Lares trek combines hiking, sharing time with local families, and visiting Machu Picchu

Day 1: Cusco to Huacawasi Pick up from hotel at 7 am after breakfast at your hotel, visit ruins at Pisac where we can see the largest Inca Cemetery, and then visit a local market in Calca. We will then drive to the beginning of the trek to the community of Lares, where you can take a dip in the local hot springs before starting the hike while our chef prepares a delicious lunch. After lunch, we will then hike 3 hours to Huacawasi where we will set up camp for the night. We will enjoy our dinner and then have an early night in preparation for our hiking the next day.

Altitude: 2850 - 4400 m. / 9350 - 14436 feet

Hiking time: 3 hours

Driving time: 3 hours from the Sacred Valley

Day 2: Huacawasi to Mantanay—We will wake up at 6 am, have breakfast and then before our hike, visit one of the local families and see how time has stopped in these communities—the locals are still living in a traditional way and keeping the Inca secrets about astronomy, medicine and weaving textiles. The hike starts with an ascent of 3 hours to Condor Pass with an elevation of 4,600 meters or 15,000 feet. Enjoy the majestic views of the Andes and Aurora Lake and watch the grazing llamas and alpacas. Descend one hour to our lunch spot next to the lake. After lunch continue 2 more hours to Mantanay where we can enjoy dinner, a bonfire with marshmallows, and ghost stories.

Hiking time: 7 hours


Day 3: Mantanay to Yanahuara—Today we will descend for 3 hours through the beautiful high jungle where we can see native trees that were used by the Incas to build their farming tools, bridges and houses. Arrive into the farming community of Yanahuara, located in the Sacred Valley. Here we will take a walking tour of a local farm where the 4th generation of farmers are working the fields to grow corn, veggies, strawberries and other crops. Mr. Bernardo Baca will give us a tour of his farm and we can pick veggies that will be used in the preparation of our lunch. While our chef is preparing lunch, we will cut alfalfa to feed the guinea pigs and Ms. Marina Baca will teach us about chicha, the traditional Inca corn beer. After lunch, transfer to Ollantaytambo to take a late afternoon train to Aguas Calientes.

Hiking time: 3 hours

Day 4:  Aguas Calientes, Machu picchu, to Ollantaytambo Wake up at 5:30 and have breakfast at 6 am, then go to the bus station to take the 20-minute bus ride to Machu Picchu. Arrive in time for sunrise. Then you will have a 2 ½ hours walking tour of the site where we will visit the most important temples and palaces and understand why the Incas built this magic place. Have free time to explore on your own or climb Huayna picchu if you have purchased tickets to do so. Return to Aguas Calientes by bus for lunch before taking the 2:55 pm train to Ollantaytambo. Transfer to hotel.


GROUP SIZE of 2 (minimum) $850 per person, 3-4 people: $650 per person, 5-6: $630 per person, 7-8: $600 per person, 9 or larger $570 per person



Transport from hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley to Lares, Tourist train to and from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (can be upgraded to Vistadome if desired), Bus from and from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, Entrance to the thermal baths in the Valle de Lares, Entrance to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu, 3-star hotel with private room and bathroom in Aguas Calientes (prices based on shared accommodation Tierra Viva Machu Picchu or equivalent (, Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English), High quality camping equipment (Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, toilet tent), Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/Option vegetarian), Professional trained chef and cooking equipment, Horseman and mules, for all camping and personal equipment (up to 7 kg), Emergency horse (minimum 2 persons), First-aid kit and oxygen bottle

Not included:

Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes, Sleeping bag, trekking poles, air mattress (each available for $20 per person), Boleto touristico needed to visit Pisac, also covers visits to most other archaeological sites in and around Cusco 130 soles or $37.

What do I need to bring?

Backpack with rain fly, Sleeping bag if not rented, Layered clothing for warm days and cool nights, rain gear, Trekking shoes, Bathing suit, slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs), Rain poncho and a hat, Sunscreen, insect repellent, hand sanitizer, toiletries, Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries, Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit, Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.