lares trek 3 days

CUSCO - HOT SPRING LARES - WACAWASI - PATACANCHA - AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICHU - CUSCO

Overview

 Lares trek 3 days to Machu Picchu is a hidden gem that offers hikers a glimpse into the timeless world of traditional Andean life, where peasants still tend the fields their ancestors worked and herds of llamas and alpacas graze beneath the sacred peaks. snowcapped mountains that they worshiped as gods. The Incas initially used this trail during the height of their empire.

The 3-day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular substitutes for the Classic Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek because it is less strenuous, closer to Cusco, does not require special permits, and is less crowded than the Inca Trail. We offer you the classic 3-day hike that you will surely enjoy.

Lares is a valley near Cuzco inhabited by weavers and farmers who still use ancestral methods and languages (Quechua and Spanish) and tools (ancestral knitting needles and agricultural implements) developed by the Incas.

The peasants, many of them descendants of the Incas, still use it today. The trail joins Cuncani, Huacahuasi, Quisuarani, Patacancha and Lares with the Sacred Valley.

The 3-day trek to Lares will be the perfect place to enter an unusual place with views of snow-capped mountains, lagoons, endemic forests and delicious food that will make this experience unique and one that you will remember for a lifetime. We will board the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes) in the afternoon of the third day until we arrive at Machu Picchu Pueblo to sleep in a hotel and have dinner at night to rest to explore and enjoy the next day.

LARES TREK 3 DAYS  HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hiking to Lares Valley Indigenous Settlement is a rewarding journey and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
  • hot medicinal springs and pay a visit. Here we may take our time relaxing in each of the baths, which range in temperature from 28 to 34 degrees Celsius and include unique natural charms
  • The trekking journey is pleasant and takes us to a little community in the Andes, north of Cusco city.
  • We will witness thatched stone huts surrounded by herds of llamas and alpacas as we begin our journey. Guinea pigs will be free to roam in their homes.
  • The walk takes place in a remote valley that has been visited by just a select few people from outside the area.
  • There is amazing mountain beauty, glacier lagoons, valley cloud forest, and genuine textile Quechua settlements.
  • The walk culminates in the village of Ollantaytambo part of the sacred valley
  • Visit Machu Picchu after amazing trek

LARES  TREK 3 DAYS ITINERARY

Day 1 : Travelling from Cusco to  Lares Hot Springs and then to HuacaWasi

Day 2 : Huaca Wasi, Abra Ipsay, and Patacancha- Ollantaytambo- Aguas Calientes

Day 3:  Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu  and Cusco

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Tour Price 3 Days Tour 2 Nights

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Price From
$ 450 per Person
Group SizeUP TO 8
Activity LevelCHALLENGING
Trip StylesHIKING
Lodging TypeCAMP AND HOTEL

Trip Itinerary

DAY 1: DAY 1:CUSCO - HOT SPRING LARES - HUACAWASI

We will take a bus from Cusco in the wee hours of the morning. While traveling through the Incas’ Sacred Valley, we will see several historical sites, small handicraft stores, and vast stretches of farmland. The Sacred Valley is home to some of the richest agricultural resources in all of South America, including the region’s primary export—maize.

We’ll enter and explore the province of Calca (elevation: 2,940 meters), halfway through the Sacred Valley, before switching routes and riding up to Huacacasi, the highest point of the adventure, at 4,400 meters. We’ll descend from this pass into the sparsely populated Lares Valley (at an altitude of 3,250 meters). In a short while, we will reach the Lares (3200m) hot medicinal springs WILL VISIT. Here we may take our time relaxing in each of the baths, which range in temperature from 28 to 34 degrees Celsius and include unique natural charms. We will leave the hot springs after lunch and hike to the high-altitude campsite at HuacaWasi (3,600 m).

It will take us about 5 hours to get there by car. We’ll be out on the trail for perhaps three hours in the chilly weather.

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 the dry season. Cold, windy, and cloudy during the rainy season.

