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Lares Valley Trek to Machu Picchu Tour

4 days / 3 nights
Daily Departures Year Round, USD $ 700.00

Trip Overview

This trek is a high-quality alternative trek to Machu Picchu when the Ceremonial Inca Trail spaces have closed. Lares Valley is also considered the 2nd hardest of the treks, not necessarily due to the distance, but mainly because of the altitude. The trek crosses a pass of 4,400 meters (higher than the Inca Trail) but lower than the Salkantay Trek. It is important to point out it only walks for 2 full days and on the third day, you will only walk for about 3 – 4 hours until you arrive to Willoq, where you will take a bus to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, you will complete the journey to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu by train and spend the night in an snug hotel.  A popular part of this tour is the portion where you will get to pass through some native communities and interact with the locals. Whereas the Inca Trail at times is overcrowded with long lines and huge campsites, the alternatives such as Lares are more personal and with more genuine landscape with FAR fewer hikers. Llamas and horses carry the majority of the gear for the hike, so those passengers doing the hike only carry a small day pack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera and personal items. Our local crew horsemen, cook and guide will look after you well for the duration of the hike. You can be sure there will be no shortage of food, and we’ll guarantee superb quality. If you do not wish to bring a sleeping bag or inflatable Thermarest mattress, they will be provided to you before the hike.

*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: Deluxe thermarest mattresses and -10 °C goose down sleeping bags are included!

Detailed Itinerary

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 Cusco/Urubamba – Calca – Huacahuasi
Day 2 Huacahuasi – Ipsaychocha Pass – Ipsaycocha Lake
Day 3 Ipsaycocha Lake – Willoq- Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Day 4 Aguas Calientes – Machu PIcchu – Cusco

What’s Included

  • Private transport from Cusco to trailhead
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes village to Machu Picchu
  • Back Packer Tourist train return to Cusco.
  • Entrance fees to the Lares Valley Trek and Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Bilingual English speaking guide
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Excellent Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 2 afternoon teas
  • Potable boiled water for your bottle during the trek
  • Food options for veggies
  • Professional chef
  • Chef’s assistant
  • Llamas and horses to carry camping equipment, kitchen gear, personal items and an emergency horse
  • Camping Gear: Double waterproof tents (3 person capacity tent, to allow for top comfort and storage of your gear) + dining tent with tables and chairs + kitchen tent + toilet tent + tent for our guides and porters
  • Accommodation: 2 nights camping, 1 night simple hotel

An Adventures to Peru Plus…

  • -10 °C goose down sleeping bag and deluxe inflatable Thermarest sleep mattress included for all treks in Peru
  • Hot water every morning and evening after the trek to keep clean + filtered and boiled water to fill up your water bottle every morning, night, and at lunchtime if requested
  • Security: first aid kit, emergency oxygen bottle and emergency horse.

What’s Not Included

  • First breakfast (you should to have breakfast at the hotel in Cusco before departure day 1)
  • Lunch the 4th day after Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Gratuities or Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages


  • Original passport and copy
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Thermarest mattress
  • Drinking water
  • Rain gear
  • Toilet paper
  • Garbage bag to store personal items, waterproof for stuff
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Sunglasses, sun block and insect repellent
  • Sweater and jacket (layers, something warm)
  • One complete change of clothing (t-shirt, short, long pants)
  • Small towel and bathing suit (hot springs)
  • Sun hat
  • Snacks during hike (candies, chocolate, energy bars, etc.)
  • Comfortable hiking shoes and sandals
  • Camera
  • Walking stick (optional)
  • Personal items, medications
  • Some extra spending money (there is one ATM in Aguas Calientes)

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