Andean Woman with his child in traditional clothing with the backdrop of the Andes of Lares

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

6 Days & 5 Nights
Starting from US$750 per person
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Up to 10 people Group Size
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4,700 m / 15,420 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

The Best of the Andes Adventure

Cusco City Tour - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Lares trek - Machu Picchu
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Up to 10 people Group Size
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4,700 m / 15,420 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

One of the less-visited routes to the magical, mystical Machu Picchu is the Lares Trek. This doesn’t mean it’s any less incredible, though. In fact, this trail gives you one of the best up close and personal experiences with small Andean communities and treats you to some of the most amazing views in the whole of Peru.

The Lares Trek 6 days combines the exciting adventure of the classic 4 day Lares trail with the added bonus of a Cusco city tour and a visit to the glorious Sacred Valley of the Incas. If you don’t have much time in the city but want to see as much as possible, this trip is a great option. You also get to escape the other tourists on the more crowded routes but still end your trip with a visit to Machu Picchu.

The Best of the Andes Cusco, Sacred Valley, Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 6 Days 6 Nights Map Day by Day (6D/6N) The Best of the Andes Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 6 Days Map
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  Overview

If you’re short on time in Cusco but want to see as much of this wonderful place as possible, our Lares Trek 6 days is the ultimate experience. Our carefully put-together package will take you through the best of the Peruvian Andes and give you an experience you’ll never forget, whether you’re traveling by yourself, as a couple, or with a group of friends or family.

This incredible adventure will take you through Peru’s cultural capital of Cusco, as you visit the top sites and learn all about the ancient culture of the Incas who once ruled this beautiful land. You’ll also enjoy an entire day out in the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas and stop off at fascinating Inca archaeological sites while you take in gorgeous views of the mountainous surroundings.

After soaking up the local culture and history, you’ll be heading out on a four-day trek on the Lares route to visit small communities in the middle of the Andean mountains and enjoy more gorgeous landscapes. You’ll end your journey with a visit to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, and discover its intriguing secrets.

This tour is designed to give visitors to our wonderful country of Peru an authentic taste of the local lifestyle. Along the way, you’ll enjoy beautiful towns that maintain ancient traditions, sacred archaeological sites that hold powerful energy, and exquisite food that seduces even the most demanding palates. So, what are you waiting for? The Lares Trek is waiting for you.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 01

    Cusco’s Cathedral - Qoricancha Temple and Santo Domingo Convent - Sacsayhuaman - Qenqo - Puka Pukara - Tambomachay - Cusco

    Land in imperial Cusco and enjoy a morning of rest at your accommodation. In the afternoon, we’ll take you on a city tour of the most important sites before you spend the night in a comfy hotel.

  • Day 02

    Cusco | Pisac - Urubamba - Ollantaytambo - Chinchero - Cusco

    Enjoy a tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas today, stopping at Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Chinchero. Come back to Cusco for dinner and another night in your hotel.

  • Day 03

    Cusco | Huaran - Cancha Cancha - Acopata

    Begin your trek as we take you to Huaran to start hiking. Pass through gorgeous scenery in the Sacred Valley and spend the night in Acopata.

  • Day 04

    Acopata | Pachacutec Pass - Qoyalay Lake - Quishuarani

    Hike to the highest point on the route, Pachacutec Pass, before heading to lunch at Qoyalay Lake. After, enjoy unique wildlife and head to our camp in the Quishuarani community..

  • Day 05

    Quishuarani | Cuncani - Lares Hot Springs - Ollantaytambo

    Begin the day by walking to Willkikasa and then descending through the Cuncani community to reach Lares Hot Springs. From there, head to Ollantaytambo to spend the night.

  • Day 06

    Ollantaytambo | Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

    Catch the train to Aguas Calientes and then bus up to Machu Picchu. Explore the Lost City of the Incas with your guide and then by yourself. In the afternoon, head back to Ollantaytambo from where our private transport will bring you back to Cusco.

