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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu (4 days)

Operative tour

Breathtaking trekking to the ruins of Ollantaytambo, where the train departs for Aguas Calientes.


The tour has confirmed daily departures and can be booked up until 48 hours in advance. However, entrance tickets for the Machu Picchu citadel and the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains are always subject to availability, so we recommend booking as far in advance as possible.

Price

Program for type of accommodations in Aguas Calientes:

  • Without accommodations:
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: US$ 509 per person.
  • Adult non-resident in Andean Community: US$ 529 per person.
  • Hostel Eco Mapi with shared room:
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: US$ 519 per person.
  • Adult non-resident in Andean Community: US$ 539 per person.
  • Hostel Presidente or similar with private room:
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: from US$ 549 per person.
  • Adult non-resident in Andean Community: from US$ 569 per person.
  • Hotel Tierra Viva or similar with private room:
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: from US$ 587 per person.
  • Adult non-resident in Andean Community: from US$ 607 per person.


*Resident price is for citizens of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia, and foreign residents of other nationalities in Peru.

*Non-resident is price for non-resident international visitors in Peru.

*You can have Access to prices for minors (age 14 to 17) directly in the number of passengers’ selector.

Included

  • Pickup at the hotel in Cusco.
  • Transport by vehicle from Cusco to Ollantaytambo (round trip).
  • Transport by Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (round trip).
  • Meals.
  • Cook.
  • Full camping equipment.
  • Herder and beasts of burden (for camping equipment and food).
  • Luggage carrying service the 2 first days (up to 5 kg per person).
  • Briefing,
  • Entry ticket to the Machu Picchu citadel (archaeological site).
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
  • 2 nights accommodation in tent.

Not included

  • 3rd night of accommodations in Aguas Calientes, in case you choose the option without accommodations.
  • The first and the last breakfast.
  • Lunch the last day.
  • Dinner the two last days.
  • Entry ticket to the termal baths.
  • Backpack.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Hiking Poles.
  • Health insurance.
  • Luggage extra wheight.

Optional services

  • Train upgrade to Vistadome: $ 35 per person (one-way).
  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu Mountain: $ 60 per person.
  • Entry ticket to Huayna Picchu Mountain: $ 60 per person.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip): $ 24 per person.


*It is not possible to climb up the two mountains, Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu, in a single tour.

How to book

  1. Select the departure date from the calendar.
  2. Select the number of people.
  3. Click on "Add to cart".
  4. Pay the full price of the tour online.

What to bring

  • A 40 to 60 liters backpack for all the circuit.
  • Waterproof jacket and pants, or rain poncho.
  • Warm clothes.
  • Short and long sleeved T-shirts.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Enough batteries (there is no place where to charge electronic devices in the road).
  • Flip-flops (for showers, rest and river crossing, if it were necessary).
  • Bathing suit.
  • Flashlight.
  • Towel.
  • Hat and gloves for the cold
  • Cap to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Sun block.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Water bottle (Nalgene or similar).
  • Insect repellent.
  • Personal hygiene objects and toilet paper.
  • Ziploc bags or similar (to store the garbage).
  • Camera.
  • At least S/. 200 extra for expenss not included in the trek.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Trek poles (recommended).

Itinerary

Beginning: Day 1 at 5:00 am at your hotel in Cusco.

End: Day 4 at 8:00 pm at your hotel in Cusco.


Day 1: Cusco – Abra de Amparaes – Huaca Wasi

  • Hotel pick up early in the morning and travel by bus to the Sacred Valley.
  • There will be a detour to go up to Abra de Amparaes, at 4,580 meters above sea level.
  • Then, we will go downhill to the Lares Valley, at 3,250 meters high, to its thermal baths.
  • Lunch and rest.
  • We will continue the trek towards Huaca Wasi, at 3,600 meters high, where we will camp.
  • Dinner and rest in tent.


Traverse time: 5 hours in vehicle and 4 hours walking.

Elevation: higher altitude at 4,580 meters and camp at 3,600 meters high.

Weather: cold.


Day 2: Huaca Wasi – Abra Ipsay – Patacancha

  • Breakfast very early in the morning.
  • We will begin the route towards Abra Ipsay, at 4400 meters high.
  • On the way, we will see the communities that inhabit the place, with the colorful clothes of the man of Lares.
  • Lunch and rest.
  • We will go downhill to the Patacancha community, at 3,800 meters high, our second camp.
  • Dinner and rest in tent.


Traverse time: 7 hours walking.

Elevation: Abra Ipsay at 4,400 meters high.

Weather: cold.


Day 3: Patacancha – Willoq – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

  • Breakfast.
  • We will begin our downhill trek towards Willoq, at 3,600 meters high, and then to Pumamarca, at 3,400 meters high.
  • In this last place we will see the beautiful textile craft work of the people who live there.
  • Then, we will travel by bus towards Ollantaytambo, at 2,850 meters high, Inca archaeological center.
  • Lunch in the route.
  • At night, we will travel by train to Aguas Calientes.


Elevation: Aguas Calientes, at 2,000 meters high.

Weather: cold in the morning and warmer during the afternoon.

Notice: there are a lot of mosquitoes.


Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

  • Breakfast.
  • 30 minutes bus trip to Machu Picchu.
  • Guided tour by the citadel.
  • Time to traverse and explore the area by the rest of the morning.
  • We can climb up the Machu Picchu Mountain or the Huayna Picchu (not included).
  • We will travel back by train towards Cusco, where the shuttle will be waiting to take us to our respective accommodations.


Weather: warm and humid.


Visit to the archaeological site

 

The time that you have in the Machu Picchu Citadel will depend on the circuit that we be able to confirm for the date you want to take the tour:

 

  • Circuit 1: allows you to tour the high and low part of the archaeological site, as well as the platforms and terraces area for 3 hours maximum.
  • Circuit 2: allows you to tour the high and low part of the archaeological site, as well as the routes to the Inti Punku and the Inca’s Bridge for 4 hours maximum.

 

In case you decide add the visit to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain as an optional service, you will have less time in the citadel, depending also on the time in which your visit to one of the two mountains is confirmed.

In case we cannot confirm the visit to the mountain as early as possible, the only possibility to visit the citadel will be with circuits 3 and 4 that allow just visiting the lower part of Machu Picchu.

Cancellation policy

  • The cancellation of this tour does not have a 100% reimbursement.
  • If you cancel with more than 6 days in advance, the amount refunded of the advance payed for the booking, will be only US$ 60 per person.
  • If you cancel with less than 6 days of anticipation, the advance payed to book will not be reimbursed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why there are prices for type of accommodations in Aguas Calientes?

    The idea is be able to offer an option according to what you want to pay by the tour, even giving you the possibility to choose the accommodations in Aguas Calientes on your own.

  • What are the differences between accommodations?

    • Mapi Hostel: triple or quadruple shared room, with shared bathroom. Includes box lunch for breakfast.
    • Presidente Hostel or similar: single or double private room, with private bathroom. Includes box lunch for breakfast.
    • Tierra Viva Hotel (3 stars) or similar: single or double private room, with private bathroom. Includes breakfast.
  • For the minor price, is it valid the age the children have at the moment of bokking or when we are going to do the tour?

    The discount for minors applies according to the age they have at the moment of making the tour. Separate from that, you have to send us the travel document at the moment of booking.

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