Lares Trek Full Day – Inspiration Trek

Price from: $ 85.00 USD (See: Price List)

Lares Trek Full Day – Inspiration Trek

Price from: $ 85.00 USD (See: Price List)

Make your journey to Machu Picchu extra special by taking on the challenging 1 Day Lares Trek in just one day. Prepare for a truly incredible adventure and discover hidden gems few have seen.

Delightful 1 Day Lares Valley Trek

Lares Trek Full Day adventurous expedition through the heights and surroundings of the Sacred Valley through the Andes of Cusco. Embark on this adventure where the flight of the condor and the alpacas dominate the Andes.

Strap up for an unforgettable journey with a 1 Day Lares Trek from Lares town to Sacred Valley! Enjoy 360-degree views of the Peruvian highlands and uncover many breathtaking sights.

Live unexpected EXPERIENCES in the Andes that will never be repeated! Explore unique TOURS & HIKES with deep spiritual meaning. Connect with nature and awaken your senses to a new world, "Including meditation and ritual to Mother Nature with Coca leaves."


Lares Trek Full Day Overview

Set off for a whole adventure on the magnificent Lares Hike 1 Day! Explore the stunning mountain scenery, ancient Inca ruins, and local communities.

Is the 1 Day Lares Valley Trek right for me? 

  • Hotel pick-up time and trip departure: 5:00 am
  • Travel route: Cusco to Lares, precisely towards the community of Huacahuasi
  • Travel time between Cusco to Huacahuasi: 3 hours
  • Starting time of the Lares Trel Full Day trek: 08:30 am
  • Elevation at the beginning of the walk: Huacahuasi 3,872 meters/12,703 feet.
  • Gap: 14km / 9 miles.
  • Walking time: 5.5 hours
  • The highest elevation of the entire Lares Trek 1-day walking circuit: Ipsay Pass 4,400 meters / 14,435 feet.
  • The difficulty of the walk: Challenging to Moderate (depends on your fitness level).
  • Meals: Box Lunch
  • Return time to Cusco: Approximately between 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

Lares Trek Full Day Highlights

Why you will love this experience.

  • Spend an entire day immersed in a breathtaking Peruvian culture – the 1 Day Lares Valley Trek. Marvel at gorgeous landscapes and learn about the traditional Andean culture.
  • Take on the challenge of the Lares Hike 1 Day in a single day and explore the Andes with unique perspectives of Peru’s stunning highlands. Uncover the secrets of this unforgettable journey!
  • Witness an unforgettable journey through the majestic Andes with the Full Day Lares Trek! A full day of exploration, discover hidden Incan ruins, breathtaking landscapes, and unique cultures in one tour.


Detailed Lares Trek Full Day Itinerary 

Embark on an epic adventure with the 1 Day Lares Trek! Discover the stunning Andean highlands while trekking over vast plateaus, and explore local villages and cultural sites. Here’s everything you need to know!

Description of the Lares Trek of a full day through the Andes

We start the car trip at 05:00 am from the city of Cusco, Peru. We head northwest towards the town of Calca, where we will take the path that will take us to the beginning of our adventure. During the vehicular trip, we will have spectacular panoramic views of the Andes and the southern Andean camelids.

Upon reaching the community of Huaca Wasi, our Lares walk begins. The Lares adventure is an ascent to the top of approximately three and a half hours until you reach the mountain pass called Ipsay. Then we will descend downhill for 2 hours to reach Patacancha, and for the last visit, we will observe more alpacas until the end of our adventure.


Lares Trek Full Day INCLUSION 

  • Incredible activities in the Andes of Cusco.
  • Service of a local tour guide fluent in English
  • Tourist transport service from Cusco to the beginning of the trek.
  • Transportation from Patacancha to Cusco after the Lares trek.
  • Entrance tickets to the circuit of Lares Trek 1 Day Walk
  • Meals: Box Lunch
  • A first aid kit with a small portable oxygen cylinder
  • All local Peruvian taxes

Full Day Lares Trek Not Included

  • Breakfast: Visitors coordinate breakfast with their hotel so that they pack it to take away or, failing that, during the trip, we can stop in Calca at the local market.
  • Water: A minimum of three liters of water is recommended for a day of hiking activities in Lares or depending on how much hikers drink daily. IMPORTANT bring your reusable bottle to keep the Lares Trek trails clean.
  • Snacks: Essential, we will burn several calories, and in the surroundings of the 1-day Lares Trek, there are no stores! It is better to buy snacks in Cusco or your country of origin.
  • Tips at the tour guide’s discretion, vehicle driver, etc.

Bring to the Lares Trek 1 Day from Cusco

  • A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack –appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings.
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
  • 01 trekking pants (not jeans): 1 warm/winter jacket.
  • 01 rain jacket: The first night, the temperature can be as – 5 degrees Celsius/41 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Gloves, a scarf, and a woolen hat.
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray with 30% DEET.
  • Water.
  • Bandages or moleskin.
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, & tips for your staff.

Travel Facts

Frequently asked questions for the Lares Trek Full Day

A lifetime experience awaits you on the unforgettable Lares Hike 1 Day! This full-day trek will take you to spectacular mountains, traditional villages, and beautiful archaeological sites.

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.

What is the Full Day Lares Trek

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 a more cultural interaction, visit uncrowded routes and explore remote mountains where llamas and alpacas are the locals.

How many days does the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu last?

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.

Where is this Full Day Lares Trek located?

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.

At what Altitude is the Lares Hike 1 Day?

  • When we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, we will be at 3399m / 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.

What is the best time of the year to visit the Full Day Lares Trek?

The climate of Lares Trek is the same as the city of Cusco. The average temperature during the day is 10 ° C to 21 ° (50 ° F – 70 ° C). At night it is usually colder, 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, and on the trail, we will see much less of 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 in 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, really, 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 fantastic.
  • 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). In the mornings, it is much colder 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; in the lagoons, we can see more migratory birds, the day is warmer, and the night is not 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: This month, we expect more rain than in the 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.

What exciting places will we find in Lares Trek 1 Day?

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 of 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.

Waterfalls of The temperature of these waters go: Beautiful seven beautiful near the village of The temperature of these waters goes the first day.

  • 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, as well as 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.

What is the best itinerary for the Lares Hike 1 Day?

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

  • Hiking via Patacancha: Cusco – Huacawasi– Patacancha – Cusco
  • Hiking via Mantanay: Cusco – Huacawasi – Mantanay – Yanahuara – Cusco

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

How to book the Lares Trek 1 Day?

The best way to have a unique travel experience, 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.

How to prevent altitude problems in the Lares Trek 1 Day?

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 02 days before the trek departure, rest in Cusco before the tour, eat lightly, and drink plenty of water; you should also bring altitude medicine.

When is the best time to do the Lares Trek and visit Machu Picchu?

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

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


Lares Trek Full Day Cost

Go beyond Machu Picchu and explore the beautiful Lares Valley on this 1 Day Lares Trek! Get all the tips you need to make it a great experience.

PRICES PER PERSON [USD] 2023 (Full-Day Lares Trek)

  • Solo traveler $306
  • 02 participans$181.
  • 03 participants $142.
  • 04 participants $118.
  • 05 participants $110.
  • 06 participants $99.
  • 07 participants $92.
  • 08 participants + $85.


  • $65. Lares Horse Riding is 3 hours and a half to the Ipsay pass.

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