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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N
Lares & 2 Day Inca Trail with Camping 5D/4N
When you’re on the trail with us, you can expect top-quality camping equipment, nutritious meals on the trail prepared by professional chefs, and leading safety procedures on every trek. Beyond this, you can feel good about supporting a 100% Peruvian company whose involvement with local communities includes leading in social projects and initiatives in porter welfare.
From soaking in thermal baths to learning from locals to visiting salt mines, you will build several incredible memories both on and off the trail. Our Lares Trek offers cultural experiences that you can’t find on any other trek.
Our Lares Trek and Inca Trail Tour includes a full day of hiking the Inca Trail, camping with Machu Picchu views, and transportation and entrance to Machu Picchu on the last day! You don’t need to choose between these two stunning trails.
You can feel good about supporting a 100% Peruvian company whose involvement with local communities includes social projects and initiatives in porter welfare.
All Lares Treks are available for daily tour departures, from March – January. The optimal trekking season is April – October. No special permits are needed, unlike the Classic Inca Trail!
While all treks in the Andes are considered challenging, the Lares Trek is one of the more welcoming treks you can find. There aren’t many technical or steep sections, and there are several chances to stop and enjoy meals and villages along the way. This makes it a great option for older and younger trekkers, families and casual hikers.
The Lares Trek is about 33 km/20 mi long. On our Lares Trek, we spend about 2.5 days covering this distance with plenty of time for breaks, warm meals and taking in the trek.
The Lares Trail is unique to other Peru treks because it winds through remote Andean villages and mountain trails. You will spend more time connecting with locals, learning about village customs and gaining an intimate perspective on life in the Andes.
While we can’t say one is better, these two treks are significantly different. The Lares Trek is less congested, more peaceful and offers an easier trekking experience. The trail crosses through multiple villages that you can learn about and explore. The Inca Trail is one of the most popular treks in the world and stays mainly in the more remote, unpopulated areas of the Andes. This trek is significantly more challenging, with a slightly more technical trail and steep climbs. If you want to experience both trails in one experience, check out our Lares Trek and Inca Trail Adventure!
While you can technically hike the Lares Trek without a guide, it should only be attempted by seasoned trekkers that have meticulously studied the trail. We highly recommend using a tour company to plan and execute your Lares Trek. Our team of guides will manage logistics, meals, activities, campsites and transportation, so all you need to do is enjoy the experience.
As with all treks through the Andes, the weather can be unpredictable and vary throughout the day. We highly recommend wearing layers with waterproof layers, gloves and beanies for cold weather and hats and sunglasses for when the sun comes out.
Your journey will start when our team picks you up from any hotel in Cusco. After a three-hour drive to Sacred Valley, you will start your trek in Punta Carretera at 3,300 m/ 10,827 ft above sea level.
The Lares Trek is an excellent alternative hiking trail to Machu Picchu to the famous Classic Inca Trail. It is a favorite for trekkers because it’s far less crowded, offers a less technical trekking experience, and crosses through several remote Andean villages. We’re excited to share this beautiful trek experience with you. Download our Lares Trek Magazine and see for yourself what it’s like!
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