Lares Trek in Peru (10 days)

Trip Overview

Experience the adventure of a lifetime with an journey through Peru’s Andes mountains, learning about Inca traditions and eventually reaching the iconic Machu Picchu.

This unique expedition takes you through UNESCO-listed Cusco, into the magical Sacred Valley, up Andean peaks, and into self-sustainable indigenous villages.


  • Locations visited: Cusco, Pisac, Lares, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu
  • Duration: 10 days (9 nights)
  • Cost: From $1449 per person (price depends on group size)
  • Level of difficulty: 3/5 (moderate to challenging)
  • Accommodation: Hostel, camping, homestay (this is optional)

Trip highlights:

  • Quechua immersion experiences, workshops, cooking, market visits
  • Life-changing homestay experience in the Sacred Valley
  • Visit the iconic Machu Picchu
  • Trek through the awe-inspiring Sacred Valley
  • Taste sublime Peruvian cuisine
  • Wind through Andean mountains on epic train journey


Day 1: Arrivals

Your dedicated Kagumu tour guides will meet you at Cusco’s Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport and take you directly to your hotel in the beautiful city center.

Rest and quick walking tour of the historical center. Evening dinner before an introduction to this expedition in Peru. We enjoy an overnight stay in Cusco.

Day 2: Temple of the Moon

This morning, we explore the bustling San Pedro market of Cusco. Here you will be able to experience local life, and taste traditional Peruvian cuisine.

In the afternoon, our expert guide takes us to the Temple of the Moon where you will witness some Inca ruins and acclimatise for the upcoming treks!

Day 3: Cultural immersion & memorable homestay

After journeying through the bewitching Andean mountains, we arrive at our homestay in Kuyoc Chico-Pisac, located in the sacred valley of the Incas.

Here you will meet their friendly host families and lunch in their house. You will discover the self-sustaining manner of the community with an adobe brick-making workshop. We then have dinner with host families and overnight stay in their houses.

Day 4: Ceramics workshop & acclimatisation hike

Today you will prepare for your challenging 3-day Lares Trek with a half-day walk to the peaks surrounding the community.

In the afternoon, learn the art of creating stunning ceramics using locally-sourced materials. This memorable day culminates with myths and stories of the land while gathered around a bonfire. We enjoy an overnight with host families.

Day 5, 6 & 7: The Lares Trek

An essential part of this expedition in Peru is an adventure in the Sacred Valley. You will tackle this 3-day trek, exploring a lesser-traveled route through the towering Sacred Valley mountains, passing Andean villages and walking through native forests and drastic valleys. You will get a taste of true Andean cuisine as your group is accompanied by local cooks that prepare delicious and hearty meals, giving you the energy to tackle the challenging route.

Along the way, you will experience ancient Andean living passing small farms, thatched-roof houses and farmers transporting their goods and packs of llamas. Of course, you will encounter Inca ruins and learn about how the native communities lived and traveled these valleys.

This unique experience will bring you closer to the magic of the Sacred Valley region, sleeping under the stars in cozy and comfortable camps prepared by your dedicated local team. The final overnight stay will be in Ollantaytambo.

Day 8: Transfer to Aguas Calientes

One of the magical experiences of visiting Peru’s archeological wonder is the train journey winding through towering Andean mountains. Once in Aguas Calientes, students will be able to enjoy some free time and have the opportunity to buy locally-made handicrafts from the markets. We enjoy an evening meal before an early night ahead of tomorrow’s tour of Machu Picchu. We relax with an overnight in Aguas Calientes.

Day 9: Hike to Machu Picchu

There’s a reason Machu Picchu has been billed as one of the most spectacular and unmissable travel experiences on the planet. This ancient Inca city bewitches, beguiles and leaves visitors aghast with its 15th-century ruins poking through the clouds at 7,970 feet above sea level. You will hike to the ancient city before enjoying a guided tour. After, we enjoy lunch in Aguas Calientes before a transfer back to Cusco for an overnight stay.

Day 10: Women's weaving foundation & departures

Today, you will witness the effects of one women’s empowerment project on the community as they visit a village twice almost destroyed by first a mudslide and then the negative effects of tourism.

After dining on a traditional lunch with the ladies, you will participate in a hands-on workshop whereby they learn traditional weaving methods and how clothes are dyed using plants and insects. We transfer the group to the airport in plenty of time for their flight home.

More Information

  • Locations visited: Cusco, Pisac, Lares, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu
  • Cost: From $1449 per person (price depends on group size)
  • Accommodation: Hostel, camping, homestay (this is optional)
  • Other available destinations: Small group adult trips

  • All meals (we chose varied dishes to give a real taste of Peru)
  • Accommodation (rooms are shared but privates are available on request and at an extra cost)
  • Transport – private buses
  • All scheduled excursions, activities, visits
  • All hiking equipment – tents, sleeping bags, walking poles
  • Local guides and translators

  • International flights
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Tips
  • Extra activities not mentioned in the itinerary

Flexible bookings

Book now, pay later. Due to changing circumstances we make it easy for you to reserve your educational trip without paying a deposit upfront!.