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Lares trek plus short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 days/4 nights

This trek takes 5 days/4 nights and ends in Machu Picchu.

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Inca Trail

Lares trek plus short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 days/4 nights 23 reviews
Lares trek plus short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 days/4 nights

Lares trek plus short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 days/4 nights

This trek takes 5 days/4 nights and ends in Machu Picchu.

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Inca Trail

Lares trek plus short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 days/4 nights 23 reviews
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The hike to Lares Lares with the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful and quiet of Cusco.

The best alternative to the classic Inca Trail is this hike that combines the best landscapes, natural areas and coexistence with local people.

On this route you can also appreciate many South American camelids typical of Peru, especially many alpacas, llamas, guanacos, which were especially sacred to the Incas (llamas played a vital role in transportation, and some were used in sacrifices as a form of sanctification for a good yield in crop production.

All along the route from Lares to Machu Picchu, we will be able to share moments with cheerful traditional villagers who still wear the conventional attire (bright and colorful) of the original natives of the area.

If you like to hike amidst beautiful scenery, this hike is for you, gain more historical knowledge, and get to know the people by seeing their regular contact with Pachamama («Mother Earth»).  This trek to Machu Picchu also allows you to fully enjoy the unique microclimates and landscapes, along with the ancient cuisines and fresh, natural products. We have a very experienced cook who will surprise you with delicious meals.

NOTE: For this trek it is necessary that you acclimatize at least 2 days in the city of Cusco.


Day 1: Cusco – Huaran – Cancha

Sites to Visit

The adventure begins at 5:30 a.m. when we pick you up from your hotel. We will drive in our private vehicle to the town of Pisac (1 hour approx.), receive a talk about the ruins of Pisac while enjoying the sunrise and the breathtaking view of the Pisac Valley and a delicious breakfast.  Afterwards, we will travel to the town of Huaran (40 min.).  It is here that you will link up with our staff, regroup and organize for our adventure to Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.

We will begin the trek in a gentle and easy way where you will see the natural way of life of the inhabitants of this region and observe the corn and potato fields.  We will continue the hike for another three hours on a gravel road until lunch time.  After lunch, we recommend you take a nap. We will then hike for approximately 1 hour until we reach the «Cancha – Cancha» camp, where we will enjoy breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains and the main trail that we will follow for the next three days.

We will be able to spend pleasant moments sharing with the local people and having dinner and hot drinks.  In the evening we will delight in observing the constellations and snow-capped peaks.

Day 2: Cancha – Quishuarani

Sites to Visit

We will start the day early at 5:45 a.m. enjoying a nutritious breakfast and coca tea.  After packing up, we will continue ascending, and you will find the children herding.  According to Peruvian tradition, we recommend bringing gifts (clothes, toys, especially books and pencils).  In case you have altitude sickness during this steep climb to the top, we will have horses to ride while you rest (Approx. 4 hrs.) until we reach the peak called «Pachacutec».

Arriving at the village called «Acopata» to enjoy a delicious cup of coca tea / soda while we appreciate the crystal clear lagoons and observe part of the sacred valley.

On the hike we can make ascents and descents for about 40 minutes until we reach our lunch area near a lagoon with abundant «trout».

Afterwards, we will walk to the community of Quishurani, still descending for 1:40 min. approximately, to stop for lunch.  After lunch, we will continue for another 2 hours to reach the camp (Quishurani).

In this area we will be able to share the way of life of the local communities, and enjoy hot drinks made of herbs native to the area.

Day 3: Quishuarani – Cuncani – Lares – Ollantaytambo

Sites to Visit

We will start the day with a nutritious breakfast and coca tea.  We begin our hike of approximately 3 hours while observing the numerous crops of the highly nutritious «Quinoa» and many varieties of potatoes, all native to Latin America.

When we reach the top of «Huillquicasa», we will appreciate very transparent lagoons.   After a quick rest, we will start descending to the village of Cuncani; our transportation is waiting for us.

The trip is about 30 minutes to the isolated «hot springs» near the town of Lares.  After enjoying the different naturally heated hot springs, we will have lunch.  After enjoying lunch we will take our transportation to Ollantaytambo (part of the Sacred Valley).  Here we will have dinner at the restaurant and then sleep in the lodge.

