Lares Trek to Machu Picchu


Starting point: Cuzco / Ending point: Cuzco

Lares hike Via Cancha Cancha.

Treks 2 Machu Picchu offers you a unique adventure in the remote valley of Lares. Unlike the popular treks in Cusco, the trek through the Valley of Lares truly takes you to see remote places, a destination still unknown by many, a trip to the heart of the Andes where few tourists have ventured. This wonderful path takes you to see beautiful natural landscapes adorned with impressive glaciers. A totally different world from ours, an Andean paradise where the inhabitants of the small villages still use old ways of life. This wonderful trip also takes you to know the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, chosen one of the 7 wonders of our planet.

Lares hike is performed though stunning surroundings Andes Mountains; this trek is designed to avoid the crowds founded on the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. We have several opportunities to view wildlife (Alpacas & Llamas) and meet local Andean people (Inca’s descendants).

Around Lares hike you can recognize some Andean animals: they have to be rugged agile, thicker in the colder, higher altitudes; their ability to jump /climb serves as a protection from predators and be able to keep warm; Llamas and Alpacas are side by side on hike and they are quite different; Llama is much larger than the Alpaca, and it has also a longer more slender neck, the Alpaca usually has more consistent coloring (2 species: one Alpaca is like a double size than a sheep; the other Alpaca is more like Bob´s Marley´s hair) also it can be found the Chinchilla (Viscacha) and who knows some Condors (the largest vulture in South America).


Summary of the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days

Day 1: LARES/ Hike from Pascana to Coyalay

  • Early morning pick you up from your hotel
  • Private transfer to the trailhead “Pascana”
  • By car Lares Pass 4450 m / 14,599 ft
  • A leisure day hike
  • Lunch at Pascana, and starting point of trek 3600m / 11,811ft
  • Enjoy the 7 waterfalls of Pausi
  • Walking Distance 6 km / 2 miles
  • Estimated duration 3 hours trek
  • Highest point Coyalay Camp 3850m / 12,631ft
  • Campsite elevation 3850m / 12,631ft
  • Weather: Cold “Lares Trek to Machu Picchu”
  • Trail Conditions is rocky, dusty, and slippery, the trekking shoes required for sure
  • Difficulty Moderate to Difficult

Day 2: LARES/ Hike from Coyalay to Cancha Cancha

  • A Challenge day and the most gratifying hike day (Pachakuteq Pass)
  • Get first the fake Pass 4,187m / 13,740ft
  • Meals at Accopata
  • Walking Distance 14 km / 9 miles
  • Estimated duration 7 hours “Lares Trek to Machu Picchu”
  • Highest point Pachakuteq Pass 4,450m / 14,599ft
  • Campsite elevation Cancha Cancha 3,800m / 12,497ft
  • Weather: Cold
  • Trail Conditions is rocky, dusty, and slippery
  • Difficulty, Difficult but not impossible

Day 3: LARES/ Hike from Cancha Cancha to Huaran

  • Easiest day trek
  • Meals at Huaran
  • Walking Distance 10 km / 6.21 miles
  • Estimated duration 4 hours
  • Accommodation Aguas Calientes Overnight (Hotel) 2000 meters
  • Weather: Cold in the morning, warm in the afternoon
  • Trail Conditions: Rocky and near the Andes creek

Day 4: Machu Picchu tour

  • Early breakfast at your hotel
  • Bus, or hiking up to Machu Picchu (by bus 25 minutes, by foot 1.5 hours)
  • 2 hours tour for exploring Machu Picchu with your guide, and then a free time for you
  • Climb to Huayna Picchu (Optional – book in advance with us) 7 AM or 10 AM
  • PM back by bus to Aguas Calientes village
  • PM train back service from Machu Picchu train station to Ollantaytambo train station
  • Train times: at 2:55 PM, 4:45 PM, or 6:45 PM depending on availability at Peru Rail / Inca rail
  • PM or night transfer service from Ollantaytambo to Cuzco city by car
  • Difficulty: Mountain Spirit Machu Picchu

Additional Info

  • Duration: 4 Day / 3 Nights
  • When to go: The best time to visit is April through November, it’s the busy season (especially June to August), but it’s also the dry season.
  • Altitude: 3600m / 11,811ft to 4,450m / 14,599ft “Lares Trek to Machu Picchu”
  • Difficulty: The trek is rated moderate; any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route.
  • Longest Day: Day 2, approximately 14 km / 9 miles
  • Coldest Night: Day 2 around 0º Celsius / 32° Fahrenheit
  • Temperatures: From minus 4ºC to 28ºC / 39° Fahrenheit to 82° Fahrenheit

