G Adventures photographer and art director Leonardo T takes us through the Lares Valley — not only to capture its unique landscapes, but to offer insight into this remote and rarely visited region.
Hidden within the magnificent snow-capped Andes a few hours north of Cuzco is the small Quechuan community of Cuncani . It’s the starting point for the Lares trek—an amazing three-day hike through the mountains and communities surrounding the Sacred Valley with views of the snow-capped Cordillera de Vilcanota range.
The Lares Valley lies in the east of the Urupampa mountain range, traversing part of the Sacred Valley—the centre of an empire that from the 1200s stretched out from Cuzco to conquer a large swathe of pre-Columbian South America. Before the Spanish conquistadores destroyed the Inca dynasty in the 1500s, the Incas governed a territory the size of Western Europe.
As part of the Brand Team, G Adventures photographer and art director Leonardo Tamburri has had the opportunity to shoot some of the world’s most intriguing destinations. With this photo essay, Tamburri moves through the Lares Valley, not only to capture its unique landscapes, but to offer his insight into this remote and rarely visited region.
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