• Av. el Sol 200, Cusco - Peru

Lares trek with short inca trail 5d/4N


5 days

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combining the indigenous community hard life stile and the ancestors engineering and architecture
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 Inca trails from the time of the Inca Empire. Trails connecting amount highland villages Today, the trail is still in use by farmers who are Inca descendants.
The Lares Valley trek + Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, gives the trekker the best of all worlds in 5 days. You pass through the most isolated indigenous communities keeping the Inca culture alive, and get the privilege to interact with them. Our own unique route is incredibly picturesque, with majestic ice glaciers, shockingly blue glacial lakes, waterfalls, llamas, and alpacas. On the Inca Trail hike on the original Inca trail just like in ancient times, explore the ancient Inca religious cities along the way and enter through the Sun Gate directly to Machu Picchu Citadel. You get to visit Machu Picchu 2 times. To enjoy sun set and sun rise at Machupicchu only offer by panaka adventure

Trip Overview

Highlight of the trek: Trekking, culture, gastronomy and history
Tour Type: This tour combines our Lares trek (2.5 days) with the short Inca Trail allowing you to spend time under the stars while camping and still walking through the Sun Gate for that first glance of Machu Picchu.
Good For: All hikers, including families with younger, active children
Difficulty: Moderate, but challenging
Considerations: Emergency horse is available only until you enter the Inca Trail. Inca Trail requires a permit.
Price: $895USD Per person


  • Professional Guides: All of our guides studied English and tourism at Cusco National University. They all grew up in this region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional, and will ensure you are safe and happy.
  • Permits: Since this tour enters the Inca Trail on Day 3, you do need us to secure a permit for the government. 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.
  • Porters & Horsemen: We include a personal porter, who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag containing your personal items. There is no additional fee for this. We will give you your duffel bag at your briefing the night before, to be filled with the things you will need for the next night and day. You will not have access to your duffel bag until your arrive at your evening campsite.
  • Hotel: This trek includes one night hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu. We include, tierra viva or something similar - the hotel name will be listed on your confirmed invoice. Upgrades are always possible.
  • Transportation: All your transportation is included in this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 5 a.m. (unless you are staying in Ollantaytambo) and brought to the trail head to begin your trek. All trains including the train back from Aguas Calientes are included. This is Expedition class but can be upgraded to the Vistadome train for $75 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, you will be brought back to your hotel in Cusco. Your round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is also included.
  • Food: We will make sure that you enjoy some amazing food on the way to Machu Picchu. Lunch will be served around Wiñay Wayna ruins, and dinner will be in the best restaurant in the town of Aguas Calientes, called Indio Feliz. Breakfast will be enjoyed at your hotel the next morning. Lunch the last day is not included.
  • Water: We will give you a bottle of water for your morning hike and another bottle during lunch. We encourage you to bring extra on your own, as being well hydrated is the key to feeling great in the mountains.
  • Emergency Horse: Horses are not allowed on the Inca Trail, so you will only have this available for the 2 days of hiking Lares.
  • First Aid: Every Panaka adventure guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February, which every single Panaka 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.
  • Our top priority will always be the safety of our clients and our team. While we are prepared and all our guides are trained for most of the issues clients have on the mountain, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital or friend helps everyone feel assured that they are safe. Radios, which all our guides have, are limited in how far they can reach.
  • Extras: We believe it's the attention to small details that separates us from other tour companies. Every trekker receives a small pillow to sleep with, a foam mat for insulation, Because this trek spends time higher up in the mountains it will be cold and we will give hot water bottles to all to stay cozy at night. We will work hard to create your best vacation.
  • Rentals: Every trekker needs a sleeping bag, when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional, but encouraged. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent: Sleeping Bag: $25 Inflatable Air Mattress: $20 Walking Sticks (Pair): $20
  • Huayna Picchu: Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45 minute hike to the top. Going back down is quite steep, if you are scared of heights. This is done after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is $75. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance, due to popularity. Please understand that weather is out of our control

Tour Plan

Day 01 Cusco - Pumahuanca - cayuc community

We will pick you from your hotel to begin the famous Lares Trek. Pickup can be done from any hotel, condo or apartment within Cusco, Urubamba, ollantaytambo, Huaran or Pisaq. Pickup from Cusco will be at 5:00AM, from ollantaytambo 6:30 AM and if you stay in urubamba, you get to sleep in a bit with your pickup at 7:00 AM. At your briefing, these times will be confirmed as they might fluctuate based on where you staying it will be coulpe of hours drive along the beautiful landscape of the Sacred Valley and through the Andes until we arrive at the Trail head Our first day of the trek starts of 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. On our way up we'll visit the small Inca site of Pumahuanca and learn about the native plants, flowers and birds that inhabit this region.
Before lunch we have 3 hour gradual uphill hike in slow pass once we reach at this point we’ll known as pacchapata we will enjoy our first lunch prepare by our profesional trekking chef After lunch we deserve a break and we refill our water battles and we be ready to continuo our journey to camp after 3 more hours uphill hike we reach our first 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 up here during the dry season so gloves and a hat are recommended.
This particular route for the Lares trek is not commonly done by other companies so we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of our surroundings without any distractions or disturbance. Because so few people visit the area there is a good chance of seeing Viscachas (a rabbitlike Chinchilla) and we may also spot Andean Fox.

