Hiking lovers near the lakes around Quiswarani in the lares trek route to Machu Picchu

The Classic Lares Trek

4 Days & 3 Nights
Starting from US$600 per person
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Up to 8 People Group Size
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4,700 m / 15,420 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

The Epic Andean Experience Trek

Lares Hot Springs - Pachacutec Pass - Huaran - Maras Salt Mines - Machu Picchu
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Up to 8 People Group Size
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4,700 m / 15,420 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

Our exciting four-day trek from Lares to Machu Picchu offers a magical and breathtaking experience that you’ll never forget! It’s a wonderful option for those who want to enjoy an off-the-beaten-path trek and see incredible scenery while in great company.

Along the trail, you’ll find rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks of the Andes mountain range. If you’re interested in Andean Culture, this trail is the perfect choice. You’ll get to visit various countryside communities where they raise sheep, llamas, and alpacas and get up close and personal with the communities.

The Classic Lares Trek to Machu Picchu through Quiswarani, Hot Springs, Maras Salt Mines Map Day by Day (4D/3N) The Classic Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days Map
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  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Before You Go
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  Overview

Our Classic Lares Trek is the perfect option for those who want to escape large crowds, hike among stunning scenery, and witness rural Andean life up close. You can choose this trek whether you travel by yourself, with a partner, or in a group.

The path is intense but not as extreme as others. Along the way, rivers will roar by your side, and impressive waterfalls will appear in front of you, catching you by surprise and helping you relax along the rushing waters. You’ll also see teardrop ponds of different colors: blue, green, turquoise.

You’ll stop off at different small communities and share some special moments with the people who live there. You’ll get to learn some of their customs and traditions and witness how they live in these rural parts of the world and live off the land.

After these magical few days in the mountains, you’ll finish your trek with a visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World: The historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Explore this incredible site with your guide and then by yourself as you uncover its secrets and feel its amazing energy. Don’t miss out on this epic trek!

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 01

    Cusco | Calca - Lares Hot Springs - Cuncani - Willkikasa - Quiswarani

    Visit Lares Hot Springs before embarking on our hike. Stop at Pacchayoc waterfall before heading to our camp for the night in the community of Quiswarani.

  • Day 02

    Quiswarani | Qoyalay Lake - Pachacutec Pass - Cancha Cancha

    Trek to the highest point at the Pachacytec pass before heading to our camp in Cancha Cancha. Spend time with local families and learn their customs and traditions.

  • Day 03

    Cancha Cancha | Huaran - Maras Salt Mines - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

    Hike to Huaran in the morning before visiting the Maras Salt Mines. Enjoy dinner in Ollantaytambo, then take the train to Aguas Calientes for the night.

  • Day 04

    Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

    Explore the Inca fortress of Machu Picchu and then take the train to Ollantaytambo. Our transport will take you to your accommodation in Cusco.

What's it like

Highlights

  • Enjoy one of the best alternative routes to Machu Picchu.
  • Escape the large crowds on this off-the-beaten-path trek in peace and quiet with just the sounds of nature to accompany you.
  • Take a dip in the medicinal and relaxing Lares Hot Springs to give your muscles some TLC before you start hiking.
  • Hike through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world in the middle of the Andes.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture as you spend time with rural Andean communities and learn their customs and traditions.
  • Visit the fascinating and unique Maras Salt Mines.
  • End your epic journey with a visit to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu.

Why Travel with us

  Itinerary
Day 01

Cusco | Calca - Lares Hot Springs - Cuncani - Willkikasa - Quiswarani

Highlight of the day: Relaxing in the hot springs and visiting local families.

A Relaxing Start to Your Trip

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Camp Accommodation
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Moderate Difficulty
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7 km / 4.35 miles Walking Distance
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4-5 hours Walking Time
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3,800 m / 12,467 ft Starting Elevation
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2,930 m / 9,613 ft Minimum Elevation
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4,400 m / 14,436 ft Highest Elevation
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3,850 m / 12,631 ft Campsite Elevation

We’ll pick you up early to begin our adventure in the Sacred Valley. We’ll stop in Calca before continuing to the Lares Hot Springs. You’ll have some time to relax in the medicinal waters before our transport takes you to the starting point of the hike in Cuncani. We’ll hike to the Pacchayoc waterfall and enjoy some lunch.

This afternoon, we’ll trek to the Willkikasa pass and enjoy some gorgeous views before we go down to our camp for the night in Quiswarani. There you’ll get to spend time with local families and see how they live in this remote region before enjoying dinner and heading to your tent.

We’ll collect you at 5:00 am from your accommodation in Cusco to begin our exciting adventure. You’ll witness the city waking up to the world as we head out toward the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After an hour and a half of driving, we’ll stop off to visit the local market in Calca. There, you’ll enjoy a fantastic Andean cultural experience and will be able to buy some last-minute things, like snacks, fruit, water, etc. We’ll continue on our journey for two-and-a-half hours till we arrive at the Lares hot springs, where we’ll be spoiled with an energizing breakfast and incredible view of the towering mountains.

