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walking stories  | south america | peru | lares valley trail #1 | lares valley trail #2
Lares Valley Trail, Peru

This trek was organised by Bill Cook in September 2005, to raise funds for the Aberlour Trust.

Bill says:

Essentially 22 of us set out to the Lares Valley in Peru. This was only the second time that a charity trek to this area had taken place.  The trek was to benefit Aberlour Child Care Trust, a Scottish childrens charity.  The first time the trek was attempted by a charity half of the group failed to complete it.  We were more succesful and trekked in the region of 40 miles over a 4 day period. 

We climbed two high passes with the highest at 14,500 feet.  We were walking alongside llamas and going past the occasional local settlement.  The locals were intrigued to see us, particularly when we walked in kilts. 

The walk was much more remote and less touristy than the Inca trail.  When the trek ended we visited Machu Picchu and the lost city and then returned to Cusco, the traditional Inca capital (see photos on next page).  

The trek was a great success and we raised in excess of £25,000 surplus for Aberlour.

 

These great photos are all supplied by Bill.

2nd page of photos from the trek >

See more about Bill's fundraising for Aberlour >

The group arrives in Cusco, Peru

The group arrives in Cusco, Peru

The local talent appreciate the kilts!

The local talent appreciate the kilts!

High priest Bash inspects the ruins

High priest Bash inspects the ruins

Chrissie meets the locals

Chrissie meets the locals

Martin looks over at Sassaywhan (sexywoman)

Martin looks over at Sassaywhan (sexywoman)

Sliding down a rock formation!

Sliding down a rock formation!

Scotland's sexywoman

Scotland's sexywoman

View of Cusco

View of Cusco

Bill and the rest of the group set out on the serious trekking in the gorge

Bill and the rest of the group set out on the serious trekking in the gorge

The trail heading up into the higher mountains

The trail heading up into the higher mountains

The weather closes in

The weather closes in

The first pass - a bit like home really!

The first pass - a bit like home really!

David battles on to reach the first pass

David battles on to reach the first pass

Looking down into the mists on the other side of the pass

Looking down into the mists on the other side of the pass

Martin helps folk across a river

Martin helps folk across the river

A knackered Allan chats with some of the local kids

A knackered Allan chats with some of the local kids

Go to 2nd page of photos from the trek >