Glamping Peru is the only tour operator with its own scenic and cultural trekking route, that TREKS COMPLETELY OFF THE BEATEN PATH with the LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU. You pass through the most isolated indigenous communities keeping the Inca culture alive, and get the privilege to interact with them. Our own unique route is incredibly picturesque, with majestic ice glaciers, shockingly blue glacial lakes, waterfalls, llamas, and alpacas. We are the only tour operator that includes the PISAC INCA RUINS on top of the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu — NO ONE HAS A BETTER DEAL than Glaping Peru Treks for this Hike.
The excitement of your Lares to Machu Picchu trek will encourage you to rise early for your pickup at 6:00am, then we drive for 2 hours to Huaran, where we will meet our horsemen and horses. Time to saddle up and begin our first 3 hours of ascending up towards Cancha Cancha. Here, we will replenish our energy to continue our trek with a delicious lunch prepared by our trekking chef. Cancha Cancha is considered one of the most isolated and self sustainable communities within the Cusco region. It is traditional to its core and has no bus routes or electricity. Reestablish your connection with nature and the realness of life with the locals, as they share their homes with you. It would be greatly appreciated, to bring useful gifts such as toys, clothes, notebooks or any other items that can be used. 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 teach you about the Incan Constellations, as they were used for agricultural and sacred purposes.
Feeling all reved up for our second day and having had a delicious breakfast, we begin our 4 hour hike heading northeast. An intense trek, passing over three high passes to the highest point of our trek called Pachacutec pass (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 this summit. Compensating for the tough trek are views of rigid glaciers, majestic blue glacial lakes, llamas grazing , rugged valleys and undulating farmlands. After enjoying the 360º views, we hike descending for an hour and will have lunch by a mirrored glacial lake. Enjoy the picturesque views of the Lares Valley that offer plenty of llamas and alpacas roaming the area. After siesta time, we descend for 2 hours until we reach our campsite located by Kiswarani community (3,700 m/12,139ft). Taking the backroads towards Machu Picchu Llama, herders are seen tending to their flocks 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. Then, you will get to enjoy a stunning waterfall as we keep trekking. Finally, we arrive to Kiswany, it is here, we take our transportation for 2 hours towards Ollantaytambo,then, the train to Aguas Calientes. Where you will spend the night in a hotel.
After a delicious breakfast, we will have a guided tour of the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo and have time to explore this living Incan town, which has origins with remarkable channels and stone streets, which are used today. On its high side, one rises to an impressive ceremonial center , which was once home to a cult devoted to water and a fortress that guarded the access to the inferior part of the valley. On the otherside, we can admire impressive ancient storehouses. Then, we continue with our journey towards the archaeological site of Moray, also known as The Greenhouses of the Incas, which is unique and fascinating. Different levels of terraces are carved into a huge circular shape, part of which was further excavated by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep into the site they are and were thought to have been used by the Incas to discover the optimal growing conditions for their crops. Afterwards,we proceed towards the colonial town of Maras, where we start a small downhill hike to the pre-Incan salt mines. Thousands of saltpans have been used for salt extractions since before Incan times. A hot spring at the top of the valley, discharges a small stream of heavily salt laden water, which is diverted into saltpans and evaporated to produce salt, that is used for human and animal consumption. Finally, we drive towards Ollantaytambo, where we will spend the night.
After some time to explore and enjoying this great sight, we will have lunch at our lodge. Then, we take our train to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon on the Vistadome train (3:37pm), with its great views of the Sacred Valley. We spend the night in our hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Bursting with excitment on your final day, we’ll take the first bus to Machu Picchu Archeological site, just in time to catch the sunrise. There, we will tour every nook and cranny of this New World Wonder site and the grand Machu Picchu citadel. What an unforgettable experience! Your guide will direct you through the ruins and its diverse main streets for a 2 hour tour. Then, on your own, you can wander around the town square of the world’s spiritual center of Incan wisdom, as well as, climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. You can stay still and find peace within as you sit in the pure bliss of the moment.
If you wish, you can indulge in a few of the following activities on your own: (not included in the price)
You will descend towards Aguas Calientes, have a leisurely lunch and board the Vistadome train at 4:43pm for the return trip to Cusco. This train will stop at the Ollantaytambo Train Station and you will get picked up by our van and drive to Cusco, arrival at your hotel will be around 8pm.
