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

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

6 Days & 6 Nights
Starting from US$750 per person
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Up to 12 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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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. 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 6-day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu combines the exciting adventure of the classic 4-day trail with the 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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  • Itinerary
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  • Before You Go
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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 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 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 Quiswarani 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

    Travel by train to Aguas Calientes and then by bus to Machu Picchu. Explore the Lost City of the Incas with your guide. In the afternoon, journey back to Ollantaytambo for a private transfer to Cusco.

What's it like

Highlights

  • Enjoy a city tour of Cusco’s most important historical sites: the Qoricancha Temple, Sacsayhuaman, and many others.
  • Explore the Sacred Valley and learn more about the fascinating history of the Inca culture.
  • Embark on the Lares Trek, one of the less-visited routes to Machu Picchu.
  • Relax in the Lares medicinal hot springs.
  • Experience first-hand how small communities live in the rural parts of Cusco.
  • Witness some of the most incredible views in South America as you cross the stunning Andes.
  • Step into 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: Visit the most important places in the city of Cusco.

Explore the Capital of the Inca Empire

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3,400 m / 11,155 ft Min. Elevation
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3,815 m / 12,516 ft Highest Elevation

Welcome to the imperial city of Cusco. We’ll take you from the airport (or bus station) to your accommodation so you can rest during the morning and get used to the altitude. You’ll have time to have lunch before exploring the city in the afternoon. The half-day City Tour includes a visit to some of Cusco's most important sites. There, your guide will share with you much of his knowledge about the area and Inca history. The stops are:

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

We’ll take you back to your accommodation early in the evening so you can enjoy dinner at your leisure and a great night’s rest.

Welcome to the imperial Inca city of Cusco! As you touch down at the airport, our Salkantay Trekking representative will be waiting for you and 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 hotel and getting used to your surroundings.

After you’ve had some lunch, we’ll pick you up to begin our city tour. This tour starts in the fascinating Qorikancha or Temple of the Sun, which was probably the most important Inca place 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 to the Plaza de Armas, the main square, to visit the Cathedral that holds approximately 300 paintings from the famous Cusqueña School. The Plaza de Armas itself is a beautiful place to sit and immerse yourself in the local atmosphere.

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 featured 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. Even though 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 visit to the Qenqo temple. 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 many believe served as a guarding post and communication tower.

After a half-day exploring the city, we’ll drop you back at your accommodation, and you’ll be free to roam and get some dinner before heading to 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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Breakfast and Buffet Lunch Meals
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2,792 m / 9,160 ft Min. Elevation
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3,762 m / 12,343 ft Highest Elevation
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3,400 m / 11,155 ft Accommodation Elevation

After breakfast, we will pick you up and head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will stop in Pisac to visit the famous market and the fascinating archaeological site. After this, we will go to Urubamba for lunch at an exclusive restaurant. In the afternoon, we will continue to the Inca site of Ollantaytambo and take an exciting tour before heading to our last stop in Chinchero; here, we will visit a beautiful temple and observe how the locals make magnificent handmade textiles. Finally, we will take you back to Cusco for dinner and rest.

This morning is to head out of Cusco on an exciting day trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The drive is fascinating, as you’ll be surrounded by stunning scenery all day of rolling hills, green mountains, and the Vilcanota River. The first stop is at Pisac and its archaeological site at 3,440 m / 11,286 ft.

Pisac is famous for its traditional market, full of colors, and beautiful souvenirs to take for yourself or as a gift. Take this time to roam around for some shopping if you are up to it. 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: You can spend more time in the market instead of visiting the archaeological site. Just let our guide know so you can determine a meeting point and time.

Afterward, we’ll continue to Urubamba to enjoy a buffet lunch in a countryside restaurant. Then we’ll head on to Ollantaytambo (2,792 m / 9,160 ft), a beautiful quaint town located in the heart of the Andes. Here, we’ll visit the Sun temple, a site that was built with huge rocks, many of which were elegantly carved to create water fountains, steps, and terraces. The archaeological site stands tall, overlooking the main square of the town, so you’ll also get stunning views over the Sacred Valley.

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

Finally, we’ll take you back to Cusco, so you can grab dinner during the 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: Experience Andean rural life up close.

Begin Your Adventure through the Andes

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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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2,920 m / 9,580 ft Starting Elevation
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2,920 m / 9,580 ft Min. 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

Today your trekking adventure begins; we will pick you up at your accommodation and drop you off in Huaran, the starting point of the trek. We will pass through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and you will observe huge fields of crops and mysterious forests. There is also a great variety of birds to watch. We will have lunch halfway through the trail. In the afternoon, we will walk through the village of Cancha Cancha and then head to our campsite in Acopata; from here, you can rest, have dinner and spend the night.

