Lares Trek Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 6 Days


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:Lares Trek Cusco – Calca – Lares Hot Springs

Early in the morning, we’ll pick you up from your hotel. We will then drive for about 3 hours and 30 minutes to get Lares hot springs 3,200 m / 10,496 ft, on the way, we’ll stop in Calca a small town in the Sacred Valley, to visit its typical market and get some items for the trail. Upon our arrival at the hot springs, we’ll meet our muleteers and get ready our rucksacks to start the adventure. The trail starts going up the highland valley gradually. Today we’ll have our lunch at about 1:30 pm on the halfway to the first campsite. After lunch, the adventure goes on, along this section of the trail we’ll see some herds of llamas and alpacas, and we’ll reach our first campsite located in Wacawasi village 3,800 m / 12,464 ft. At the campsite after our arrival, we’ll have our tea time and dinner. Today, we’ll have an option to swim at the hot springs before our hike starts, whose cost is 10 PEN (not included), or just start hiking to the first campsite instead, as the most hikers do, this will be managed by you and your trek leader. Lunch and dinner included (except breakfast which is supplied at your hotel).

– Hiking distance: 8 km / 4.97 miles.

– Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours.

– Lowest elevation: 3,200m / 10,496ft (hot springs)

– Highest elevation: 3,800m / 12,464ft (camp site)

– Highlight: Hiking in the Andean valleys with pretty scenic views, interact with local people (children), llama and alpaca herds along the trail, and camping in a highland village.

– Hiking distance: 8 km / 4.97 miles.

– Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours.

– Lowest elevation: 3,200m / 10,496ft (hot springs)

– Highest elevation: 3,800m / 12,464ft (camp site)

– Highlight: Hiking in the Andean valleys with pretty scenic views, interact with local people (children), llama and alpaca herds along the trail, and camping in a highland village.

Day 3:Lares Trek  Wacawasi – Puerto Pass – Mantanay

Today, we’ll wake up early in the morning and a great nutritious breakfast will make us ready for the challenging day. After having breakfast, we’ll hike up to the highest point on the trail called Puerto pass at 4,420 m / 14,498 ft, for about 4 hours from our campsite. On this section of the trail, we’ll still see some herd of llamas and alpacas close to us, and pretty scenic views. When we arrive at the highest pass, we’ll take a deserved break while savoring great views around and a perfect time to offer some Coca leaves to the Andes spirits making an Apacheta (cairn, a mound of stones piled up as a memorial or to mark a boundary or path). We’ll then hike downhill to reach our lunch spot located close to a beautiful lagoon, where we’ll enjoy just prepared fresh meals and hot drinks. After lunch, we’ll continue descending to our second campsite located in Mantanay valley, a valley with beautiful Andean trees called Queuña (a typical tree from the highlands of Peru that grows up between 3,400m / 11,152 ft trough 4,300m/ 14,104 ft, polylepis “Rosaceae” is a genus of low trees with rugged scaly bark). In the evening we’ll take our hot drinks and dinner. All meals included.

– Hiking distance: 14 km / 8.69 miles.

– Hiking time: 7 – 8 hours.

– Lowest elevation: 3,700m / 12,136 ft (camp site)

– Highest elevation: 4,420m / 14,498 ft (pass)

– Highlight: Llama and alpaca herds along the trail, reaching the highest point, beautiful lakes along the trail, and camping in a highland valley.

Day 4 :Lares Trek  Mantanay – Yanahuara – Ollantaytambo

Another great day awaits us and a great breakfast makes us ready for it. After taking our breakfast, we’ll descend for about 3 hours to Yanahuara, a village located in the Sacred Valley, where we’ll have our last lunch and say goodbye to our muleteers and cook. After having lunch,stay this overnight at a hotel .

– Hiking distance: 7 km / 4.35 miles.

– Hiking time: 2 – 3 hours.

– Lowest elevation: 3,050 m / 10,004 ft (The end of the trail)

– Highest elevation: 3,700m / 12,136ft (camp site)

– Highlight: Hiking through the highland forest, train journey to Aguas Calientes town, cozy hotel in Aguas Calientes town.

Train schedule: It can be at 3:37 pm or a later train in expedition class (depends on the availability).


Day 5: Ollantaytambo – 104 kms – 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 raring 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$75
  • 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 Quechua 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.

PRICE 2020 – 2021

  • US$900 per person without hotels (2nd night hotel included in trek)
  • US$1000 per person with hotels

Personal 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.