Salkantay Trekking
Lares trek
LARES TREK Cultural and Adventure Trek to Machu Picchu

Lares Trek Classic

The four-day trek from Lares to Machu Picchu offers a magical and breathtaking experience that you’ll never forget! 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 best option for you. You’ll get to visit various countryside communities where they raise llamas and alpacas. They also use sophisticated weaving techniques to keep their traditions alive. Textile art from these communities is awe-inspiring and holds extraordinary amounts of cultural and historical significance! Take advantage of this opportunity to make new friends and open your mind.

4700 M. / 15420 FT. Max. Altitude
CAMPS & HOSTEL Accommodation
MODERATE Activity Level
Duration 4 DAYS
Starting from US$600

At a glance

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 all colors: blue, green, turquoise, yellow. After this 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.

At a glance
DAY 1: Cusco | Aguas Termales of Lares-Quiswarani.
DAY 2: Quiswarani | Abra Pachacútec-Cancha Cancha.
DAY 3: Cancha Cancha | Huarán-Maras salt mines-Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes.


Full Itinerary
Day 1

Cusco | Aguas Termales of Lares-Quiswarani.

The most amazing parts of the day: Traversing the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas and taking a dip in the hot springs of Lares, to take advantage of its medicinal properties. Being surprised by the precious lakes and impressive waterfalls and getting to know more of the Andean culture.

Lares Hot Springs We’ll pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 AM to start our fantastic adventure. As we travel towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, you’ll be able to witness, so the city of Cusco waking from a night of heavy slumber. After an hour of driving, we’ll stop in Calca to visit the local market. There, you’ll get a great experience of Andean culture and will be able to buy some last-minute things: snacks, fruit, water, etc. We’ll continue our journey for two more hours till we arrive at the Lares hot springs where we’ll be spoiled with an energizing breakfast in full view of the towering mountains. After breakfast, we’ll take a dip in the warm waters of the hot springs. The recreational complex contains various pools of differing sizes and temperatures. The smallest are very hot. Be careful getting in! The local people say that the volcanic water of these pools hold medicinal value and helps in the treatment of bone and muscle illnesses. It also is meant to help with stress and headaches. After spending a few minutes in the water, we’ll get back in the car to go to Punta Carretera (3,300 MASL / 10,827 FASL). Here, we ll have a meeting with our trekking team who will accompany us on the excursion. The porters will transport your luggage on horses and will wait for you at each campsite. The only thing you’ll need to worry about is enjoying the trek! The Lares trail won’t disappoint. Soon, you 'll find yourself in front of the impressive Pacchayocc waterfall. It is the right gift of nature. From here, we’ll continue for about two more hours until we reach an area filled with lakes. There, we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our chef.

After lunch, we’ll continue with our trek and arrive at the Willkikasa Pasa, the highest point on the trail for the day, (4,400 MASL / 14,435 FASL). Take it easy; altitude sickness is a serious thing! From here, it’ll be a quick hour and a half trek downhill to the campsite in Quiswarani.
In Quiswarani, you ll have enough time to explore the town and visit some of the houses there. You ll learn about the lifestyle and traditions of the people from this part of the world. We ll also be able to visit the school where boys and girls speak Quechua, their mother tongue. If you d like, you can bring toys, notebooks or other school supplies to share with them.
We ll enjoy hot drinks while the sky darkens and the stars begin to appear. Finally, we ll have dinner prepared in this same place. You ll be able to stargaze and then take refuge in your tent to rest.

  • Distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles
  • Trekking time: About 5 hours
  • Starting altitude: 3,100 MASL / 10,170 FASL
  • Maximum altitude: 4,400 MASL / 14,435 FASL
  • Lodging type: Campsite
  • Lodging altitude: 3,850 MASL / 12,631 FASL
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner; besides that, snacks and tea time in the afternoon
Day 2

Quiswarani | Abra Pachacútec-Cancha Cancha

The most amazing parts of the day: Seeing the surprising valley of Quiswarani. Touching the clouds at the Pachacútec Pass. Letting the power of the Qanchispaccha waterfall clean your internal energy. Being submerged in Andean culture and making new friends.