DAY 2: DAY 2:HUACA WASI - ABRA IPSAY - PATA CANCHA - AGUAS CALIENTES

The hardest part of the Lares walk occurs today when we begin our moderately steep ascent to Ipsay Pass (4,550m/15,017ft) after an early breakfast. From this vantage point, we can see snow-capped mountains, lakes, remote villages, natives of the Andes, llamas, and alpacas.

We take some time to admire the view, and then head down to Ipsay Lagoon for lunch. After that, keep going downhill until you reach the true Inca descendant. We made it to Patacancha (3,750 m / 12,377 and took the bus to Ollantaytambo tells a broad picture of Andean history and anthropology of these periods through its archaeological monuments. We will catch a train from Ollantaytambo and spend the night in the tourist town of Aguas Calientes (2050m), located just below the Machu Picchu citadel.

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 the dry season. Cold, windy, and cloudy during the rainy season.

DAY 3: DAY 3:AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

We will rise early and eat breakfast before catching the first bus to the Machu Picchu archaeological site (2,400 meters above sea level). A trained guide will lead us around this pristine Inca refuge shortly. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore the remains on your own after our two-hour tour… Huayna Picchu and the neighboring Temple of the Moon offer a challenge to the most daring of us. After that, we’ll all head back down to Aguas Calientes (2050m) to catch the train and bus back to Cusco

Tour Inclusions

INCLUDES

  • Cusco to Lares Village Transportation (Begin Walking)
  • In and Out Transfers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking sticks
  • Pillow
  • Blanket
  • English-Spanish professional tour guides.
  • Tour assistant (for groups of 8 or more).
  • Free vegetarian (vegan) options are available upon request for all meals (three breakfasts, three lunches, three-afternoon snacks, and three dinners).
  • (Professional)
  • Along the Lares Trek, water should only be consumed between meals.
  • A tent set up with dining furniture
  • Essentials: First Aid Kit; Oxygen Ball; Horses (for transporting shelters, provisions,
  • One night at a tourist hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Tourist train service to Machu Picchu
  • 1 entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • bus ticket to Machu Picchu Inca City
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes

Not included

  • First Breakfast
  • Last Lunch
  • Tips
  • And anything Else You Want to Add

 

Starting at
$ 450 USD
Per person (Group service)

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PACKING LIST TO LARES  TREK 3 DAYS

Personal trekking gear and a sleeping bag are required for the 3-day lares trek. We include sleeping bag for those who don’t bring their own, as well as trekking pole rentals for those who prefer them. We give the necessary downtime for this hike.

For your convenience, we’ve compiled the following suggested items to bring on the Lares trek:

Clothing:

  • Footwear suited to hiking
  • Wool or synthetic hiking socks
  • Long trousers (like leggings or hiking pants)
  • T-shirts or other lightweight tops
  • A sweater or coat made of fleece
  • Raincoat or poncho is required.
  • Wear a warm hat and gloves
  • Clothing suited for swimming or use in hot springs.
  • Flip-flops or sandals
  • Wet towel

Gear:

  • Daypack (20-30L)
  • Bag for sleeping in (good for temperatures between 32 and 41 degrees F, or 0 and 5 degrees C).
  • You can rent one from the business if you do not already have one.
  • Flashlight or headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Trekking poles (preferred but optional), which the company can provide if you don’t already own a set.
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat or cap to protect from the sun
  • Hydration pack or water bottle (at least 1.5 liters)
  • Individual hygiene items (such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap)

Optional:

  • Imaging device or mobile phone
  • Power bank or portable charger
  • A book or e-reader to pass the time with
  • Feast on some trail mix, dried fruit, or energy bars as a snack.
  • Soles (for spending on souvenirs and other goodies)
  • Dress in layers, and carry both warm and waterproof clothing or rain ponchos, as the weather in the Andes can be unpredictable.

Document you must have with you on the trek

  • First Edition Passport
  • To receive a student discount, you must have a valid, original student ID.

