Lares trek 4-day route is the shortest hike and easiest route and you will only cross one high Andes pass accompanied by Alpacas in their wild state to Machu Picchu!
Lares Trek 4 Days is one of the best alternative treks after the Classic Inca Trail, this alternative trekking provides access to the high Andean regions of Cusco, and is a place with plenty of beautiful views. While trekking we come upon small Andean villagers wearing traditional ponchos, and also we can find local people weaving textiles (hand-made). We recommend this expedition and adventure to you as one of the best vacation treks to Machu Picchu which includes camping, trekking, and exploring Machu Picchu Inca citadel.
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Lares Trek 4 Days Overview
- DAY 1: Cusco – Lares to Waka Wasi
- DAY 2: Wakawasi to Patacancha
- DAY 3: Patacancha – Machu Picchu
- DAY 4: Machu Picchu Tour
Advice Lares Trek 4 Days
- The best time to visit is April through November.
- Altitude: 3,600 m/11,811 ft to 4,450 m/14,599 ft
- Difficulty: The trek is rated moderate to demanding; any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route.
- Longest Day: Day 2, approximately 14 km/9 miles “Lares Trek Tour Machupicchu”
- Coldest Night: Day 1, 2 around 0º Celsius/32° Fahrenheit
- Temperatures: From minus 4ºC to 28ºC / 39° Fahrenheit to 82° Fahrenheit
- No permission is needed for Lares trek except for Machu Picchu we encourage our clients to book this trekking in advance.
DAY 1: Cusco – Lares to Waka Wasi
A leisurely day hike.
Early in the morning we depart by touristic transport to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. At Calca´ province 2,940 m/9,645 ft. we have a short stop to get some fruit or locally grown coffee at the local market. Then we start ascending on a road towards the high Andes by car, passing through Rayanpata settlement, Macha Cancha hot spring, and the open Amparaes pass 4,580 m/15,026 ft. An option is to stop here to appreciate the magical Andes mountains at that elevation.
Then we follow a dirt road descending towards Lares village (3,250 m/10,662 ft.) “an Andean community.” After a few minutes from Lares, we arrive at the thermal bath of Lares village which has orange colored water.
The trail after the relaxing bath, is smooth and easy, just 3 hours of trekking, hiking, and conquering the real Andes. Most of the time we will be near the glacial creek, with llamas, alpacas, and many Andean children. At Huaca Wasi camp (3,600 m/11,811 ft.) afternoon hot tea is waiting for us with plenty of Coca leaves. During the trek we recommend that you carry in your day backpack a wind breaker, light down feather jacket, gloves, Indian hat, and spirit of adventure (everyday).
Lares Trek 4 Days Summary:
- Early morning pickup from your hotel
- Private transfer to the trailhead “at Lares”
- By car to Lares Pass 4,450 m/14,599 ft
- A leisurely day hike
- Lunch at Chanca Chaca 3,468 m/11,377 ft
- Walking distance: 9 km/5 miles
- Estimated duration: 4 hours trek
- Highest point: Waka Wasi 3,750 m/12,303 ft
- Campsite elevation: 3,850 m/12,631 ft
- Weather: Cold
- Trail Conditions: rocky, dusty, and slippery. Trekking shoes definitely required.
- Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult “Lares Trek 4 Days”
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
DAY 2: Waka Wasi to Patacancha
A challenging day and the most gratifying hike day (Ipsay Pass).
Today we ascend to the highest summit of the trek, Ipsay Pass, at 4,400 m/ 14,435 ft., where the views are terrific on the high Andes. We all have a full active day. And if you did not see llamas and alpacas on the first trek day, then on the second trek day, you have the chance to see them. We stop for lunch close the Ipsay Lake which has some Andean birds such as the Wallata Inca bird, which is a main representation of the Patacancha settlement, where the people have an ancestral and traditional dance representative of those birds. At Patacancha camp (3,800 m/12467 ft.) we prepare a super hot soup to keep us warm, (an option is an Inka salad of red hot chili pepper).
Lares Trek 4 Days Summary
- A challenging day and the most gratifying hike day (Ipsay Pass)
- First the Ipsay Pass 4400 m/14,435 ft
- Meals at Ipsay Lake 4,250 m/13,943 ft
- Walking Distance: 14 km/9 miles
- Estimated duration: 7 hours –
- Highest point: Ipsay Pass 4400 m/14,435 ft
- Campsite elevation: Patacancha community 3,800 m/12,467 ft
- Weather: Cold
- Trail Conditions: rocky, dusty, and slippery
- Difficulty,:Difficult but not impossible “Lares Trek 4 Days”
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3: Patacancha – Machu Picchu
Easiest trek day but long.
We start our trek very early in the morning so we arrive in time to board our train service during the afternoon to Aguas Calientes village. Today we might call it, the day of the short cuts. Mainly we follow a dirt road to Ollantaytambo village. On the way we pass through some old Andean villages such as Willoq (3,600 m/11,811 ft.) and Pumamarca (3,400 m/11,154). The people who live here are still using ancestral weaving for their textiles.
