Panoramic photo of an Andean person sitting in the mountains of the Lares trek

Lares Trek 6 Days

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Duration
6 Days / 6 Nights
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Price
from US$750
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Max. Altitude
4780 m / 15678 ft
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Group Size
Up to 12 people
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Accommodation
Camps & Hostel
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Difficulty
Moderate to Challenging
  • City Tour Cusco
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Lares Trek
  • Lares Hot Spring
  • Machu Picchu

The Best of the Andes 6 Days

There are many reasons to visit Peru. With its vibrant cities, magical landscapes, archaeological sites built in inaccessible places, and brilliant living culture, visitors to the Land of the Incas simply have too many options to choose from. However, if you only have a little time in this wonderful country, what should you really visit?

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City Tour Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Lares Trek, Lares Hot Spring, Machu Picchu
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Before You Go
  • Pricing
  • Enquire Now
  Overview

We’re pleased to present this 7-day package that will take you through the best of the Andes of Peru. We’ll visit Cusco, the cultural capital of the country, and then we’ll visit the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas before starting a walk on the amazing Lares Route. And what better way to end this itinerary than visiting one of the 7 New Wonders of the World, the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Our tours are designed to give all visitors a true taste of the Peruvian way of life: beautiful towns that maintain ancient traditions, sacred archaeological sites that keep powerful energy, and exquisite food that seduces even the most demanding palates. All the while in the company of our expert bilingual guides who will help you understand the secrets and mysteries that surround these dazzling places.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 0

    Pre-Departure Briefing

    Cusco

  • Day 1

    We welcome you to Cusco, Cusco city tour Half day(afternoon)

  • Day 2

    Cusco | Sacred Valley of the Incas

  • Day 3

    Cusco | Sacred Valley - Huarán Fund - Cancha Cancha - Acopata

  • Day 4

    Acopata | Abra Pachacútec - Quishuarani

  • Day 5

    Quishuarani | Cuncani - Lares Thermal Baths - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

  • Day 6

    Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Cusco

  Itinerary
Day 1

We welcome you to Cusco, Cusco city tour Half day(afternoon)

A representative of Salkantay Trekking will be waiting for you at the Cusco Airport to take you directly to your hotel. Cusco is located at an altitude of 3,399 masl / 11,151 fasl so you may need some time to acclimatize.

After lunch, we pick you up from your hotel to explore the city on an afternoon city tour.

Our tour begins in the fascinating Qorikancha or Temple of the Sun, probably the most important Inca place within the city of Cusco. While you marvel at the exquisite architecture of the place, our guide will share with you a bit of the history of the Incas. We’ll continue heading to the Plaza de Armas to visit the Cathedral that holds approximately 300 paintings from the famous Cusqueña School (the tour includes the entrance to the Cathedral). The Plaza de Armas itself is a wonderful place to sit and immerse yourself in the local atmosphere.

Later we’ll visit the impressive Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán, located on top of a mountain above Cusco. It’s characterized by having been built with rocks of colossal sizes that weigh hundreds of tons. Ancient Inca architects cut and polished these giant rocks to build zig-zag walls that span hundreds of meters. Despite the fact that only a small portion of the original site remains, the cyclopean dimensions of Sacsayhuamán continue to inspire and surprise its visitors. We’ll continue with the Qenqo temple, carved from a single stone block. This temple has artificial tunnels, one of which forms an amphitheater. The original purpose of the amphitheater has been lost over time, but most agree that the area was used to worship the Sun, Moon, and Stars! We will also visit Puca Pucara, a site that the Incas used as a military control center.

Our tour ends in Tambomachay, an Inca archaeological site that shows a series of aqueducts, channels, and waterfalls that run spectacularly through rock terraces. The cost of admission to the site is included in the tour.

At the end of the day, we’ll take you to the door of your hotel to enjoy a relaxing night.

  • Accommodation:  Hotel
Day 2

Cusco | Sacred Valley of the Incas

This morning we’ll leave Cusco after breakfast to go to the Sacred Valley. We’ll quickly descend to the bottom of the valley and drive next to the banks of the Urubamba River. Our first destination is Písac and its archaeological center located at 2,972 masl / 9,750 fasl.

Písac is a town famous for its traditional market. Take advantage of your time here to make your purchases at an incredible price. We’ll also visit its impressive archaeological site while enjoying the scenery of the Sacred Valley. Our guide will take you through temples, altars, and houses built centuries ago. The highlight of the tour will be the famous Intiwatana, a religious construction used to determine when the Winter Solstice was, one of the most important ritual dates of the Inca Empire.