Lares Trek Today, we ll wake up around 5:30 AM, being offered hot drinks. At this time, people from the town will already be taking their llamas and alpacas out to graze. Breakfast will be served as soon as we finish getting the luggage ready to go. We ll fill our water bottles and receive snacks to start the day strengthened for the trail. There will be 3-4 hours of ascent toward the highest point of the entire trek: the Pachacútec Pass (4,700 MASL / 15,419 FASL). We ll hike upward in a zigzag to lessen the strain due to the altitude. The landscapes of this place are surprising. You 'll see the beautiful lake of Palcoyo and the impressive Qanchispaccha waterfall. If you feel bad or too tired, don t worry, we 'll always have an emergency horse available. We ll find ourselves above the clouds once we get to the Pachacútec Pass. From there, the 360-degree view is truly astounding. In front of you, you ll see the majestic mountains of Pitusiray and Qolqe Cruz.
Take advantage of this point to take amazing photos because we ll soon start going downhill! We ll begin to a one-hour descent down the slope to a place where we ll enjoy our lunch. Recuperate your energy, and you 'll still need to walk three more hours! Our campsite is found in the town of Cancha Cancha (3,900 MASL / 12,795 FASL). Here, 85% of the houses are made with traditional techniques and materials: stone walls and thatched roofs. Since our support team will be in charge of setting up the tents, you 'll have time to spend with the local people. After that, your guide will take you to one of the community houses to learn about their lifestyle. You 'll be able to see guinea pigs being raised and learn about traditional, hand-made textiles made of alpaca and llama wool. In the afternoon, you 'll enjoy hot drinks and dinner.

  • Distance: 13.5 km / 8.4 miles
  • Trekking time: About 8 hours
  • Starting altitude: 3,850 MASL / 12,631 FASL
  • Maximum altitude: 4,700 MASL / 15,419 FASL
  • Lodging type: Campsite
  • Lodging altitude: 3,900 MASL / 12,795 FASL
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner; besides that, snacks and tea time in the afternoon
Day 3

Cancha Cancha | Huarán-Maras salt mines-Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes

The most amazing parts of the day: Seeing the work of the shepherds who live at high altitudes. Learning more about ancient Inca agriculture. Being surprised by the pink salt of Maras. Visiting the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo. Relaxing in the town of Aguas Calientes and preparing to go to Machu Picchu.

Maras - Salt Mines Just like every morning, our trekking team will wake you up with a hot drink to start the day in the best way. Once you re prepared, you 'll begin to the last leg of the trek. We 'll walk 4 hours downhill along a gorgeous path where you 'll see herds of llamas and alpacas again. We 'll pass by fields of potatoes, fava beans, and other products. This is a fabulous opportunity to learn more about Andean agricultural techniques. We 'll start descending to a warmer area: the Sacred Valley. You 'll feel the changes between micro-climates and will see different crops than you saw in the higher altitude areas. The Sacred Valley cultivates corn, quinoa, kiwi, peaches, avocados, and other types of fruits. Of course, this area is full of history and Inca culture. We 'll finish the tour in a small town called Huarán (2,700 MASL / 8,858 FASL), where you 'll say goodbye to the trekking team and the horses. Here, you 'll enjoy a delicious, nutritional lunch.

In Huarán, transportation will be waiting for us to go through the Sacred Valley to the salt mines of the town of Maras. Here, at 3,380 MASL / 11,089 FASL, a salty spring of water flows and spills out over the slope of the mountain. You 'll be able to see 3,000 small evaporation chambers that have been used since pre-Inca times. This salt has curative properties due to the minerals it contains and which turn it a beautiful pink color. Local families possess every one of these chambers and support themselves by supplying salt to the towns in this zone. There s a small shop there where you can buy some of the pink salt if you re interested.

