Day 1: Cusco – Pisac– Huaran – Cancha Cancha
The excitement for your Lares trek to Machu Picchu will help you rise early for your pickup at 5:00am whether in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley. Within the hour, we will arrive at the ancient remanents of the truly awesome Pisac Inca Citadel. If you are able to take your eyes off the ruins and look up towards the skies, you will be memerized at the flight of the Cararcara falcons hovering and circling in the endless sky. Our guide will share with you the history of the Pisac Inca Citadel in all its brilliance.
Breakfast is served high above, looking down at the plunging gorges and awesome views of the Inca city and valleys. Driving onward for 40 more minutes to Huaran, we meet our horsemen and horses who will carry most of our gear. Time to put our boots on, and begin our first 3 hours hiking, gradually ascending up to Cancha cancha. There, we replenish our energy for our trek ahead with a delicious lunch prepared by our trekking chef. Cancha cancha being the most isolated and self sustainable community which is traditional to the core, has no bus route or electricity. Re-establish your connection with nature and the realities of life with the locals as they share their homes with you. It would be greatly appreciated if you could bring some toys, useful clothes, notebooks, fruit or any other items that you would like to donate to the community. Two hours later, we have completed our first trekking day and arrive at our campsite. Boots off, time to enjoy high tea with amazing views of the frozen Andean peaks. After dinner, our guide will show you the Inca Constellations, which local communities still depend on for their agricultural guidance.
- Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
- Accommodation: Camping facilities
- Distance: 12kms / 7 miles
- Time: 6hrs approximately
- Difficulty: Moderate
Day 2: Cancha Cancha – Kiswarani – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Feeling all reved up on our second day and after a hearty breakfast, we begin our 4 hour hike northeast. This is an intense trek, passing over three high passes to the highest point of our trek called Pachacutec pass at (4,700 m/15,420 ft). This is the time to pat yourself on the back and embrace the feeling of total exhilaration and self achievement having reached the summit. Compensating for the tough trek are the views of the rigid glaciers, shockingly blue glacial lakes, llamas, rugged valleys and undulating farmlands. After a time to enjoy the 360º views, we descend for an hour, enjoying lunch by the mirrored glacial lake, with picturesque views of the Lares Valley with plenty of llamas and alpacas. After a siesta time, we descend for 2 hours til we reach our campsite located by the Kiswarani community (3,700 m/12,139ft). Taking the backroads to Machu Picchu, llama herders are readily seen and the local indigenous people will open their hearts and interact with you in the Quechua language (Inca’s language). Your guide will act as your mediator to translate and teach you some Quechua language and then you get to enjoy the stunning waterfall. Finally,we arrive to Kiswarani, take our transportation for 2 hours to Ollantaytambo and then, the train to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night in a hotel.
- Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
- Accommodation: Wiracocha Inn Hotel or Andean Terra Hotel
- Distance: 14kms / 10.3 miles
- Time:8hrs approximately
- Difficulty: challenging
DAY 3: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
This is the day you’ve been waiting for! We take the first bus to Machu Picchu Archeological site. There, we tour every nook and cranny of this Wonder of the New World site, the great Machu Picchu. What an unforgettable experience! Your guide will expertly direct you through the ruins and its most important areas for a 2 hour tour. Then on your own, you can wander around the world’s spiritual center of Inca wisdom, as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Or you can stay still and find the peace within as you sit in the pure delight of the moment.
If you wish to, you can indulge in a few of the following activities on your own (not included in the price)
- Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu (Additional Cost)
- You will be given some time to walk to the Sun Gate (Free of Cost)
- Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the local museum or to the hot springs (Entrance fees to enter)
You will descend to Aguas Calientes, have a leisurely lunch and later on board the Expedition train at 4:22pm for the return trip to Cusco. You will disembark the train at the Ollantaytambo Train Station to meet our private van back to Cusco. You can expect to arrive at your hotel around 8pm.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Transfer from the airport to hotel (this can be done on any date).
