This adventure takes place in one of the Trails of the Inca Empire; the trek goes through snowy mountains, sub tropical valleys, glacial lakes, incas ruins and Hot Springs medicinal waters, where the travelers can take a good rest while relaxing their bodies the healing properties of the water heal the ailments, revitalize the skin and provide a general welfare.
Lares is a remote area and has a small traffic that favored its people to preserve the traditions of their ancestors, as raising llamas and alpacas, the potato crop and create original and clorfull textiles using the ancient Inca techniques.
The trekking on Lares Valley connects travelers with customs and experiences of the Andean people, it is an approach to the Quechua community and many travelers interact with them learning their traditions and their interesting way of life.
LARES - MACHU PICCHU TREK
The Lares Trek is one of the alternative trails to Machu Picchu. If you do not obtain the ticket for the traditional Inca trail or if you have already done it, this trekking is an excellent oportunity to enjoy beautifull landscapes, to know the original towns, see rustic constructions, and autochthonous animals as llamas and alpacas.
The journey begins in Cusco City where the traveler will take the bus to the district of Calca in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. There one can visit the traditional markets and the archeological site, later the trip continues to the Lares Valley, where the travelers will relax in Hot Springs (it is recommend to take a bathing suit in the backpack).
Along path the traveler will see snowies, lagoons and cascades. Also he/she will know the andean customs and the products made in the different towns.
Duration of the Lares - Machu Picchu Trek: 4 Days and 3 Nights.
Complexity: The Lares trekking difficulty is moderate compared to other Inca trail hikes, highest point reached will be 4.000 m.a.l.s. and the treks per day last about eight hours at a height of 3.000 m.a.s.l.
Location: The trek starts in Calca at 2.900 m.a.s.l. on the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We recomend enagage in the trek between the months of April and October because it is the dry season and the days are sunnier.
It is also possible to do this journey by bicycle, motorcycle and ATVs. It is receomended to contact the tour operator for the different tourist programs.