PER-96 /4-day trip / Grade: T2

Lares Trek

Incas built a huge network of trails throughout their empire, many of them concentrated on the most populated and important areas. Machu Picchu, one of the most important spots, has several different paths stretching in all directions to and from the citadel.
One of them is the spectacular trail of Lares. This is a far less visited trip than the Salcantay or Classical Inca Trail.
The hike is easy and less demanding than the Salcantay Trek as the day walks are more gentle. The landscapes stunning and as a real highlight to this tour we will pass by authentic Inca settlement Cancha Cancha, where life haven’t changed much since the Inca Empire.
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Day 1 Cusco – Quishuarani
Day 2 Cancha Cancha
Day 3 Ollantaytambo & Aguas Calientes
Day 4 Visit to Macchu Picchu – Cusco
Day 1

Cusco – Quishuarani (3700 m)
The tour starts the night before with a meeting with the staff and guide, where you will get all relevant information about the next days adventure.
In the early morning hours, pick up at your hotel in Cusco and drive to the small village, Lares (3250 m). Accompanied by Mules, who will carry all our packs, we will initiate our hike up the river, continuing for about 3 hours, until reaching the charming community of Cuncani (3600 m). Lunch will be until to climb up the pass, after we will soon be in front of Silver Cross’ snowy peak (5700 m). Continuing our trek, we will pass a collection of turquoise lakes, continue to the first high pass at Uchuyccasa (4000 m). From this place, we will enjoy the nice views of the valley below us. Our trail will take us down to the village of Quishuarani (3700 m), where we will spend the night.
Ascent: 400 m / Descend: 300 m / Highest Altitude: 4000 m / Distance: 13 Km. / Activity duration: 6 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Cancha Cancha (3800 m)
Today, we will begin with a short walk to an impressive lake. There, we will also see the falls of Pausi. Our trail leads up to the right, passing many small waterfalls, and following an original stone Inca-path. As we reach the Pachakuti pass (4500 m), we will have spectacular views of the snow-covered peaks of Apus Pitusiray (5750 m) and Chicón. Down below, we can also see the striking Suirococha-lake, located next to the village of Cancha Cancha (3800 m), our last campsite.
Ascent: 1365 m / Descend: 1365 m / Highest Altitude: 4700 m / Distance: 13,5 Km. / Activity duration: 8 h
Included meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Total distance: 13.5 km (8.388 miles)
Estimated walking time: 08 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,700 (15,419 ft )
Campsite altitude: 3,800 m (12,467 ft)

Day 3

Cancha Cancha – Ollantaytambo & Agua Calientes.
This will be our last difficult hiking-day, as we’ll continue descending from the village of Cancha Cancha, Passing local houses and pastoral farmland. As we will head into the warm valley, we will follow the mountain streams through a wide corridor filled with bird-life and rocky formations. The trail comes out at Sayhuapata (2,800m), close to Huaran. From there, our private transport will take us to Ollantaytambo, the legendary Inca-town. In the afternoon, we will have time to visit Ollantaytambo town.  Afternoon continue to Aguas Calientes by train. Overnight in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Trekking distance: 7 km (4.349 miles)
Estimated walking time: 04 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,400 (14,435 ft) Cancha Cancha
Hotel in Ollantaytambo: 2,790 m (8,858 ft)

Day 4

Agua Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Morning tour to Macchu Picchu. From Aguas Calinetes we will take the tourist-bus up to this famous archaeological complex. Guided tour to the Macchu Picchu ruins of approximately 2 hours, followed by free time, to explore the remains on our own. In the afternoon, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, where we’ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo and from here transfer to Cusco.
Included meals: Breakfast.

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  • Local bilingual guide on the trek
  • Transportation to and from Cusco
  • A pre-departure information meeting briefing
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • High quality 2 people tents including comfortable sleeping pads.
  • A duffle bag to store your luggage during the trek (please return upon your arrival in Cusco)
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back
  • Expedition train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • All transfers
  • Hotel night in Aguas Calientes in 3 star hotel
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen tank
  • Horseman and horses
  • Meals according to the day to day itinerary


  • Domestic and international flights
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Extra price for the entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Montaña Picchu – This is in addition to the Machu Picchu entrance fee (subject to availability).
  • Sleeping bag
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list

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Tags: Trekking, Machu Picchu, Peru, Cusco, T2, Soraypampa, Quishuarani, Ollantaytambo, Lares, Lares Trek, Cancha Cancha