This four day private trek through the Lares Valley will bring you to small Andean communities who still go about their days much like their ancestors did hundreds of years ago. Most are farmers or weavers, responsible for those gorgeous ponchos you will see people wearing around Peru. This trail is less well known than the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu, but it is fast becoming more popular each year.
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Trekking through the Lares Valley will give you a glimpse into how people of the Andean mountains have lived for centuries and how they relate to and use the Earth for their livelihood. You will visit important spots like the hot springs just outside of Lares village where people go to relax and sooth their muscles in a natural way. On day one you will be able to visit some weavers in the village of Quishaurani and see how they have been making colourful ponchos and clothes for years. In addition to the quaint mountain villages you will be surrounded by mind-boggling natural beauty - mountain flowers, pastures and trees, snow capped mountains, crystal clear lakes, packs of llamas and alpacas, even part of the trail that cuts through the clouds!
Trek day 1 : An early start will see you picked up from your hotel and taken through the Sacred Valley to the village of Huaran where you will start your trek. The trail will take you to the town of Quishaurani, where you'll meet up with the horsemen who will be packing the horses with everything you will need on the trek. After about two and a half hours you will arrive at the campsite. You will have some free time to just relax but it is suggested you take advantage of seeing as much as you can in Cancha Cancha - the local farmers and weavers. You'll be able to ask them about their way of life and see how they grow their crops and weave their beautiful textiles. After dinner you'll settle into your sleeping bag for a good night's sleep.
Trek day 2 : Day two begins with another early start as this is the longest day on the trail. You will first ascend to Pachacutec Pass, the highest point on the trail (4,450 meters/14,599 feet). But once you get to the top you'll realise it was all worth it as you take in the incredible views of Pachacutec Lake with the snow-capped peaks of Pitusiray, Sawasiray and Chicon in the background. Your sore legs will be well worth getting to the top of the pass! Then you will descend for about two and a half hours to the village of Cancha Cancha to the campsite for the night.
Trek day 3 : You'll be happy to know that after day two, day three is the easy hike! After breakfast you will start to hike downhill and after about five hours you will reach the village of Huaran. Then you will hop on local transportation to Ollantaytambo, a gorgeous Andean mountain town. You may have a bit of time to look around but then you'll board the train for Aguas Calientes where you'll spend the night at a local hotel.
Trek day 4 : Another early start on day four is rewarded with an amazing sunrise at Machu Picchu. The bus for the ruins departs at 5.30am then after the sun is up you will have a fully guided two hour tour of the site. At that time you will have the chance to explore on your own before boarding the train back to Poroy/Ollantaytambo and a transfer back to your hotel in Cusco.
Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.
Cusco is about a one hour flight from Peru's capital, Lima. Getting to Lima should be relatively easy from any other major world city.
Included:Personal porters (7kg weight allowance) Porters to carry camping equipment, Chef and supporting staff, all meals on the trek (except breakfast day 1), English speaking guide, filtered and boiled water, emergency first aid and oxygen, tents, all transport including buses and Expedition train ticket, all camping equipment including North Face tent (per 2 people), sleeping bag and Therm-a-rest inflatable mattress.
Excluded: Breakfast on Day 1 of trek, Walking poles (these are recommended and can be rented locally), tips, pillows and alcoholic beverages.
The high season on the trail is from April – September when the conditions are fairly dry and the weather generally sunny. June, July and August can see slightly colder night time temperatures so be sure to bring some layers.
If you want to participate on a trek where you will push yourself physically, but at the same time gain an insight into an ancient people and culture, then this will be right up your street.
You do need to be in good shape to participate but it is recommended that you do some regular exercise in the month before you depart. That said, you don’t have to be exercise mad; children as young as 7 and adults of 68 have completed the trail. You will be hiking at altitude, so it is recommended that you acclimatise for a couple of days before embarking on the trip.
The maximum group size is 16 people. The guide to walkers ration is 1 : 9. Don’t worry about being rushed along too fast, there will be plenty of time for comfort breaks and chances to admire the views along the way. The guide will always walk at the back with the last person in the group, so you really don’t need to be concerned about taking too long.
This trek is organized by a professional and licensed tour operator who has been operating in the region for many years. They know what they’re doing and treat their porters well, ensuring that they are well equipped and fairly paid. To read more about trekking to Machu Picchu, the alternatives and best times to trek read our guide to the Inca Trail.
We really thought our trip was great. I would rate your service and the whole experience as a 5. The only piece that would make your service more convenient would be if the prices were conveyed in dollars instead of pounds. We would definitely recommend the trip and company to other travelers. We had our own trip for 3 people and were given lots of special attention. The transportation was very easy and all of our needs were met. Thanks so much for arranging everything for us!
Rochelle Loughry reviewing Lares Valley Trek & Machu Picchu on 07 July 2011
Thanks for organising an excellent holiday for us. It's my first time using Tourdust and I've been really impressed and will certainly be recommending you to friends and family. You provided an excellent level of service all the way through, and the bespoke nature of the trip was fantastic whilst being really good value for money.
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- The trek was amazing and my kids loved it. The camping was really fun, the food was excellent, and I'd particularly call out our guide Rashid who was fantastic show especially with my kids.
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If there was one build / thing I would change, it's a very small one but some candles / lanterns to use in the evening whilst camping would have made it easier to stay outside for a bit longer.
Mark Dilley reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 07 June 2016
Truly another world. The sky was enormous and the summits snow covered. Blue irises, wild herbs and fruit trees flowered on the slopes. Even as I toiled up the dry river bed I gazed in admiration.
Without exception, everyone was courteous and welcoming. Food was good ( and far too plentiful); accommodation clean. Above all-everything worked! A pick-up was promised for 9.00am. At 8.55 the doorbell rang. Impeccable.
No praise is too high for the organisation and staff. I am definitely going back.
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