Lares - Machu Picchu 4 Days/3 Nights

The Lares Trek is a stunning trip designed to avoid the crowds found on the traditional Inca Trail hikes. On the Lares Trek, there are several opportunities to view wildlife, meet locals, and immerse yourself in ancient surroundings.

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Included
  • Price

Day 1: Cusco – Lares – Quishuarani

Day 2: Quishuarani – Cancha Cancha (3800 m.a.s.l.)

Day 3: Cancha Cancha – Huaran – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Day 1: Cusco – Lares – Quishuarani

We leave by bus from Cusco in the early morning and travel to the Lares Valley (3,100 m/10,170 ft). There you can enjoy the hot springs or rest for approximately 90 minutes. This is also where we will have lunch.

After lunch we take a 20 minute bus ride to Pascana, the official beginning of the trek. We will hike for approximately 2.5 hours and arrive at our first campsite, Quishuarani (3,700 m/12,139 ft) for dinner. Here you can meet the locals “campesinos” and learn about weaving and its ancient techniques. This is a beautiful day with Andean villages, stunning views, and great landscapes along the route.

Day 2: Quishuarani – Cancha Cancha (3800 m.a.s.l.)

Day 2 requires approximately seven hours of hiking and is the longest hiking day of the trek.
After breakfast, we start our ascent to the highest point of the circuit. The climb is difficult until the Pachacutec Pass (4,450 m/14,599 ft). Once you reach the pass, you will be able to enjoy incredible panoramic views of the Pitusiray, Sawasiray, and Chicon snow-capped peaks. After the pass, we descend for about 2.5 hours to our camp at Cancha Cancha (3,800 m/12,497 ft).

Day 3: Cancha Cancha – Huaran – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

After a delicious breakfast, we start our downhill hike for about 5 hours to Huaran. There, a vehicle will take us to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo we will transfer to the train to Aguas Calientes (2,000 m/6,561 ft) and spend the night there in a hotel.

Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco

We rise at 5:30 AM for breakfast, secure our luggage at the hotel, and take the early tourist bus to Machu Picchu. A walking tour of Machu Picchu (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide, and afterwards you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2,720 m/8,923 ft). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top of Huayna Picchu.

You will later meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch (this lunch not included in the cost of the trek) and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco. The price of the train included in all tours is the Expedition (to Ollanta). Once you arrive in Ollanta, a bus will take you back to Cusco.

If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu. You can also go to the hot springs in the town - a real treat after finishing the trail.

Trek Price Includes:

  • Professional, bilingual (English and Spanish) tour guide
  • Collection from your hotel on Day 1 to the start of the trail
  • Spacious, personal tents
  • Sleeping mat
  • Hot water for lunch/dinner on Day 1, breakfast/lunch/dinner on Day 2 and 3, and breakfast on Day 4. With adequate advance notice, we can supply boiled water to fill your water bottle or hydration pack.
  • Horsemen and mules (for equipment and 6 kg of your personal items)
  • Excellent meals (3 breakfast, 3 lunch, 3 dinner)
  • Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
  • Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco

What You Need to Bring:

  • Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC), if applicable)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required)
  • Sleeping bag (also can be rented from us)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended)
  • Insect repellent
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelbak
  • Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with previously-boiled drinking water throughout the trek)
  • Toiletries (including toilet paper)
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
  • Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) for tips
  • Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) for Machu Picchu locker rental. You are required to check your backpack into a locker before entering the ruins.

*To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC card. Please scan and email us a copy at the time of booking.
If desired, the train back to Cusco can be upgraded to Vistadome (+$20)


Optional Items to Bring:

  • Shorts
  • Walking sticks or trekking poles. Trekking poles are required to have rubber tips.
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit for Aguas Calientes hot springs
  • Entrance fee for Aguas Calientes hot springs

Optional Services (Not Included):

  • Sleeping bag rental, $20
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch on Day 4
  • 1 extra horse to carry personal items, $30 per day
  • Walking sticks, $8

Prices for 2014:

Number of People 2 3 4 5 6-10
Price per Person ($ USD) $580 $560 $540 $520 $500

Cusco Native is a company comprised of certified and licensed local tour guides. All tours booked with Cusco Native are led and staffed by Cusco Native employees. We will never pass you onto another tour company for your trek. We are a local company with professional employees and guides who are knowledgeable in all of the main (like the Inca Trail) and alternative (Lares to Machu Picchu) treks.


In the event of a cancellation we need to be informed in writing. Cancellation charges plus forfeiture of the non-refundable deposit will be applied as shown below calculated from the day written notification is received by Cusco Native.

Our cancellation table is as follows:

Days Prior to Start of Trek Percentage Lost of Total Trek Price
29 to 22 60%
21 to 9 80%
8 to 0 100%

In the event of partial cancellations, the remaining passenger may have to pay any remaining charges (e.g. single room supplements or double-occupancy).