Lares Trek - IS AMAZING!

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Lares Trek - IS AMAZING!

Postby steve_chi » Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:22 pm

Hi,
I did the Lares Trek in June. It was fantastic and beautiful! You get to see so much!!
The terrain changes. It's by no means easy. And i love a good workout. It was truly a beautiful experience. The inca trail folks had a great time from what i understand but the lares trek people did too!!!!
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Postby spinner » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:40 pm

so glad to hear. i am going in August. would you mind telling me what the terrain is like? is it very rock? my knee is not happy and wondering what to expect.

also, curious as to the temps. what did you wear during the day for hiking and then in afternoon and evening?

thanks for any additional information .
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Postby kcupp95 » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:08 pm

spinner wrote:so glad to hear. i am going in August. would you mind telling me what the terrain is like? is it very rock? my knee is not happy and wondering what to expect.

also, curious as to the temps. what did you wear during the day for hiking and then in afternoon and evening?

thanks for any additional information .


It's a well worn path used by the locals.

There are steep sections that has loose rocks that I was very grateful to having two hiking poles for!!!

During the day I wore hiking pants, singlet, long sleeved shirt and a rain jacket.

After we got to camp I'd add my winter jacket and for sleeping I wore thermals, ski socks, track pants, tshirt, jumper, and a beanie. And slept in two sleeping bags and a liner.
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Postby farnaz » Thu Aug 07, 2014 12:58 pm

Hi there,
I am doing the Lares Trek in about 3 weeks time - super excited.
Quick question: did you rent your sleeping bags and walking poles, or did you take them with you? If I don't take them with me, can I rent them there? Trying to travel light as I don't want to drag them with me for three weeks!

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Postby graybeard » Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:28 pm

Farnaz --

Poles, sleeping bag and a good quality thermarest are all available for rental in Cusco. Your G CEO will provide the details, prices and have them delivered to your hotel.
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Postby farnaz » Thu Aug 07, 2014 2:06 pm

graybeard wrote:Farnaz --

Poles, sleeping bag and a good quality thermarest are all available for rental in Cusco. Your G CEO will provide the details, prices and have them delivered to your hotel.


Thank you - one less thing to pack. I trust the rental rates are reasonable - would you know what the approximate rates are so that I can budget accordingly? I don't want to show up and get a sticker shock! thx:)
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Postby kcupp95 » Thu Aug 07, 2014 7:53 pm

From memory it ended up being $40ish for everything (sleeping bag, mattress and poles).

I took my own sleeping bag as I was unsure about the cleanliness but the hire one was very clean and good quality and I just slept in both to keep me warm.
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Postby jessrach » Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:26 pm

Hi all!
I am so excited to be doing the Lares trek/ Lake Titicaca homestay in 2 weeks.

I know that we have a dayback on the trail, but I am deciding whether to bring a backpack or a duffel roller for the rest of the trip.

I am leaning toward a duffel because it is easier to pack/find stuff...do you think the terrain is difficult to roll a duffel over? What do you suggest is better?

Thanks!

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Postby kcupp95 » Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:30 pm

jessrach wrote:Hi all!
I am so excited to be doing the Lares trek/ Lake Titicaca homestay in 2 weeks.

I know that we have a dayback on the trail, but I am deciding whether to bring a backpack or a duffel roller for the rest of the trip.

I am leaning toward a duffel because it is easier to pack/find stuff...do you think the terrain is difficult to roll a duffel over? What do you suggest is better?

Thanks!

Jessica


Your main bag stays in Cusco when doing Sacred Valley/Lares Trek/Machu Picchu and also stays in Puno when going across to Lake Titicaca.

Where else are you going on your trip?
I took a roller - it was manageable though I did have to use the backpack straps a couple of times when navigating crap roads or busy streets.
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Postby jessrach » Fri Sep 26, 2014 11:26 am

Hi Kris,

Thank you so much for your reply!

My trip starts in Cuzco (we fly into Lima), and then we go to the Sacred Valley for a day, then Lares trek/Machu Pichu, and then Puno.

My roller doesn't have any sort of backpack straps--there is no way to carry it on my back. Do you still think I'll be able to manage?

Thanks again for the travel wisdom :)

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Postby kcupp95 » Fri Sep 26, 2014 5:17 pm

jessrach wrote:Hi Kris,

Thank you so much for your reply!

My trip starts in Cuzco (we fly into Lima), and then we go to the Sacred Valley for a day, then Lares trek/Machu Pichu, and then Puno.

My roller doesn't have any sort of backpack straps--there is no way to carry it on my back. Do you still think I'll be able to manage?

Thanks again for the travel wisdom :)

Jessica


Just make sure its light enough to be able to pick up and carry if needed. No elevators in Peru.
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Postby jessrach » Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:42 am

Sure thing. Thank you!
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Postby alibr » Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:55 pm

Lares Trek Question for you all- does the Lares trek have you climbing or walking along pathways next to steep drop offs? I have difficulty with exposed heights and for this reason have largely ruled out the Inca Trail. I love hiking, is this alternative one that would work for me?
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Postby kcupp95 » Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:21 pm

alibr wrote:Lares Trek Question for you all- does the Lares trek have you climbing or walking along pathways next to steep drop offs? I have difficulty with exposed heights and for this reason have largely ruled out the Inca Trail. I love hiking, is this alternative one that would work for me?


No steep drop offs. Just a general meander along a valley going up, up and up!

A few sections with switchbacks but nothing dramatic.

Be careful with Pisac ruins - very narrow path on the walk there.
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Re: Lares Trek - IS AMAZING!

Postby alibr » Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:39 pm

Thanks so much!
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