7 Day Lares Valley Trek to Machu Picchu (Land Only)
The length of this Machu Picchu Lares trek 7 days, is excellent because it provides you a variety of tour options for you to explore. Aside of the Inca Trail also there are alternatives routes to get to Machu Picchu and the Lares Trek 7 days is one of them.
To get to Lares we will have to ge into the Sacred Valley of the Incas which is famously well known for most travellers. This new routes such as the Machu Picchu Lares trek 7 days has been opening to cover the curiosity of new adventurers. Trekkers get complete satisfied by seeing all this hidden paths full of Inca temples, natural hot springs, wild fauna, local communities, lakes like the sky colours, breathtaking views of snow-capped Andean peaks rising up at 6,000 meters!
We are sure, Machu Picchu Lares trek 7 days, is one of the alternative treks you have to get on meanwhile visiting Cusco, a land of an ancient culture, and superb landscapes.
Price per person
Itinerary at a Glance
Flight to the Imperial city of the Incas
Open day at leisure
Time to start our adventure, on the way to Lares Valley
Huacahuasi - Lares Hot springs
Lares - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes!
Machu Picchu in its Glory – big day!
Bye Bye Cusco and Fly to Lima!
Welcome to our Machu Picchu Lares trek 7 days, tour.
As soon as you arrive to the local Cusco airport, a Valencia Cusco representative will take care of you and transfer you to your hotel in the city centre.
At this stage, either you can enjoy the Inca city and colonial heritage on your own and provide you some tips to eat at some local restaurants. Or you might want to rest and wait until later on in the evening, when Cusco city shows off its night live. At night time, there is several places to have a delightful night and eat too.
On this day, you can carry on and staying in Cusco city or embark on an optional trip to the Sacred Valley. The Machu Picchu Lares trek 7 days, tour has considered second day to show you the Sacred valley because is one of the most representative and beautiful landscapes of Cusco. As you know The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous routes worldwide and begins at some point within this Sacred Valley.
We need to leave Cusco during the morning time at around 08:00 am and head towards Pisac village. We have choose this location as part of our Machu Picchu Lares trek 7 days, tour because Pisac offers you a fantastic artisans market and a well preserved Inca architecture of the same name as the village. The artisans market is worthy to visit as all the hand made products are using organic materials, very well made and designed too.
After been in Pisac market, the Inca ruins in this valley of Pisac is awaiting our visit. We will head up on a private transport and to have also a panoramic view of this impressive and beautiful Sacred valley.
If visiting Pisac did charm you, then Ollantaytambo will not be less. We are leaving Pisac in direccion to Urubamba towards Ollantaytambo but before getting to our final destination, we will have a lunch break (not included) on the way.
Our Machu Picchu Lares trek 7 days, to Ollantaytambo Inca site, shows you the magnificent temple of the sun. This Inca tour shows you also the enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished, stone water fountains, stairs and terraces similar in a way to Machu Picchu.
Looking at the people of Ollantaytambo, you will notice, their pride in keeping their traditions reflected in their beautifully wearing of typical dresses. This village is surrounded by their local sacred mountains and Valleys.
Finished our journey to Ollantaytambo, we will be visiting Chinchero market and then return to Cusco at about 18:30-19:00 hours.
This Optional: Full day sacred valley tour (Extra Cost).
Our this day we will be exploring Lares Valley to begin our trekking. We will come and collect you at your hotel in our private transport. We will leaving Cusco city and pass Ollantaytambo in the sacred valley until we get to a small town called Patakancha, a Quechua community.
The local people from Patakancha, live very much like their Inca ancestors and families on this community make their homes using the same principles of the Incas. Local people are dedicated to make their clothing, work the land with foot ploughs and live off their llamas and alpacas. In addition most families are supplementing their income working as porters for different trails as this Lares trek.
Once we arrive to the village, we will greet them and also meet part of trekking crew who will take care of our equipment for this coming day of the Lares Trek.
Once we are ready, we will start our walk into this valleys, later on we will seeing the high andean scenery which is very different from flat terrain. The grass, Polylepis trees, LLamas, mountains and lakes all are unique. It will takes us some time to ascend ( around 1.5 hours ) until we get to a flat ground and beginning to glimpse the colours emerald and blue together on the ground surface and perceive the beautiful lake Ipsaycocha.
