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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 3 Days & 2 Days

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. You will pass through the most isolated, indigenous communities which are keeping the Inca culture alive, and get the privilege to interact with them. Our own unique route is incredibly picturesque, with majestic ice glaciers, shockingly blue lakes, waterfalls, llamas, and alpacas. We are the only tour operator that includes the PISAC INCA RUINS on top of the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu. 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.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Pisac– Huaran – Cancha Cancha

Wake early for your pickup at 5:00am for your Lares trek to Machu Picchu whether you are in Cusco or Sacred Valley. Within the hour, we will arrive at the ancient remanents of this truly awesome Pisac Inca Citadel. If you look up at the skies, you will be amazed to observe the flight of the Cararcara falcons hovering and circling while they are hunting in the endless sky. Our guide will share with you the history of the Pisac Inca Citadel.

Breakfast is served high above looking down at the deep gorges and awesome views of the Inca city and valleys. Driving onward for 40 more minutes to Huaran, we meet our horsemen and horses. Time to saddle up, boots on, and begin our first 3 hours, gradually ascending up to Cancha cancha. There, we replenish our energy for our trek ahead with a yummy lunch prepared by our personal chef. Cancha cancha, being the the most isolated and self sustainable community – traditional through and through, has no bus route in or out nor electricity. Reestablish your connection with nature and the realness of life with the locals as they share their homes with us. It would be greatly appreciated if you could share some toys, old useful clothes, notebooks, fruit or any other items with the locals.  Two hours later, we have completed our first day of trekking and arrive at our campsite. Boots off, time to enjoy some tea or coffee with amazing views of the frozen Andean peaks. After dinner, our guide will teach you the Inca Constellations, which they depended on for their agricultural guidance and still do to this present day.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities 
  • Distance: 12kms / 7 miles
  • Time: 6hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate 

Day 2: Cancha Cancha – Quishuarani – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Feeling excited for our second day and having had a scrumptious breakfast, we begin our 4 hour hike northeast, a challenging trek, passing over three high passes to the highest point called Pachacutec pass. (4,700 m /15,420 ft).  This is the time to pat yourself on the back and embrace the feeling of achievement for reaching the summit.  Compensating for the tough trek are the views of the rigid glaciers, shockingly blue lakes, llamas, rugged valleys and undulating farmlands.  After a time to enjoy the 360º views, we descend for an hour, having lunch by the mirrored glacial lake, with picturesque views of the Lares Valley with plenty of llamas and alpacas. After a siesta time, we descend for 2 hours until we reach our campsite located by the Kiswarani community. (3,700 m/12,139ft). Taking the backroads to Machu Picchu, Llama herders are readily seen and the local indigenous people will open their hearts and interact with you in the Quechua language (Inca language). Your guide will act as your mediator to translate and teach you some Quechua language and then you get to enjoy the stunning waterfall. Finally, we arrive to Kiswany, take our transportation for 2 hours to Ollantaytambo and then the train to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night in a hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Wiracocha Inn Hotel or Andean Terra Hotel
  • Distance: 14kms / 10.3 miles
  • Time:8hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: challenge

DAY 3: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

We have finally reached our destination on our final day, we take the first bus to Machu Picchu Archeological site, just in time for sunrise.  There, we tour every crevice of this Newest 7 Wonder of the World, the great Machu Picchu. What an amazing experience! Your guide will expertly direct you through the ruins and its diverse main streets for a 2 hour tour. Then on your own, you can wander around the town squares of the world’s spiritual center of Inca wisdom, as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. You can stay still and find the peace within as you sit in the pure delight of the moment.

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

  • Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu (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 (Entrance fees to enter)

You will descend to Aguas Calientes, have a leisurely lunch and later on board the Expedition train at 4:22pm for the return trip to Cusco stopping at the Ollantaytambo Station to pick up your van back to Cusco and your hotel arriving around 8pm.

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE 3 DAY LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Transfer from the Airport to Hotel (it can be done on any date)
  • Private transportation from the hotel to Pisac Inca ruins and then Huaran (Trailhead)
  • Local Licensed & Fluent English speaking guide (2 guides for more than 8 people)
  • Entrance tickets for Pisac Inca Ruins
  • Round trip train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and a transfer back to Cusco
  • 2 Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes
  • Admission ticket to the Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu for 2 hours.
  • Hotel with private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, storage and buffet breakfast included
  • 4 person EUREKA TIMBERLINE TENT  and a THICK COMFORTABLE MATTRESS
  • Delicious gourmet meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our mules)
  • Provision of a horse in case of emergency – In case of illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles
  • Rain poncho
  • Transfer back to Cusco only for our group
  • Interaction with the local kids and community people
  • Backpack rain cover

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED   FOR THE 3 DAY LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress –$20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent- $30 USD – (Tent for solo travelers only )
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade  –$57 USD per person (For the return to Poroy at 4:43pm )
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain  –$35 USD per person (Please request when you book your trek)
  • Machu Picchu  Mountain –$30 USD per person  (Please request when you book your trek)
  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of SAM TRAVEL PERU

OPTIONAL UPGRADES: Hotel or Train

  • VISTADOME TRAIN from Machu Picchu back to Cusco (Poroy) at 4:43pm:$57 USD per person
  • La Cabaña Hotel:$40 USD per person
  • Tierra Viva Hotel:$70 USD per person
  • El Mapi Hotel:$120 USD per person
  • Additional Night in hotel in Aguas Calientes – From $60  USD (depending on choice and availability)

Price

The best 3 day Lares trek to Machu Picchu is available on any date that is best suited to you as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers

No. OF PEOPLEPRICE
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.
***Guided tour in the Sacred valley (Pisac Inca ruins ONLY) are  included!
***We provide large Eureka 4 man tents for each 2 trekkers.
*** This price includes the extra porter who will carry your belongings up to 7kgs,  we will provide you a duffle bag you can put your things in.

