3,750 m/ 12,303 ft.
  • Weather: Cold
  • Estimated duration: 7 hours
  • Meals: B+L+D.

Day 03: Cancha Cancha – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Early morning the hiking starts (6:00 am) allows us the best views of our incredible Andes mountainous surroundings. Trekking downhill for 3 hours, we reach the Huaran village 2,700 m / 8,858 ft.

This point offers a rewarding view of the valleys.

  • Walking Distance: 9 km /6.2 miles
  • Weather: Cold in the morning, warm in the afternoon.
  • Estimated duration: 3 and a half hours
  • Meals: Wake Coca Tea, Breakfast, and Lunch.
  • In Huaran, we board the transport to go to the Ollanta train station. Continue the trip to MP Pueblo.
  • PM board a train service to Machupicchu Pueblo.
  • Accommodations: Aguas Calientes Overnight: 3-star hotel – Elevation: 2,000 m / 6,562 ft

Day 04: Machupicchu – Cusco

After breakfast, we will go to the bus station to board one of the bus services. The ride is 30 minutes climbing on a switchback system to Machu Picchu’s main gate. The views from the bus allowed us to appreciate the famous cloud forest. Explore Machu Picchu! We’ll visit notable highlights, and the tour takes 2 hours to explore this ancient Inca city.

Return by bus to Machupicchu Pueblo at the indicated time to board your train, car service to Ollantaytambo and Cusco.

  • Weather: Warm and humid


Lares Trek 4 Days Includes

  • Trek briefing with your guide
  • Tourist guide (on the hike)
  • Private transport and professional driver (to the starting point of the Lares trail)
  • Machu Picchu entrance ticket
  • Entrance to Lares Thermal Pools
  • Horses to carry camping equipment.
  • Personal items to carry 7 kg/15.4 lb.
  • Machu Picchu guided tour (02 hrs).
  • Train tickets Expedition tourist train “round trip.”
  • Bus tickets to Machu Picchu Park (round trip).
  • Kondor toilet tent with a portable toilet
  • Spacious tents/Sleeping mat.
  • 01 night in a Hotel 3  star in Aguas Calientes. Sierra Andina Group (ANDINA LUXURY or El Presidente). SIA brand rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers and Wi-Fi.
  • We provide a duffle for personal items.
  • One cook
  • Meals (03 Breakfasts, 03 Lunches, 02 Dinners).
  • Wake up to coca tea in your tent.
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
  • Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
  • 2 -hours guided tour for exploring Machu Picchu with your guide.
  • All local taxes

Lares Trek Peru Not included

  • Cusco Hotel or Airbnb.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking water.
  • Breakfast on Day 1; Dinner on Day 3, Lunch on Day 4
  • Tips: Guides, cooks, porters.

Lares Trek Machu Picchu 4 Days Bring

  • A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack –appropriate packs to carry your personal belongings.
  • Original passport with the migration Peru card (for Trains, Machu Picchu Park, and Hotels)
  • Swimwear for the hot springs of Lares Valley
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
  • Two pairs of trekking pants (not jeans): 1 hiking, one cotton–which is just enough.
  • Rain jacket: The first night, the temperature can be 5 degrees Celsius/41 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 01 warm/winter jacket
  • Thermals: wool socks, gloves, scarf, and woolen hat for cold nights.
  • 02 t-shirts, two long sleeve shirts
  • A good sleeping bag.
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Water (only for the first-day hike).
  • Camera and film
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Flip flops to change into at night–your toes will thank you!.
  • Medication (Imodium).
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Something to read in the evenings
  • Extra money.

Travel Facts

Lares trekking to Machu Picchu

Lares is one of the eight districts of the province of Calca in Cusco. It has an average altitude of 3,171 meters above sea level and does locate in southern Peru’s Andes Mountains.

Lares is famous for its thermal baths, thermo-medicinal, the Mantto waterfalls, and its trekking trails.


Lares during the year have two seasons, the rainy season and the dry season.

