MAX. ALTITUDE: 4200m
The spectacular Lares valley lies just beyond the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The short drive from Cusco will immerse you into an ancient Andean life where hardy locals herd llamas and plant potatoes as they have for centuries amidst beautiful Andean surroundings. Their incredibly bright, high-quality woven red clothes are startling against the mountain background. The expedition itself is an interesting mixture of spectacular mountain scenery, glacial lakes, waterfalls, high plains, hot springs and charming Andean villages. The views of the snow topped peaks of Veronica, Chicon, Pitusiray and Sawasiray keep us company most of the way.
The lovely hot-springs at Lares village are another highlight along with a cultural weaving experience at Huilloc. The final location of the Pumamarca ruins and the superb walk down on an original Inca trail along massive, remarkably well-preserved Inca terraces to the back entrance of Ollantaytambo completes this satisfying trek. It is also unique amongst Andean trekking in that vehicle support may be used at several points en-route. This gives extra flexibility with the trek route, allowing us to make for a superbly luxurious camping experience and gives us extra security in case of any emergencies.
The trek easily combines allowing us to meet the afternoon train to Machu Picchu from Ollantaytambo, and includes an overnight in Aguas Calientes allowing us to explore Machu Picchu in depth the following day with a private guide before catching the train back to Cusco. It is recommended to arrive at least one day earlier in Cusco to allow for acclimatization and to enjoy some of the amazing history and culture that Cusco has to offer.
8 great reasons to trek the Peru Lares Valley with 360 Expeditions.
1. Itinerary. Through many years of working in the Peruvian Andes we have discovered areas that still have a unique “ of the beaten track” feeling. Lares is no exception. Other trekkers have discovered the area but our route is still rarely trodden and provides a glimpse into Peru that few experience. Also this itinerary includes extra days to allow for maximum acclimatisation and a contingency day to allow for bad weather. (11days UK to UK a few days longer than most).
2. Western leaders: Our western guides have a huge passion for Peru. They will have climbed many of the
peaks and passes you trek past and are a fountain of local and cultural knowledge adding hugely to your trekking experience.
3. In country support Our 360 local support team is simply the best. Our local crew was born and bred in the region so you get to experience an intimate glimpse into not only their lives but how they see the landscape. We have worked with our Peruvian teams for over 10 years and consider them good friends and treat them as such.
4. Hotel top and tailing the expedition. You will be staying in a beautiful hotel surrounded by quiet tropical gardens nestled in the bustling heart of Cusco. No need for taxies to and from the fun.
5. Accommodation on trek. We camp in quiet camp sites. Sometimes near tiny hamlets and sometimes in a remote setting; but always one that enjoys great views and a feeling of really being somewhere special. You will share a spacious 3 person tent with only 1 other person and our dining tents are clean and spacious.
6. Meals on the trek. Our chefs who accompany you on this trek are mothing short of miracle workers when it comes to creating the master pieces they serve. Of course all dietary requirements are carefully considered and the ingredients fresh and often with a local touch.
7. Mules. Carry your kitbag. You will only need to carry your daysack, maximising your chance of climbing those high passes. It comes without saying that our Mule team and local crew is looked after very well. They get paid good wages, sleep in good accommodation and get three square meals per day. And they are insured for emergency evacuation should something untoward happen to them.
8. No hidden costs. Our prices include National park entry fees and all trekking permit fees.