We reach altitudes above 4200 meters on these journeys. A standard responsibility release waiver must be signed by each traveler. Upon requesting a booking a detailed list of conditions, inclusions and exclusions will be provided. No cancellations or refunds will be made after booking. For any concerns please contact the ranch.
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Our expeditions to the Lares Valley are the best way to experience the Andes by horseback. Frontierlab is the top expert in this highland region. We start our journeys in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas, setting off for 4 to 6 full days of full immersive highland horseback riding along epic and little-known sections of the Inka Trail. All of our expeditions are customized for each group.
The high Andean region of Lares, Cusco, Peru has changed little over the past 500 years. As true explorers looking for off-the-beaten-track experiences you will love travelling along this section of the Inka Trail that takes us through the Lares Valley. This pre-hispanic trail connects the Sacred Valley of the Inkas to the Amazon jungle.
Frontierlab prioritizes conscious, ecological, community-based tourism, where local families directly benefit from sharing their culture. Along this unique route we stay in family-run lodges, enjoying the most intimate connection with Andean culture and also basic comforts such as, hotel quality beds, warm showers and washrooms in each room, heating and a well prepared selection of local flavoured cuisine. Our other delux select hotels along the route also take great care in providing cultural and ecological hospitality. In the villages of Misminay, Pachar, Huacahuasi, Ollantaytambo, Pumamarka, Ipsay, Patacancha and Tamboaylla we have partnered directly with local families to develop, rustic but comfortable lodges, perfect cozy homes out in the extreme landscape.
Throughout the tour we will enjoy meals prepared with fresh ingredients from the Sacred Valley, modern gastronomical creations with traditional Andean flavours and lots of Peruvian native superfoods. Peru is famous for being the #1 gastronomical destination in the world. Enjoying a fresh and healthy diet is the best way to avoid any discomfort while spending time at high altitude.
Frontierlab offers training and facility improvements to each family. This important initiative allows local families to remain together in their villages, receiving visitors and to proudly share and preserve their culture. Without initiative such as these in our modern times, many villagers have to leave their homes to find work or do not enjoy any benefits from the tourism in the area.
By suporting these conscious lodging projects, travelers with Frontierlab help to promote equality in tourism and make possible the best opportunity for authentic experiences and holistic cultural exchanges. The peoples of the Lares valley are known for their careful maintaining of their culture details and their extremely fine traditional textile work.
We work entirely without single use plastics and take great care for ecological concerns. We packs all trash out of the area, disposing of it correctly.
Our surefooted gaited Peruvian Paso horses and Andean saddle mules will take us along one of the most authentic and remote parts of the ancient Inka Trail. Peruvian Paso horses are considered to be the smoothest ride in the world and our mules are also gaited and smooth. We use comfortable and padded 'western' style saddles.
Each day in the villages you will learn about diffrent andean traditions in workshops given by the local families. These workshops may incude potato farming with hand-tools, livestock husbandry including guinea pigs and llamas, the weaving of straw roofs, and discovering how intertwined the textile art is with everyday life. The Lares Valley is one the the last regions in the Andes where both women and men still wear their exquisite traditional clothing. The route is spectacular and exciting from start to finish.
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