After visiting the salt mines, the van will take us 45 minutes away to Ollantaytambo, the last intact, living Inca town that exists. There, you 'll see water canals, as well as houses and walls more than five centuries old. Your guide will drive around so you can see more of this small city until dinner time in a local restaurant. We ll board the train at 7:00 PM for Aguas Calientes, the town found at the base of Machu Picchu. Remember that train schedules can vary depending on availability. When we arrive at Aguas Calientes, you 'll be registered at a hotel. Now relax and prepare yourself for the most astounding day of the whole trip.

  • Distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles
  • Trekking time: About 4 hours
  • Starting altitude: 3,900 MASL / 12,795 FASL
  • Maximum altitude: 3,900 MASL / 12,795 FASL
  • Lodging type: Hotel
  • Lodging altitude: 2,000 MASL / 6,562 FASL
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner; besides that, snacks
Day 4


The most outstanding: Feeling your heart accelerate as you walk closer and closer to Machu Picchu early in the morning. We ll arrive before the majority of other tourists! Exploring this sacred wonder of the world while you enjoy the sunrise. Discovering the mysteries of Machu Picchu with your professional guides in a two-hour tour. Next, if you d like and have reserved your tickets in advance, hiking up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain or walking to the Sun Gate where you don t need extra tickets.

Today we reach the finale of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu! We will wake up early after a refreshing night to enjoy the serenity of soft morning light as we hike for 2 hours from Wiñay Wayna to the Sun Gate or “Inti Punku.” Here, the Inca Trail officially ends. From this place, we will be able to look out onto the great beauty of the Inca citadel Machu Picchu! This is the same view the grand Inca would have seen as he traveled, like you, from Cusco to Machu Picchu. The Machu Picchu entrance checkpoint is open from 06:00 AM until 17:00 PM, so entrance to the site is extremely flexible and gives us lots of time to enjoy ourselves. After passing through the gate, we will walk downhill for about an hour and enter the hidden Royal Citadel of the Incas! Here, we will have a 2-hour guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the agricultural sector. You will be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas, which was so far ahead of its time and still partially a mystery today! Without having modern tools or even steel and iron to work with, the people who built this city were genius in organizing their community in a sustainable and beautiful way on the side of a mountain. They even brought water in canals through the streets for their people to use! When a Peruvian guide showed this site to Hiram Bingham, it was almost unrecognizable, covered in thick vegetation, and in a state of disrepair. It has since been cleaned and restored to its former glory and is now protected and treasured by the world at large!
After this tour, feel free to climb up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (Be sure to book these tickets in advance). Each mountain takes approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Another, lower-impact option for which you do not need an extra ticket is to trek to the Sun Gate, the main entrance from the Inca Trail (this takes about 2 or 2.5 hours round-trip). Another option is walking to see the Incan Bridge. You will be able to stay and enjoy this magical city for more than 7 hours before hiking back down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train at 16:22 hrs (subject to availability) to Ollantaytambo. A private bus will pick up our group and drop you off at your hotel in Cusco at about 20:00 hrs. Rest your feet and your body now, because we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come!

  • Distance: 6 km / 3.72 miles
  • Trekking time: About 2 hours
  • Starting altitude: 1,900 MASL / 6,232 FASL
  • Maximum altitude: 2,400 MASL / 7,872 FASL
  • Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
  • Meals: Boxed breakfast


