Lares Trek Short Inca Trail Machupicchu & Rainbow Mountain Overview
- Day 01: Hike to Lares via Huacawasi to Patacancha (overnight at Ollantaytambo hotel**)
- Day 02: Premium Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (overnight at Aguas Calientes hotel**)
- Day 03: Guided tour in MACHU PICCHU and return to Cusco by train in the afternoon.
- Day 04: Hike the colorful mountains of Vinicunca and the Red Valley through the Andes
- Walk and explore the most outstanding hiking trails in the Cusco region, Peru, in 04 days.
- Enjoy the combinations of unique landscape walks by the Lares Trek Short Inca Trail Machupicchu & Rainbow Mountain “all in one.”
- Outdoor walks are the experiences we take home with the satisfaction of knowing beautiful landscapes in the Andes of Peru.
The Lares Trek Short Inca Trail Machupicchu & Rainbow Mountain offers us one of the alternatives in only 04 days. We will cross beautiful waterfalls, Inca archaeological remains, and varied flora and fauna until we reach the Inti Punku, where we will have an impressive view of Machu Picchu.
This beautiful route starts with cultural and natural attractions from the beginning to the end and will captivate us, even more when we get to one of the world’s wonders Machu Picchu.
Follow in the footsteps of the Incas and hike one of the most beautiful sections of the world-famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This adventure is an undemanding hike that includes a visit to Wiñay Wayna. One of the most beautiful and best-preserved archaeological sites of the entire Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This vacation is the perfect option for travelers who want to experience a short hike before visiting the Inca city of Machu Picchu!
Itinerary of Lares Trek Short Inca Trail Machupicchu & Rainbow Mountain
Day 01: Cusco – Lares – Ipsay Pass – Patacancha – Ollantaytambo
We start the vehicular Journey from the city of Cusco to get to Calca and then continue to the Andean community of Wakawasi. From Huacawasi, we begin the one-day Lares trek until we reach the Ipsay Pass, 4410 meters (15,431 feet). We descend towards the IPSA COCHA lagoon at 4,200 meters. We continue the walk until we reach Patacancha, the neighboring community of Rumira. In Rumira, our tourist vehicle awaits us to complete the trip until we get to the “site of our overnight stay” in Ollantaytambo.
Informational note: The walking route takes hikers through two attractive weaving communities in Huacahuasi and Patacancha. We will be able to observe alpacas grazing in their natural habitat.
The Lares route is easily accessible from Cusco:
- Travel distance from Cusco to Huaca Wasi “Huaca Wasi: 03 hours 20 minutes
- Hiking route: From Huacahuasi to Rumira (Patacancha)
- Walking distance – 14km / 9 miles
- Hike Elevation Start: 3,750 meters / 12,303 feet
- Ipsay Pass Elevation: 4,440 meters / 14,435 feet.
- Elevation of the end of the walk: 3,800 meters / 12,467 feet.
- Hike difficulty: Challenging – Moderate (depends on your fitness level).
- Lodging: 3-Star Hotel “Ollantaytambo.”
- Ollantaytambo Elevation: 2,851 meters / 9,353 feet.
- Adventure: Absolutely, completely satisfactory
Day 02: A Short hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
At 07:00, we walk to the Ollantaytambo train station (a 12-minute walk)
- Train service: Expedition by Perurail – Route: OLLANTAYTAMBO to KM 104.
Onboard, at km 104, you will find our starting point for trekking. SERNANP MACHU PICCHU, where you must register and show your permits and passports. Right after the first checkpoint are the ruins of Chachabamba.
The path climbs gradually, taking three hours to reach the Wiñay Wayna complex. The walk offers breathtaking views of the ruins of Choquesuysuy and the Urubamba Valley.
Wiñay Wayna was mainly agricultural, and the curved terraces on the incredibly steep slope are impressive. Given the importance of water, this seems to indicate a religious preference.
