Hiking/camping the Lares Trek for 3 days through the Andes of Peru was such an exhilarating experience. I had never done anything like it! You have nature all around you.
The majority of people opt for the Inca Trail which can be overly packed with tourists. Don’t get me wrong I’ve heard amazing things about the Inca Trail but the Lares trek was a whole different story. We had the whole trail to ourselves. It was just the tour guide, 2 other hikers, porters with the mules and myself.
Despite it having rained on us most the way it was still amazing. That's where those handy $1-$2 ponchos come in handy.
Just remember to pack light. You want to make it as light as possible for our four legged friends (mules) to complete the hike comfortably too. Here's are some of items to make sure you have:
- Hiking boots
- Day Pack
- Wool Socks
- Toilet Paper
- Hand Warmers
- 2L water reservoir
- Sleeping bag & pad
- Walking Poles
- Small Towel
- Thermal Clothing
- Portable Charger
- Swimsuit (for the hot pools in Aguas Calientes)
- Personal medications
In my tour there were no showers. That’s when wipes come in handy! There are also no toilets so you’ll have Mother Nature as your toilet.
This hike is no walk in the park either. Day 2 is the most challenging reaching 4.800 meters! Make sure to have those coco leaves to help push you through. They definitely helped me with the altitude sickness.
Once you complete the 36 kilometer hike and arrive to Ollantaytambo you take the train up to Machu Picchu. The views are extraordinary. You will not be disappointed! Good Luck!