2024 Inca Trail Availability

The majestic Inca Trail is one of the most important trails in the world. For many, this is a bucket list trip, and 2024 is the perfect time to cross this off your list. Get out of your routine to travel to Peru. The classic Inca Trail is an ideal trip for family, friends or couple, fellow … Leer más

Lares Treks & Peru Treks

Lares Treks & Peru Treks

Lares Treks & Peru Treks is a once in a lifetime hiking to Machupicchu, is beautiful experiencie with a wonderful sights like rivers, lakes, mountain, glaciers, etc. It also gets you up close with the local communities.

Along your hike you will see differents communities and local people where you will get to learn all about their customs and traditions and you will enjoy the unique experience along the Lares treks like seeing how they raise the Llamas and Alpacas as well as learning how they make their own textiles pieces.

Book this beautiful hike to machupicchu with Peru Treks becuase is the only tour operator with its own unique trekking route, which TREKS COMPLETELY OFF THE BEATEN PATH with the LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU, passing through the most isolated communities that no one else does, and ending at the Lares hot springs.  — NO ONE HAS A BETTER DEAL than PERU TREKS for this treks

Lares Treks & Peru Treks 4d/3n

This four day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu includes 2 days and a half hiking in the andes visiting local villages along the way. The beauty of the mountains is parallel to the generosity of the people you will meet on this marvelous cultural tour great for families. While all treks in the Andes are challenging, this hike moves a bit slower than others making it a favorite of our youngest hikers.

The great Lares treks. A multi-day trekking experience through the Andes towards Machu Picchu. This is Peru Treks most cultural trek and gives you the chance to interact with small remote local communities along the way. You will be able to meet them and participate in their traditional Peruvian lifestyles.

The Lares hike show you an amazing landscapes, views and flora and fauna will leave you speechless. Plus, the hike itself is an incredible challenge to conquer. During your Lares treks you will also visit the hot spring in Lares where you will take a bath and relax your body this day. 

This beautiful hike 4d/3n will end with a night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes. Then you’ll wake up for an early morning beautiful bus ride to visit Machu Picchu for your guided walking tour on the 4th day. This tour of Machu Picchu really is the best way to finish your amazing adventure with Peru Treks.

* Emergency horse is available throughout the trek (optional).

Itinerary Overview

  • First day: Cusco — Urubamba – Pumahuanca – Puyoc
  • Second day: Puyoc – Yanacocha – Cuncani village
  • Third day: Cuncani – Lares – Aguas Calientes
  • Fourth day: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco

what do you need along the Hike?

  • Original Passport ( same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack (25 to 30 liters)
  • Water storage: 2-3 litre Camelbaks are encouraged.
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Toilet Paper
  • 1 t-shirts
  • 1 hiking or comfortable pants
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking socks
  • Polar or sweater for early mornings and evenings
  • Jacket
  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Personal medications
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Wool Hat if cold season for evenings or early morning
  • Rain jacket or plastic poncho
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruit
  • Camera
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
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Vilcabamba treks to Machupicchu 2024

Vilcabamba Treks to Machupicchu

Vilcabamba Treks to Machupicchu takes you right off the beaten path to the area of Cusco where the Incas made their last stand. Following the Spanish conquest the Inca withdrew far in to the jungle from where they continued to resist the occupation. 

Vilcabamba was the last Inca city and this trek takes you to some of the last domains of this once great empire. With beautiful scenery, Inca sites and a wide variety of flora and fauna the Vilcabamba Trek is a great option if you don’t find a spot for the classic inca trail to Machupicchu.

The Vilcabamba trek to Machu Picchu is a hidden treasure that has yet to be heavily impacted by tourism. The trail is remote, very beautiful and super quiet. Trekkers get to pass through snow-capped mountains on a number of original and well-preserved Inca trails.

The trek is typically completed on a 6-days itinerary, starting the first day with a coffee where you will see a lot of plantations of coffee, banana, orange, mango, etc.

Finally the hiking over the mountains for 4 days looking some beautiful glaciers, lakes and inca sites

Vilcabamba Treks to Machupicchu - Itinerary 6 days


For your Coffee  tour in the Jungle the pick up time from your hotel is going to be around 5:00am, after 4 hours approximately enjoying beautiful places along our driving we will arrive to Huayopata.

