The Landscapes of Lares

The Landscapes of Lares

Many visitors to Machu Picchu choose to hike the Inca Trail, taking 4 days to reach the site at sunrise. But if you're looking for something a little different, something more unique, you should try the Lares #Trek. It's a local, #active side of #Peru most visitors don't get to see.


The Lares Trek, Peru

It’s lucky the views are so good. As I struggle up these mountains, my breath more pained than I am keen to admit, I am in desperate need of constant breaks. A pause for a minute to take a photo and look out over the valleys is the perfect excuse.

Lares Trek, Peru

I’m on the three day Lares Trek, an alternative to the Inca Trail in the area around Cusco. 

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Independent Lares Trek

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 Lares, Cusco, Peru
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Although the Inca Trail is the more popular way to reach Machu Picchu, here in the mountains of Peru, the Lares route with G Adventures takes you through small communities in areas rarely visited by foreigners.

Lares trek photos, Peru

But it’s not just the people along the way that make this trek special. The shifting landscapes over the three days are some of the most striking you will see in this country. 

The shifting landscapes over the three days are some of the most striking you will see in this country

Lower down, the grassy valleys with rivers tumbling over rocks dominate the scenery. In the distance, majestic mountains hugged by glaciers form natural barriers. But as you slowly climb up them, finding passes through to the next dale, you realize they have their own little biospheres within their slopes.

Lares trek photos, Peru

The mountain lakes, thousands of metres above sea level, are calm from the protection of the rock cliffs around them. The number of trees get thinner towards the top but the stone formations create an impression of hardened rolling fields. And with every step, the views up or down promise more.

And with every step, the views up or down promise more

I wrote a lot yesterday about the actual trek. This time I just wanted to share with you some of the photos I took along the route so you can see for yourself some of the stunning views which were reason enough to stop for a minute and rest.

Getting off to a stunning startHave you ever seen such beauty
Getting off to a stunning start
The views all around are breathtaking
Every corner holds a new discovery
Lakes that almost look like glass
Getting off to a stunning startHave you ever seen such beauty
Have you ever seen such beauty
Rounding the corner to this sight was a trek highlight
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Maybe we'll climb that peak next?!
Where mountains meet sky
A serene spot for grazing
Do you think they know how good of a view they have?
I'll never forget this green scene

Time Travel Turtle was a guest of G Adventures but the opinions, over-written descriptions and bad jokes are his own.

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