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Lares Valley to Machu Picchu


Duration 4 Days
Difficulty Moderate to Hard
Range of Altitude 2,040m to 4,450m / 6,700ft to 14,596ft
Distance Covered Approximately 30km

This 4D3N trek combines the best of nature as it takes you through jaw-dropping mountain and lush scenery set in a remote area, past local Quechua communities that lets you interact with the inhabitants to learn their history and culture, and ending with a visit to the famous Machu Picchu.

Begin at Lares village, famous for its hot-springs, followed by visits to Andean communities of Huacahuasi, Patacancha and Willoq. Spend a night at the bustling Aguas Calientes, before capping off the trek with a complete tour of Machu Picchu.




  • We depart Cusco in the morning by private transport for a four hour drive through part of the Sacred Valley to Lares, a little rural village famous for its hot springs

  • We visit Choquecancha, an impressive archaeological site with amazing views of the neighboring valleys

  • After the visit, we hike back to Lares where we can enjoy an evening dip in its hot springs. Spend the night here
  • We leave our campsite in the morning to head towards Huacahuasi, (3,600m/11,808ft). Observe the lifestyle and traditions of the Quechua communities living in this remote area. We stop to visit a typical house and family, before we enjoy our lunch

  • In the early afternoon, we continue our hike ascending toward the mountain pass of Ipsay (4,450m/14,596ft), walking past little communities and Andean flats (pampas) among llamas and alpacas. The pass offers impressive views of Mount Veronica and the surrounding snow-capped peaks

  • Just half an hour from this point is Ipsayqocha, a beautiful lagoon next to which we set up our camp and spend the night
  • We leave our camp and continue our hike following a downhill trail for approximately two hours until we reach Patacancha. This is a well-known textile Andean community that still preserves the ancient Quechua traditions and dressing code at its best, where we will stop to visit

  • We then continue for another two hours until we reach Huilloq, another well-preserved authentic Andean community

  • We meet our private transport and drive to Ollantaytambo, where we board an afternoon train that will take us to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel
  • We board a bus in the morning to take us up to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of Machu Picchu that will take approximately two hours

  • You will have free time to walk around, climb up the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it (note that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day), visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge

  • In the afternoon, we reconvene in the town of Aguas Calientes where you can visit and relax in its hot springs if you like. We then take the train back to Cusco, where we arrive after nightfall


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