The Lares Trek and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu give 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. How could you want more!
The Lares Trek and Short Inca Trail:
- The LARES TREK is an excellent alternative to the traditional Inca Trail to Machupicchu with the added bonus of visiting isolated Andean communities with long weaving traditions.
- We offer you the best service at a great value, a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
- Explore the lost city of Machupicchu early in the morning with options to see the Sunrise.
- Visit Andean communities and learn about the traditional behaviours.
- Learn some “Quechua” words – the official Inca language.
– For students: ISIC card
– Insurance card/certificate
– Walking stick ( Highly Recomemded )
– Hiking boots
– Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
– Warm jacket
– Hat and gloves
– 2-4 t-shirts
– 2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
– Long underwear for sleeping
– Hand sanitizer
– Comfortable trousers
– Sun hat or cap
– Insect repellent
– Toiletries/ Toilet paper
– Personal medication
– Flashlight or headlamp
– Extra money for tips/snacks/beer.
– Original passport
This is very difficult to answer definitively, but if you are reasonably fit, then trekking is moderate but not challenge. Most treks are designed so that you walk a comfortable distance each day and still have enough power left for the next. It’s very important to acclimatized to the altitude, Lares Trail pass over an altitude of 4400m /14435ft
The entire Lares Trail is a distance of 39 kms (24.2miles); the beginning point is the Lares’s hot springs and the ending point is the town of Ollantaytambo. You’ll walk in 3 days. The first day is relatively easy and you’ll walk for 4 hours; the second day is probably the hardest day since we have to walk over the highest pass at 4400m /14435ft, the walking time is for 8 hours; the third day you’ll walk manly down for 5 hours passing waterfalls and picturesque communities; the last day we’ll explore Machu Picchu I the morning and in the afternoon we’ll return to Cusco.
Since the trekking takes you through the Andes, the Lares Trail provides stunning mountain scenery; several snow Peak Mountains, Waterfalls, ice-cold rivers, lagoons, meadows, farms, etc. What make this Trek so popular are the local Andean communities that the trail passes through. The Authentic weaving communities are one of the highlights. On this trail you also will explore Inca site where your trekking guide will take you in an informative tour.
The Lares Trail does Not require permits as the Inca Trail, but it is important to reserve in advance do to the trip requires train tickets and entrance to Machu Picchu which once are limited.
It’s impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. One or two days spent in Cuzco (3,400m/11154FT), taking it easy and drinking plenty of water is usually enough for most people; or you also can stay in other place at same altitude or higher.
The highest point you will reach while hiking the Lares Trek is 4400m / 14435ft. You will sleep at 3600m / 11811ft for one or two nights. The trail is climbing gradually up to the highest pass and you can step in any place you want, IT IS NOT like the Inca trail with several stone step and very steep
We’ll reach Machu Picchu early in the morning on Day 4th; we’ll try to take the earliest bus from the town of Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (25 minutes); Once in Machu Picchu, Your Trekking guide will take you for an informative 2-3 hour tour, where you’ll visit the most important places of Machu Picchu and you’ll have enough time to take pictures. After the tour you will have a free time to explore along. When you finish All in Machu Picchu you’ll take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes where you can have your lunch in one of the restaurants.
No, llamas, pack mules and/or horses will be provided to carry your personal items in duffel bags that we’ll provide one night before the tour (During the briefing time). The duffel bags will be transported from camp to camp. You will still need to bring a day backpack (30lts) to carry any essentials you might want or need, such as water, snacks, camera, sweater, rain jacket.
The duffle bags provided for your personal belongings which will transported by Pac animal from camp to camp during the Lares Trail.
Yes, it will be cold spatially the second day. The high altitude means it can get quite chilly, especially during the Andean winter (May – September) when the temperature can drop to below zero degrees (Celsius) at night. It can still be cool at other times of the year and so we recommend bringing thermal underwear and a warm sleeping bag. You can purchase warm, inexpensive and locally made hand-woven hats and gloves in Cusco.
During the Lares Trek to Machupicchu we’ll use camping tents for 2 nights and one night hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes. The tents are a 4-people capacity tent which will be provided for only two people of the same-sex (if you are solo traveller). Trekkers will be served a bowl of hot water (and a hot drink) in their tents during morning hours.
Our cooks prepare excellent high-energy meals appropriate for a trek of this nature. The menu usually includes pasta, rice, chicken, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other breakfast foods. Vegetarian alternatives are available upon request at the time of booking.
The best time to hike Lares Trek to Machupicchu is during the dry season (April to September). During these months the views are splendid, the camping sites are dry and nice, the trail is particularly quiet, and weather is often very pleasant.
Trekking the Lares Trail is the third most popular trek to Machu Picchu, after the Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek, so during the height of the peak season the trail can be busy. That being said, there are so many variations on the Lares Trail that in general the routes never feel over-crowded.
However, in the last years the weather is unpredictable, instead of dry season we are having rain, and it is difficult to predict the weather spatially in the Andes, so we highly recommended being prepared all the time for sun cold and rain, we‘ll provide always the best quality equipment for your comfort and our staff always will decide the best places where to set up the camps.
For Lares Trek to Machupicchu, the night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office or in your hotel at either 6 or 7pm (exact time will be confirmed on arrival to Cusco).
All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you’ve booked you can be sure you’re going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.
We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.
Have you missed out on doing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? Do not miss out on adventure!!… Come and see four-day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.
This may at first seem totally devastating but there are some Alternative treks to Machu Picchu such as this which do not require the same permits and so are available. The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is not just a perfect alternative if you miss out on Inca trail permits but many people choose this trek instead of Inca trail for its cultural aspect of visiting remote Andean villages on and off the beaten track style trek.
Where the Inca trail has become a bit too popular Lares Trek to Machu Picchu still has moments when you are the only people to be gazing over the stunning lanscape from a high mountain pass. At Lares Trek to Machu Picchu will be most probably be some alpacas accompanying you during your hike. There are less Inca archaeological sites along the trail itself until you get Machu Picchu but if you like awesome scenery and the popular history then Lares trek is for you.
Many people ask about Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Montaña and few people know the difference about this 2 climbing hike mountains in Machu Picchu.
Huayna picchu: It is located at the northeast area and it is famous because since the summit you can enjoy a beautiful landscape and Machu Picchu.
huaynapicchu have a steep road and people arrive to the summit in approximately 45 minutes hike up. In the summit you can enjoy and take picture for not longer then 20 minutes. This is because huaynaPicchu pick do not have a big space and not to of people can login there.
if you plan hike up to Huayna Picchu You need to book in advance . it cost 25 American dollars per person.
Huayna Picchu altitude: 2789 masl.
Montaña Machu Picchu: It is the taller Mountain. You need at list 3:30 hours to enjoy the hike up to this Montaña. This mountain ofer different altitudes view of Machu Picchu and also a amazing panoramic view of all machu picchu, Aguas calientes, hidroelectrica and others areas around.
In the summit you can spend longer time. this is because not lot of people go to this mountain yet because the new accest it is.
if you plan hike up to Montaña, You need to book in advance . it cost 25 American dollars per person.
Montaña altitude: 3240 masl.