While 500 trekkers a day begin the trek to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail, you can get away from all the crowds and experience Peru unchanged for centuries.  The Lares Valley is home to direct descendants of the Inca, living a traditional lifestyle even today. Trek past spectacular high peaks and lakes, and interact with local farmers and weavers in their colorful clothing. Because there is no one Lares Trek, you have many options on this trek, making it good for families or those who don't want to commit to a longer trek. There are even comfortable lodges where you trek by day and relax in luxury by night. Take the guesswork out of choosing a trip by letting our experts guide you to the right one. The trips on our site are operated by the top local companies in Peru, and they are the same companies that operate the trips of many US and European tour operators, but the trips sell at local prices without the big foreign markups.

Lares Treks

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On the Ultimate Lares Trek with 1-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you enjoy Cusco before heading out to trek the Lares Valley where you camp in small, Quechua-speaking villages and interact one-on-one with the direct descendants of the Inca's before hiking the last day of the world-famous Inca Trail to arrive to Machu Picchu on foot via the Gate of Sun. Length: 9 Days Destination: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Lares, 1D Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru Lodging: Comfortable tent camping, boutique hotels Activities: Moderate hiking, cultural interaction, Inca ruins

The Lares to Machu Picchu Lodge-To-Lodge Adventure combines great trekking and adventure with cultural immersion, fantastic scenery, and comfortable lodges and great food. Each day of your journey in the Lares Valley you will have the opportunity to tailor your trip from a choice of varied hikes and activities designed to offer both adventure and cultural education, and then at night you will relax in deluxe mountain lodges run in partnership with local communities. Length: 7 or 9 Days Destination: Cusco, Lares Valley, Machu Picchu Lodging: Luxurious private mountain lodges and hotels Activities: Trekking, cultural exploration, optional biking

The Inca Trail Multisport is an active and adventurous journey that gets you off the beaten path to explore the culture and history of the Incas and their descendants still living in the Machu Picchu area around Cusco and the Sacred Valley.  You will visit the most interesting sites in unusual ways, and at different times, than most tourists, then you will hike the Inca Trail on the 5-day schedule so you avoid the crowds and have time to explore ruins along the way. Length: 9 Days Destination: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru Lodging: Comfortable tent camping, & boutique 3-star plus hotels Activities: Rafting, mountain biking, Inca ruins, trekking

Introducing our new 8-day Yoga and Wellness Experience to Machu Picchu—a combination of exhilarating hikes, wellness workshops, and focused yoga practices—along with unique, meaningful cultural immersion and interaction with our Andean neighbors for a holistic journey like no other. Length: 8 Days Destinations: Cusco, the Sacred Valley, the Lares Valley, Machu Picchu Lodging: Luxurious mountain lodges and hotels Activities: Yoga, meditation, wellness, hiking, Inca ruins, markets, cultural experiences