Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N
Live a real cultural experience through this Lares Trek adventure. You will enjoy a decent amount of hiking and get some amazing views of the snow-capped mountains.
The main draw of the Lares Trek is hiking to remote Quechua villages where locals are dressed in their traditional clothes. You will appreciate their unique way of living and how not much has changed in hundreds of years, before finishing your cultural experience with a guided tour of the amazing site of Machu Picchu.
- Hike to remote Quechua villages
- Interact with the local communities
- Enjoy stunning views of the snow-capped mountains
- Visit the archaeological site of Machu Picchu
Max group size:
- - 4 night in various accommodations during the trip
- - Cuzco pick-up, various transfers
- - 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
- - Active adventure
- - Professional bilingual guide on trek & Machu Picchu tour
- - Briefing, entry fees, services during trek
Day 1: Cuzco, Peru
Upon arrival to Cuzco, please find your own way to your tonight’s accommodation.
The rest of the day is free for you to explore Cuzco on your own!
Day 2: Cuzco - Wakawasi, Peru
Today, you will be picked up at your accommodation between 5:00- 6:00 am and transferred by bus to Lares Town (2,900 m).
You will get the opportunity to relax in the Hot Springs (at an extra cost) before starting your 6-hour trek.
You will hike a zigzagging climb to reach the town of Wakawasi (3,850 m). There, you will enjoy beautiful views of glaciers, wildlife, and local communities. You will have the chance to meet local families that live in harmony with nature.
Note: Today, you will hike for about 6 hours (14 km).
Day 3: Wakawasi - Patacancha, Peru
Today, you will trek up for about 4 hours to the top of Ipsayccocha Pass (4,400m) where you will enjoy a peaceful moment before stepping down for 40 minutes until your lunch stop next to the lake.
You will continue 3 more hours to Patacancha town (3,800m) where you will get the chance to camp surrounded by llamas, alpacas and amidst native crop plantations.
Note: Your today’s trekking will be about 15 km (8 hours).
Day 4: Patacancha - Aguas Calientes, Peru
Today, you will walk for 4 hours until Ollantaytambo.
After lunch, you will take off on a train that will lead you to Aguas Calientes, where we will overnight in a hotel. Your guide will give you indications for the next day.
If you have time, stroll through the streets where you will find many cafes, plenty of shops and places to relax.
Note: Your today’s trekking will be about 12 km (4 hours).
Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cuzco, Peru
This morning, you will take the bus early at 05:30 am to Machu Picchu (25-minute ride) so that you will enjoy the mysterious city as the mist dissipates in the early morning light.
You will get the opportunity to have a 2-hour guided tour of the spectacular archaeological site and learn more about the history of the place. You will then explore this incredible city on your own. You will also be able to climb the Huayna Picchu Peak (to book in advance at an extra cost).
You will then head towards Aguas Calientes by bus where you can visit the local marketplace next to the train station before returning to Ollantaytambo.
From there, you will take a bus back to Cuzco arriving around 08:00 pm. You will be dropped off at the Plaza San Francisco.
Please make your own way to the accommodation of your choice.