Arrival at the local farm, where a member of the family will give you the grand tour. They will explain to you the work that is performed on the farm, and show you the range of products that are harvested to support their family. Here, you will also be able to taste the available fruit in season! This locally-owned and run farm is a small one that pertains to a cooperative organization in accordance with fair trade practices, therefore, it has been granted organic certification. During this initial tour of the larger farm and coffee plantation, you will come to truly appreciate all of the hard work and stages that go into preparing a hot coffee! 

Lunch on the farm! (Locally prepared family-style dishes). If you would like to try a local specialty meal, guinea pig, for example, we can coordinate with the family ahead of time and pay them directly upon arrival. Additionally, please let us know in advance if you are a vegetarian or have other dietary restrictions.

Interactive demonstration on roasting and grinding the coffee beans, where you will have the opportunity to taste fresh coffee with different ingredients, as well as prepare your own cup of hot coffee.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation:Camping (double occupancy tents )
  • Maximum Altitude:3,800m/12,426 ft
  • Minimum Altitude:3,350 m/10,954 ft
  • Approximate Driving Time:6-7 hours 


Around Huancacalle town there are two archaeological sites Vitcos Rosaspata (3080m) and Nusta Hispana (3050m) that we will visit along our way and your guide is going to explaint to you everything about those places this is going to take 2 hours approx.. After that we will hike up to Pacchac following a forgotten inca trail towards the Azutina Pass (3900msnm) we will hike up for 4 hours aprox from Ñusta Hispana to our lunch place (Pacchac). After our lunch we will continue hiking to the Asutina Pass for 1 hour after that our trail is going down to our second campsite Racachaca (3570 msnm) for 4 hours approx. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation:Camping (double occupancy tents )
  • Maximum Altitude:3,800m/12,426 ft
  • Minimum Altitude:3,350 m/10,954 ft
  • Distance Travelled:15 km approx
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8-9 hours 


After our breakfast we will start our hike to the Lazuna lake for 4 hours approx. where we will enjoy a beautiful landscape with the snow-capped mountain, after enjoying the views of the lake we will have another 2 hours extra of hiking until we reach the snow-capped mountain of Lazuna where we will enjoy the splendor of the snow-capped mountain and where we will have a small snack (box lunch) enjoying the view of that beautiful place, after touring and enjoying the place we will go down the same trail to Raccachaca where is going to be our campsite.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation:Camping (double occupancy tents )
  • Maximum Altitude:3,800m/12,426 ft
  • Minimum Altitude:3,350 m/10,954 ft
  • Distance Travelled:12 km approx
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8-9 hours 


The group starts to ascend at 7:00 am from Racachaca to Pumaccasa pass, where we can see Yanacocha Lagoon. After 20 minutes of walking we’ll arrive at Pumaccasa pass. The snow-covered peak of Pumacillo and
Soyroccocha lagoon offer great and wonderful vistas here. We’ll descend to Soyrococha lagoon to enjoy lunch and continue on to Mojon Pass, the highest pass in our trek. We’ll see the snowy peaks of Verónica and Salkantay and also the Huayna Picchu. The group will descend for almost 4 hours until Mutuypata, where we’ll find the third campsite.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation:Camping (double occupancy tents )
  • Maximum Altitude:3,800m/12,426 ft
  • Minimum Altitude:3,350 m/10,954 ft
  • Distance Travelled:16 km approx
  • Approximate Walking Time:6-7 hours 


We leave from Mutuypata at 7:00 am, descending to the end of the route where our van is going to wait for us then we will drive to Yanatile town for 40 minutes approx.. Along the way, we can enjoy the hot waters on the edge of the Sacsara River, and we can also see the flora and fauna that surround the spectacular Yanatile Valley. We will still driving from Yanatile to Santa Teresa town(it’s around 40 minutes by bus). We will stop there for few minutes to buy water or some snack after that we will drive from Santa teresa to Hidroeléctrica for 30 minutes approx. Where we have lunch. Afterwards, we’ll continue hikking to Aguas Calientes for 3 hours, where we’ll spend the night in a nice hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Maximum Altitude:3,800m/12,426 ft
  • Minimum Altitude:1,800 m/5,954 ft
  • Distance Walking:2 km approx then driving
  • Approximate Walking Time:4-5 hours 


