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Lares Trek

Address: Peru
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Ranked #5 of 25 Activities in Sacred Valley
Type: Trails, Outdoor Activities
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Type: Trails, Outdoor Activities
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Atlanta, Georgia
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This hike will NOT disappoint. This was a very late booking, so the Inca Trail was fully booked. They are very strict about that. Peru government offers ~200 trekker permits (+ ~300 staff)/day. No more! You must book well in advance. However Lares requires NO permit. After checking out some pictures online and doing a little research we concluded that... More 

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I went with Mountain Lodges of Peru on a a trek of Lares Valley. To put things into perspective, I hate hiking but thought that was the only way to see Machu Picchu *this is not true, you can go for the day * Despite the excessive amounts of hiking, I had an AMAZING time. They are true professionals. In... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

One of the best experiences I have ever had. Peaceful, educational, beautiful landscapes and well organised. Our guide was Ali, he did an amazing job. All the lodges were very nice. Highly recommended vs. the more crowded Inca trail.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This was the Maoist amazing experience. My husband and I we the only ones in the tour. We spent 4 days on a trek culminating in Machupichu. It is a better trek than inca trail because you get to see communities travel through Andes as well as visit ruins. It involves trekking up to 4600m above sea level. Very challenging... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We left it too late to get inca trail tickets but this is a great option. The route is very remote, we only saw a couple of other groups, and you get to see stunning scenery. One of the best bits was seeing local people as they live and getting to speak to them (with the help of our guide!).... More 

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Mackay, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The Lares Trek is an alternative to the classic inka trail to Macchu Picchu, and it is really rewarding. Don't tell anyone but there is hardly another soul (tourist) to be seen, and the landscape is awesome. and there isn't the thousands of steps like the classic trail. it's rocky, hard and tiring. wonderful! Big downside (like everywhere in Peru... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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33 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This 4d/3n trek was a great option to really feel like you're trekking through the Andes without being surrounded by a horde of tourists along the way (unlike the traditional Inca Trail). Beautiful scenery surrounded us every morning when we woke up and we experienced and were informed about the local way of life! Such a worthwhile experience overall! My... More 

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New York City, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

There are actually several Lares trails,-all I think pretty similar and all apparently a bit higher but also somewhat shorter than the Inca Trail and less crowded.The two night, three day trek I took with G Adventures was perfectly organized and breathtakingly beautiful, and we only saw one other group.In fact, Lares is often noted for the chance to go... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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86 reviews 86 reviews
8 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Breathtaking scenery all the way, the Lares trek is an excellent alternative to the Inca trail. We hiked with G adventures and thoroughly enjoyed the 3 day 2 night hike. We met only one other group of hikers, so really felt like we had the trail to ourselves. The scenery reallly is stunnning, particularly on day two (the real challenge)... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We just completed the challenging but incredible Lares Trek thru G Adventures. My good friend (52) and I (53) joined a collection of 9 younger hikers from Norway, Sweden, Finland, England and Canada for this incredible experience. In addition to hiking to a reported elevation of 4800 meters, we encountered numerous Andean llama/alpaca familiies who are living the way they... More 

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