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The Lares Trek is one of the most beautiful alternative trails to Machu Picchu, the other one is Salkantay trek. You will be surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes, and valleys. this adventure will start in the small village of Patakancha in the Sacred Valley. You will hike and climbs over 2 passes at 4,000m/13, 123 ft above sea level, passing through traditional, colorful villages, you will also have the chance to relax in the spring waters of lares and of course finishing with a visit to Machu Picchu on the last day. Note: The Lares Trek in private service, is addressed to small groups since there is personalized attention so you can get really get an insight into the local Andean communities and way of life.
4 Days and 3 Nights
We pick you up from your hotel
Hiking the Inca Trail is an unforgettable experience, so do not hesitate to join our group!
By saving time doing the Short Inca Trail, you will have extra days off to explore the beautiful city of Cusco and its surrounding attractions, Titicaca Lake and the Puno Region, or cities full of history and beautiful nature such as Lima and Arequipa. Take a look at some of our other packages involving these sites.
Patacancha will be our first stop. It’s a small Quechua community near Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, where people live very much like their Inca ancestors. There we’ll meet part of the trekking crew who will take care of the equipment.
Once we are ready the first Andean scenery will captivate you, the high Andes are very different from flat terrain. You notice the grass, Polylepis trees, LLamas, mountains, and lakes all are unique. It will take us some time to ascend ( around 1.5 hours ) until we get to flat ground and beginning to see the colors on the ground surface and perceive the beautiful lake Ipsaycocha.
We have crossed our first high pass of Ipsaycocha pass at 4,600m / 15,456ft above the sea level and the rest of the hike will be downhill towards campsite (4,200m/13,780ft).
Lunch and dinner are included.
Nothing better than wake up surrounded by nature and to know also that someone is taking care of our breakfast. After that energizing food, we get prepared to descend the mountain for around 3 hours until we get to the community of Huancahuasi. We will see fields of potato, barley, quinoa, and corn, those vegetables are very abundant here.
People of Huancahuasi village, built their own houses using stone and thatched roofs. The people of this village produce beautiful colorful textiles. There is a chance local people will show us how they do the weaving techniques and be able to admire some of their high-quality ponchos, chullos (wool hats) and other garments.
Afterward of interacting with the local community of Huancahuasi, we take you to the hot springs near the colonial village of Lares at 3400m, which are famous for the curatives powers. Around this area, we will set up camp, have dinner and spend the night.
We leave early our campsite after breakfast and head on a short trail for a couple of hours by the Totora canyon where at some point in the route our private transport will wait for us. Our transportation will take us further down the valley to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. At this village, we will rest and have lunch.
Later on, In the afternoon, we will get a train to Aguas Calientes and enjoy the Peruvian Andes. On your way, you will see the highlands and a lush of tropical vegetation as we get near to Aguas Calientes town. The journey time by train is about 1½ hours. We will spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes. We suggest you have an early night to prepare for your Machu Picchu visit the following morning.
Today is a special day because we will head to our final destination, Machu Picchu and complete the whole Lares trek.
We will need to get the first bus to Machu Picchu which will take us around 20 minutes to get to the top of the hill. Our aim is to get to the ancient citadel when the sunrise over the city (There is an option to go walking up the hill but it will take you at least 2 hours in doing so ).
The first impression of Macchu Picchu is its fantastic location which mixes very well with the whole nature around it. Very far away you´ll see the Andean mountains with snow peaks. The whole view will take your breath away for sure. Our guide will give you a 2 hour guided tour and after this, you can explore the mysterious city by yourself.
If you have done the arrangements, you will know that in order to climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu (meaning Young Peak) at 2.720m/8,890ft above the sea level, you will need a permit. To climb the Huayna Picchu mountain which is the one facing the ancient city, It takes around 45 minutes to the top.
Once you finish exploring the city, your guide will meet you in Aguas Calientes (which can be reached by bus or on foot) to have lunch and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco. Time tables for leaving Aguas Calientes will be given on the meeting and trains usually leaves at 13:00 hours and the latest train usually leaves about 19 hours. The return to Cusco takes about four hours with a bus transfer in Ollantaytambo.
If you want, we can arrange for you to have an extra night in the town of Aguas Calientes. Please let us know whether you would like or not when booking your tour.
**Very important: There is a mandatory fee to hike Huayna Picchu. CONTACT US. Also, a pre-tour briefing is held at our office or your hotel (whichever is preferred) the night before your tour at 6 or 7 pm (exact time to be confirmed).
We would love to take everyone on the Inca Trail and guide you to Machu Picchu. We can leave any day of the week as long as permits remain with the government. Please remember, permits are only needed for your START DATE.
$550 per person
2 Trekkers: $1000 per person
3 Trekkers: $900 per person
4 Trekkers: $750 per person
5 Trekkers: $700 per person
6 Trekkers: $600 per person
7 Trekkers: $575 per person
8 or more Trekkers: $550 per person
MUNDO MAPI include a three (3) star hotel using La Cabana, Inti Punku, or Waman (based on availability at booking). Rooms are based on double or triple occupancy and there’s a single room surcharge of $50 US per person if you book alone. Rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers and WIFI. We can also upgrade your hotel if you prefer something a little fancier. Please remember the service you receive in Aguas Calientes will not be quite as good as Cusco. Below is a list of possible upgrade options but we work with most hotels in Aguas Calientes.
– $25 off per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a University Student Card our under 17-years-old, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount.
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As seen in our Additional Items under Trip Overview there are several optional upgrades. Below is a quick list of prices but be sure to check our Overview section for more details.
Huayna Picchu: Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It’s a 45-minute hike to the top of Huayna Picchu. The views of Machu Picchu from the top are incredible. However, if you’re afraid of heights you need to be warned that coming back down the path is quite steep. If you decide to take this hike then you would it after your tour of Machu Picchu. While this hike is on your own your guide will direct you to where it starts. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance due to popularity.
Machu Picchu mountain is the mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu ruins. It offers even more stunning views than Huayna Picchu but takes an hour and a half to reach the top. You can book this with an additional entrance ticket that we can secure for you.
All our tours include the Expedition (Tourist) Train. This train is usually booked at 4:22 p.m. departing from Aguas Calientes. There is also the Vistadome train, which is an upgraded train that offers slightly larger seats, windows and some entertainment. Usually the Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 p.m. and travels to Poroy, a train station closer to Cusco. While this is an upgraded fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel.
You’ll have a full day at Machu Picchu arriving at the citadel around 6 AM and leaving no later than 2 PM to catch your 4:22 train. If you would like to tour Machu Picchu again on your own the next day that can be arranged for you.