For visitors wanting to get off the well beaten tourist path and escape to a part of Peru that has changed little over the last 500 years then a trek through the spectacular scenery of the Lares Valley is a must. This remote and rarely visited region offers the trekker an insight into the real lives of the Andean farmer, dressed in their traditional brightly colored ponchos. You'll have the opportunity to see thatched stone houses surrounded by herds of llamas and alpacas. Inside the houses you'll see guinea pigs running loose and finally in this tour, you will feel very remote and far from any crowds and to take relax after the Inca Trail, Salkantay or any harshest hike but this is highly recommended for all the visitors while you will be surprised once you visit the thermal baths which are completely natural water comes from the ANDEAN mountain.. This water is recommended for the treatment of rheumatic disorders, traumatic disorders (arthritis) in treating fractures, bone and joint pain, muscle pain, stomach ailments, etc.
Of the last few years this trek has become more and more popular especially since the number of trekkers on the Classic Inca Trail has been limited and permits are selling out 5 or 6 months in advance. The advantage of this trip is that permits are not required and, in theory, if you have 1 day free in Cusco, we suggest you book the trip in order to enjoy the beautiful landscape along the way starting from Cusco passing the Sacred Valley and by the banks of the Vilcanota River even passing green valleys, tranquil mountain lakes and high passes, with breathtaking views of snow-capped Andean peaks rising to justunder 6,000 meters.
Our route takes us through many small village communities that offer a rare & fascinating insight into traditional Andean life. There are several variations the small Andean communities that are visited along the way are famous for producing high-quality handmade textiles using natural dyes. Most tours include a chance to see weaving taking place; you may even be given the opportunity to have a go yourself!! Try to take some extra cash on the trek you can buy some of these beautiful textiles for a bargain price direct from the weaver. Eco-tourism doesn't get any better than this…It has personnel hired by the Provincial Municipality of Lares, for maintenance and cleaning. His condition is good. The hot springs of Lares are located north on a paved road with gentle ascents and descents, passing through the towns of Pisac and Calca. From this point makes a detour to the right by an unpaved road. The pools of hot springs are located about 300 meters from the town of Lares, the area is called Q `oni unu (hot water). It has 6 pools with varying temperatures to the delight of visitors.
Importance of the Thermal Natural Baths:
The hot springs of Lares are located at 3,250 above sea level, and are a tourist attraction in the area, temperatures range between 36 º and 44 º C, the outcrops of medicinal mineral water have the following chemical composition: Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, sulphates, bicarbonates, Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Boron, Copper and dissolved solids, have a yellowish tinge, here we find the presence of stalactites and stalagmites at the entrance to the baths. There are 4 pools the first has a temperature of 41 º C, is supplied from the main waterhole combined with cold groundwater with surface temperature of 17 ° C. This pool has a dimension of 5 meters long and 3.50 meters wide and 1.50 meters deep. The second pool has a temperature of 35 ° C, its size is 6 meters long and 4 meters wide and 1.5 meters deep. The third pool has a temperature of 38 ° C, its size is 15 meters long and 8 meters wide and 1.5 meters deep.
Important note about the Local Kids and Adults:
Along the way you will met many people, specially kids walking long distance to arrive at school and study 5 hours and they back home after maybe 30 minutes or 2 – 4 hours depending how far they live from the school. Normally they are son or daughter of poor farmers living on the mountains. We strongly recommend help us to give some present to them like pencils, notebook, dictionaries, toys, clothes (socks, gloves, hat, t-shirt, etc) and something to eat. We don't recommend giving them things like candies, chew gun, soda, camping knife or money. If you really like to make picture of them, especially of adults we strongly advise you to ask first. If you don't speak any word of Spanish language (español) coordinate with your guide to see if is possible to have picture of them. Local people don't permit take picture of them, because they believe you taking their spirit on your camera.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
- A small daypack to bring all your personal stuff.
- Hiking boots ( Sneakers or running shoes are recommended too )
- Warm Clothes for variable temperature specially from April to Auguts
- Camera with extra film & Batteries / Charger
- Sun protection: Hat, Sunscreen, Sun glasses.
- Insect repellent for Lares Valley since there are many mosquitoes ( it does not exist the Malaria and yellow fever )
- Rain poncho or good rain jacket for the rainy season from January to March
- Toiletries , toilet paper , small towel , bathing clothes for the hot springs in Lares
- Light pants or any short, personal medical kit.
- Original passport, extra money for any souvenirs, drinks and tips to your staff and for Lunch.
- Sleeping bag ( if you do not have one , you an hire at our office for US$ 10)