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Inca Trail 2D/1N Moderate

$352 per person


The Incas created an impressive system of trails, which connected Quito, at the North of their empire, with Talca, south of Santiago in Chile.  In the southern part of the central valley of Ecuador, it’s possible to follow one of these ancient trails.  This will bring us through paramo, indigenous communities, and beautiful lakes until we reach Ingapirca, the most famous Incan ruins of Ecuador.  This hike requires average physical condition.

The Inca trail was the greatest communication system the world had known, greater even than the roads of the Roman Empire. There is a popular segment of this trail system at the southern end of the Central Valley, which leads to Ingapirca, the most important and best preserved archeological Inca complex in Ecuador. This two to three day hike is fascinations glimpse of Andean rural life, which has changed little in hundreds of years.


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2 Days 1 Nights
  • Included
    Inca Trail 2D/1N Moderate
    All the foods
    Food and drinks
    Tour guide
    24/7 support
  • Not Included
    Travel insurance
    Airplane tickets
    Accommodation Hotel
    Personal expenses
    Payment of Tickets
    Private transportation
    Described activities in the itinerary
    Guide / Driver

DAY 1:

We leave Cuenca early and take the Pan-American Highway north until we arrive at Tambo.  We take a small road until we get to Lake Culebrillas (3885 meters above sea level).  The trip from Cuenca to Culebrillas takes 2.5 hours by car.

To the north we can make out the Espíndola Valley with its famous Qhapaqñan (Inca Trail).  Our trek begins near the sacred Culebrillas Lake.  We will cross the Espíndola River where we set up camp.  We will explore the area, walk toward the Labrashca Rumi, visit the caves at the shore of the lake and the Paredones or Tambo Real Incaico (Royal Inca Inn), some 500 meters from the right side of the lake (4012 meters).

Hiking time:  1 hour walking to the campsite and 3-4 hours exploring.


DAY 2:

We head south and continue hiking in the typical vegetation of the Páramo (moorland) and on the Inca Trail toward Ingapirca.  After hiking 3 hours we arrive at the small town of San José.  Participants have the choice of walking 90 minutes more to the Ingapirca Complex or take a vehicle for the 20-minute ride to the Ingapirca Complex (3160 meters).

Lunch in an area restaurant.

With our guide we will tour the most important prehispanic archeological site in Ecuador.  Deep in the southern Andes, we find cultural remains that are a testimony to the presence of important Andean societies like the Cañari and Inca.

Hiking time:  5 hours

Return to Cuenca


Important Notes

This tour is recommend for people in good shape and health conditions. Please note that you should acclimatize to the altitude so you can enjoy to the fullest the experience. Distance: approximately 38 kilometers Altitude: 3,100 - 4,300 masl. Best weather: June to December Special Interest: Paramo, Inca Road, Inca Ruins, Lakes, Landscapes Bird Watching.

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