Lares trek

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Lares trek

The Lares trek is a two or three day high altitude hike in Cusco, Peru, starting near the village Lares, approximately 40 miles north of Cusco and 35 miles east of Machu Picchu.[1] The Lares Valley lies in the east of the Urupampa mountain range, traversing part of the Sacred Valley. Reaching the start of the trek requires a bus or van trip of approximately 5 hours from the village of Lares. The Lares trek route transverses typical Peruvian Andean mountain areas.

The Lares Valley is home of many traditional weavers and farmers. The indigenous people of this area speak Quechua and Spanish.

The Lares trek is one of the main alternatives to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.[2] It is slightly shorter and higher in altitude than the Inca Trail; it is accessible from Cusco.[3]


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