Lares is the name of a small town north of Cusco, a beautiful place to do a walk. Lares trek starts in the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will climb the narrow part and have the opportunity to see stone houses with thatched roofs surrounded by herds of llamas, alpacas and guinea pigs. The road is moderate compared to the Classic Inca Trail. This road has two steps of 4000 m.a.s.l (13,200 feet), is recommended to spend 3 to 4 days in Cusco before the trip. When you reach the Pachacuteq Pass at 4500m., You will have wonderful views of the snow-capped peaks of Pitusiray (5750m.) And Chicon (5500m.). This route is highly recommended because in your journey. You will see beautiful landscapes and meet typical people of the area who still maintain their customs and also has as final destination the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Just Amazing!
What to see?
Among the natural resources of the district of Lares, there are places like the Mantto Waterfall. This natural attraction of the town of Lares is formed by a set of precipitations whose highest height is recorded in one hundred meters. In addition to waterfalls, Lares has natural attractions such as the Lares Thermal Waters, which are also striking for those who like thermomedicinal tourism. These Lares water sources have temperatures ranging from 36 ° C to 44 ° C, and are ideal for treating bone and gastrointestinal diseases, especially. These baths are located 1 km from the town of Lares, and those can only be reached on foot, and after paying a ticket of s / 5.00.
As mentioned above, one of the main attractions of the town is its valley, which can be visited, especially by those tourists interested in adventure tourism, since the valley offers great trekking trails of different difficulties. The best season to practice trekking in Lares, is between the months of May to October; it is recommended to avoid the rest of the months due to the low temperatures registered in the valley, which may even freeze certain areas. During the tours to the Valley, you can learn, in its wake, evidence of ancient Inca occupation, manifested in roads, among other structures.
The Selle Tecse-Lares Ayllu Private Conservation Area, which was created with the intention of contributing to the conservation of the scenery and biodiversity of the Andes of Peru, is also an interesting resource of the Lares district. The visit to the resort not only allows you to discover beautiful natural landscapes, but also to live with the community that inhabits it, and which reveals its culture and artisanal production to its visitors.
In addition to the previous attractions, the district of Lares, is also interesting for the archaeological resources it presents. Between the points of archaeological interest of Lares they are sites like the Citadel of Choqecancha or Choquekancha, an Inca citadel that has four clear divisions established and a good state of conservation.In the district of Lares, in addition, you can also find cave paintings, such as the cave paintings of Mantto, which call attention, in addition to its polychromy, for the animal and anthropomorphic forms that they present and that could reveal to have been made during the Conquest, since figures of horses appear among them, although there are pictographs of greater antiquity in the set. If you visit the town of Lares, in addition to knowing its fascinating tourist resources, you can not fail to go to the craft stalls of the district and acquire some of the beautiful textile products that are made by the creative and talented population of Lares.
When to go?
In the valley, the climate is tempered with cold at night. Lares has two different stations during the year. The rainy season (from October to March) is characterized by the abundant fluvial fall. The maximum temperature during this part of the year reaches 20 ° C. The minimum reaches 5 ° C. In the dry season (from March to October) the maximum temperature reaches 21 ° C and the minimum temperature reaches 1 ° C. The rains and cold occur throughout the year, especially in the highlands of Lares. So is highly recommended to visit the LAres Valley and start Lares trek on the dry season.
We recommend to carry:
- Insect repellent.
- Water bottle.
- Camera or video camera.
- Warm and rain clothes
Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Lares Trek?
It's impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full day spent in Cusco (3249m), taking it easy and drinking plenty of water, is usually enough for most people.
The highest point you will reach while hiking the Lares Trek is 4550 meters. You will sleep at 3600 meters for one or two nights.
How difficult is the Lares Trek?
The Lares Trek is considered a moderate hike. It's not a technical hike but the altitude may affect some individuals. We recommend purchasing a wooden walking stick while in Peru as it will help with your balance and reduce the load on your knees. We ask that you not use a metal tipped walking stick as it can harm the fragile environment along the trail.
How cold does it get on the Lares Trek (will I need to bring hats and mitts)?
The high altitude means it can get quite chilly, especially during the Andean winter (May - September) when the temperature can drop to below zero degrees (Celsius) at night. It can still be cool at other times of the year and so we recommend bringing thermal underwear and a warm sleeping bag. You can purchase warm, inexpensive and locally made hand-woven hats and gloves in Cusco.
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