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Lares Trek & Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 6 Days

Our amazing authentic 7 day tour package of exploring the famous Cusco City, hiking our specially designed Lares trek off the beaten path, and the Short Inca trail will be an experience of a life time.

Cusco or Qosqo in quechua was the capital of the Inca empire called Tawantinsuyo. Cusco, is considered the archeological capital of South America and a cultural legacy of Humanity. The streets of the city are over flowing with our country’s history. One can observe the different stages of the evolution from ancient tim

On the Lares trek route, you’ll interact with the locals in their isolated Inca communities where people are keeping the Inca Culture alive. This incredibly picturesque trek includes peaking ice glaciers, shockingly blue glacial lakes, waterfalls, llamas, alpacas and on the 3rd day rewards you with natural volcanic hot springs to soothe your tired muscles.

Highlights of the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Explore the ancient Inca religious cities along the way, enjoy the flora and fauna, hike on the original Inca trail just like in ancient times, visit Machu Picchu, hotel, and the best guides. Plus, upon arrival to Machu Picchu by the Sun Gate, you will have the unique experience of viewing Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate.

Highlights: Sunrise at Machu Picchu – Private guided tour of Machu Picchu – Ascent of Wayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain (optional) – Early return trip by expedition train.

Trip Overview






Price: Sale: $1100.00 USD per person


DAY 1: Cusco – City Tours

Upon your arrival to Cusco you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. There you will receive a short briefing and the rest of the morning enjoying some leisure time to rest and acclimatize to the altitude.

In the afternoon at 1pm, we will pick you up at your hotel and we’ll begin your tour of the Imperial Cusco City, a living example of the mix of Andean and Spanish culture. We then continue our journey visiting the Santo Domingo Convent built over the Temple of the Sun (Koricancha), as well as the Ancient Inca Palace and the Main Worship Centre of the Sun God. We proceed to visit the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman which dominates the city. Finally we go to the vestiges of Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay, located in the north east of the city. Afterwards we take you back to your hotel in early evening.

Hotel: Best Western, 7 ventanas or  Rumi Punku 3***
Meal: Breakfast

Day 2: Cusco – Huaran – Cancha Cancha (Lares trek-Inca Trail)

You will be picked up at 6am to begin your adventure. Now your dream over the next 5 days becomes a reality, as you start the 2 hour drive to the village of Huaran (2840m/9,318ft) located in the famous Sacred Valley between Pisac and Urubamba. Huaran will be the starting point to freedom. We meet up with the horsemen and pack up the horses. Leaving the Sacred Valley behind us, we trace northwards following a gentle ascending trail along the small Cancha Cancha River. It takes approximately 6 hours to reach our destination, a small village named Cancha Cancha (3800m/12,477ft) where we spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities with comfortable tents, blankets, pillows
Time: 6hrs approximately
Difficulty: Moderate

Day 3: Cancha Cancha – Quishuarani (Lares trek-Inca Trail)

Leaving Cancha Cancha we continue north-east up the valley, passing small thatched stone houses,edgey mountainous ranges and typically Peruvian transverse landscapes. After 3 hours the path plateaus out, after the intense ascension of the last 2 hours, we arrive to the highest pass called Pachacutec Pass (4758m/15610ft). Trapezing over the reward of reaching the top, and transfixed by the superb views of Pachacutec Lake and the snowy mountainous peaks of Pitusiray, we embrace the moment to enjoy the marvilous sites before us and to feel the suns rays replenish us. We then head down for the next 2 hours and get to enjoy a refreshing lunch. After lunch we will descend for another 1.5 hours into the valley’s several glacial lakes, herds of alpacas, llamas and sheep. Tonight we camp at (3,870 m/12,694ft) close to Quishuarani village, which has typical stone and thatched houses.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities with comfortable tents, blankets, pillows
Distance: 14kms/10.3 miles
Time:8hrs approximately
Difficulty: Challenge

Day 4: Quishuarani – Cuncani – Lares – Ollantaytambo (Lares trek-Inca Trail)

Mid way through our trek we will conquer the second mountain pass Hillkiccasa Pass,(4200m/13779ft) and surrender to the images of the plunging Peruvian Andes as we are surrounded by nature in it’s purest form. The majestic Colquecruz and Pitusiray Mountains are as exciting as enjoying a piece of candy to watch from the pass. We continue our trek through the Puna grasslands, undulating and productive agricultural sites and natural prestine lakes. After 5 hours of hiking we reach Cuncani, a small peasant community. From Cuncani we head down through a lush valley with extensive agricultural areas, fruit bearing trees, varied flora, and native flowers like begonias and wild orchids. Finally, we reach our destination, The Lares Village (3100m/10170ft) where we are welcomed into the natural volcanic hot springs for an hour to soak, shower off, have lunch and take a siesta if you like.