- Private transportation from the hotel to Pisac Inca ruins and the Huaran trailhead
- Local Licensed & Fluent English speaking guide ( 2 guides for more than 8 people)
- Entrance tickets for Pisac Inca Ruins
- Round trip train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes with a van transfer back to Cusco
- Round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- 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 every two trekkers and a thick, comfortable mattress each
- Delicious gourmet meals during the 4 days 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 a 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
- Rain poncho
- Transfer back to Cusco only for our group
- Interaction with the local kids and community people
- Backpack rain cover
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- 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)
- Hiking 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 (For the return to Cusco (Poroy) at 4:43pm )
- Huayna Picchu Mountain – $75 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Machu Picchu Mountain – $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
- Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of SAM TRAVEL PERU
OPTIONAL UPGRADES: Hotel or Train
- VISTADOME TRAIN from Machu Picchu back to Cuscp/Poroy at 4:43pm:$57 USD per person
- La Cabaña Hotel:$40 USD per person
- Tierra Viva Hotel:$70 USD per person
- El Mapi Hotel:$120 USD per person
- Additional Night in hotel in Aguas Calientes – From $60 USD (depending on choice and availability)
“The best Lares Hike Machu Picchu is available on any date that is best suited to you as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers”
- 2 Persons – $597 USD per person
- 3 Persons -$577 USD per person
- 4 Persons – $559 USD per person
- 5 Persons – $537 USD per person
- 6 Persons -$497 USD per person
- 7+ Persons -$477 USD per person
***Price based on number of people due to the fact that this trek is not in as high of demand as the 4 day Lares Trek, thus it usually has a smaller group of 2 to 4 persons.
***Guided tour in the Sacred valley (Pisac Inca ruins) are included!
***We provide large Eureka 4 person tents for each 2 trekkers.
*** This price includes the extra porter who will carry your belongings up to 7kgs, we will provide you a duffel bag you can put your things in.
- 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 single trekkers only)
- Additional Night in Aguas Calientes – From $60 USD (depending on availability)
- Vistadome Train Upgrade -$57 USD per person (For the return to Cusco (Poroy) at 4:43pm )
- 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
- Single supplement-$35 USD per night (for solo travellers with single room)
ADDED VALUES FOR FREE
- TRANSFER – from the Airport to Hotel (Cusco Only)
- DUFFEL BAG AND TRASH BAGS – included in the trekking price
- EXTRA PORTER is included in the price, the porter will carry your belongings up to 7 kgs /14p like sleeping bag, mattress, clothes etc.
- BOILED WATER is included along the Inca Trail
- OXYGEN TANK will be available along the trek
- EMERGENCY HORSE is included in the price, which can be riden if you get tired or sick.
- SMALL PILLOW
- PLASTIC RAIN pocho made by SAM Travel Peru is included
- BEST ITINERARY operated by Lares Trek specialist only
WHY CHOOSE SAM TRAVEL
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 1oo% Cusquenian Company without any shareholders.
Our dream as a locally based company is to create small personalized tours & treks strictly operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH QUALITY SERVICE.
We take pride in having a reputation as being 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 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 3, Trekking in the Sacred Valley, Alli and Ellie hike to Machu Picchu
In an effort to provide a more personalized service to our passengers, we, at SAM Travel Peru have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.
BEST LARES HIKE MACHU PICCHU ROUTE
SAM Travel Peru is the only tour operator which TREKS OFF THE BEATEN PATH with the LARES HIKE MACHU PICCHU, passing through the most isolated communities, ending at the hot springs. We are the only tour operator including the PISAC INCA RUINS on top of the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu — NO ONE HAS A BETTER DEAL than SAM Travel Peru.
OUR TOP TOUR GUIDES
We are so proud of our guides! They are highly professional and speak fluent English. They are very knowledgeable and passionate for Incan 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 Incan and Andean culture. Our crew is fun loving, great sportsmen and well-educated. They all hold degrees in one of the following: Archaeology, Tourism, Botany, History or Anthropology.
