Lares homestay trek in Peru

“A four day trek, following the quieter Lares route to Machu Picchu. Tailor made for minimum two people, staying with local families in small villages along the way. Fully guided and supported throughout. ”


Lares trekking route on Inca Trail | Cusco | Ollantaytambo | Sacred Valley | Pumamarca ruins | Chuallachocha | Colquepara Pass | Huacahuasi | Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu | Private guided tour at Machu Picchu

Description of Lares homestay trek in Peru

This Inca Trail holiday follows the Lares trekking route through small, traditional Andean villages where the Quechua tradition is still at the core of mountain life. As well as taking on the world renowned Inca Trail on this much quieter route, you have a chance to really immerse yourself in traditional and culture, by staying with local families along the way.

With three full days of trekking, between 4-6 hours per day, this tailor made trip is fully supported by local guides and trekking staff, all from the local Quechua communities. After trekking through mountainous valleys, enveloped by snow capped Andean peaks, you will finally reach the great ancient citadel of Machu Picchu taking a bus for the very final leg of the journey. This gives you the full day to enjoy the magnificent ruins, learning about its history from your own private guide and, hopefully catching the sunset.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We operate our treks carefully, in ways that respect and sustain the natural environment. Waste is kept to a minimum and packed out with your group. Because waste and recycling services are not available anywhere near the trek route, all trash and any recyclable materials return to Cusco with us for disposal. This ensures that it is properly disposed of, instead of becoming litter.

Trekkers are asked to bring a refillable water bottle to reduce waste, reusable utensils and flatware are used at meals, and snacks are packed in reusable containers. We use solar lighting at night to reduce energy consumption and battery use.

We camp far from water sources to avoid contamination of lakes, rivers and streams. Noise and light are kept to a minimum at night, to disturb wildlife as little as possible. Trekkers follow only established trails, with the goal of protecting flora and minimizing erosion.

The Impacts of this Trip

We take the well-being of the communities extremely seriously. Trek staff are locals, hired from area communities. Along with work as cooks and horsemen, their horses provide transportation for our equipment and supplies. All of this provides an important source of income in remote and rural areas that are often heavily reliant on subsistence farming and alpaca herding.

While trekking along this route, there are multiple cultural sites along the way, including tiny towns and Inca ruins. We take advantage of this, with stops along the way that provide unique, interesting experiences for our clients and help spread the economic benefits of travel beyond traditional tourism paths through the purchase of entry tickets, snacks, meals and more.

In organizing homestays, we work closely with local families, who are all fairly compensated, and ensure that trekkers respect the family, their home, and their community.

Trek staff are permitted to wear traditional dress while working, and speak the indigenous language of Quechua if they prefer. All of our guides speak the language as well; our hope is that this will contribute to the preservation of this beautiful and endangered language.


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