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Lares Trek Tours

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Lares Trek
An alternative to the popular and historic Inca Trail, the Lares Trek is a slightly shorter and more challenging route to Machu Picchu. En route to the ancient Inca citadel, the trail winds past dramatic Andean landscapes, remote villages, mountainside markets, and overnight shelters.

The Basics
Travelers typically take 4 days and 3 nights to complete the trek, passing by beautiful snow-capped alpine scenery and remote villages such as Cancha Cancha. Most guided hiking tours provide round-trip transportation from Cusco, plus hotel accommodations, camping and emergency supplies, and meals. Cyclists can also tack a segment of the Lares Trek onto a full-day bike tour from Cusco, to explore the area’s mountains, canyons, and lesser-known Inca ruins.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • While in Lares, visit the ruins of the Inca fortress built to defend against invaders.
  • Due to the trek’s challenging terrain, it’s not suitable for wheelchairs or individuals with walking disabilities.
  • The trek is at high altitudes, so make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Tours operate in all weather conditions; please note that there may be extreme temperature drops from day and night, so you should dress appropriately.

How to Get There
The Lares Trek trailhead is about five hours by road from Lares, a village inside the Sacred Valley, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Cusco and 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Machu Picchu. Most travelers visit as part of a tour that includes transportation to trailhead. If you choose to arrive independently, there is parking in Lares near the trailhead.
 
When to Get There

The Lares Trek is open year-round, though extreme rain conditions may close sections. Overall, the trek is a very good alternative to the traditional Inca Trail, especially during high tourist season (June through August) when permits sell out quickly. Rainy season is generally from January through April (the Inca Trail is closed during February).

Exploring Aguas Calientes

Set inside a deep gorge below the ruins of Machu Picchu, this magical town is the last stop before reaching the great Inca fortress. Also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, Aguas Calientes used to be a small tented railroad camp for workers until the 1970s, when tourists from all over the world started to visit the ruins. Stay here for a night, have a traditional Andean meal, and soak in the hot springs.
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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N Including Hot SpringsMulti-day Tours

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N Including Hot Springs

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Get off the beaten path on your trip to Machu Picchu during this 4-day, 3-night trek along the rugged Lares trekking route. During your walk, visit remote Andean villages like Cancha Cancha not reachable by roads, walking among stunning snow-capped peaks and beautiful alpine scenery. Finish your trip off with an early morning exploration of Machu Picchu, including a guided site tour. Your Lares trek also includes airport and hotel pickup, professional guide, bus and train transfers, two nights of camping and one night in a hotel, high-quality camping gear, and a horseman and mules to help carry baggage.
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All Inclusive - 4 Days Lares Trek To Machupicchu - Private Experience!!!Hiking & Camping

All Inclusive - 4 Days Lares Trek To Machupicchu - Private Experience!!!

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The Lares Trek is an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail. Taking you off the beaten track with visits to authentic Andean communities whilst being surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes and valleys this fabulous trek offers a real insight in to the lives of the people of Cusco as it once was. The route we offer starts in the village of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley and finishes in the hot springs of Lares with a visit to the village of Cuncani along the way. On Day 3 of the trek you take a bus from Lares to Ollantaytambo and then carry on by train to Machu Picchu. VERY IMPORTANT: This tour starts when we pick you up from your hotel, and it will finish when we are going to leave you at your hotel. WE OFFER DAILY DEPARTURES!
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  • 4 days
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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D with Vistadome TrainHiking & Camping

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D with Vistadome Train

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The Lares Trek takes you far off the beaten track to where you can meet and interact with members of traditional Andean communities, visit local schools, hot springs, and walk along with llamas and alpacas. This is a perfect trip to experience our rich history and culture of our country. During the Lares Trek, we will see more nature, lakes, birds and is one of the less crowded routes as well, this tour is perfect for couples, family, honeymooners, and solo travelers to join a nice fun group of travelers. Why book with TreXperience Travel with an authentic Local Tour Operator from Cusco city We offer complimentary airport pick up and drop off We are the only company that offers PACHAMANCA demonstration We offer a real camping experience with tents and hot showers Visit local villages, Andean lakes, a walk with llamas and alpacas Support Social Project while traveling Come back to Cusco on the last days in the exclusive Panoramic trains
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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu: 4-Day TourMulti-day Tours