What's it like

Highlights

  • Enjoy a city tour of historical Cusco and visit all the important sites.
  • Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas and learn more about the fascinating history of the ancient culture.
  • Head out on one of the less-visited routes to Machu Picchu.
  • Relax in the Lares medicinal hot springs.
  • Experience first-hand how small communities live in rural parts of Cusco.
  • Witness some of the most incredible views in South America of the stunning Andes.
  • Enter the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, and discover all its hidden secrets.

Why Travel with us

  Itinerary
Day 01

Cusco’s Cathedral - Qoricancha Temple and Santo Domingo Convent - Sacsayhuaman - Qenqo - Puka Pukara - Tambomachay - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Visiting the most important landmarks in the city of Cusco.

Step Foot in the Capital of the Inca Empire

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Easy Difficulty
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3,400 m / 11,155 ft Starting Elevation
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3,400 m / 11,155 ft Minimum Elevation
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3,815 m / 12,516 ft Highest Elevation
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3,400 m / 11,155 ft Accommodation Elevation
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3,400 m / 11,155 ft Accommodation Elevation

You’ve made it to the Inca capital of Cusco. We’ll take you from the airport (or bus station) to your accommodation for you to rest in the morning and get used to the high altitude. You’ll have some time to grab lunch before we come and collect you to take you on your afternoon city tour.

The half-day city tour includes a visit to some of the most important sites around Cusco, and your guide will share a lot of his knowledge on the area and Inca history. You’ll be stopping off at:

  • Qorikancha
  • Cusco Cathedral
  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Qenqo (or Q’enqo)
  • Puka Pukara (or Puca Pucara)
  • Tambomachay

We’ll take you back to your accommodation early evening for you to enjoy dinner at a place of your choice and a great night’s rest.

Welcome to the imperial Inca city of Cusco! As you touch down and head out of the airport, our Salkantay Trekking representative will be waiting for you outside to take you straight to your accommodation. Cusco sits at a high altitude (3,400 m / 11,155 ft), so you’ll likely need a bit of time to acclimatize. Spend the morning relaxing in your room and getting used to your surroundings.

After you’ve had some lunch, we’ll pick you up to begin our city tour. This trip starts in the fascinating Qorikancha or Temple of the Sun, which was probably the most important Inca place within the city of Cusco. While you marvel at the place’s exquisite architecture, our guide will share with you a bit of the Incas history.

We’ll continue by heading to the Plaza de Armas, the main square, to visit the Cathedral that holds approximately 300 paintings from the famous Cusqueña School (the tour includes the Cathedral entrance). The Plaza de Armas itself is a beautiful place to sit and immerse yourself in the local atmosphere as you watch the world go by.

Later on, we’ll visit the impressive archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman, which sits at the top of the Cusco Valley and overlooks the city. It’s characterized by colossal rocks that weigh hundreds of tons. Ancient Inca architects cut and polished these giant stones to build zig-zag walls that cover hundreds of meters. Despite the fact that only a small portion of the original site remains, the enormous dimensions of Sacsayhuaman continue to inspire and surprise its visitors.

We’ll continue with a trip to the Qenqo temple, carved from a single stone block. This site has artificial tunnels, one of which forms an amphitheater. The amphitheater’s original purpose has been lost over time, but most experts agree that the area was used to worship the sun, moon, and stars. We’ll also visit Puka Pukara (or Puca Pucara), a site that the Incas used as a military control center.

Our tour ends in Tambomachay. This complex is made up of a combination of finely carved stones and aqueducts to carry water coming from nearby springs. For this reason, Tambomachay is associated with the water cult. In front of this construction, there’s a tower that’s many believe to have served as a guarding post and communication tower.

After your half-day exploring the city, we’ll drop you back off at your accommodation, and you’ll be able to choose somewhere for a delicious dinner before heading to bed in the comfort of your room.

