• Av. el Sol 200, Cusco - Peru

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D / 3N


4 days

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This remote and rarely visited region offers the trekker an insider´s view into traditional Andean life – a timeless world where farmers plant their crops on the lands their ancestors tended and watch over herds of llama and Alpaca beneath the sacred snow-covered peaks they worshipped as gods.

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the trails that was used during the Incan Empire. Today, the trail is used by farmers who are Inca descendants because it connects the communities of Cuyuc, Cuncani and Lares with life in the Sacred Valley. This is an alternate route to Machu Picchu. You will camp at the hot medicinal springs, tour the sacred valley, salt mines and spend a day at Machu Picchu.

Trip Overview

Tour Type: Trekking/hiking, cultural, gastronomy, adventurous and folklore
Good For: All hikers, including families with younger, active children
Difficulty: Moderate
Price: $590 USD per person


  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Porters and Chef - We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag. There is no additional fee for the porter. You will receive your duffel bag at your briefing the night before your trek departs.
  • Transportation: All your transportation is included in this trek Hotel pick up at approximately 4 a.m. (unless you are staying in Ollantaytambo) and brought to KM 104, to begin your trek Train back from Aguas Calientes is included on the Expedition class (if you wish to upgrade to the Vistadome train it is an additional $75 per person) Your round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is also included Drop off at Hotel
  • Permits: As soon as we receive your details and a deposit, we will purchase your permits (pending availability, check our Inca Trail Availability link). These permits are for a specific date and in your name. They can’t be changed, once confirmed. Only your passport number is allowed to be updated. The permit includes an entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Meals - Our chefs cook delicious meals served family-style. Be sure to mention any food restrictions when booking your trek so we can make sure to accommodate. In addition, remind your guide at the briefing. Breakfast, lunch & dinner each day of the trek A snack is provided each morning to enjoy on your hike The last meal is breakfast on day 4 (lunch on the last day is not included)
  • Water - Beginning from your first lunch until your last breakfast, we will supply your water. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distributing. You must supply your own water bottles or camel back. We recommend carrying about 1.5-3L. We will refill our water at each meal.
  • First AidYour guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February, which every single tour guide must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment.
  • Tents: We use Eureka Timberline 4 person tents; however on our hike it is only shared by 2 people. Also, there will be a dining tent and a toilet tent
  • Briefing: The night before your trek, you will attend a briefing. At this time, you will receive the duffel bag that your porters will carry while you hike. This bag should not exceed 7kg/14 lbs and does need to include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
  • Sleeping Bag: $25
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $20
  • Walking Sticks (Pair): $20

Tour Plan

Day 01 Cusco - Pumahuanca - Cuyoc

Panaka Adventure will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo. Pickup from Cusco will be at 5:00AM, from Ollantaytambo 6:30 AM and Urubamba at 7:00 AM.

Our first day of the trek starts in the small village of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley. We'll gently make our way up one of the side valleys covering about 14km in total and climbing about 1150m / 3373ft as we make our way towards the village of Cuyoc. We’ll visit the small Inca site of Pumahuanca and learn about the native plants, flowers and birds that inhabit this region.
We have 3 hours of a gradual uphill hike to the point known as Pacchapata. At this point, we will enjoy our first lunch. We have 3 more hours of hiking after lunch to our first campsite for the night is at Cuyoc (4100m / 13451ft); it's quite barren at this altitude and it is not uncommon for it to snow here during the dry season, so gloves and a hat are recommended.

This particular route for the Lares trek is uncommon. You can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the surroundings without any distractions or disturbance. Since so few people visit the area, there is a good chance of seeing Viscachas (a rabbitlike Chinchilla) and we may also spot an Andean Fox.

