The crowning jewel of Peru, Machu Picchu. This is the reason many come to Peru, and it’s where I ended my trip after three days of trekking the Lares Trek, you can find out more about that here in: Part One, Part Two and Part Three here.
Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world is a place you have to visit if you can, it’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet and not the easiest to visit, so in this post I’ll drop a few tips in, as well as explaining my own Machu Picchu experience.
Welcome to Day Two of the Lares Trek, the journey to Machu Picchu. Day Two of the Lares Trek is notoriously difficult. You reach an altitude of 4,800 metres, hiking up steep, steep hills, to the peak of a mountain, which can be covered in layers of snow and ice depending on the weather! We had knee-deep snow to battle at some points. It’s a true journey.
Catch up on Day One and a bit of Lares background here.
More than anything, this poa is a long, long gallery of pictures taken very high up in the Andes.
The Lares Trek may not be the traditional route to Machu Picchu, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less worth the effort. The average route and the one I took (organised by G Adventures) was around 21 miles of hiking spanning three days. And it’s bloody tough but oh so worth it.
Depending on how you choose to travel around Peru, you may find yourself at cities all over the country, ones you never expected to visit. You have Cusco and Lima, often staples of all Peru trips (although, Lima isn’t necessary in my opinion), but you also have Aguas Caliente, where many begin treks from, Arequipa, one of the most beautiful cities in the country, and Chivay, nestled away deep in the Andes.
Welcome to the Colca Valley! Located deep in the Andes, 100 miles northwest of Arequipa is Peru’s third biggest tourist attraction and the biggest canyon in the world. Many choose to head to Colca for a 3-day long hike, others, such as myself, visit the canyon for just a day. And it’s a must see. Colca is for sure one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Chances are, no matter the tour you’re on, you’ll be visiting the plains between Arequipa and Colca prior to getting to the Canyon itself. And they’re bloody lush. Take your time to stop at designated viewpoints and enjoy the sight of the pre-Incan stepped terraces (andenes) cared for by the Collagua and Cabana culture.