Multi-day trip

Cusco: 4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu with Panoramic Train

4.9 / 5

14 reviews

Activity provider: TreXperience
Multi-day trip

Cusco: 4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu with Panoramic Train

Activity provider: TreXperience

From US$ 690 per person

This excellent trek will take you far off the beaten track to where you can meet and interact with members of traditional Andean communities. You will learn all about life in these isolated villages.

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Duration 4 days
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pickup at hotel
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Learn about Incan history
  • Participate in Pachamanca cooking demonstrations
  • Experience the rich culture of the Andean communities
  • Support local social projects
  • Travel on the panoramic Vistadome train back to Cusco
Full description

The Lares trek is an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail. You will learn all about life in isolated villages, become familiar with Andean culture and traditions, and even visit a local school.

This trek is also outstandingly beautiful, combining the majestic Andean mountains with spectacular glaciers, glacial lakes, stunning waterfalls, and countless llamas and alpacas.

Finish your experience on a high, spending an unforgettable day exploring Machu Picchu, one of the most incredible locations on the planet.

Day 1:

After pickup from your hotel at around 5:00 AM, you will drive through the beautiful landscape of the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the famous Lares thermal baths.

Jump into the medicinal pools, all of which are set at different temperatures. The water is great for your bones and muscles, as well as for stress and headaches.

The route on day 1 is relatively easy with a 2-hour uphill trek until you reach Kiswarani village for lunch. After lunch, continue for 2 hours to the campsite, located on the banks of a beautiful blue lake.

Day 2:

The second day is the longest and most challenging. After breakfast, set out on a 4-hour hike uphill to Condor Pass at 4700 meters, the highest point of your journey. After a break, descend for 3 hours through the breathtaking scenery.

Day 3:

Start day 3 with a beautiful view of the mountains and a delicious breakfast to prepare for the descent from the highlands into the sacred valley. Take some time to explore the ancient streets and the water channel that has been in use since Inca times.

Have dinner in a local restaurant in Ollantaytambo before catching the 7:00 PM train to Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night in a hotel.

Day 4:

On your final day, take the 5:30 AM bus to Machu Picchu and arrive as the sky brightens. You can watch the spectacular sunrise over Machu Picchu on a clear day. This is truly an unforgettable sight.

Your guide will take you on a 2 to 3-hour comprehensive tour of the city before leaving you in Machu Picchu to explore on your own or climb either the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (tickets must be booked as far in advance as possible and are not included).

Your guide will tell you how to take the bus from Machu Picchu back to Aguas Calientes and then take the Vistadome train and bus back to Cusco. You will be met at the station and dropped off safely back at your hotel.

  • Pre-departure briefing the night before at 6:30 PM
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Transportation from Cusco to Lares
  • Return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Return train to Cusco on the last day (Vistadome train)
  • All meals except lunch on the last day
  • Porters and horses to carry equipment and food
  • Professional English-speaking tour guides
  • Second guide for groups larger than 8 people
  • 4 man tent for every 2 people
  • 1 night in hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Sleeping mat
  • All entrance tickets
  • Medical kit
  • Drinking water
  • Hot water for washing
  • Hand towels
  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Rain ponchos
  • All taxes
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented)
  • Inflatable mattress (can be rented)
  • Trekking poles (can be rented)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain pass (needs to be booked in advance)
  • Machu Picchu Mountain pass (optional - different to Machu Picchu entries and needs to be booked in advance)
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Please advise of any special dietary needs when booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Passport details must be provided when booking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 14 reviews

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An excellent stay that we highly recommend! A team caring, beautiful scenery and all-inclusive service to let yourself be carried and enjoy the stay. The trek of Lares makes it possible to hike in all tranquility (we crossed 2 tourists in 3 days); after a good period of acclimatization, the pace allows even the less athletic to follow easily; nights in a camp make it possible to meet locals without all the bad taste folklore that some tour operators can offer; Finally, the fascinating explanations of the guide allow to learn about the fauna and flora as well as the history of a Perou from the pre-Inca period to the political and social context of our days. A big thank you to the whole team !

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November 20, 2019

We have just returned from the Lares Trek with so many beautiful and interesting impressions in our luggage. We can highly recommend the TreXperience team, the trek was perfectly organized (from morning coca tea to hot water bottle in the evening) and the team is passionate about the work. Our two guides, Elisban and Maribel, looked after the group very well, told us a lot about Peruvian culture and history, and created a great atmosphere thanks to their warm and open manner. The food (prepared by Carmelo and Ramon) was just delicious and an experience in itself. Thanks also to the hard-working hands of Mauros and Victors, who took care of everything in the background, so that we could only concentrate on the trek. With every booking through TreXperience you also support social projects - for example, the company was able to set up a library for children. Keep it up, TreXperience!

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November 2, 2019

1 day we are about 2 hours by mini bus to hot springs, there you could swim and there was breakfast. Then 15 minutes by bus to the starting point of the hike. About 1.5 hours until lunch after about 1.5 hours to the camp + dinner. 2 day breakfast about 3 hours to the highest point at 4700m. Down to the next camp about 2 hours. + lunch, siesta, dinner. 3 day breakfast about 2.5 hours down where there was another lunch. Danch with bus to salzminen and after allaytantambo dinner and train aguas calientes hotel overnight (shower). 4 day breakfast bus to Machu Picchu ruins at half past three again with train 1,5 hours back to Ollantaytambo from there by bus to cusco about 3 hours Did a lot of fun, would do the tour again.

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October 19, 2019

Product ID: 183398