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Lares Trek & Short Inca Machu Picchu 4 Days

The Lares trek & Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu 4 Days, is a combination of impressive landscapes and traditional cultures.

On the Inca Trail, visit the archaeological sites of Chachabamba and Wiñay Huayna on the way to Machu Picchu, then continue through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), where we can see the citadel of Machu Picchu for the first time.

Discover the incredible trekking through the Lares Valley and the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 4 days

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Day 1: Cusco – Huacawasi – Sondor

At approximately 5:30 am we will pick you up at your hotel and then travel to the village of Lares.

During this trip we will make a stop in the town of Calca, where you can visit the local market to do some shopping, then we will have our first breakfast.

In Lares we will have the opportunity to visit the thermal medicinal baths of Lares and enjoy a relaxing bath, the temperature varies between 28 °C and 34 °C.

After lunch we will start our hike to the first campsite (3800 m). During 5 hours you will walk gradually uphill, so that you will be able to exercise and get used to it (training) for the second day’s trek, when we reach the highest point of the trip.

We will spend the first night in the house of our villagers who will cordially welcome us into their homes upon our arrival. They will be ready to show us the Andean weaving process and we will have the opportunity to participate in this process.

  • Transport time: 3 hours
  • Walking time: 6 hours
  • Weather during the day: Hot
  • Weather during the night: Cold

Día 2: Sondor – Paso Sacsaylame – Aruray Cocha – Miski Unu- Pucara

After breakfast, we will start the hike to the highest point, the Sacsayllame pass at 4400 m or, 14435 ft.

The hike will take approximately 1.20 hours and will be very steep uphill. Of course an emergency horse will accompany us, so that everyone will feel more confident to reach the top.

During this trip you will be able to enjoy huge mountains, agricultural land and breathtaking views. Take into account 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 after the lagoons. You will have some free time to rest and recover while our cooks prepare a delicious lunch for you.

Afterwards we will descend further into a forest where you will enjoy the “Queuñas” (Polylepis), a typical Peruvian tree. This hike will take approximately 6 hours (camp Pucara 3000 m).

A wonderful place in the middle of the landscape, where you will receive hot tea and some snacks and then take advantage of the afternoon to observe the endemic and migratory birds and hummingbirds in our primary forest.

  • Walking time: 7 – 8 hours
  • Weather during the day/night: Cold

Day 3: Ollantaytambo – Km. 104 – Aguas Calientes

Pick up from our camp at 6 am. In transport with direction to the village of Ollantaytambo for 45 min, here we take the train to enter the KM. 104, the beginning of the Inca Trail.

At this point, after presenting our passports at the passport control, we will start walking smoothly a few meters from the Vilcanota River.

At the beginning of the trail, we will see the ruins of Chachabamba, a stone altar that was used to worship the sun and the mountains, still venerated by the local population.

We will continue our way south and begin a gradual ascent up the mountain. After walking for 3 hours, the path descends into an incredible forest.

Here we will find a beautiful waterfall and arrive at the bottom of the ruins of Wiñaywayna. We will appreciate the beauty of this place, complemented with information from our expert guide.

After breakfast (Box Lunch) in Wiñaywayna, we will continue in the afternoon in the forest, full of bromeliads, orchids and ferns. As we walk along this last part of the road, we will pass many impressive features, such as stone staircases and tambos (“resting places”).

You will descend 60 stairs before arriving at Inti Punku (“the gate of the sun”). From this point, you can contemplate and observe this marvellous place. Then we will descend for 45 minutes until we reach the viewpoint, from here you can see the sunset.

We will go down to the entrance of Machu Picchu, where we will board the bus to the village of Aguas Calientes.

** Lodging in Aguas Calientes village.

  • Walking time 06 hours.
  • Included: Breakfast, box-lunch and dinner.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Breakfast from 05:00, then we will board the first bus to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and start the guided tour in this enigmatic and mysterious city which is explored for approximately 2 hours with a Professional Guide.

Then you will have free time to enjoy its tranquillity and explore some options such as the Sun Gate or the Huayna Picchu Mountain.

Later, we will return to the village of Aguas Calientes, where you will take the train back to the village of Ollantaytambo.

Here, a transfer will take us to the hotel in Cusco (3350 m) by transport.