Day 02

Cusco | Pisac - Urubamba - Ollantaytambo - Chinchero - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Taking a grand tour of the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Explore the Incredible Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Buffet Lunch Meals
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Easy Difficulty
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3,400 m / 11,155 ft Starting Elevation
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2,792 m / 9,160 ft Minimum Elevation
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3,762 m / 12,343 ft Highest Elevation

After a tasty hotel breakfast, we’ll pick you up and head out to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, as we’re surrounded by gorgeous scenery the whole day. This morning we’ll stop at Pisac to visit the famous market and fascinating archaeological site. After this, we’ll make our way to the town of Urubamba for lunch in a great restaurant.

In the afternoon, we’ll continue on our way to the Ollantaytambo Inca site and take an exciting tour before heading to our last stop in Chinchero. Here, we’ll visit a beautiful temple and observe how the locals hand-make lovely textiles that you can also buy if you wish to support them. We’ll take you back to Cusco for you to find some dinner and head to bed early.

This morning, you’ll enjoy a tasty breakfast in your hotel before we head out on an exciting day trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The drive is fascinating, and you’ll be surrounded by stunning scenery all day of rolling hills, green mountains, and the Urubamba River. The first stop on our day trip is Pisac and its archaeological site at 3,440 m / 11,286 ft.

Písac is famous for its traditional market full of colors and beautiful souvenirs to take home for yourself, friends, or family. Take advantage of your time here to do some shopping at an incredible price. We’ll also visit its impressive archaeological site while enjoying the scenery of the Sacred Valley. Your guide will take you through temples, altars, and houses built centuries ago. The tour’s highlight will be the famous Intihuatana stone - a religious construction used to decipher the winter solstice, one of the most important ritual dates of the Inca Empire.

Note: If you want to spend more time in the market instead of visiting the archaeological site, you can. Just let our guide know so you can determine a meeting place and time together.

Afterward, we’ll continue towards Urubamba, where we’ll enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in an excellent restaurant. Then we’ll head on to Ollantaytambo (2,792 m / 3,792 ft), a beautiful quaint town located in the heart of the Andes. Here, we’ll visit the Sun temple that was built with huge rocks, many of which were elegantly carved to create water fountains, steps, and terraces. The archaeological site stands tall, looking over the main square of the town, and appears very grand.

On our way back to Cusco, we’ll make a final stop at the town of Chinchero (3,762 m / 12,343 ft). In this place, we’ll get the chance to visit a beautiful colonial temple known for its mural painting above the entrance (this temple was built on top of Inca foundations). We’ll also get to see the Inca walls in the town's plaza. You’ll enjoy a demonstration and see first hand how the native people make their textiles and learn the whole process. If you like, you can buy some of their handmade products and support them.

Finally, we’ll take you back to Cusco for you to enjoy dinner and an early night. We’ll begin our adventure early in the morning, so you need to get a good night’s sleep.

Day 03

Cusco | Huaran - Cancha Cancha - Acopata

Highlight of the day: Experiencing rural Andean life up close.

Begin Your Adventure to the Inca Citadel

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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11.5 km / 7.15 mi Walking Distance
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7 hours Walking Time
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3,400 m / 11,155 ft Starting Elevation
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2,920 m / 9,580 ft Minimum Elevation
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4,200 m / 13,780 ft Highest Elevation
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4,200 m / 13,780 ft Campsite Elevation

Start your trekking adventure today when we collect you from your accommodation and take you to Huaran to start hiking. We’ll be walking through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and you’ll notice huge cultivation fields and mysterious forests. There’s also a wide variety of birds to spot. We’ll eat lunch midway through the hike.

In the afternoon, we’ll hike through Cancha Cancha village and then head to our camp at Acopata. You can now rest, have dinner, and get some well-deserved sleep.

You’ll be setting off on the real adventure today when we collect you from your accommodation early in the morning and take you in our private transport to the starting point of the trek. We’ll drive for around one and a half hours to Huaran in the Sacred Valley at 2,920 m / 9,580 ft. Once we get there, we’ll accommodate our luggage on the horses and begin walking north. The trail ascends slightly while we follow the Cancha Cancha river course toward a community of the same name.

