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Beyond the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Vaya Adventures Treks Seldom-Used Route Past Ancient Villages
Vaya Adventures’ 10-day Lares Trek offers a spectacular, less-traveled route through the high Andes, over uncrowded passes and past stone villages seemingly unchanged since ancient times.
“Nearly all first-time visitors to Peru have Machu Picchu on their must-see list,” explains Jim Lutz, Vaya Adventures (http://www.vayaadventures.com/)
Vaya Adventures’ 10-day Lares Trek Plus Machu Picchu itinerary (http://www.vayaadventures.com/
“These are local herding communities whose way of life has not fundamentally changed for thousands of years. Trekking in this region has the feeling of walking back through time,” said Lutz.
Guests meet in Lima for air transfers to the historic Incan citadel of Cusco and spend a couple days exploring the beautiful Sacred Valley while acclimatizing to the high altitude. (Cusco sits at an elevation of 11,200 feet.)
Day 4 of the itinerary begins the trek, as guests hike for about six hours (with a 3,000-foot elevation gain) to Cancha Cancha, a small village of stone houses in a valley below Pachacutec Pass. After camping overnight, the trek winds up to Pachacutec Pass at 15,480 feet. The pass, named after the most storied leader in Incan history, is suitably spectacular, surrounded by snowcapped peaks with magnificent views in both directions. Guests camp again in the traditional village of Quiswarani, after an elevation gain of 2,000 feet and seven hours on the trail.
Day 6 brings guests on a six-hour trek to the Lares River for a dip in hot springs followed by overnight camping. On Day 7, guests transfer by vehicle down into the Sacred Valley where they begin a hike at the Urubamba River, following an uphill trajectory until it meets up with the classic Inca Trail. From here the trek continues along the last part of the Inca Trail, finally reaching the iconic Machu Picchu via Inti Punku, the Gate of the Sun. Lodging is at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, followed by an early morning exploration of the ruins. After a return to Cusco, guests spend two nights at Palacio del Inka (http://www.vayaadventures.com/
“This trip is a fascinating twist to the standard Machu Picchu journey that most visitors do. It’s a profound experience and perfect for anyone searching for a genuinely ‘off-the-beaten path’ trip,” notes Lutz.
For more information, trip planning, availability and reservations please visit: http://www.vayaadventures.com or call 800-342-1796.
About Vaya Adventures
Jim Lutz, a Harvard graduate and former lawyer, founded Vaya Adventures in 2004 out of a desire to share his passion for South America with others. This private custom-travel company leaves no stone unturned when it comes to understanding the history and culture of the regions its guests visit, thanks to extensive first-hand research and an expansive network of contacts in each destination, including the finest professional guides. Vaya Adventures emphasizes accommodations, restaurants, and neighborhoods that reflect the best of the local culture, studiously avoiding the generic, the touristy, and the corporate. Through low-impact tourism and a sustainable supply chain, Vaya Adventures strives to create a strong positive incentive for the preservation of both historic and natural environments in South America.
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