Day 4: Ollantaytambo-km 104-wiñayhuayna-Machu Picchu

Sites to Visit

Our trek begins with the pick up at your hotel (5:30 a.m.) where we will go to the train station, (to take our train) until «Kilometer 104» is 1 hour and 30 minutes long; once there we pass the control, begins our walk of the short Inca Trail.  Our first hike is approximately 4 hours to reach the archaeological complex «wiñayhuayna». Afterwards, lunch will be served (actually, I will have a box lunch, if you are vegetarian or have any allergies, let me know).

After lunch, we will continue the hike to the (Intipunku-Sun Gate), one hour and a half then we will have time to take some pictures (THE FIRST MIRADOR OF MACHU PICCHU) and then it will be only 40 minutes to Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world and the mysterious place. Then we have to take the bus to Aguas Calientes, and we will have dinner at the restaurant and spend the night in our hostel.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (The Sacred City of The Incas) – Cusco

Sites to Visit

After enjoying our breakfast we will board our bus that will transport us to the City of the Incas, «Machu Picchu».  Our private guide will give us a talk about this enigmatic Inca site.  We will have the opportunity to visit the «Temple of the Sun», the «Royal Palace», the «Main Temple», the «Temple of the Three Windows» and the «Sun Dial».  Here we promise you an unforgettable experience.  After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore.

In case you have made your reservation to climb the Huayna Picchu mountain, you will start your hike at 7:00 – 10:00 a.m.; please coordinate with the Tourist Guide your visit depending on the schedule programmed by the Municipality.

There are many more activities that you can do.  These activities are optional (not included in the package), for example, the «Puerta del Sol» (2 hours walk up and down), where you will appreciate the Inca city from a different point of view.

In the afternoon, you will take the train (4:20 p.m.) to reach the town of Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo, we will have transportation waiting to take you back to your hotel in Cusco (2 hours approx.).

It depends on the capacity of the train to return to Ollantaytambo.

Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 2 Days

Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 2 Days

Lares Trek And Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days

Machu Picchu 1 Day Tour


  • Pre-departure briefing one day before the tour at 06:00 p.m or 07:00 p.m
  • exactly time will be confirmed by our staff.
  • Pick-up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Lares (starting point of the trek)
  • Camping equipment: personal tents two people in each we provide four people capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks, air mattress, kitchen gear, tables, seat, toiled tent, etc.
  • English-speaking professional and official tour guide (2 guides for groups of over 9 people)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • One night hotel accommodation in the town of “Aguas Calientes”.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) for days 1 to 3.
  • 1 duffel bag where you can pack your personal belongs included the mattress and sleeping bag maximum wage 6kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 3 (we are going to carry in our horses)
  • 1 emergency horse for second day only.
  • Meals (03B, 03L, 03D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Bus ticket up from the town of “Aguas Calientes” to Machu Picchu (One Way) on day four
  • (Round-trip) train ticket from Ollantaytambo to “Aguas Calientes” .
  • Transfer train station-hotel in Cusco

No Included

  • water the day 5
  • tips for the stuff
  • travel inssurence


What To Bring

  • A good day pack: such as Eagle Creek Afar Backpack (Appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings.)
  • Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if applicable)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
  • 3 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans), 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray before the trip.
  • Layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
  • 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit. A rain jacket can be helpful because there are rainy days even in the dry season!
  • 1 warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves, scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
  • 4 pairs of underwear, 6 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) It is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well as the weather is variable, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or too hot.
  • 4 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 good sleeping bag liner which is super lightweight and easy to pack. This does its job!
  • Travel-size tissues and wet wipes.
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on, so bringing some anti-itch ointment could be helpful.
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelback
  • Water (Only for the first day of the hike, as we will provide you with water throughout the rest of the hike).
  • Camera
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Flip flops to change into at night. Your toes will thank you!
  • Toiletries
  • Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach) because some people get an upset stomach on the trek. Also, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be helpful to help with aches and pains after 8-10 hours of hiking each day.
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Something to read in the evenings
  • Extra money for drinks, tips in Soles for cooks, horsemen, guides. (USD$60-70).
  • Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220)


Luxury All Inclusive Service
Number of personsPrice per person

Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2022 through January 2023. All prices quoted are $USD

  • price in group:  $760 per person

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).


  • Student Discount 20$ dollars
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$20.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$35.00

Frequently Asked Questions: Lares trek plus short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 days/4 nights

Travel Guide Lares trek plus short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 days/4 nights

Lares is one of the most beautiful dreamlands in Peru. Impregnable and enchanting Snowy Mountains including the highest mountains of the region of Cusco in the southern Peru, flat lowlands, lush tropical jungles full of wildlife and with varieties of flora and fauna, all lies within a distance of 26 miles/45 kilometers. Lares is a paradise for the tourists and a visitor’s dream come true.

