Lares Trek + Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 5 Days / 4 Nights

You can combine a part of the Inca trail with the Lares trek! This way you can see the local people living the way their families have been for hundreds of years as well as enjoying the history left behind by the Incas along the Inca Trail.

Lares Trek

The Peruvian government has strict limitations on how many people are permitted to use the Inca Trail (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day and about 300 porters/guides with a total of 500 permits issued daily). We recommend booking the Inca Trail as early as possible, sometimes even 6 months in advance!

We also recommend booking the Inca Trail trek before booking your hotels, flights, etc., since Inca Trail permits are limited!

Daily departures are available throughout the year (March through January-February the Inca Trail is closed), even though the recommended period for this trek is April to October because it is the dry season.

All private service departure dates are adapted to your request any day you choose. Also contact us for group departure date availability.


Combine the Lares trek with the Inca Trail!

We’re going to start our Lares and Inca Trail trek by picking everyone in our group up from their hotel at around 5:00am. From Cusco we’ll travel to Calca within about 45 minutes. Here we’ll have a short break where we can buy a few supplies like water and snacks. From Calca we’ll head out to Lares which will take about 2 hours. In Lares we’ll have some time to relax in the Lares thermal baths. After relaxing for about 2 to 3 hours we’ll have lunch and then start our trek. Leaving Lares we’ll go on to Wakahuasi which is about 3 to 4 hours uphill climb. Wakahuasi is also our first camp along the Lares and Inca trail trek. Here we’ll have dinner and time to get to know the rest of our group before calling it a night so we’re ready for the next day on our Lares and Inca Trail trek.

Today we’ll wake up around 5:00am with a hot cup of coca tea before having a healthy breakfast to help us refuel for our second day on our Lares and Inca Trail trek. We’ll leave Wakahuasi and hike uphill for 3 to 4 hours until we reach Wakahuasi Pass at 4300 meters. After climbing the pass we’ll hike downhill for about an hour to reach Lake Auroroycocha for lunch. After lunch we’ll hike an additional 3 to 4 hours to Yanahuara where we’ll set up camp for the night. We should be in camp at around 5:00 to 6:00pm giving us a little time before dinner to relax. We’ll have dinner and enjoy another night of camping along the Lares and Inca Trail trek.

Today we’re going to start our day with a hot cup of coca tea before breakfast which will be around 6:30am. After breakfast we’ll start the last part of the Lares trek by walking down to the local road which should take about 40 minutes. From here we will take local transportation to Ollantaytambo which should be a 30 minute drive. Once we’re in Ollantaytambo you can roam around town and admire the Inca architecture left behind and still in great condition, have lunch, and even visit the local ruins (entrance ticket to ruins not included in itinerary). Today we’ll stay in a hotel in Ollantaytambo, giving you a chance to take a hot shower after hiking for 3 days!

After an early breakfast at our hotel we’ll take the early train to Km 104 also known as Chachabamba. From Km 104 we’ll hike up for about 1 ½ hours before we reach the first Inca Trail control point at Chachabamba. Here we’ll also visit the local archeological ruins before starting our hike for about 3 hours to reach Wiñayhuayna. In Wiñayhuayna we’ll have a box lunch and visit the ruins. After our lunch break we’ll continue hiking the Inca Trail to Inti Punku (also known as the Sun Gate) which will take about 2 hours. Here you’ll have a good view of the surrounding area as well as your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. We’ll stop for a little while as we admire the view and take some great pictures. From here we’ll hike down to Machu Picchu which should take about 1 hour 10 minutes. We’ll take a little time to take in the view of the majestic city before hiking down to Aguas Calientes. In Aguas Calientes we’ll be staying in a hotel again and after dinner we’ll go back to relax and enjoy the last night together with our group!

On our last day of our Lares and Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu, we won’t go hiking but we’ll revisit Machu Picchu to take an actual tour of this enigmatic city. Don’t forget to bring your passport and if you had a student discount when you booked, you will also need to show your ISIC (International Student Identity Card). We’ll take a bus up to Machu Picchu where we’ll have a guided tour of the main areas for about 2 hours. You’ll then have time to roam the grounds on your own so you can soak up the magical atmosphere and take pictures. Afterwards you can take a bus down to Aguas Calientes and from there, depending on your train schedule take your Expedition train to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo you will be picked up and driven back to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.


  • Briefing (usually scheduled one or two days before your trek)
  • Tourist bus to beginning of trek
  • Train (Expedition Class) from Ollantaytambo to KM104
  • Inca Trail entrance ticket
  • Machu Picchu entrance ticket
  • First Aid basic equipment and oxygen for emergencies
  • Professional bilingual (Spanish/English) guide (guides who speak other languages upon request)
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners (vegetarian, vegan, etc. dietary requirements available if requested during time of booking at no extra charge)
  • 2 Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (see note about train availability, changes in times, etc.)
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • 1 night in hotel in Ollantaytambo
  • 1 night in hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Breakfast 1st day, Lunch and dinner on last two days
  • Entrance fees for Thermal Baths in Aguas Calientes ($4)
  • Porter to carry your personal belongings
  • Backpack storage at Machu Picchu (3 soles)
  • Water for your water bottles. You can buy water along the way or bring water purification tablets
  • Activities and items not included in the itinerary
  • 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
  • Shorts
  • Walking sticks
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Extra money for personal expenses, tips, lunch on last day, snacks, etc. We recommend that you bring around 300 Peruvian Nuevos Soles
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
  • To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC (International Student Identity Card) card. Scan the card and email us the copy at the time of your booking for a $20 discount per student!
  • For children younger than 17, we offer a $20 discount. Just scan and email a copy of the passports at the time of your booking.
  • 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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    The Lares Trek is one of the main alternative treks to Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu.

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    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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    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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5 Days & 4 Night

Departures Dates:

Every day (Please check availability in our groups)


Visit Calca, Lares, Inca Trail and 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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