Along the way, you’ll observe expansive farming fields and mysterious forests. The vegetation in the zone means that a wide variety of birds live here - something that Peru is well-known for. The valley is truly awe-inspiring and well worth you getting out your camera and taking some amazing photos. We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch halfway through this hike.

In the afternoon, we’ll pass through the Cancha Cancha village (3,950 m / 12,959 ft) and make our way to our cozy camp. After hiking a total of around 7 hours today, we’ll get to our campsite in Acopata (4,200 m / 13,780 ft). You’ll be able to unwind and enjoy a tasty dinner made by our chefs before settling in for the night.

Day 04

Acopata | Pachacutec Pass - Qoyalay Lake - Quishuarani

Highlight of the day: Enjoying breathtaking views from the highest point of the trek.

Hike to the Highest Peak

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Challenging Difficulty
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8.5 km / 5.28 mi Walking Distance
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6 hours Walking Time
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3,850 m / 12,631 ft Minimum Elevation
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4,700 m / 15,420 ft Highest Elevation
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3,850 m / 12,631 ft Campsite Elevation
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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Challenging Difficulty
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15 km / 9.32 mi Walking Distance
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7 hours Walking Time
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3,850 m / 12,631 ft Minimum Elevation
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2,792 m / 9,160 ft Highest Elevation
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2,792 m / 9,160 ft Accommodation Elevation

After breakfast, we’ll head up to the trek’s highest point at the Pachacutec Pass and enjoy some of the most stunning views. We’ll then head down to our lunch spot by Qoyalay Lake. In the afternoon, we’ll keep descending and see some beautiful and unique Andean wildlife. We’ll reach our camp in the Quiswarani community and have dinner before going to bed.

We’ll enjoy a nourishing breakfast to give us the energy we need for the day before we begin our ascent to the highest point of the whole trek, Pachacutec Pass (4,700 m / 15,420 ft). We’ll take things slowly and get there after two-and-a-half hours of hiking. The views from this height are stunning, and you’ll spot the snowy peaks of Sahuasiray and Chicon sacred mountains right in front of you.

After enjoying the scenery and resting our legs, we’ll head downhill for two hours to the beautiful lunch spot by Qoyalay Lake (4,140 m / 13,583 ft). Once we’re full and rested, we’ll descend for another hour and a half toward the valley. On this stretch, you’ll see several astounding glacial lakes and herds of alpaca, llamas, and sheep calmly grazing. If you’re lucky, you might also catch a glimpse of deer, vizcachas, geese, hawks, and the immense Andean condor, the largest flying bird in the world.

We’ll get to our camp in the Quiswarani community (3,850 m / 12,631 ft). This is a quaint little place with typical houses built from stone. You’ll enjoy another tasty dinner before heading to bed for the night.

Day 05

Quishuarani | Cuncani - Lares Hot Springs - Ollantaytambo

Highlight of the day: Relaxing after days of hiking in the Lares Thermal Baths.

Day of Relaxation

We’ll begin walking today to the second-highest point on the trek, Willkikasa, where you get to enjoy more stunning views from. After, we’ll descend through the Cuncani community on our way to the Lares Hot Springs. Once we’re there, we’ll take a well-deserved relaxing dip in the thermal baths and enjoy our lunch.

This afternoon, we’ll transfer you to the quaint town of Ollantaytambo for you to enjoy a nice dinner in a restaurant and get to rest in a hostel.

You’re in for a treat today after some hiking this morning. After breakfast, we’ll set out on a 2-hour ascent to Willkikasa (4,400 m / 14,436 ft), the second-highest point of the trip. You’re bound to be impressed by an expansive view of the Andean mountain range, beautiful green lakes, and adjoining valley.

Later on, we’ll begin our descent to the Cuncani community (3,800 m / 12,467 ft) and then continue for another 2 hours to the Lares Hot Springs. It’s here that you can treat your body to some wonderful rest and relaxation in the medicinal hot baths after days of hiking. We’ll also enjoy our lunch here before we continue on our way.