Cusco, the world’s archaeological capital with its rich cultural heritage, exquisite temples dedicated to the Inca Gods & Goddess, the temples of the Catholicism and old palaces with carved windows and doors are a sculptor’s dream and an architect’s delight. It is a land of incredible contrasts.

The region of Lares is a nation of unaffected villages and terraced hillsides – more than eighty percent of the population lives off the land – and whether you’re trekking, biking or bouncing around in packed buses, sampling this simple lifestyle is perhaps the greatest pleasure of all.

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is probably the most famous destination in the world for a growing range of outdoor activities, covered in a separate section of this guide. Trekking from village to village through the hills and up into high Mountain valleys is an experience not to be missed. The scenery varies from cultivated terraces to lush forests to glacier-capped peaks.

Mother Nature has showered her infinite love and gifts to this Lares Trek to Machu Picchu and the visitors can witness these while trekking in the mountains. Unique Path trekking has prepared a set of information and itineraries for our valued clients who would like to enjoy the adventure of a lifetime and after this is over they would definitely carry a sweet memory of a lifetime back home.

Why Sullpayky Experiences!

In SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES we are not only a Travel Agency, we are a 100% Quechua family with more than 15 years of experience in the world of tourism. Our mission is to offer an unforgettable experience that will mark your life, based on Inca values: honesty, love and respect. For this reason, we offer a different kind of tourism, in which our priority is to give you more than a fun trip, a trip of reunion with yourself, to know your essence through the most sacred thing we have, our land, the Pachamama.

We are specialists in creating a personalized experience, so we have more than 28 tours that can be modified according to your needs (from the classic Inca Trail to innovative and alternative tours such as Moonstone) because there are many ways to know Machu Picchu, however, we are convinced that there is only one right for each client. . We also offer tours for clients with special needs.

We offer personalized assistance 24 hours a day, before and during your trip. When you contact us, you will be attended by our Peru travel experts, who will be happy to assist you and help you as soon as possible, answering your questions and providing you with information, as well as recommendations to prepare you physically and mentally for the experience you will live.

All our staff is 100% Quechua and is in constant training to always offer the best possible service. Our guides are Quechua mystics who will provide you with a unique experience. They also have basic training in photography and are equipped with a semi-professional camera to document your entire trip so you don’t have to worry about anything except enjoying every moment. Our cooks have chef training and will be informed of any dietary restrictions (such as allergies).

SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES is a local travel agency and tour operator authorized by the institutions that govern tourism regulations in Peru. That is why we have the necessary licenses and permits to operate within our country.
We also emphasize that we are against the exploitation of the Pachamama (earth) and our wayki (brothers), so we offer a totally ecological tourism and well paid for all our workers, as we seek to be the difference in everything.

We know you will be happy with our service, as evidenced by the hundreds of testimonials from our traveler clients from all over the world. See the recommendations and memories of travel experiences in various social networks such as TripAdvisor, which will explain why you should choose SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES for your next vacation in our country.

About our growth process
Continuous improvement is one of our commitments. One of our principles is that the work of each area is important to achieve the best final product. Therefore, throughout our history we have developed several projects with different areas, which have given us the following results:

We have completed the policy of our Integrated Management System as a sign of the guarantee of our organization.

Continuous training to tour guides, cooks, porters, drivers, people in charge of different areas such as Sales, Reservations, Operations, Administration, etc., in customer service, quality of service to tourists, knowledge of the route, and other topics concerning the tourism industry in Peru. Due to our progress in these areas, we have received the CALTUR 2021 Certification from the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism.

About SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES Licenses and Authorizations
SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES – Travel Agency and Tour Operator, complies with all the requirements and licenses necessary to operate and offer various services in the field of tourism throughout the Peruvian territory. The institutions mentioned below are in charge of regulating the tourism industry in Peru and we are subscribed to them:

We are authorized by DIRCETUR (Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Cusco), a government agency that promotes competition, sustainability, and diversification of Peruvian exportable products, tourism, and handicrafts.

We are subscribed to PROMPERU (Commission for the Promotion of Peru for Exports and Tourism), an institution belonging to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of our country.


We are also subscribed to SERNANP, in order to operate in the Inca Trail Network. The National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State, which is a specialized technical public agency of the Peruvian government, under the Ministry of Environment of Peru, is in charge of directing and establishing the technical and administrative criteria for the conservation of the Natural Protected Areas of Peru.


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