4 day trek from Lares Valley to Machu Picchu.
The Incan trail to Machu Picchu offers incredible combination of scenery, exposure to the indigenous culture and Machu Picchu. On the trip you will walk through beautiful mountain environments, up high passes and you spend two nights in a traditional Andean town. On the final and fourth day you will be able to see the treasure of Machu Picchu in all of its glory with an experienced guide. This trek is a great alternative to the traditional Incan trail trek, but is a little bit shorter and has a higher altitude.
Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
- Starting point: Lares (Cusco-Calca-Lares)
- Finishing Point: Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu.
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Age Restrictions: 12 years old.
- Trip Code: MTS-005
- Type of tour: Trekking, Cultural Adventure
- Accommodations: Camping 2 nights/Hotel.
- Level of Service: Standard-Deluxe
- Satisfaction and Security Guaranteed.
- Type of trip: Personalized.
- Carbon Emissions: 360 CO2-E
- Group Size Restrictions: 2 min/10max.
- Transportation: Train, walking, Van.
- Contact us for price: must pay in USD.
1st Day: Cusco-Huaca Wasi paso-Lares-Baños Termales-Huacawasi
We depart Cusco at 5:30am towards the small town of Lares in bus. During the trip we will travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incans where you will see incredible scenery, small Andean towns, and archeological sites. Once we arrive at Calca we will take the Huaca Casi pass (4,400m/14,436ft) to the small town of Lares. Here will have time to take a dip in the hot springs (28C-36C degrees) before we eat lunch and continue on our way to Huacawasi where we will find our first campsite.
Transportation time: 4 hours
Time on trail: 3 hours in a cold climate.
Second Day: Huaca Wasi-Abra Sipsay-Patacancha
The second day is the most spectacular day of the trip. After we eat breakfast we will begin walking four hours towards the Sipsay Pass (4,400m/14,436ft), and we will visit the families that live at these incredible altitudes, who survive through agriculture and creating textiles inspired by the Andean Gods. After the visit we will descend to the small town of Patacancha where we will camp for the night.
Time on trail: 7 hours in a cold climate.
3rd day: Patacancha- Willoq-Pumamarca-Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes
The third day we will visit the indigenous peoples and towns of the area, such as: Willoq (3,400m, 11,156ft), Pumamarca (3,200m, 10,499ft) and Ollaytantambo (2,850m, 9,350ft). After Ollantaytambo we will board a train to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a hotel.
Time on trail: 6 hours.
Fourth Day: Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu
At 400am in the morning we will begin our descent to the ancient city of Machu Picchu, we will hike for 1hr and 30min and then watch the sunrise from the majestic city upon arrival. At the gate we will show our tickets and then begin a tour of the city for about 2 hours, during which we will visit the main parts of the city. After the tour you will have about an hour of free time to further discover the archeological site. We will then take a bus back to Aguas Calientes where you will board a train back to Ollantaytambo, from where we will transport you back to Cusco. End of tour.
Time on trail: 2 hours.
- Transportation from your hotel to Lares.
- Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
- Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
- Transportation to and from Aguas Calientes, Ollantaytambo and Cusco.
- Entrance fee for the hot springs in Lares.
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
- Private room and bathroom in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
- Professional bilingual (English/Spanish) guide.
- Top of the line camping equipment.
- Food for the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks)
- Cook and cooking equipment
- Sherpas for all your camping equipment.
- 1 emergency horse.
- Emergency kit with an emergency bottle of oxygen.
Tour does NOT include:
- Breakfast the first day and lunch the last day in Aguas Calientes.
- Sleeping bag. ***
- Accommodation is Cusco.
Recommended you bring:
- Original Passport.
- Student ID (incase discounts can be received)
- Walking poles or canes with rubber bottoms to protect archeological sites.
- Bathing suite.
- Have cash at hand, either soles or USD.
- Backpack with a change of clothes.
- Rain coat or a poncho.
- Hiking shoes that are durable have good traction and give support.
- Sandals or extra shoes for camping.
- Warm clothing, warm jackets, fleeces, thermals and lots of warm layers.
- Head light or flashlight with extra batteries.
- Camera with all camera gear and extra batteries (batteries die faster in colder conditions).
- Hat to protect yourself from the sun, and a beanie or wool hat for the cold.
- Lotion for dry skin.
- Bug repellent, the higher the DEET % the better.
- Bandana or handkerchief.
- Toilet paper.
- Snacks: cookies, chocolate, chips, energy bars, shot blocks, fruit.
- A reusable water bottle (Nalgene).
- Optional: Iodine tablets, steri pen or water pump for water sterilization.
- Personal prescriptions and medicine.
Everything must be paid in USD, and price may vary depending on type of hotel.