After a packed lunch, continue the trail and walk from Wiñay Wayna to the Intipunku “Sun Gate,” taking two hours. The path to the ruins itself lasts about half an hour. You descend by CONSETUR bus to Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night at our hotel.
- Height of the start of the walk: 2100m/6900ft. (Chachabamba, Km 104)
- The highest point of the walk: 2730m/8,792ft. (Inti Punku)
- Hiking distance: 10km / 6.3 miles (Chachabamba to Machu Picchu)
- Hiking difficulty: Moderate.
- Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel “Aguas Calientes”
Day 03: Machu Picchu
Finally, we have the principal day of all vacations in the Andes of Peru; the visit to Machu Picchu 🙂
At the chosen time of the group organized with our tour guide, we start the tour by tourist bus that takes us to the entrance gates of Machu Picchu. We enter the Inca citadel, ascending in a walk of about 15 minutes to obtain the best panoramic view of Machu Picchu.
We explore the Inca citadel thoroughly from above to cover all the important sites like the Inca quarry area, the temple of the sun, the sundial, the temple of the condor, etc.
After the spectacular visit to Machu Picchu, we can put the stamp of the Machu Picchu logo “optional stamp; it is free; it is interesting to put it in the passport (the real proof that Machu Picchu visited).”
At noon or early in the afternoon, we began to return to the city of Cusco; It takes a total of three and a half hours by “train and ground transportation.” Thank you for exploring the Andes and the jungle of Cusco.
Train service information: [Inbound Journey]
- Train company: PERU RAIL
- Service: MACHU PICCHU– POROY (03 hours and 50 minutes of train ride).
- Class: EXPEDITION 34
- Departure: 15:20
- At Station: 14:50 – Otherwise, you may not be allowed to board.
- Poroy arrival: 19:05
- Cusco arrival by transport: 19:35
When you get to the POROY train station, Meet at the train arrivals area. Just look for a KONDOR PATH TOURS sign with your name.” Group name: Lares Trek Short Inca Trail Machupicchu & Rainbow Mountain🙂
CUSCO HOTEL: By customers.
Day 04: Adventure of the Rainbow Mountain & the Red Valley
Hikers begin the expedition at 6:00 in the morning. You will see hundreds of alpacas throughout the trip. On top of the colored mountain is a 360-degree view to enjoy the views.
RED VALLEY: Highly recommended; this extension takes 35 minutes of additional walking. The red valley has an incredible view. From here, we continue our way back to the beginning of the trail to return to the imperial city of Cusco.
Helpful information about the trek.
- Travel time: Cusco to Llactoq 03 hours
- Height of the starting point of the walk: 4,900 m/16,076 ft. (El Parqueo – Llactoq)
- Tour Circuit Max Elevation: 5,100 meters / 16,732 feet.
- Hiking distance: Hike between Llactoq, Rainbow Mountain, and Red Valley: 14 kilometers / 9.6 miles
- Hike difficulty: Challenging “uphill” – Easy “Downhill.”
- Meals: Box lunch.
- Return time to Cusco: Arrival in Cusco between 4:00 p.m. at 7:30 p.m.
Lares Trek Short Inca Trail Machupicchu & Rainbow Mountain Included:
- Outdoor activities on treks through the Andes
- A bilingual local tour guide who speaks Spanish and English has a “current card to enter the tourist circuits.”
- Private tourist transport for transfer services (according to the itinerary)
- DAY 01: LARES
- Authorization and payment of entry to the tourist area of Lares via Patacancha
- Food: 01 box lunch prepared in a tourist restaurant in Cusco “hikers take their box lunch on the hiking trail”
- OLLANTAYTAMBO: 01 night in a hotel with 03 stars in Ollantaytambo (HOTELS: Sol de Ollantay or Sol Natura based on a DOUBLE or Matrimonial room). Check-In: from 06:00 to 22:00 Hrs | Check-Out: from 05:00 to 11:00 Hrs.
