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.
This is the destination for a superb blend of culture and adventure, brimming with fantastic scenery, wonderful wildlife, colonial cities, deserts and waterfalls with the Incan inspiration of Cusco and Machu Picchu. From high remote mountain trails to the first magical sight of the legendary Lost City of the Incas. Machu Picchu is a challenging trek on steep trails climbing to 4,200m in fantastic and diverse mountainous country.
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.