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

We’ll continue towards Urubamba where we will have lunch in an excellent local restaurant (price not included in the package). Then we will move on to Ollantaytambo (2,792 masl / 9,160 fasl) a beautiful town located in the heart of the Andes. Here we’ll visit the spectacular Temple of the Sun, built with huge rocks, many of which were elegantly carved to create water fountains, stairs, and terraces.

On our way back to Cusco, we will make a final stop at the town of Chinchero. Here, we will have the opportunity to visit a beautiful colonial temple known for its mural painting above the entranceway (this temple was built on top of Inca foundations). We will also have the opportunity to see the Incan walls in the town's plaza.

You’ll spend the second night in Cusco. Remember to go to bed early as our excursion will start very early in the morning.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation:  Hotel
Day 3

Cusco | Sacred Valley - Huarán Fund - Cancha Cancha - Acopata

We will pick you up very early from your hotel to transfer you to the start of our trek in Huarán (3,000 masl / 9,840 fasl) in the Sacred Valley. This will take 1.5 hours by private bus. There we will accommodate your luggage on the horses and start walking north. The trail begins to rise a bit following the course of the Cancha Cancha River towards the community of the same name (3,956 masl / 12,976 fasl). On this journey we’ll observe immense cultivation fields and mysterious forests. The type of vegetation in the area allows for a wide variety of birds. This valley is really impressive! We’ll have lunch in the middle of the trail at the indicated time. After 6 hours of walking, we’ll reach our camp in Acopata.

  • Meals: Lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation:  Camp
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Walking Distance:  7.5 miles
  • Minimum Elevation:  3000 m / 9840 ft
  • Highest Elevation:  3956 m / 12976 ft
Day 4

Acopata | Abra Pachacútec - Quishuarani

Today we’ll enjoy breakfast and continue our ascent. After 2.5 hours we’ll reach the highest point of our excursion: the Pachacútec Pass (4,780 masl / 15,678 fas). The views from here are overwhelming. The sacred mountains Pitusiray and Sahuasiray will show their perpetual snowy peaks right in front of you. Later, we’ll descend for 2 hours to reach the place where we’ll have lunch next to a beautiful and crystalline lake.

After lunch, we’ll descend for 1.5 hours towards the valley. You will see several glacial lakes along the way, as well as herds of alpacas, llamas, and sheep grazing calmly. If you’re lucky, deer, vizcachas, geese, hawks and the immense Andean condor, the largest flying bird in the world, can also cross your path. Tonight we’ll camp at 3,870 masl / 12,694 fasl, near the Quishuarani community, characterized by its typical houses built with stones.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Accommodation:  Camp
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Walking Distance:  7.5 miles
  • Minimum Elevation:  3870 m / 12694 ft
  • Highest Elevation:  4780 m / 15678 ft
Day 5

Quishuarani | Cuncani - Lares Thermal Baths - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

Today we’ll go through another valley and ascend for 3 hours to Willcaccasa (4,458 masl / 14,622 fasl), the second pass of the excursion. The views of the Andes mountain range, of beautiful turquoise lakes and of the adjoining valleys, are impressive.

Later we’ll descend for 2 hours to the community of Cuncani (3,900 masl / 12,792 fasl) and then for 3 more hours to the thermal baths of Lares, where we‘ll have a well-deserved and relaxing dip. Right here we’ll enjoy our lunch.

Now that we’re fully rested, we will board our private van that will take us for 3 hours to Ollantaytambo (2,792 masl / 9,158 fasl) where we’ll have dinner before boarding the train heading to Aguas Calientes. There you’ll stay in a comfortable and pleasant hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Accommodation:  Hostel
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Distance traveled:  8 miles
  • Minimum Elevation:  2792 m / 9158 ft
  • Highest Elevation:  4458 m / 14622 ft
Day 6

Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Cusco

You’ll enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then we’ll embark very early (5:30 a.m.) on a bus to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu to see the sunrise. You’ll discover the secrets of this mysterious place on a 2-hour guided tour.

If you chose to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain (not included in the price of the package) you must do so at 10:00 a.m. Otherwise, you’ll have free time in Machu Picchu (you can walk to Puerta del Sol or the Inca Bridge) before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus.

In Aguas Calientes you’ll board the Expedition Train heading to Ollantaytambo and later you’ll travel to Cusco in a private van. We’ll drop you off at the hotel door. The time of your arrival will depend on the time of your train ticket.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Minimum Elevation:  2040 m / 6691 ft
  • Highest Elevation:  2440 m / 8052 ft
  Inclusions

Salkantay Trekking specified the included/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. For specific programs, maybe some items are different, please read carefully before booking with us.

What Is Included?

  • High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure briefing

    ou will meet your trekking guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. The meeting will be at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.

  • Day 1: City Tour Half Day

  • Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour full day

  • Day 3, 4, 5, and 6: Lares Trek

  • Experienced Guide

    All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. Our guides are chosen for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploring, and a desire to share in the experience. They’ll make sure you are safe and happy.

