Lares trek to Machupicchu

Intro & photos
Lares Trek Campsite

This remote and rarely visited region offers the trekker an insight into traditional Andean life; a timeless world where farmers plant their crops on the lands their ancestors tended and watch over herds of llama and alpaca beneath the sacred snowcapped peaks they worshipped as gods. The path is one of the Inca trails from the time of the Incas. Nowadays, the trail is still in use by farmers, who are descendents of the quechua people. The trail connects the communities of Cuncani, Quisuarani and Lares with life in the Sacred Valley. On the third day, we will take the afternoon train to Machupicchu Pueblo, having a full day to explore the Machupicchu Sanctuary the next day.

More information
 Trek grading   Climbing-Huayna-Picchu




Number of days:
4 days - 3 nights

Trekking, culture, flora and fauna, archeology

Best season:
May - October
Trek grade:
from 8694 to 15255 feet / from 2650 to 4650 meter
Reservation code:
Lares Valley, Sacred Valley and Machupicchu

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Day by day
  • Day 1 Cusco - Quishuarani - Cuncani

    We will make an early morning departure from Cusco to the trailhead by private transportation. Once in Quisuarani, we will start our hike toward our first mountain pass, where we can enjoy a spectacular view of the Andes adorned with glaciers and lakes.
    On the descent, we will have lunch, and afterwards, we will continue to our first camp site in the high Andean community of Cuncani
    (6 km / 3.73 mi. / 5 hours walk approximately)
    Meals: breakfast and lunch 

  • Day 2 Cuncani - Cuyoc

    After breakfast, we will start our hike and reach our second mountain pass, crossing several lakes along the way. At the pass, we will have our lunch and break. Coming down from the pass, we can appreciate the view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the flat area surrounding Maras. We will set up our tents at  Cuyoc campsite beside a wild forest of Qeuña trees.
    (7 km / 4.35 mi / 7 hours walk approximately)
    Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner 


  • Day 3 Cuyoc - Pumuhuanca - Urubamba - Train to Machupicchu

    We will walk down along the Pumahuanca Valley, crossing the community of Pacchaspata and the ruins found there. At the end of our trek, we will see the community farm of Ahuamarca, which is well-developed. Here, we will be picked up by our transport, and drive to Ollantaytambo. From this town we will take the afternoon train to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night at a hostel.
    (6 km / 3.73 mi/ 5 hours walk approximately)
    Meals: breakfast and lunch

  • Day 4 Machupicchu – Cusco

    We will take the first morning bus to Machupicchu, arriving before the crowds of tourists coming from Cusco by train. We will take a guided tour of the Sanctuary of Machupicchu and, if time permits we can walk to the Inti Punku, the Sun gate. We will make a late afternoon descent by bus to Aguas Calientes, and return by train to Cusco. We will arrive in Cusco in the evening and transfer you to your hotel of choice. (Hotel Cusco not included)
    Meals: breakfast



  • Private transport Cusco/Quishuarani (first day)
  • Professional Guide
  • A Cook to prepare all meals
  • Cooking equipment, mess tent, dining tent, chairs, tables, accommodation for the porters and cook
  • Mountain Hardwear tents (a 3-person tent for every 2 individuals)
  • Foam mattress (self-inflating mattress can be rented – included in private service)
  • Pack horses to carry equipment and your personal gear
  • Wranglers responsible for the horses
  • Meals (4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners and snacks)
  • Boiled water provided at meal times to refill your waterbottle
  • Private transportation: Urubamba - Ollantaytambo (third day)
  • VISTADOME train: Ollantaytambo to Machupicchu (third day)
  • Hostel at Aguas Calientes on the third day
  • Roundtrip bus from Aguas Calientes to the Machupicchu Sanctuary
  • Entrance fee for Machupicchu
  • Expedition train: Machupicchu - Cusco (fourth day)
  • Private transport: Cusco train-station - Cusco Hotel
  • First aid kit, emergency oxygen, radio communications


Not included:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Lunch on last day
  • Dinner on third and last day
  • Tips for guide, cook and wranglers