Early in the morning the group will take the first bus to Machu Picchu, arriving there after 25 minutes. The group will have a guided tour for approximately 2 hours and then free time to enjoy the citadel. Around 1:00 pm we’ll take the bus to Aguas Calientes, where we’ll have time for lunch. After that, you will take the train back to Cusco, where our representative will be waiting for you at the train station. Transfer to the hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Not Included,
  • Maximum Altitude:2,700 m / 8,856 ft
  • Minimum Altitude:2,400 m / 7,872 ft 

How Difficult Is The Vilcabamba Treks to Machupicchu?

We are a huge fan of the Vilcabamba treks. Even so, We should point out that it is one of the more challenging hikes to Machu Picchu. There are several tough ascents and descents that require a good level of fitness.

The route is approximately 50-60km / 30- 38 miles long. The trekking days are long and tiresome and there are some serious mountain passes to conquer. To successfully complete the Vilcabamba trek, you need to be in extremely good physical shape.

What is The Highest Point On The Vilcabamba Treks?

Tullutaccana  is the highest pass on the Vilcabamba Trek. It sits at 4,500m / 14,760ft) above sea level.

Yanacocha is the second-highest pass on this trail. It is not much lower than Tullu Taccana at 4,450m / 14, 501 ft above sea level.

Can You Do Vilcabamba Trek Without A Guide?

As previously mentioned, Vilcabamba is a challenging trek. You should only consider this hike if you are fit and have some experience on multi-day treks.

Previous trekking experience is twice as important if you are wanting to hike Vilcabamba unguided.

If you are considering hiking Vilcabamba unguided, you need to know the following:

  • No permit is required to hike the Vilcabamba trek.
  • You can reach Chaullay or Huancacalle (the starting point) by public transport. Private transfers are also available but a lot more expensive.
  • There are no designated campsites. There are some towns along the way where you can find accommodation.
  • You will be able to buy food in some towns along the way. However, you should pack some snacks and lightweight meals to play it safe.

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Difference Between Humantay Lake & Rainbow Mountain

Difference Between Humantay Lake & Rainbow Mountain

If you want to visit my country and you’re wondering which place do you want to visit, Rainbow Mountain or Humantay Lake, you’re in luck. In this guide, we’ll explore both destinations and help you choose the one that’s right for you. From iconic views to differences between them and tips for a great visit, this guide has everything you need to know about these magical places!

Difference between Humantay Lake & Rainbow Mountain

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Difference between Rainbow Mountain & Humantay Lake – Weather

When it comes the weather between the Rainbow Mountain and Humantay lake are totally different.

Rainbow Mountain is much drier and can be hot during the day. It’s best to visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the hottest parts of the day when temperatures can soar over 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). You can visit this place during the dry season which is from May to October

Humantay Lake stays cooler due to its higher elevation and is standing very close to the Glacier with temperatures closer to 25-30 Celsius (77-86 Fahrenheit). The terrain can also be quite muddy after a rainstorm, so plan accordingly. I recommend to visit this place in the dry season too

Humantay Lake Overview

Humantay Lake is a glacial lake located near the Salkantay Mountain in the Andes Mountains. It is famous for its turquoise blue waters and stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Visitors to Humantay Lake typically take a day hike to reach the lake, making it a relatively easy and accessible destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers and this hike takes a full day hike.

Why you should Choose Humantay Lake?

  • Completly amazing view. The turquoise, blue water set in front of the white, snow-covered mountains is like a view from a dream. It looks unbelievable and there’s not much chance you’ll see anything else like it in your existence.
  • You will hike part of Salkantay trek. After the Inca Trail the Salkantay hike is the second most popular trek to Machu Picchu. Soraypampa, the trailhead of the hike, sits in front of the imposing Humantay  
  • You will get The positive energy. the lake is surrounded by a lot of mountain deities that look as if they are almost keeping watch over it. You are going to feel their power and energy when you are on the viewpoint of the lake.
  • Peacefulness, It’s a cool feeling you are in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by huge Mountains, and hear nothing but only birds sounds.


