The Lares Trek
Cusco, Peru 6 nights from £1,349

The Lares Trek

Discover indigenous villages, experiencing a wilder side of the Andes, trekking through the Lost Valley of the Incas, before a spectacular visit to Machu Picchu.

  • 4 days trekking

Highlights

The lost city

The lost city

Take a guided tour of Machu Picchu, with the option to climb Huayna Picchu for spellbinding views.

Andean heritage

Andean heritage

Learn about traditional Andean culture, meeting with indigenous locals.

Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley

Hike through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, making an offering to the gods at Abra Pachacutec.

Overview

Experience the raw beauty of the Andes on this wild trek that takes the path less trodden through this incredible region. Explore the town of Cuzco, the ancient Incan capital, before visiting traditional communities and hiking to high altitude mountain passes, to experience an immersive exploration of this fascinating region. Finish with a guided tour of the spectacular Machu Picchu, with an option to climb Huayna Picchu, for some of the most sensational views in the region. 

Route Highlights

  • Wild Andean adventure

    Shun the tourist routes, and lose yourself on a wilder route through the magnificent Andes mountains.

  • Traditional communities

    Visit local villages, where home made textiles and farming are the mainstay, to discover more about life in this region. 

  • Machu Picchu

    Visit the superb UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu. 

  • Mountain
  • Newcomers
  • Forest
  • Average fitness
  • Solo
  • Groups
  • Couples

Degree of difficulty

  • Considered a moderately difficult challenge, the Lares trek does not require any technical hiking, though ground can be uneven and rocky at times.
  • A good level of fitness is required to complete the long days of trekking on consecutive days.
  • Altitude plays a significant part in the difficulty of this challenge, reaching heights as high as 4650m above sea level. 

Lares Trek Accommodation

  • Accommodation in Cuzco is in a comfortable hotel in the city. 
  • During the trek, accommodation will be in the form of camping using high altitude mountain tents. 
  • Meals are taken in a separate mess tent, which can be used as a communal area in the evenings. 

Eating and drinking

  • Special menus have been designed to ensure that the demands of trekking at altitude are covered by appealing, healthy meals with ample provision for energy.
  • Breakfast is a hearty affair, with ample offerings and tea and coffee.
  • A hot lunch is prepared freshly each day.
  • Following each day of trekking, an afternoon tea is served with snacks and hot drinks to replenish calories.
  • Evening meals consist of three courses, offering hearty starters and a main course with fresh vegetables and carbs such as rice, pasta or potatoes. 
  • Water is boiled and filtered each morning to fill bottles for hiking. It's a good idea to bring purification tablets, but this isn't essential.
  • Coca tea is available on the trek, which is commonly drunk to alleviate the effects of altitude sickness. 

Season

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

  • Transfers

Meeting point

Alejandro Velasco Astete Cusco International Airport (CUZ)
Av. Velasco Astete
Cusco
08006
Peru

Getting to Cuzco

  • Fly to Cuzco International Airport in Peru (CUZ)
  • It is usual that flights from Europe will need to connect through Lima. Lima is serviced by KLM, BA and Iberia from UK Airports, with connections in Amsterdam with KLM or Madrid with Iberia. 
  • From Lima, domestic flights to Cuzco are provided by LATAM, Avianca, Star Peru or Peruvian Air. LATAM are the preferred option due to the capability of their planes to land in foggy conditions. 

  • Hill
  • Mountain
  • Forest
  • Lake
  • Bus
  • Minibus

The Lares Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1 | Arrival in Cuzco

    Fly to Cuzco Airport (CUZ), take a transfer to the hotel in Cuzco. Pre trek briefing in the evening.

  • Day 2 | Cuzco to Ollantaytambo

    Take a road transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Tour of the town of Chinchero, to meet with indigenous people, and learn about the traditional textile industry before taking a visit to the salt mines of Maras. A short hike down to the Vilcanota river to take a road transfer to Ollantaytambo.

  • Day 3 | Ollantaytambo to Quishuarani

    Take a private transfer to Calco, taking a short break to visit a market, before continuing over the Willkapunku Pass at 4400m, descending to Cuncani, the start point of the trek. Meet with the arrieros (horsemen), trekking for two hours before stopping for lunch, continuing on the the Huillquijasa Pass at 4445m. Pass traditional Andean farmhouses and herds of alpaca and llama, before arriving at the campsite next to Quishuarani.