You’ll be setting off on the real adventure today with a pick you up from your accommodation early in the morning. We’ll take you on our private transport to the starting point of the trek as we 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 pack 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 area 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: Enjoy 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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12.5 km / 7.77 mi Walking Distance
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6 hours Walking Time
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4,200 m / 13,780 ft Starting Elevation
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3,850 m / 12,631 ft Min. 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

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 Quishuarani 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 lunch spot by the beautiful 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 will arrive at our campsite in the community of Quishuarani (3,850 m / 12,631 ft); this is a small and picturesque place with typical houses built of stone. In the evening, we will enjoy another tasty dinner before going to rest.

Day 05

Quishuarani | Cuncani - Lares Hot Springs - Ollantaytambo

Highlight of the day: Relax at the Lares Hot Springs after days of hiking.

Day of Relaxation

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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 Starting Elevation
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2,792 m / 9,160 ft Min. Elevation
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4,400 m / 14,436 ft Highest Elevation
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2,792 m / 9,160 ft Accommodation Elevation

We’ll begin walking today to the second-highest point on the trek, Willkikasa, where you get to enjoy more astounding views. 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 an adjoining valley.

Later, we will begin our descent to the community of Cuncani (3,800 m / 12,467 ft) and then continue for another two hours to the Lares Hot Springs. Here, you will be able to relax with a wonderful rest in the medicinal thermal baths after days of hiking. Here, we will also enjoy lunch before continuing the trek.

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.

Today will be an exciting day; you will climb the majestic Machu Picchu

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Breakfast Meals
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Easy Difficulty
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2-3 hours exploring Activity Duration
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2,430 m / 7,972 ft Machu Picchu Site Elevation
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3,000 m / 9,843 ft Machu Picchu Mountain Elevation
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2,720 m / 8,924 ft Huayna Picchu Mountain Elevation
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Moderate to Challenging (2-4 hours) Optional Activities (Difficulty - Duration)

The big day has arrived! After breakfast, we´ll board the train to Aguas Calientes. There, we´ll board the bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu. Once you enter the amazing Inca citadel, you´ll have a guided tour of approximately two hours. Afterward, you can climb one of the additional mountains if you booked your tickets in advance.

Later, you´ll return to Aguas Calientes for lunch at a restaurant of your choice before boarding the train to Ollantaytambo. From there, you´ll finish the adventure in our private transportation that will take you back to your accommodation in Cusco.

We will start the day with an energizing breakfast at your hotel before heading to the station and boarding the train to Aguas Calientes. It’ll be a scenic trip surrounded by staggering mountains and the Urubamba River all the way long. Once in town, we will board the bus that will take us to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Inside the mystical Inca citadel, you´ll have a guided tour of approximately two hours through the most important sites and your guide will explain everything about the history of this Wonder of the World. Afterward, you´ll have time to climb one of the additional mountains, Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, if you booked your tickets in advance.

Later, we´ll return to Aguas Calientes. You´ll have time for lunch at a restaurant of your choice before boarding the train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private transportation will take you back to your accommodation in Cusco. You´ll enjoy dinner and finally relax your legs after days of trekking. We are more than sure that you will 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 to avoid missing 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 horses 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 official tour guide. All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. We choose them for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploring, and sincere desire to proudly share in our culture and history. 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.

  • 24/7 Customer Service

    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 in case of an emergency.

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.

  • Hygiene Products

    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 to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site

What Is Not Included?

  • 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 40.00 (US$ 12.00)
    • Students and Children (11-17): PEN 20.00 (US$ 6.00)
    • Children (under 10): Free
  • Qoricancha Entrance Ticket
    • Adult: PEN 15.00 (US$ 4.00)
    • Students and Children (11-17): PEN 8.00 (US$ 2.00)
    • 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$ 60.00 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$ 60.00 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 carefree as possible. In this section, you’ll find the answers to all the questions you have about traveling with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions 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 also pay online with PAYPAL or NIUBIZ (credit or debit card), but you will have to add an additional 5% fee charged for the use of their secure payment gateway. 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. 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 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

"Lares Trek to Machu Picchu" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We don’t operate this itinerary in February because of the rainy season & maintenance of the route.

2022 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 5%, 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.

Hotel

All the related treks to Machu Picchu end in or before Aguas Calientes, so you’ll spend the last night in a hotel in the town rather than camping (including a shared room in a standard 3-star hotel). If you need a hotel upgrade or prefer a single room, you can pay an extra fee. Please enquire for more details.

Extras & Upgrades

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

  • Huayna Picchu:  US$ 60.00
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:  US$ 60.00
  • Huchuy Picchu Mountain:  US$ 45.00
  • Single Supplement (Hotel at Aguas Calientes):  US$ 30.00
  • Extra Night at Aguas Calientes:  US$ 50.00
  • Vistadome Train:  US$ 60.00

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. To receive the discount, we require a copy or clear photo of the passport at the time of booking. It must be valid and not expire within the travel dates. Please send it 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!

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