Hike, Van, Train
ORANGE NATION is the only tour operator with its own scenic and cultural trek routes, that TREKS COMPLETELY OFF THE BEATEN PATH with the LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU.
Look forward to interacting with one of the oldest and most authentic indigenous cultures of Peru. You will come across locals from isolated villages still wearing beautiful, bright traditional outfits and speaking Quechua, an indigenous language of Peru that was the primary spoken language during the Inca Empire. Next, find yourself trekking through absolutely stunning mountain landscape. You will pass gigantic snowcapped mountain peaks and glaziers, jaw dropping turquoise and clear blue glacial lakes and on clear nights, the brightest star constellations you can find. The air you breath is clean and fresh and feels crisps against your skin. Lastly, this trek is moderately challenging. So, you get the full satisfaction of hiking through the Andes to get to Machu Picchu, without having to deal with the intensity and high physical fitness required by other trails.
Due to lack of time the 3 day Lares Trek is unable to visit the Lares Hot Springs which is possible on the 4 day Lares Trek.
Wake up for an early 5:00am pick-up for your Lares Trek to Machu Picchu Trek. Pick-up will be at your hotel lobby in Cusco or a little later if your hotel is along the Sacred Valley. Please coordinate with the office for your location and pick-up time. Along the way we stop in Calca at a local market for any last minute supplies. This market is great place to get any fruits, nuts, chocolate or energy bars or gifts for the local kids you get to interact with along the trail. After our short stop at the market, we then drive to our trailhead in Huaran.
Along the river bank , we meet our trekking team and settle down for the first of many scrumptious breafkasts from our talented chef. While we tuck in, the horsemen pack up our duffel bags onto the mules and horses and prepare for the journey ahead. You will only keep your backpack with just the essentials needed for the day.
Our hike starts at a pretty warm climate, that gradually gets chillier as we gain elevation and get closer to camp. The first section of the trail is steep, so pace yourself, it will eventually level out and become more of a gradual climb. To accompany us along the way we have the Pachachaca river gently flowing downstream and an opulence of unique flora lining the towering mountains flanking us. Pick your guide´s brain, they are well versed in all things related to Andean culture and enjoy sharing their knowledge. On day 1, we gain over 900m/2953ft in elevation. We make a stop along the way for a buffet style lunch, prepared with a delectable mix of local and international ingredients. The rest of the journey leading to the farming community of Cancha Cancha has absolutely stunning scenery.
On arrival, our trekking team greets us with a selection of snacks and hot tea. Later, we spend time in this isolated Quechua speaking village playing with the kids or just walking around and savoring the beauty that nature has provided. Your guide will be more than happy to translate and teach you some Quechua phrases if you wish to communicate with the locals. Later, we head over to our dinner tent for a scrumptious and abundant 5-course dinner. To end the night, we cozy up to spend the night admiring the star-studded night skies. Learn from our guide about the intricate farming methods of the locals and ancient Incas, by using the constellations for guidance
We wake up to a steaming cup of tea served by your guide in our tent, accompanied by a basin of hot water to freshen up before breakfast. Before departing, take the last opportunity to use the clean private flushing toilets available at our campsite. This is the most challenging, but rewarding day of the entire trek. Heading northeast for 4-hours, we embark on a steep climb, with zigzags to reach the highest point of the trek, Pachacutec Pass (4,700m /15,420ft). Once at the top, delight in the pleasure of your achievement and the absolutely stunning views that will be your reward. This pass gives you unsurpassed panoramic views of the valley, dazzling turquoise glacial lakes and two eye-catching snow-covered mountain peaks.
After spending some time at the top, we continue on a short descent to our lunch spot at the mirrored glacial lake of Quiswarani. During lunch we are surrounded by plenty of llamas and alpacas grazing lazily in the valley. This is the perfect opportunity to take the standard Peruvian llama or alpaca vacation picture. Llama herders are readily seen in beautiful colorful garments and are always eager to exchange greetings in their native tongue. Along the trail we pass by the picturesque 7 waters waterwall, stopping for a few minutes to capture and admire a beautiful part of nature. Finally, we reach the small village of Kiswany to take our 2-hour private transportation to Ollantaytambo. Later, we board the train for a relaxing train ride to Aguas Calientes, where we have dinner at a restaurant and spend the night in our carefully selected hotel.
After an early breakfast at your hotel, we are ready to get an early bus at 5:30am up to Machu Picchu just in time to witness the sunrise. It is a truly mystical site out of history you’ll not want to miss! After enjoying the sunrise your guide will provide a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu. We follow the circuit route on our ticket inside the citadel.
