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BEST Lares Trek 3 Days

BEST Lares Trek 3 Days

Price from: $ 411.00 USD (See: Pricing)
BEST Lares Trek 3 Days
Tour Type
Mountain Hike
BEST Lares Trek 3 Days
Maximun Altitude
4,400m (14,435 ft.)
BEST Lares Trek 3 Days
Physical Level
Moderately Strenuous
BEST Lares Trek 3 Days
Recommended Season
April to December

BEST Lares Trek 3 Days

Price from: $ 411.00 USD (See: Price list)

Take a 3-day tour through the sprawling Peruvian Andes on the Lares Trek for an adventure of a lifetime! Journey through beautiful villages, explore remote valleys, and discover incredible ancient ruins.

Tour Plan: Cusco | Huacahuasi | Ipsay Pass | Patacancha | Ollantaytambo | Short Inca Trail | Inti Punku Sun Gate | Machu Picchu Ruins

3-day trek from Lares to Machu Picchu + Short Inca Trail

Lares Trek 3 Days is through the heights of the Andes of the Sacred Valley—one of the spectacular treks to reach Machu Picchu. On the Lares Trek 3 Days route, you will see several herds of alpacas and llamas in their natural habitat at each step on the hiking circuit until we reach Ipsay Pass. After IPSAY, we enter the valleys of Patacancha and Willoq to spend the night in Ollantaytambo and then in Aguas Calientes.

Embark on a truly magnificent journey with the Lares Valley Trek, three Days full of discovery, colorful culture, and awe-inspiring beauty in the Peruvian highlands. Rejuvenate yourself while trekking through majestic mountains and unspoiled nature with a 3 Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu! Join us for an unforgettable experience in the Peruvian Andes.

Are you looking for an unforgettable adventure? The 3-Day Lares Hike to Machu Picchu is a must-do for avid hikers or travelers. This trek takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes in Peru, including snow-capped mountains, crystal-clear lakes, and lush valleys.


Lares Trek 3 Days OVERVIEW

Experience the beauty and culture of Peru on this 3-day hike through the Lares Valley to Machu Picchu. You’ll trek through stunning mountain landscapes and visit traditional Andean villages.  Your journey will culminate with a visit to the iconic Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites.

Is this hike right for me?

  • Day 1: Travel from Cusco to Huacahuasi; Hiking to Patacancha; Ollantaytambo
  • Day 2: Train Trip to the Short Inca Trail and Trek to Machu Picchu
  • Day 3: AM Guided Tour to Machu Picchu 2 hours: Return to Cusco
Why you will love this Lares 3 Days
  • Explore the 3-Day Lares Trek in all its wonderment. We thought we were having fun, but we created memories.
  • Go off the beaten track for an unforgettable adventure on the classic 3 Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu through Peru. Discover rich history and culture in an incredible landscape!
  • Lares Hike 3 Days is a transformative journey beyond physical exploration. It’s a chance to connect with nature, embrace a centuries-old culture, and challenge yourself gratifyingly.


ITINERARY of Lares Trek 3 Days to Machu Picchu

BRIEFING OF LARES TREK 3 DAYS: Our Lares route guide explains the entire tourist circuit. All questions are welcome. The briefing is at 6 p.m. one day before starting the trek at the reception of your hotel.


Cusco – Huacahuasi – Patacancha – Ollantaytambo

Discover the remote beauty of the Peruvian Andes on a 3 Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu! Hike through vast mountain ranges, crystal-clear lakes, and lush valleys for an unbelievable experience. Explore the Andes of Lares Andes Valley through the Ipsay Pass, heading to the Patacancha Valley and Ollantaytambo.

At 05:00 in the morning, towards Pisac, Calca, ascend towards the Andes and reach the Lares district in the Huacahuasi area.

Already from Huacahuasi, we walked along the paths of Lares to conquer the IPSAY Pass. The panoramic views at every step are magnificent of the terrain and the area, with excellent photographic angles of the snow-capped neotropical mountains. We descend the Ipsay Pass towards the lagoon to border the Andes Mountain range and have a broad panoramic view of the Andes of Patacancha.

