The excursion in the Lares Valley, north of Cusco, is ideal for those who wish to discover the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas and learn about the life of the Andean peasant in a region of incomparable beauty such as the Urubamba mountain range.
The walk takes place on one of the most used trails at the time of the Inca Empire. The traveler will be able to appreciate landscapes of snowy mountains, sub tropical valleys, glacial lagoons, Inca vestiges and can immerse themselves in the thermal medicinal waters of the valley to achieve a restful rest while his body absorbs their healing properties.
The properties of these waters relieve all types of ailments, conditions and revitalize the skin, providing a good general being.
Lares is a remote area with little traffic, which has encouraged its population to preserve the traditions of their ancestors, such as the raising of llamas and alpacas, the cultivation of potatoes and the practice of ancestral techniques of the Inca era for the creation of Colorful and original textile garments.
To make the Walk through the Valley of Lares brings the traveler closer to the customs of the Andean population. It is an excursion that invites interaction with the Quechuas communities and the learning of their traditions and their interesting way of life.
LARES – MACHU PICCHU TREK
The Lares road is another alternative way to get to Machu Picchu. If you do not get enough to do the traditional Inca Trail or if you have already done so, this trekking is a good opportunity to enjoy beautiful landscapes, interact with native villages, get to know rustic buildings, native animals such as llamas and alpacas and learn about a culture millenary!
The journey begins in the City of Cusco where travelers are transferred in combi to Calca, district located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. There you visit the traditional markets and archeological sites and then continue to the Lares Valley, where you can enjoy the hot springs of the place (we recommend you bring a swimsuit in your backpack or purse).
Along the way you can see different snowfalls, lagoons and waterfalls. The traveler will know the Andean customs and crafts that are made in different villages. At night camps are held, this gives the visitor the possibility of contacting the nature of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and with the different camping communities.
Lares – Machu Picchu Trek duration: 4 days and 3 nights
Complexity: The difficulty of trekking in Lares is moderate compared to the traditional Inca trail or other walks. The upper height will be 4,000 m.a.s.l. and the walks per day last approximately 8 hours at a height of 3,000 m.a.s.l.
Location: The walk begins in Calca, at 2,900 m.a.s.l. in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
We recommend trekking between the months of April and October, the days are sunnier and there is no rain.
This crossing, also, can be done by bicycle, motorcycle and 4×4.