Independent Lares Trek

Active, Cusco to Cusco
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Information from G Adventures

Tour description

Avoid the crowds on this independent adventure and head off the beaten track! The challenging Lares Trek is a great alternative to the Inca Trail, offering opportunities for insight into rural Andean life as the trail passes through very remote mountain communities, allowing hikers learn about the Inca’s fascinating culture. Sandwich it between charming colonial Cusco and magical Machu Picchu and you couldn't ask for a more complete Incan experience.

What's included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Cuncani Community Campsite, Cuncani Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products Your Discover Moment: Cusco
  • 3-day Lares Trek with local guide and cooks
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Arrival transfer


  • Discovering the wonders of cusco
  • Interacting with the locals
  • Conquering the lares trek to machu picchu.


Day 1: Cusco Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2: Cusco Free day to explore Cusco or relax. Take an optional Sacred Valley tour or indulge in active options like whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Day 3: Lares Trek Depart Ollantaytambo by van to Lares town where the hike begins. Spend the first night at a G Adventures-supported campsite in Cuncani.

Day 4: Lares Trek Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,800m/15,748 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.

Day 5: Lares Trek/Aguas Calientes Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes to enjoy a good night's rest at your hotel.

Day 6: Machu Picchu/Cusco Rise early and enjoy a guided visit to Machu Picchu. Later, travel back to Cusco by train.

Day 7: Cusco Depart at any time.