Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

   Cusco, Peru
   Moderate difficulty
   33 km
   2000 to 4800 meters

About the Journey:

There are many variations of the Lares trek, but the one we will take has been known as “Weaver’s Way”, the easiest of the Lares trek variations. It is a more quiet trail and gives travelers more of a true Andean culture experience as we will pass through some of the traditional weaving villages. We’ll cross two passes: Huchaycasa and Ipsaycocha, both providing beautiful views of the mountains. We’ll also pass hot springs and beautiful emerald lakes on our trek. If you want to experience local Peruvian living, escape into the remoteness of the wild, and take a trip to the ruins of Machu Picchu, then the Lares Trek is the perfect journey for you.

* Note: The altitude can be a problem for beginner hikers. It is recommended to spend at least three days prior in Cusco to adjust.


Day 1:

We’ll leave Cusco early morning and drive for about two hours to the town of Calca in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will have the option to stock up on trail snacks and drinks. Then we’ll continue our drive three hours up to Lares. Here we will be able to visit the hot springs and have lunch before we continue on with the first leg of our trek (about six hours) to Huacahauasi where we will set up camp for the night.

Day 2:

Waking up in Huacahuasi, we will be able to spend the morning watching some of the local villagers weave up some beautifully colored designs. The day’s trek is short, but difficult, as we will climb the Ipsaycocha pass, the highest point of the journey. The climb takes two to three hours and rewards us with beautiful views of the Ipsaycocha lake and surrounding valleys. Then we will descent for a little over an hour to the campsite at Ipsaycocha lake.

Day 3:

We will be on the descent for journey today. From the Ipsaycocha lake, we will go downhill for about three hours until we reach Patacancha. We’ll briefly pass through this village as we continue our descent to Huilloc. From Huilloc we will get private transportation to Ollantaytambo where we will catch a train to Aguas Calientes, from where we will go to Machu Picchu. We will sleep in Aguas Calientes in a hostel for the night before heading to Machu Picchu in the morning.

Day 4:

The day will start bright and early as we head to Machu Picchu. We’ll take the bus up to Machu Picchu where we will have a guided tour of the ancient citadel. We’ll then have the opportunity to explore the ruins on our own for a while and we also have the option to hike the Huayna Picchu (although cost is not included in the trek price). We will then take the train back to Ollantaytambo, from where we will take the bus back to Cusco.


Once your payment is done, you spot will be automatically reserved. However, please keep in mind that we require at least three people for any departures to be confirmed. For more information please visit our Cancellation Policy

What's Included:

A Reputable Guide:

All of the guides at Runnatrip are English speaking (fluently, not casually) and are officially certified guides which is important because a lot of tour operators will use non-certified guides because it is cheaper. Our guides are experts in these treks and will make you feel both safe and welcomed. You have the option to meet your guide in our office prior to your trek so you can learn more about what you should expect on your journey. This is very much encouraged, but not required.


Transportation is included from your hotel to the start of trek and from the end of trek to plaza de armas. This is usually a private van. Treks that include Machu Picchu also include the cost of the train ticket into the ruins.

All Fees:

All entrance/trek fees are covered. You are good if you bring no cash at all. However, tip is always appreciated by the guides/porters.

Evacuation Plan & Safety:

There will be at least one horse just in case of accidents, so people can be evacuated fast. We will also have a first aid kit and oxygen tank with us as well.

All Food and Water:

The mules will be carrying all of the food we will need during the trek. The food is typical camping food like soup, noodles, chicken, beans, rice, fruits, tea and coffee. We will also boil clean water to drink each morning and evening, but be sure to bring your own container.

Camping Equipment:

We will also be providing tents and sleeping mats, tables (varies between treks), chairs, and cooking equipment. Each night we will set up a community tent where we will have dinner and enjoy each other’s company before we head off to bed/go our separate ways for the night.

Porters/cookes/mules to carry the equipments and handle logistics. (depending on the trek, mules can carry up to 5kg of your personal stuff (your tent will already be carried)).

What to Bring:

Comfortable and moisture wicking clothing, hiking boots, sleeping bag, toilet paper, trekking poles, lightweight sandals (to hang around campsite), bottle/container for water.

What Not to Bring:

Jeans, heavy books, laptop, knives, drugs, alcohol, and babies.

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