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Lares Trail


Trek through the fabulously fertile Sacred Valley
Visit authentic villages where time has stood still
Stunning mountain scenery along the whole of the trail
Explore Cuzco, the capital of the Incan empire
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The Lares trek is an excellent trail for those who want to get off the ‘beaten track’ as it treks through Andean communities which have remained unchanged over centuries. You are surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes and valleys but the real interest is in the fascinating villages you trek through.

The trail starts from the Sacred Valley, so called because of its incredible fertility, and crosses a 4400 metres pass before finishing at Aguas Calientes and your tour of Machu Picchu.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival

If you have booked airport transfers the Kandoo team will meet you at Cuzco airport and transfer you to your pre-trek hotel. Otherwise, you can make your own way there. Later you will attend a pre-trek briefing with your Lead Guide to prepare you for the challenge ahead.

Day 2Acclimatisation day in the Sacred Valley

The air is almost as thin in Cuzco as it will be at the highest points of your trek, so it is a good chance to acclimatise when you can still get a comfortable night's sleep. We will spend the morning in the Sacred Valley, visiting the town of Chinchero and the Salt Mines of Maras. We will then continue by vehicle to our hotel in Ollantaytambo where you will have the afternoon free to rest or explore.

Day 3Drive from Ollantaytambo to Quiswarani, trek to Coyalay

We'll get on our private bus early in the morning, and drive to the village of Quiswarani where we'll meet up with the rest of the Kandoo crew, including the arrieros who look after the pack horses.

Today is a gentle ascent to Coyalay where we camp by the lake

  • Elevation: From 2800 metres to 3900 metres
Day 4From Coyalay to Cancha Cancha

An early start will give us the best views as we begin our gradual ascent of the Abra Pachacutec, or Condor Pass. At 4460m, this is the highest point of our trek. From the top we are rewarded with views of the snow-capped peaks of Pitusiray (5750m) and Chicon (5500m). Our trek continues along a narrow, barren ridge before we begin our descent to our campsite near Cancha Cancha village.

  • Elevation: From 3900 metres to 3800 metres
  • Highest point: 4460 metres (Pachacutec Pass)
Day 5From Cancha Cancha to Huaran, drive to Ollantaytambo, train to Aguas Calientes

Our last day of real trekking will also be one of the easiest. Our trail follows a small river flanked by steep mountains, passing through Queuñas bushes and pretty farmland. When we reach Huaran village we will stop for lunch.

From there we will be taken to Ollantaytambo by bus, and by train to Aguas Calientes for a night at the hotel.

  • Elevation: From 3800 metres to 2050 metres
Day 6Tour of the ruins at Machu Picchu

After a hearty breakfast it is on to the bus for the ride up to Machu Picchu itself. The guided tour lasts 2 hours, starting with the Sun Gate then moving on to the Inca Bridge and the main temple area. After that, the day is yours to explore the ruins on your own. We can arrange a climb to the top of Huayna Picchu, the mountain behind Machu Picchu, but permits must be purchased in advance.

Afterwards, we'll take you to  Aguas Calientes by bus, back to Ollantaytambo by train, and then to your hotel in Cuzco by private transfer.

  • Elevation: From 2050 metres to 2430 metres to 3400 metres
Day 7Departure

After a shower and a good night's sleep, it will be time to leave. If you have arranged airport transfers we will meet you at the hotel. Otherwise make your own way to Cuzco airport for your departing flight.

What's Included

Included
  • Hotel accommodation for two nights before and one night after your trek on a B&B basis
  • Prices are based on 2 people sharing a twin room and tent
  • Transfers to and from your trek start point
  • Hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes for one night on a B&B basis (not on the Classic Inca Trail)
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Standard train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Service of our qualified guides, cooks and porters / horsemen
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the trek
  • Private toilet tent for use by the group
  • Access to emergency oxygen and first aid kit
  • Foam sleeping mat
Not included
  • International airfare and departure taxes
  • Entry visa for Peru (not required for UK, USA, Canadian, Australian or EU passport holder. Other nationalities may require a visa)
  • Airport transfers are not included but can be booked separately
  • Personal trekking insurance (must cover trekking to 4500m as a minimum. Some routes will go to higher altitudes)
  • Single tent and hotel occupancy costs an additional £180 / US$220 per person and must be requested at time of booking
  • Permit to climb Huayna Picchu is not included but can be booked separately
  • Tips for the crew
  • Personal hiking/trekking gear
  • Meals, snacks and drinks not specified
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal medicine

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1HOW DIFFICULT IS THE LARES TRAIL?

The Lares Trek is considered a moderate trek with no technical sections. Whilst the trek itself is not challenging, the altitude can affect people in different ways.

Q2WHAT IS THE DISTANCE OF THE LARES TRAIL?

The Lares Trail is 20.5 miles long or 33 kilometres.

Q3WHAT IS THE SCENERY LIKE ON THE LARES TRAIL?

Like most treks in the area, the Lares Trail provides stunning mountain scenery. However, what makes the Lares Trail so popular is the local Andean communities that the trail passes through. Authentic weaving communities is one of the highlights.

Q4DO I NEED A PERMIT TO HIKE THE LARES TRAIL?

No permit is required for the Lares Trail.

Q5SHOULD I BOOK IN ADVANCE?

Yes. Although spaces are often available at short notice, try to book at least 1 month in advance.

Q6WHEN IS THE HIGH SEASON FOR THE LARES TRAIL?

The trail can be hiked throughout the year, however, the peak period is from May to September.

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