4 Days Inca Trail

The original Inca Trail connected the Incan empire’s northern capital Quito with Cuzco in Peru. This famous trail is one of the greatest communication systems of the history, which was built for commerce, messenger and move armies during the battle between the two Incan princes, Huáscar in Quito and Atahualpa in Cuzco.

This hike runs by a short section of this emblematic path of the Andes, passing by one of the highest points (13.780 ft / 4.200 m) of the Inca Trail. The trek starts at Achupallas and goes deep in the Ecuadorian central-southern highlands towards Ingapirca ruins, the most important  and best preserved archeological Inca complex in Ecuador.

Along the trek, we will be able to observe beautiful lagoons, diverse flora and fauna of the Andean moor and colorful indigenous communities.

The Incan culture, with its incredible technologies, built trails that connect Quito and Cuzco. This hike will lead us along a section of Incan trail which starts in Achupallas and lead us to Ingapirca, one of the most important historic legacies of Ecuador.

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Days of Hike 4 days
Hiking Distance 19.3 mi / 31 km
Hiking Time 16 hours
Fitness Level Intermediate
Skill Level Easy
Highest Elevation 14.450 ft /4.400 m
Lowest Elevation 11.050 ft /3.370 m

ITINERARY

Day 1: Quito - Achupallas

We will drive from Quito along the Avenue of Volcanoes for about 5 hours towards to Alausi, a beautiful Andean town enclosed by mountains where we will have lunch. Afterwards, we will continue traveling for 45 minutes to Achupallas, where we will meet our porters and spend the first night. (L/D)

Day 2: Achupallas – Tres Cruces

Early in the morning after a delicious breakfast, we will pack our equipment to carry the mules that will assist us during the next days.  Next, we will begin our hike by following Cadrul River, passing by small indigenous communities until we arrive to our first camp at 12.800 ft / 4.000 m after hike for about 7 hours.  (B/BL/D)

Day 3: Tres Cruces - Paredones

This day will cross Tres Cruces Pass, the highest point of the trek at 14.435 ft / 4.400 m. Once at this point, the trail goes down to Tres Cruces and the Culebrillas lakes placed at Espíndola Valley. After walking along the edge of the lake, we will arrive to one of the old Incan ruins Paredones, where we will set up our campsite after 6 hours of hike. (B/BL/D)

Day 4: Paredones – Ingapirca

After breakfast, we will leave the campsite and continue our hike for 3 hours to San José Village, where we will get our vehicle and drive for 5 mi / 8 km towards Ingapirca Ruins. After visit Ingapiraca we will have a well-deserved lunch and then begin our return trip to Quito.  (B/L)

INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW!

  • Achupallas Community
  • Tres Cruces Lagoon
  • Culebrillas Lagoon
  • Paredones Ruins
  • Ingapirca Temple
  • Small indigenous communities
  • flora and fauna of the Andean moor
  • Transportation
  • Bilingual certified guide
  • Local guide and Pack mules
  • Meals: (B) breakfast, (BL) box lunch, (L) lunch, (D) dinner
  • Supply of fresh, clean water
  • Camping equipment: double tents, sleeping pad, plate, cup, and spoon
  • Group camping equipment: cooking stoves, cooking tent, cooking supplies, etc
  • Permits and community fees
  • Flight tickets
  • Airport transfers*
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra sports and alcoholic drinks
  • Lodging and meals in Quito*
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

*We can arrange and include airport transfers and your lodging and meals during your time in Quito.

REQUIRED

  • A duffel bag (50 L) and a comfortable day backpack (20-25 L). In the big one you should put all your stuff in plastic bags to be carried by the mules. We will only have access to them once we reach the campsites. The small backpacks will be for carrying the supplies that we will need while hiking.
  • Comfortable, warm clothing (1st and 2nd layers)
  • Rain jacket and rain pants (3rd layer)
  • Winter hat and/or face mask
  • Thermal and waterproof gloves
  • Liners and thermal socks (1st and 2nd layers)
  • Cap, sunglasses and sun screen
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Personal grooming kit
  • Sleeping bag
  • Change of clothes and shoes, keeping in mind 3 nights of camping
  • Bottles or Camelbak to refill water for the hikes

RECOMMENDED

  • Camera
  • Gaiters
  • Rubber boots (depending on season)
  • Personal first aid kit and medicines
  • Dry bag to protect electronic devices and personal stuff
  • Trekking poles
4 DAYS INCA TRAIL
DAY DISTANCE  TIME FITNESS LEVEL SKILL LEVEL  HIGHEST ELEVATION LOWEST ELEVATION
1 QUITO – ACHUPALLAS TRANSFER
2 6.2 mi/ 10 km 7 hrs intermeate easy 13.120 ft /4.000 m 11.050 ft /3.370 m
3 7.8 mi / 12.5 km 6 hrs moderate easy 14.450 ft /4.400 m 12.800 ft /3.900 m
4 5.3 mi / 8.5 km 3 hrs easy easy 13.200 ft /4.030 m 11.900 ft /3.630 m
TOTAL 19.3 mi / 31 km 16 hrs intermeate easy 14.450 ft /4.400 m 11.050 ft /3.370 m
4D INCA TRAIL
4P or more 3P – 2P 1P
$790 $890 $1490

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