Throughout this day’s Lares Trek 3 Days circuit, we find several herds of alpacas and llamas in different areas, such as walking near the snow-capped peaks or grazing on different slopes. Each photo and video shot is beautiful to remember the Lares area with the colorful llamas and alpacas.

In the Patacancha sector, our tourist vehicle awaits us to descend towards the Sacred Valley to go to Ollantaytambo and spend the night in the hotel near the train station (a 40-minute trip).

Summary of the hiking experience through the Andes of Lares on Day 1
  • Departure from Cusco: At 5:00 am, an overland trip from Cusco to Huacahuasi: 3,872 m/12,703 ft
  • Travel from Patacancha to Ollantaytambo; “the trip takes about 40 minutes.”
  • Maximum height: 4,400 meters or 14,435 feet.
  • Minimum height: 2,851 meters (9,353 feet).
  • Hiking distance: 14 km (9 miles).
  • Estimated duration of hiking: 05 hours “03 hours of ascent, and 02 hours of descent”.
  • Difficulty: challenging to moderate.
  • Food: 1 box lunch.


Physical Level

4, Intense

Walking Distance

14km (9 miles)

Hiking Time

3-4 Hrs.

Starting Altitude

Huaca Wasi: 3,750m (12,303 ft)

Minimun Altitude

Patacancha: 3,800m (12,467 ft)

Highest Altitude

Ipsay Pass: 4,400m (14,435 ft)


Premium Short Inca Trail Walking to Machu Picchu

Today, we continue our adventures on the Short Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu, thus having the experience of walking inside the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu via Inti Punku.

At the time indicated by the tour guide, they go to the Ollantaytambo train station to board the train service to travel to kilometer 104 of the railway “starting place of the Inca Trail via Chachabamba.”


  • Train service: Outbound Journey
  • Train company: INCA RAIL
  • Travel route: OLLANTAYTAMBO TO KM 104 (1 hour and 20 minutes of train ride)
  • Class: The Voyager 41
  • Departure: 06:40
  • At Station: 06:10; otherwise, you may not be allowed to board.
  • KM 104 Arrival: 07:50


  • Explore three Inca sites:
    • Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, and Inti Punku
  • Hiking distance: 11 km (6.14 miles).
  • Trail elevation: KM 104, 2,000 meters (6,550 feet).
  • Minimum altitude: 2.250 meters (7,240 feet)
  • Maximum size: 2,720 meters (8,920 feet) (the Sun Gate)
  • Physical grading: Moderate to Challenging
  • Trekking hours: 05-hour
  • Difficulty: Moderate-easy.
  • Meals: Box lunch.
  • 01 bus ticket: Mapi to Aguas Calientes

Enjoy the spectacular view of Machu Picchu from the Intipunku ruins until you reach the house of the Inca watchman of Machu Picchu. We will board the tourist bus in the afternoon to go to Aguas Calientes to rest in our hotel.

IMPORTANT TO MENTION: It is forbidden to bring plastic bottles or any plastic to the hiking trails; bring canteens or reusable bottles for the care and protection of nature, etc.



Physical Level

2, Moderate

Walking Distance

11km (6.1 miles)

Hiking Time

5 Hrs.

Starting Altitude

KM 104: 2,000m (6,560 ft)

Minimun Altitude

Machu Picchu Ruins: 2,400m (7,874 ft)

Highest Altitude

Inti Pinku: 2,720m (8,920 ft)


Tour Machu Picchu 2hrs. – Return to Cuzco

After walking the Lares Trek for 3 days, we have a guided tour of Machu Picchu. We explore the agricultural and residential sectors of the ruins of Machu Picchu. We have two hours of a guided tour of the circuit designated by the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, we travel back to Cusco via Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, we leave in the Kondor vehicle until we reach Cusco.

The 3-day trek through Lares to Machu Picchu is intended for vacationers who quickly get to know the Andes and the Inca trails offered by the Cusco region to have more time and continue exploring other tourist attractions.