This afternoon, we’ll enjoy a relaxing ride through the mountains in our private transport to the quaint town of Ollantaytambo (2,792 m / 9,160 ft) that you visited on your Sacred Valley tour. We’ll be driving for about 3 hours until we reach the town for a nice dinner and rest in a hotel.

Day 06

Ollantaytambo | Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Exploring the immense and incredible Machu Picchu.

Grand Tour of the Majestic Machu Picchu

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2,430 m / 7,972 ft Machu Picchu Site Elevation
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2,720 m / 8,924 ft Huayna Picchu Mountain Elevation
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3,000 m / 9,843 ft Machu Picchu Mountain Elevation
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3,400 m / 11,155 ft Accommodation Elevation

The grand day is here! After breakfast, we’ll board the train to Aguas Calientes. There, we catch the bus up to the Machu Picchu entrance. Once you step inside the astounding Inca fortress, you’ll enjoy a 2-hour guided tour before having some more time to enjoy the site by yourself or hike up one of the additional mountains to get an amazing panoramic view.

You’ll need to head back down to Aguas Calientes to grab some lunch in a restaurant of your choice before we board the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private vehicle will drive you back to your accommodation in Cusco to rest your tired legs.

The final and most exciting day of your trip is finally here! You’ll be heading up to Machu Picchu today!

We’ll start with an energizing breakfast at your hotel before we head to the train station to board the 6:45 am train to Aguas Calientes. Along the way, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful mountains and the Urubamba River. Once we get to the small town, we’ll catch the bus that takes us to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Inside the mystical Lost City of the Incas, you’ll enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the most important places, and your guide will tell you all about the history of this New Wonder of the World.

Afterward, you’ll have more time to explore the site yourself, or you can hike up one of the extra mountains, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, if you have tickets booked in advance. If not, you can hike up to the Inca Bridge or Sun Gate, from where you’ll also get an amazing panoramic view of the Inca fortress.

A little later, it’ll be time to make our way back down to Aguas Calientes. You’ll have some time to grab lunch in a restaurant of your choice before boarding the Expedition train heading to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private transport will take you back to your accommodation in Cusco. You’ll be able to enjoy dinner and finally put your feet up after days of trekking. We’re sure you’ll remember this incredible adventure for a lifetime!

  Inclusions

At Salkantay Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details, so you don’t miss anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

What Is Included?

High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure Briefing

    You’ll meet your trekking guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. There, we’ll provide you with the duffle bags, which our team will carry. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.

  • Day 1: City Tour Half Day
  • Day 2: Sacred Valley Full Day Tour
  • Day 3-5: Lares Trek
  • Day 6: Machu Picchu
  • Experienced Tour Guide

    English and spanish speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route, including leading your group in ancient ceremonies! He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!

  • Private Camping Equipment

    You’ll have spacious dining and kitchen tents where you can enjoy your food without problems. In addition, tables, chairs, and cooking equipment (all carried by our horses).

  • Portable Travel Toilet
  • One Duffle Bag

    On the trek, you can carry your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15.4 lb (this weight includes your sleeping bag).

  • Medical Kit or First AID Kit

    All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers' diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

  • Extras Included in our Service

    We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a cover to protect your backpack on the road and a rain poncho.

  • Customer Service 24/7

    We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication with Salkantay Trekking leading up to your trek.

  • Satellite Phone

    Our main priority will always be the tranquillity of our clients. All of our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains; however, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps you feel more secure. For this reason, each Salkantay Trekking guide has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to call anywhere in the world.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Cusco

    3 Nights in a hotel in Cusco (2 nights before the hike and 1 night after the hike).

  • Lodging in Campsites

    We have a series of campsites that offer you true comfort. Besides that, just like our ancestors, we have a profound link of affection and respect for our Mother Earth. Because of this, we are insistent that our campsites don’t generate any negative environmental impact. Remember that the accommodations are double and shared.

  • Our Sleeping Tents

    Salkantay Trekking uses the best equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Every 2 people will share Eureka Timberline or Mountain Hard Wear tents with a capacity for 4 people.

