The Lares Valley trek was spectacular, with amazing mountain scenery, alpine lakes, waterfalls and herds of llamas. We started in the small village of Huaran and ended our hike in the hot springs just outside of Lares. We crossed paths with locals, saw stone houses covered with thatched roofs and took in the beautiful landscape. From there we took the train to Machu Picchu village (Aguas Calientes) and then a bus up to the Inca site. Built around 1450, it was abandoned about a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. It remained unknown until 1911 when American historian Hiram Bingham discovered the forgotten city. It’s a really special place and I would highly recommend not only Machu Picchu but Peru!