Lares Trek

to Machu Picchu

4 Days Experience

From $720

Classic Inca
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Do it properly! Accredited and Peruvian owned, Inca Trail operator with local, qualified tour guides who are with you every step of the way. Eat local Peruvian food, trek the original Inca steps and do it all with the people that know!



DAY 01

Cusco – Pumahuanca – Puyoc

We will depart early from Cusco by van and drive 1.5 hours to Urubamba, a large town in the Sacred Valley. From Urubamba, we will continue to the nearby valley of Pumahuanca where we will meet our team: the chefs and porters that will accompany us on our expedition. From the trailhead, we will gently ascend 14km /8.7m over the day to the small Andean village of Puyoc. Along the way, we’ll visit a small archaeological site,

 Meals                                L, D
 Distance                          10km
 Time                                3 Hours 
 Highest Altitude               3,200m / 10,499ft

DAY 02

Puyoc – Yanacocha – Cuncani

Today will be much easier than the first day as the majority of our hike will be downhill, except for our first two hours. We will be covering 13km/ 8.1mi from Puyoc to the traditional weaving village of Cuncani. We will start by climbing up two hours to the tallest point of our trek, the Sicllakasa pass, at 4830m/ 15,380ft. From there, we will begin our long descent towards Cuncani, passing the Yanacocha, Blackwater, Laguna where we will eat a hearty lunch.

 Meals                               B, L, D 
 Distance                          16km
 Time                                3-4 Hours
 Highest Altitude              3,800M / 12,500ft

DAY 03

 Cuncani – Lares – Machu Picchu 

Today you will receive an authentic peek into what life is like here in the Andes. Departing from Cuncani, we will walk for 6km/ 3.7mi to Lares, passing through communities that grow native crops such as Quinoa and Tarwi. Along our way, we will pass women weavers who will show us their handmade, naturally-dyed weavings called llicas, and you will have the opportunity to buy their work directly from them. Upon arriving at Lares,

 Meals                                B, L, D
 Distance                           18km 
 Time                                 6-8 Hours 
 Highest Altitude               4,215m /13,828ft

DAY 04

 Explore Machu Picchu – Cusco

After eating a warm breakfast at our hotel, we will board an early bus to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, you will receive a 2-hour guided tour of all of the most significant sites while learning about Incan history and culture. Afterward, you will have some free time to explore a part of Machu Picchu on your own before returning to Aguas Calientes as a group by bus. In Aguas Calientes, you will have a large selection of restaurants

 Meals                                B, L, D
 Distance                           18km 
 Time                                 6-8 Hours 
 Highest Altitude               4,215m /13,828ft

DAY 05

Machu Picchu – Huayna Picchu – Cusco

After breakfast, we will take a half-hour bus ride to Machu Picchu for a information-packed, 2 ½ hour tour, where you will learn all about Andean life. You will have free time to wander around the citadel or climb Huayna Picchu (optional: we can help you book it in advance), the highest peaked mountain of Machu Picchu with Inca structures at the top. We will return to the Aguas Calientes where you can have your choice of restaurants

 Meals                               B
 Distance                          16km 
Time                                5 Hours 
 Highest Altitude              3,600m / 11,811ft


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