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