Lares Trek and Machu Picchu Trek

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Altitude 4450m, Grade T4

A great alternative to the Inca Trail with a full morning tour of Machu Picchu.

The Lares trek is an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail. Still relatively unknown, this vehicle-supported trek takes you back in time, into a world little changed since the time of the Incas. Each day, as the sun rises over the hill, locals clad in hand woven red ponchos and felt hats, emerge from simple stone cottages to pasture their alpacas in the shadow of Chicon and its shrinking glacier. Our guides have been walking this trail since 2007 and struck up special relationships with the indigenous people with whom you will be able to interact during the trek. As part of this trek, we walk the last section of the main trail to Machu Picchu, km104. On our last day we will have time to explore the fascinating Incan site of Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco.

The Lares Trek will operate with 2 people. You will be joining clients from other countries on this trek and will be led by a local Peruvian guide.

Extensions are offered for this trip – Please go to the Trip Dossier tab.

Alternative dates available from mid-March to December, please contact the office for details.

Day 1 Depart UK.

Day 2 On arrival from your spectacular flight along the Andes to Cusco, we transfer you to your hotel and start acclimatising to the rarefied air of this beautiful city (3326m). In the afternoon, we take a short walking tour of the centre of Cusco to familiarise you with the main sights, restaurants and a chance to stretch your legs and experience hiking at 3300m. At a convenient time you guide will arrange a full briefing for the days ahead.

Day 3 From Cusco we visit the water temple of Tambo Machay, the “Red Fort” of Pucara, the mysterious engraved  Huaca of Quenko and the impressive Sacsayhuaman, With a private expert guide and private transport, this is the best way to see the outlying Cusco ruins in just a half a day.

Day 4 The hike starts at the fascinating circular ruins of Moray. While some think it was a landing pad for alien spaceships, more likely is that the Incas built this as an experimental agricultural centre. Concentric circular terraces allowed them to simulate different facing slopes and different growing temperatures to see what crops would grow where. With a homemade picnic along the way you hike on down, past the spectacular salt pans of Maras to end in the Sacred Valley.

Day 5 A scenic two hour drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes you to the start of your trek, at the small village of Totora. You follow an ancient Inca trail into a narrow canyon, where Inca tombs perch in the cliffs. Emerging from the canyon you pass through tiny rural communities before emerging to a delicious picnic lunch. Your bus then takes you to the small and very traditional community of Quishuarani, your camp for the night

Day 6 This is a stunning day hiking. You leave camp behind and climb towards the native forests that our Peruvian colleagues has been heavily involved in re-planting. These forests harbour Andean deer, vizcachas and several rare species of birds and are essential to the future of this area. A further push and you reach the stunning views from your highest pass of the trek, the Huchayccasa pass (4450m). A chain of emerald blue lakes fills the hillside below you, and in the distance rise the snow clad Urubamba Mountains. Descending through hand turned potato fields you come to the ancient community of Cuncani at (3800m). Fuelled by a hearty lunch you carry on along the valley floor to reach the once notorious village of Huacahuasi. Once home to bandits and cattle rustlers it is now a peaceful place to spend the night. You are likely to be visited by local women selling the hand woven textiles for which the area is famous and entertained by the cheery local children who accompany you as you walk.

Day 7 Another great day awaits you. This is a day filled with encounters with locals. Strong legged men head off to work in the potato fields, wooden ploughs slung over their shoulder. Rough handed women sit; legs outstretched weaving their traditional clothes on wooden looms, and small children sit motionless guarding herds of alpaca and llama, their ever faithful dog by their side. From camp you begin the ascent towards the final pass. Lying at 4200m the Ipsaycocha pass marks the border between Lares and the Patacancha Valley. You start gently and then climb one final steep section to gain the summit. If you are lucky, you will have spectacular views of Mount Veronica. You take lunch by the beautiful Ipsay Lake then follow an ancient trail to the Patacancha Valley and your final camp

Day 8 You start with a short but sharp climb to the impressive and little known ruins of Pumamarca. After visiting this extensive site, you take an Inca trail along old terraces, before winding your way through eucalyptus forests to the renowned ruins of Ollantaytambo. Enjoy lunch before exploring this charming village. This was the site of the last battle between the Incas and Spanish before the remaining Inca rebels fled into the jungles of Vilcabamba. The presence of the Incas is still evident, with most houses still containing Inca stonework and the local women still washing their clothes in the old Inca canals that run through the village. Late afternoon you catch the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo (used to be called Aguas Callientes) and your hotel for the night.

