Sacred Valley and Lares Adventure
A cultural & walking experience
The Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu offers the perfect combination of traditional adventure travel and cultural immersion. Your experience on our, 5 or 7 day, lodge-to-lodge journey will alternate between an exploration of the astounding natural scenery of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and an intimate look at Andean culture, both in busy towns and in the most-remote of mountain hamlets.
Daily expeditions will lead you along seldom-travelled highland trails surrounded by exquisite snow-capped peaks, past roving herds of llamas and alpacas, around impossibly hued turquoise lakes, and through graceful waterfalls.
Your destinations will include fascinating archaeological sites, thought-provoking agricultural and commercial Andean cooperatives, and bustling towns and markets showcasing the flavours of the region as well as the wares of its skilled artisans. Most importantly, you will travel to hidden communities unchanged for centuries for a unique up-close visit with the local people.
Expert guides tailor the experience with an offer of à la carte activities and daily cultural encounters. At each day’s sunset, settle into deluxe mountain lodges run in partnership with local communities, to prepare for a new day of multi-activity adventure and exploration.
Each day on The Lares Adventure you will have the opportunity to tailor your trip from a choice of varied activities designed to offer both adventure and cultural education. The goal is to provide you with a singular experience that will exceed your expectations and result in a visit to Peru that few have experienced in the same way.
In the words of The Classic Safari Company's founder Julie McIntosh:
The most delicious meal I had in Peru was on the Lares trek - a traditional Andean feast called a ‘Pachamanca’. Using locally sourced produce, the meal is cooked over the course of several hours in the ground, covered with hot stones and soil. The end product delicious and earthy in every way. A treat when wandering high up in the mountains on the trek, meeting and learning how the locals have survived here for centuries.
Why we like it
- Escape the crowds
- Small, escorted group
- Magnificent landscapes
- Meet traditional Peruvian people
- Dine & sleep in trail side lodges
- Adventure in style and comfort
Blackout periods and Ts & Cs apply - contact us for full details.
At a Glance
Day 1: Depart Cusco to the Sacred Valley. Option to visit the celebrated market at Pisca or take a moderate hike in the hills and mountains over the Sacred Valley.
Day 2: Go deeper into the heart of the Lares region. After lunch, choose between visiting a traditional weaver's village or a scenic drive and a moderate/strenuous hike amidst turquoise blue lakes and towering peaks of the remote village of Huacahuasi.
Day 3: Morning visit with the community of Huacahuasi to learn about their heritage and daily life. Then embark on a spectacular hike from the lodge to the adjacent valley leading to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo.
Day 4: Early morning short hike to Inca storage structures high above Ollantaytambo for magnificent views of the town and the temple and enjoy a guided tour of the fortess before taking the train to Machu Picchu town.
Day 5: At dawn, begin your visit to Machu Picchu. Prepare to be awed by the skillful architecture of the many Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among many others. Afternoon travel to Cusco by train and private coach.
- Easy to moderate
- Operates March to December
- Min 4 | Max 18
- Single supplements apply
- Please contact us for dates, prices and further details