After lunch in Lares we take our private transport to Ollantaytambo, where we spend the night in our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea – Dinner
Accommodation:Tunupa Lodge or Isky Hotel
Distance: 15kms / 9.3 miles
Time: 6 hrs approximately
Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5: Ollantaytambo – 104kms – Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (Lares trek-Inca Trail)

By this stage on your trek, you will have really gotten into the swing of things. Fully motivated and rearing to go, early in the morning we take our train for two hours to 104 kms (2,100m/6,927ft), Cusco-Machu Picchu way. With the exhilaration starting to lock in we begin our trek, passing the first checkpoint. Afterwards we initiate a moderate climb for three hours to the magnificent archaeological site of Wiñayhuana. (2,650m/8747ft). Once there, we notice the weights lift off our shoulders, as we take in the spectacular views of the Urubamba Canyon, the stunning Inca sites around us, and the connection to the traditional four day Inca Trail. We continue onward towards the Sun Gate, (2,730m/9,007ft) where we take flight with excitement as we get our first spectacular view of Machu picchu in all its brilliance and its majestic monumentality. Your destiny awaits you, just one more hour downward, to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, taking the bus to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend our last night in our hotel.

Meals: Box lunch & Dinner.
Hotel: La Cabaña Hotel  3***
Distance: 13 kms/8 miles
Time: 6hrs approximately
Difficulty: Moderate

Day 6: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Bursting with excitement on your final surreal day, we take the first bus to Machu Picchu archeological site, making sure we tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The Citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu, what an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you through the energetic ruins and its diverse main streets. Then on your own, you can wander around the town squares of the world’s spiritual center of esoteric wisdom, as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Or you can stay still and find the peace within as you sit in the pure delight of the moment.

If you wish to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own you can (not included in the price):

Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain to appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from the views above (additional cost)
You will be given some time to walk to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku. (Free of cost)

Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs (will be an additional entrance fee).

When you are ready, you will descend to Aguas Calientes, have a leisurely lunch on your own, and later on board the train at 2:55pm or 18:20 pm for the return trip to Cusco with the Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo station (Cusco), where you will catch our private van back to Cusco .

Meal: Breakfast
Hotel: Best Western, 7 Ventanas or Rumi Punku 3***


Included / Not Included


*All transfers
*City Tour
*Entrances to the different archeological Inca ruins
*Transportation from your hotel to Lares
*English speaking professional mountain guide with degree in Archaeology
*Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
*Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
*Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
*Bus tickets Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu–Aguas Calientes
*Admission fees to Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail and all archaeological sites
*2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and a roll pad mattress
*Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
*4 night hotel (2 night in Cusco, 1 in Ollantaytambo and 1 night in Aguas Calientes)
*Delicious meals during the trek as indicated in the itinerary
*Cook and cooking equipment

*Air Mattress 
*Horseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, you need to include the sleeping bag in the 7kgs, it will be carried by our mules)
*Provision of a horse in case of emergency such as illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
*First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
*Boiled water to fill in your bottles


*Sleeping bag (minus 8 ºC) – US$20
*Walking Poles – US$15
*Wayna Picchu Mountain – US$75
*Machu Picchu Mountain – US$70
*Energy snacks – chocolate bars, dried fruits (recommended)
*Lunch and Dinner on the last day
Meals on day 1

OPTIONAL UPGRADES for hotels to 4 star or more!
Tips for your porter, guide and chef of Terra Quecua Peru

Prices & Availability

This unique trekking package of the Lares Trek and Short Inca Trail can leave on any date, as long as we have a minimum of 2 participants.

The short Inca trail to Machu Picchu portions of the trek is almost always available year round except it is closed in February for maintenance.

* we will provide you a duffle bag.


_US$930 per person without hotels (2nd night hotel included in trek)
_US$1100 per person with hotels

Peronal horse included!!!

All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 persons with a maximum of 10!
We provide large North Face 4 man tents for each 2 trekkers.


Students with ISIC CARD: US$25. Please send us a copy of your ISIC card at the time of booking.
Under 18 years old: US$30. Please send us a copy of the passport at the time of booking.
Under 11 years old: US$40. Please send us a copy of the passport at the time of booking


*Sleeping bag (minus 8 ºC) – US$20
*Walking Poles – US$15
*Machu Picchu Mountain – US$75
*Huayna Picchu Mt – US $75
*Personal tent: US$30 for solo trekkers only
*Single supplement US$50 per night (for solo travellers with single room)
*Upgrade to 3 or 4 star hotels.


*Transfer – from the Airport to Hotel (Cusco Only)
*Duffle Bag and Trash Bags – included in the trekking price!
*Boiled Water is included along the Inca Trail.
*Oxygen Tank will be available along the trek
*Emergency Horse is included in the price which can be riden if you get tired or sick.
*Small Pillow
*Plastic Rain Poncho made by Terra Quechua  Peru is included.


Terra Quechua Peru offer daily departures on the Inca Trail (excluding February when the trail is closed).

Since 2000 the Inca trail has been regulated by the country of Peru. This has provided many wonderful things, like clean trails and camping sites, but it has also limited the amount of people on the trail each day. Now only 500 people are permitted on the trail every morning – this includes hikers, guides, porters and cooks. If your date is not available, do not fret, there are many wonderful treks to Machu Picchu – just as beautiful as the Inca trail and not as crowded.



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It is strongly recommended to book your Inca Trail at least 4 months in advance as permits can quickly sell out.

Terra Quechua Peru will create amazing expeditions to Machu Picchu, with great guides, chefs, and the unmatchable, unstoppable 'green machinne' Porters, as well as the best equipment tents, sleeping bags, matresses and pillows.