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu: 4-Day Tour

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The Lares Trek is a 4-day trek that follows a remote path through Andean villages to the Inca citadel, without the busy crowds of the Inca Trail. Hike through small villages with stone houses and take in the beautiful scenery as you pass through Wacahuasi, Wacawasi, Patacancha, and more towns on your way to Aguas Calientes to see the incredible Machu Picchu.
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4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu from CuscoHiking & Camping

4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu from Cusco

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Get off the beaten path on your hike to Machu Picchu with this incredible 4-day, 3-night trip along the less-crowded Lares trekking route. This high-altitude trail offers an unforgettable opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of local Andean communities, set among the jaw-dropping scenery of the region’s rugged terrain. Meet local families, admire scenic vistas of glaciers and observe the area’s diverse wildlife. Cap it off with a visit to Machu Picchu, enjoying a 2-hour guided tour and time to wander on your own. Your Lares trekking experience also covers hotel pickup, two nights of camping and one night of hostel accommodations, a guide, bus and train transfers, entrance fees, three days of meals and snacks and horses to carry baggage.
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Lares Trek - 4 daysHiking & Camping

Lares Trek - 4 days

This Lares trek tour will take you to explore the most remote, authentic and unknown places in the heart of the Andes. Along with incredible landscapes, you will have the chance to see unique fauna, such as llamas, alpacas or Caracara hawks. You will also learn about the local way of life with the Quishuarani community and visit such essential places as the Pisac Inca fortress, the volcanic hot springs, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu.
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Private Lares Trek To Machu Picchu 4 DaysMulti-day Tours

Private Lares Trek To Machu Picchu 4 Days

Just an amazing way to have an alternative trek into the sacred mountains of the Andes in Peru. A novel view of communities, lagoons, hot springs and locals that will make this journey an special experience in life.
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Ultimate Lares Trek & Inca Trail 5 daysHiking & Camping

Ultimate Lares Trek & Inca Trail 5 days

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There are many routes through the jungle to UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu, but the popularity of the main ones can detract from the experience. On this Lares trek, escape the tourist trail and take the road less-traveled to Peru’s top historic attraction. With logistics like accommodation, meals, and transportation included, enjoy a more peaceful trek through the Peruvian highlands and gain insight into the Incas—a civilization lost in time.
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Lares Trek and Machu Picchu 4-Day TourMulti-day Tours

Lares Trek and Machu Picchu 4-Day Tour

Spend a few days surrounded by the pure magic of the Andes in the Lares Trek Valley for a unique and spectacular experience. The most beautiful town, colorful, traditional and full of breath-taking landscapes can be found in the Valley of Lares. Lagoons appearing suddenly behind giant mountains, lamas and alpacas, guided by children or women with their colorful skirts and braids in their hair. This hike will leave you with unforgettably wonderful memories.
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  • 4 days
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Lares Trek Private ServiceHiking & Camping

Lares Trek Private Service

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This trek follows a path through deep green valleys, towering mountain passes, small rural villages, chilly snow caps and communities herding farmers whose way of life has essentially not changed since hundreds of years ago. The Lares trail is located east of Cusco. This journey is the perfect option if you are looking for something more off the beaten path than the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Difficulty: Moderate.
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Valley of LARES Full DayBus Tours

Valley of LARES Full Day

It is a trip to the past ... the last refuge inka, the entrance to the paititi (Dorado) and the thermomedicinal waters of the lakes
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Private 3 Days Lares Community TrekHiking & Camping

Private 3 Days Lares Community Trek

This trip combines an exceptional alternative trek with the principle archaeological sites of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Machu Picchu. We begin by visiting the Pisac ruins and market, then drive into the Cordillera Vilcanota for a short hike to the Andean community of Quishuarani. On the second day we pass waterfalls and turquoise glacial lagoons to reach Pachaqutec pass (4700m.) while surrounded by other soaring peaks of the Vilcanota range. On day three the trail returns us to the Sacred Valley with a gentle descent along the Cancha Cancha River. In the afternoon we drive to the village of Ollantaytambo and return to Cusco on the same day. During our trips, we make every effort to minimize the negative impacts and maximize the benefits to the local inhabitants and natural environments we visit. We are committed to international sustainable tourism guidelines and have developed community projects directly supporting local Andean communities
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Private 4 Days Lares Trek to Machu PicchuHiking & Camping

