Lares Trek - Cancha Cancha - Machu Picchu 5 Days

This tour combines the best of the Lares Valley with visits to the fascinating Inca archeological remains of Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu.

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This tour combines the best of the Lares Valley with visits to the fascinating Inca archeological remains of Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu. Our first stop is the colonial town of Lares, where we bathe in the medicinal hot springs and then start the four-day trek through the spectacular Urubamba Range. Every day is reasonably paced with ample time to enjoy the incredible scenery, waterfalls, and appreciation of the life of the Andean farmer. On the fourth day, we arrive to Ollantaytambo, considered a living museum because its stone dwellings continue to be inhabited. We will continue our tour, taking a short train ride heading to Machu Picchu, one of the oldest and most important cities of the world.


DAY 1: Cusco | Cancha Cancha Community

We leave Cusco by bus on the way down to Pisaq in Huaran stream (2950 MASL – 9676 FASL). Here we begin to walk up a small valley that tapers gradually upwards, on an original Inca Trail, enjoying a variety of flora and fauna.
After a few hours of walking, we arrive at the Cancha Cancha community (4000 MASL – 13192 FASL) where you will be greeted and have the opportunity to share a glimpse of the traditional lifestyle and culture of this Andean community.

DAY 2: Cancha Cancha | Quiswarani

After breakfast, we ascend slowly to Accopata, an extension of Cancha Cancha community where shepherds live in chozas (huts) made of stone and roofs of typical Peruvian Ichu (tussock grass).

We must begin a steep ascent to Pachacutec pass (4697 MASL – 15406 FASL), surrounded by views of the beautiful lakes like Suerococha and Azulcocha. We follow a trail that descends slowly with an amazing view of snowy peaks from Colque Cruz, Pitusiray, and Sawasiray.

We will continue walking through the Collaycocha Chacon Mountains , reaching a waterfall near the community of Quiswarani (3902 MASL – 12798 FASL) where we will camp and enjoy the scenery and the traditional lifestyle .

DAY 3: Quiswarani | Cuncani

After having breakfast, we leave our camp to start the climb to the Huillquijasa pass (4457 MASL – 14618 FASL) and see the Colque Cross, glaciers, and lakes filled with Amdean geese and ducks! The highest point of this day is at 3886 MASL / 12746 FASL, and then we go downhill until we reach the community of Cuncani, a picturesque village similar to our previous campsite. This was the last refuge of the Royal Panaka, an Incan sect. In the afternoon, we will continue on the path along highlands, lakes, and agricultural areas until reaching Cuncani 3 hours later, where we will have dinner and camp.

DAY 4: Cuncani | Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

We leave at 8:00 AM from Cuncani to walk through a fertile valley with lush vegetation, crops, and agricultural communities. Along the trail, we will see native flowers, such as begonias and wild orchids. After a walk of about two hours we arrive in Lares (3261 MASL – 10696 FASL), the capital of the district of the same name and a large village whose principal attraction is its hot springs where we can enjoy a refreshing swim.

After lunch, we will board a private car to take us to Ollantaytambo. From here, we continue three more hours by car to Ollantaytambo to continue our trip toward Machu Picchu. From Ollantaytambo, we take a breath-taking train ride through the Andes and cloud forest to Aguas Calientes. We spend the night in a nice hotel there.

DAY 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Piccu (2400 MASL – 7874 FASL) – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Cusco (3400 MASL – 11154 FASL)

Today’s Highlights: Your excitement for our rendezvous at Machu Picchu will rise as we are hiking early in the morning (or taking the bus) through the forest to reach the site before most other tourists – even the Inca Trail trekkers (if you hike)!! You will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint. Your group will learn about this mystical place in a two-hour guided tour of the ruins. Afterwards, you can opt to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain (if you have pre-booked tickets) or walk to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge (without extra tickets).
Today we arrive at the long-awaited finale of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu! We will wake up early after a refreshing night at our hotel to beat the crowds to the top of Machu Picchu and enjoy its serenity in the soft morning light. The Machu Picchu entrance check point is open from 06:00 AM until 17:00 PM. We will hike up to Machu Picchu (a bus ride is optional for $12.00) and enter the hidden Royal Citadel of the Incas. Here we will have a 2-hour guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields. Be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas which was so far ahead of their time and still partially a mystery today! Without having modern tools or even steel and iron to work with, the people who built this city were genius in organizing this community in a sustainable and beautiful way on the side of a mountain, even bringing water in canals through its streets for the people to use. When a Peruvian guide showed this site to Hiram Bingham, it was almost unrecognizable, covered in thick vegetation and in a state of disrepair. It has since been cleaned and restored and is now protected and treasured by the world at large!