Summary of the Machu Picchu Day Tour

  • Bus service to Machu Picchu (up and down)
  • A two-hour guided tour inside the archaeological park of Machu Picchu
  • In the afternoon, board your train service to the Ollantaytambo train station.

Train service information: [Inbound journey]

  • Train company: INCA RAIL
  • Service: MACHU PICCHU TO OLLANTAYTAMBO (1 hour and 50 minutes of train ride).
  • Class: The Voyager 44
  • Departure: 14:30
  • At Station: 14:00; otherwise, you may not be allowed to board.
  • Ollantaytambo arrival: 16:04
  • Cusco arrival by transport: 17:50

When you get to the OLLANTAYTAMBO train station, be met at the train arrivals area. Just look for a KONDOR PATH TOURS sign with your name.” Group name: Lares Trek 3 Days

Physical Level

1, Easy

Walking Distance

A light walk

Hiking Time

2-hour guided tour

Starting Altitude

Machu Picchu Pueblo: 2,065m (6,774 ft)

Minimun Altitude

Machu Picchu Ruins: 2,400m (7,874 ft)

Highest Altitude

Cusco: 3,350m (10,990 ft)


INCLUSION for Lares Hike 3 Days

  • Outdoor activities in the Andes of Lares
  • An official tour guide is fluent in English.
  • First aid kit, including an emergency oxygen tank
  • All local taxes generated by the Lares Trek 3-Day Circuit
  • Day-One: LARES
    • Private transportation from the hotel to Huacahuasi is the “beginning of the adventure.”
    • Also, transport from Patacancha to Ollantaytambo “after the walk”
    • Entrance tickets to the Lares Trek circuit 3 days
    • Food: Box Lunch.
    • Train from Ollantaytambo to Kilometer 104: By Inca Rail, Class: The Voyager 41, Trai departure: 06:40
    • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail with Machu Picchu
    • Bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
    • Food: Box Lunch “carried by hikers”
    • Round-trip bus tickets
    • A private guided tour in Machu Picchu for 2 hours
    • Train from MACHU PICCHU to OLLANTAYTAMBO: By Inca Rail: Class: Voyager 44, Train Departure at 14:30
    • Private transfer from OLLANTAYTAMBO to CUSCO

Is it not included in the Lares Trek 3 Days circuit?

  • Water for walks. Prohibit carrying plastic bottles; bring reusable bottles to have a green planet.
  • Breakfast on day 01, Lunch and Dinner on day 03
  • Tips for the crew, guide, drivers, etc.

Travel Guide

Frequently Asked Questions for the Lares Trek 3 Days

We are sure you already know many trekking routes that can reach Machu Picchu, such as the Salkantay Trek, the Classic Inca Trail, and the Inca Jungle Trek, and we also have lesser-known routes, such as the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.

This trekking route takes you through less-explored sites surrounded by beautiful landscapes in the Peruvian Andes, visiting lakes, glaciers, and virgins, and walking along with llamas and alpacas in their natural habitat.

The Lares Trek is an alternative trek to Machu Picchu, and you can choose the 4-day or 5-day adventure tour. This trek is perfect for those travelers who prefer more cultural interaction, visit uncrowded routes, and explore remote mountains where llamas and alpacas are the locals.

For the Lares Trek, you can choose the 4-Day Lares Trek and 5-day  Lares Trek options:

The 4-day Lares Trek begins in the district of Lares. We will visit the thermal medicinal waters of Lares and walk through picturesque and beautiful Andean villages to finish the expedition to Machu Picchu.

The 5-day Lares Trek follows the same route as the 4-day Lares Trek and includes the Short Inca Trail trek at the end instead of just traveling to Machu Picchu by train.

It is located in the eastern Andes, in the district of Lares, approximately 150 km (93 miles) from Cusco. The hike begins at the hot springs of Lares (3250 m/10662 ft), a 3-hour drive from Cusco. This district belongs to the province of Calca.

