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Four Lakes Circuit 2 Days

Duration: 2 Days / 1 Nights
Group Size Up to 8 People
Max Altitude: 4500 m.s.n.m
Type Service: Group
Transportation: Van, Bike, Canoe
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 Days / 1 Nights

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The 4 Lakes Circuit tour is for those looking to experience something different and memorable! SAM Travel Peru offers overnight camping, with delicious food and comfortable tents in the southern valley of Cusco on this tour.  The lakes are beautiful, colorful and each one different with unique ecosystems that are not found anywhere within the Cusco region! You will get to experience each one by biking, kayaking or canoeing by taking  this once in a lifetime experience. Walk the incredibly historic Qeswachaka Inca Bridge! Have a short hike to see the Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain. These two days are packed with the most beautiful works of nature in the South Valley of Cusco.


Day 1: 4 Lakes – Pampamarca (Canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking)

Your adventure begins with an early hotel pick up at 4am. We will then drive towards the province of Acomayo to our first lake – Pomacanchi.  This lake is known for its variety of native marine life. Next, we bike toward the second lake (20km – flat) – Acopia.  This lake is known for its unique bird life such as Flamingos, Andean Ibis, and Puna Teals, among other birds. Take your time bird watching, or just admiring the tranquility of the lake, then your chef will serve you a gourmet lunch at our camp by the lake of Pampamarca.

Later in the afternoon, we will enjoy canoeing and kayaking. Finally, we will go back to camp to enjoy our delicious dinner. So far from any city, you will have a very clear view of the stars. Your guide will teach you about the Inca Constellations and how they still guide agricultural cycles to this day.

 Accommodation: Campsite

Day 2: Inca Bridge of Qeswachaka, Palcoyo and Rainbow Mountain

After an early delicious breakfast, we drive for 35 minutes to the town of Quehue, where the ancient Inca rope bridge is located. Admire the intricate construction and if you are brave, try crossing the bridge! It may look or even feel delicate, but the ropes made of grass are impressively strong.  You will also enjoy views to the Apurimac river. Then, will be go back to our campsite for an early lunch.

Afterwards, drive towards the trailhead at Palcoyo, which is about 1.3 hours. Take a small break and then take a short, gradual uphill walk (30-45 minutes) towards Palcoyo Pass (5000m/16,400ft). Here, you will have spectacular panoramic views of Rainbow Mountain and Palcoyo peaks as well as the highest mountain in the Cusco region, Ausangate at 6,384m/20,945! We will spend an hour or so at the pass taking pictures, having a snack and enjoying the spectacular view. Once we are done enjoying the scenery, we walk back down the way we came. Take our private transport to Cusco, arriving at the hotel by 7pm.


  • Private transportation with hotel pickup and drop off
  • Professional English speaking lead guide
  • Assistant guide/mechanic
  • Mountain bikes
  • Biking equipment (helmets, biking gloves, etc.)
  • Canoeing and kayaking equipment
  • Chef
  • Dining tent and food
  • Camping equipment
  • Tents (4 person) but used only by 2
  • Portable toilet
  • First aid kit and Oxygen
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary, prepared by our chef

Not Included

  • Tips
  • Services not mentioned in this tour


  • $397 USD

Please read carefully the following information as it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and this tour.


You will be welcomed at the Cusco airport and taken to your hotel. Please ensure that you inform us of your flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival. Look out for our representative holding an orange SAM Travel Peru board at the exit from the arrival terminal.


The briefing will take place the night before the trek at 6pm in our office, which is located at Calle arcilaso 210, office 207 (second floor) in the La CASA DEL ABUELO shopping center.


Of course! During the 4 Lakes Circuit, your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, whichever is more convenient for you.  Please pack what you will be needing for the tour only.


FIRST, to book your tour, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click on this link: BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group):

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

*** We require copies of your passports as well as they will be needed to make the booking.

SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person, in order, to purchase permits for the Inca Trail.  You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.


If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. There are many ATMS within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service fee, charged by VISA and PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address 


Yes, but with some restrictions. Please notify us as soon as possible if you need to change the date of your tour. If you cancel your 4 Lake Circuit, the deposit is not refundable at all!


Yes! You have to bring your original passport. In case you are renewing your passport, go ahead and send us a copy of  your old passport to secure your permit and we can change it when you get your new passport. Please send the new passport as soon as possible.