Trekking Distance: 14km/ 8.956miles
Camp Elevation: 4100meters / 13356ft
Weather: warm_Cold
Trail type : challenge due to elevation

Day 02 cuyoc - Yanacocha - Cuncani

Today you will be woken up around 5 a.m., with our service of hot drinks. You will have amazing views over the valleys and the majestic andes The local people will already be up and about, taking their llamas and alpacas out to graze. Breakfast will be served as soon as you finish packing your gear. Then we’ll fill up our water bottles, organize snacks and you will begin the most memorable day of your adventure to Machu Picchu Today is the most spectacular day of the trek and quite a bit easier going than yesterday. From our campsite it's about a 13km walk to the village of Cuncani but most of that is downhill as the pass is only about a 2 hour walk right at the beginning.once we reach the highest pass in our adventure well known as cuncani pass over 4750 meters/15583.99 ft. Where are going to enjoy an amazing hot coca tea where your guide will give a short history lesson about our ancestor inkas and the traditional currently pilgrimage for the mountain serene and the catholic cross we can see it after dome pictures we will head down to our lunch spot for 1 hour we will get it to enjoy our second lunch around a lake after a well deserve siesta we continuo our adventure to second camp for 3 hours gradual and steep downhill hike until camp community cuncani
As we make our way to Cuncani we'll pass by snowcapped peaks high above us, serene mountain lakes (including Yanacocha - Black Water) and get to meet the local people dressed in their traditional bright red clothing. 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 and windy
Trail type: challenge due to elevation
Highest point: cuncani pass 4750 meters/15583.99 ft.

Day 03 Cuncani -llama graze-pachamanka meal and lares hot spring

Our porters will wake you up with a hot drink and you will have some time to pack your bags and enjoy breakfast The focus of today is to meet the local people, Waking up early we'll be taken by our guide to one of the houses where we'll get to meet a local family. 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 (much to everyones delight and amusement). 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 for.
Ruth after your visited the local home you will meet up the local people’s llamas and alpaca to take up to the hills and mountain to graze couple of hours you spend taking care of them where you gonna have a chance to learn weaving and spinning taught by the endogenous lady once you take llamas and alpacas back to their home ( corrals) your chef will waiting on you with a Oven ready to be buried pachamanka (delicacy
) this is an sepa I’ll meal prepare like in the ancestor time this dish is served only in important day once it be done we wait for 40 minutes and it will be ready to enjoy our pachamanka together with hold our crew and some local people after a deserve break we head off way to lares hot spring camp. Once we arrive to camp we will have a plenty time to relax in the hot spring pools as long and many times as we want.
Leaving Cuncani it's just a short distance (6km) until we reach the hot springs of Lares. Along the way we'll pass through several small communities and see the people growing a variety of foods such as Quinua and Tarwi, we'll also probably spot flocks of Andean parrots flying overhead (they're easy to spot thanks to their piercing calls). Well tonight we will go bed earlier due next mornig we will have early pick up nad we need to make ready most of our belongings

Trekking Distance: 6km/ 3. 76miles
Camp Elevation: 3000meters / 9842ft
Weather: warm_ windy
Trail type: moderate short and easy due to elevation

Day 04 Lares hot springs ollantaytambo Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

You will have an early wake up call with a hot cap of coca tea 3 am at 3:30 am we get our private van and car drive for 3 hours until ollantaytambo then head to the train station for the 7:05 a.m. train to the start of the short Inca Trail. The train follows the Urubamba River, until we reach Km104, where we'll have our breakfast and to begin our trek. Along the way, you will see spectacular views of the farmlands, snow-capped mountains and the mighty Urubamba River, one of the sources of the Amazon River. At 104 km (2,000 m), we will begin our trek. Once you have everything you need, we will provide you with a packed lunch, energy drinks and take a group photo, before visiting our first Inca site chachabamba. After an orientation and tour of the Inca site, we will begin hiking upwards, as we head for the Classic Inca Trail. If the weather is clear, we'll have tremendous views of Machu Picchu, the Urubamba River and other surrounding Inca Sites.

After hiking for thee hours, we will reach the most beautiful Incan site along the classic Inca Trail, Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) at 2,600 m/8,500 ft. Most people do not get the opportunity to see it water fountain, temples and some agricultural terraces, which provide a perfect opportunity to learn about the history of the Incas. The backdrop of this site drops off a cliff, with beautiful mountains surrounding the area. From Wiñay Wayna, we will walk to the Sun Gateau around one hour , where we will see the picturesque landscape of Machu Picchu. After taking in the once-in-a-lifetime views, we will begin our descent to Machu Picchu.

A big advantage of this hike, is that by the time we reach Machu Picchu, most of the day travelers will have returned home, so you will have the area to yourself. After taking photos, we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes and head to your hotel. Following, we will head to Indio Feliz for dinner (included). This restaurant is considered to be the best food in Aguas Calientes. After dinner, we recommend going to bed early to make the most of the next day.

Trekking distance: 14km/8.9 miles
Accommodations: Inti Punku, or similar
Meals Included: Lunch and dinner
Trail type: moderate challenge due to steps

Day 05 Visit Machu picchu & return to Cusco

We will wake up early in the morning in order to catch the sunrise at Machu Picchu. You will have a 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 for 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast at 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 matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 3.5 kg.
  • NOTE: for the short inka trail hike you must pack light and carry all your belonging in your day pack for one over night.
  • 4-5 wicking t-shirts
  • 3-4 hiking pants
  • 7 sets of undergarments.
  • 7 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 Fleece
  • 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • 1 Rain jacket and pants
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Walking boots
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might enjoy something a little larger.
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean - might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap.
  • Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
  • Earplugs


  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • Handsanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toiletpaper
  • 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
    gates. Some items are listed above and can be a personal choice if you want in daypack or duffel.
  • 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
  • Music (IPhone)
  • Handsanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips

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