After this tour, you are free to climb up to Huayna Picchu (2 hours) or Machu Picchu Mountain (3 hours) (Be sure to book in advance to get tickets for these!). Another lower-impact option for which you do not need an extra ticket is to trek to the Sun Gate, the main entrance from the Inca Trail (this takes about 2 or 2.5 hours round-trip). Another option is walking to see the Incan Bridge. You will be able to stay and enjoy this magical city for plenty of time before hiking back down to Aguas Calientes (or taking the bus).

Most people are ready to take the bus back to Aguas Calientes around 1pm where you can have lunch in one of the many restaurants (not included). While waiting for the train, you can visit a museum, more hot springs, cafes, etc. in the town. You need to be at the train station 30 minutes before your scheduled train departure time. There will be transport waiting for you in Ollantaytambo to bring you back to Cusco. Rest your feet and your body now, but we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come!


What is Included?

  • Transportation Cusco – Huaran
  • Bus Lares – Ollantaytambo
  • Train round-trip Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Cargo mules/horses and horseman
  • Camping equipment (tents kitchen, tents, mattresses, etc..)
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Meals 4B, 3L, 3D
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Bus Ollantaytambo – Cusco
  • Professional, licensed, and experienced bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
  • Chef
  • Drinkable water

Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag (you can rent from us)
  • First breakfast; Lunch and dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the staff if desired
  • Extra horse to carry your personal belongings
  • Expenses not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Admission to Huaynapicchu (USD $10) (Must be booked months in advance)

We recommend that you bring:

  • A good, warm, quality sleeping bag; You can rent one from our company for US $5.00 per day. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect from temperatures as low as -18ºC (0ºF). They are mummy form and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Sunglasses and ballcap
  • Warm clothes, hat, gloves, scarf
  • Swimwear for the hot springs
  • Appropriate shoes for trekking
  • Sandals for the campsite
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Bottle of water (and water purifying tablets - optional)
  • Binoculars if desired
  • Camera and extra batteries

Thank you for choosing Salkantay Trekking! We will do everything in our power to take care of you and ensure an enjoyable trip of a lifetime in Peru!


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Please read carefully the following information – it will help you with any questions you may have about our services.


The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a great alternative for the Inca Trail trek and better suited for more adventurous trekkers who are able to handle higher altitude and longer distances. Ascending to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4650 MASL - 15088 FASL is not too strenuous since it is at the beginning of the trek, neither is it very steep, but it does require stamina and a little time in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude before beginning the trek.


This meeting will take place the night before the trek’s departure at 7 PM (in 2017) or at 6 PM (starting in 2018) at our office which is located at Triunfo Street 392, Office 212 (second floor). We are 1 block from the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) of Cusco.


It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of

DUFFEL BAG FOR Lares Trek - Cancha Cancha 5 days

The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7 kg/15.4 lbs. Our horseman will carry your duffle bag for you together with the food and camping gear. It is important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day as the horsemen and horses will always be ahead of the group. During the travel, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, raincoat, camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually, a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.


Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both free of charge.

HOW TO BOOK THE Lares Trek - Cancha Cancha 5 days

FIRST To make a booking, please email us to check availability and receive customized booking forms. You can also download a generic form from: All clients will need to fill out a Passenger Details form.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase any Lares Trek - Cancha Cancha 5 days permits or entrance tickets without the following information:
  • Personal information (Full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • Date of birth (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of US$300 per person in order to purchase a permit for the Lares Trek - Cancha Cancha 5 days. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL.


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tour guides Your tour will be led by a trained and highly experienced professional with a very solid guiding background, years of hiking and wilderness experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into unforgettable adventures.
They never stop learning so that they can be the best possible guides. They all speak English and of course they also speak Spanish and even Quechua, the Incan Language. They are all able to communicate with natives from around the area and will have lots of history to share with you. Check out the Meet Our Tour Leaders....

Our Cooks

our cooks After a challenging trek we know how important a good hot meal can be to prepare your body and warm you up. That’s why on every trek with Salkantay Trekking we employ chefs with years of experience cooking on the trails so that they provide filling and nutritious meals using fresh ingredients and a variety of flavors.
Every chef prepares different meals depending on what food is available. ...More info.

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Meals on the hike All of our hiking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.
For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.
We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee. ...More info.

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Our Horseman and Horses Our Horseman and his horses are in charge of all our gear and will always await us within the safe and comfortable camp sites. 
Our horsemen are hired from the areas where the trekking route goes and therefore have extensive knowledge of the area. 
Besides trekking and camping gear every horse carries a total of 40 kg of guest's belongings.
You will have a personal allowance of 7kg/165lb for your gear....More info.

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Please complete the form below to request a reservation. One of our Trip Coordinators will contact you, often within two business hours, to confirm availability of the trip and/or provide you with other options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 84 635 038 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.

"Thank you for considering salkantay, Unfurtnately due to the rainy season and trail maintanance we will be closed from the 31st of January till the 28st of February. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service !"

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