  • The rainy season covers October to March, where the maximum temperature reaches 20 ° C and the minimum gets 5 ° C.
  • The dry season: This time for Lares is from March to October, with a maximum temperature of 21° C and a minimum of 1° C.
  • NOTE: Rains and cold are present throughout the year, especially in the highlands of Lares.


The route of Lares is untraditional and exciting because we can enjoy the beautiful scenery during the journey without the presence of more visitors. The objective of this route, like others already known, is to be able to reach Machu Picchu, gaining a different travel experience.

In the Lares trek, we will observe beautiful lakes, local communities that communicate through their mother tongue, a language that you will learn at the end of the tour because we will do some experiential tourism. Also, you will learn a little more in detail about the practices based on ancestral knowledge.

Another thing that highlights the Lares Trek is that houses’ construction remains still made of stones, similar to those of Inca times.

Kondor Path Tours has also designed a package so that you can get to Machu Picchu differently, knowing beautiful places with your new group of friends. Remember that our staff of guides will always be attentive to your needs, guiding you with passion and vocation.

Best season to do the Lares trek to Machu Picchu:

The best time to hike with good weather is between April – October, as we have the presence of clear skies and, on a smaller scale, river precipitation. The driest months are between June – August, which is winter in the Andes.

January – March is summer in Peru, which means the rainy season for Cusco and especially the Inca Trail, and it is not advisable to travel at this time of year.

Things to bring for the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Original passport: It is essential to carry your documents to verify data when entering the Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex and in other places that, by law, order, and discipline, this verification does make.
  • Current University Student Card: If you are a student and want to qualify for a discounted price.
  • Hiking/trekking boots: Preferably, these shoes should already be molded to your foot to facilitate the hike.
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho: It does suggest to foresee because the weather in Cusco is varied.
  • A warm jacket: To protect yourself from the cold at night
  • Hat and gloves: To protect yourself from the sun’s rays.
  • T-shirts: Preferably quick-drying.
  • Trekking pants: They should be the most comfortable ones.
  • Sunscreen (SPF 35+)
  • Insect repellent: We highly recommend a NATURAL insect repellent
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and video camera
  • Flashlight with extra batteries (or an environmentally friendly option)

Lares: Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Lares located?

Lares does locate in the Andes Mountains, in southern Peru. This district of Cusco belongs to the province of Calca.

How high is it?

Lares is located at 3,150 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.).

What is the climate like in Lares?

The climate in Lares is temperate, with cold nights. The average temperature is 11ºC. During the day, the heat can reach 21ºC. At night, temperatures can reach 1ºC.

How to get to Lares?

Lares does separate from the city of Cusco by 149 kilometers of road. From this point, it does reach by a drive through Pisac and Calca in the Sacred Valley.

Read all frequently asked questions.


Guided Hiking Lares Cost 4 Days


  • Solo travel $1,450.
  • 02 clients $925.
  • 03 people $785.
  • 04 tourists $680.
  • 05 visitors $660.
  • 06 travelers $620.
  • 07 explorers to Lares valley trek + $599

* Price based on 02 people sharing one tent.
** Student discounts $ 30 off per person.

Recommendation to our clients

  • How can I help Lares to preserve nature?
    • The travel agency carries different green, red, white, and black organic bags to recycle.
  • The town of Lares is the center of all the hunts around the Andes of the Sacred Valley.
  • The thermal baths in this valley are a 25-minute walk from the village.
  • Make sure you bring a professional sleeping bag; this helps you sleep comfortably in each camp.
  • Huayna Picchu, it is necessary to buy a new ticket “book in advance.”
    • The 1st. group of visitors enters from 7:00 to 8:00
    • The 2nd. group of trekkers enters from 10:00 to 11:00

General information about these best mountain treks:

  • The best time to visit is April through November.
  • Difficulty: Any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route.
  • Coldest Night: Day 1, 2 around 0º Celsius/32° Fahrenheit
  • Temperatures: From minus 4ºC to 28ºC / 39° Fahrenheit to 82° Fahrenheit

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