  • Hostel in Ollantaytambo

    The last night of this trek is spent in a hostel in Ollantaytambo with a double or triple room, private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, breakfast, and luggage storage while you'll go to visit Machu Picchu.

Meals

  • Meals in Cusco
    • Day 1 and 2: Breakfast at your hotel in Cusco
    • Day 2: Buffet Lunch in the Sacred Valley Tour
    • Day 5: Dinner in Ollantaytambo
    • Day 6: Breakfast in Ollantaytambo
  • Meals in the Lares Trek

    3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, and 2 Dinners

    Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets (vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost), so let us know if you have any particular allergies or restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks.

  • Water on the trail

    We’ll provide you boiled, filtered, and cooled water during your hike, from your first lunch to your last breakfast. For this, you need to bring a camel bag or an empty bottle (we recommend a capacity of 2 liters).

  • Wake up tea

    Every morning at the campsite, you'll be woken up with a cup of hot coca tea. Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.

  • Tea Time or Happy Hour

    Every afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide you popcorn, biscuits/cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won't have to wait until dinner to relax, warm-up, and enjoy a bite to eat!

  • Snacks on the trail daily

    Before starting your trekking, your tour guide will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, cookies, chocolate, caramels, etc. Every morning, we’ll refill it so that you can enjoy your snacks during the walk.

  • One cloth snack bag per person

    To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we'll give you a cloth bag for your snacks.

  • Products for hygiene

    You’ll be provided with a small towel and soap before each meal to clean your hands.

Transportation

  • Private Transport
    • Day 1: A representative of Salkantay Trekking will be waiting for you at the Cusco Airport or Bus Station to take you directly to your hotel.
    • Day 1: Private transport for Cusco City Tour (after lunch).
    • Day 2: Private transport for the Sacred Valley Tour.
    • Day 3: You'll be picked up from your hotel in the morning and travel by private transportation to Huaran, the trek’s starting point.
    • Day 6: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Train Tickets
    • Day 5: From Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
    • Day 6: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • One-Way Consettur Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Day 6)
  • Personal Belongings Transportation

    On days 3, 4, and 5, cargo mules will carry all the camping equipment and your baggage allowance (7 kg / 15.4 lb). Muleteers will be responsible for your duffle bag and personal items.

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entrance Ticket for Lares Hot Springs
  • Entrance Ticket for Maras Salt Mines
  • Entry Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site

What Is Not Included?

  • Boleto Turistico or Cusco Tourist Ticket

    This ticket is necessary and allows you admission to many of the most popular attractions in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, including archaeological sites and museums.

    From PEN 70.00 (US$ 20.00) to PEN 130.00 (US$ 40.00) per person.

  • Cusco’s Cathedral Entrance Ticket
    • Adult: PEN 25.00 (US$ 8.00)
    • Students and Children (11-17): PEN 13.50 (US$ 4.00)
    • Children (under 10): Free
  • Qorikancha Entrance Ticket
    • Adult: PEN 15.00 (US$ 5.00)
    • Students and Children (11-17): PEN 8.00 (US$ 3.00)
    • Children (under 10): Free
  • Extras and important equipment

    All our travelers need a sleeping bag to camp. Inflatable mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional but highly recommended. If you do not have them, don’t worry, you can rent them with Salkantay Trekking.

    • Sleeping bag: US$ 20.00
    • Inflatable mattress: US$ 20.00
    • Walking poles (pair): US$ 20.00
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain

    You can climb the famous mountain you always see in the photos behind the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It’s 45 minutes uphill, and coming back down can be scary if you fear heights. You can take this excursion once your guided tour to Machu Picchu ends. The permit must be issued at least one month in advance due to high demand. Consider that there could be changes to protect your integrity, mainly due to weather conditions.

    The ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 30.00 per person.

  • Machu Picchu Mountain

    Machu Picchu Mountain is another of the mountains that surround the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It offers less steep, wider, and visually less frightening trails than Huayna Picchu, and it takes 1.5 hours to reach the top. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can secure for you if we have time in advance.

    The ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 30.00 per person.