After the tour, people that have booked an extra hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mt in advance will have time to hike it on their own. When they have had their fill of the incredible views of Machu Picchu, a bus back down to Aguas Calientes will be waiting. Upon arriving at Aguas Calientes lunch is waiting with numerous restaurants to choose from (lunch not included). Depending on your train departure time, there may be some time for shopping, or sightseeing.
The Expedition train will take you back to Ollantaytambo at 2:55pm or 3:20pm, following the spectacular Urubamba River. Back at Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private van. You estimated arrival in Cusco is 7:00pm.
Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel
|No. OF PEOPLE||PRICE|
|2 people||$ 537 USD per person|
|3 people||$ 507 USD per person|
|4 people||$ 559 USD per person|
|5 people||$ 537 USD per person|
|6 people||$ 497 USD per person|
|+6 people||$ 477 USD per person|
***Price based on number of people due to the fact that this trek is not as high in demand as the 3 day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, thus it usually has a smaller group 2 to 4 persons.
***We provide large Eureka 4 person tents for each 2 trekkers.
*** This price includes the extra pack horse which will carry your belongings up to 7kgs. We will provide you a duffel bag you can put your things in.
Please read the following information carefully. It will help with your questions about our services and the 3 day trek to Machu Picchu!
We will pick you up from the airport in Cusco and take you to your hotel. Please let us know your flight details at least 14 days before arrival. Our representative will be holding an orange sign reading ORANGE Nation outside the arrivals. You must exit the terminal to find our representative as they cannot enter. (Please let us know if your hotel is in the Sacred Valley so we can make the necessary arrangments).
It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm at our office which is located at Garcilaso Street 210 , Office Nº:213 (2nd Floor) in the la CASA DEL ABUELO shopping center
ABSOLUTELY! During the 3 day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are for free.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an Lares Hike Machu Picchu tickets without the following information:
SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person in order to purchase a permit for the Lares Trek to Inca Trail & Machu Picchu. You can make you deposit by clicking on the PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the PAYPAL symbol on our booking page.
It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many ATMs within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of firstname.lastname@example.org to complete the payment.
Yes, but with some restrictions. We may be able to change dates for a fee depending on what has been already purchased. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date. If you cancel your 3 day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, the deposit is non-refundable!
DEFINITELY! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your Lares Hike Machu Picchu permit or other entrances and reservations. In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.
If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter the Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter the 3 day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, and the train.
Remember to check your current passport to make sure it doesn’t expire within 6 months of your arrival to Peru!!! Most airlines are enforcing the existing law that requires all foreign travelers to have a passport valid for a minimum of six months past the time of entry into Peru. Peruvian authorities will deny entry into Peru for travelers not meeting this requirement.
The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. You will have many different seasons as you pass through the numerous microclimates and will depend on the location.
The climate in Cusco has a temperature fluctuating between 14 º to 16 º C, with warm days and cold nights. The best time to do the Inca trail is between the months of April through October, when the weather is warm. During the months of June, July and August nights are very cold which is why you are advised to bring a good quality 4 season sleeping bag.
The rainy season is during the months of November through March, if you want to do the 3 day Lares trek to Machu Picchu this season has to bring warm clothes and be prepared, as the walk can be a bit more difficult, on the other hand, enjoy sight of a beautiful landscape and colorful flowers.
We highly recommend you bring some warm clothes and good rain gear in your day backpack.
In general, if you exercise regularly and spend 2 to 3 days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley for acclimatization to the altitude, you may be just fine.
The recommended remedies for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN IF NEEDED; our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness. For more detailed information on Altitude Sickness click this link: Altitude Sickness.
The maximum group size is 8 people. Our groups are usually between 2-6 people. Orange Nation Peru specialises in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provide a personalised service.
The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFEL BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/14p. Your team of pack horses will carry your duffel bag for you, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware, that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. A 30 to 40L backpack is sufficient.
Our 3 day Lares trek to Machu Picchu is unique to us and an out of the way location, evening during high season we will only occasionally encounter another group.
It has been highly appreciated by all of our trekkers who want a private, clean and sanitary toilet!! ORANGE Nation Peru toilet facilities have an individual tent and a “camping toilet with a seat.” Check out the picture, which illustrates how we set up our camping toilet on the trek by using this link: picture of toilet tent. Our toilet is always set up a comfortable distance from our campsite. At night if you need to use the toilet it is readily accessible and clean. In Cancha Cancha, we built our own flushing toilet, that stay locked when not in use.
In the unlikely scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, Orange Nation Peru will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.
Generally, those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if they recover quickly, they then continue the journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to original plan.
