Explore the Heart of the Andes on the Lares Trek Cusco Tour in 4 Unforgettable Days

Lares Trek Cusco Tour

Before: $ 540From: $ 520Per personGroup


With the “Lares Trek tour“, you will be able to reach Machupicchu by an alternate route, with little traffic, avoiding paying entrance fees and enjoying an excellent hike to visit the Inka Sanctuary of Machupicchu on the last day.

LARES, is one of the eight districts of the province of Calca, located in the department of Cusco. At 1 km. away from the town of Lares, capital of the district of the same name, are the Thermo-medicinal Baths of Lares that have temperatures between 28o and 35o, of ferruginous nature and with arsenic content in small quantity.

THE LARES TREK is an alternative to the traditional Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu. The trail begins at the hot springs of Lares, 3 hours away from Cuzco, crosses the Huacawasi pass at 4,300 meters above sea level, descends and ends in Yanahuara or Ollantaytambo, which is the access to Aguas Calientes for the tour to Machu Picchu.


  • Cusco (3,399 masl)
  • Lares (3,150 masl)
  • Abra Huacawasi (4300 m)
  • Ollantaytambo (2,792 masl)
  • Machupicchu (2,400 masl)
  • Aguas Calientes (2,040 masl)


  • Day 01: Cusco – Lares – Huancawasi: 8 Km – Moderate Day.
  • Day 02: Huancawasi – Abra Huacawasi – Yanahuara: 13 Km – Difficult Day
  • Day 03: Yanahuara – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes: 18 km – moderate day.
  • Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu: 4 Km – Easy Day



  • 05.00 hrs We will pass by the hotel to pick you up, we will go to the town of Calca for 45 minutes. After a short break, the bus ride continues for 2 hours to the hot springs of Lares.
  • Here we will enjoy a good lunch before we start our hike, you can swim in the natural thermal pools that have beautiful surroundings with the mountain environment.
  • The day’s hike is uphill, it will be open roads and some steep ascending trails. It will last 4 hours, then we will arrive at Huacawasi camp, where a delicious dinner awaits us.



The Lares Valley is home to many traditional weavers and farmers and is famous for homemade textiles. Huacahuasi is a traditional weaving village and hikers often try their hand at weaving here. The indigenous people of this area speak Quechua and Spanish. The Lares trek is one of the main alternatives to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, it is slightly shorter and higher in altitude than the Inca Trail; it is accessible from Cusco. Unlike the Inca Trail, no permits are required to hike the Lares Trek.

  • Early in the morning, the guide will wake you up with a nice cup of tea and breakfast. Then, we ascend to the top of the mountain of Abra Huacawasi (4300 m), where we will have a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountain, flora and fauna.
  • From there, the Lares hike will take us downhill for 1 hour to the village of Auroruy Cocha, where our chef will prepare a fantastic lunch for us.
  • For the next 4 hours, the route continues downhill to the Yanahuara camp, open roads and some uphill trails. Upon arrival we will enjoy dinner together and settle in for the night.




OLLANTAYTAMBO, is a town and Inca archaeological site, capital of the district of Ollantaytambo located about 90 km northwest of the city of Cusco. During the Inca period, Pachacutec conquered the region and built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the conquest it served as the fortress of Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance.

In Ollantaytambo there are resistance terraces (to prevent landslides), not agricultural as in the other archaeological sites of Cusco. Nowadays it is an important tourist attraction due to its Inca constructions and for being one of the most common starting points of the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

  • 06.30 hrs This day we will hike from our campsite after a solid breakfast and good morning tea. First, we will have a short hike downhill for 40 minutes to La Pista Central, where a bus will be waiting to transport us to Ollantaytambo; the bus ride only takes 30 minutes.
  • In Ollantaytambo we will enjoy a good lunch and stroll around the town and its market. It is optional to visit the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, which will give you a great idea of how skilled the Incas were in their constructions and architecture.
  • After the tour in Ollantaytambo, we finish the hike in Lares and continue by train to Machu Picchu, the town of Aguas Calientes. We will settle in the hotel and enjoy a nice dinner.




