The Lares trek with One Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is our most popular alternative to the Inca Trail. Yet it is still relatively unknown. Our nine-day package combines it with acclimatization hikes in Cusco and the Sacred Valley to give you a real insight into life in rural Peru. Then you get to walk through the Sun Gate to Machu Picchu.
To trek in Lares is to walk back in time, into a world little changed since the time of the Incas. Each day, as the sun rises over the hill, locals clad in handwoven red ponchos and felt hats, emerge from simple stone cottages to pasture their alpacas in the shadow of Chicon and its shrinking glacier.
There are many companies offering treks in Lares, but none can offer you quite the same experience. We first explored there in 1990. We ran our first Lares trek in 1995. Since 2007, we have worked with local Lares communities to reforest the area. As a result of this long-standing relationship, you, our guest, will be made especially welcome and given insights into local life that others simply do not get.
See our Lares Trek with One Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu itinerary for more information.