Absolutely!! Included in the package and on the last day we will drop you at your hotel! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too! If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, for sure we wil pick you up there !
It will depend on the train availability (high season it could book out) but the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco from the train. Therefore, you we usually book the train at 14:55 or 15:20.
The upgrade to Vistadome train which has slightly nicer seats, panoramic windows and ceiling. You will be offered some snacks and a dance show will take place on board. The price is $67 USD per person ,which includes the transfer from Poroy train station to your hotel in Cusco. It is 2 hours by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then another 2 hours from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by bus. If you upgrade to Vistadome, all the way back to Poroy (Cusco), the trip lasts 3.5 hours, then 25 mins by taxi to your hotel. Usually our clients are back at the hotel by 8pm.
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Orange Nation Peru destinations. Of course you are free to tip as much as you feel appropriate, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator for that we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.
As a Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14lbs including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.
We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40L for hiking in the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.
10/10 Amazing experience
If you’re thinking about which agency to use, look no further- Ray and Jimmy went well above and beyond and made this a memorable, safe, fun, and professional experience.
Ray is the most knowledgeable guide I’ve ever had in any country for any excursion - during both the Short Inka Trail and the actual tour of Machu Picchu, Ray’s expertise shined through in his ability to give us a detailed background on every aspect of the history, climate, nature, flora, animals.. anything!
Likewise, Ray and Jimmy were truly the friendliest, kindest hosts that I could have imagined our group having.
Thank you both so much and I will definitely book with you again if (when) I come back!
Did the 2 day Inca trail with Ray and Jimmy they were great and knowledgeable. Ray not only guided us along trail to Machu Picchu but also was an excellent photographer and taught us the history. It was a group of 10 and we had a great time. Even everything going on in Peru, we always felt in good hands.
Short Inca Trial (2-Day)
This tour was the perfect experience for our (group of 10) short trip to Peru. The trail was sometimes challenging, but the views and history made it all worth it. Ray and Jimmy were our guides and imparted sooo much knowledge about the history of Peru, Inca, and beyond. I would definitely recommend!
It was perfect! On the first day we had a great time exploring the Sacred Valley and see the main attractions and learn about the history of this beautiful place.
I would definitely recommend the short Inka trail, I think it was the best way to get to know Machu Picchu and the surrounding area. We arrived at Machu Picchu when most of the crowd was gone and it felt really special.
You won’t regret booking with this tour company, especially if Liz Montesinos is your guide. My boyfriend and I did the 4 day Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain (private) tour. The tour covered everything; from transportation, hotels, meals, tickets and entrance fees, to stops at local places we would’ve never known to go or check out. We did a private tour because for us we felt this would help us get the most out of our time and experience in Peru
Best mix of adventure, history and nature: Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
4-day trekking option seemed too intense for us, but we still wanted to experience the entrance to Machu Picchu through the ancient Inka trail, so we opted for Orange Nation’s combination of Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I couldn’t be more happy about our decision.
We booked and paid the deposit to Orange Nation / Sam travel for the 4 day Inca Trail and Machu Pichu trip back in 2019. But we couldn't travel in 2020 and 2021 - but the company honoured our agreement and so we came back in 2022.
You won’t regret booking with this tour company, especially if Liz Montesinos is your guide. My boyfriend and I did the 4 day Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain (private) tour. The tour covered everything; from transportation, hotels, meals, tickets and entrance fees, to stops at local places we would’ve never known to go or check out. We did a private tour because for us we felt this would help us get the most out of our time and experience in Peru. This tour had so many incredible things and places packed into 4 days.
My girl and i did the Machu Pichu trek tour with Orange Nation. It was seriously the most amazing experience that we'll never forget. Gorgeous views! The long trek was worth the amazing view. The tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. We considered other tours but chose Orange Nation because we liked the idea of smaller groups and this was definitely worth it. I will be using Orange Nation again next year when I come back to Peru!
Wow, what a wonderful trekking experience! My trip to Peru was amazing thanks to this awesome tour that i took with Orange Nation. I did multiple tours with this company. I'm a solo traveler and everyone in my group was always still friendly and did not make me feel left out. I loved going off the beaten track with this company. It's much better to pay extra to go off the path for the quality experience of this amazing guided tour They definitely helped guide us and gave us a quality experience with a small group and paid special attention to each one of us. I highly recommend using Orange Nation for your next tour in Peru!
Has one of the most outstanding meal services. Our chefs have been highly trained to prepare the best peruavian and International food our treks. You should be prepared to not only have a superb trekking experience, but also a culinary one. "The food has been the highlight for all our hikers"