Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 7 Days with Mountain Lodge

Taking the Lares trek, you’ll get a glimpse into the lives of the local people, known mainly for their weaving, the men’s colorful ponchos and the women’s traditional skirts and hats. Add this trek to the comforts of Mountain Lodge, and you’ll have a once in a lifetime experience!

Lares Trek

The Lares Trek with the Mountain Lodge throughout the year, although the dry season (April through October) is definitely a better time of the year to travel.


After breakfast, early in the morning, we will leave Cusco to stop in the small village of Chinchero. Here we’ll visit the archaeological site left behind by the Incas and the 16th century colonial church. We’ll travel on to the small community of Taucca at 3877 meters where we’ll start our hike. We’ll have great views of the surrounding landscapes as well as Lake Piuray and the Urubamba and Vilcabamba mountain ranges. We will hike uphill for about 2 ½ hours to the Huallata Pass at 4300 meters. You will be able to see the Sacred Valley of the Incas from this height. We will hike downhill to Huchuyqosqo at 3600 meters. Huchuyqosqo was an important religious and commercial center as well as a place to view thunder and lightning. We’ll have lunch and then keep going downhill to the small community of Calca at 2925 meters. From here we’ll be able to see the Pitusiray and Sahuasiray glaciers. We’ll take a vehicle at the end of the hike and go to the small town of Lamay at 2941 meters. We’ll have dinner and stay overnight at the Lamay Lodge.

Optional Activities: Moray site and Maras Salt Mines

We’ll have breakfast early in the morning before leaving Cusco for the small town of Chinchero. In Chinchero we’ll visit the Inca archaeological site and the 16th century colonial church. From here we’ll drive shortly to the small community of Taucca. Here the rest of the group will start their Huchuyqosqo trek and we’ll keep driving an additional 30 minutes to where our tour for today starts. We’ll visit Moray which is at 3550 meters. Moray is a site built on a high plateau with several large terraced circular depressions which the Incas likely used as agricultural laboratories. After our visit here, we’ll hike for about 2 hours along a fairly easy trail while enjoying the views of the snow-capped mountains and the terraced hillsides before reaching the small town of Maras at 3360 meters. We’ll visit Maras, noticing its assorted building style, from the pre-Columbian era to the Colonial period, and then hike another 40 minutes to the terraced salt evaporation ponds called Las Salineras. Since the time before the Incas, the local people have gathered salt by evaporating the salted waters from a subterranean stream. The sight of the network of ponds reflecting the sunlight is very impressive. Afterwards, we’ll hike downhill to the Urubamba River where we’ll take a vehicle to Lamay. We’ll have dinner and sattay vernight at the Lamay Lodge.

After breakfast we’ll leave in the direction of the town of Pisac, then Qoya and another hour to the Ayar Cancha community at 3850 meters. From the small community of Ayar Cancha we’ll start our trek. We’ll hike uphill for 2 hours to the Challwaccasa Pass at 4250 meters where we’ll have a great view of the surrounding Vilcanota and Vilcabamba mountain ranges and the peaks of the Ausangate and Salcantay mountains. From here we’ll hike downhill to the small community of Viacha at 3950 meters. Here we’ll have a gourmet lunch and rest before hiking on, joining a restored Inca trail which goes to the archaeological site of Pisac at 3200 meters. The lower parts of the slopes of the mountains surrounding this area include agricultural terraces and irrigation made and used by the Incas. We’ll explore the ruins and then hike downhill for about an hour to the small village of Pisac at 2972 meters. Pisac is famous for its handicraft market where many tourists like to buy their souvenirs. We’ll take our vehicle back to Lamay at 2941 meters. We’ll have dinner and stay overnight at the Lamay Lodge.

We start with a drive to Ancasmarca at 4044 meters where we’ll tour an Inca site used as food warehouses, houses, and farming needs. From here we’ll travel to the Lares Pass at 4420 meters then to Cuncani at 3884 meters where we’ll start our hike for today. We’ll hike uphill for about 2 hours past local farmhouses owned by descendants of the Incas, still living in a traditional way growing potatoes, using their llamas as transportation and alpacas as food and for their clothing. When we reach the Cruzccasa Pass at 4188 meters we’ll have a great view of the peak of Veronica. From here we’ll hike downhill for another hour before enjoying a rest and our picnic lunch. After lunch we’ll continue hiking to Huacawasi Lodge at 3835 meters. In the afternoon we’ll have a unique cultural encounter with the local community. Afterwards we’ll have dinner and stay overnight at the Huacawasi Lodge.

After breakfast, we’ll take a ride to the small village of Quiswarani at 3829 meters from where we’ll start hiking up the valley surrounded by small lakes and grazing alpacas. Our trail then narrows into a series of switchbacks to Abra Huchuyccasa pass at 4414 meters after 3 hours. After taking time to admire the amazing view we’ll hike down another hour to Phoñoccasa Pass at 4387 meters. We’ll keep hiking downhill to Qeywaqocha Lake where we’ll have lunch and relax for a little while before hiking to the small village of Qelqena at 3647 meters. We will take our vehicle from the trailhead and drive back to Huacawasi. We’ll have dinner together and stay overnight at the Huacawasi Lodge.

