Hidden within the magnificent snow-capped Andes, the beautiful Lares Valley has all the natural beauty of the Inca Trail – magical mountain scenery and the legacy of the Incas – but without the busy tourist crowds. In fact, the Lares Trek is so far off the beaten track that it has changed little over the last 500 years.
The Lares Valley route is known for going through parts of Peru where the local people still preserve their traditional way of life since the time of the Incas. Spanish in these areas is a second language since most speak mainly Quechua and most families who have lived in these areas for generations, dedicate much of their time to agriculture and their weaving tradition.
The Lares Trek is considered a moderate hike. It’s not a technical hike but the altitude may affect some individuals.
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Day 1: Travel from UK to Lima, Peru:
Day 2: Lima Half Day Tour:
The morning is spent enjoying a tour of Lima, with the afternoon free to look around and relax.
Explore the ancient streets of Plaza Major, visit old museums or even look around the curiosities in Casa di Aliaga, South America’s oldest house.
From meeting street vendors to sampling delicious Peruvian dishes, there’s plenty to experience in Lima.
Day 3: Fly to Cusco and city tour:
Transfer to Cusco and spend the day relaxing and acclimatising.A guided tour around Cusco is provided in the afternoon.
On this tour, we will discover Sacsayhuaman where huge stone ramparts surround a grass amphitheatre and Tambo Machay water temple which features intricately carved water channels thought to have been used for ritual cleansing and water worship.
Back in Cusco we stop at the Plaza de Armas to see its impressive cathedral and Qoricancha Temple, which was once home to life sized gold statues. Time permitting, we will visit one of the town’s bustling markets and experience a taste of Peruvian life.
Day 4: Exploring Cusco:
Today we have a free day in Cusco to explore the old plazas and historic sites.
Day 5: Trek Cusco to Ipsaycocha Lake:
Today we will start the 4 day Trek to Machu Picchu, leaving from Cusco, trekking though Patacancha to reach Ipsaycocha Lake.
Day 6: Huacahuasi to Lares hot Springs:
Today we trek from Huacahuasi to Lares, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the hot springs.
Day 7: Lares - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientesi:
Today’s trek takes us from Lares, through Ollantaytambo, to Aguas Calientesi.
Day 8: Machu Picchu summit!:
Machu Picchu summit! The whole day will be spent exploring Machu Picchu, including a guided tour of the citadel and exploring the monument. At the end of the day we will travel back to Cusco.
Day 9: Exploring and resting in Cusco:
A chance to explore Cusco or just a rest day!
Day 10: Return travel to the UK:
Today we depart and travel back to UK.
A good level of physical fitness would be a good asset for this trip, but as you will be guided by a qualified leader, no specific skills or experience are required.
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- Safety equipment
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- 24 UK operations and emergency cover whilst you are in the country
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- Travel Insurance
- Tips for local crew ($100 is the recommended rate)
- Personal spending money
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Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. The Trek Leader and our local agent will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!