Portrait of the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days

   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.



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.

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.

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.

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.

What's included:   +

  • English speaking professional guide with many years guiding in the Lares region; first-aid certified
  • Brief session before the trek
  • Train tickets
  • Private transportation to the start of the trek and back to Cusco
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu and camping fees
  • First-aid kit, oxygen tank and horse 'ambulance'
  • 4 person, 3 season tent for every two persons
  • Inflatable pad & pillow
  • Toilet tent
  • Dinning tent with tables & chairs
  • All meals
  • Boiled water to fill your water container
  • Cook, horsemen and horses (can carry up to 5kg of your personal stuff, apart from sleeping bag)

What's not included:   +

  • Breakfast on the first morning
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking poles
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (highly appreciated)

Reservations:   +

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

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