At Puma Marka settlement we have an option to hike up towards Pumamarca Inca fortress and then to follow the old Inca trail, or just to follow the last track on the dirt road. Arriving at Ollantaytambo, we can visit an Inca house to explore how the Incas used their Inca houses in historical times. We also have a chance to take pictures of some Guinea pigs. Ollantaytambo is considered to be the living Inca city. Near Ollantaytambo there if the Park of Ollantaytambo and the village with the same name. (If you have not visited these fabulous Incan places on the Sacred Valley tour, and you would like to visit them, we can arrange another scheduled train service for you, so you have more time to explore them.
The tourist train service transports us to Machu Picchu Pueblo(2,000 m/6,561 ft.). The train ride is spectacular and gives us the chance to appreciate how the high Andes become greener because of the changing vegetation. You might also observe some Incan sites along the train track with your eagle eyes.
Lares Trek 4 Days Summary.
- Easiest day trek
- Meals at Ollantaytambo village
- Walking Distance: 16 km
- Estimated duration: 4 and a half hour
- PM board a train service to Aguas Calientes village
- Accommodation in Aguas Calientes Overnight (hostel) 2,000 meters from train station
- Weather: Cold in the morning, warm in the afternoon
- Trail Conditions: dirt route and short cuts
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4: Machu Picchu Tour
Perhaps this is your first time visiting Machu Picchu, and you want to be some of the first people at Machu Picchu in the morning. If so, we can go at an early hour, when it is not so crowded and there is plenty of time to stroll around there.
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 main gate. The views from the bus allow us to appreciate the famous cloud forest. Once we arrive, we have the best plan for your tour. First we go to the guard house, where it is possible to look down and take the best pictures of all of Machu Picchu. With our experienced guide, the tour takes 3 hours exploring this ancient Inca city.
In the afternoon you return by bus to Aguas Calientes at the indicated time to board your train service to Ollantaytambo. Then you go by tourist transport transfer service to your hotel in Cusco city.
- Early breakfast at your hotel
- Bus, or hiking up to Machu Picchu (by bus 25 minutes, by foot 1.5 hours)
- 2 – 3 hours guided tour for exploring Machu Picchu with your guide “No free time in Machu Picchu – New rule 2017”
- Climb to Huayna Picchu (Optional – book in advance with us) 7 AM or 10 AM
- PM back by bus to Aguas Calientes village
- PM train return service from Machu Picchu train station to Ollantaytambo train station
- Train times: 2:55 PM, 4:45 PM, or 6:45 PM depending on availability at Peru Rail/Inca rail
- PM or night transfer service from Ollantaytambo to Cusco city by car
- Difficulty: Mountain Spirit Machu Picchu
- Meals: Breakfast
Lares Trek 4 Days Includes
- Lares Trek 4 Days , Via Patacancha
- Trek briefing with your guide
- Professional guide (on hike)
- Second tour guide for groups of 9+.
- Private transport and professional driver (to the starting point of hike)
- Machu Picchu entrance ticket
- Entrance to Lares thermal Pools
- Horses or mules and Indigenous horsemen to carry camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetables.
- Personal items to carry 7 kg/15.4 lb. (so you just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day).
- Machu Picchu guided tour (3 hrs) and extra free time for you.
- 2 train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Expedition tourist train “round trip”).
- 2 bus tickets from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu Park (round trip).
- 2 nights camping “Lares trail hike machu picchu travel Peru”
- Kondor toilet tent with a portable toilet
- Spacious tents/Sleeping mat.
- 1 night in a Hotel 3 star in Aguas Calientes. Sierra Andina Group (ANDINA LUXURY or El Presidente) based on sharing a room; either double, matrimonial or triple depending on availability. SIA brand rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers and Wi-Fi.
- We provide a duffle for personal items.
- One cook
- Excellent meals (3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners)
- Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, and rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request)
- Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, coco, biscuits, popcorn)
- Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking).
- 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
- Kondor Path Tours uses walkie-talkies on all treks.
- Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
- 2 – 3 hours guided tour for exploring Machu Picchu with your guide “No free time in Machu Picchu after guided tour – New rule 2017”
- All local taxes
Lares Trek 4 Days Does Not Include
- Sleeping bag
- Water on Day 1, just half day
- Energy snacks which can very useful such as chocolate and granola bars and dried fruits
- Breakfast on Day 1; Dinner in Day 3, Lunch on Day 4
- Waynapicchu Mountain (Walk to the top without a guide. The trail is well marked.)
- Tips: Guide, Cook, Porters
Lares Trek 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)
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required).
- Swimwear for the hot springs of Lares
- Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
- 2 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans): 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent before the trip.
- Layers for variable temperatures especially at night
- 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as – 5 degrees Celsius/41 degrees Fahrenheit. The rain jacket can be helpful, because there are rainy days even if we are in dry season!
