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Peru: Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

It has been an intense week; I left Cusco last week Wednesday for the Lares Trek, a 4 day / 3 night hike to Machu Picchu and have been on da road since. I made today a rest day to relax a bit and get my laundry done (really needed! 😉 ), and…a blogpost filled with photos! I divided the Lares Trek trip experience into two blogposts due to the amount of pictures, which means that the fourth day of the Trek, arriving at Machu Picchu, will come tomorrow!

Day 11-13, Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

As the classic Inca Trail was fully booked (6 months ago already!), I decided to go for the Lares Trek, one of several alternative hiking trails to Machu Picchu (the classic Inca Trail is mainly marketing boosted anyway, as there are actually seven trails leading to Machu Picchu 😉 ). The advantage of the Lares Trek is that it is a LOT less crowded on the trail…as a matter of fact, I haven’t seen any other trekking groups! Campsites are also not regulated, so instead of spending the night on a campground with 500 others, we were the only one and camping out in the farmland (yes, that could mean in the llama poop 😉 ). We only did not enter Machu Picchu via the famous Sun Gate, but instead took the first bus from Aguas Calientes and waited for the entrance like everybody else (including the Inca Trail groups btw.).

You can read the full Lares Trek itinerary here if you are interested, for now I will let the pictures do the talking… 😉

Lares Trek Day 1, breakfast at the starting point













Lares Trek Day 2





















Lares Trek Day 3




QOTD September 11 2013

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Edward Chapin: “Do not judge men by mere appearances; for the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy.”