  • It is long drive, 4 hours one way and 8 hours round trip.
  • the road to Humantay is both bumpy and windy, often with intense switchbacks to traverse the rugged mountain terrain. So the van ride might give you severe motion sickness.

Rainbow Mountain Overview

Located in the heart of Peru’s breathtaking Andes Mountains, Rainbow Mountain, or Vinicunca mountain as it is also known, stands at an altitude of 5, 034 meters above sea level and is renowned for its spectacular multicolored slopes. The mountain is made up of sedimentary rocks that were formed over millions of years ago, giving it its unique and vibrant hues. It has become a popular attraction in the region due to its extraordinary beauty and dramatic landscape.

Why you should choose Rainbow Mountain?

  • The unique mountain. There are Rainbow Mountains in Argentina, China and United states. However the one in Peru is completly different. There are not many places in our world where you can observe such a change in the colours of the earth in just one location.
  • Unparalleled landscapes. The road and hike to the summit will take you through some amazing landscapes where you will see glacier, lagooons, Rolling hills, streams, llamas and a lot of alpacas.
  • Top destination. Rainbow Mountain is the second most visited tourist attraction in all Peru. If you love to get pictures in some of the most famous world tourist attraction, then this mountain should be on your bucket list.
  • Rural Villages. It’s amazing to see how people live so far in the middle of the mountain. Along the road, you’ll see secluded communities with people wearing their typical cloths.


  • Hiking to Rainbow Mountain in the rain and snow can be more of a nightmare! Because you wont see the colors, most of the the time the mountain is covered with snow and mist.
  • On rainy season, the trail to the Rainbow Mountain turn into one big slippery mud slick. The trail becomes nearly impossible to hike. Even the most surefooted hiker will ultimately fall at some point.
  • Hiking at 5,034 meters is no joke. Travellers start feeling symptoms of altitude sickness at about 2,400 meters. Vinicunca Mountain is more than double that!. Terrible headaches and nausea are both habitual symptoms people experience hiking to Rainbow Mountain. Some people begin vomiting just on the drive up to the trailhead, before the hike to Rainbow Mountain even start.
  • Tons of people flock from Cusco to Rainbow Mountain in the many tourist vans. Expect to share the mountain with up to 4000 people per day in high season( May – August). To take the classical picture, you have to make long line.

Which one do we recommend to you?

Both tourist atractions offer unique and beautiful natural wonders, but Humantay Lake could be a better choice for those looking for an easier, more accessible experience, while Rainbow Mountain could be a better choice for those searching a more challenging adventure. Ultimately, the choice between the two, we recommend the Rainbow Moutain because you can see much better lakes but the Rainbow Mountain never.

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Classic Inca Trail 4d/3n


Classic Inca trail is an adventure of a lifetime and discover the hidden treasures along the iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. The breathtaking Inca Trail takes you through the impressive Andean mountain range, offering stunning views and a glimpse into the rich history of the Inca empire in Peru.

With every step, you will be transported back in time, walking in the footsteps of the great Inca emperors. The Inca trail winds its way through lush tropical forests, pristine high-altitude lakes, and mysterious ruins, offering an unforgettable experience that combines breathtaking scenery with rich cultural heritage.

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Highlights of the Inca Trail

  • Spectacular Inca Sites along the classic inca trail 4d/3n
  • Impressive Andean highlands & cloud forest
  • See Lost City Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate
  •  Unique
  • Great Value

Book in Advance the Classic inca trail to Machupicchu

VERY IMPORTANT TO BOOK FOR 2023: Trek permits for the Inca Trail are limited to just 500 people and this includes all support staff such as guides, porters and cooks (approx 200 trekkers and 300 support staff). Inca Trail trek permits for departures in 2023 are likely to go on sale at the beginning of October 2022, many dates will sell out almost immediately particularly for departures in April, May, June, July & August 2023Please try to book in advance your inca trail tickets for 2023 to avoid disappointment.

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