  • When we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, we will be at 3399m or 11151ft.
  • The Lares hot springs are at 3250 m (10662 ft).
  • The first camp of the Lares Trek is located at 3750 m (12303 ft).
  • The highest point is Condor Pass at 4700 m (15354 ft).
  • The Lares Trek’s second camp is at 2700 m (8856 ft).
  • The final destination is Machu Picchu at 2430 m / 7972 ft.

The climate of Lares Trek is the same as that of Cusco. The average temperature during the day is 10 °C to 21 °C (50 °F to 70 °C). It is usually colder at night, reaching temperatures of 0 °C (30 °F).

The entire Cusco region has only two seasons; we do not have summer, winter, autumn, or spring in the Andes; we only have rainy and dry seasons.

  • In January, for the Lares Trek, this month starts with the rainy season; this is the month we expect the rainiest days and an average of 16 to 17 days of rain in the whole month. During this season, the nights are not as cold; on the trail, we will see much fewer other trekkers, and the landscape is more beautiful, green, and mysterious, so your experience will be more enjoyable.
  • Lares Trek weather in February: This month, we will have less rain than in January; we expect heavier rains. As of January, Lares Trek is the route to hike during the rainy season.
  • Lares Trek weather in March: This month, we still have rain, but with less intensity, and the temperature is warmer; it is harvest season, so we will see local people working, and we can share with them; we will also see the children going back to school, which is a unique experience that other treks do not have.
  • Lares Trek weather in April: This month, we will only have occasional rainfall; the day is sunnier, and the night is more incredible.
  • Weather in Lares Trek in May: The professional team of Kondor Path Tours recommends you travel this month, as it is the beginning of the season of little rain, sunny days, and cold nights.
  • Lares Trek weather in June: During the day, the temperature is 21 ° C (70 ° C), and at night it could reach below 0 ° C (30 ° F). The mornings are cold and fresh, and we can see snow-capped mountains.
  • Weather in Lares Trek July: The temperature during the day is 21 ° C (70 ° C), and at night it can get below 0 ° C (30 ° F). It is much colder in the mornings due to the fall of frost; it can rain; therefore, we must carry the necessary equipment.
  • Lares Trek climate August: this month is celebrated in the Andes; the day of the Pachamama (Mother Earth) is usually made offerings and ceremonies to the earth; if you wish, you can participate and be part of these ancestral ceremonies. And thus have a different experience in the Peruvian Andes.
  • Lares Trek weather in September: This month marks the beginning of spring. Therefore, the landscapes become greener; we will see more migratory birds in the lagoons, the days will be warmer, and the nights will not be so cold.
  • The climate of Lares Trek October: this month begins the rainy season, but sometimes the rains are delayed to have very sunny days and greener landscapes, and the night is not so cold.
  • Lares Trek Weather November: We expect more rain this month than in previous months, so we should bring the right equipment. We will have very sunny days and greener landscapes, and the night is not so cold.
  • Weather Lares Trek December: This month, we must consider that the weather is more changeable; we expect much more rain. In Machu Picchu, it is almost always cloudy.

Thermal medicinal waters of Lares: These thermal waters are highly therapeutic, although it is true that on many tourist routes in Cusco, we will find thermal waters at all times. These waters are unique and are recommended to soothe muscle aches; we recommend you try them. The temperature of these waters ranges from cold to scorching (36 °C–44 °C or 96 °F–112 °F). Pure volcanic water contains many minerals locals consider good for bones, stress, muscles, and headaches.

The temperature of these waters is beautiful—seven waterfalls are near the village.

  • Laguna Azul: Known to locals as K’oyalay, this beautiful Andean lake is located at 3750 m (12303 ft).
  • Llamas and alpacas all along the Lares trekking route: On the first day, you will see herds of llamas and alpacas grazing high in the mountains.
  • The majestic flight of the Condor: At 4700 m/15354 ft, it is the highest mountain pass on the Lares trek and is so named because sometimes we can see the Andean Condor and other birds—spectacular views from here.
  • Canchacancha Village: Located at 2700m (8856 ft), this remote village is 4 hours from the closed route; here, we can stock up on supplies for the trek.
  • Salineras de Maras: On the hike, you will be able to visit these beautiful pools where medicinal salt is extracted and see the archaeological site of Moray.
  • Ollantaytambo: “Inca Citadel of the Last Living,” as the locals still use the original Inca streets, gates, and even water channels that run from the time of the Incas
  • Machu Picchu: After our trek of several days, we will visit the beautiful lost city of the Incas.