- DAY 02: SHORT INCA TRAIL
- Breakfast buffet at the hotel
- Train by PeruRail: Outbound Journey: OLLANTAYTAMBO – KM 104: Expedition 83, at 07:45
- The tour guide travels on the same train as the walkers to make the stop at kilometer 104 of the railway.
- Authorization to get off the train at km 104.
- Entrance tickets plus authorization to enter the Inca Trail network
- Box lunch “visitors carry in their backpack.”
- Bus ticket down from the ruins to Aguas Calientes
- AGUAS CALIENTES: 01 night in a Hotel 03 star in Aguas Calientes (HOTELS: El Santuario Machupicchu, Waman Hotel Machu Picchu, or Hotel Retama Machu Picchu based on a DOUBLE or Matrimonial room). The rooms include private bathrooms with hot showers, Wi-Fi, buffet breakfast. Check-In: 11:00 Hrs | Check-Out: 10:00 Hrs.
- DAY 03: MACHU PICCHU
- Buffet breakfast service at the hotel
- 02 bus tickets (up and down)
- Guided tour 02 hours
- Train by PeruRail: Inbound Journey: MACHU PICCHU – POROY: Expedition 34, at 15:20
- Private transfer service from POROY train station to CUSCO
- DAY 04: RAINBOW, MT. + EL VALLE ROJO
- Entrance tickets to Cusipata rainbow mountain + red valley
- Lunch box
- First aid kit and medicated oxygen “just in case.”
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Lares Trek Short Inca Trail Machupicchu & Rainbow Mountain Not Included
- Hotels “Cusco.”
- Drinking water
- For food not described in the itinerary, “there are several alternatives to cover it every day.”
- Tip for your guide(s) and driver
What to bring to Lares Trek Short Inca Trail Machupicchu & Rainbow Mountain?
- ORIGINAL PASSPORT (Keep it in an airtight plastic bag in case of rain). We used our passports to board the train to enter the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- COMFORTABLE DAY BACKPACK: A small, comfortable, and light backpack with an adaptable waist strap to balance the weight to enjoy the walks. A waterproof backpack cover is also great for keeping all your gear dry and dust-free.
- PLASTIC BAGS: Keep your belongings and clothes dry.
- WALKING POLES: It does highly recommended to have walking poles for your trek. At Lares and Rainbow Mountain, you can use metal spikes, BUT FOR THE INCA TRAIL, use rubber bands to protect the trail and preserve the Inca Trail; In Machu Picchu, canes do prohibit.
- WALKING BOOTS: Select comfortable, lightweight, good-quality shoes. Booties and waterproofs do recommend, but if you already have something comfortable and grippy, don’t rush to buy new boots; it’s better than the old ones!
- REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE – Fill your bottle with bottled water to recycle plastic and pristine hiking trails.
- WARM CLOTHING FOR LARES AND RAINBOW MOUNTAIN: Fleece, jacket, wool hat, gloves, and bandana.
- WATERPROOF CLOTHING: Rain Poncho does recommend. Some hikers also like to wear waterproof pants; however, a Poncho will suffice if it covers up to the knees. The rainy season is from December to March, but it can rain in the Andes any day of the year. It is better to be careful.
- TOILET PAPER: This is an essential item on the hike! We take plastic bags for garbage to keep the planet blue and green.
- PERSONAL MEDICATIONS AND BASIC FIRST AID KIT: Band-Aids for blisters that can be generated when walking, stomach upsets, or altitude sickness, among other medications prescribed by your doctor.
- FOR THE SUN: Solar radiation in the Andes is intense. Bring an excellent sunscreen and apply it from time to time to protect yourself from the sun. Also, bring sunglasses and a hat.
- INSECT REPELLENT: In the Lares Valley, sometimes through Ollantaytambo, the Inca Trail, and Machu Picchu, there are some flying insects or mosquitoes, so it is advisable to bring a good insect repellent.