  • After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will go to the bus station to board the bus and take the tour to Machu Picchu (30 minutes).
  • Our trip leader will give us a 2-hour introductory guided tour of the Machupicchu citadel.
  • After that we have the option to climb the steep Huayna Picchu staircase, a steep and challenging hike that takes approximately 2 hours and offers excellent views of Machu Picchu or in Aguas Calientes a visit to the new local museum or bathe in the hot springs (Not included in the price).
  • At the end of the tour, we will descend to Aguas Calientes and then board the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo train station. At the station we will meet our transportation and transfer to the hotel in Cusco.



This tour includes

  • Private tourist transportation
  • Adventure travel guide of the Lares Trek
  • Experienced cultural tour guide in Machupicchu
  • Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs and cooking equipment (all carried by our porters and horses).
  • Entrance ticket to the hot springs of Lares
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca site of Machu Picchu
  • Private campgrounds
  • Camping equipment
  • 1 duffel bag for personal luggage; to be carried by passengers. Porters may carry their equipment, but it will be an additional cost.
  • Professional trekking chef with an assistant
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (vegetarian, vegan or special menus available at no additional cost).
  • Boiled water: from your first lunch to your last breakfast, we recommend carrying about 3L.
  • Wake up with tea: Every morning at camp, you will wake up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff will bring the tea to your tent to warm up before you start your day.
  • Tea time every day during the trek: Every evening before dinner, the cooks will serve you popcorn, cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, hot water, etc.
  • Hygiene products: a small towel before each meal to wash hands and every morning there will also be a bucket of warm water for washing.
  • Medical kit and oxygen cylinder
  • Train tickets: Aguas Calientes/Ollantaytambo (departure time is confirmed on the day of the meeting and is subject to availability)
  • Transfer back to Cusco: Private transportation to your hotel in Cusco.

This tour does NOT include

  • Sleeping bags -18oC
  • Concettur bus to the Inca city of Machupicchu
  • Canes
  • 1st breakfast and last lunch and dinner in Aguas Calientes.
  • Clothing and personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips, our agency staff is well paid, so feel free to tip “Recommendation 06.00 – 08.00 USD per day per traveler for all staff according to your satisfaction.
  • Additional costs or delays beyond management’s control (bad weather, itinerary modification due to a security problem, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.)
  • Mineral water
  • Snacks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips


  • Original passport
  • Small backpack
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Gloves (warm)
  • Complete rain gear or poncho
  • Trekking pants
  • Breathable long sleeve polo shirts
  • Sweater or sweater for the cold weather
  • Swimwear & Sandals
  • Sun cap and bandana
  • Casual mountain clothing
  • Photo and video camera with extra battery
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • Refillable water bottle (hydration pouches recommended)
  • Snack: Chocolates, dried fruit, cereal bars
  • Cash: coins and small bills
  • A good positive mental attitude and a willingness to de-stress



Tour of Lares trek Cusco


Minimum 02 people


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Getting to know the Lares trek Cusco Tour

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Frequently Asked Questions from Travelers

What is the best time to travel to Cusco?

The best time to travel to Cusco is during the dry season, which runs from May to October. During this period, the weather is generally dry and sunny, with daytime temperatures ranging from 18°C to 22°C. Nights can be quite cold, with temperatures dropping around 5°C, especially in June and July.

The rainy season in Cusco runs from November to March, and during this period you can expect regular rains, especially in January and February. Rainfall can be heavy and can cause disruptions to transportation and tourist activities.

Keep in mind that, although the dry season is the best time to visit Cusco in terms of weather, it is also the busiest time in terms of tourism.

What is the weather like in Cusco?

The climate in Cusco varies according to the time of the year.

  • The dry season (April to October): During this time, the weather in Cusco is generally dry and sunny, with temperatures ranging between 18°C and 20°C. Nights can be cold, with temperatures dropping as low as 5°C. This is the best time to visit Cusco, as weather conditions are ideal for exploring the city and outdoor activities such as hiking and trekking.
  • Rainy season (November to March): During this season, Cusco experiences frequent rainfall and cooler temperatures, with an average temperature of 16°C. Nights can be cooler, with temperatures dropping as low as 3°C. Rainfall can be quite intense and prolonged, which can make outdoor activities difficult.

It is important to keep in mind that the weather in Cusco can be unpredictable, even during the dry season. It is advisable to wear appropriate clothing for the weather and be prepared for sudden changes in temperature and rain.

