I’ve been to Machu Picchu on three separate occasions (don’t hate the player, hate the game), and each time I’ve visited the place I have arrived by a different means of arrival. I rode the train once, hiked the classic Inca Trail another time, but the first time I visited was maybe the most special. We hiked an alternative route known as the Lares Community Trek which takes you off the beaten track and through some spectacular scenery. I hiked with some great people, and we ended up being the first into the site of Machu Picchu on the day we arrived. Having Machu Picchu all to yourselves is like no other experience that you could ever have. The Lares trek takes you away from the over hiked Inca Trail and through some interesting scenery, you will also see how the very rural people live in this part of Peru as you will stop by some houses where herding sheep and llamas are the main trade. I have compiled a photo essay from my trek to Machu Picchu via the Lares Trek, I hope you enjoy it.