This adventure will leave you wanting more!
Minimum Age: 10 Year(s)
The Lares Trek is a stunning trip designed to avoid the crowdedness on the traditional Inca Trail hikes. On the Lares Trek, there are great opportunities to experience wildlife, meet locals and enjoy the ancient Andean surroundings.
Day 1: Cusco â€“ Lares â€“ Quishuarani
The adventure begins in Cusco from where we will leave by bus 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, which is 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 â€œCampesinosâ€ and learn about weaving and their ancient techniques. This is a beautiful day with Andean villages, stunning views and great landscapes along the route.
Day 2: Quishuarani â€“ 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 ascending 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 snow-capped peaks of Pitusiray, Sawasiray, and Chicon. 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 â€“ Huaran â€“ Ollantaytambo â€“ Aguas Calientes
After a delicious breakfast, we begin descending for about 5 hours to Haran. There a vehicle will take us to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, we will transfer by train to Aguas Calientes (2,000 m/6,561 ft) and spend the night there in a hotel.
Day 4: Machu Picchu â€“ Cusco
We get up 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 afterward you can explore the amazing city by yourself. If you still have energy and bought the ticket, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2,720 m/8,923 ft). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top of Huayna Picchu, and you will get a magnificent view of Machu Picchu and its surroundings.
Later you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (The trip down to Aguas Calientes can be reached by bus or by foot) for lunch (this lunch is not included in the cost of the trek) and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco. The ticket of the train is included in all tours to Ollantaytambo. Once you arrive in Ollantaytambo, a bus will take you back to Cusco.
Day 1: Cusco â€“ Playa Rosalina
Our adventure begins at 5:00 AM leaving Cusco and we will drive for four hours towards the Andean community of Cachora. In Cachora we will meet our horsemen and pack all of our equipment onto the horses. Then we begin a fairly flat walk to La Colmena. After arriving to La Colmena we hike uphill through the high pass of Capuliyoc where the pass will give us a great view of the Apurimac Canyon. We descend to Playa Rosalina (1,550 m/5,115 ft).
Day 2: Playa Rosalina â€“ Choquequirao
The morning begins early with a nice breakfast and we will start walking uphill through a long and narrow trail. In the meantime we eat lunch, and later we arrive at Choquequirao (3,103 m/10,178 ft) around 4:00 PM. Here we will enjoy some free time to explore the terraces and the Inca constructions. When the sun starts to set, there is a great opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view of the canyon, where condors often are spotted.
Day 3: Choquequirao â€“ Mail
We start the day ascending until we reach 3,300 m/10,890 ft. Along the path, we will pass through the archaelogical site of Pinchi Unuyoj (2,750 m/9,075 ft). At this site, we will observe birds, orchids and coca plantations. Afterward, we descend the mountain at Rio Blanco (1,900 m/6,270 ft), where after we then ascend to Maizal (3,000 m/9,900 ft) where we spend the night.
Day 4: Maizal â€“ Yanama
On this day, we will mostly hike uphill and observe along the way impressive Inca trails and Inca mines, also known as Minas Victoria. After we reach the highest peak of the day at 4,150 m/13,695 ft, we will descend to our campsite (3,800 m/12,540 ft).
Day 5: Yanama â€“ Colpa Pampa
After an early breakfast, we will ascend to the highest pass in the trail at 4,670 m/15,410 ft. The view from there is amazing, and we will be surrounded by snowcapped mountains such as Sacsarayoj Padreyoj. After peaking, we will descend to our campsite at Colpa Pampa (3,630 m/11,979 ft).
Day 6: Colpa Pampa â€“ La Playa â€“ Santa Teresa
After breakfast at 6:00 AM, we begin our day hiking until we reach our lunch site at La Playa. After lunch, we will have a fairly easy hike downhill, where you will be able to experience Ceja de Sela, the jungle highland. Here, you will see coca plants, coffee trees, fruit plantations, birds, orchids, and begonias. At this point our hiking stops for a moment and we will be transported by bus for two hours down to the village of Santa Teresa, where a nice dinner will await us, here we spend the night in tents. In Santa Teresa, you can visit the natural hot thermal springs for $4 USD.
Day 7: Santa Teresa â€“ Aguas Calientes
You can choose from one of the two following options. Depending on your interest and level of fitness, you should discuss each option with your guide.
We have breakfast and after an hour-long bus ride, we walk for two hours to get to the Urubamba River and the hydroelectric station for lunch. We then continue on our three-hour walk towards the town of Aguas Calientes. This walk goes along the river and is one of the most beautiful walks with a great opportunity to take some really nice photos. In Aguas Calientes, we will check into our hostel, dine, and rest before the next day in Machu Picchu!
We will hike uphill for three hours until we reach 2,810 m/9,273 ft. After our ascent, we will have an excellent view of the lost city of the Incaâ€™s, Machu Picchu. Then we will walk along the Urubamba River to the hydroelectric station. From there we will walk or take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a hostel.
Day 8: Machu Picchu â€“ Cusco
After breakfast, we will take the bus to Machu Picchu. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this 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) to get a great view over Machu Picchu; It takes 45 minutes to reach the top of Huayna Picchu, and you can also go to the mountain to experience the cave.