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Lares Trek Full Day – Inspiration Trek
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Lares Trek Full Day – Inspiration Trek
Tour Type
Mountain Hike
Lares Trek Full Day – Inspiration Trek
Maximun Altitude
4,400m (14,435 ft.)
Lares Trek Full Day – Inspiration Trek
Physical Level
Moderately Strenuous
Lares Trek Full Day – Inspiration Trek
Recommended Season
April to December

Lares Trek Full Day – Inspiration Trek

Price from: $ 85.00 USD (See: Pricing)

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.

Tour Plan: Cusco | Huacahuasi | Ipsay Pass | Patacancha

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.

The Lares Trek in Peru is a hidden gem for adventurous souls seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience amidst the stunning Andean landscapes. The Full Day Lares Trek offers an immersive journey that showcases the rich cultural heritage of the local indigenous communities, pristine lakes, ancient ruins, and breathtaking mountain views.

It is a perfect opportunity for those with limited time to experience the beauty and culture of 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. Embrace the spirit of adventure, get immersed in the local culture, and witness the beauty of the Andes in just one day.

If you’re looking for a thrilling one-day adventure in Peru, the Lares Trek One Day Andes Trek is a must-try. This trek offers a unique opportunity to explore the stunning natural beauty of the Andes and learn about the rich history of the Incan civilization. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a beginner, this trek will surely leave you with unforgettable memories.


Lares Trek Full Day Overview

The 1 Day Lares Valley Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that takes you through the stunning Andean mountains of Peru. This trek is perfect for those who want to experience the beauty of the Andes without committing to a multi-day tour. You’ll hike through remote villages, past crystal-clear lakes, and over high mountain passes while taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Along the way, you’ll learn about the local culture and history from our knowledgeable guides. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the hidden gems of Peru.

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
  • 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!


Detailed Lares Trek Full Day Itinerary 


Lares Trek via Patacancha 1 Day

We start the car trip at 05:00 a.m. from 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.

Scenic Drive to Lares

The journey begins with a scenic drive from Cusco to Lares Village. The road offers captivating views of the Andean mountains and vast valleys, providing a glimpse of the adventure ahead.

Exploring Lares Village

Lares Village welcomes visitors with its traditional charm and friendly locals. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about Andean culture, witness traditional clothing, and sample local delicacies.

The Trek Begins: Huacawasi to Patacancha

Awe-Inspiring Mountain Pass

As the trek ascends to the Ipsaycocha mountain pass, adventurers are rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. This scenic spot is perfect for capturing unforgettable memories.

Reflections at Ipsaycocha Lake

Ipsaycocha Lake offers a tranquil setting for trekkers to rest and reflect. Surrounded by majestic mountains, the lake’s still waters mirror the natural beauty of the Andean landscape.

Ipsaycocha to Patacancha: Quaint Village Life

The trail leads to the quaint village of Patacancha, where travelers can witness the simplicity and harmony of rural Andean life. Engaging with locals here provides insights into their unique way of living.

Learning Ancient Textile Techniques

Patacancha is renowned for its weaving heritage. Travelers can participate in weaving workshops to learn ancient techniques and appreciate the artistry of crafting vibrant textiles.

Farewell to the Andes

As the Full Day Lares Trek concludes, trekkers carry back cherished memories of breathtaking vistas, warm encounters with locals, and a deeper understanding of the Andean way of life.

Return to Cusco

After bidding farewell to the mountains, trekkers return to Ollantaytambo via a scenic private car ride. This part of the journey allows for relaxation and contemplation while passing through stunning landscapes.



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)


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, 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 Guide

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.

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.

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 / 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 the city of Cusco. The average temperature during the day is 10 ° C to 21 ° (50 ° F – 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, and we will see much less of other trekkers on the trail. 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, 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 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). 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 can see more migratory birds in the lagoons; 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: 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 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 go 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.

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.

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 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.

Unlike the Salkantay Trek or Inca Trail, the Lares Trek is available all 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.

What’s it like

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

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Lares Trek Full Day COST

Season 2023 – 2024
Full-Day Lares Trek

Number of persons Price per person
1 $ 306.00 USD
2 $ 181.00 USD
3 $ 142.00 USD
4 $ 118.00 USD
5 $ 110.00 USD
6 $ 99.00 USD
7 $ 92.00 USD
8 $ 85.00 USD

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



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Kristi V
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!
Anthony O
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!!
Great memories for our family We went for a tour to the rainbow mountain, service was excellent and then we decided to go for another tour on the next day to the sacred valley, it was also excellent. Our guide was Fredy and our driver was Juan Carlos, two excellent people, honest and respectful. I recommend them. Gracias por todo, lo pasamos increíble.
Rainbow Trek and Horseback Riding A group of 7 of us did a One Day Rainbow Trek and Horseback Riding. Freddy was our guide and he was prompt and with us every moment of the journey. They were so accommodating to move the debrief meeting the night before because we had a food tour that evening. Freddy had so much energy, knowledge, and excitement to share with us about his native homeland. In addition, he made sure that we were well taken care of when one of us was actually sick from the altitude. It was such an amazing experience and Freddy made sure we got the best of it. Thank you! Highly recommend Kondor Path Tours.
Ido I
Ido I
MachuPicchu trek We had an amazing experience with the one day trek and the day after visit to the MachuPicchu site with Hober Guia, this guide is very knowledgeable of the history and culture, patient and kind and took care of all of our needs. The tour was arranged perfectly taking care of all small details. Very much recommend!
Maras Moray hike We recently did this hike with Bonnet. She was a highly experienced guide. V good English. Judged our ability well and made for a great day out.
MachuPicchu and Rainbow Moutain We worked with Kondor Path for two tours, of Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain. Everything they did was well organized, well documented, well communicated. The two guides and the driver were great, very friendly and knowledgeable. All were bilingual (English and Spanish). At Rainbow Mountain we rode horses to the base of the really steep part of the mountain (this saved some 7 km of hiking). But that last part was quite difficult! I'm glad I had prepared and gotten conditioned.
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