Today begin the 5-day Lares Adventures to Machu Picchu, which offers a perfect combination of traditional adventure travel and cultural immersion.
Your experience on our 5 day lodge-to-lodge journey will alternate between an exploration of the astounding natural scenery of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and an intimate look at Andean culture, both in busy towns and in the most-remote of mountain hamlets.
Daily expeditions will lead you along seldom-travelled highland trails surrounded by exquisite snow-capped peaks, past roving herds of llamas and alpacas, around impossibly hued turquoise lakes, and through graceful waterfalls. Your destinations will include fascinating archaeological sites, thought-provoking agricultural and commercial Andean cooperatives, as well as bustling towns and markets showcasing the flavours of the region and the wares of its skilled artisans. Most importantly, you will travel to hidden communities unchanged for centuries for a unique up-close visit with the local people.
Expert guides tailor the experience with an offer of à la carte activities and daily cultural encounters. At each day’s sunset, settle into deluxe mountain lodges run in partnership with local communities, to prepare for a new day of multi-activity adventure and exploration.
Each day on The Lares Adventure you will have the opportunity to tailor your trip from a choice of varied activities designed to offer both adventure and cultural education. Design your own adventure!
The town square is often the centre of activity throughout this region, but so too is the town market, and none is more alive than the famous market at Pisaq. A morning visit to check out its unique array of products will inspire you with a small taste of the rich culture yet to be explored on your journey. Travellers seeking inspiration in nature can opt for an invigorating morning hike surrounded by amazing views of the Andes Mountains that guard this magnificent valley.
Later, enjoy exclusive access to the isolated community of Viacha, where you will learn about its artisanal potato farming practices and enjoy a traditional “Pachamanca” meal, cooked under hot stones. After lunch you will visit the archaeological complex at Pisaq, an afternoon excursion that offers a unique opportunity to explore the complex free of crowds, with the sun setting behind the peaks.
Group Activity: Group lunch at the local community of Viacha. In the afternoon, the whole group visits the Pisaq archaeological site together, before heading to the lodge.
Activity Menu (morning to noon):
1st option - Cultural Activity: Visit Awanakancha (an Andean camelid exhibition and traditional textile centre), the town of Pisaq and local market, and experience an encounter with members of the local community of Viacha.
2nd option - Hike: From the local community of Amaru to the local community of Viacha / Duration 2.5-3 hrs. / Moderate / Mountain pass at an elevation of 14,200´ - 4,328m.