What is Included?
  • Sesión informativa previa a la partida (Briefing): Conocerás a tu guía y al grupo que te acompañará en una sesión informativa antes de tu caminata. La reunión será una noche antes de tu viaje, a las 5:00 p.m., en nuestras oficinas (Calle Triunfo 392, oficina 212, segundo piso, centro artesanal Arte Inca.
  • Transportation: Cusco-Punta carretera / Huarán-Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo-Cusco
  • Qualified guides: Our guides have dominion of English and Spanish, professional education and official certification. They will explain to you about the history, culture and environment along the trail, as well as lead the group in ancestral rituals and ceremonies. They’ll also take care of your safety, health and comfort during the trip so you can enjoy the trek worry-free.
  • 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, and because of this, we are insistent that our campsites don’t generate negative environmental affects. Remember that the accommodations are double and shared.
  • Camping equipment: We have tents for cooking and eating, as well as tables, chairs and complete kitchen equipment. All of this is transported by horses.
  • Entrance ticket to the archeological complex of Machu Picchu
  • Hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes: During the last night of the trek, you’ll spend the night in a shared room with private bathroom, hot water, wi-fi, boxed breakfast and luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu.
  • 1 duffle bag: There, you can carry your personal belongings (including your sleeping bad) up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15 lbs.
  • Pack mules: Our pack mules will transport all camping equipment, as well as your personal luggage in the canvas bag.
  • Cooking services: A specialized trekking chef, along with his assistant, will prepare you delicious dished of Peruvian cuisine along the way so you can replenish your energies. You’ll never be hungry!
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners. Special menus such as vegetarian or vegan meals are available without additional costs.
  • Morning tea: Every morning in our campsites, you’ll enjoy a cup of hot coca tea as soon as you wake up. It will be an excellent way to start the day.
  • Tea time: In our campsites, we’ll serve you popcorn, cookies, coffee, chocolate, tea, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won’t have to wait until dinner to fill your stomach.
  • Snacks (Days 1, 2 & 3): We’ll offer you delicious snacks in a cloth bag: local fruits, cookies, chocolates, candy, etc.
  • 1 cloth bag: As we’ve already mentioned, we’ll give you a cloth bag to carry your snacks. In this way, we avoid using plastic bags, which contaminate our environment.
  • First-aid kit: We have a the necessary materials ready for any minor incident.
  • Oxygen bottle
  • Train tickets: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (“Expedition” service with Peru Rail between 01:37 PM and 06:20 PM). Subject to availability.
Not Included:
  • Sleeping bag: However, you can rent one from us. We have sleeping bags that will protect from down to -18 °C (0 °F).
  • Trekking poles: You can also rent these from us.
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day
  • Clothing and personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for our team: Keep in mind that our personnel receive payment for their services, so feel free to give tips or not.
  • Bus tickets Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes
  • Additional costs: There could be additional expenses, delays or modifications of the itinerary that are outside of the responsibility of the agency, such as: bag weather conditions, security or health problems, changes in government policies, political instability, strikes, etc.
  • Cover your backpack with a waterproof protector
  • Bring clothing for warm and cold climates. Don’t forget your sandals!
  • Use tennis shoes or hiking boots.
  • Bring waterproof clothing.
  • Bring long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Use insect repellent.
  • Put on sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat for sunny days.
  • Don’t forget your medications and indispensable personal belongings
  • Bring some snacks like chocolates or dried fruit.
  • You’ll want a good camera!
  • Make sure to have cash on hand in small denominations whether they’re dollars, euros or soles.

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Important information for the Lares Machu Picchu 4 day trek
Read the following information carefully. It will help you to resolve any question you could have about our services.


The Lares Machu Picchu 4 Day Trek is an excellent alternative for adventurous tourists who are capable of trekking long distances at high altitude. The highest point we’ll get to is known as the Pachacútec Pass and is located at 4,700 MASL / 15,419 FASL. So it’s not too exhausting for you, it’s important to have good physical health and to have spent some before the trek in the city of Cusco to acclimate.


It is very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek.


We do recommend that you arrive to Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you become acclimatized and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.

We can organize day hikes & other tours around Cusco for your acclimatization:

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


This meeting will take place the night before the trek’s departure at 5 PM at our office which is located at Triunfo Street 346. We are 1 block from the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) of Cusco.


It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of

DUFFEL BAG FOR Lares trek Machu Picchu 4 Days

The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7 kg/15.4 lbs. Our horseman will carry your duffle bag for you together with the food and camping gear. It is important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day as the horsemen and horses will always be ahead of the group. During the travel, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, raincoat, camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually, a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.


Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both free of charge.

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Meals: What to Expect

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