  • Camping Equipment

    Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs, and cooking equipment (all carried by the horses).

  • 1 duffle bag:

    There, you can carry your personal belongings (including your sleeping bad) up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15 lbs.

  • Medical 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, traveler’s 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.

  • Accommodation

  • Hotel in Cusco

    Hotel: 3 Nights Hotel in Cusco(2 nights before the hike and 1 night after the hike)

  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes

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

  • 2 Nights in Sleeping Tents

    Salkantay Trekking uses the best equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Every two people will share Eureka Timberline or Mountain Hardwear tents with a capacity for four people.

  • Meals

  • Meals in Cusco

    Day 1, and 2: Breakfast at the hotel in Cusco

    Day 2: Buffet Lunch in the Sacred Valley Tour

  • Meals in the Lares Trek

    Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 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 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.

  • Wake up tea

    Every morning at the campsite, you will wake up with a cup of 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 daily

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

  • Snacks on the trail daily

    Every morning we’ll give you your snack to enjoy it during the walk; our tour leader will provide you a Cloth bag with local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, caramels, etc. We will give this snack to you at the beginning of each day in your cloth bag.

  • One cloth snack bag per person

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

  • Products for hygiene

    You will be provided with a small towel before each meal to clean your hands.

  • Transportation & Tickets

  • Transport

    - Day 1: A representative of Salkantay Trekking will be waiting for you at the Cusco Airport to take you directly to your hotel.

    - Day 3: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel by private transportation to Cuncacani, the starting point of the trek.

    - Day 6: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Train Ticket

    - Day 5: From Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.

    - Day 6: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.

  • Cargo Mules

    On days 3, 4, and 5, cargo mules carry all the camping equipment and your allowance of personal baggage (7 kgs/15.4 lbs).

  • Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Archeological Site.

  • 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.

  • Satellite phones

    Our main priority will always be the tranquillity of our clients. While all of our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps you feel more secure. Each Salkantay Trekking guides has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to call anywhere in the world. You can also use it even if it’s not an emergency.

What Is Not Included?

  • Rental

    All our travellers need a sleeping bag to camp 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
    • Walking poles (pair): US $ 20.00
  • Huayna Picchu

    You can climb the famous mountain that’s always seen in the photos, behind the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It’s 45 minutes uphill. Going down can be scary if you fear heights. You can take this excursion once your guided tour to Machu Picchu ends. The additional cost is US $ 30.00. The permit must be issued at least 1 month in advance due to high demand. To protect your integrity, there may be changes due to weather conditions.

  • Day 1: Entrance Ticket for the City Tour

  • Day 2: Entrance ticket for the Sacred Valley Tour.

  • Day 6: Lunch and Dinner in Aguas Calientes

  • Travel Insurance

  • Tips for our staff

    Tips are usual 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 porters and chefs together.

  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management

    Landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.

  Before You Go

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

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

Briefing or informative meeting

All information meetings are held in your hotel at 5:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the Salkantay Trekking offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.

Duffel bag or canvas case:

ou’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.

A maximum of 7 kg is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.

Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. 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.

Storing your luggage at our Office.

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

Any equipment that you are not going to 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 all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pickups:

Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, 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 will take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to your arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. 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 2 hours.
  • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Salkantay Trekking clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Plaza San Francisco, in Cusco. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Plaza San Francisco takes 2 hours.
  • In San Francisco, depending on your hotel's location, we will take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel in Cusco.

Group tours:

Group tours are made up of different types of people. 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, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.

Strikes and demonstrations:

Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent 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 excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations 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:

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

  Pricing

The Lares Trek 6 Days can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.

  • Group Price

  • Lares Trek Group
  • 2020 Land Cost
    US$750
    per person
  • Pre-payment
    US$300
    (Required)
  • Balance
    US$450
  • This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Online Payment Lares Trek 6 Days

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Additional Items

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

  • Huayna Picchu:  $30
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:  $30

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Adventure:

  • Rainbow Mountain:  $100  $80
  • Sacred Valley:  $100  $80
  • City Tour:  $20

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information

Student Discount

$25 off person

Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using an university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to sales@salkantaytrekking.com.

  Enquire Now

Thank you for your interest in having an adventure travel experience in Peru curated by Salkantay Trekking. Please take a moment to complete our short form, so one our friendly Adventure Consultants could provide you all the information for your trip of a lifetime in Peru.

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Lares Trek 6D
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Feel free to reach us via email at sales@salkantaytrekking.com or by calling us directly at +51 958 191 179

Triunfo Street 392, office 212, 2nd floor - Main Square of Cusco, Peru

Monday - Friday
9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

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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