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Lares is a moderate trek. Good health and physical condition are required to endure walk times of up to 7 hours a day at high altitudes. Compared to Salkantay, a challenging trek, the total trail distance of Lares is about 10 miles (20 km) shorter.
Lares is an alternative trek to Machu Picchu.
What this means is that unlike the iconic Inca Trail, the trail for Lares does not conclude at the Sun Gate into Machu Picchu. Instead, the trekking portion of the Lares tour package concludes near Ollantaytambo. You’ll take the train the rest of the way to Aguas Calientes, gateway to Machu Picchu, and spend one final night at a hotel. Wake up refreshed the next morning and visit Machu Picchu.
Perks | Alternative treks to Machu Picchu are often thought of as backup options to the iconic Inca Trail that concludes at the Sun Gate into Machu Picchu. However, these trails offer some nice perks that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Alternative treks to Machu Picchu, like Lares or Salkantay, are often thought of as backup options to the iconic Inca Trail that concludes at the Sun Gate into Machu Picchu. However, these trails offer some nice perks that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Please consult your travel advisor with specific questions regarding trekking equipment and rental options during your Lares trekking experience.
Travel is full of variables and there is always a risk, however small, that something might go wrong before or during your trip. Something as minor as a flight delay can have a significant financial impact, as can illness, bad weather or baggage delay.
Ask your travel advisor about including travel insurance in your customized travel package.