Itinerary of Lares trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days


A leisure day hike

Lares hike is one of the most beautiful Inca Trails in the Cuzco region! We depart from Cuzco City early in the morning (6am) and take a scenic three-hour drive towards Lares Valley; north of the Sacred Inka Valley passing through Calca Village 2950m / 9,678ft which it’s the capital of the Valley. Leaving the main road and heading over the Lares Pass (4450 m / 14,599 ft.), we arrive at Pascana 3600m / 11,811ft. Around Pascana we have to leave our equipment of mountain also our cook (he is going to be prepare us a taste organic lunch); all hikers we have to carry on by transport towards the outdoor hot spring of Lares for relaxing a good moment (approximately 90 minutes; our bus awaits us during this time) then we return by transport to Pascana (starting point of hike); after lunch we start hiking uphill to Quishwarani settlement 3700m / 12,139ft (1 hrs). Then we continue hiking onto Coyalay Camp 3850m / 12,631ft (2 hrs.) westward up a small valley dotted with herds of grazing Alpacas/Llamas, Andean farmhouses (made of rocks); the native inhabitants wearing colorful bright red ponchos maintaining their traditional way of life. Before we reach the camp we have the beautiful 7 waterfalls of Pausi, the rest of our trail leads up to the right following an original Inca path. Coyalay camp is above the waterfalls and near the Lake.

  • Meals: At Pascana
  • Accommodation: At Coyalay
  • Total distance: 6 km / 2 miles
  • Estimated duration: 3 hours “Lares Trek to Machu Picchu”
  • Highest point: Coyalay Camp 3850m / 12,631ft
  • Altitude Campsite: Coyalay Camp 3850m / 12,631ft
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult


A Challenge day and the most gratifying hike day (Pachakuteq Pass)

An early morning start hike (7:30am) allows us the best views of the Andes. We start hiking uphill surrounding the Coyalay lake towards the fake Pass (2 hrs.) 4,187m / 13,740ft of Pachakuteq Pass; at this point we have an astonishing views of snow mountains; after 1 hour and half we reach the Pachakuteq Pass 4,450m / 14,599ft; this place offers a rewarding view of the Andean valleys and magic snow-capped mountains, then we continue hiking downhill a fairly steep trail with many switchbacks towards the first natural lookout (1/2 hr.) the rest of the road it is much better (hiking poles is very recommendable), from the high Pass is 3 hrs trek to Cancha Cancha Camp 3,800m / 12,497ft and one hour before than our camp we have our delicious Andes lunch (at Accopata).

We prepare an ideal meals for high altitudes with hot soups of vegetables (everyday), salads, juice, coca tea or cup of coffee with Coca leaves (We promote fresh healthy and organic products).

  • Meals: At Accopata
  • Accommodation: At Cancha Cancha
  • Total distance. 14 km / 9 miles
  • Estimated duration. 7 hours “Lares Trek to Machu Picchu”
  • Highest point: Pachakuteq Pass 4,450m / 14,599ft
  • Altitude Campsite: Cancha Cancha 3,800m / 12,497ft
  • Difficulty: Difficult but not impossible


Easiest day trek

After breakfast we start hiking downhill through a nice Queuñas bush valley (Incas´ trees) and close the beautiful river; having ample picture opportunities covered in Andean flora. Upon arriving to Huaran (4 hrs) we will enjoy our last meal prepared by our cook. Huaran 2800m / 9186 ft is a pretty warm settlement with comfortable climate, located near Calca Village (which is the capital of the sacred valley). Our vehicle will meet us here to take us to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo; place where we have to board our train service to Aguas Calientes Village also known as Machu Picchu Town (1 hour and 40 minutes train ride).

  • Meals: At Huaran
  • Accommodation: Aguas Calientes Overnight
  • Total distance: 10 km / 6.21 miles
  • Estimated duration: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate


Machu Picchu Incan Citadel provides a glimpse into the life of the Incas (the Spanish people never got this magic place).

Very early in the morning; we have to board the tourist shared bus towards Machu Picchu. The Guide tour begins at the natural viewpoint of Casa del Vigilante (Inca Guard house). Place where you will be having the best views of Machu Picchu in all its glory. The guided tour takes three hours for recognizing most of the places are compounding this wonderful Inca citadel, after all the explanation you have a free time to stroll around some Inca places. Later on; in the afternoon we have to return to Aguas Calientes to board our train service to Ollantaytambo Village, then by transport to Cuzco City (1 hour and half by train & 1 hour and forty minutes by transport).

