Lares Trek to Machu Picchu: 3 Days

  • Hikers on lares trek first day
  • Machu Picchu tour on Lares Trek
  • the best picture from Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
  • Lares Trek and Alpaca Sunrise

This will be a once in a life time experience, you will visit Lares which is one of the last ancient Inca communities in the middle of the Peruvian andes; enjoy the wild life seeing llamas, alpacas, waris, pacochas and many other animals considered South American camelids. And finally, delight with Machu Picchu after this amazing adventure.

The Andes traverse from South to North the South American continent, which includes Chile, Argentina, Peru and Colombia. Among the valleys and mountains through the andes, exist hike trails which cross these mountains. Is here, in the middle of the Peruvian andes and Cusco region that there is a trail initiating in the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas, across the Andes Mountain range and towards Lares Valley. On the route of this particular trail, our visitors will start the hike on the valley forests with lavish flora, fauna, mountains, snow capped peaks, lagoons and the best of all: our hike ends at Lares thermo medicinal baths which are very recommended.

Also, in this Lares Valley we will encounter inca communities like Cancha Cancha, Quishuarani, Cuncani and others known as the last inca towns, which very fews know about. Our visitors will have the opportunity to interact with local people and also children that still maintain the Inca native language, the Quechua

These communities are dedicated to herding animals like llamas, alpacas, guanacos, etc., they are also dedicated to potato agriculture as our ancestors discovered more than 3000 varieties. 

After this andes adventure through the Lares Valley, we will board our touristic train towards Aguas Calientes until finally reach Machu Picchu our worldwide recognized wonder. 

This tour offers our clients the delight of an untrodden path, as a real cultural
exchange with local people and besides the thermo medicinal Lares baths afterwards. Then you will board the touristic train and spend the night at a 2 stars hotel in Aguas Calientes, so you can enjoy the following day the sunrise at Inca Citadel Machu Picchu; and finally end with a private guided tour with our expert guide.

Camping, hiking, campfire, guided tours, adventure, history, culture and more!

Lares trek to – Machupicchu Superior Service

  •  Private Service.
  • Pick up from Cusco airport (Flight information is required)
  • Briefing information 2 or 1-day prior the tour by your guide.
  • private transport service.
  • Meals breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks all the time.
  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Professional chef and assistant chef specialized in Peruvian gourmet food.
  • 1 day visiting Machupicchu.
  • Private guided tour in Machupicchu citadel.
  • 1 night at 3* stars hotel in Aguas Calientes. (if any of our client want to get 3* hotel or 4* star hotel contact us please or if you have one let us to know please).
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Private toilet only for our clients
  • Professional camping staff.
  • Drinkable water during tours and snacks.
  • Entrance fee tickets to Machupicchu.
  • Extra horse for emergencies.
  • Oxygen tank.
  • Round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes.
  • All private transfers during the tours and specified on the itinerary.
  • Expedition class train ticket at 18:34 pm from OllantaytamboAguas Calientes route.
  • Return train ticket in Expedition class departing at 15:30 pm (according to availability)
  • Private return transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • 24/7 assistance during all year.

Not Included:

  • Meals not specified on the itinerary.
  • Sleeping bag (you may rent at our office)
  • Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain entrance fee tickets (if you are interested please consult with our sales executives)
  • Last lunch in Aguas Calientes (you can make a better choice here as there are a lot of different options)
  • Tips.

Day 01: Cusco – Huaran – Cancha Cancha
This adventure will start in Cusco, picking you up from your hotel in our private transportation for approximately 1 and a half hour, we will reach the Calca District which is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here we will make a stop for approximately 45 minutes to visit the local market, then we will board our transport for another 30 minutes and reach the Huaran Community located inside the Sacred Valley itself, it is 2800 m.a.s.l. From here, we will start our hike which will gradually ascend to Huaran Valley which has lush flora and fauna.

This is the perfect place to see our llamas and alpacas in their natural habitat, we will also see endemic native trees and medicinal plantas which ancient Inca community of Cancha Cancha uses as natural remedies; we will also see fantastic views of the Mountain and snow capped peaks in the andes. This first stretch will take approximately 3 hours until reach our camp to have lunch. Here we will have 1 hour approx. to enjoy our delicious and nutritive menu.

With our renovated energies we will continue our hike with the first views of the nearby snow capped mountains and within an hour we will reach the Cancha Cancha ancient community which will be our campsite. Once we are settled, we will visit one of the local homes to know more about their lifestyle and share some activities with them.

Upon completion of this day, we will have a moment of relax and enjoy some hot beverages, as well as our dinner.

