Lares Treks To Machu Picchu

Why Choose Alpaca Expeditions for your Lares Trek?

A Dedicated Team To Make Your Lares Trek Incredible

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.

Exciting and Authentic Activities

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.

You Can Include Machu Picchu in Your Lares 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.

Ethical Peru Ecotourism

You can feel good about supporting a 100% Peruvian company whose involvement with local communities includes social projects and initiatives in porter welfare.

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Lares Trek Availability

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!

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1. How difficult is the Lares Trek?

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 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.

2. How long is the Lares Trek?

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 views on the trek.

3. What makes the Lares Trek special?

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.

4. Is the Lares Trek or Inca Trail better?

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!

5. Can you do the Lares Trek without a guide?

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.

6. What is the weather like on the Lares Trek?

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.

7. Where does the Lares Trek start?

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 Magazine

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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