***Breakfast included.

  • Walking time: 3 hours
  • Weather: moderately hot


*The tour schedule will be confirmed at the destination. lares trek
*The entrance to Huaynapicchu must be confirmed at the time of booking and is subject to the availability of fees. (maximum 400 spaces per day) lares trail peru



  • Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the first visiting point.
  • Tourist Transport Cusco – Quiswarani.
  • Tourist transport Lares – Ollantaytambo.
  • Horses and muleteer for the Camping and Food team.
  • Camping equipment (kitchen tents, dining tent, sleeping tent, balloon, tables, benches, etc.)
  • Train ticket to km 104 (starting point of the tour.)
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail park and the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
  • Professional Guide.
  • Guided visits to Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna and Choquesuysuy.
  • Guided visit to the Citadel of Machu Picchu on the second day.
  • Food according to the itinerary 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners.
  • 01 Box Lunch.
  • 01 nights of basic accommodation in Ollantaytambo.
  • Consettur RT Machu Picchu bus ticket – Aguas Calientes.
  • Train ticket to and from Ollanta – Cusco.
  • Transfer to the city of Cusco.


  • Services not detailed in the Valle de Lares program – Inca Trail 2D / 1N
  • 01 Breakfast on the first day.
  • Dinner in Ollantaytambo.
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes (4th day)
  • Life insurance.
  • Additional nights due to bad weather
  • Personal care items.
  • Entrance to Huaynapicchu (+ 30.00 USD – depending on availability)

Contact Us

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More Information

Altitude in Lares Trek Peru

Lares is 3,150 metres above sea level (masl).

Altitude Sickness on the Lares Trek Peru

One of the biggest difficulties during the Lares Trek Peru is altitude sickness (also known as ‘soroche’).

Our recommendation and the best options for ‘Soroche’ is to acclimatise in the city of Cusco, most travellers who suffer from altitude sickness struggle with it by doing short treks in the city of Cusco.

Another traditional option is Mate de coca, a drink made from the coca leaf that effectively combats the ailments and symptoms of soroche.

From the time of the Incas until today, the coca leaf has been used as a remedy for ailments.

Acclimatization and altitude sickness

Lares Peru is a high altitude trek that carries obvious risks of altitude sickness. Acclimatization to the high altitude is a key factor in ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable trek to Machu Picchu.

Weather in Lares

Lares is temperate, with cold at night. The average temperature is 11°C. During the day, the heat can reach 21oC. At night, temperatures can drop to 1°C.
When is the best time to do the Lares Trek?

Our recommendation to do the Lares Trek is in the dry seasons (April to Ocutube), the sky is clear and less chance of thunderstorms, in that season the roads are in the best conditions to do the trek.

The distance of Lares Trek

The total distance on the Lares Trek is 37 km / 23 miles.
Lares Trek vs Inca Trail
Lares Trek Inca Trail
Difficulty Difficulty Hard Moderate to Hard
Duration 4 days 4 days
Remoteness Remote mountain routes Passing through villages
Maximum altitude 4,200 masles msn 4,450 masles msn masles
Accommodation camping Hotel
Best season April – October April – October
Permit required Yes No

Lares Trek vs Inca Trail Differences

During the Inca Trail, you will see 7 small ruins, which can only be accessed on foot. What makes the Lares trek unique is that it passes through several traditional mountain villages.

The Inca Trail is the only trek that ends at the ruins of Machu Picchu. The Lares Trek requires participants to travel to Aguas Calientes for the final night followed by a visit to Machu Picchu the next day.

The classic Inca trail is by far the most popular and crowded of all the trekking routes in the area. You should not expect solitude or peace and quiet on the trail.

On Lares Trek you most likely won’t meet many other groups on the trail. The experience is a bit more private, the campsites more remote.

The classic Inca Trail is also highly regulated, numbers are strictly controlled and documents must be shown at various checkpoints. Remember to book well in advance, as places are limited and tickets sell out months in advance.

Considering the difficulty between the Lares Trek vs Inca Trail, the De Lares trek is slightly less difficult than the Inca Trail, but still not an easy trek.

Which one to choose?

The classic Inca Trail is also highly regulated, this can detract from the overall authenticity of the experience. If you are expecting a true taste of the wild Andes, the Inca Trail might not be the best choice.

If you wish to complete a trek in the Sacred Valley, and it is not important to you to reach Machu Picchu on foot, then the Lares trek offers a more rewarding and authentic trekking experience. The Lares trek is suitable for those with limited time, as it is shorter than some other alternative treks to the Inca Trail.



We have price alternatives that accommodate all budgets, prices per person, expressed in US Dollars.

Make your quotes and reservations by email info@dreamy.tours, you can also communicate with one of our sales executives at the telephones detailed below, we will be happy to assist you.

Office: +51 084-548558
Phone – WhatsApp: + 51 969 787221
Phone – WhatsApp: +51 969 787221


To start the process of your reservation, please, we need you to send us the following information:

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  • Your information about your hotel in the city of Cusco is very important, to be able to pick you up there at the time of starting the tour.

To confirm reservations, 50% of the advance payment is required and the other 50% can be paid upon arrival at your destination.




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