Before I embarked upon my Peru adventure with On The Go Tours I was racked with indecision about what footwear is suitable for the Lares Trek. After reading every blog I could find and now having completed the Lares Trek, I thought I’d throw in my two pennies!
I opted to wear mid height walking boots (North Face Women’s Syncline GTX to be precise, perhaps they’ll pay me for sponsorship now!) which were very comfortable. I recommend that you wear boots to protect your ankles. The terrain on the Lares Trek is rough, lots of loose rocks and very steep hills. Going downhill it is often very slippy so you must have boots with a good grip. Also if you’re travelling in rainy season make sure they’re waterproof. However, there were other people in my group with walking trainers who coped fine, so I guess it depends on what is most comfortable for you. Just make sure you wear them in before the trek.
Another tip: rent walking sticks for the trek, they are $5 per stick (you’ll need two) and I thought they were an absolute god send! Good for leaning on in exhaustion when going uphill and stopping you from slipping downhill.
The Lares Trek, while somewhat less well-known than the Inca Trail, is in many respects a better choice for those wishing to experience the magic of Machu Picchu. Check out On The Go Tours’ options in South America and prepare for the trip of a lifetime. Just pack the right shoes!
– Clare Bailey