The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend that you plan to always dress in layers to facilitate adjusting to the quickly changing weather conditions.


In general, if you exercise regularly and spend a couple of days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, you will be able to acclimate normally. It usually take between 24 hours to 2 days.

The recommended remedies for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN, IF NEEDED. Our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness. We offer the Cusco City or Sacred Valley Tours that you can book while you are acclimating.  Check out our Day Tours on our Home Page.


The maximum group size is 8 persons. Our groups are usually between 2-6 persons. Sam Travel Peru is specialized in SMALL and PRIVATE groups and provide a personalized service.


Absolutely!! Hotel pick ups and drop offs are included with all of our packages!


If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek.  It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many SAM Travel Peru destinations. Of course, you are free to tip as much as you feel appropriate, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.


Yes, we are a locally sustainable & responsible tourism operator. We incorporate universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and respect the local places and its people.


SAM Travel Peru is a family owned travel agency and a local tour operator based in Cusco with personal experience over many years of trekking. SAM Travel Peru is a 100% Cusqueñian Company without any shareholders.

 Our dream as a locally based company is to create small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH QUALITY SERVICE.  

We take pride in our reputation as a RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator. Our staff are our extended family. We ensure they are supported financially by offering them a fair salary. We are so proud of our team! Without them, we wouldn’t be able to offer the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients.

SAM Travel Peru knows how important it is to trust in a reliable honest operator to create your adventure of a lifetime while in Peru. Check out our reviews and certificates of excellence on, TRIPADVISOR for yourself! Also we are highly recommended on Conde Nast Travelers,  Lonely Planet and by many blogs like: Salkantay/Inka Trail ! July 14th to 20th 2016  Trek de Lares 4 hours, “It’s the journey, not the destination…”Lares Pass – Day 3Trekking in the Sacred Valley.


To ensure a more personalized service for our guests, at SAM Travel Peru we have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This fact alone sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.


We are so proud of our guides! They are highly professional and speak fluent English. They are very knowledgeable and passionate for Inca heritage and history.  Our guides are dedicated to continuous personal and professional development. They do research to ensure that you receive accurate and recognized theories in Inca and Andean culture. Our crew is fun lovinggreat sports and well-educated. They all hold degrees in one of the following: Archeology, Tourism, Botany, History or Anthropology.


At SAM Travel Peru, we have always believed that we should give back to the local isolated communities.  Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many service projects and hire locally.

SAM Travel Peru is so proud to be able to support our local people, not only by employing them but also by going back to our own grassroots as they share with their families. It makes us happy to have this holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!


  • Original passport
  • Good daypack (25 to 30L)
  • Water 1 to 2 liters of water (Please bring reusable, not disposable bottles)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Toilet paper
  • 1 change of clothes for the second day
  • Clothes appropriate for canoeing and kayaking on the first day
  • Polar or sweater for chilly mornings and evenings
  • Jacket
  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Wool hat evenings or early mornings
  • Rain jacket  – rainy season
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruit
  • Rain plastic poncho 
  • Camera and extra batteries (there is no electricity available at camp)
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips

Four Lakes Circuit 2 Days

Join SAM Travel Peru for an Unforgettable Travel Experience In Peru

  • A 100% locally owned Travel Company
  • The owner Saul Alvarez is an experienced local guide
  • The Owner knows what people want in a trek or tour
  • Uniquely designed Adventure treks and tours
  • Guaranteed high quality personal service always
  • Added value to each trek or tour for your money
Your adventure. Our expertise.

Why Travel with SAM travel Peru?

  • Superior Service
  • Inca Trail Specialists
  • 100% value for money
  • Small Groups with a maximum of 8 people
  • Delicious and nutritious meals
  • Sustainable Travel
  • Years of Professional Inca Trail Experience

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Bernie s 2023/03/02

Had a great trip with our guide Ray Herrera and driver Alfredo. Lots of good experiences in a short period of time 4 days. Learnt a lot not just about the main tourist destinations but Peru in general by Ray. Ray has a passion for Inca history and local produce. Ray knows all the good photo spots and we managed the sun out every day .. Good culture and if you want to get on a tour ask for Ray at Sams Travel = amazing

Tanya H 2023/03/02

Ray was our Tour Guide and Alfredo was our driver for a 4 day tour we did with SAM Travel Peru. Ray's knowledge of the history of Cusco and Machu Picchu was outstanding. Ray was very accommodating with all our needs. He stayed alongside us when trekking and helped where he could. His sense of humour was pleasant to be around. Ray spoke very good English. He is such a nice guy. I would strongly recommend Ray to be your tour guide to visit Machu Picchu. Ray explained everyday what the plans were for the next day, which was reassuring what we needed to take etc

Captanjack 2023/01/012

Our 1 day tour thru the Sacred Vally with Danny was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions in detail. I would recommend asking for him personally if you are able.