At this stage we will realise the magnificent views we have in front of us and feel very lucky to contemplate such panorama. Once we get to the top of this Lares trek, we will crossed being our first pass named after the lake as the Ipsaycocha pass at( 4,600m / 15,456ft) above the sea level. We will carry on hiking for some time downhill towards the campsite (4,200m/13,780ft).
Lunch and dinner are included.
It was a trekking the day before and as soon as we wake up, our breakfast will be served for us to enjoy. The Machu Picchu Lares trek in time, will take us to the royal house of the Inca but first still we need to follow our trail and hike more.
Once we are ready, we will be descending the mountain for around 3 hours until we get to the community of Huancahuasi. We will see fields of potato, barley, quinoa and corn as they are very abundant here.
People of Huancahuasi village, built their own houses using stone and thatched roofs. The people of this village produce beautiful colourful textiles. There is a chance, local people will show us on how to do the weaving techniques, and be able to admire some of their high quality ponchos, chullos, (wool hats) and other garments.
Afterward of interacting with the local community of Huancahuasi, we will head for the hot springs near the colonial village of Lares at 3400m. This hot springs are very well known among locals for the curatives powers. Around this area we will set up camp, have dinner and spend the night and get ready to continue our Lares Valley Trek 7 days and soon towards Machu Picchu. .
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
We had another fantastic time on our Lares trek, and after finishing our breakfast and getting ready for the day ahead, we leave our campsite on another couple of hours walk until we get to the Totora canyon. We will carry on this trail until at some point in the route our private transport will wait for us. Our transportation will take us further down the valley to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. At this village we will rest and have lunch and look forward to complete the Machu Picchu Lares Trek 7 Days.
Later on In the afternoon, we will get a train to Aguas Calientes and enjoy a fantastic odyssey worthy of a film start that starts with you in the peruvian Andean highlands and slowly descends to lush tropical vegetation as we near Aguas Calientes town. The journey time by train is about 1½ hours. We will spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes and to soak under the hot showers! We suggest you to have an early night to prepare for your Machu Picchu visit the following morning.
Breakfast and lunch are included.
The Inca, the son of 'Inti' (The Sun) was allow to enter to the glory and enjoyment of his royal house, Machu Picchu. Today you will trace his steps and complete the whole Machu Picchu Lares Trek 7 Days tour.
After taking your breakfast at 05:45 am we leave this town and get the first bus to Machu Picchu. The ride will take us around 20 minutes to get to the top of the hill. Our aim is to get to the ancient citadele when the sunrise over the city.
The first impression of Macchu Picchu is its fantastic location which mix very well with the whole nature around it. Very far away at the back the Andean mountains and snow peaks. The whole view it will just take your breath away that is for sure.
Our guide will give you a 2 hour guided over this Inca tour and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourself.
If you have done the arrangements during your Machu Picchu Lares Trek 7 Days, you will know that in order to climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu at 2.720m/8,890ft above the sea level, you will need a permit. To climb the Huayna Picchu mountain which is the one facing the ancient city, It takes around 45 minutes to reach the top.
Once you finish exploring the city or part of it, your guide will meet you in Aguas Calientes to have lunch and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco. The return to Cusco takes about four hours with a bus transfer in Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
Please note: allocations or Itineraries are subject to change depending on time of bookings and campsites provided by INC (National Culture Institute that runs the Inca Trail).
We want to thank you in joining this Machu Picchu Lares Trek 7 Days tour, and now you have become part of our extended Inca family. Our reward will be to pass now your experiences of this tour to your friends and family.
Finished your breakfast, you will get transfer to the local airport for you to take your flight back (according to your airline schedule). Have a safe journey.
- All pick-ups from the airport to the hotel and vice versaAll hotel accommodations (Casa Andina Cusco classic *** OR similar standard)
- All breakfast included in the accommodations 2 DAYS INCA TRAIL
- Professional bilingual tour guide
- Assistant tour guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
- Pick up from your hotel to the train statfion
- Entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- 1 breakfast, 1 boxed Lunch and 1 Dinner
- Bus tickets in Machupicchu
- 1 night at 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes Hotel
- Oxygen bottle
- First Aid kit
Price Not Includes
- International and local flights.
- Single supplement fee: US$400 (for solo travelers or the odd numbered in your travel group).
- Walking sticks
- For the Inca Trail first breakfast and last lunch
- Meals where not stated
- Entrance fees for the Hot springs
- Optional tours: (City tour and sacred valley).
- Gratuity, (tip)