Trekking the Salkantay Trail with SAM Travel Peru is a life changing experience with a fully portered trek, where your comfort and enjoyment are our first priority. We make sure that you get the best experience for your adventure in Peru, while you interact with the locals, explore fantastic sites and re-discover remote ancient Inca towns. Our porters will carry your gear, prepare your meals, set up your tents avoiding crowded campsites and take care of you while you sit back and relax.
We provide the following items to our porters for free: Jacket, sun hat, warm hat, t-shirt, pants, hiking boots, comfortable duffel bags, canteen and girdle for protecting their spine, sleeping bags, mattresses and travel insurance. All of our porters are hired from isolated communities and are given the opportunity to work with our company. In order to better their economic circumstances, we provide help for their childrens’ education! We, SAM Travel Peru, ensure that all of our porters are treated like family!
OUR COOKS ON THE LARES TREK
The food on the trek has been highlighted by all our clients as delicious and abundant gourmet style meals. Peruvian and international cuisine are prepared by our professional and dedicated cooks from a mixture of local and exotic produce. If you have any diet restrictions or have food allergies of any kind, we can cater to your needs.
Our team (guides, cooks, porters, horsemen) and our equipment are what really makes SAM Travel Peru stand out from all the competitors…. For all our adventures we hike we include the following items:
- OUR TENTS: Enjoy a good night’s sleep in our 4 season EUREKA Timberline tents. All our tents are 4 person tents, but ONLY sleep 2, leaving lots of room to spread out comfortably and store your duffel bags. They also include a little vestibule in front, giving you some extra outdoor space to leave your boots and walking sticks so you don’t have to bring in dirt.
- OUR MATTS: They are used to separate and insulate you from the ground. They all are big and thick.
- AIR MATTRESSES: They can be rented for $15 USD.
- OUR KITCHEN & DINING TENTS: The dining tent is used as our meeting room at meal time. It’s a place to enjoy our meals and the company of fellow trekkers.
- OUR TABLES & CHAIRS: The interior of the dining room includes tables and chairs with two doors on each side, which are adaptable to weather conditions.
- DUFFLE BAGS: These will be provided at briefing time, the night before the trek.
- MORE: Pillows, backpack, rain covers , survivor t-shirts , hot shower and the biochemical camping toilet, are provided on the trek.
OUR SOCIAL PROJECTS
SAM Travel Peru has 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 social projects and hire locally.
SAM Travel Peru is so proud to be able to support our local communities, not only employing them but also to go back to our grassroots as they share with their families. It makes us happy to have this wholistic approach with our highland employees and their families!
Please read carefully the following information; it will help with your questions about our services and the Lares Trek-
ARRIVAL TO CUSCO
You will be greeted at the Cusco airport and taken to your hotel. Please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to trek’s start. Look for our representative holding an orange board of SAM Travel Peru at the arrival terminal.
This will take place the night before the trek at 6pm at our office, which is located at Calle Santa Teresa Nº383 ; 303 (second floor) we are next to SUBWAY restaurant and across from ADUANA/SUNAT.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?
Of course! During the Lares Trek, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are free.
HOW TO BOOK THE LARES HIKE MACHU PICCHU
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase any Lares Trek tickets without the following information:
- Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
- Passport number
- D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
*** We will need copies of each participants’ passport at the time of booking.
SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person in order to purchase a permit for the Lares Trek to Inca Trail Machu Picchu. 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.
WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?
It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office here in Cusco in either US dollars or Peruvian soles. We have many ATMs within the historical center. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of email@example.com.
HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?
- According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need university cards). For example: if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
- All students from 12 to 17 years, the discount is $40 USD.
- For children from the age of 2 to 12 the discount is $60 USD.
- For children from the age of 0 to 2 are free.
- All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.