  • Day 4 | Quishuarani to Cancha Cancha

    An early morning start to begin the ascent of the Condor Pass, the highest point of the trek at 4700m. Enjoy sensational views of the snow capped Andean peaks, including Pitusiray (5750m) and Chicon (5500m). At the top of the pass, make an offering to the Andean gods, before descending to the glacial lakes of Suirococha and Yuraccocha to take lunch. Continue the descent after lunch to reach the campsite near Cancha Cancha village. 

  • Day 5 | Cancha Cancha to Huaran

    Hike down towards the lower reaches of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, continuing to Huaran village to stop for lunch, before taking a transfer to Ollantaytambo to catch a train to Aguas Calientes. 

  • Day 6 | Machu Picchu

    Take the bus to Machu Picchu to enjoy a tour of the lost city of the Incas. Optional climb to Huayna Picchu, the mountain behind the ruins. Afternoon train to Ollantaytambo, to take a transfer to the hotel in Cuzco. 

  • Day 7 | Departure

    After breakfast, take a transfer to the airport to begin the journey home. 

  • Accommodation
  • Guides
  • Meals
  • Transfers

Included

  • Hotel stay for the nights before and after the trek
  • Transfer to and from the trek start point
  • Machu Picchu entry and camping fees
  • A fully supported trek including expert guide
  • All meals and drinking water on the trek
  • A private portable toilet
  • High quality mess and sleeping tents with a comfortable sleeping mat
  • Access to emergency oxygen and first aid kit
  • Return airport transfers

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Tips for your guides and crew
  • Personal items
  • Travel insurance (must be insured specifically for treks up to 5000m)
  • Your personal trekking gear
  • Your personal medicines or prescriptions
  • Snacks on the trek
  • Meals and drinks not on the trek

  • Carbon offset
  • Plastic bottle free

This trip takes responsibility seriously and ‘goes the extra mile’ to ensure that your presence in this country is entirely positive.

Central to this is

  • Caring for the crew
  • Caring for the local environment
  • Caring for the local communities

All guides and partners are hand picked to ensure that every aspect of your trip operates to the highest standard and reflect the strong values, ethics and joy of travel.

This commitment to Responsible Travel is mutually beneficial without compromising the countries and communities touched or the depth and uniqueness of your adventure.

Key values of this trip

  • Leave nothing behind
  • We’re the visitors, let’s be respectful at all times
  • Deliver a breathtaking experience
  • Let’s benefit local communities and environments

Let’s help keep these wonderful places precious.

Porters and crew

All crew are paid proper wages and are treated with respect and dignity. This trip with IMEC, IPPG and KPAP, all not-for-profit organisations that focus on improving the working conditions of porters.

Friends of Conservation

Travellers are given the opportunity to mitigate some of the environmental impacts of flying by supporting community and conservation initiatives.

Travellers Against Plastic

This trip is a proud supporter of the Leave No Trace and Travellers Against Plastic campaigns, which help educate travellers on the impact of travel and provide practical guidance for enjoying the outdoors responsibly.

  • Age 18 & over
  • Between 2-10 in group
  • Private group option
  • ABTA
  • ATOL

Costs

Deposit

£269.80

Price per person (inc deposit)

£1349.00

My trip was amazing! The hotels arranged at the beginning and end of the trek were great and well placed within the town. The trail was beautiful and our guide was the best and so supportive. And at Machu Picchu, his lesson on the site was really insightful and made the experience that much better. The trail was tough in places, but well worth it. | Katherine

Our guide Reuben was fantastic. He looked after us so well and we felt completely safe throughout. Reuben was extremely knowledgeable of the area and the history of Machu Picchu so it was a very interesting experience. I highly recommend asking for Reuben as your guide if you do the Lares Trek. The tents and sleeping bags were good quality which was appreciated with two nights of heavy rainfall. Vegan food was requested and it was very good considering it was cooked in a tent on the mountainside! | Melanie

Enquiries & bookings

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