Sherry 2022/12/26

We booked the Classic Cusco to Machu Picchu tour with SAM travel which we really had a good experience. SAM travel is very responsive during the communication and cater to our changes needed. Our guide is Ray who is also an very awesome guide. He is knowledgeable, patient, humorous as well reliable, he help us take many good photos and also go extra mile to help with our request. Thanks Ray! Thanks SAM travel that gave us good memories in Peru! Highly recommend if you consider booking any tour in Cusco.

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C Clark 2023/01/20

Wow. We had such an incredible experience in Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Our guide, Dayvit, is the most knowledgeable guide we have ever had. He has such an extensive knowledge of the history and is very friendly and helpful. If you are planning a trip to Peru, I highly recommend SAM travel and be sure to request Dayvit!

Emma Dinzebach Clark 2023/01/10

2 day tour sacred valley / Machu Picchu highly recommend! David was the best tour guide. He knows an incredible amount about Incan culture and is personable and funny. He also kept us up to date on a political situation happening when we were there and was informative. Overall, this tour checks all the boxes. Thank you!

Nupur Joshi 2023/01/02

We used SAM Travel for a 2D/1N trip from Cusco to Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on Dec 25-26, 2022. The team was good with communication from the start - both Saul and Junior were very helpful and professional with answering any questions and clearing up any misunderstandings. Our guide, Miguel, was prompt, pleasant, and quite knowledgeable. We enjoyed his company and insight over the 2 day trip and recommend him to anyone booking with SAM Travel.

Xueying Chen 2022/12/20

We booked the Classic Cusco to Machu Picchu tour with SAM travel which we really had a good experience. SAM travel is very responsive during the communication and cater to our changes needed. Our guide is Ray who is also an very awesome guide. He is knowledgeable, patient, humorous as well reliable, he help us take many good photos and also go extra mile to help with our request. Thanks Ray! Thanks SAM travel that gave us good memories in Peru! Highly recommend if you consider booking any tour in Cusco.

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Cheri Buccino April 21, 2024

Powerful! This journey tests your humanity and leaves you in awe of yourself and the beauty that Pachamama provides. April 2024 We conquered the Inca trail and it was only made possible with the help and guidance from our expert guides Jean Pierre (JP) and Jimmy. The knowledge these gentlemen shared was admired by all of our group and the envy of other trail hikers who stopped to listen. The hike has many layers of challenges including language barriers, altitude sensitivities and food specifications. The team at Sam travel exceeded the needs and went above to ensure our comforts were met. A special mention must be made to Mario, the Chef who somehow performed magic with nutritious flavourful meals to satisfy even the pickiest consumers and Francesco who was our lead porter who orchestrated the harmony that happened behind the scenes to get everything done. Nothing less than marvellous from this team. Thank you to each of the group who made our trek a remarkable experience.

Bhavana Lalwani April 18, 2024

Jose and Henry were great guides for our first time exploring machu pichu! They were very attentive and kept everything on a smooth schedule. Highly recommend!

Ryan April 9, 2024

The whole experience was amazing. Ray, our guide answered all of our questions and definitely had our best interest in mind the whole time. Timothy the cook made fantastic food and somehow found a way to prepare a birthday cake with no notice! Boni our head porter and his whole crew were kind, accommodating, and had such upbeat attitudes which really made the experience great!

Isabel Batteria April 17, 2024

I spent two days with Sam Travel’s guide Raymier, who guided us through the one-day 12-km stretch of the Inca trail and then took us to Machu Picchu the next day. In my group, I was always the last one on the trail because I come from the coast and I’m not used to altitudes, and honestly I could also have prepared physically a little better. Raymier respected my pace, never rushed me, and supported me throughout the ardous trail. He had much knowledge to share. I speak Spanish, but ended up in an English tour, and Ray’s English was very good. He was funny, respectful, and versatile. He knew where to take all the best photos and patiently took photos of all of us. I would trust Sam Travel again especially if I was lucky enough to have Ray as a guide again.

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