On the Way to Machu Picchu: The Lares Trek vs. The Inca Trail

Did you know Machu Picchu is the most visited destination by tourists in Peru? Machu Picchu translates to the Old Mountain or Old Peak, a city that’s a hidden archeological gem. There are two ways for trekkers to make it to Machu Picchu — the Lares Trek or the Inca Trail. Here are some facts to consider before getting your hands dirty:

A group trek

Trekking Isn’t for the Weak

The Lares Trek allows you to feel alone with the mountains as it’s a much less discovered route. Moreover, there are no permit restrictions for this track that starts around 3,200 meters, ascending further up to 4,600 meters. The high altitudes mean that trekkers are subject to a certain degree of altitude sickness.

On the other hand, the Inca Trail is fairly popular, which explains why authorities have limited the trail to 500 trekking permits a day. In addition, the Inca Trail opening years before the Lares Trek also contributes to its popularity amongst travelers from around the world. It starts at 2,700 meters, going up to 4,215 meters.

Campsites on the Go

Camping sites are less regulated at Lares Trek than Inca Trail, which means you’re likely to get fewer facilities here but more of the gist of village life. It’s all about having the freedom to take on the challenge for yourself — for example, having your mule carry the equipment instead of a porter.
However, if you’re not big on residing near small settlements, your go-to is the Inca Trail, where you’re sure to find functional toilets and showers. You’ll also find porters on the Inca Trail to carry your equipment for you when things get a little too rough.

With a View

The Lares trek offers a view of the jagged peaks, deep lakes, and plenty of clear air as you make your way through farms and villages. On the other hand, to make a way through ancient history, you’ll want to opt for Inca Trail that allows trekkers to make it through the time-worn path to find ancient Inca ruins along the way.

Machu Picchu

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