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  • Flights Not included
  • Hotel Standard category
  • Transportation/Entrance/Guides Included
  • English assistance 24/7 Included
  • Highlights Lares, thermal waters, Andean communities, Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu

It is the favorite trek from those who believe that the only authentic way to visit and appreciate the Sacred Valley is to get in touch with nature and people, stopping in the Andean villages and entertaining with their inhabitants, bathing in thermal waters. , walking surrounded by the most impressive expressions of the Peruvian nature. Colossi of rock over 5000 meters high, blue lakes that blend with the sky, eagles, ibis. In the end, a fascinating walk will lead travelers, until the conquest of the most mysterious archaeological site in the world … Machu Picchu

Group tours> departures every day of the year

Altitude: 2850 – 4400 m.
Difficulty level: Normal / Moderate (2.5 out of 5)


Day 1Cusco – Calca - Lares Hot Springs - Huacawasi

At approximately 7am we will pick you up at your hotel to set course to the village of Lares where we will start hiking. During this journey we will make a stop in the village of Calca, where you will be able to visit the local market and buy breakfast or other supplies you need. When arriving in Lares we relax in the hot springs while our cook prepare a wonderful lunch. After that we head to Cuncani, starting point of the trek. We will walk 2 hours until Yanacocha lagoon where we have lunch. After lunch, we hike towards the first campsite in Huacawasi (3600m/11811f). When you arrive your tents will be ready and you will receive popcorn, sweets and some hot tea before having dinner.
Transport time: 5 hours
Hiking time: 5 hours
Climate during the day: Warm
Climate during the night: Cold

Day 2Huacawasi - Sondor - Paso Sacsayllame - Aruray Cocha - Yurak Cocha - Miski Unu

After a nutritious breakfast we will start hiking towards the trek’s highest point, the pass of Sacsayllame (4400m or 14435 feet). The hike takes about 4 hours is very steep uphill. An emergency horse will accompany us so that everyone can reach the top. During this trek you will be able to enjoy enormous mountains, a patchwork of agricultural lands and breathtaking views. After reaching the highest point, we will start dour descent till 2 beautiful lagoons: Aruray Cocha and Yurak Cocha. We stop for lunch. We continue our way through a forest where you will be able to enjoy the “Queuñas” (Polylepis), an Andean native tree until we reach our campsite at Miski Unu (3550m/11646f), where we have dinner and sleep.

Hiking time: 5 hours
Climate during the day/night: Cold

Day 3Miski Uno – Queshuarchalloc - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

Today will be another spectacular day walking through different forests. You will be able to enjoy the rich biodiversity and change of fauna and flora during this 3-hour walk that will end in the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s. We have lunch in Queshuarchalloc where we will say goodbye to the Horsemen and cooks. After lunch we take a local bus to get to Ollantaytambo (2850m). We visit the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo before having dinner at a local restaurant. At 7pm we take the train to reach our final destination of the day, the town of Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a hotel.

Hiking time: 4hours
Transport time: 2hours
Climate: Warm

Day 4Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 5:30 am and head for Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f) by tourist bus. We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00 am. After a guided tour around the archaeological site, including information about life and culture of the Incas, you will have enough time to visit Huayna Picchu or visit the Machu Picchu Mountain or the Huchuy Picchu (for those who made the reservation beforehand). We will leave Aguas Calientes by train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, we continue till Cusco (3350m) by bus. The weather in Machu Picchu is warm with mosquitoes.


  • 1/8 people: 640 USD
  • Price per person, in US dollar.

The Service Includes

  • Transport from the hotel in Cusco to Lares and then to Cuncani
  • Tourist train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
  • Entrance to the thermal baths in the Valle de Lares
  • Entrance to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Hotel with private room and bathroom in Aguas Calientes
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • High quality camping equipment (professional tents Doite, Cima 4, extra light/4.5kgs for 2 people, mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent)
  • Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, for all camping and personal equipment (up to 7 kg)
  • Emergency horse (minimum 2 persons)
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle
  • 24h travel assistance

The Service Does Not Include

  • Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Huayna Picchu, Montaña Machu Picchu or Huchuy Picchu (60 USD per person, subject to availability at time of booking).
  • Horse with horseman for personal items (12 kilos): 150 USD (it's possible to spit the weight between 2 people)
  • Single tent: 50 USD per person
  • Sleeping bag: 25 USD per person
  • Trekking poles rental: 20 USD per person
  • Bus descent from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes for 15 USD per person (it is possible to go down on foot, 1 hour and a half)
  • Entrance to Aguas Calientes Hot Springs (20 soles per person)
  • Entrance to Ollantaytambo Archaeological Site
Trip notes

PeruEtico does not organize this trekking, we work with a serious and professional local agency that respects workers’ salary conditions and is environmental friendly.
A briefing is scheduled the evening before the start of the trek at 6pm.
Campsites during the trek are subject to change due to weather conditions and / or at the discretion of the guide.
This trek is considered level 2.5 (on a scale of 1 to 5); Suitable to people with a proper physical preparation.
The train departs from Aguas Calientes at 4.43pm and your arrival time in Cusco is around 8.30pm. It is possible to take an earlier train (2.55 pm, with arrival time in Cusco around 6.30 pm). It has an additional cost of 25 USD per person.

Items to bring
  • Backpack with rain shelter.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo's/T-Shirts.
  • Rain poncho and a hat
  • Towel and swimming suit
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle and sterilizing tablets
  • Toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Flash light and batteries
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit
  • Original passport
  • Extra cash in Soles