Duration: 4 days/3 nights
Departure Dates: Any day you would like!
Please see our group departure calendar for group tour dates.
Pricing: From $695 USD per person, for groups of 4 or more trekkers. Please contact us for pricing for smaller group treks.
Our Lares trek with homestays is an unforgettable, active experience in the remote Andes. The route passes through lovely, high altitude land, dotted with grazing alpacas and tiny traditional villages and a background of snow capped peaks. Instead of camping, we spend each night with a local family along the route for a taste of life in the high Andes. Our trek culminates with a final day at Machu Picchu, which is always an incredible experience.
As with all Ayni Peru travel, our Lares trek with homestays can be customized and combined with tours in Cusco and beyond. Please contact us for custom itineraries, quotes and with questions.
Cusco-Patacancha : We will pick you up from your Cusco hotel in the morning for travel to the Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo (1.5 hrs). We`ll purchase small gifts for our host families at the Ollantaytambo market, then set out on foot up an original Inca trail to the Pumamarca ruins. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the scenic ruins, then continue to the village of Patacancha to meet your host family for night. We`ll spend the evening with our family, learning a little about their lives and helping to prepare a traditional dinner.
Duration: 4 hours / 10km
Patacanca-Chuallacocha : After breakfast we say goodbye to our hosts, and set out toward the remote community of Chuallachocha. The hike today passes through increasing high altitude land, with grazing alpacas appearing with greater frequency as we climb. We`ll arrive in tiny Chuallachocha in time for a later lunch and spend the afternoon learning about traditional weaving and farming practices with locals. If school is in session, it may be possible to visit the local elementary school as well.
Duration: 6 hours / 10km
Chuallacocha-Aguas Calientes : After breakfast we continue hiking toward Colquepata Pass for beautiful panoramic views of surrounding snowcapped peaks and surrounding valleys. From there, descend to the village of Huacahuasi, where our van will be waiting for travel to the train station for a scenic ride to Aguas Calientes. You`ll have the evening to enjoy local hotsprings and rest up for Machu Picchu the following morning!
Duration: 5 hours / 11km
Machu Picchu Tour : Explore Machu Picchu! We`ll visit famous highlights, plus lesser-known (but equally fabulous) spots. We`ll return by train, arriving in Cusco in the evening.
“what I experienced blew away my expectations. From weaving bracelets with women of the local community, to playing with our hosts family’s adorable little daughter, to helping a neighbor chop down a tree . . .to having a swinging competition with a little boy in the school yard of an elementary school up in the Andes Mountains, to guinea pigs, chickens, cats, and dogs running around the kitchen of our second host family’s house – WOW.”
“We are a family with three children aged 12, 14 and 16 and we booked the Lares Trek with Domingo as a guide. It was fantastic because the trek as organized by Ayni Peru Expedition is unique as we camped in remote villages and learned about the way people lived, their agriculture and of course alpaca’s and llamas.”
“My wife and I were lucky enough to book the Lares trek with Domingo, as opposed to the crowded Inca trail. We feel fortunate we were steered this direction because the hike had everything we wanted!”
“My mum and I did the 3 night, 4 day alternate Lares Trek and Machu Picchu with Domingo and it was an amazing experience that I will never forget . . . They really do the small details well. Everything was on time, the food was great and plentiful and we could go at our own pace and ask as many questions as there were minutes in the day.”