All trekking trails lead to Machu Picchu; the best itineraries with different experiences are:

  • Day 1: Cusco, Lares Hot Springs, Kiswarani Village
  • Day 2: Quiswarani, Condor Pass, Cancha Cancha Community
  • Day 3: Cancha-Huaran-Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 4: Machu Picchu (The Lost City of the Incas)

This itinerary will allow you to hike from Lares to Machu Picchu instead of going back and forth.

The best way to have a unique travel experience is to contact us by any means, and we will make a memorable trip for you.

Kondor Path Tours is an agency specializing in adventure treks that will make your trip the most exciting and safe for you and your friends.

We cannot avoid altitude sickness; no matter your age, fitness, or experience, altitude sickness can affect anyone, even experienced hikers. The best way to prevent this is to arrive at least two days before the trek departure, rest in Cusco before the tour, eat lightly, and drink plenty of water; you should also bring altitude medicine.

Unlike the Salkantay Trek or Inca Trail, the Lares Trek is available year-round due to heavy rains.

The best time to visit Machu Picchu is from April to November during the dry season. April and November are the dry months, and the weather is expected to increase.

It is to experience walking through the mountains with a view of the snow-capped mountains and then entering the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. On the third day, we visit the spectacular Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in the morning, and in the afternoon, we return to Cusco. Welcome to the 3-day Lares Trek route to see the last descendants of the Incas grazing their alpacas and llamas in the remote Andes region.

What’s it like?

  • Experience breathtaking scenery, charming villages, and unique culture on a memorable hiking trip through Peru’s Lares Valley on the Lares Valley Trek 3 Days!
  • Visit Peru’s most breathtaking scenery with the Lares Valley Trek 3 days! Hike through high peaks, glaciers, and rivers in cozy hotels.
  • Embark on a classic 3-day adventure in Peru’s stunning Lares Valley: hike over mountains and glaciers, camp beneath the stars, and explore ancient archeological sites.
  • We are direct operators in the adventure of Lares Trek 3 Days; you will always be hiking with the Kondor Path Tour.


Lares Trek 3 Days COST

Season 2024
We carry out this trekking circuit through Lares Machu Picchu.

Number of persons Price per person
2 $ 645.00 USD
3 $ 551.00 USD
4 $ 493.00 USD
5 $ 466.00 USD
6 $ 442.00 USD
7 $ 424.00 USD
8 $ 411.00 USD

Explore Peru’s breathtaking mountains up close on a 3 Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu! From handmade villages to wild, pristine beauty, this trek offers an unforgettable experience of the Andes.

Lares Trek 3 Days: Item Upgrade



+$498.00 Hiram Bingham train (Inbound Journey: Train MACHUPICCHU-POROY)