Day 9 Returning first thing in the morning we have Machu Picchu virtually to ourselves for a full guided tour, with time to climb Huayna Picchu (due to permit restrictions, please let us know when booking if you want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain)  or else just wander through the ruins, soaking up the amazing atmosphere. In the afternoon, we board the train for an exhilarating ride along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here our waiting bus whisks us back to Cusco and our hotel. Then if we have the energy we can explore Cusco’s excellent nightlife.

Day 10 Today, we transfer to Cusco airport in time for your internal and international flights home.

Day 11 Arrive home.

  • Estimated International flights from London (flight inclusive package
  • All road transfers in country (unless stated in ‘exclusions)
  • Accommodation – 5 nights in hotels, 3 nights camping
  • Meals – 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 evening meals
  • Park fees as appropriate
  • Machu Picchu and other permits
  • Local guides
  • Local trekking staff to assist (cook and driver)
  • All camping equipment (excl. personal kit)
  • Adventure Peaks kitbag. A logoed top will be substituted for returning customers and non-UK clients
  • 24hr back-up and support from our UK staff
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases from Adventure Peaks shop
  • Travel to and from UK airport
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals if not indicated in ‘inclusions’
  • Personal equipment
  • Drinks and personal spending
  • Tips for local staff
  • Visas (if required)
  • Museum and monument entry fees

It is vitally important that you have adequate travel insurance for your trip with Adventure Peaks. We recognise the complexity and variety of choice in the insurance market and know that many of you either have your own preferred insurer or have annual multi trip cover in place already. If this is the case, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your Adventure Peaks itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.

Adventure Peaks do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is a requirement of our booking conditions that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on your holiday. Cover must include emergency medical, helicopter evacuation, repatriation and rescue expenses.

It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as all deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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1 review for Lares Trek and Machu Picchu Trek

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Martin T

    Well managed and professionally carried out…Jimmy [the guide] was professional and very informed. Local knowledge was exceptional. He is passionate about his country and his people…just brilliant…the trip was all fantastic.

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Climb Huayna Picchu - £70 Climb Huayna Picchu (the small green peak, shaped like a rhino horn, that appears in the background of many photos of Machu Picchu.) Permits MUST be purchased in advance as they are limited . Please note that this is a strenuous climb and should only be undertaken by those with a high level of fitness.
Lares single supplement - £450 Single tent and room throughout the trek.


The Initial Deposits for this booking will be :£400 per Person

Land Only Availability Days Price Book
11th Jul 2020 - 19th Jul 2020
15th Aug 2020 - 23rd Aug 2020
12th Sep 2020 - 20th Sep 2020
17th Oct 2020 - 25th Oct 2020
21st Nov 2020 - 29th Nov 2020
27th Mar 2021 - 3rd Apr 2021
17th Apr 2021 - 25th Apr 2021
22nd May 2021 - 30th May 2021
10th Jul 2021 - 18th Jul 2021
14th Aug 2021 - 22nd Aug 2021
11th Sep 2021 - 19th Sep 2021
16th Oct 2021 - 24th Oct 2021
20th Nov 2021 - 28th Nov 2021
With UK Flight dates Availability Days Price Book
10th Jul 2020 - 20th Jul 2020
14th Aug 2020 - 24th Aug 2020
11th Sep 2020 - 21st Sep 2020
16th Oct 2020 - 26th Oct 2020
20th Nov 2020 - 30th Nov 2020
26th Mar 2021 - 4th Apr 2021
16th Apr 2021 - 26th Apr 2021
21st May 2021 - 31st May 2021
9th Jul 2021 - 19th Jul 2021
13th Aug 2021 - 23rd Aug 2021
10th Sep 2021 - 20th Sep 2021
15th Oct 2021 - 25th Oct 2021
19th Nov 2021 - 29th Nov 2021

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