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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Lares is one of the 8 districts that the province of Calca in Cusco has. It is located at an altitude of 3 171 masl in the Andes Mountain Range, in the south of Peru.

Lares is famous for its hot springs that have healing properties for various diseases, including stomach and rheumatic diseases and conditions such as arthritis.

Also, they are ideal for fracture treatments, osteoarticular and muscular pains, among others. Lares is also famous for Mantto waterfalls and trekking trails.

Thermo-medicinal baths in Lares-Cusco


Lares has two distinct seasons: dry and rainy. 

The dry season: From May to October

The weather during this period is predominantly dry especially in June, July and August. Days are bright and sunny with a temperature of 16 °C (61 °F) while nights are much colder sometimes with a low temperature of 0 °C (32 °F). 

The rainy season: From November to April

During this time Lares receives a greater amount of rainfall. Average daytime temperatures are higher than the dry season at 18 °C (64 °F) while night temperatures can be as cold as 9 °C (48 °F).

Note: You may experience some rain and feel cold all year, especially in the highlands of Lares.

Main Attractions in Lares:

  • Thermo medicinal baths.
  • Mantto waterfalls 
  • Trekking trails to Machu Picchu.

Lares Valley is home of many traditional weavers and farmers and famous for homemade textiles. The indigenous people of this area speak Quechua and Spanish.

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. Unlike the Inca Trail, permits are not required to hike the Lares Trek and it is far more quiet as it is not as well known. The Lares trek is also slightly easier than the Inca Trail, although there are still 3 high passes, the highest of 4,400 m (14,400 ft).

Inkayni Peru Tours has designed a package that takes you on this beautiful trek to Machu Picchu. Our Lares Trek combines beautiful lakes, Quechua communities of farmers and weavers who are still living traditional lifestyles in the mountains, cultivating the practices of ancient knowledge and continuing to build stone houses similar to those of Inca times. The trail passes through highland communities with majestic views of the magnificent snow-capped mountains, herds of llamas and alpacas before arriving at the community of Patacancha.

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu


Nuestro tour tiene una duración de 4 días, en el trayecto pasarás por lugares como:

04 Day – Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Our tour is a four-day trek. On this trek, you will visit the following places:

Day 1:

  • Cusco 3 350 masl/10 990 ft (start point)
  • Pumahuanca 3 150 masl /10 334 ft
  • Puyoc 4 200 masl /14 108 ft

Map of Day 1 – Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 2:

  • Sicllakasa 4 830 masl/15 846 ft (highest pass of the trek)
  • Yanacocha 4 500 masl/ 14 774 ft
  • Cuncani 3 800 masl/12 467ft

Map of Day 2 – Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 3:

  • Lares 3 200 masl/ 10 498 ft

Map of Day 3 – Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 4:

  • Ollantaytambo 3 800 masl/12 467 ft
  • Aguas Calientes 2 050 masl/6 561 ft
  • Machu Picchu 2 400 masl/ 7873 ft

Map of Day 4 – Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Activity Level: Moderate

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu that Inkayni Peru tours offer you is of small groups with maximum of 8 people per group.

Inkayni Peru Tours will pick you up from your hotel and at the end of the tour drop you off at your hotel, too.

What is included?

  • Professional bilingual tour guide.
  • Chef.
  • Train to Machu Picchu Round Trip with Inca Rail Company.
  • Mules carry cooking and camping equipment and 15 lbs/ 07 kg of your items.
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco.
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
  • 3-day Breakfast, Lunch, afternoon Snacks, and Dinner. 
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Inflatable ” Thermarest or Rei sleeping Mattress (in your duffel).
  • EUREKA- Comfortable and very spacious four-person tent (two people use one tent)
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes on Day 3.
  • First aid kit.
  • Entrance to  Machu Picchu.
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

Inkayni Important Note:

We cater to all food restrictions. So if you have any dietary request just let us know in advance.

If you suffer from any allergy, we recommend bringing your personal medication. If the allergy is severe, you should visit the doctor before coming to Cusco.

We want to make this trek a lifetime experience, filled with nice memories. So we want to avoid any inconvenience.

What is the best season to do the Lares Trek?:

The dry season, from April to October, is widely considered the best time to come to Cusco. The driest months are June, July and August.

If you don’t mind getting wet, visit during Cusco’s summer season, which is from December to Mach, for unbeatable hotel prices and fewer tourists. But beware heavy summer rains leave the trail muddy and difficult to hike.

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Things to bring for the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Original Passport: It is essential to carry your personal documents with you. You will be requested to show them at the Machu Picchu entrance.
  • Current University Card: If you are a student and want to qualify for the discount.
  •  Hiking Boots: If they are new, we recommend wearing them before you arrive. This way your feet will get used to them and won’t get hurt as if they were new.
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho: The weather varies constantly. It may rain.
  • Warm jacket: It gets cold at nights.
  • Sun Hat and gloves: To protect from sun damage
  • T-shirts: Quick-dry preferably
  • Trekking Pants: Comfortable and light ones
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellent: Natural repellent are highly recommended
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film.
  • Torch with spare batteries or Headlamps (or an environmental friendly)

Why to book with Inkayni Peru Tours?

  • Local Peruvian tour operator.
  • We work with the real spiritual tour leaders.
  • Best Tour guides in the region.
  • We treat our team of porters the best giving them proper equipment, wages and health insurance for everyone.
  • The food provided for our treks is the best.
  • The best equipment (spacious tents, Air mattresses).
  • No hidden prices.
  • Small groups & personalized services.
  • Sustainable and eco-friendly tour company.
  • Committed to social projects and improving living conditions for the children of Peru.
  • Lots of facilities to book any expedition in Peru.

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”Pat Conroy


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