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.
Servicio válido para 2023.
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.
MEALS: Lunch + DinnerACCOMMODATION: Community Lodging
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.
MEALS: Breakfast + Box Lunch + DinnerACCOMMODATION: Camping
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.
MEALS: Breakfast + Box Lunch +DinnerACCOMMODATION: Camping
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.
MEALS: Breakfast + Box Lunch + Lunch
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