- 1 warm/winter jacket
- Thermals: wool socks, gloves, scarf, and woolen hat for cold nights.
- 3 pairs of underwear, 4 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried). It is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both really heavy hiking socks and lighter socks because the weather is variable, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or overheat.
- 2 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
- 1 good sleeping bag liner that is super lightweight and easy to pack. Definitely does its job!.
- Travel-size tissues and wet wipes–The air is cold and damp so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone seems to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. Also, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key in Lares Trek Tour Machupicchu
- Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
- Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
- Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoors is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on, so an anti-itch medication could be helpful.
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camel back
- Water (only for first day hike). Then we will provide you with water throughout the 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!.
- Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste/floss, shampoo/conditioner, brush/comb, Vaseline (for feet great for potential blisters), feminine hygiene products, deodorant, nail clippers/file/tweezers, spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, contact lenses if required and supplies, hand sanitizer etc.–and whatever else you need, but pack light.
- Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach. Some people get an upset stomach on the trek. With 8-10 hours of hiking each day, you need to get over whatever the day throws at you quickly, so bring some meds.
- Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
- Something to read in the evenings
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, & tips to your staff (Lares Trek 4 Days)
Lares Trek 4 Days: Additional Notes
Gift for Andean children “Optional”
We recommend to bring to the Lares Trek 4 Days some coloring books, crayons, pens, notebooks, pencils, stickers, clothes, toys, etc. but not candies or chemical products. . Children will love to receive these gifts when we pass through Andean communities which have schools, during our hike we will meet with plenty Andean children.
Lares Trek 4 Days
GROUP SERVICE: US$ 690. p/person.
* To open a new date of hike we need at least two hikers!
** Personal Porter Included In the Price! to carry 7 kg/15.4 lb. for personal items (You just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day.)
*** Kondor Path Tours operates the Lares Trail route; our groups are not shared with third parties.
**** Student discounts applies to students holding a valid Green ISIC card. “$ 30 off per person”
PRIVATE SERVICE: US$ 750. p/person.
RESPONSIBLE Lares Trek 4 Days OPERATOR, we are Specialists, working with NATIVE PEOPLE (Sensitive & Sustainable Machu Picchu Company).
Lares Trek Tour Machupicchu Upgrade options
Hotel Note: We do not include PayPal 6% merchant fee (paid by the traveler).
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
+ US$ 530. p/person. DBL / US$ 944. SLG – Deluxe Mountain View
+ US$ 670. p/person. DBL / US$ 1,188. SLG – Deluxe Mountain View & Terrace
+ US$ 920. p/person. DBL / US$ 1,503. SLG -Suites
El Mapi Hotel Machu Picchu by Inkaterra
+ US$ 65. p/person. – Superior Deluxe DBL or SLG
+ US$ 90. p/person. – Suite DBL or SLG
Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu
+ US$ 50. p/person. – Traditional Room DBL or SLG
+ US$ 60. p/person. – Superior Room DBL or SLG
+ US$ 70. p/person. – Jr. Suite DBL or SLG
+ US$ 75. p/person.– Huayna Picchu entrance fee (book in advance this extra option with your hike package)
+ US$ 75. p/person. – Vistadome Train (One Way)
+ US$ 120. p/person. – Vistadome Train (Round Trip)
Add Optional Items
- US$ 25 p/person. Sleeping bag (rent for 2 nights)
- US$ 20 p/person. Walking pole (rent for 3 days)
- US$ 20 p/person. Inflatable mattress (rent for 2 nights)
- US$ 50 p/person. Single tent supplement (rent for 2 nights)
- US$ 75 p/person. Extra 7 kg/15 lb. of personal items (rent a donkey for 2 days and a half)
TRAIN TIMES: On the third day you will be taking the 2:55 PM, 4.36 PM or 7:00 PM train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
On Day 4: Train times we use: at 2:55PM, 4:45PM, or 6:45 PM depending on availability at Peru Rail / Inca rail
Kondor Path Tours HOW TO BOOK
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Lares Trek Peru 4 Days to Machu Picchu
|Duration:||4 Day and 3 Night|
|Sites to visit:||Lares expedition trail and Machu Picchu site|
|Tour Style:||Adventure (hiking - trekking), Archeological, Camping, Cultural and Ecological|
|Recommended group size:||Max 16, Min 2.|
|Highlight:||This is an excellent alternative hike to the classic inca trail, with the added bonus of visiting Lares Andean settlement with long weaving Inca traditions. Lares trek is also known as the Way of Weavers.|
|Location:||Starting near the village Lares, approximately 40 miles north of Cusco and 35 miles east of Machu Picchu. The Lares Valley lies in the east of the Urubamba mountain range, traversing part of the Sacred Valley.|
|Physical Level:||4 Day and 3 Night|
|Total Travel Distance:||39 km / 24.2 mile|
|Departures:||Any day with two people min.|
|Recommended age for the tour:||You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a Kondor Path Tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.|