- Send us a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org
MAY I CHANGE THE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure dates. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable. With alternative treks, we may be able to change dates for a fee depending on what has been already purchased. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date. If you cancel your Lares Trail Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!
DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON LARES TREK?
Yes! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your Salkantay Trek Machu Picchu, other entrances and reservations. In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 USD per person. We must have copies of both your old and new passports to make the change. Before you change your passport, keep a copy of your old one.
If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter Machu Picchu, or get on the train.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE LARES TREK?
The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend to always dress in layers which makes it easier to adjust to the different climates.
WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS ON LARES TREK?
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 takes 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. For more detailed information on Altitude Sickness click this link: Altitude Sickness.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?
The maximum group size is 8 persons. Our groups are between 2-6 persons. Sam Travel Peru specializes in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provide a personalized service.
HOW MANY COOKS/PORTERS FOR THE GROUP?
You will have 1 cook per group. The number of porters depends of the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, they will have 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.
HIKING LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU
The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFEL BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/15lbs. Your team of porters will carry your duffel bag for you, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.
WHAT DOES THE TRAIL LOOK LIKE IN THE PEAK SEASON?
Our Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is unique to us and an out of the way location, even during high season. We will only occasionally encounter another group.
ARE THERE TOILETS ON THE LARES TREK?
This has been highlighted by most of our clients, especially by the female trekkers,who want a private, clean and sanitary toilet! SAM Travel Peru toilet facilities have an individual tent and a “camping toilet with a seat.” Check out the picture, which illustrates how we set up our camping toilet on the trek by using this link: picture of toilet tent. Our toilet is always set up a comfortable distance from our campsite. At night if you need to use the toilet it is readily accessible and clean, unlike the dirty facilities supplied by the government.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE TREK?
In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, Sam Travel Peru will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance will be required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.
Generally, those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if they recover quickly, they then continue the journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to original plan.
ARE WE GOING TO BE DROPPED OFF AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE LARES TREK?
Absolutely!! Hotel drop off is included in your package! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley at Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!
AT WHAT TIME IS THE TRAIN DEPARTURE?
It will depend on the train availability (high season it could book out) but the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco from the train. Therefore, we usually book the train at 4:22pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours to enjoy Machu Picchu.
HOW MUCH IS THE VISTADOME TRAIN UPGRADE?
You can choose to upgrade to Vistadome train which has nicer seats and service, panoramic windows and ceiling. You will be offered some snacks and a dance show will take place on board. The price is $57 USD per person which includes the transfer from Poroy train station to your hotel in Cusco. It is 2 hours by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then another 2 hours from Ollantaytambo to Cusco/Poroy by bus. If you upgrade to Vistadome, all the way back to Cusco/Poroy, the trip lasts 3.5 hours, then 25mins by taxi to your hotel. Our clients are back at the hotel by 8pm.
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many SAM Travel Peru destinations. Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you feel it, 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.
ARE WE SUSTAINABLE?
Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator that incorporates universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places we visit and the local people.
WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE WITH YOU FOR LARES TREK
- Original passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
- Valid student card (if you booked as a student)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: 2-3L (Camelbaks are encouraged)
- Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
- Sleeping bag (this can be rented from SAM Travel)
- Headlamp: essential
- Toilet paper
WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR DUFFEL BAG FOR THE LARES TREK?
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 15 lbs. This weight limit includes your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.
- 2 t-shirts
- 2 pairs hiking pants at least
- 4 sets of undergarments
- 3 sets of hiking socks
- Bathing suit for the thermal waters
- 2 fleece tops/ thermals
- Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º C
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, bring them)
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, but you might prefer something larger.
- Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash
- Battery charger – there is no electricity along the trek
- Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — please ask for them
- 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
WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK FOR THE LARES TREK?
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 stop. Please bring your reusable water bottles.
- Sun hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Wool hat
- Rain gear
- Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
- Coca leaves or candies
- Rain plastic poncho (provided by SAM)
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra money for souvenirs, extra drinks & tips