DISCOUNTS

  • 18 to 25 years old:$30 USD. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old:$30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old:$40 USD.  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Group of 5 or more:$30 USD. – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

EXTRAS

  • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress –$20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal Tent –$30 USD – (Tent is for single trekkers only)
  • Additional Night in Aguas Calientes – From $60 USD (depending on availability)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade  -$57 USD per person (For the return to Poroy at 4:43pm )
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain  –$35 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Machu Picchu  Mountain – $30 USD per person  (Please request when you book your Trek
  • Single supplement -$30 USD per night (for solo travellers with single room)

ADDED VALUES  FOR FREE

  • TRANSFER – from the Airport to Hotel (Cusco Only)
  • DUFFEL BAG AND TRASH BAGS – included in the trekking price
  • EXTRA PORTER is included in the price, the porter will carry your belongings up to 7 kgs /14lbs like sleeping bag, mattress, clothes etc
  • BOILED WATER is included along the 3 day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
  • 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 SAM Travel Peru is included
  • BEST ITINERARY operated by 3 day Lares Trek  to Machu Picchu specialist only

Important Info

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please read the following information carefully; it will help with your questions about our services and the 3 day trek to Machu Picchu

ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

You will be greeted at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to your arrival. Look out for our representative holding an orange board reading ORANGE Travel Peru at the arrival terminal.

THE BRIEFING

It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm at our office which is located at Calle Santa Teresa  Nº383; 101 (first floor) we are next to SUBWAY restaurant.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE

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.

HOW TO BOOK THE 3 DAY LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

FIRST, to book your Lares Hike Machu Picchu, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.

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:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

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 VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

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 VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS and PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of orangenationperu@gmail.com. 

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

  • According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need valid universtiy cards). For example: if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
  • All students from 12 to 17 years, the discount is $40.
  • For children from the age of 2 to 12 the discount is $60.
  • Children under the age of 2 are free.
  • All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.
  • Send us a copy at orangenationperu@gmail.com

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Unfortunately the answer is  No. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure dates. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable. With alternative treks 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 Trail to Machu Picchu, the deposit is not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON 3 DAY LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

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.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE 3 DAY LARES  TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

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.

The month of February, the Inca Trail is closed for security reasons, as this month the rainfall is more intense. The weather along the Inca Trail:

  • The Average weather conditions on the Inca Trail:
  • Dry Season April – October
  • Day temperature 20ºC – 25ºC – Night temperature -1ºC – 7ºC
  • Wet Season November – March
  • Day temperature 17ºC – 22ºC – Night temperature 4ºC – 7ºC

We highly recommend you bring some warm clothes and good rain gear in your day backpack.

WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS ON THE 3 DAY LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

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.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?

The maximum group size is 8 persons.  Our groups are between 2-6 persons. Orange Nation Peru specialises in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provide a personalised service.

HOW MANY COOKS/PORTERS FOR THE GROUP?

You will have 1 cook per group. The number of porters depends of the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, they will have 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.

HIKING THE 3 DAY LARES TREK TO  MACHU PICCHU

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 porters 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 50L backpack is sufficient.

WHAT DOES THE TRAIL LOOK LIKE IN THE PEAK SEASON?

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.

ARE THERE TOILETS ON THE 3 DAY LARES TREK TO  MACHU PICCHU?

It has been highlighted by most of our clients, especially by female trekkers,that 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, unlike the dirty facilities supplied by the government.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE TRAIL?

In the 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.

ARE WE GOING TO BE DROPPED OFF AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE 3 DAY LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

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 !

AT WHAT TIME IS THE TRAIN DEPARTURE?

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 4:22pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours to enjoy Machu Picchu

VISTADOME TRAIN UPGRADE; HOW MUCH IS IT?

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 $57 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.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary to you, 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 Oarenge Nation Peru destinations. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you feel it, 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.

ARE WE SUSTAINABLE? 

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.

Packing list

WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE WITH YOU FOR THE 3 DAY LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Valid University card (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage:  2-3L  (Camelbaks are encouraged)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from SAM Travel)
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Toilet paper

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR DUFFEL BAG FOR THE 3 DAY LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

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.

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants at least
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
  • Couple Fleece/ Thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º C
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash
  • Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them
  • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us

TOILETRIES

  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK FOR  THE 3 DAY LARES TREK TO MACHU PICHCU?

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.

  • Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water  at every meal time. Please bring your canteens
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Wool Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Coca leaves
  • Rain plastic poncho (provided by SAM)
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
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