+$75 Huayna Picchu
+$75 Montaña


This applies to the following services:
Machu Picchu Fee

College students: $20 off

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Maras and Moray + Pachamanca Easily the best tour experience I had during my trip to Peru. I highly recommend Kondor Tours as the customer service is top-notch. James responded to my queries almost instantly each time and was very helpful. We were even treated to a can of cusquenia beer each when we visited the office! Our guide Alfredo was absolutely amazing and we were fortunate to have him as our guide for the tour. He is very passionate about his job and shared so much valuable information with us. He has a very candid character and we were very comfortable throughout! I highly recommend requesting for him as your guide (the best we had while touring Peru for 3 weeks). Also, I would say opting in for and additional traditional peruvian pachamanca meal experience must not be missed. The community people were very warm and gracious hosts and it is eye opening to witness the preparation of such a traditional feast normally done only for special occasions like weddings. We even had time for dancing! Two thumbs up for sure!
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3-day Choquequirao Trek We took a three-day private group trek to Choquequirao as a family of five. Kondor Path Tours organized a pick-up and drop-off in Urubamba instead of Cusco and did an extra stop at the Saywhite archeological site. Everything went very smoothly during the entire trip, meals and accommodation were as expected or better. The trek itself is quite demanding (particularly in three days), but the nature/ views/ Choquequirao/ dearth of tourists largely compensate. Anyway, we were looking for a physical challenge! Our guide Oron was great. Explaining, motivating, solving potential problems/ demands. We would definitely recommend Kondor Path Tours.
Proffecional company and perfect guide Kondor Path Tours are so proffecional and easy to work with. We went with them on the 2 days short Inca trail to Machu Picchu with our three children. The correspondence was great and everything was perfectly planned in every detail. Our guide Alfredo was so friendly, knowledgeable and pleasant to be around! Thank you Kondor Path Tours - we couldn’t have asked for more!!
Trip to Rainbow Mountain Excellent experience!! Our guide Odon was prompt with pickup time and extremely friendly. The drove to rainbow mountain was smooth. We did the horseback ride up the mountain, and Odon was right there with us. The actual hike up, he provided support, laughter, and information about the region. Amazing experience with an awesome guide. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience.
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Amazing experience, incredible guide! We had an incredible tour experience with Alfred and our driver Diosmio. They took such good care of us. Alfred was so knowledgeable, kind, and really felt like a friend. Highly recommend this company for your future visit! Awesome experience.
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Kristi V
Alittle bit of everything We had a last minute change of plans when it came to our tour. We were supposed to visit the rainbow mountain but with the recent protesting we called to see if we could change last minute and they were very accommodating. Odon and Fernando were amazing! They took us to see multiple attractions and made us feel very at home. And kudos to Renee for the amazing driving. I would highly recommend using this company for a tour. We will definitely use them if we ever come back!
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Anthony O
Atv Tour Odin and Fernando were great as well as our driver Rene. Very informative about the city of Cusco. Enjoyed our tour with this company and these individuals who took us around. Great time! Highly recommend!!!
Family vacation Kondor path tours arranged a couple of private tours on our last vacation in Peru. Our first tour was the Rainbow Mountains and the next day we did the sacred Valley Tour. The administrative services were excellent, we met at our hotel the day before our tours and our head guide, Fredy, explained everything perfectly, including what to wear and bring for each tour. On the tour days, our guides (Fredy and Juan Carlos) and driver (Juan Carlos) were great! very knowledgeable, considerate about our party, always helpful and ready to answer questions and meet the expectations (completely different expectations because we had different ages in our party (from 11 to 69 years)) of each party member. The rainbow mountain is awesome and is is really helpful to go with a guide that knows about the area, but also about hiking!!!
Excellent guide who stays with you for the entire day The Vinicunca one-day horse tour was fantastic. The friendly and informative Freddy guided us for the entire bus ride and mountain trek. He knew where to stand to get the best photos and made everything fun and accommodating. The horse ride up made it much easier to enjoy the final hike. Lunch was large and tasty. Door to door service.
Awesome Service and Tours Fernando and Patricia were SUPER responsive - usually responded to emails within 10 minutes!!. The arrangements they made for Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, and surrounding areas were awesome. They were waiting for us at the airport and did everything we asked them. Our guide for the four days was Herberth and driver was Juan Carlos. Both were SUPER SUPER great. Juan Carlos was such an amazingly pleasant driver with cute stories. He also was a very safe driver. Herberth was very knowledgable and helpful. Took us all over the places with details about the history and details. We had friends who were not able to climb much and they accommodated us all. On the day we had planned to do rainbow mountain we did not feel great and emailed Fernando at 5am and he responded within 5 minutes with other options for us to do that day. Overall, if you are going to Peru and want to visit the historic sites, you SHOULD go with these people. They are SUPERB!!
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