The Lares Trek is an off-the-beaten trail that begins near the town of Lares, 40 miles north of Cusco and 35 miles south east of Machu Picchu. It is a calmer, three day alternate to the Inca Trek to Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, no permits necessary. The Lares Valley is one of the most picturesque places in southern Cusco, home of many traditional weavers and farmers. The people of this area cultivate what they will eat and knit what they will wear. The trek is moderately paced with sufficient time to appreciate the marvellous landscapes.

Price per person sharing from $2280.00
Travel Dates: March 2018


Day-1. Lima
Arrival in Lima, reception and transfer to the hotel.

Day-2: Lima - Cuzco (B)
Departure to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Arrival to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel for overnight

Day-3. Cuzco
Afternoon visit to the main ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, followed by a city tour of Cuzco.

Day-4: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)
Full-day trip to the Sacred Valley of the Inca and then a visit to Ollantaytambo


Lares Trek to Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu starts

Day 5. Cuzco -Lares -  Waca Wassi (All meals)

After breakfast, depart from Cuzco early in the morning by bus and travel through the Sacred Valley before arriving to Lares Hot Springs (2 hours) where you will spend the morning soaking in the medicinal hot springs. After lunch, commence your two hour trek to your campsite.  Dinner and overnight camping

Day 6. Waca Wassi - Epsaycocha (All meals)
After breakfast, we continue up through the valley before arriving to the community of Huacawasi. People here produce some of the finest weavings in Peru. Here you can observe their great skills and brilliant techniques in the fabrication of ponchos and other garments. Passing the village you will begin climbing up to Condor Pass, the second pass of the trip at 4300m. From here, you will get a stunning view of the renowned Mount Veronica (5750m.) Descending slowly for about one hour, you will come to the beautiful Epsaycocha Lake, and your last campsite.

Day 7. Epsaycocha - Patacancha - Huylloc -  Aguas Calientes (All meals)
After breakfast, the trail leads downhill with stunning views across a wide valley. Descending into the valley, you will eventually arrive to the community of Huylloc in time for lunch. From here it takes about two hours to arrive to Pumamarka and enjoy the Inca terraces, before arriving to Ollantaytambo. Situated in a fertile river valley and sheltered by mammoth mountains, this ancient Inca village is considered one of the most important living museums in the world. This is the perfect place to appreciate the vast archaeological remains and a wide variety of flowers and birds species. Take the train to Aguas Calientes and transfer to your hotel. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 8.  Machu Picchu - Cuzco (Breakfast)
Board the bus for the short ride up to Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca citadel.

Shortly after, enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu, the most spectacular ancient city in the world.  Built by the Inca Pachacutec and comprising stone blocks fitted with masterful precision, Machu Picchu harmoniously blends into the mountain landscape. There are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants or a sanctuary for the Incas. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. Return to Cuzco via the train and to your hotel.

Day 9: Cuzco - Lima (Breakfast)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to Lima and transfer to your hotel.

Day 10: Lima (Breakfast)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

End of the services

Inca Trail

Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person sharing and are subject to change until paid in full.

Price per person sharing in three star hotels   : $2280.00


  • Accommodation in double rooms at selected hotels with private bathroom, including breakfast

  • All transfers, tours and excursions as per itinerary with local English speaking guides

  • All meals and equipment on the Lares Trek (excluding sleeping bags)

  • All meals as per itinerary

  • Flight tickets: Lima -  Cuzco - Lima

  • Train tickets: Ollantaytambo -Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) -  Cuzco in expedition class

  • All entrance fees



  • International air tickets and associated taxes.

  • Meals not specified on the itinerary.

  • All domestic flights require a US$6.00 charge (airport tax), payable at the airport.

  • International departure tax of about $24.00

  • Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc.

  • Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident.

  • Tips, baggage porterage and other extras not specified.


Tour must be paid in full at time of booking and is subject to availability

Price applies to a minimum of two people per person sharing

Price applies to tours undertaken during March 2018.



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