Consider the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Consider the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Are you one of the roads less traveled types? If so, you probably already want to see the less frequently visited destinations in the world, and yet you might also want to pay a visit to Machu Picchu. It is visited by millions every year, so it is not as remote as one might like, but it is so unbelievably beautiful, unearthly and unique that almost any dedicated explorer wants to set foot on the amazing stepped peaks. The most common route that hikers follow is known as the Inca Trail, and it involves a bit of camping and good luck where the weather goes. Then, there is the far lesser known path, the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, and this may be the route you choose instead.

Understanding the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Unlike the Inca Trail, which is part of one of the remaining roads built by the ancient Incan people, the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is off that proverbial “beaten path”. It involves authentic Andean Mountain trekking and takes you through valleys, up mountains, past lakes and into living Andean and Quechua communities that let you get a genuine look at the way the people of the region live.

It is a multi-day journey no matter how you look at it, but is one that many describe as otherworldly and even compare it to the same magical landscapes seen in the famous Lord of the Rings movies filmed in New Zealand. Of course, it is a photographer’s dream, but if you are also interested in what the communities in the mountains are like, this is a wonderful cultural experience. You might see herds of llamas and alpacas, stepped farms, and even watch as ancient dyeing techniques are put to use in some of the villages.

The itinerary of a Lares Trek to Machu Picchu can vary but should set out from Cusco and begin in the Pumhahuanca Valley. A good tour then moves through the Cuyoc area, Pumahuanca Pass and to the hot springs. There should be opportunities for exploring the scenery, and even visits to spots like the Maras salt mines. Hopefully, your trek gets you to Machu Picchu on the fourth morning to see sunrise, as this is an unforgettable site.

If you are an adventurer who wants a unique experience of Machu Picchu, heading up the Lares Trek is one of the best ways to enjoy it.

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