The valley of Lares was an important commercial route leading to the east that allowed the Incas to trade. The also established themselves in this area to cultivate the coca leaves. This area is also know to produce handcraft textile, using ancestral methods.
During our travel, we will travel through different sectors of the Andes like Suni and Puna and we will reach an altitude of 4 600 m.a.s.l. we will also have the opportunity to get to know the fauna and flora that caracterizes this land. We will see animals from the family of the camelids like lamas and alpacas as their breeding if one one the main economic activities of the communities.
As for the weather is concerned, the temperature is varying between 0ºC during the night and 23ºC during the day. The weather is also cold in the morning and gets warmer until noon. Since we will be walking at an average altitude of 3 700 meter, expect the weather to be always a little bit cold and the sun beams to be very strong.
This trip combines the best of the Lares valley, the fascinating archeological site of Ollantaytambo and the incomparable Machu Picchu. Our first halt will be in the colonial village of Lares where we will be able to enjoy a dip in the thermal baths before we begin our trek. Then we will start our trek through the Andes mountain range. Each day, we will have plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding us. In Ollantaytambo, we will be able to see how the Inca culture still influences to this day, the culture of its villagers. After this part, we will have a short train trip to the Machu Picchu, one of the most famous and important archeological site.
Lares in the name of a small town located to the north of Cusco. We will start our journey from the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Huaran. We will climb by the narrow part to see some stone houses with thatched roofs as well as hords of lamas, alpacas and guinea pigs. This path is moderate compared to the Inca Trail with two high steps reaching 4 000 meters high. It is recommended to spend a few days in Cusco before beginning this trek.