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Lares Trek FAQs

How long is the Lares Trek and how many hours do we hike per a day?

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is 33 kms (20.5miles) long and depending on which campsites are used the approximate hours hiked per day are:

  • Day 1: 5 hours
  • Day 2: 8 hours
  • Day 3: 4 hours

How difficult is the Lares Trek?

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is considered a moderate hike. It’s not a technical hike but the altitude may affect some individuals. We recommend purchasing a wooden walking stick while in Cusco as it will help with your balance and reduce the load on your knees. We ask that you not use a metal tipped walking stick as it can harm the fragile environment along the trail.

Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Lares Trek?

It’s impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full day spent in Cusco (3400m), taking it easy and drinking plenty of water, is usually enough for most people.

The highest point you will reach while hiking the Lares Trek is 4600 meters. You will sleep at 3600 meters for one or two nights.

When do we reach Machu Picchu and how much time do we spend there?

You will reach Machu Picchu early in the morning on Day 4th. You´ll have two hours tour of the Machu Picchu. After the tour you will have a few hours of free time to explore the area on your own before the group travels by bus to Aguas Calientes where we catch the train back to Cusco.

Is a sleeping bag and mat included?

Sleeping bags are not included and so we recommend bringing a compact three-season sleeping bag. If travelling between May and October a 4-season sleeping bag is recommended. These can be rented in our Ofice for US$ 20 for the entire trek. Foam mats are provided however some travellers also bring their own self-inflating

Is purified water available on the trek?

We recommend that you bring a refillable water bottle as boiled water will be provided in the morning at breakfast, at lunch and every evening after dinner.

What type of food will we get on the Lares Trek?

Our cooks prepare excellent high-energy meals appropriate for a trek of this nature. The menu usually includes pasta, rice, chicken, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other breakfast foods. Vegetarian alternatives are available upon request at the time of booking.

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