Follow Us On Facebook
Lares to Machu Picchu: 4 Days
This trek is ideal for people wishing to enjoy a marvelous walk to Machu Picchu by way of rural communities in the dramatic Lares Valley. The Lares is renowned for its traditional Quechua villages and weaving culture. (As a result this trek is sometimes referred to as Weaver's Way.) The trek is moderately challenging, similar to the classic Inca Trail into Machu Picchu. We cross two high passes (over 4,000 m / 13,000 feet) and camp at high elevations so it's important to have acclimatized to the altitude. A few days in Cusco is usually sufficient. We will see a wide variety of flora and fauna, wildlife and beautiful landscapes. On our last day our prize is the incredible Machu Picchu. We will have horse-mounted porters to carry our equipment and clients have the option of booking horses to ride too.
Day 1: Cusco - Lares Hot Springs - Wacahuasi
We leave Cusco early by private bus, traveling through the Sacred Valley until we reach the hot springs in Lares (3,250 m / 10,662 ft). We spend the morning in the medicinal springs and, after lunch, walk for 2 hours to Wacahuasi (3,700 m / 12,140 ft) where we'll set up camp for the evening and have a hearty dinner.
Day 2: Wacahuasi – Epsaycocha
After breakfast in Wacahuasi (also written as Huacahuasi) we visit local artisans, renowned for their ability and knowledge in producing fine weavings from local alpaca wool. The weavers create wearable goods, carpets, and other articles. Their products are considered some of the best in all of Peru.
We then begin our hike to the Pass of the Condor (4,100 m / 13,450 ft) from where we have a sensational view of La Veronica, a glacier towering above at 5,750 m / 18,865 ft. After a slow 1-hour descent to Lake Epsaycocha, we set up camp for the last time and relax with another ample dinner.
Day 3: Epsaycocha - Patacancha - Wylloq - Pumamarka - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
Our descent leads us to Patacancha, like Wacahuasi a traditional Andean village of textile artisans, beneath a mountain of the same name. From here we continue our trek to Wylloq where we rest and have lunch.
Refreshed, we continue another 2 hours to reach Pumamarka, today a small agricultural community but with echoes of its past in Inca terraces.
Finally we arrive in Ollantaytambo, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, next to the Urubamba River. As a largely indigenous-inhabited village, Ollantaytambo is considered a living museum of the Incas. After some exploring we continue on to Aguas Calientes by train where we have dinner and spend the night in a hotel.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu – Cusco
We leave early, right after breakfast, to take the first bus up from Aguas Calientes to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu (it's a 20-minute ride).
During a private, 3-hour guided tour throughout the citadel, we visit all the important sites. After the tour you will have time to walk around and explore this wonder of the world at your leisure.
If you wish to climb Huayna Picchu note that access is strictly controlled and must be booked and paid for well in advance. We can look after that for you upon request. In the afternoon we take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, return to Cusco by train and tranport you to your hotel there.
- All transportation indicated above, including train and bus tickets
- Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu
- One night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes
- Professional guide (fluent in English, Spanish, German, Quechua)
- Horses, horsemen, cook and all camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
- All meals indicated plus snacks
- First aid kit including oxygen bottle
- Sleeping bag
- Breakfast on first morning, lunch on the last day
- Horses for personal transport (optional)
- Reservations for Huayna Picchu mountain (optional)
For tips on what to bring, check our Travel Tips page.