Sacred Valley and Lares Adventure by MLP
Mountain Lodges of Peru invites you to experience an authentic slice of Peruvian life! Immerse yourself in a cultural exploration of the celebrated Sacred Valley of the Incas and the less known Lares Valley, noted for its rural atmosphere, traditionally dressed local weavers and roving herds of alpacas and llamas. The journey culminates in a visit to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu.
Comfortable mountain lodges serve as deluxe 'basecamps' for flexible daily activities. Guests visit remote passes with views of a panorama of waterfalls, snowy peaks and turquoise glacial lakes, with the occasional condor soaring above, as well as tiny Andean highland communities, unchanged for centuries, to meet local weavers and farmers and get a glimpse of the distant past.
We offer unique multi-activity adventures for all fitness levels. At the day’s end, guests relax in a comfortable lodge with wonderful amenities - it’s the best of both worlds. Expert guides accompany are on hand throughout the journey and share their knowledge of natural history, culture, and local traditions.
All itineraries include explorations of the breathtaking Inca sites of Pisac, with its remarkable stone structures, Ollantaytambo, where the rebel Inca leader Manco Inca defeated the Spanish in battle, and incomparable Machu Picchu, the crowning glory of the Incas and the archaeological wonder of all South America.
For the most comprehensive experience, we recommend the seven-day trip but if guests are short on time, the five-day journey includes the most iconic Inca sites of the Sacred Valley and the best activities in the Lares region. Weekly departures from March to December.
January 2019, Optional longer hikes on the Lares Trail
On the Pentultimate day of the Lares Trail guests will soon have the option of taking some longer hikes down into the Sacred Valley. Guests will set off in the morning by road from Huacahuasi to their starting point; if they have chosen the Active Itinerary this will be from the small community of Huilloc. From there, the first half of the 8 ½ mile trek takes guests to Pumamarca via the site of Marcaqocha nestled in the fertile valley. At Pumamarca the trekkers meet with those who have opted to take the cultural activities rather than the hiking and together take a tour of the ancient site. The route then continues down through the valley, eventually ending at the impressive site of Ollantaytambo, coming in from the northern side. There will be variations of this itinerary to include a Cultural, Semi-Active and Active options - all very worthwhile to experience this lesser visited area of the Sacred Valley.
News, September 2017
Mountain Lodges of Peru in Travel + Leisure’s “The World’s Best Tour Operators” List
Mountain Lodges of Peru feature in Travel + Leisure magazine’s “The World’s Best Tour Operators” list for 2017, ranking number five. The award, as selected by the magazine’s readers, recognised the family-owned adventure travel operator’s achievements during its 10th anniversary year. Readers contributed their travel experiences from around the world and ranked tour operators based on their staff, itineraries, destinations, accommodations, food and overall value. One reader said of Mountain Lodges of Peru, “Standing at the top of a pass with nothing around us but llamas and the beauty of the land was an experience I will never forget.”
“We are thrilled to have been honoured for the second year in a row by Travel + Leisure in the World’s Best Tour Operators list," said Enrique Umbert Sr., president of Mountain Lodges of Peru. “Our team is dedicated to inspiring and creating transformational experiences for our guests through our immersive adventures. We have many exciting developments to come and look forward to continuing to showcase the very highest standard of adventure travel to guests from around the world. We are committed to always improving our performance and continuing to offer outstanding experiences.”