AAET03   Inca Trail to Ingapirca    4D/3N

Ingapirca 600

Starting at the little village of Achupallas and ending at the Inca ruins of Ingapirca, this trek goes along colorful landscapes and offers beautiful views of the countryside. This trail is part of the impressive system of roads built by the Incas which connected Quito, the northern part of their empire, with the south of Chile.

Day 1: From Quito (or Riobamba city) we drive southeast towards the little village of Achupallas. This drive takes about 3 hours and passes through small villages and very colorful places of the highlands. In Achupallas our horses are ready to carry our gear and the trek starts through the grasslands behind the small town. After 3 hours of hike we make our first camp at 3500m at the base of Cerro Callana. (LB, D)

Day 2: After breakfast we continue our next 5-hours trek. At times it is possible to see the old Inca path, but normally we will trek on one side of it. We start doing a gentle, easy climb through the highlands till we reach an altitude of 4200 m. We set our next camp close to the lake “Tres cruces”. From this point, the view is spectacular. (B, LB, D)

Day 3: We join the trail again and trek until we reach the highest point at “Cuchilla de Tres Cruces” lying at 4350m. From here we have a beautiful view of the many lakes existing in this area. Those who want an extra dose of adventure can climb the Tres Cruces peak to its summit (ca. 4700m). Then we start descending about 600m while we keep following the Inca trail. On the way we can see the remains of a bridge built by the Incas. After 5 hours of trekking we arrive at the Inca ruins of Paredones, where we camp for the last night. (B, LB, D)

Day 4: We leave Paredones after breakfast. We start walking and keep descending to the south. After 2 hours we pass the little village of Cajon Tambo from where we already can see the ruins of Ingapirca, the biggest Inca complex built in the actual Ecuadorian territory. After another 2 hours of walking we arrive at Ingapirca. A guide will take us around and explain about the Inca Empire and the Cañari people history. In the afternoon, we drive back to Riobamba (or Quito) or continue our journey towards the beautiful city of Cuenca. (B, LB)

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Included: Private transport, trekking guide, expedition cook, pack horses, horse keepers, all meals as mentioned, entrance fees.

Not included: Hotels, personal trekking gear, personal expenses, extras and tips.

Grading: Easy – moderate





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