Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days is regarded as the best alternative treks to the Salkantay Trek and Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Unlike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu which requires an advance booking and often gets sold six to seven months in advance, Lares Trek is more flexible.
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days is a perfect combination of culture, nature and history. It begins at the Lares Valley, home to Andean community. People here converse in Quechua and have maintained their age-old traditions and customs.
You will be getting an insight to the daily life of the people here. The trek also offers entrancing views of the Peruvian Andes from start to the end. We will be trekking through some of the distinct highland plantations. You will also get to see the flora and fauna, including the Andean camelids – Alpacas and Llamas.
Please note that Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days is a high altitude experience. The highest point of Lares Trail is at 4600 metres above sea level (15091 feet). We highly recommend you to spend a few days in Cusco and acclimate to avoid altitude sickness.
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days is a part of the Peruvian Andes. It is subject to two seasons, dry season and rainy season. We highly recommend doing this trek in the dry season – between March and November.
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Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up at 0600 AM from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you towards Pisac. We will be stopping at the Huaran. It is an Andean village at 2840 metres (93152 feet).
From here we will begin the hike through the small valley that gradually narrows while ascending on an original Inca trail. Along the way, you will get to see plenty of flora and fauna.
After hiking for three hours, we will be reaching the community of Cancha Cancha which nestles at 3800 metres (12464 feet). Locals here will be welcoming you with freshly brewed Coca Tea and traditional Andean food. You will have an opportunity to interact and spend some time with locals here as we will be spending the night here.
After breakfast, we will begin a full day hike up the hill towards Accopata. This is an extension of Cancha Cancha. We will be continuing towards the Northeast through the valley passing small stone houses with thatched roofs.
After hiking for some thirty minutes, the trail flattens out before climbing steeply for the 2 ½ hour hike to the first pass, called Pachacutec Pass (4458m / 14622ft).
The trail continues for an hour along a narrow ridge until descending into a beautiful secluded stream filled with glacial lakes and rich in birdlife. The lip of the corrie descends to the next valley after a series of waterfalls to the town of Quishuarani (3700m / 12136ft), a place to camp; we can meet children and weavers.
After breakfast, we will hike down the hill towards the colonial town of Lares. You will have the rest of the morning free so you can take a dip in the hot springs.
We will then serve lunch. After lunch, we will be taking the transport to Ollantaytambo in Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here you will have some free time to walk around the village. Later in the evening, we will be taking a train to Aguas Calientes.
It is a three hours ride through the highland valley. You will get beautiful views of the farms and villages. Once at Aguas Calientes, we will transfer you to the hotel where you will be accommodated for the night.
After relishing an early morning breakfast, we will be taking a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu citadel. Once at the entrance of the citadel, our representative will be meeting you and will be assisting you in entering the citadel.
As you will be walking into the citadel, the clouds would be clearing by as the golden rays of the sun would shimmer on the walls of the citadel.
Our local expert will be giving you a detailed tour of the citadel for two hours. During the trip, you will be visiting some of the important parts of the citadel like the ceremonial centre, main plaza, house of the priests and more.
After the half day tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you have booked to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our tour guide will be directing you to the respective trail head.
After you finish your visit to Machu Picchu, you will be taking a bus back down to Aguas Calientes town. Here we will be stopping for lunch at a local restaurant.
Later in the evening, we will be taking the train back to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will be meeting you and will transfer you back to the hotel in Cusco.