Inca Trail: Achupallas to Ingapirca

The Inca empire was once connected by a well-maintained road system, most of which has disappeared with the passage of time. This tour gives hikers the chance to walk the best preserved section of the Inca Trail in Ecuador, from Achupallas to Ingapirca, the most important Inca ruins in Ecuador.


This private three-day tour offers hikers the chance to walk along the best preserved portion of Ecuador’s Inca trail for three days, camping en route.
The hike will set out from the small village of Achupallas about 3 hours drive from Cuenca and will finish at Ingapirca, the most well preserved Incan ruins in Ecuador. You will hike highland landscapes ranging from 3200 to 4100 meters above sea level.
Each day included challenging activities lasting four to six hours a day. Private guide, porters and mules are provided.

This tour includes

· Two nights camping
· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· Private transportation
· All meals mentioned in itinerary
· $6 Ingapirca entrance fee
· Trekking from 3 to 5 hours per day (according your physical conditions)
· Porters and mules
· All equipment

This tour does not include

· Travel insurance
· Tips and gratuities
· Any other service not mentioned herein

Packing tips

Due to the high altitude, weather can change rapidly. We recommend you check with our office prior to departure regarding proper attire.
· Good walking or mountain shoes
· Warm and waterproof clothes
· Windbreaker jacket
· Gloves
· Sun cream
· Optional walking stick

Sample itinerary

Day 1 - Cuenca - Achupallas - Tres Cruces
Drive from Cuenca to Achupallas. Hike from Achupallas to Tres Cruces. Meals included: B/L/D
Day 2 - Tres Cruces - Culebrillas lake - Paredones
Hike from Tres Cruces to Culebrillas lake and then on to the Paradones ruins to set up camp for the night. Meals included: B/L/D
Day 3 - Paredones - San José - Ingapirca
Hike 4-5 hours from Paredones ruins to the ruins of Ingapirca. Guided tour of Ingapirca. Meals included: B/L/-


Inca Trail
The Inca Trail refers to the remaining portions of the original Inca Royal Road that once linked Cuzco, the Inca capital, with the rest of the Inca Empire, including Tomebamba (where Cuenca now stands) and Quito. Our three-day hike follows a 40km stretch of the route beginning in the village of Achupallas and finishing at the ruins of Ingapirca. The route covers pretty wild, open páramo. There are some amazing ridge walks and great views. Hikers will cover territory ranging from 3100m to 4400m above sea level. The majority is uninhabited except the last portion.
The route can be divided into sections that can be covered in a day:
· Day one: 6 to 8 hours from Achupallas up to the Tres Cruces valley to Laguna Las Tres Cruces.
· Day two: 3 to 4 hours from Laguna las Tres Cruces to a collection of Inca ruins called the Paredones by the shores of Laguna Culebrillas.
· Day three: 4 to 5 hours from Paredones ruins to the ruins of Ingapirca.
Located at the top of a hill with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, Ingapirca is the most important Inca complex located in Ecuador. It was built during the Inca expansion into Ecuador at the end of the 15th century on a site that had been occupied by the Cañari people for 500 years. The original Cañari structures were mostly destroyed and replaced by the Incas and their settlement was probably used as a fortress and place of worship on the Inca road between Cuzco and Quito. Today the Temple of the Sun is the only structure that remains mostly intact. The temple features stone walls constructed in the Inca way using massive blocks chiseled to fit together perfectly without the use of mortar.


# passengers Price (per person)
2 $570
3 $440
4-5 $389
6-7 $288
8-9 $255
10-15 $225
16-25 $184


Made-to-Measure Travel

This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of the available options for travel in Ecuador. But keep in mind:

  • We can tailor this trip to suit your needs, tastes, time frame and budget
  • Every aspect of the itinerary can be modified, from the accommodation to the activities