PERU TRAVEL PLANNER
This remote and rarely visited region offers the trekker an
insight into the real lives In Lares You’ll have the opportunity to see thatched
stone houses surrounded by herds of llamas and alpacas.
The advantage of this trek is that permits are not required and, in theory, you
could just turn up in Cusco and make a booking 2 or 3 days in advance. However
most companies are combining these treks with a visit to Machu Picchu and
therefore train tickets between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes are best
bought several weeks in advance.
Trekking in this area takes you into the remote and rarely visited Lares Valley
with the spectacular backdrop of the Urubamba Mountains, and has several
snow-capped peaks, the best know of which is Veronica (5,750m. The Lares Valley
lies to the east of the Urubamba range and its easily accessible from Cusco.
The Area offers moderately strenuous trekking, though small mountain villages,
crossing passes of over 4,000m with spectacular views of the surrounding
snow-capped peaks of Pitusiray, Sawasiray and Chicon. During the trek you will
have opportunity to see how the Quechua-speaking Indians of the high mountain
villages live by farming potatoes and oca, and herding llamas and alpacas on the
inhospitable flanks of the towering peaks.
The Lares valley is one of the most picturesque villages in the southern part of
Cusco. Lares Valley is particularly well know for its very high-quality,
brightly coloured weavings and characteristic upturned hats, many of the popular
tourist markets being supplied from here. The trek itself is rated moderate,
similar to the Inca Trail.
There are, however, one pass over 4000m so it is essential that you are well
acclimatized to the altitude.
Location: It is located in the town of Calca 50 km North of the city of
Altitude: The province of Calca has several floors of ecological range
from 900msnm in the towns of Star Valley to 6.200 m Yavero Lacco in the snowy
Chaiñapuerto Lares district.
Weather: in the months of October to March there is heavy rainfall, the
dry season is from May to September with sunshine and clear skies with
temperatures between 15 º C and 21 º c.
The coldest months are from May to July with no rain during the month of August
and April start the rainfall and more intense in the months of December to
March, these months are not recommended to do the tour because the road is
The Lares Valley is rich and varied flora from different ecological zones
among the top we can mention are: chachacomo, used for the coal industry, alder
hardwood tree that grows beluláceo in moist soils, whose tender branches are
used for cottage industries (florist), the elder grows in bushes caprifoliáceo
Q'achin Choquekancha Lares and whose fruit is used in making jams
In Lares large district of wildlife are among those cited: Achuccalla,
weasel, Anas, skunk, Atoe, fox, Andean, opossum, fox, wild guinea pig, deer,
Taruca, Servant, Ucate, shuffleboard, Vizcacha, Puma, Bat , spectacled bear,
ukumari, Coati, capiso, achnni, country Mouse
Lares trek to Machu Picchu 4 days
Tips & Useful Information
- We recommend to not drink water from the tube, it is better to buy a
bottle of water to prevent contracting any harmful parasites or water-borne
illnesses. Also you have to be sure to travel with water purification tablets or
boil water for 15 minutes to eliminate any harmful bacteria.
- We suggest to bring lemon candies, or drink coca leaf tea, to avoid the high
- We suggest you visit your doctor for a medical examination before you make
- If you suffering a heart illness do not try to do this trek.
-we suggest to buying a travel insurance.
- Be sure to hire a professional guide, with a travel agency.
- Be sure to bring the necessary stuff for this kind of trek.
-Personal Sleeping Bag
-Back Pack and Day pack
-Rain coat / poncho
-Water bottle, flash light, hat, sun block, sunglasses
-Chocolates, candies or other snacks
-Photo Camera + Films, Binoculars
For the trip
- It is important to carry your passport to the respective controls and ISIC
card if you are student.
- The trail is moderate compared to the Inca Trail. This road has two steps of
400 meters or 13,200 feet, so we recommend spending 3 or 4 days in Cusco before
- Before you leave for the trek, allow yourself at least 3 to 4 days in higher
altitude. Cusco and its surrounding, the Sacred Valley (Urubamba) and Machu
Picchu are ideal places for acclimatization.
- While on the trail, hikers will need to carry a day pack (camera equipment,
water bottle, extra layers, rain gear, and other accessories you might need on
the trail.) Horses and llamas will carry your duffle bag to the next campsite.