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

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 3D/2N

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From $477


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.



The adventure begins bright and early as our private van will pick you up from your hotel at 5am (please coordinate your pickup with us in advance- pickups are also available from the Sacred Valley with prior organization).

Along the way we stop in the town of Calca at a local market for any last minute supplies. This market is great place to get any snacks for the journey, or gifts for the local kids you will pass along the trail. After a short stop at the market, we continue to our trailhead in Huaran.

Along the river bank , we meet our trekking team and settle down for the first of many delicious 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. Make sure that everything you need for the day is packed into your daypack- you wont see your duffel until camp.

At the beginning of the day, the warm weather welcomes you to the trek. However, as we gain elevation, it begins to cool down. Remember to pace yourself, as the first section of the trail is steep. It will eventually flatten out to a more gradual climb.

The Pachachaca river flows alongside the trail, offering occasional reminders of how high we have already climbed. Those who are interested in plants and flowers will be enthralled by the species that we will pass on our ascent. Ask your guide anything, from local culture to flowering patterns of this funny looking plant you found, and he will tell you exactly.

Day 1 sees a gain of 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 leads us into the farming community of Cancha Cancha, and its absolutely stunning scenery.

On our arrival to Cancha Cancha, our trekking team greets us with a selection of snacks and hot tea. We will spend the remainder of the afternoon in this isolated Quechua speaking village; playing with the kids or simply savoring the beauty that nature has provided this small pocket of civilization, perched deep in the Andes.

If you do decide to mingle with the locals, your guide will be more than happy to translate and teach you some Quechua phrases.

Later, we head over to our dinner tent for a delicious and abundant 5-course dinner. To end the night, we get cozy in our sleeping bags, ready to spend the night admiring the star-studded skies. Your guide will share his wealth of knowledge about the intricate farming methods using the constellations for guidance, local knowledge passed down by ancient Incas.

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

An early wake up call isn’t half as bad if the blow is softened by a delivery of tea directly to your sleeping bag. It’s even nicer with a delivery of a bowl of warm water to freshen up, and better still when you are faced with the looming mountains waiting just outside your tent.

After breakfast, we begin the day. Today is the most challenging day of the trek, but the rewards are immense. The day begins with a 4 hour hike northwest, and a steep climb to go with it. A grueling morning of switchbacks is rewarded with the highest point of the trek: the Pachacutec Pass (4,700m /15,420ft).

Once at the top, revel in your achievement and take in the absolutely stunning views. This is your reward. The pass offers you unsurpassed panoramic views of the valley, dazzling turquoise glacial lakes and eye-catching snow-covered mountain peaks in the distance.

Once you have caught your breath and had your fill of the view from the pass, we continue on a short descent to our lunch spot alongside the mirrored glacial lake of Quiswarani. Lunch may offer some unexpected guests, as there are plenty of llamas and alpacas grazing lazily in the valley.

If you are looking for the authentic version of the traditional llama and alpaca vacation shot, this is your moment- where alpacas are their shepherds are rarely far behind, adorning their colorful clothes and eager for a quick chat in Quechua.

As we continue the trail, we pass by the picturesque 7 waters waterwall, stopping for a few minutes to capture and admire a beautiful part of nature, hidden deep in the mountains.

Finally, we reach the small village of Kiswany, where we take our 2-hour private car to Ollantaytambo. Later in the evening 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 join the queue for the bus up to Machu Picchu at 5:30am, just in time to witness the sunrise. Somehow even better than the pictures, this mystical site is the pinnacle of many travelers trips to Peru.

Watch as the sun creeps over the mountains, and as the morning light glances off the peaks that surround you, your guided tour of the citadel begins. The tour shares many important parts of the citadel with you, and lasts for roughly 2 hours.

If you have booked an additional hike- either to Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu, you will be able to climb the peak after the tour has finished. When you have had your fill of the citadel, head back down to Aguas Calientes on one of the waiting shuttle buses.

Once you arrive back in the town, grab some lunch (not included), and explore the market, visit the hot springs, or simply treat yourself to a happy hour until your scheduled train departure.

The Expedition train will take you back to Ollantaytambo at 2:55pm or 3:20pm, and the tracks follow the spectacular Urubamba River. Once you arrive in Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station, taking you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private van. You can expect to arrive at your hotel at around 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 and Machu Picchu Mountain Hikes are subject to availability. Please let us know at the time of your original 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
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 3D/2N
From USD $477

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

Travelers' Choice Awards 2023
Excellent based on 360 reviews

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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