4 Day Lares to Machu Picchu Trekking Tour

Location: Cusco, Peru
Tour code: VTCus-4




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Ipsaycocha lake, Lares Hot springs, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu and much more all in one tour! Exploring Peru does not get any better.

Day 1 Cusco - Patacancha - Ipsaycocha lake

We depart Cuzco early in the morning and travel to the township of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, then will cross the Sacred Valley after 4 hours of driving. We will arrive at Patakancha, a Quechua community, where people live very much like their Incan ancestors, in stone and adobe homes with thatch roofs. The locals weave much of their clothing, work the land with foot plows and live off their llamas and alpacas supplementing their income working as porters. Visit the community and school. After the community visit, you will meet your trekking crew, your kit will be loaded and you will start your hike. As you leave the village, you will enjoy views of alpaca and llama herds grazing along the trail. The scenery is typical of the high Andes with ichu or high altitude grass as well as some polylepis trees. After approximately 1.5 hours of ascent, the trail flattens and you reach Lake Ipsaycocha, a beautiful small lagoon. This afternoon, we cross our first high pass of Ipsaycocha pass at( 4,600m / 15,456ft) , the rest of your hike will be downhill towards campsite (4,200m/13,780ft).

Lunch and dinner are included.

· Day 2 Huacahuasi - Lares Hot springs

After breakfast, you begin to descend for about three hours until you reach the community of Huacahuasi. Today, the scenery will be dramatically different from yesterday: fields of potato, barley, quinoa and corn are abundant here.

Many of the houses that we see in the small village of Huacahuasi are built from stone and have thatched roofs. The people of this village produce beautiful colorful textiles. In the morning, we will learn about the weaving techniques and be able to admire some of their high-quality ponchos, chullos (wool hats) and other garments.

A further walk of 2 to 3 hours will take you to the hot springs near the colonial village of Lares at 3400m, where we will set up camp. For those of you, who remembered to bring your swimwear, we will take a relaxing dip in the warm waters which are famous for their healing powers. Feeling fully refreshed, we will have a dinner and spend the night.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

· Day 3 Lares - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes!

Early the bus will pick us up to the head of our short trail by the Totora canyon for 2 hours. Our transportation will be waiting for us to take us further down the valley to the Incan town of Ollantaytambo, where we will rest and have lunch. In the afternoon, we will catch a train to Aguas Calientes. This is a spectacular journey that starts in the Quechua highlands and slowly descends to lush tropical vegetation as we near Aguas Calientes. Total journey time by train is about 1½ hours. We'll spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes. Where you'll no doubt enjoy the opportunity to soak in the hot showers!! We will make it an early night to bed to prepare for your Machu Picchu visit the following morning.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

· Day 4 Machu Picchu!

We will have breakfast at 5:45 am and then catch the first bus to Machu Picchu, about a 20-minute ride, in order to appreciate the magnificent sunrise over the city. It is also possible to walk to Machu Picchu. This takes about one to two hours.

Your guide will then give you a 2 hour guided tour and after this, you can explore the mysterious city by yourself. If you still have energy, you can also climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu (meaning Young Peak) at 2720m/8890ft. It takes around 45 minutes to reach the top. Afterwards, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (which can be reached by bus or on foot) to have lunch and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco. The earliest train usually leaves at 1 pm and the latest train usually leaves about 9 pm. We arrive back to Cusco in about four hours with a bus transfer in Ollantaytambo.

If desired, we can arrange for you to have an extra night in the town of Aguas Calientes. Please let us know whether you would like to stay an extra night when booking your tour.


  1. Professional, bilingual tour guide
  2. Pick up from your hotel.
  3. Return transportation by bus and train
  4. Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  5. 2 bus tickets to and from Machu Picchu
  6. 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3-afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day (breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 4 are not included)
  7. Dining tent with table and chairs
  8. Cook
  9. Porters to carry personal belongings up to 5 kilos.
  10. Horseman and mules (they carry cooking and camping equipment)
  11. 4-man tent (for every 2 people only)
  12. Sleeping mattresses
  13. Oxygen bottle
  14. First Aid kit
  15. Meals as specified in the itinerary.


  1. International and domestic airfares.
  2. Airport departure taxes or visa fees.
  3. Excess baggage charges.
  4. Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations.
  5. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
  6. Insurance of any kind.
  7. Laundry.
  8. Phone calls.
  9. Radio calls or messages.
  10. Reconfirmation of international flights and items of personal nature.
  11. Single room and single tent US$ 250


Additional info

Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind.Please review the following information before your departure to the Inca Trail to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.

Departure description

We depart Cuzco early in the morning and travel to the township of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, then will cross the Sacred Valley after 4 hours of driving. 

Departure point
Hotel pick up and drop off., Hotel pick-up and drop off.
Directions to departure

Tour language
  • English
  • Spanish
Time From To
Monday, January 1, 2018 Monday, December 31, 2018

Cancelations 10 days or less before the tour start will result in a 100% charge.