Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

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Lima, Cusco & Lares Trek to Machu Picchu - 6 Days
Map of Lima, Cusco & Lares Trek to Machu Picchu - 6 Days
Lima, Cusco & Lares Trek to Machu Picchu - 6 Days

A shorter alternative to the Inca Trail, the Lares Trek offers an experience just as stunning. Despite the high altitudes, this trek follows a less rigorous route through local communities, making it ideal for those who are looking for something accessible, unique, and immersive.

Beautiful Andean landscape
Map of Lares Lodge-to-Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu - 5 Days
Lares Lodge-to-Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu - 5 Days

The five-day Lares Trek takes you high up in the Andes, hiking during the day and overnighting in luxurious lodges along the way. Providing impressive views of snow-capped peaks and glacial lakes, it’s a relatively demanding hike that will test your fitness.

Girl walking home in the Lares Valley
Map of Lares Valley Trek & Short Inca Trail - 8 Days
Lares Valley Trek & Short Inca Trail - 8 Days

Trek through the Lares Valley, where you'll pass between glacier-capped mountains where llamas and alpacas graze in the surrounding hills. You'll visit the town of Lares, a colourful traditional town in the heart of the valley. Combined with the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, this is a trek that combines two wonderful valleys & mountain ranges with very different ecologies & landscapes.

View from the Santa Cruz trek in Peru
Map of Best 10 Treks in Peru
Best 10 Treks in Peru

Peru — a nation with abundant natural diversity, from coast, to mountains, to jungle — has long attracted lovers of the Great Outdoors. The Peruvian Andes, running like a backbone down the centre of the country, contain mesmerizing variations in landscape that make for some of the best trekking in the world. Cloud forests, 5000m+ cordilleras (mountain ranges), the world’s deepest canyon and the striking remains of ancient civilizations all await.

Huchuy Qosqo
Map of Best Day Hikes in the Sacred Valley near Cusco
Best Day Hikes in the Sacred Valley near Cusco

Peru is famous for the Inca Trail and other multi-day hikes, but if you are short on time, there are plenty of excellent day hikes throughout the Sacred Valley. These hikes are a great way to visit some of the rural communities and lesser-visited ruins throughout the Valley.

Making a pilgrimage to Machu Picchu on one of these two treks makes your arrival even more spectacular
Salkantay Trek vs the Inca Trail: Which is Right for You?

Trekking to Machu Picchu is a dream for many travelers—but there's more than one way to get there. The classic Inca Trail lets trekkers walk in the steps of the Incas, while the more remote Salkantay route offers solitude and wildlife. Compare your options for getting to Peru's most famous place on foot, from distance and cost to overnight options.

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Travel specialist Kristy Tizon
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Kristy Tizon

Kristy is a Peruvian-American who is originally from Los Angeles but now calls Lima, Peru her home. Growing up as a Peruvian-American, she was able to experience the best of both worlds. Her...

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Once I finished school, I learned that my country and the rest of the world had so many unique and beautiful cultures and experiences. I decided to travel around Peru to some off-the-beaten-path...

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It is impossible for me to imagine living somewhere else than Peru! Peruvian delicious food, unique culture and fascinating history are part of me! And as a good cusqueñian, I am very proud to have...

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Sachin

Thanks to Liz & KimKim for an AMAZING trip! · Peru - Nov 19 - Nov 26, 2021

Traveler: Sachin V. - Local specialist: Liz Karen L. J.

Thanks to Liz! for an AMAZING trip!
For this once in a life time trip, we entrusted Liz at KimKim.com to plan our trip. This is our second trip with KimKim and I have to say just amazing.! This trip was postponed 3 times due to the pandemic and Liz made it seamless. Planning our trip, she kept up with all the changes and challenges thrown at her even with flights were cancelled intra, she moved to private car transport. During the trip the arrangements seemed flawless to us. Even when... read more

Thanks to Liz! for an AMAZING trip!
For this once in a life time trip, we entrusted Liz at KimKim.com to plan our trip. This is our second trip with KimKim and I have to say just amazing.! This trip was postponed 3 times due to the pandemic and Liz made it seamless. Planning our trip, she kept up with all the changes and challenges thrown at her even with flights were cancelled intra, she moved to private car transport. During the trip the arrangements seemed flawless to us. Even when mother nature threw a curve ball causing train delays on a late evening, Liz had arranged for car transport to get us to our hotel. Our family loved the 7 day trip to this magical place called Peru, but with Liz's experience and guidance the trip was flawless, enjoyable without worry and perfectly managed. Thank you Liz and KimKim.com! Truly loved it.

