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The Lares Trail and Inca Valley In-Depth

This alternative route to Machu Picchu allows you to avoid the crowds and follow the traditional “Weaver’s Way”. Traversing the Sacred Valley you will pass small villages, meet indigenous communities and explore ancient ruins long since abandoned by the Incans.

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Journey along the Lares Trail to Machu Picchu, through the Urubamba Valley in Peru’s “Sacred Valley of the Incas”.

This tour features exclusive accommodation in comfortable lodges. The lodges serve as deluxe bases for day hikes, designed for a variety of hiking levels and abilities, as well as daily alternatives to explore Lares and the Sacred Valley whilst travelling from lodge to lodge.

Five or seven-day fixed departures leave from the city of Cusco, accompanied by an expert guide for the entire journey. The trip ends with a guided visit of Machu Picchu and a climb of the adjacent Huayna Picchu peak for a dramatic view of the Inca citadel.

About the Lares Trail

The Lares Trail, an alternative to the much more frequently travelled Inca Trail, features many cultural and natural highlights including traditional weavers in colourful dress, roving herds of alpacas and llamas, and a panorama of waterfalls, snow peaks, and glacial lakes.

An extensive network of trails throughout the Lares and the Sacred Valley lead to traditional Andean highland communities, where guests can meet local communities and get a glimpse of the distant past. It includes visits to spectacular Inca archaeological sites including the fortress of Pisac, Huchuy Cosco and the town of Ollantaytambo, where rebel Inca leader Manco Inca defeated the Spanish in battle.

More challenging trails traverse remote passes with views of Andean peaks, with the occasional condor soaring above.

After a day of hiking or exploring, travellers return to the lodges where they can enjoy the comfort of spacious rooms with hot showers, gourmet dining, lounging by the fireplace and recollecting the day’s adventures, and perhaps even a jacuzzi and a massage.

The lodges are designed to blend into the existing landscape and are built of local materials — stone, adobe, wood, and straw — that reflect the region’s traditional construction.



  • Day 1: Exploring Pisac
    Visit Pisac’s market. Optional morning hike. Visit to the community of Viacha, and to the archaeological complex at Pisac.
  • Day 2: Inca sites and villages
    Drive into the mountains along the “Weaver’s Trail” and visit the archaeological site of Ancasmarca. Options: visit the ancient weavers’ village of Choquecancha or hike to remote Huacahuasi.
  • Day 3: Expedition to Ollantaytambo
    Options: hike to Ollantaytambo, visit an ethnographic museum or mountain bike through the Sacred Valley.
  • Day 4: Discovering Ollantaytambo
    Hike to a viewpoint over Ollantaytambo for magnificent views. Take a tour of the town’s temple and then a scenic train ride along the Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes.
  • Day 5: Machu Picchu
    Bus ride to Machu Picchu where you will discover the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun and the royal Inca residences, amongst many more architectural wonders. Optional hike up Huayna Picchu mountain.
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