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Inca Trail vs Lares Trail

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Inca Trail vs Lares Trail

It is hard to compare them because they both share similarities, and at the same time, some contrasting features. Both include several kilometers of hiking up and down mountains. Of course, one is more “famous” and the other rewards the trekker with a more intimate feel.

 

Inka Trail

It was part of the great network road of Inca roads of more than 23,000 kilometers that integrated the state of Tawantinsuyo. These roads led the merchants of the Inca period to ceremonial precincts and to the Incan army of the Tawantinsuyo. We also have the flora and fauna of the area. The beginning of this adventure starts at the pass control of Piscacucho (also known as Km. 82) which is 3 hours away by bus from the city of Cusco. Nowadays, the network is not retained in its entirety, however, it’s still possible to travel around 42 kilometers from Cusco Town to Machu Picchu.

 

Lares Valley Trek

It is a hike that lasts two or three days in Cusco, Peru starting nearby the town of Lares, approximately 64 kilometers north from Cusco and 56 kilometers east from Machu Picchu. It is placed on the mountain rage of Urupampa (on the east) crossing part of Sacred Valley. To start this trek you need to take a 5 hour trip on bus or van from the town. The trek route crosses typical zones from the mountains of Peru.

 

What trek should I do?


Here are the comparisons between them.

  • There are more people who have done the Inca Trail than those who have done the other trek and they tend to talk about how impressive this trek is.
  • Both are in the high Andes.
  • Lares has MUCH LESS tourist influx than the Inca Trail and you go through a couple of very traditional villages.
  • Lares has breathtaking views of lakes and some beautiful waterfalls.
  • Lares does not count with a lot of ruins – whereas the other trek does count.
  • Both end in Machu Picchu.
  • The Lares trek is 33 km (20.5 miles) and the Inka Trail 44 km (27 miles).
  • We can say that the Inca is tougher due to its climbs (steeps) and theirs descends.
  • The Inca last three full days + two hours and the Lares one last 48 hours.
No matter which one you choose. You will not regret it, we can promise that.

The #Larestrek is a hike that lasts two or three days in #Cusco, #Peru starting nearby the town of #Lares, approximately 64 kilometers north from #Cusco and 56 kilometers east from #MachuPicchu. It is placed on the mountain rage of Urupampa (on the east) crossing part of #SacredValley. To start this trek you need to take a 5 hour trip on bus or van. The trek route crosses typical zones from the #mountains of #Peru.

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