After breakfast, we’ll take a dip in the warm, thermal waters of the hot springs. The recreational complex contains various pools of differing sizes and temperatures. The smallest ones are very hot, so be careful when getting in! These pools’ volcanic waters are very medicinal and help to treat bone and muscle illnesses. It’s also supposed to help with stress and headaches.

After enjoying the pools and some time to rest, we’ll get back in our transport and make our way to the hike starting point in Cuncani (3,800 m / 12,467 ft). Here, we'll meet our trekking team of horsemen and chefs who’ll accompany us on the whole excursion. The horseman will transport your luggage on horses and will then wait for you at each campsite with our belongings. The only thing you’ll need to worry about is enjoying the trek! The Lares trail will surprise you.

Please note: You won’t have access to your items during the day, so carry what you need in a daypack.

Soon, you'll find yourself in front of the impressive Pacchayoc waterfall, a true gift of Mother Nature. From here, we’ll keep walking until we reach an area filled with gorgeous little lakes. There, we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our chef. You’ll be astounded by the quality of dishes they cook up in the middle of the mountains.

After lunch, we’ll continue to the Willkikasa pass (4,400 m / 14,436 ft), the highest point of the day. Take it easy, as altitude sickness can be serious! From here, we’ll trek downhill for one-and-a-half hours to the campsite for the night in Quiswarani.

Once there, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the village and visit some of the houses there. You’ll learn about the lifestyle and traditions of the people from this rural part of Peru. We’ll also see the school where boys and girls speak Quechua, their native language. If you'd like, you can bring toys, notebooks, or other school supplies to share with them, which will be very much appreciated, as they live far away from the nearest town or city.

We’ll enjoy some warming hot drinks while the sky darkens and the starry constellations begin to show themselves. Finally, we’ll have a tasty dinner, and you’ll be able to stargaze before heading to your tent to rest.

Day 02

Quiswarani | Qoyalay Lake - Pachacutec Pass - Cancha Cancha

Highlight of the day: Witnessing the beautiful scenery and learning local customs and traditions.

The Day of Stunning Views and Local Andean Culture

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Camp Accommodation
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Challenging Difficulty
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11 km / 6.84 mi Walking Distance
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7-8 hours Walking Time
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3,850 m / 12,631 ft Starting Elevation
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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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3,950 m / 12,959 ft Campsite Elevation

We’ll wake you up early for a hot drink to get you going and be on our way. First thing, we’ll walk to the highest point of the whole trek at the Pachacutec pass to soak in the stunning views all around. Then we’ll keep walking to our lunch spot.

Afterward, we’ll walk two more hours to our camp in Cancha Cancha. You’ll see the locals’ handmade textiles and spend some time with the friendly people in the community. Then it’s time for dinner and bed.

Today, we’ll wake up around 5:30 am with a hot drink to get you going. The people from the town will already be taking their llamas and alpacas out to graze at this early hour. Breakfast will be served as soon as we finish getting our gear ready. We’ll fill our water bottles and get our snacks to start the day with plenty of energy for the hike ahead.

There’ll be a 4-5 hour ascent toward the highest point on the whole trek, the Pachacutec pass at 4,700 m / 15,420 ft. We’ll hike upward in a zigzag pattern to make the hike uphill at this high altitude more manageable. The landscapes here will astound you, so make sure you have your camera at the ready. You'll spot the stunning lake of Qoyalay and the impressive Qanchispaccha (seven waterfalls).

We’ll soon find ourselves above the clouds once we get to the Pachacutec Pass, from where you can enjoy a beautiful 360-degree view. Right in front of you, you’ll see the majestic mountains of Pitusiray and Qolqe Cruz. Take this opportunity to capture some fantastic photos because soon, we’ll begin our hike downhill. We’ll walk for half an hour on a descent down the slope to where we’ll enjoy our lunch. Don’t give up just yet; we still need to walk 2 more hours!

We’ll find our campsite in the village of Cancha Cancha (3,950 m / 12,959 ft). 85% of the houses here are made with traditional techniques and materials, composed of stone walls and thatched roofs. Our support team will be in charge of setting up the tents, which means you'll have some time to spend with the friendly local people. Afterward, your guide will take you to one of the community houses to learn about how they live in these remote regions and what their daily life is like. You'll get to see some traditional hand-made textiles of alpaca and llama wool. Later on, you'll enjoy hot drinks and another delicious dinner before retiring to your tent.

Day 03

Cancha Cancha | Huaran - Maras Salt Mines - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

Highlight of the day: Descending from the cold high altitude to the warm Sacred Valley and visiting Maras Salt Mines.

Savor the Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Hotel Accommodation
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Moderate Difficulty
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9 km / 5.59 mi Walking Distance
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4 hours Walking Time
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3,950 m / 12,959 ft Starting Elevation
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2,040 m / 6,693 ft Minimum Elevation
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3,950 m / 12,959 ft Highest Elevation
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2,040 m / 6,693 ft Accommodation Elevation

Enjoy the last leg of your trek this morning through beautiful scenery on a route toward the Sacred Valley. Our trek ends in Huaran, where we enjoy lunch and say goodbye to our trekking team of horsemen and cooks.