Trekking Distance: 14km/ 8.956 miles
Camp Elevation: 4100meters / 13,356 ft
Weather: Warm to Cold
Trail type: Challenge due to elevation

Day 02 Cuyoc - Yanacocha - Cuncani

On the second day, your wake up time is 5 a.m. The day starts with hot coco tea and breakfast. You will have amazing views over the valleys and the majestic Andes. This is the most spectacular day of the trek and quite a bit easier. From the campsite it's about a 13km walk to the village of Cuncani with most of that downhill. We reach the highest pass in our adventure known as Cuncani Pass over 4750 meters/15583.99 ft after 2 hours of hiking. Here your guide will give a short history lesson about our Incan ancestors.

From the pass, we hike for 1 hour down to our lunch spot. The lunch site is at a beautiful lake. After lunch, we continue downhill for another 3 hours to our campsite. As we make our way to Cuncani, we'll pass by snowcapped peaks high above us and serene mountain lakes (including Yanacocha - Black Water). This side of the pass is completely different culturally to the other side and as we wind our way down from the pass your guide will teach you about the people and their way of life. You'll also get to learn a few Qhechua phrases so that you can interact with the local people.

Trekking Distance: 13km/ 8.106miles
Camp Elevation: 3700meters / 11850ft
Weather: Warm /Cold /Windy
Trail type: challenge due to elevation
Highest point: Cuncani pass 4750 meters/15583.99 ft.

Day 03 Cuncani - llama graze - Lares hot spring

Our porters will wake you up with a hot drink and breakfast. The focus of today is to meet local people. You will have the opportunity to meet local people and see a local home. The people are incredibly welcoming and are just as eager to learn about you as you are of them - hopefully by now you'll have mastered a few phrases and be able to ask a few questions! After the visit, you'll have the opportunity to give any gifts you've brought for the local people and also to buy some of the locally made alpaca products that the region is famed.

After your visit to the local home, you have the opportunity to take llamas and alpaca up to the hills and mountain to graze for a few hours. In addition, some of the indigenous ladies will show you how they weave the alpaca fur into scarves, etc.

For lunch the chef will prepare an Andean meal called Pachamanka (Pacha-earth Manka-pot).
After lunch, it’s time to head to the Lares hot spring camp. Once we arrive at camp, we will have plenty time to relax in the hot spring pools.

Trekking Distance: 6km/ 3.76miles
Camp Elevation: 3000meters / 9842ft
Weather: warm_ windy
Trail type: short and easy

Day 04 Lares Hot Spring to Machu Picchu-Cusco

We will wake you up early in the morning as we have a 2 hours car drive to Ollantaytambo. From there we will take the train to Aguas Calientes where we will enjoy breakfast.

After breakfast, we will go to Machu Picchu. You will have a two hour guided tour by your private English speaking guide. After that, you will have time to explore Machu Picchu by yourself. Those who have tickets to Huayna Picchu will have time to climb the mountain, which takes approximately an hour and a half, round-trip. When you are done exploring, you can either take a bus, or walk, down to Aguas Calientes. Once in Aguas Calientes you can enjoy lunch (not included). Following, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy, and then a bus to Cusco, where you will be brought back to your hotel.


  • Passport
  • Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged - but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)


  • Porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air mattress (if you rent these two items the weigh is 3.5 kg)
  • Rain / Wind jacket
  • Rain pants (optional)
  • Rain Poncho / Backpack Rain Cover
  • Fleece Jacket / Sweater
  • Down jacket as it gets cold at night
  • (2-3) wicking t-shirts
  • (2-3) hiking pants
  • (4) sets of undergarments
  • (4) pairs of hiking socks
  • Hiking Boots
  • Comfortable shoes for camp (closed toe shoes recommended)
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Quick Dry towel - We provide small ones, but you may want one of your own as well
  • Small bottle of soap – This can be face wash or shower gel. We provide a small amount of warm water each day to clean
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Sunglasses
  • Headphones
  • Earplugs (optional)
  • Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty as well as added protection should it rain
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
  • Walking Sticks


  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet Paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.


  • Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25L will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside citadel
  • Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won't have time to filter water until your first lunch.
  • Sunhat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and/or wipes
  • Small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips

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Deposit Option $200.00 Per item
Min - Max (Persons) Adult Price Children Price
2 - 16 $590.00 $590.00