Opening in October 2014: New Mountain Lodges along the Lares Trail to Machu Picchu
Mountain Lodges of Peru (MLP), well respected for their high quality hiking and horseback riding tours complemented by guest lodging in world-class mountain lodges, has announced the addition of a new hiking program along the Lares Trail to Machu Picchu and in the Urubamba Valley, “Sacred Valley of the Incas,” with exclusive accommodations in two new lodges. The new lodges just opened in the town of Lamay and in the rural community of Huacahuasi (a third lodge in the village of Patacancha will open in fall 2015) serve as deluxe “base camps” for day hikes designed for a variety of hiking levels and abilities. Guests may join a 5- or 7-day fixed departures from Cuzco, complete with an expert guide who will be with the group for the entire journey. The trip ends with a guided visit of Machu Picchu and climb of Huayna Picchu peak for a rewarding view of the Sanctuary from above.
The Lares Trail, a wonderful alternative to the more heavily traveled Inca Trail, is noted for its cultural attractions, including traditional weavers attired in colorful dress, roving herds of alpacas and llamas, and a panorama of waterfalls, snow peaks, and glacial lakes. An extensive network of trails throughout the region lead to traditional Andean highland communities unchanged for centuries, where guests can meet local communities and get a glimpse of the distant past, and to spectacular Inca archaeological sites including the fortress of Pisac and the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, where the rebel Inca leader Manco Inca defeated the Spanish in battle. More challenging trails bring guests to remote passes with views of Andean peaks, with the occasional condor soaring above.
After a day of hiking and exploring, the travelers return to the lodges where they can enjoy the comforts of a spacious guest room with hot shower, gourmet dining, lounging by a fireplace while recounting the adventures of the day, and, why not, a jacuzzi and a massage.
MLP’s lodges on the Lares Trail and in the Sacred Valley are designed to blend into the existing landscape, reducing their visual impact to a minimum, and the use of local materials—stone, adobe, wood, and straw—that reflect the region’s traditional construction.