  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes and Dinner in Cusco (Day 6)
  • Personal Hiking Clothing and Gear
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff

    Tipping is the norm on any excursion to Machu Picchu. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the horsemen and chefs together.

  • Additional costs or delays beyond our control

    Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemia, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.

  Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you'll find speedy answers to all those questions you had about hiking in Peru with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services. Please read carefully the following information – it will help you with any questions you may have about our services.

Have another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap!

How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Trek?

It’s very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you adjust and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.

You might have already been in another area of Peru at a high altitude before arriving in Cusco. In that case, we still recommend you have a whole day in Cusco to rest, recover from your travel, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before departing for the trek.

Here some suggestions for activities to do in the Cusco vicinity before starting your adventure trek:

Briefing or Informative Meeting

All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Salkantay Trekking office.

Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full at most 7.30 pm one day before your departure (generally after the briefing).

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency at our office in Cusco. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Duffel Bag or Canvas Case

You’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. Our horses will carry them, and the horsemen will hand them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 60 x 24 x 22 cm (23.6 x 9.45 x 8.66 in).

A maximum of 7 kg / 15.4 lb is allowed for each duffel bag, including the weight of your sleeping bag, sleeping mat, clothes, and other personal items.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests

Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.

Cusco is an old city, meaning it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Return to Cusco

Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!

  • In Machu Picchu, you’ll board a bus that’ll take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes, you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo (or Poroy). Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 1:45 hours.
  • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Salkantay Trekking clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Cusco or directly to your hotel. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Cusco takes 1:30 hours.
  • In Cusco, depending on your hotel’s location, we’ll take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel.

Note: Your tour includes a One-Way Consettur Bus Ticket Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu, so you can choose to use it from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu or from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes. If you want a round-trip bus ticket, you’ll need to pay an extra of US$ 12.00.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport, tents, or restaurants. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.

  Pricing

The "Lares Trek to Machu Picchu" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.

2021 Land Cost

Group Price: US$ 750.00 per person.

Required Pre-payment: US$ 200.00 per person.

Balance (Cusco): US$ 550.00 (Commonly paid in Cusco after the briefing).

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 8%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of its service. This tax is just for online deposits so that you will pay the remaining in cash (the briefing day in Cusco) without charges.

Please, after your deposit, send us the transfer number to sales@salkantaytrekking.com; only after that, we'll be able to confirm your deposit and reservation.

Hostel

All the related treks to Machu Picchu end in or before Aguas Calientes, so you’ll spend the last night in a hostel in the village rather than camping (shared room included in the trek cost). If you’d like to upgrade your hostel or prefer a single room, please consider that there will be an additional cost.

Extras & Upgrades

There are complementary services and upgrades you can include in this trip.

  • Huayna Picchu:  US$ 30.00
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:  US$ 30.00
  • Single Room at Aguas Calientes:  US$ 30.00
  • Extra Night:  US$ 30.00
  • Vistadome Train:  US$ 75.00

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Peru Adventure.

  • Rainbow Mountain:  US$ 100.00  US$ 80.00
  • Sacred Valley:  US$ 60.00  US$ 50.00
  • City Tour:  US$ 30.00 US$ 20.00

Additional Items

There are additional items you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices.

  • Sleeping bag::  US$ 20.00
  • Inflattable mattress:  US$ 20.00
  • Walking poles (pair):  US$ 20.00

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed, we guarantee the price won’t increase, whatever the circumstances. So please, before booking, ensure you’ve read all our important tour information.

Student Discount

US$20.00 off

Student discounts apply to anyone 17-years-old or younger, and we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all documentation to sales@salkantaytrekking.com.

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Remember |  One of our Travel Experts will contact you soon to confirm the availability of the trip you chose, give you more information, and/or provide you alternative 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) 958 191 179 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.

Note |  Due to the rainy season and trail maintenance, we don't offer this trek during the whole month of february. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service!

Feel free to reach us via email at sales@salkantaytrekking.com or by calling us directly at (+51) 958 191 179

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Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

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