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US$ 665Price per person for Lares Trek based on 2 travelers in private service only. Airfares not included.
Duration:3 Days
Destination:Cusco – Huaran – Cancha Cancha – Quishuarani – Cuncani – Lares

Lares Trek Description

The Express Lares Trek is a lesser-known, but still amazing hike along the Andes mountain pathways. It crosses some interesting Quechua-speaking communities, and offers impressive views of snow-capped mountains, beautiful cascades, and lakes. On your last day, you can relax in the Lares medicinal hot springs, ideal for reviving those tired legs! Donations are appreciated.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate to challenging. We strongly recommend acclimatizing to the altitude by staying in Cusco at least two – three days prior to the trek.

Trek to the Inca Refuge of Choquequirao

Lares Trek Itinerary


DAY 1: Cusco – Cancha Cancha

Leave Cusco at 7.00am in a private vehicle and drive for 2h towards Huarán, the starting point of the trek. On this first day, you will walk for approximately 5 hrs following an uphill path with lush vegetation. Arrive at your campsite in Cancha Cancha, a small farming community in the middle of a spectacular mountain scenery. There is a break for lunch along the way. Once in Cancha Cancha, camp is set and one can get to know the local people and their way of living.

Distance:8 km / 4.97 ml
Minimum Altitude:2750 masl / 9020 ft
Maximum Altitude:3650 masl / 11792 ft
Approximate Time:5-6 hrs

Overnight at campsite.
(S, L, D)

DAY 2: Cancha Cancha – Queuñaqocha Lagoon

Leave camp after breakfast to start your walk along an ascending path. It will lead to the first mountain pass, the Abra Pachacutec (4400m/14432ft/3h), from which you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of glacier lagoons and the surrounding valleys. Along the way, marvel at the spectacular views of the Colquecruz, Minas and Sirijuani snow-capped mountains. You will have lunch after the pass, to then descend to Quiswarani, a small peasant and textile community. The trek will continue following an uphill path towards the beautiful lagoon of Queuñaqocha. This will be your second campsite.

Distance:10 km / 6.21 ml
Minimum Altitude:3500 masl / 11480 ft
Maximum Altitude:4400 masl / 14432 ft
Approximate Time:6-7 hrs
Gradient:moderate – challenging

Overnight at campsite.
(B, S, L, D)

DAY 3: Queuñaqocha Lagoon – Lares – Cusco

Continue on your hike towards the second mountain pass, the Abra Willkiccasa (4100m/13448ft/2h). From here, contemplate impressive mountainviews on both sides, especially of the Colquecruz and Pitusiray mountains. The trail continues to the peasant community of Cancan, along changing puna, lakes and agricultural areas (approx. 3 hours). If you’re lucky, you’ll see some local deer roaming the area.

From there, the hike follows down a fertile valley with more vegetation, crops and agricultural communities. Along the trail you may see native flowers such as begonias and wild orchids. After an approximate 2 hr walk, arrive at the village of Lares, and enjoy a dip in its pleasant hot springs. After lunch, private transport will take you back to Cusco, with an estimated arrival time of around 20:00 hrs.

Distance:11 km / 6.83 ml
Minimum Altitude:3000 masl / 9630 ft
Maximum Altitude:4100 masl / 13448 ft
Approximate Time:6-7 hrs

(B, S, L)

BLBoxed Lunch


  • Recommended period: from April to October.

Lares Trek Pricing

Trek LaresPrice per person / double occupancy tent
Private Service: 2 travelersUS$ 765
Private Service: 3 travelersUS$ 560
Private Service: 4 travelersUS$ 480
Private Service: 5 travelersUS$ 450
Private Service: 6 travelersUS$ 390
Private Service: 7 travelersUS$ 360
Private Service: 8 travelersUS$ 330
Single SupplementUS$ 35

What is Included in Lares Trek

Included in Lares Trek PriceNot included in Lares Trek
Pre-departure briefingInternational and domestic flights
Transfer from Cusco to Huaran, starting point of the trekVisas required to enter Peru
Adventure tour guide in EnglishAirport taxes
Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent (4 seasons)
One foamy and one inflatable sleeping pad per personDrinks
Dining tent with tables and chairsTips
Kitchen tentWalking Poles
Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilitiesBreakfast on Day 1 and Dinner on Day 3
Cook and cooking equipment Duffel Bag
Pack animals to carry camping equipment and your belongings
Food and cooking equipment
One emergency horse every 6 people
Meals (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, daily morning snack, daily tea service except last day) – vegetarian menu is available at no extra cost –
Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Transfer from Lares to Cusco
Sales taxes and payment transaction fees


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