Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 3D/2N - Orange Nation Peru

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 3D/2N

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ORANGE NATION PERU is the only tour operator with its own scenic and cultural trek route, 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. Come across locals in isolated villages still wearing their beautiful, kaleidoscopic traditional outfits and speaking Quechua, an indigenous language of Peru that was the primary spoken language during the Inca Empire. Find yourself trekking through stunning mountain landscape, with imposing snowcapped mountain peaks, brilliant turquoise lakes that gleam in the sunlight and on clear nights settle under a blanket of stars that stretch to infinity. The air you breath is clean and fresh and feels crisp against your skin. Finally, conquer this moderately challenging trail to one of the New 7 Wonders of the Modern World, for the most captivating and all-encompassing adventures of your life.

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.

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Service Level: Spacious and luxurious camping facilities. Private chef for the group. Emergency horse. Exclusive modern vehicles with private driver
Physical Rating: A moderate to challenging hike. Sufficient acclimatization and pre-trek training is highly recommended. One of the more moderate alternative trails to Machu Picchu.
Travel Style: Adventure, Hike, train, camping, 1 night mid-tier hotel (option to upgrade) and shuttle bus
Group Size: Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 5.


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 with 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 breakfasts 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

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

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 camp. 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 will be surrounded by plenty of llamas and alpacas grazing lazily in the valley. This is the perfect opportunity to take that 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.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • 3* Accommodation: Ferre Hotel
  • Distance: 14kms / 10.3 miles
  • Time: 8hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: challenging

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. A truly mystical site straight out of history books, 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


  • You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the same times, 2:55pm or 3:20pm, 4:22pm, or 4:43pm. The cost is $57 USD.
  • You can request an earlier train at booking.
  • The Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike depends on availability, let us know at booking.

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!

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

***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.


  • VISTADOME TRAIN from Machu Picchu back to Cusco (Poroy) $57 USD per person
  • Single supplement for standard hotel: $40 USD per night (for solo travelers with single room)
  • La Cabaña Hotel: $50 USD per person
  • Tierra Viva Hotel: $90 USD per person
  • El Mapi Hotel: $120 USD per person


  • 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.


  • 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 solo 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 –$75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Hotel single supplement -$35 USD per night (for solo travellers with single room)


  • TRANSFER – from the Airport to Hotel (Cusco Only)
  • DUFFEL BAG AND LINER BAGS – included in the trekking price
  • EXTRA PACK HORSE is included in the price, the horse 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 ridden if you get tired or sick
  • RAIN poncho made by Orange Nation is included
  • BEST ITINERARY operated by 3 day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu specialist only
  • extra blanket for the tent are included in the trek price!



  • Transfer from the Cusco airport to your hotel
  • Private transportation from the hotel to the Huaran trailhead, from Kiswany to Ollantaytambo train station
  • Local Licensed & Fluent English speaking guide
  • 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 for 2 people and a comfortable foam 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 an extra 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
  • Transfer back to Cusco in our own private transportation
  • Interaction with the local kids and community people


  • 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
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain –$75 USD per person (Please request when you book your trek)
  • Machu Picchu Mountain –$75 USD per person (Please request when you book your trek)
  • Hotels  before and after the trek
  • Flight tickets
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of Orange Nation


  • Original Passport (it has to be the same as the one used to book the trek)
  • Valid University card (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: 2-3L (Reusable, not disposable bottles)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from Orange Nation)
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Toilet paper


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 2kg 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
  • 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 to line your duffel
  • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us


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


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
  • Insect repellent
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Wool Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Rain plastic poncho (provided by Orange Nation)
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips

Why travel with Orange Nation Peru?

We have become the leaders in small group adventure travel over the past three decades by consistently listening to our travelers and delivering what they desire: adaptable itineraries, the freedom to explore, smaller group sizes, safety and peace of mind, and knowledgeable local guides who provide unique insights into the destination that would be missed through any other means of travel.

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EXPERT GUIDES : Our expedition staff are experienced, enthusiastic and among the best in the industry - they are our secret to success

SMALL GROUPS: Travelling with us will always feel like going with friends and not with a group of strangers in an organized tour.

OUR EXPERIENCE: With fifteen years’ experience and over 25 Packages to Machu Picchu alone, our team knows how to deliver a successful expedition.

ENVIRONMENTAL: ENVIRONMENTAL: Education and conservation are our passion. We aim to create lifelong ambassadors for the protection of all wilderness areas.

Travelers' Choice Awards 2022
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Letty C

Excellent worker

Jun. 2023

Joaquín excellent 👍 Very Caballero helped me with my 🎒 offered me oxygen does very well His work ⁇ in singing to Subme to the 🐎 And what a beautiful mountain it cost me to Climb but with the Joaquín's help I did!

Mariana D

A great adventure!

May. 2023

We made 4D / 3N of the Inka Trail. The experience was challenging, but it was worth it. Chef Fortunato's meals and explanations of Jony and David's places were very complete. Tmb the patience to make sure we all get there on time.


Fast and friendly service

Dec. 2022

We did not get to specify the service due to the political situation in the country, however the company quickly and carefully proceeded with the return. Very good service and when the situation calms down we will resume service with them.

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