The Lares trek to Machu Picchu

The Lares trek to Machu Picchu

The Lares Trek is different from the Inca Trail. It’s two days of hiking through valleys and high mountain passes, and includes more villages and native people (and llamas!). It’s also completely uncrowded and an absolutely beautiful way to get to know Peru.

After two days of hiking and two nights of camping in tents in villages, we had a day of train travel and a night in a hotel. Then we spent the fourth day at Machu Picchu, having a tour and then exploring the site on our own.

I was determined not to bore you with a hundred photos, so I’m just sharing a film-roll worth (remember those?) Here are the highlights from our trek and our visit to Machu Picchu.

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  • Sue Guetterman

    October 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Fabulous photos, Lauren!!! What a wonderful experience. Thanks so much for sharing.


  • Kristy

    October 2, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    What a wonderful trip you guys had! The pictures are fabulous. Bet taking the time for some meditation there was a really spiritual experience! Love knowing what is happening on your adventure!

  • Pete Smith

    October 3, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Wonderful set of pictures. I always marvel at the engineering skills of these civilizations. Sadly, our ancestors put an end to most of that!!

  • Lauren

    October 3, 2013 at 8:51 am

    You’re so right. It’s amazing to see first-hand how advanced these civilizations really were!

  • Lauren

    October 3, 2013 at 8:51 am

    The meditation was lovely, although I was continually distracted by people walking through. And, at one point, two llamas came around the corner!

  • Lauren

    October 3, 2013 at 8:52 am

    It was beautiful!