“The best Lares Trek to Machu Picchu with Sacred Valley Included at Glamping Style is available on any date that is best suited to you as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers”
***Price based on number of people, due to the fact, that this trek is not as high in demand as the 4 day Lares Trek, thus it usually has a smaller group 2 to 4 persons.
*** This price includes the extra porter, who will carry your belongings up to 15kgs, we will provide a duffel bag you can put your things in.
Glamping Peru Treks is a family owned travel agency and direct local tour operator based in Cusco with personal experience over many years of trekking. Glamping Peru Treks is a 1oo% Cusquenian 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 having a reputation as being a RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator. Our staff is considered an extended family. We ensure they are supported financially by offering them a good salary. The owner of Glamping Peru Treks is proud of having a team without we wouldn’t be able to provide the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients.
In an effort to provide a more personalized service to our passengers,we at Glamping Peru Treks have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.
Glamping Peru Treks is the only tour operator which GOES OFF THE BEATEN PATH with the LARES TO MACHU PICCHU TREK. It passes through the most isolated communities, ending at the hot springs. We are the only tour operator that includes the PISAC INCAN RUINS on top of the Lares to Machu Picchu Trek — NO ONE HAS A BETTER DEAL than GLAMPING PERU TREKS.
Trekking the Lares Trail with Glamping Peru Treks 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 holiday 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 by 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 regards, to better their economic circumstances as well as getting help for their childrens’ education! We, Glamping Peru Treks, ensure that all of our porters are treated like family!
OUR TOUR GUIDES
We are proud of our guides! Highly professional, speaking fluent English, very knowledgeable and passionate for Incan heritage and history. Our guides are dedicated to steady personal development, learning to ensure that you receive accurate and recognized theories about Incan and Andean culture. Fun loving, great sportsmen and well – educated crew, as well as, holding degrees in one of the following: Archaeology, Botany, History or Anthropology.
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.
Glamping Peru Treks have always believed that we should “give back” to the communities, we pass through during treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many social projects and hire locally.
Glamping Peru Treks is so proud to be able to support these beautiful people, not only employing them to join our team but go back to our grassroots as they share with their families. It makes us happy to have this holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!
Please read carefully the following information as it will help with your questions about our services and the trek to Machu Picchu
You will be greeted at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your flight details at least 14 days prior to trek’s start. Look out for our representative holding a board of Glamping Peru Treks at the arrival terminal.
It 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.
Of course! During the Lares to Machu Picchu trek, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are free
FIRST, to book your Lares to Machu Picchu Trek, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase Lares to Machu Picchu Trek tickets without the following information:
SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person, in order, to purchase a permit for the Lares to Machu Picchu trek. You can make your 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.
It would be greatly appreciated if you can pay in cash at our office (we accept US dollars or Peruvian soles) in Cusco. We have 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 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
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!
Yes! You have to bring your original passport as it is very important, in order, to gain entry onto the Inca Trail, Machu picchu and other sites. It must be the original passport that you have used to book with us from the start.
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 a copy of your old and new passport to make the change.
If you do not wish to pay this fee, you will need to bring both your old and new 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 enter into Machu Picchu and other sites. If you do not have both, you will not be allowed to enter into these amazing sites.
The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend to always dress in layers as it is more easier to adjust to the different climates.
In general, if you excerise 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. For more detailed information on Altitude Sickness click this link: Altitude Sickness.
The maximum group size is 8 persons. Our groups are between 2-6 persons. Glamping Treks Peru specializes in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provide a personalized service.
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.
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/14lbs. 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. A 30 to 50L backpack is sufficient.
Our Lares to Machu Picchu trek is unique to us and an out of the way location even during peak season, we will only occasionally encounter another group.
It has been highlighted by most of our clients, especially by female trekkers, who want a bit of privacy, clean and sanitary toilet!! Glamping Peru Treks portable bathroom 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 toilets are 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 Peruvian government.
In the scenario, that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, Glamping Peru Treks 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 is required and recommended). 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.
Absolutely!! Hotel pick ups and drop offs are included with all of our packages! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley, we will drop you off there and vice versa.
It will depend on the train time availability (during high season it could be sold 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 while on the train. Therefore, we usually book the train at 4:43pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours to enjoy Machu Picchu
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary, 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 Glamping Peru Treks 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.
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 and the local people.
As a Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffe.l bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter. Who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 lbs including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.
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.