About the archaeological center of Ollantaytambo

The archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo is an impressive archaeological site located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, about 60 km northwest of the city of Cusco. It is known for being one of the few Inca cities that still maintain their original design, with an impressive fortress at the top and a complex of agricultural terraces at the bottom. The Incas built this site to be a religious and military center, and it is believed to have been an important control point for the entrance to the Sacred Valley.

In addition, the Ollantaytambo complex is famous for its large carved stone blocks and its system of water channels, which are still used to irrigate the agricultural lands in the area. With its fascinating history and spectacular natural beauty, Ollantaytambo is a must-see destination for visitors to the Cusco region.

What to see in Machu Picchu?

  • The Intihuatana, The Temple of the Sun: a large ceremonial building, probably dedicated to the god Inti, the sun god in Inca mythology.
  • The Main Temple: A large structure with an impressive panoramic view of the nearby mountains.
  • The Main Street: The main road that runs through the center of the city and connects the main areas of Machu Picchu.
  • The Sun Gate: The main entrance to Machu Picchu and one of the most iconic points of the city.
  • The thermal baths: Inca system of thermal baths.
  • The Huayna Picchu mountain: an optional hike that offers even more impressive panoramic views of the ruins of Machu Picchu, the hike lasts 1 hour uphill to climb the Huayna Picchu mountain.

What to bring on my trip to Cusco?

If you are planning a trip to Cusco, there are some important items you should take with you to make sure you are comfortable and prepared for any situation. Some of the items you might consider bringing are:

  1. Appropriate clothing: Due to the variability of the climate in Cusco, it is important that you bring clothing suitable for different weather conditions. Include warm clothes for cold nights, comfortable clothes for walking, and comfortable, sturdy shoes for exploring the ruins and trails.
  2. Sunscreen: Cusco’s altitude means that the sun can be very strong during the day, so it is important to bring sunscreen to protect your skin.
  3. Water bottle: The altitude can also cause dehydration, so it is important to stay hydrated.
  4. Medications: If you take any medications regularly, make sure you bring enough for your trip. It is also a good idea to bring some basic medications for headaches, upset stomachs and colds.
  5. Cash: Although most places in Cusco accept credit cards, it is advisable to carry cash in Peruvian soles for shopping in local markets, paying for cabs and tipping.
  6. Plug adapter: If you are coming from another country, you may need a plug adapter for electrical outlets in Peru.
  7. Camera: Cusco is a beautiful place with many interesting landscapes and tourist attractions, so you will want to capture many memories in photos or videos.

Where is Huayna Picchu?

Huayna Picchu is a mountain located in Machu Picchu. It is located north of the archaeological site of Machu Picchu and is one of the most iconic mountains in the area.

The climb to the top of Huayna Picchu is a popular activity for visitors to Machu Picchu, as it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the archaeological site and the surrounding area. However, the ascent is quite steep and can be challenging for some visitors, so it is recommended to be in good physical condition and take the necessary precautions to enjoy the experience safely.

What is Aguas Calientes like?

Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, is a small town located in the Urubamba River valley, near Machu Picchu. It is the starting point for most visitors who want to visit Machu Picchu, as it is where the train stations and access to the buses that take visitors to the entrance of Machu Picchu are located.

Aguas Calientes has a vibrant tourist atmosphere and is a fairly small town. There are a variety of hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, souvenir stores and travel agencies to cater to visitors. Due to its location in a mountainous area, the city has many stairs and steep streets, but also offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding area.

In addition to serving as a base for visitors to Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes has some tourist attractions of its own, such as the hot springs that give the town its name, a small historic church and some nearby Inca ruins.

What are the hot springs of Lares like?

The thermal waters of Lares are famous for being relaxing and therapeutic due to their high concentration of minerals.

The thermal waters of Lares come from natural hot springs in the nearby mountains, and flow through several wells and pools in the town. The hot springs range in temperature from around 38°C to over 44°C, and are believed to have healing properties for various conditions, such as muscle aches, arthritis, circulation problems and stress.

The Lares hot springs are known for their soothing water and stunning natural surroundings. Surrounded by mountains and vegetation, the hot springs offer visitors a tranquil and relaxing environment to enjoy their therapeutic benefits. In addition, the fresh mountain air and the panoramic view of the surroundings make it a unique experience.

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