- SNACKS: chocolates, chips, crackers, granola bars, or energy bars “bring a few extras, just in case, just what you need.”
- EXTRA MONEY: Most businesses handle US dollars and Peruvian soles in Peruvian national currency and dollars.
What is the best time of the year to book the Inca Trail?
The dry season begins in May and typically ends in September or October. During these months, the Inca Trail is the best alternative since good weather allows you to appreciate the majestic valleys and beautiful mountains along the way without clouds or fog.
In other months the rainfall increases.
How far in advance should I book the Inca Trail tour?
We recommend that you make your reservation at least twelve months in advance because tickets for this incredible hike are sold out months in advance due to its great popularity.
In our experience working with travelers worldwide, we have sadly seen many enthusiastic travelers try to book a month in advance. We have told them there are no more spaces, so please follow our recommendation to book many months in advance.
300 admission tickets are reserved for agency personnel, i.e., porters, cooks, helpers, porters, and other staff,
Two hundred admission tickets are available for sale to the general public.
Does the Inca Trail operate all year round?
The Inca Trail closed annually in February due to maintenance work in various route sectors.
What is the level of difficulty of the Inca Trail?
According to the international classification on the level of difficulty of a hike, we have the following:
On the other hand, the Inca Trail is considered by travelers and experienced hikers with a degree of difficulty three because the Inca Trail route passes through various types of climates and different altitudes.
What should I bring for the Inca Trail?
- The maximum weight to carry on the Inca Trail is 5 kilograms.
- Please take into account this weight restriction.
- The following should be considered for this route:
The most important thing: the original ID card or passport is valid and that it is the document with which we made our reservation. Otherwise, we will not be allowed to enter.
- Sleeping bag.
- A medium backpack of approximately 30 or 40 liters
- Toiletries, including toilet paper and wet wipes, as there are no toilets along the route.
- Underwear, especially microfiber socks or any specific material for this type of use
- Insect repellent.
- Bottle or canteen
- Flashlight with spare batteries.
- Cash in Peruvian soles
- Wide-brimmed hat
What type of footwear should I wear on the Inca Trail?
Kondor Path tours recommend wearing boots one size larger than usual that are not new or have had some use, as wearing new boots can cause scrapes on the ankles or heel of the foot.
Can I make the Inca Trail on my own?
In 2000, the Peruvian government made it mandatory for travelers to enter the Inca Trail route through a tourist agency.
What is the highest point on the Inca Trail?
The highest point on the Inca Trail route is the so-called ‘pass of the dead woman’ or Warmihuañuska in Quechua, located at 4,200 meters above sea level. It is good to know that the citadel of Machu Picchu, the final point of this unforgettable experience, is located at a much lower elevation (2,400 m.a.s.l.).
Is the Inca Trail dangerous?
The entire Inca Trail is properly signposted, and the guides and tour operators are the first responsible for the care of the traveler during his Journey. However, this does not guarantee that travelers always follow the indications, and in some cases, accidents have occurred due to the imprudence of the visitor.
It is essential to consider that the physical condition of the traveler must be adequate, as well as having previously done two or three days of acclimatization in Cusco.
Location of Machu Picchu
The Inca City does locate within the so-called ‘Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu,’ which covers 35 thousand hectares (350 km2).
Machu Picchu is located in the Aguas Calientes, province of Urubamba, department of Cusco in Peru.
Its coordinates are 13º 10′ 19” and 13º 14′ 00′ (south latitude). It is also located at 72º 30′ 5” and 72º 36′ 33” (west latitude).
The mountains in Machu Picchu
- 03 mountains surround the Inca City: the Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu, and Putucusi mountains.
- The closest mountain to Machu Picchu is the Salkantay (6,271 m.a.s.l.).
- The Inca City hills belong to the ‘Salkantay Massif.’
- The rivers in Machu Picchu
- The distance from the citadel of Machu Picchu to the river is 500 meters, the Vilcanota River (also known as Urubamba).
