The Lares Trek - the alternative Inca Trail
Peru, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £895 (land only) - from €1,075 (land only) - from $1,475 (land only)
- Get off-the-beaten-track in Peru on the Alternative Inca Trail
- Views of Veronica Peak
- The lakes of the Lares Valley
- Meeting the indigenous Quecha-speaking people
- Full day-tour at Machu Picchu
The former Inca capital and Spanish colonial city of Cusco is our base for this excellent trek through the lesser visited Andean mountain valleys of this hidden corner of Peru. Travelling through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the spectacular Lares Valley, we find ourselves immersed in an ancient Andean way-of-life. The hardy local people, in their bright red woollen clothing, continue to herd llamas and grow potatoes in the same way they have for centuries. On our 4-day trek we encounter an interesting mix of spectacular mountain scenery, glacial lakes, waterfalls, high plains, hot springs and charming Andean villages. Finally, beyond the ruins at Pumamarca, an original section of Inca trail takes us back to civilisation at Ollantaytambo. Here, we board the famous Orient Express train to the colourful town of Machu Picchu Peueblo (formerly known as Aguas Calientes), gateway to Machu Picchu. We have a full day at the awe-inspiring Inca citadel with a private guide and with time for individual exploration. Although less known than its famous cousin, this alternative Inca Trail offers spectacular landscapes and a chance to interact with local people away from the crowds and with no restrictive permit issues.
Is this holiday for you?
This walking holiday offers a variety of trekking conditions. Most of the walking is on well-defined tracks, including some sections of ancient Inca highways, which are paved with stone in places. During the trek we cross several high (over 4000 metre) passes which will be quite challenging, but overall the trekking is straightforward and not sustained or committing. We have allowed two nights at an altitude of a little over 3000 metres before we start trekking and this provides an excellent and vital acclimatisation for the group.