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On this classic 4-day Lares trek Peru, you’ll hike past stone houses with thatched roofs, children tending herds of llamas and alpacas, and women in colorful traditional dress spinning yarn, hiking along some of the same trails and paths that the locals use every day.
Step back in time and experience a living Inca culture! The lifestyle in the remote Andean communities on this Lares trek Peru is largely unchanged since Inca times, and on this route you will get to witness it first-hand.
The Classic Lares route starts in the heart of the Sacred Valley. After travelling about an hour and a half by car we reach Huaran, the Lares trek trailhead. From here, the trail heads up into the highlands. Over the next two days, we pass a series of stunning glacial lakes and two high passes. We’ll also trek through a number of traditional Andean villages, including Cancha Cancha, Quishuarani and Cuncani. On Day 3 we end up at the Lares hot springs for an enjoyable soak to rest our weary muscles!
This Lares trek does not include Machu Picchu. You can add on a Machu Picchu Trek Extension, or try our 4 day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu. There are also loads of opportunities for immersive cultural experiences, from an optional homestay in Chaullacocha to a pre-trek weaving tour.
Our multiple Lares trek routes are different than the norm, getting you off the beaten track. We have worked in community development in the Lares Valley communities since 2007, including supporting the local school. As a result, we have a very close relationship with the people there, many of whom work as part of our trek staff, from porters to cooks to muleteers.
Apus Peru’s sister non-profit organization, Threads of Peru, also works with the weavers of Chaullacocha. Travelers who hike many of Apus Peru’s Lares Valley Treks often get a chance to visit the school and the weaving association – this is a totally different experience than the average Lares trek!
Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone! Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!
Interested in an even more culturally-immersive experience? Check out our 1D Huaran Weaving & Eco Tour to add an extra day at the beginning of your Classic Lares Trek Peru!
Total Walking Distance – 11km
Total Walking Time – 4h
Minimum Altitude – 2900m / 9514ft / Maximum Altitude – 4000m / 13,123ft
Altitude of camp – 4000m / 13,123ft
Approx. night temperature – -8°C
The path then continues for about an hour along a narrow, barren ridge before dropping down into a beautiful secluded corrie filled with glacial lakes, an area rich in bird-life. We follow a series of nine cascading waterfalls to the village of Quishuarani (3700 m / 12,139ft), where we will camp for the night.
Total Walking Distance – 13km
Total Walking Time – 7hs
Minimum Altitude – 3700 m / 12,139ft / Maximum Altitude – 4700m / 15,419ft
Altitude of camp – 3700 m / 12,139ft
Approx. night temperature – -1°C
Total Walking Distance – 16km
Total Walking Time – 9hs
Minimum Altitude – 3100m / 10,170ft / Maximum Altitude – 4450m / 14,599ft
Altitude of camp – 3100m / 10,170ft
Approx. night temperature – 4°C
After a leisurely breakfast and a last dip in the hot springs, our transport will pick us up and we will return to Cusco. Time permitting, we will stop at the ruins of Ancasmarca en route. Total travel time today is approximately 4-5 hours.
Extend your trip by one day and visit the unparalleled Machu Picchu! Check out our Machu Picchu Extensions for more information.