Huacawasi is famous for being a weavers’ village where men still wear their traditional colorful ponchos and women wear handmade colorful skirts and decorated hats. We’ll leave the lodge and start our hike by walking through the village until we reach the trail where we’ll hike uphill for about 2 ½ hours to the Ipsaycocha Pass at 4499 meters. On our way we’ll meet the local people as they hike between the villages with their herds and goods and when we reach the pass we’ll have a beautiful view of the surrounding area. From here we’ll hike downhill for about 40 minutes to Lake Ipsaycocha at 4292 meters. Here we’ll have lunch and maybe we’ll have the chance to see condors flying overhead. After lunch we’ll hike an additional 2 ½ hours to the small village of Patacancha at 3848 meters where they are known for their high quality weavings. We’ll take our vehicle and drive to Ollantaytambo at 2792 meters in the Sacred Valley. We’ll have dinner and stay overnight in Ollantaytambo.

Today we’ll recover from our trek and have a more relaxing day, starting with a visit to Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo has an interesting archaeological site and is an Inca town with a well-preserved Inca town structure. The town dates back to the 15th century and has some of the oldest continuously occupied houses in South America. In the late morning, we’ll take a train to Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu Town) which will take about 1 ½ hours. We’ll arrive in Aguas Calientes and have lunch. We can also visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary in the afternoon since there are fewer visitors, but this is optional. We’ll have dinner and stay overnight at the Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel.

Today we’ll start with an early breakfast before walking to the bus station. Here we’ll take a bus up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary which will take about half an hour. We will have a two-hour guided tour of some of the most important sites within Machu Picchu. You’ll have free time afterwards and the option to hike up the Inca staircases of Huayna Picchu for a great view of the city below and which will take about 2 hours. We will meet up with our guide to take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes and have a late lunch. After lunch we’ll board the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo which will take about an hour and half. In Ollantaytambo our vehicle will be waiting for us and take us back to Cusco which will take another hour and a half. When we arrive in Cusco at around 7:00 or 8:00pm, we will be dropped off at Mercado Tunqui Hotel (or another hotel of your choice) where you’ll stay overnight.


  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in itinerary
  • Entrance ticket for Huayna Picchu
  • Transportation from Cusco to Cusco
  • Accommodations mentioned in itinerary
  • All meals mentioned in itinerary
  • Experienced professional guide
  • Tips for staff (not trip leaders)
  • Other activities mentioned in itinerary

There will be a briefing before your trek on the evening before the trek at the El Mercado Hotel in Cusco. The briefing will include the following:

  • A meet and greet with the group and the guide
  • Review of the itinerary and any changes
  • Confirmation of the dietary and medical needs of the participants
  • Answer questions
  • Verify that everyone has the necessary gear and equipment
  • Trekking poles/Walking Sticks (rental $15 for trek)
  • Upgrade to a single room ($35 per night)
  • Extra horse ($80)
  • Sleeping bag ($25)
  • Personal tent (rental $35 for trek)
  • Upgrade in class from Expedition Train service to Vistadome (panoramic) Train service (upgrade $50)
  • Entrance fee for hot springs in Aguas Calientes (10 Peruvian Nuevos Soles)
  • We can also provide great prices on hotels for all of Peru (Standard to Luxury)!
  • Original passport
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC) if you have a student discount
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented as well)
  • Walking boots/shoes
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
  • Water, money to buy water along the way or water purification tablets
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Torch with batteries

The Lares Route is an Adventure Travel Activity going through remote areas and high altitudes involving a certain level of risk. To make sure everyone has a safe experience, we request that you present a valid proof of insurance coverage with a minimum of including Medical Emergency Treatment and Evacuation. Please note that some insurance policies exclude Adventure Travel Activities from their coverage so please make sure this is included in your policy. We will need the following information at least 60 days before your start date for the Lares Trek:

  • Name of the Insurance Company and Name of the Specific Policy
  • Coverage registration number or code
  • 24 hour emergency telephone numbers provided by the insurance company

If you are unable to acquire an insurance policy, an insurance policy can be purchased on your behalf. If you’re unable to show proof of insurance at least 60 days before your trip start date, the aforementioned policy will be provided (at the rate of US$8 per person per day for the duration of the itinerary purchased). Please contact us for more information.

  • Please, no hard suitcases or wheeled bags. Soft duffel bags and / or backpacks (“soft” luggage) are recommended.
  • We provide a limited amount of hair-dryers at each lodge, due to limited energy supply and environmental concerns.
  • Shampoo, conditioners and bath gel are provided at each lodge.
  • Bathrooms are equipped with drying lines.
  • Any additional clothing and luggage that you will not need on the trek can be stored at your hotel in Cusco.
  • If you do not have an appropriate sized duffel bag, we can provide a duffel bag on loan at the pre-trek briefing (the night before departure from Cusco). Please return it to your trip leader after the trek.
  • Though we do not establish a weight limit for luggage or charge for excess baggage, we inform guests that luggage is mainly transported by mules and/or porters along the trail. We kindly ask that you consider restricting the weight of your luggage on the trail up to 10Kg/22Lbs
  • Itinerary and campsites may change according to the climate and health status of the trekkers.
  • Train times for the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo may change according to the train company’s availability and will be confirmed close to the time of the trek. If someone books later than most of the group, we may not be able to provide the same train as the rest of the group.
  • Change to earlier/later train time at time of booking (price depending on train availability)
  • Tips/gratuities not included but are optional according to the services rendered

For availability of spaces for this service, please contact us and we`ll send you detailed information, prices, terms and conditions.

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5 Days & 4 Night

Departures Dates:

Every day (Please check availability in our groups)


Visit Pisac and Ollantaytambo, trek the Lares route, visit Machu Picchu

Type of Tour:

Archaeological Cultural Landscape Ecological

Meals provided:

Vegetarian option at no extra cost. Check our regular menú


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