Day 01:  Cusco – Lares – Huacawasi (Lares trek begins)

Day 02:Huacawasi – Sacsayllame – Miski Unu

Day 03:  Miski Unu – Queshuarchalloc – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Day 04:  Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco



Day 01: Cusco – Lares – Huacawasi (Lares trek begins)

We depart Cusco early in the morning and travel to the township of Calca (2900m) in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You might get a chance to visit the principal local market selling a multitude of Andean crops including colourful corns, seeds and spices. The market is a fantastic place for authentic photographs or simply to spend a while soaking up the atmosphere of life – and everyday trading – totally untouched by tourism. Continuing on from Calca we drive to the highest point of the day passing Inca burial tombs, local farms and herds of wild llama en route. Stopping for a short guided walk we visit the vast pre Inca ruins of Ascasmarca (4000m) with stunning views of the surrounding valley and mountains. From here we continue to the small community of Lares, where will visit the hot springs to enjoy the hot water while our cooks prepare a wonderful lunch.

After lunch we will start our hike towards the first campsite in Huacawasi (3600m/11811f). During 3 hours you will walk gradually uphill so that you get a good training for the next day when we will reach the highest point of the trek. The first night we will spend the night at the house of our horsemen who are joining us on the trip

Day 02: Huacawasi – Sacsayllame – Miski Unu

After a nutritious breakfast we will start hiking towards the highest point, the pass of Sacsayllame at 4400m. The hike will take about 4 hours and will be very steep uphill. Of course an emergency horse will accompany us so that everyone will certainly be able to reach the top. During this trek you will be able to enjoy enormous mountains, a patchwork of agricultural lands and breathtaking views. Be aware that we will reach great heights and the weather can be very cold. After reaching the highest point we will descend and pass a beautiful lagoon before having lunch next to the river. You will be able to recuperate while our cooks prepare a delicious lunch for you. Next we will descend further through a forest where you will be able to enjoy the “Qeuñas” (Polylepis), a typical tree from Peru. This walk will take about 1 hour before reaching our campsite at Miski Unu (3550m). A wonderful place in the middle of nowhere where you will receive hot thee and some snacks upon arrival before having dinner.

Day 03:   Miski Unu – Queshuarchalloc – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Today will be another spectacular day when walking downhill through different forests. You will be able to enjoy the rich biodiversity and change of fauna and flora, during this 3 hour walk that will end in the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s. Watch out, when walking in the forest there are lots of mosquitos. We will enjoy our last lunch in Queshuarchalloc where we will say goodbye to the horsemen and cooks. After lunch we will take a local bus to get to Ollantaytambo. We will visit the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo before having dinner at a local restaurant. At 7pm we will take the train to reach our final destination of the day, the town of Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a hostel.

Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco

The last day of the Lares trek will start around 4:00 am. Thanks to this early start we will arrive to Machu Picchu, our final destination, very early, and have more time for exploration. First, we will walk through the high forest, climbing around 1500 stairs, till the control entrance, where we will arrive around 6:00 am. After crossing the gate our tour guide will lead you, for about 1,5 hours, through the spectacular ruins of Inca city. You will also have a lot of time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. After visiting Machu Picchu you will go by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo where you will be picked up and transferred to Cusco city by bus. The journey ends in the Plaza de Armas in Cusco. Note that from Machu Picchu ruins to the train station in Aguas Calientes you will descend on your own, because some of you will want to stay longer in the ruins, some shorter, and some will climb additional mountains, so some will book the train back at a different hour.

Price / Include

Price / Include

RATES 2017
Monasterio//Sanctuary Lodge 5 $5,621.00 $3,287.00 $2,818.00
Libertador//Inkaterra Machupicchu 5 $3,468.00 $2,183.00 $2,035.00
Casa Andina Private//Hatun Inti Boutique 4 $2,055.00 $1,356.00 $1,356.00
Novotel//Hatun Inti Boutique 4 $1,801.00 $1,270.00 $1,197.00
Casa Andina Classic//Casa Andina Classic 3 $1,729.00 $1,192.00 $1,192.00
Tierra Viva//Tierra Viva 3 $1,506.00 $1,112.00 $1,077.00
Hs Amaru//Pequeña Casita 2 $1,031.00 $887.00 $864.00
Hs Arcangel//Marco Wasi 2 $958.00 $848.00 $820.00


  • Prices based on two people at least. There is an additional cost for single travelers. Please make an inquiry about it.
  • Prices based in group service.
  • Discounts for students, teenagers, and children are available. Please make an inquiry about it.


  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Lares (starting point of the trek)
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. One foamy sleeping pad per person
  • One foamy sleeping pad per person
  • One Sleeping bag
  • Camping equipment
  • English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 3
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 persons – days 1 to 3
  • Wranglers – days 1 to 3
  • Meals (03B, 03L, 03D)
  • Vegetarian menus is available at no extra cost
  • Others: boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train ticket from the Hydroelectric power plant to Aguas Calientes (day 4)
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes (day 4)
  • 1D Machupicchu entrance fee
  • Bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes (day 4)
  • Expedition train ticket Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.
  • Transfer train station-hotel included only if returning on day 4.


  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water.
  • Breakfast first day, lunch and dinner on the last day: after the guided tour at Machupicchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either in Machupicchu or in Aguas Calientes at your own expense. Arrival in Cusco is estimated after nightfall, dinner being at your own expense too
  • Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes: a relaxing way to end-up the program while you’re awaiting the return train to Cusco, only 10 minutes from the village center, entrance fee is s/10.00 (Peruvian Soles). Towels can be hired in Aguas Calientes.
  • Huaynapicchu entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain an additional fee of US$ 12.00 per person applies
  • Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish
  • Extra expenses originated in itinerary changes or others due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond PERU ANDEAN EXPLORER’s control


  • Entrance fee to Machupicchu + Huaynapicchu: US$ 52.00 per person.
  • Entrance fee to Machupicchu + Montaña: US$ 50.00 per person.
  • Buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes Totos House: US$ 24.00 per person
  • Buffet lunch in Machupicchu Sanctuary Lodge: US$ 40.00 per person
  • OPTIONAL SERVICESAn extra horse to carry your personal items: US$ 120.00. A horse can carry up to 20 kg
  • Vistadome Service train (Superior) instead of the Expedition one (Tourist train), at an additional cost of US$ 30.00 per person. (*) Pls note that our guide travels back to Cusco in the Expedition train in all group services, so if you wish to book this extra service, you will not be accompanied by our guide


  •  A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machupicchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)

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