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Inca Road to Ingapirca

The Inca Trail - 5 Day Adventure

Imagine trekking along an ancient Inca road which originally extended over 5,000 kilometres from Quito, Ecuador to Talca, Chile. Experience Andean rural life, and spectacular scenery trekking to Ingapirca, Ecuador’s most important Inca ruin.

Day 1 - This trip begins in the beautiful, colonial city of Cuenca. Today we will go on an acclimatization hike in Parque Nacional Cajas. We will get to know each other while hiking in the stunning moor-like paramo of the Cajas. While we enjoy our picnic lunch, we will review our itinerary and gear list for the Inca Trail trek.

Day 2 - We travel to the small Indian village of Achupallas (3,300 m/10,824 ft.) in the Central Andes to begin our trek. We will reach our first camping destination after 2 to 3 hours of trekking. Along the way we will see traditional grass huts, spectacular scenery and birds. L/D

Day 3 - Today we will trek to Tres Cruces Lake. Mules will carry our gear as we trek along Rio Cadrul towards the pass between Cerro Mapahuina and Cerro Callana Pucara. We will continue onward and upwards to 4,100 m/13,448 ft. This trek will take approximately 6 hours. After setting up camp we will enjoy a hearty meal. B/L/D

Day 4 - After breakfast we will continue hiking up the wild paramo countryside until we reach 4,200 m/13,776 ft. We may encounter snow here and it will be cold. We will continue an easy traverse, enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding mountain peaks. We will descend to the Culebrillas valley to our next camp site at Paredones ruins (3,700 m/12,136 ft.). B/L/D

Day 5 - Another 3 to 4 hours of trekking and we will have reached Ingapirca. After taking our time exploring the ruins, we will return to Cuenca for a farewell dinner. B/L/D

Maximum Group size - 8 people
Price includes: Transportation from Cuenca to trail head and return to Cuenca, all meals during trip as listed, collective camping, camping equipment, mules to transport gear, guides.

Not included in the price: Flights, personal gear, travel insurance, entrance fee for Parque Nacional Cajas & Ingapirca, applicable taxes, tips.

What to bring: Camera/film, toilet paper, sleeping bag, water proof hiking boots, day pack, 3 - 1 litre water bottles, flashlight/headlamp, sunhat, warm hat, sun block, rain gear, trekking pants, moisture wicking top, warm fleece jacket. (A complete list of what to bring will be provided to you when book your trip).

*This is a wilderness trek, there are no marked trails. This moderate level trek requires a good fitness level and acclimatization.

*If you like us to arrange for accommodation in Quito and/or Cuenca, please let us know.