Meals: Snacks, lunch and dinner.
Difficulty: Moderate
Hiking distance: 10 kilometers
Accommodation: Camping
Minimum Altitude: 2900 m.a.s.l (Trekking starting point, Huaran)
Maximum Altitude: 3900 m.a.s.l (Ancient inca community, Cancha Cancha)
Climate: Sunny during dry season. Cold, windy and cloudy during rainy season.
Transportation: Cusco – Calca – Huaran

Day 02: Cancha Cancha – Pachacuti Pass – Quishuarani – Aguas Calientes.
Our second adventure day will start very early in the morning with service to tent and a hot coca tea which is good for the altitude, right after we will have our sustaining breakfast. Also, our personal will offer you water to fill your bottles along the day and then start our hike. On the way we will see a lot of alpacas, llamas and Cancha Cancha local people plowing native potatoes; there will also be opportunity to see wild animals such as vizcachas considered rodents that live in the rocky terrains.

This day is considered the hardest as you will climb until the highest point of the hike, surrounded by our snow capped Mountains considered as protector entities:
Pitusiray, Sahuasiray and Colque Cruz; after we will reach our destination, Pachacuti Pass which is situated 4500 m.a.s.l. This stunning scenery will be adorned with colorful lagoons, laciers and other south American camelids.

Once we reach our objective, we will continue our hike and descend to Lares Valley which belongs to a very ancient path considered inca, through the andes, waterfals, lagoons, creeks, natural landscapes until finally reaching ancient inca community of Qishuarani, here our second lunch place it will be at a lovely rustic lodge and then we will continuing by bus to Ollantaytambo station to get our train to Aguas Calientes town.

Meals: Snacks, Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
Difficulty: Challenging
Hiking distance: 11 kilometers
Accommodation: Campsite
Minimum Altitude: 3800 m.a.s.l (Cancha Cancha)
Maximum Altitude: 4500 m.a.s.l. (Pachacuti Pass)
Climate: Sunny during dry season. Cold, windy and cloudy during rainy season.

Day 03: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
Today at a previously arranged time we will visit Machupicchu inca citadel, we advise to start very early in the morning to appreciate the sunrise and avoid the crowds as the demand increase day by day and nowadays we have around 6000 people per day.

Your tour will start with the bus ride towards Machupicchu, this ride takes 25 minutes approx. and then reach the Main access point. Our guide will lead you to the exact location in which the most famous Machupicchu postal photo is taken; from here you will start your 2 hours guided tour including precise information about inca civilization and Machupicchu citadel.

Following your tour, you will have some time to visit interesting places like Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (we advise to book the tickets with a minimum of 2 months in advance)

After finishing the tour, our clients will board the bus down to Aguas Calientes in which the train station is located and then catch the train according the arranged schedule to Ollantaytambo train station. From here our transfer will pick you up with our private transportation and lead you to Cusco city, directly to your hotel. 
End of our services.

Meals: Breakfast
Difficulty: Easy
Hiking distance: 0 kilometers
Minimum Altitude: 2000 m.a.s.l. / 6600 fts. (Aguas Calientes)
Maximum Altitude: 3300 m.a.s.l. / 9900 fts. (Cusco)
Transport: Round trip bus to/from Machu Picchu, train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, minivan vehicle to Cusco.
Climate: Sunny during dry season. Cold and cloudy during rainy season.

3 Days Lares Trek Group Service Price: $ 499 USD. per person

what we included extra for group service prices:

  •  profetional tour guide.
  • foam matras.
  • Group camp sites.
  • 2** hotel  at  Aguas Calientes town.
  • Group walking tour at machu Picchu 
  • we provided you a dufle bag for your trek
  • we provided you walking poles for your trek
  • drinkable water every day.
  • snaks every day.

Superior 3 Days lares trek service Price:
We need 2 people minimums to open this tour if you are two we can do it!
Our price $ 549 USD per person for 2 people.
Our price $ 529 USD per person for 3 people.
Our price $ 499 USD per person for 4 or more people.

what we included extra for this prices:

  • hot shower on trek.
  • private toilets.
  •  private tour guide.
  • inflatable matras.
  •  private camp sites.
  • 3 *** hotel  at  Aguas Calientes town.
  • private walking tour at machu Picchu 
  • we provided you a dufle bag for your trek
  • we provided you walking poles for your trek
  • drinkable water every day.

Students discount
students from 12 to 17 years old, they get discount of $20.
children from age of 2 to 12 they get discount of $20.
children from the age of 0 to 2 they are free.

We need a copy of your passport at

Have a look carefully the next information; it will help you answer any of your questions about our service and tours in Cusco and Machu Picchu.

