Independent Lares Trek

Active, Cusco to Cusco

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products Your G for Good Moment: Cuncani Community Campsite, Cuncani 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 Relax and explore the fascinating city of Cusco. Additional Notes: Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. Included Activities: Arrival Day Meet and Greet Hotel Welcome Meeting Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer (0.25 hour(s), 8km)
Day 2 Cusco (1B) Relax and explore this fascinating city, and take time to acclimatize to the high altitude.
Day 3 Lares Trek (1B, 1L, 1D) The Lares Trek is a scenic, less touristic route to hike through the Andes. It is one day shorter than the Inca Trail but higher in elevation. Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares Trek. Additional Notes: The locations and distances may change on this hike, as camping will be done in different places depending on pace, ability, and weather. The first night will always be spent at the G Adventures-supported, community-owned and managed campsite in an indigenous village previously bypassed by the tourism industry. In most cases, the CEO will hike the Lares Trek with the group. Included Activities: Lares Trek (Lares-Cuncani) Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products Cuncani Community Campsite Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)
Day 4 Lares Trek (1B, 1L, 1D) Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 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. Included Activities: Lares Trek (Cuncani - Kuyoc)
Day 5 Lares Trek/Aguas Calientes (1B, 1L) 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. Included Activities: Lares Trek (Kuyoc - Punta Carretera) Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s)) Train (1.50 hour(s))
Day 6 Machu Picchu/Cusco (1B) Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide. Enjoy a guided visit to the ruins followed by free time to explore. Opt to walk up to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge. When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group. Take the scenic train back to Ollantaytambo to meet the van for the ride back to Cusco. Included Activities: Machu Picchu Guided Tour Transport: Local bus (0.25 hour(s)) Local bus (0.25 hour(s)) Train (2.00-3.00 hours, 118km) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 95km)
Day 7 Cusco (1B) Depart at any time.