Private 4 Days Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

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This trip combines an exceptional alternative trek with the principle archaeological sites of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Machu Picchu. We begin by visiting the Pisac ruins and market, then drive into the Cordillera Vilcanota for a short hike to the Andean community of Quishuarani. On the second day we pass waterfalls and turquoise glacial lagoons to reach Pachaqutec pass (4700m.) while surrounded by other soaring peaks of the Vilcanota range. On day three the trail returns us to the Sacred Valley with a gentle descent along the Cancha Cancha River. In the afternoon we drive to Ollantaytambo where we will explore the arqueological site. In the evening we´ll take the train to Aguas Calientes. Early the next morning we'll visit Machu Picchu and learn more about this breathtaking site during the guided tour. During our trips, we make every effort to minimize the negative impacts and maximize the benefits to the local inhabitants and natural environments we visit.
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  • 4 days
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4-Day: Lares Trek to Machu PicchuCultural Tours

4-Day: Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

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Off the beaten path Lares trek. Affords wonderful panoramic views, shockingly blue lakes, the opportunity to experience rural Andean life up close and a final day at Machu Picchu. The Lares trek offers glimpses of an area where traditional Andean life continues to this day: centuries-old weaving and farming practices and traditional dress, plus the opportunity to participate in optional homestays with local families.
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Lares Trek 3-Night Tour to Machu PicchuMulti-day Tours

Lares Trek 3-Night Tour to Machu Picchu

The Lares Valley is one of the most picturesque treks in the southern part of Cusco, home of many traditional weavers and farmers. People live day to day, growing and knitting what they eat and wear. Each day is paced with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. The walk is a bit hard but it is incredibly rewarded with the landscape. You will have lunch alongside cascading waterfalls and appreciate the life of the Andean farmers sharing time with them.
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Lares Trek To Machu Picchu 4 Days & 3 NightsHiking & Camping

Lares Trek To Machu Picchu 4 Days & 3 Nights

The Lares Trek brings you through small colorful Villages off the beaten path amidst the mountains to the sacred city of Machu Picchu. It is truly a rare glimpse of everyday of life of the Andean people, as your senses are flooded with the vibrant colors of traditional garbs, the rich smiles and conversations with local people, fresh mountain air, variant wildlife, and ancient ruins. The three day trek through the Lares Valley brings a deeper dimensions to your trekking experience, social connection and cultural enrichment. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to learn about the intergenerationally and spiritually significant art form of weaving, pass through markets, and appreciate the ingenuity of farming villages high in the mountains. We then catch a train from Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley that will take us to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes). Here you will stay at a very nice hotel the night before your Machu Picchu visit!
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  • 4 days
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Lares Trek 4 days to Machu Picchu All IncludedHiking & Camping

Lares Trek 4 days to Machu Picchu All Included

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The trek to Lares gives us the opportunity to discover a non-tourist path surrounded by the beauty of the Andes and delve into the lively culture of Quechua communities on top of the Sacred Valley of the Incas to finally reach Machu Picchu.
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  • 4 days
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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 04 DaysHiking & Camping

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 04 Days

A way to get to know the Andean landscape, with its fertile valleys, high rivers, lagoons of crystalline waters, waterfalls, forests of queuñas and you will learn about the customs and experiences of the Andean population. In addition to the excursion in the Andes, the program allows you to visit one of the wonders of the modern world Machu Picchu.
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Abra of Lares Biking Tour from CuscoDay Trips

Abra of Lares Biking Tour from Cusco

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The Lares Pass (Abra of Lares) is an adventurous alternative to the Inca Trail, but the wild mountain pass can also be tackling by bike. This private full-day bike tour from Cusco will take you off the beaten track as you explore the mountains, canyons, and valleys; admire little-visited Inca ruins; pass through traditional Andean villages; and enjoy spectacular views over the Sacred Valley. Tour includes lunch, hotel pickup, and bike rental.
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  • 1 day
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  • 11 days
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Lares Trek & Machu PicchuMulti-day Tours

Lares Trek & Machu Picchu

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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 DayNature & Wildlife

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Day

If you are looking for a new and spectacular hike, Lares valley trek 4 days is for you, this amazing hike is located on the right side of the urubamba river. Lares valley trek is an alternative route to the inca trail, it has 44 km of distance from thermal baths of Lares to Ollantaytambo. We will cross the Peruvian Andes from the beautiful valley of Lares to the sacred valley of the Incas in Ollantaytambo, walk through beautiful lagoons and spectacular Andean landscapes.We can also see people who preserve their traditional clothes, customs and traditions, they descended from the Incas. lares Valley Trek is a very good option if you want a unique and true experience on the sacred valley of the Incas.
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  • 4 days
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