Inca Trail & Ingapirca

If you’re looking to hike the ancient Inca Trail, but you’ve got limited time, we’ve arranged this fabulous one day immersion into Inca culture. Walk along the most well-preserved and exposed section in Ecuador of the Inca Trail along the mountain ridges of the Andes, followed by a visit to the most important Inca ruins in the country at Ingapirca.


Description

This tour will give you the chance to hike along a portion of Ecuador’s Inca Trail, which is made up of a 7 meter wide stone road that follows the high mountain ridges of the Andes. You will hike between 3,100 and 4,000 meters above sea level. The ability to plan, construct and engineer roads demonstrated by the Incas continues to amaze even modern professional road builders today.
 
You will also pass through the Paredondes ruins, an old tambo (inn) located next to the beautiful Culebrillas lake and surrounded by high moorland páramo landscape. The hike will conclude at San José village where local children tend to give hikers a warm welcome.
 
The tour will conclude with a visit to the Ingapirca ruins where your guide will help you understand the Inca history, culture and traditions. The group tour is for a minimum of two people. A packed lunch is included.
 
The tour includes challenging activities lasting four to six hours depending on your level of fitness.
 

This tour includes

· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· Private transportation
· Packed lunch
 

This tour does not include

· $6 Ingapirca entrance fee
· Travel insurance
· Tips
· 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
· Warm gloves
· Sun cream
· Optional walking stick

Highlights

Inca Trail
The Inca Trail refers to the remaining portions of the original Inca Royal Road that once linked Cuzco, the Inca capital, with Tomebamba (where Cuenca now stands) and Quito. In Ecuador this is a three-day hike following 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.
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.

Rates

Tour type # passengers Price (per person)
Group Min. 2 pax. $90
Private 2 $128
Private 3 $114
Private 4-5 $111
Private 6-7 $103
Private 8-9 $88
Private 10-15 $83

 

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