This afternoon, we’ll take you to visit the fascinating Maras Salt Mines before continuing to the quaint town of Ollantaytambo. We’ll enjoy dinner in a local restaurant and then catch the train to Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu, where we’ll spend the night in a hotel.

Just like every other morning, our trekking team will wake you up with a hot drink to start the day in the best way possible. Once you’re ready, we’ll be on our way with the last leg of the trek. We'll walk 4 hours downhill along a pretty path where you'll see herds of sheep, llamas, and alpacas again. It’s beautiful to see them grazing in their natural habitat. We'll pass by fields of potatoes, fava beans, and other Andean products. Take this fabulous opportunity to learn more about Andean agricultural techniques that play such a huge role in the lives of these communities.

Then, we’ll start descending to a warmer region known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You'll feel the drastic change between micro-climates and notice different crops to those you saw in the higher altitudes. The Sacred Valley cultivates corn, quinoa, kiwi, peaches, avocados, and many other types of fruits. This area is full of history and Inca culture and was an extremely important part of their empire. We'll end this part of the tour in the small town of Huaran (2,920 m / 9,580 ft), where you'll say goodbye to the trekking team and enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch made with local produce.

Our transportation will be waiting for us to drive through the Sacred Valley to the Maras Salt Mines at 3,000 m / 9.843 ft. This is a truly unique part of the world as a salty spring of water flows and spills out over the mountain’s slope.

You'll be able to observe 3,000 small evaporation chambers that have been used since pre-Inca times to harvest salt. Thanks to the minerals in the salt, it has curative properties and turns a beautiful pink color. Each pool is owned by a local family who support themselves by supplying salt to the towns in this zone. There’s a small shop at the mine where you can buy some of the pink salt if you’re interested. It’s great for cooking and makes an excellent gift for friends and family back home.

Afterward, our transport will take us 55 minutes more to the quaint town of Ollantaytambo, the last intact inhabited Inca town that exists. There, you'll see water canals, as well as houses and walls that are over five centuries old. Your guide will drive you around to see more of this small town until it’s time for dinner in a local restaurant.

We’ll then board the train at 7:00 pm to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. Remember that train schedules can vary depending on availability. When we arrive at Aguas Calientes, you'll check in to a hotel. You can now relax and prepare yourself for the most astounding day of the whole trip tomorrow.

Day 04

Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Stepping foot for the first time inside the Inca Citadel, Machu Picchu.

Tour the World Wonder of Machu Picchu

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Breakfast Meals
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Easy Difficulty
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2-5 hours exploring Activity Duration
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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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Moderate to Challenging / 2-4 hours Optional Activities (Difficulty - Duration)

The day to visit World Wonder Machu Picchu is finally here. Wake up early to beat the crowds and enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of all the fascinating sectors of this mystical place. You’ll then have more time to keep exploring by yourself or hike one of the extra mountains.

Make your way back down to Aguas Calientes around midday and find a restaurant to enjoy lunch in. Afterward, we’ll catch the train to Ollantaytambo and then our private transport back to your hotel in Cusco.

Today, we’ll finally be entering the glorious Machu Picchu for the first time. This magnificent feat of humankind is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and Historical and Cultural World Heritage Site.

After a great night’s rest, we’ll wake up for a quick breakfast while it’s still dark outside and get going to beat the large crowds. This way, you can enjoy the serenity of this magical place in the warm morning light. The entrance opens at 6:00 am, and we want to be there as one of the first visitors of the day.

When we enter, we’ll go on a 2-hour guided tour to see the magnificent architectural feats of the Incas that’ll leave you astonished. You’ll sense their deep connection with nature and see how they sustained an entire city with incredible planning.

After the tour, you’ll have plenty more time to keep exploring by yourself. Now’s also the time to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain if you got tickets in advance. If you didn’t, you can hike up to the Sun Gate, which is where those who hike the Inca trail enter Machu Picchu from. Inca Bridge is another option as an extra hike.

Around 12:00 pm, you’ll need to head back down to Aguas Calientes. You’ll have some time to grab lunch in a restaurant of your choice before heading to the station. We’ll catch a train to Ollantaytambo, which takes around hour-and-forty-five minutes, and then take our private transport back to Cusco.

We’ll take you to your accommodation to rest your tired legs. We’re sure that you’ll be daydreaming of the stunning Andes for years to come!

  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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Comfortable 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.

Meals

  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, and 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 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: You'll be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel in our private transportation to Lares Hot Springs and then to Cuncani, the trek's starting point.
    • Day 3: Private transport from Huaran to Maras Salt Mines and then to Ollantaytambo.
    • Day 4: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • One-Way Consettur Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Day 4)
  • Train Tickets
    • Day 3: From Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
    • Day 4: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Personal Belongings Transportation

    On days 1,2, and 3, 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?

  • 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 4)
  • 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 "The Classic Lares Trek" 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$ 600.00 per person.

Required Pre-payment: US$ 200.00 per person.

Balance (Cusco): US$ 400.00 (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$ 60.00
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:  US$ 60.00
  • 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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Lares Trek Classic 4D
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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

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

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