Unique access to the Lares Valley with superb lodges supported by local communities, and daily walks over spectacular passes, past tropical glaciers, and down ancient Incan roadways. An ideal mixture of high mountain scenery and profound cultural encounter, with visits to town markets in the Sacred Valley, expert tours of seldom visited ruins, and a series of new and elegant lodgings…by our partners, Mountain Lodges of Peru.
Hike spectacular lake routes and visit high mountain villages that seldom see an outsider
Heal yourself with comfortable lodges with spectacular Peruvian cuisine
Meet locals, from traditional village weavers to traders in colorful urban markets
Soak yourself in private hot tubs, then get a lesson in making the pisco sour, Peru’s national cocktail—all at a remote lodge run by an indigenous community.
The navel of the world, the heart of an empire, a journey through the sacred and ancient world of high Peru. The Lares Trek combines remote wilderness and access to the soul of the Inca empire with lodges outfitted with today’s comforts. Roaming across upper valleys and mountain passes, visitors are witness to both magnificent nature and traditional Andean villages where ancient values endure.
Few visitors ever see this region. Guides specialize in cultural and historical aspects of the trip, making this week of superb Alpine vistas and tropical glaciers into a walking adventure in time travel. Along with market visits, weaving demonstrations, and yes, a tutorial in Peruvian cocktails, every trekking day is paired with an alternative cultural activity for those still acclimatizing or in need of a break.
Our travelers arrive at Machu Pichu strengthened and deeply informed about the history that built this stunning citadel, and enjoy longer-than-usual time on site.
Day 1—Arrive Cusco and transfer
Day 2— Cuzco city tour
Day 3—Into the Lares Valley- Explore Pisaq
Day 4—Lares Region- Incan Sites and Villages
Day 5—The Patacancha and Sacred Valley
Day 6 –Sacred Valley/ Discovering Ollantaytambo
Day 7 —Machu Picchu/ The Sanctuary
Day 8– Transfer to Cuzco airport/flight home