Lares trek to Machu Picchu Includes

  • Lares Trail to Machu Picchu (Via Cancha Cancha).
  • Trek briefing with your Guide.
  • Professional local Guide (on hike).
  • Second tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Private Transport and professional driver (to the starting point of hike).
  • All entrance tickets and permits for Lares hike and Machu Picchu Park.
  • Horses or mules and Indigenous horsemen to carry ((camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetables).
  • Personal items to carry 7 kg/15.4 lb. (so you just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day).
  • Machupicchu guided tour (3hrs) and extra time for you.
  • 2 train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Machupicchu Pueblo (Expedition Tourist Train “round trip”).
  • 2 bus Tickets from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu Park (round trip).
  • 2 nights camping
  • 1 night Hostel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom, hot water and breakfast / Upgrade to Hotel at extra cost.
  • Spacious tents / Sleeping mat.
  • We provide a duffle for personal items.
  • One Cook.
  • Excellent Meals (3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners).
  • Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all before rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request).
  • Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, chocolate, biscuits, popcorn).
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking).
  • Wake up coca tea in your tent.
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
  • Trek 2 Machu Picchu uses walkie-talkies on all treks.
  • Oxygen Tank & First aid kit.
  • All local taxes.

Lares trek to Machu Picchu Does Not Include

  • Water on Day 1, just half day
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Breakfast on Day 1, Dinner on Day 3, Lunch on Day 4
  • Waynapicchu Mountain ((walk to top without a guide, the trail is well marked)
  • Tips: Guide, Cook, Porters

For the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu Bring

  • A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack –appropriate packs (to carry your personal belongings).
  • Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” it is applicable).
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required).
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support).
  • 2 pairs of Trekking pants “not jeans”, 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough, please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray the clothes before the trip.
  • Layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
  • 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as – 5 degrees Celsius / 41 degrees Fahrenheit, the rain jacket can be helpful, because there are raining days (even if we are in dry season!).
  • 1 warm / winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/ gloves / scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
  • 3 pairs of underwear, 4 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) it is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both really heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well, the weather is all over the place, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or overheating.
  • 2 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts.
  • 1 Good sleeping bag liner, it is super lightweight and easy to pack, definitely does its job!.
  • Travel-size tissues and wet wipes–The air is cold and damp, so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone seems to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. Also, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key.Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on.
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camel back.
  • Water (only on first day hike, then we will provide you throughout the hike).
  • Camera and film.
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries.
  • Bandages or moleskin.
  • Flip flips to change into at night – your toes will thank you!.
  • Toiletries: Toothbrush, Toothpaste/Floss, Shampoo/conditioner, Brush/comb, Vaseline (for feet great for potential blisters), Feminine hygiene products, Deodorant, Nail clippers/file/tweezers, Spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, or contact lenses and supplies, Hand sanitizer etc.–which you need, but pack light.
  • Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach, some people get an upset stomach at one on the trek, with 8-10 hours of hiking each day, you need to get over whatever the day throws at you quickly, so bring some meds.), etc.
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes.
  • Something to read in the evenings.
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips to your staff.

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4d – Group Service Prices

US$ 550. per person

Lares trek to Machu Picchu 4d – Private Service Prices

  • 2 people : US$695 per person
  • 3 people : US$655 per person
  • 4 people : US$590 per person
  • 5 people : US$575 per person
  • 6 people : US$545 per person
  • 7 people : US$535 per person
  • 8+ people : US$525 per person

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu Discounts:

  • Student Discount: US$ 20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu Upgrade options:

  • La Cabana: +$40 US pp shared (+$110 for a single)
  • Casa Andina: +$40 US pp shared ($110 for a single)
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee +S$ 15 (book in advance this extra option)
  • Vistadome Train (One Way): +$65 per person
  • Vistadome Train (Round Trip): +$100 per person

Optional Extras:

  • Sleeping Bag US$ 15 (rent for 2 nights)
  • Walking Pole US$ 15 (rent for 3 days). “Lares Trek to Machu Picchu”
  • Inflatable Mattress US$ 20 (rent for 2 nights)
  • Single Tent Supplement US$ 50 (rent for 2 nights)
  • Extra 7kg / 15 lb. of personal items US$ 75 (rent donkey for 2 days and a half)
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee US$ 15 Book 6 month in advance!


TRAIN TIMES: On the third day you will be taking the 2:55 PM, 4.36 PM or 7:00 PM train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. “Lares Trek to Machu Picchu”

Trek 2 Machu Picchu Booking Form
All tours WILL NOT BE CONFIRMED without a completed booking form and deposit sent to Trek 2 Machu Picchu. All deposits are $200 per person and are non-refundable. We accept payments through PayPal and should be sent to We will email you, your booking invoice and confirmation once your details and deposit are received.