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Lares Trek
5 Days / 4 Nights


The Lares trek offers a combination of stunning scenery, traditional cultures and Machu Picchu. The trek will take you through stunning mountain scenery, over high passes.

Alternate route to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.


Day 01: Cusco - Huaran - Cancha Cancha

Tourism in Lares
Tourism in

Pick up from your hotel in the morning for the journey through the Sacred Valley to Sayhuapata (2800m.) Your hike begins here in a fertile valley and follows a small river up through the mountain corridor. After walking over 4 hours, you will begin to see the thatched-roof stone houses of the Cancha Cancha community (3350). Just passed the village, set up camp for the night.

Day 02: Cancha Cancha - Quisuarani

Route to Lares
Route to Lares

After breakfast, continue the trek to reach two beautiful glacial lakes, Suirococha and Yuraccocha. Here you will see several bird species, including Andean Ibis and Andean geese. From the lakes, the trail climbs steeply for over 2 hours to the first pass, called Pachacuti (4500m). Nearing the top, you will enjoy a spectacular view of the snow-covered peaks of Pitusiray (5750m.) and Chicon (5500). An original Inca stone path will lead you along the ridge down into the opposite corridor. We follow a series of cascading waterfalls to the village of Quisuarani, where we camp for the night.

Day 03: Quisuarani - Lares Hot Springs

Lares Hot Springs
Lares Hot Springs

The morning is a short downhill walk through lush vegetation with many species of flowers and hummingbirds. You will reach the colonial town of Lares and spend the rest of the morning relaxing in the medicinal hot springs. After lunch, continue on a gentle path above a picturesque valley for about 2 hours to the campsite.

Day 04: Lares Hot Springs - Epsaycocha

Lares trek
Lares trek

After continuing up through the valley, you will arrive at the community of Huacawasi. The people here produce some of the finest weavings in Peru. Here, you can observe their skills and techniques in the fabrication of ponchos and other garments. Passing the village you will climb up to the Condor Pass, the second of the trip at 4100m. From here, you will catch a stunning view of the renowned Mount Veronica (5750m.) Descending gently for about one hour, you will come to the beautiful Epsaycocha Lake and your last campsite.

Day 05: Epsaycocha - Ollantaytambo

Tour Ollantaytambo

Today the trail leads downhill to an overlook facing a wide valley. Descending into the valley, you will eventually arrive at the community of Huilloc from where a bus will take you to Ollantaytambo. Situated in a fertile river valley and sheltered by mountains, this ancient Inca village is considered one of the most important living museums in the world. This is a perfect place to appreciate the vast archeological remains and a wide variety of flowers and bird species. After visiting the complex, return to Cuzco in the afternoon by bus.


  • All tours with an English-speaking professional guide
  • Accommodation in a hotel
  • Sleeping Bags for Lares Trek
  • Porters for the Lares Trek


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  • Meals not specified on the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc
  • Insurance against theft, loss, illness and / or accident
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  • Insurance against theft, loss, illness and / or accident
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