We had an incredible experience · Peru - Dec 25 - Jan 8, 2022

Traveler: Isaiah N. - Local specialist: Kristy Tizon

We had an incredible experience working with Kristy from the very beginning.

Kristy answered all of our questions and was always very attentive when we were debating between places to go or activities to partake in. She was very knowledgeable about the country and the various activities to do and places to visit.

Our experience in Peru was incredible. All of the details were taken care for us and it was very simple to figure out where and when we needed to be throughout.

Finally, all of... read more

We had an incredible experience working with Kristy from the very beginning.

Kristy answered all of our questions and was always very attentive when we were debating between places to go or activities to partake in. She was very knowledgeable about the country and the various activities to do and places to visit.

Our experience in Peru was incredible. All of the details were taken care for us and it was very simple to figure out where and when we needed to be throughout.

Finally, all of our guides and drivers were great. We REALLY loved Edy in Cusco, who went above and beyond multiple times to help make our tours and stay that much more enjoyable.

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Thank you so much for choosing to travel with us! We hope to see you in Peru again. :)

Sheldon

Impressive with how every detail was attended to. · Peru - Sep 18 - Sep 25, 2021

Traveler: Sheldon S. - Local specialist: Jesus Martel

Everything provided by Kimkim Travel (through Peruvian Soul in Peru) was perfect. I had some nervousness about using an agency since I usually travel independently, but with my wife and my advancing age, and her mobility challenges, I decided it was the best option for a trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. I was impressed with the attention we got, and the adaptation to our needs. First, communication, online and with whatsapp: Jesus must sleep at his keyboard, since every time I... read more

Everything provided by Kimkim Travel (through Peruvian Soul in Peru) was perfect. I had some nervousness about using an agency since I usually travel independently, but with my wife and my advancing age, and her mobility challenges, I decided it was the best option for a trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. I was impressed with the attention we got, and the adaptation to our needs. First, communication, online and with whatsapp: Jesus must sleep at his keyboard, since every time I had a question, concern, or panic, he responded, usually within minutes, although occasionally when at night, it was the first thing in the morning. Likewise, Carlos, who handled airport pickups/dropoffs, and Julio, our personal guide for 4 days from Cusco to Machu Picchu and back, were equally responsive and helpful. Beyond communication, Julio was a font of knowledge, adapted the tour to our needs, attentive, and facilitated numerous accommodations for my wife that made our Machu Picchu experience possible. In Lima, we also enjoyed the services of Abraham for a few hours, and were pleased with his manner and helpfulness as well. The trip provided by Kimkim/Peruviansoul was well designed as a private conducted tour, very fairly priced, and conducted without a hitch. All the personnel were reliable and excellent. The hotels were great.

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Jesus Martel, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Sheldon,

Thanks so much for such kind comments. We really feel very happy to hear you had a wonderful time in Peru along with your wife. We really made our best from the time we received your request until your departure from Peru, and I'm very happy you felt safe and comfortable with our services provided. For us, it is very important to always give the best possible experience to our clients as well as be careful about details and most important, guarantee the best tour guides such as... read more

Dear Sheldon,

Thanks so much for such kind comments. We really feel very happy to hear you had a wonderful time in Peru along with your wife. We really made our best from the time we received your request until your departure from Peru, and I'm very happy you felt safe and comfortable with our services provided. For us, it is very important to always give the best possible experience to our clients as well as be careful about details and most important, guarantee the best tour guides such as Julio and Abraham, with whom you could venture to the most precious sites during your trip! Thanks again for trusting us and we really hope to have you or your family, friends in Peru sometime in the future!

Stay in touch! Thanks for all your kindness.

Jesus, Kim Kim & Peruvian Soul team