The region in and around the Lares Valley has been traditionally known for its Andean communities and its rich and colorful textiles. It is an area where small villages are scattered throughout the mountain valleys and hillsides, where schoolchildren in colorful traditional clothing walk along rural trails, where women weave fabulous textiles using natural dyes and reproducing ancient iconography, and where men herd cattle and guinea pigs are kept in the houses, some still built in adobe with walls blackened from decades of cooking over a fire.
It is a great living example of Andean lifestyle, allowing guests to also visit the houses and interact with locals. And all of this comes along with beautiful mountain scenery, rich in lagoons, waterfalls and valley cloud-forest. The valley’s name comes from the community of Lares, which hosts hot springs well-known by locals. These trekking routes allow a personal and experiential approach to the local lifestyle and people.
(*) Some of these treks do not end in Machupicchu. If interested in visiting the Inca citadel, please make sure to allow for additional days.