- Besides Machu Picchu, the Vilcanota river crosses other Inca archaeological sites like Pisac and Ollantaytambo.
- The river’s flow increases considerably between December and April (rainy season). The river maintains its usual flow for the rest of the year (dry season).
What is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?
- Due to its location, Machu Picchu enjoys a very peculiar climate.
- In Machu Picchu, there are 02 very marked climatic seasons: the dry and rainy seasons.
The dry season in Machu Picchu
- The dry season is between April and October. Many people think it is the best time to visit Machu Picchu.
- During these months, the day is exceptionally sunny, and there is almost no rain, allowing the tourist to have a pleasant tour of the Inca City.
- In June and July, daytime temperatures can reach 25ºC (77ºF). In the early mornings, the lowest temperatures can reach 0ºC.
- There is also the “high season of tourism” during the dry season, in which Machu Picchu supports the highest number of visitors.
- The rainy season in Machu Picchu
- The rainy season is between November and March. During these months, the Inca City can dawn covered with fog. Although in the day, the mist will clear.
- In February and March, the rains are more frequent than in the rest of the year. The maximum temperatures can reach 22ºC. Minimum temperatures can reach 8ºC.
- The rainy season is known as the “low season for tourism.” And that is why you can find meager prices for all tourist services.
Costo Lares Trek Short Inca Trail Machupicchu & Rainbow Mountain
PRICES PER PERSON 2022 – 2023
- 02 people US$ 895. “prices reduce if there are more people in your group.”
- 03 people US$ 870.
- 04 people US$ 795.
- 05 people US$ 750.
- 06 people US$ 710.
- 07 people US$ 685.
- 08+ people US$ 649.
🙂 Item Upgrade
In Ollantaytambo’s Inca and Colonial population, we have several hotels to spend the night pleasantly within the Sacred Valley and then continue the trip to the jungle or the Andes of Cusco. Here we show you the hotel alternatives in Ollantaytambo to improve the service at the request of travelers.
Sol Natura Hotel
+$20. Suite MWB/ DWD Comfort Superior
+$36. Doble | +$47. Superior
El Albergue de Ollantaytambo Hotel “The hotel is inside the train station.”
+$26. Estándar | +$75 Superior Jardín | +$85 Superior Balcón or Casita
HOTEL “AGUAS CALIENTES”
The most suitable hotels in Aguas Calientes, Peru; there are options to upgrade to a premium hotel! At Kondor Path Tours, we try to make it easier by searching and focusing on our experience and travelers’ experiences.
Gringo Bill’s Machupicchu
+$25. DBL/MATRIMONIAL | +$43 Suite
Inti Punku Machupicchu
+$25. Standard | +$33. Superior | +$39. Junior Suite | +$63. Senior Suite
Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu
+$29. Traditional | +$35. Superior | +$45. Suite
Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu
+$35. Standard SGL/DBL | +$80 Suite
Jaya Suite Machupicchu
El MaPi ByInkaterra
+$69. Superior Deluxe SGL or DBL | +$91. Suite SGL o DBL
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
+$244. Superior | +$271. Superior Deluxe |+$298. Junior Suite | +$389. Junior Suite Deluxe | +$488. Suite | +$555. Inkaterra Suite
By PeruRail / PER PERSON
+ $35 Vistadome train (one way: OLLANTAYTAMBO – MACHUPICCHU) Outbound Journey
+ $55.00 Vistadome train (round trip: OLLANTAYTAMBO – MACHUPICCHU – POROY)
+ $65.00 Vistadome train (back and forth: OLLANTAYTAMBO – MACHUPICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO) + Transfer to Cusco from Ollantaytambo
+ $445.00 Hiram Bingham train (Train MACHUPICCHU – POROY) Inbound Journey
+$75 Huayna Picchu
+$60 RE-ENTRY TO MACHU PICCHU
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Machu Picchu Fee
College & students$20 off
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