The Lares Trek Route


Along the Lares trek, alternative to the Inca Trail, you will see some of the local people working their farms and wearing their traditionally colorful clothing. There are different routes and combinations along the Lares trek, but the following is a little information about the 4 day Lares trek option.

Day 1: Cusco- Calca – Lares – Wakahuasi

From Cusco we’ll drive for about 45 minutes to the small town of Calca. From Calca we’ll drive for an additional 2 hours to the thermal baths/hot spring in Lares and start our hike to Wakahuasi. Wakahuasi will be our camp for the night.

Maximum Altitude:

3900m

Minimum Altitude:

3100m

Distance travelled:

7KM

Approximate walking Time:

5-7 hours

Day 2: Wakahuasi – Yanahuara

From our camp in Wakahuasi we’ll continue our Lares trek by hiking 3 to 4 hours uphill to the Wakahuasi Pass at 4300 meters. When we’ve gone over the pass, we’ll hike downhill for about an hour to Auroroycocha to before the town of Yanahuara which will be our camp for the night.

Maximum Altitude:

4300m

Minimum Altitude:

2900m

Distance travelled:

13KM

Approximate walking Time:

7-8 hours

Day 3: Yanahuara – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

From Yanahuara we’ll walk down to the local road for about 40 minutes. From here we’ll take local transportation to Ollantaytambo which will be a 30 minute ride. You’ll take the Expedition train from Ollantaytambo according to your train schedule and travel to Aguas Calientes. This train ride should take about 1 hour and 40 minutes. In Aguas Calientes we’ll have dinner and stay in a hotel.

Maximum Altitude:

2900m

Minimum Altitude:

2100m

Distance travelled:

3KM

Approximate walking Time:

1 hour    

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

We’ll begin our last day of our Lares trek with an early breakfast at our hotel before heading out to Machu Picchu. We’ll need to get an early start to hike up to Machu Picchu, which will be a zig zag trail to the top that will take about an hour and a half. Today we’ll have a guided tour of about 2 hours, giving you enough time to walk around Machu Picchu at your own pace. After you’ve explored Machu Picchu, you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes and grab your train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo we will pick you up to bring you back to Cusco where you will end your journey in the Plaza de Armas.

Maximum Altitude:

2400m

Minimum Altitude:

2100m

Distance travelled:

6KM

Approximate walking Time:

2-3 hours

Information that may interest you

  • What is Lares Trek?

    The Lares Trek is one of the main alternative treks to Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu.

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  • How difficult is the Lares Trek?

    The Lares Trek is considered a moderate hike. It's not a technical hike but the altitude may affect some individuals

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  • Is purified water available on the trek?

    We recommend that you bring a refillable water bottle as boiled water will be provided in the morning at breakfast, at lunch and every evening after dinner.

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