Immerse yourself in the incredible local culture of the Sacred Valley of the Incas on this unforgettable four-day trek through the Lares Valley to Machu Picchu. The ideal alternative to the Inca Trail for those wanting an in-depth experience of traditional Andean towns.
Lares Valley Trek to Machu Picchu: 4 Days 3 Nights
Day 1: Calca, Lares & Huaca Wasi
On the first day of your Lares Valley adventure, you'll be picked up from your hotel in Cusco bright and early in the morning, setting off into the Peruvian countryside. During your journey to the Lares Valley, you'll drive past the awe-inspiring archaeological sites and artisanal markets for which the Sacred Valley of the Incas is known. Having reached the town of Calca, historically an important trading centre with Cusco, you'll begin your ascent to Huaca Wasi.
Along the route, you'll make a stop in Lares, a town nestled in the valley of the same name. Take this opportunity to relax ahead of your trek in the town's hot springs. Don't let the colour of the water put you off... the high concentration of minerals turns the thermal baths yellow, which just mean they have excellent healing qualities!
You'll then make a stop for lunch to build up your energy, before embarking on a hike towards Huaca Wasi, located at over 11,800 feet (3,600 metres) above sea level. Enjoy the beautiful mountain views along the trail, which will also take you through a number of tiny traditional villages. At the end of day one and after dinner, you'll spend the night camping in a tent in the mountains.
Day 2: Ipsay & Patacancha
After a hearty breakfast, the second day of your trek begins: today's route will take you through the mountains to the Ipsay mountain pass, located a staggering 14,435 feet (4,400 metres) above sea level. You'll be enchanted by the panoramic views over the Peruvian peaks.
Following the morning's uphill climb, the afternoon will see you taking the trail back down towards the campsite at Patacancha, at 11,975 feet (3,650 metres). Meet the locals here and learn about their traditions and culture, before eating and resting ready for the day ahead.
Day 3: Willoq, Pumamarca & Ollantaytambo
On day three of your Lares Valley trek to Machu Picchu, you'll continue hiking through Andean mountain villages, reaching Willoq, a town famous for its traditional textile production. Discover the vibrant colours and intricate patterns created here, before heading onwards to Pumamarca, one of the first Inca settlements in the region.
In the afternoon, you'll arrive in Ollantaytambo, a town in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Admire the Incan architecture and engineering that remains here after so many centuries, and then hop on the train to Aguas Calientes, where you'll spend the night in a hostel.
Day 4: Machu Picchu
The final day of your trek will see you getting up first thing in the morning in order to make the most of the last part of your adventure. After breakfast, you'll head up the snaking mountainside path by bus to the mythical citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. You'll have free time to explore this breathtaking ancient city and discover the awe-inspiring architecture of the Inca Empire.
After you've made the most of your time in Machu Picchu, you'll return to Aguas Calientes at your own pace ready to take the train back to Cusco after the trip of a lifetime.
Per personUS$ 764
This is a bilingual (English/Spanish) guided tour.
English and Spanish speaking guide.
Transport by bus from Cusco to Lares Valley.
Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, and back to Cusco.
Transport by bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
Entrance to Machu Picchu.
Entrance to hot springs in Lares Valley.
All camping and cooking equipment.
Lunch and dinner on day 1, breakfast on day 4, and all meals on days 2 and 3.
Accommodation in a basic hostel in Aguas Calientes.
First aid kit with oxygen.
Cook, guide and porters to carry the food and camping equipment.
Breakfast one day 1.
Lunch in Aguas Calientes on day 4.
Return bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 45 days before (Cuzco local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
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No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).