Lares is the name of a small village north of Cusco, a beautiful place to make an Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We begin in the Sacred Valley (in Huarán). We climb the narrow part and have the chance to see stone houses with thatched roofs surrounded by herds of llamas, alpacas and guinea pigs. The road is moderate compared to the classic Inca Trail. This road has two steps of 4000 meters (13,200 feet) is recommended why spend three to four days in Cusco before the trip.
The Ayllu the Laris inhabit this area later Lares district denominate. Lares district extends from 2200 m.s.n.m. to 4200 m.s.n.m.
The district capital is located at an average altitude of 3200 m.s.n.m.
Distance from Cusco: Approximately 140 km.
Ecological level: Quechua
Path: Highway and dirt road.
"The Lares formed the Lares culture in what is now the Lares district above it appears that the capital and center of culture Lares not lares-water-calienteshaya been the actual capital of the district that it is no vestige of ancient cultures is or in urban conformation that is completely Spanish, nor in the walls and foundations of buildings, it is thought that the center of the Lares culture was Choquecancha population, displaced and the citadel of Antawala ". In the Colonial era (1535-1824), the whole area of Lares, for in of Choquekancha, was not exploited by the Spaniards for being in a completely rugged terrain, only maintained trade relations for some products.
In the Republican era (1824 to present), the region acquires its greatest splendor as part of the Province of Calca, Department of Cusco, Lares acquires the category of District under the Act of 22 October 1,892, with its capital the current town of Lares. Etymologically the word "Lares comes from that other Aymara Laris meaning maternal uncle and sometimes all relative on the mother. With the passage of time is no doubt that for reasons of diction and the law of least effort, staying in Lares ".
Many travel agencies offer their services for Lares trek, we will recommend RAP Travel a travel agency in Cusco.