Note: You can bring up to 7 kg of personal items with you on the trek, and Machu Picchu Tours will give a duffel bag for you to use. A day hike requires only the essentials, all of which you will take in a tiny backpack. The duffel bag will be easily accessible at each campground, so you may keep all of your other items in there.

 

 

PRICES: LARES TREK 3 DAYS: SEASON 2023

The pricing for the Lares trek 3 days varies based on the number of participants in a group. If you’re interested in joining an existing group, inquire about departure dates and availability. If you don’t find a suitable group for your preferred dates, you can start a new group, and the initial price will be determined by the number of registrants. The final price will be adjusted according to the total number of travelers in the group.

GROUP PRICE 400$

 

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LARES TREK 3 DAYS FAQS

HOW DO I RESERVE A SPOT ON THE 3-DAY LARES TREK WITH THE INCA TRAIL HIKE?

To reserve your spot on the 4-day Lares Trek with us, first click the BOOK NOW button located at the top of this page. Next, choose the day that you want to depart, and then proceed to fill out all of the personal information required for each participant. The final step is the payment, which you can do using either your credit card or your debit card.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

Yes! During the four-day hike with Lares to Machu Picchu, you have the option of storing your belongings either at our office or at your hotel, depending on which option is more convenient for you.  Please pack only the items that you absolutely require for the four-day walk to Machu Picchu.

AFTER I HAVE BOUGHT THE PERMITS, IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE?

We regret to inform you that this cannot be done. After purchasing permits for Machu Picchu, the government of Peru does not allow us to make any changes to our itinerary. Machu Picchu permits are not transferable nor refundable. Passport numbers are the only pieces of information that can be updated with the government’s permission.

DO I NEED TO BRING THE ORIGINAL COPY OF MY PASSPORT ON THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU THAT LASTS FOR FOUR DAYS?

Yes! You need to bring the original copy of your passport, and it is of the utmost significance that it should be the same passport that you submitted to us in order to reserve your Lares trek permit for four days. Both at the Machu Picchu checkpoint and again when you board the train, your passport will be thoroughly inspected.

UPDATING PASSPORT NUMBERS

If you are planning to get your passport renewed, you can go ahead and book your Lares trek 4 day permits by sending us an email with a copy of your old passport. If you do not have your previous passport with you, any other form of government-issued identification will suffice as long as the name is the same. Once you acquire your new passport. To update the information on your permit, kindly send a copy of your new passport to our email address as soon as possible.

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO SPEND ALL 4 DAYS OF MY LARES TREK IN THE SACRED VALLEY?

Sadly, this is not the case. Every one of our excursions begins in Cusco.

THERE ARE TOILETS IN THE LARES TRAIL

Yes there are rustic toilets in the campsites, but in the lunch places especially on the 2nd day, you will have to use the Inca toilets, that means in nature and don’t forget to take with you the toilet paper.

THERE IS ELECTRICITY ON THE LARES TRAIL

Fortunately, there the different campsites where you can charge your phone or camera batteries, but in case there are, you can bring your portable batteries or power banks.

THERE ARE STORES TO BUY ON THE LARES TRAIL

Yes, you can buy some snacks or some rehydrating drinks but because of the distance, it is more expensive than the normal price.

 LARES TREK WITHOUT GUIDE

Hiking the Lares trail to Machu Picchu is possible but you will have to take into account many important aspects such as walking above 13000 feet, also the time to adapt to the altitude at least 2 days in Cusco and there are several hiking options some easier than others.

The weather is very changeable in the mountains, especially in the rainy season makes it difficult, sometimes The snow often cover the trail, unless Aigua hikers and you can follow them, also dogs and people who do not speak Spanish.

In general, so that you can have a good experience is advisable to go with a travel agency and thus know the Inca culture deeply.

LARES TREK DISTANCE

The most common Lares trek covers a 37 km pathway, starting in Lares Hotsprings, throughout Quiswarani camp to Huaran hamlet in the Sacred Valley. It involves a 3-day trek, and after the 37 Km hike, the adventure ends with a magical visit to Machu Picchu park on the fourth day.

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