The Lares Trek is an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail. Taking you off the beaten track with visits to authentic Andean communities whilst being surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes and valleys this fabulous trek offers a real insight in to the lives of the people of Cusco as it once was.

The route we offer starts in the village of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley and finishes in the hot springs of Lares with a visit to the village of Cuncani along the way. On Day 3 of the trek you take a bus from Lares to Ollantaytambo and then to Cusco.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Cusco Hotel Transfer
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Pre-departure briefing
Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Huarán, starting point of the trek
Campsite fees
Lares hot springs entrance fee
Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Kilas tent or north face tent
One inflatable sleeping pad per person
Dining tent with tables and chairs and Kitchen tent
Toilet tent with bio-degradable toilet facilities
English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
Chef and cooking equipment
Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 9kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag)
1 emergency horse every 6 persons
Wranglers
Accommodation for all our staff
Meals (02B, 02L, 02D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian menu is available at no extra cost
Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards
Bio-degradable personal hand soaps and Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Private transport from yanahuara to Ollantaytambo
Train ticket Ollantaytambo – Cusco/Sacred Valley (Expedition, Vistadome or Hiram Bingham service, upon request) (*)
Transfer train station – hotel in Cusco
24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit
NOT INCLUDED
Breakfast on the first day, Dinner on the third day, sleeping bags and pillow
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the last day
Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish

Day1

Cusco - Calca - Lares Hot Springs (Optional) - Wacawasi

Early in the morning, we’ll pick you up from your hotel. We will then drive for about 3 hours and 30 minutes to get Lares hot springs 3,200 m / 10,496 ft, on the way, we’ll stop in Calca a small town in the Sacred Valley, to visit its typical market and get some items for the trail. Upon our arrival at the hot springs, we’ll meet our muleteers and get ready our rucksacks to start the adventure. The trail starts going up the highland valley gradually. Today we’ll have our lunch at about 1:30 pm on the halfway to the first campsite. After lunch, the adventure goes on, along this section of the trail we’ll see some herds of llamas and alpacas, and we’ll reach our first campsite located in Wacawasi village 3,800 m / 12,464 ft. At the campsite after our arrival, we’ll have our tea time and dinner. Today, we’ll have an option to swim at the hot springs before our hike starts, whose cost is 10 PEN (not included), or just start hiking to the first campsite instead, as the most hikers do, this will be managed by you and your trek leader. Lunch and dinner included (except breakfast which is supplied at your hotel).
Hiking Time: 3-4 Hours (approx) | Hiking Distance: 8 Kms/ 4.97 Miles | Highest Point 3,800 m/ 12,464 ft. | Lowest Point: 3,200m/ 10,496 ft. | Highlights: Hiking in the Andean valleys with pretty scenic views, interact with local people (children), llama and alpaca herds along the trail, and camping in a highland village. |
Day2

Wacawasi - Puerto Pass - Mantanay

Today, we’ll wake up early in the morning and a great nutritious breakfast will make us ready for the challenging day. After having breakfast, we’ll hike up to the highest point on the trail called Puerto pass at 4,420 m / 14,498 ft, for about 4 hours from our campsite. On this section of the trail, we’ll still see some herd of llamas and alpacas close to us, and pretty scenic views. When we arrive at the highest pass, we’ll take a deserved break while savoring great views around and a perfect time to offer some Coca leaves to the Andes spirits making an Apacheta (cairn, a mound of stones piled up as a memorial or to mark a boundary or path). We’ll then hike downhill to reach our lunch spot located close to a beautiful lagoon, where we’ll enjoy just prepared fresh meals and hot drinks. After lunch, we’ll continue descending to our second campsite located in Mantanay valley, a valley with beautiful Andean trees called Queuña (a typical tree from the highlands of Peru that grows up between 3,400m / 11,152 ft trough 4,300m/ 14,104 ft, polylepis “Rosaceae” is a genus of low trees with rugged scaly bark). In the evening we’ll take our hot drinks and dinner. All meals included. Hiking Time:7-8 Hours (approx) | Hiking Distance: 14 Kms/ 8.69 Miles | Highest Point 4,420 m/ 14,498 ft. | Lowest Point: 3,700 m/ 12,136 ft. | Highlights: Llama and alpaca herds along the trail, reaching the highest point, beautiful lakes along the trail, and camping in a highland valley |
Day3

Mantanay - Yanahuara - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

 Another great day awaits us and a great breakfast makes us ready for it. After taking our breakfast, we’ll descend for about 3 hours to Yanahuara, a village located in the Sacred Valley, where we’ll have our last lunch and say goodbye to our muleteers and cook. After having lunch, we’ll take our transportation to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. 

A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the program
Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
Sun block
After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
Handkerchiefs
Toilet paper
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into the Inca Trail. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
Optionally: water- sterilising tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
Small towel
Swimsuit (if you wish to take a bath in the hot springs)
Cash in soles and/or US$
Original passport
Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
Laguna Humantay, Humantay Lake
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

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