Hidden within the magnificent snow-capped Andes, the beautiful Lares Valley has all the natural beauty of the Inca Trail – magical mountain scenery and the legacy of the Incas – but without the busy tourist crowds. In fact, the Lares Trek is so far off the beaten track that it has changed little over the last 500 years. Visit this page to view the Lares Trek itinerary and route map.
With stunning landscapes and remote settlements, the area has remained largely untouched by tourism and retains its authenticity, offering a glimpse of life the way it used to be in Peru. You will meet traditionally dressed Andean farmers, and wander markets trading as they have done for centuries, see thatched stone and adobe houses and watch herds of llamas and alpacas roaming free.
The Lares Trek is a similar grade to the Inca Trail Trek (with one challenging high pass) and is fully escorted, with 2 nights camping and one night in Aguas Calientes before an early bus ride up to Machu Picchu on day 4.