You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and we drive you to your hotel, please send us the information about flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek or tour. Look out for our representative holding an KENKO ADVENTURES logo at the arrival terminal. It can be done on any date that is best suited to you!

We use to visit at your hotel 6 pm or if you prefer during the day 9am to 1pm or 3pm to 5pm, please you could send us an email with details to get your briefing time Will be ready any time for our clients.

Of course! During the Cusco Machu Picchu Tour your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, both are for free. Please don´t pack anything you will need for your hike.

FIRST, to book our day tours and Machu Picchu Tours, we need you to fill out our booking form with your personal information by clicking on BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the next information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an entrance to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:

Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
Passport number
D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)

SECOND, we require a deposit of US $ 300.00 per person in order to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make you deposit by  PAYPAL Online. or make a deposit to the following bank account in Interbank 420-3107104602

It could be greatly appreciated if our clients pay in cash at your briefing time in the hotel (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by PAYPAL online.

According to our government Laws you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need ISIC cards).
For example, if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
students from 12 to 17 years old, they get discount of $20.
children from age of 2 to 12 they get discount of $20.
children from the age of 0 to 2 they are free.
All students must send a copy of their passport at booking time to get the discount.
We need a copy at

The ISIC Student can get Discount of US$ 20.
You must have a valid current internationally accepted ISIC card in your name.
They could apply for the ISIC Card at
You must provide a copy of your ISIC card at your booking time.
Send us a copy at

“No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable unfortunately.
*** If you cancel your Cusco Machu Picchu Tour, the deposit is not refundable at all!

Yes, you have to get your original passport and it is very important and it have to be the same passport number that you sent to us at book time, and also train ticket, other entrances and reservations Will have the same document. The rangers will check when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before to board you’re the train.

In case you are changing your Passport or you lost and you get a new one, go ahead and send us your new passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it and when you get to our country no surprises and everything Will be fine.

The climate in our country is very variant and does not consider the normal 4 seasons. Here, in just one day we can see all of the seasons! And this is why we recommend our visitors to be prepared for any occasion, either for rain or sunny days.
A very important factor which alter our world is global warming, which has evolved into a high risky contributor due to the glaciers melting in Peruvian Andes, and it also affect the normal development of our weather. Nonetheless, something that is very marked in our country and in some cities here in the Andes is that we only have 2 main seasons during the year:

Dry Season: We consider the dry season from the end of April until the end of September, in this period the first rains will start. For this reason, this is the best time to visit our region and our amazing Machu Picchu and also avoid any inconveniences.
Rainy Season: This season starts on October until the end of April approximately, so during this time it is advised to all of our visitors to pack their belongings into waterproof bags, as in our region it can be sunny the first 2 hours and then have a heavy rain.

We know that there are extreme climates worldwide, but this must not stop us from our longing and desire to explore the world, to discover marvelous cultures and interact with them. Be welcomed to Perú and Machu Picchu.

Huayna Picchu Mountain:

This mountain is located inside Machu Picchu Archaeological Park, which is located at 300 meters more than Machu Picchu Inca Citadel; here it takes approximately just 45 minutes hiking up and other 45 minutes hiking down. This Mountain conserves some archaeological remains as the Moon Temple and other precincts that are interconnected with authentic trails, steps, tunnels and natural formatted caves which made the view more interesting. Without any doubt, this is one of the best attractions of Machu Picchu; the Huayna Picchu Mountain offers a 360 grades view and a stunning view of Machu Picchu Inca Citadel, Machu Picchu
Mountain and the famous Sun Gate (Inti Punku). Currently our government through Ministry of Culture, maintain the visitors income controlled per day, only 400 tickets are offered per day and divided in 2 groups of 200 each. The first schedule starts from 7:00 to 08:00 am and the second from 10:00 to 11:00 am, for this reason its demand is growing day by day and if any of our visitors is interested in this hike, then it is necessary to make a booking at least with 3 months in advance in order to guarantee their visit to this extraordinary place.

Machu Picchu Mountain:

This mountain is located inside the park as well, and is only 1:20 hrs away hiking by your own. Once you reach the summit, you will take impressive photos with panoramic views of the entire valley in which is situated Machu Picchu inca citadel, you will also have impressive views of the Andes Mountain range and the glaciers that protect this unique ecosystem.

The demand to obtain permits for this hike is quickly growing up, for this we advise a minimum of 2 months in advance to book the tickets, as there is a limit for visitors per day to experience this amazing hike. This hike has 2 schedules, the first from 07:00 am to 08:00 am and the second from 09:00 am to 10:00 am with a limit of 200 people per group.

NOTE: Kenko Adventures guarantees the visit to these attractions in any of our tours if you make the booking early enough in advance.

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