Lares Trek Quiswarani - Yanahuara 4 Days

This trek (Quishuarani to Yanahuara Route) takes us into the Lares region of the Peruvian Andes.

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This trek (Quishuarani to Yanahuara Route) takes us into the Lares region of the Peruvian Andes, passing green valleys, tranquil mountain lakes, and high passes with breathtaking views of snow-capped Andean peaks rising to just under 6,000 meters/19685 feet above sea level. Our route takes us through many small village communities that offer a rare & fascinating insight into traditional Andean life. Finally we make our way by train to Aguas Calientes and continue on to Machu Picchu, the legendary Lost City of the Incas. We have plenty of time to explore this renowned and fascinating site, climb to Huayna Picchu, walk to Sun-Gate, etc. before heading back to Cusco.


DAY 1: Cusco | Urubamba – Pumahuanca Valley – P´acchayoq - Cuyoc

Our private bus leaves Cusco at 05:45 AM for a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley, passing through Chinchero and stopping in the town of Urubamba (2700 MASL – 8858 FASL) for a brief toilet break and the chance to buy any last minute snacks, water, etc. A small packed breakfast is served here. Departing Urubamba around 7:15, we have a further 20-minute drive to the beginning of the Pumahuanca Valley, the land of the famous giant white corn crops and chicha, the Incas’ favorite corn beer. This is the place where we will meet our horses, horsemen, and trek staff. All of our required equipment will be carried by mules and horses. We commence our hike through this beautiful Valley in the Andes with a gentle switchback ascent on a gravel path from 2850 MASL/9350 FASL to 3600 MASL/11811 FASL with stunning views of the surrounding valley and mountains. We will walk 4 hours to the Inca complex of Inca–Kancha for a guided visit and will stop here for our lunch. Our expert cook will indulge you with delicious Peruvian dishes! After relaxing a while, we will continuing along the way, and you will be able to observe native trees of qeuñas and eucalyptus before we reach a small Andean community of P´accha. From here, there are spectacular mountain landscapes and herds of llamas, alpacas, sheeps, and goats. Then final 2 hours further we will pass a series of small waterfalls and stay at our beautiful campsite named Cuyoc at 3950 MASL/12959 FASL.

DAY 2: Cuyoc | Pumahuanca Pass – Cuncani Campsite

We will have an early wake up at 6:00 AM with a cup of hot coca leaf tea and then a good breakfast with quinua pancakes. At 7:00 AM, we recommence our trek with scenic views of the Chicon, San Juan, and Veronica mountains. Surrounded by a native forest, we will have a challenging 5 hours climb along a dirt road with some stone steps; in some parts there are zig-zag switchbacks toward the Pumahuanca Pass located at 4740 MASL/15551 FASL. Along the way, we will also see sacred Apachetas, a series of piled stones made by pilgrims as a symbol of gratitude and respect to the Apus. Once we get to the pass, we honor the top of this mountain with a coca leaf ceremony as is the local customs. Enjoy the amazing views of part of Moray, Maras, and Salineras. Then we are ready to descend for an hour along a stone road with a nice view on both sides, arriving to enjoy lunch near impressive lakes by which we rest. After our lunch, we walk for 2 more hours mainly downhill, and in route we will meet some local campesinos (people of the local countryside) in colorful costumes as is traditional with all villages around Lares. There are impressive landscape views, mountains, and flocks of llamas and alpacas. Cuncani is the major district in the area. Our campsite is in the Cuncani community located at 3700 MASL/12139 FASL where we enjoy dinner. Cuncani is also very famous for their textiles produced with ancestral weaving techniques; weavers will offer their work for you to look at or purchase.

DAY 3: Cuncani Campsite | Lares Hot Springs – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

We will take the morning to relax before our final leg of our trek, so you can sleep late until 7:00 AM. After breakfast, we have the chance at this little village to visit the house of our horseman who will share with us how they live in a simple way in deep connection with nature, preserving traditional customs in agriculture and weavings, showing their textile skills from generations past as well as use of medicinal plants in everyday life. Beginning our trek for the day, we will walk on an easy downhill for 4 hours to reach the village of Lares. Once we arrive at the hot springs, we can soak for a while and regain our energy. The village is known for these medicinal hot springs! After our lunch, we drive 3 hours in our private transport to Ollantaytambo and have dinner. We will take a breath-taking train ride through the Andes and cloud forest for 2 hours to the town of Aguas Calientes to spend the night.

DAY 4: Aguas Calientes (2100 MASL – 6889 FASL) – Machupicchu (2400 MASL – 7874 FASL) – 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. You have 2 options: You may have breakfast at 5:00 AM and take the first bus to Machu Picchu at 5:30, arriving at 6:00. (The bus ticket is an extra US $12.00). The other options is to have breakfast at 4:30 and start hiking up to Machu Picchu at 5:00, also arriving at 6:00. The Machu Picchu entrance check point is open from 06:00 AM until 17:00 PM.

When you arrive to the top, we will 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 we will provide a buffet lunch. (If you would like to stay longer and eat a boxed lunch in Machu Picchu, you must sign up in our office before your trek). 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?

  • Pick-up from hotels from5.25 to 05:45am or meet in our depart point Plaza Cusipata
  • Transfer in SAS bus to Lares, Quiswarani (starting point of the trek)
  • 2 person per tent Igloo tents (new, spacious and confortable)
  • A roll pad mattress
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • Excellent recommended tour Guide (2 guides for groups over 12)
  • Full board meals: 3 Meals per day,Tea time each afternoon
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Horses/mules to transport (tents, food, cooking equipment)
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning
  • Vistadome Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition Train return from Aguas Calientes to Ollanta and private transport to Cusco
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu, plenty of time to explore on your own
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes double or triple accommodation
  • Porterage for 6 Kg per person.

Not Included:

  • Dinner on the last day
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Bus ticket down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes US$7 pp.
  • Optional Up-grade Vistadome train return to Cusco instead Expedition train US$ 36 extra per person.
  • Tips for your crew :cooks, horse herders, guides US$20-25 approx (Every SAS`s staff receive a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip, tips are optional also are a great gesture of esteem to them)

We recommend that you bring:

  • Backpack or a daypack in case you booked a personal porterage
  • A warm and good Sleeping Bag (Minus 8ºC) : (Can be rented at SAS office)
  • Hiking boots (sneakers or running shoes are not recommended)
  • Trekking poles
  • Warm clothes layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Flashlight with extra batteries necessary
  • Camera & Extra Film & Batteries / Charger
  • Sun Protection : Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses
  • Thermals, Wool Socks & Woolen Hat for cold nights
  • Gloves, Scarf
  • Insect Repellant for Valleys and Machupicchu
  • Rain Poncho / Good rain jacket
  • Toiletries, Toilet paper, small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Trekking pants or similar
  • Water bottle, Water purification tablets
  • Personal medical kit
  • Original passport
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips to your staff
  • OPTIONAL : Little presents for kids of Communities along the trail such as school supplies, second hand clothes, toys, etc.

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 Quiswarani - Yanahuara 4 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 Quiswarani - Yanahuara 4 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 Quiswarani - Yanahuara 4 days permits or entrance tickets without the following information:
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  • Gender
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  • 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 Quiswarani - Yanahuara 4 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....

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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.
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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 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.
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"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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