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3-Day Inca Trail to Ingapirca from Cuenca

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  • Inca Trail tour from Cuenca to the Ingapirca Archaeological Complex
  • Hike the trail to arrive at Ingapirca as the ancients did
  • Trek through remote parts of Ecuador unseen by most visitors
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3-Day Inca Trail to Ingapirca from Cuenca
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3-Day Inca Trail to Ingapirca from Cuenca
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Overview
Hiking the Inca Trail from Cuenca offers a rare opportunity to learn about rural Andean life first-hand in some of Ecuador’s most remote territories. Trek alongside rivers, over mountain passes, and through secluded villages—camping in tents along the way—until you reach the Ingapirca Archaeological Complex. Tour the ancient ruins with a guide and then get driven back to your Cuenca hotel.
What to Expect
Day 1: Achupallas to Ingapirca (L-D)
Leave early from Cuenca we'll be traveling on the Panamerican Highway to the north. From La Moya, we follow a small highway and after 3.5-hour we arrive to Achupallas (3420 m). There, the local guide meets us with the horse to carry equipment. We begin our walk following the Cadrul River and we go through the narrow pass between 2 mountains; Callana Pucará and Mapahuiña. Continuing upriver in this U-shaped valley, we arrive to an Incan town (3910 m) where we camp. On the trail we have the possibility of ascending Callana Pucará Mountain (4190 m), which has a fantastic panoramic view all the way to Chimborazo.
Walking time between 5 - 6 hours. 
 
Day 2: (B-L-D)
Following the Cadrul River until we get to Tres Cruces (Three Crosses) Lake to go up to the Three Crosses Knife Pass (4420 m), crossing the crest towards Quillaloma. The ascension provides us with a view of the many different mountain ranges and lakes. Below, we are able to make out Espíndola Valley with the well-known Qhapaqñan (Inca Trail) and at the bottom of the valley, the sacred Lake of Snakes. We go down towards the valley and, near the Espíndola River, we set up our tents. Along the trail, we climb various small crests and summits.
Walking time 6 hours. 

Day 3: (B-L)
Heading south we continue walking in the typical Paramo vegetation in the Inca Trail towards Ingapirca. With a 3-hour walk we reach the small town of San José. Hikers can enjoy 90 minutes more of waking to reach the Ingapirca Complex or the vehicle can pick them up in San Jose town transferring them to the Ingapirca Complex (3160 m) for 20 minutes. 
After lunch at a local restaurant enjoy a 2-hour guided walking tour at the most important Archaeological complex in the southern Andes, find cultural remains that are testimony to the presence of important Andean societies as was the Kañari and the Inca.
At the end of the day you will be transfer to your hotel in Cuenca.
Walking time 5 hours. 

**Really important, 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.
Reviews (9)
1 - 5 of 9 reviews
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile
Amazing experience!

We took a 3 day trip from Achupallas to Ingapirca along some ancient Inca trails, camping overnight. Our guide Milton and Muleteer Francisco were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Francisco went on ahead with our main bags, tents and food on his mules, but he always...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank David G
Expediciones Ap... E, Propietario at Expediciones Apullacta, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2018

Dear David, We are so glad you had an amazing experience. The Inca Trail is a jewel in the middle of the Ecuadorian Andes. Thanks for your comments.

Reviewed 4 August 2016
Hike through the Inca Trail

My 3 friends and I (4 women) hiked through the Inca trail in July 2016. We arranged the trip through Happy Gringo, and my communications with Marcelo at Happy Gringo was very good. He was always very quick to respond and answer questions. When we...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank JTSullivan
Expediciones Ap... E, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Expediciones Apullacta, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2016

Dear JTSullivan Thank you very much for sharing your tour experience you had with expediciones apullacta with others here on tripadvisor. The fact that you mention our tour it means a lot to us! We love to read that you enjoyed all the expedition and...More

Reviewed 21 December 2015
AWESOME TOUR AND TRAVEL THANKS TO EXPEDICIONES APULLACTA

Maria Valez was our travel coordinator. She speaks English very well, and did a most admirable job of planning our tour through northern Ecuador (Quito, Banos-Abato, Chimborazo, Alausi, and Ingapirca). I shared with Maria what price range we were seeking in terms of accommodations at...More

Date of experience: December 2015
1  Thank Jim M
Expediciones Ap... E, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Expediciones Apullacta, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2016

Dear Jim M, Thank you very much for choosing Expediciones Apullacta for your Tours in Ecuador. It was our pleasure to have such a wonderful client with us. Our goal is to exceed our customer's expectations, hopefully we surpassed yours. Next time, when you come...More

Reviewed 15 February 2014
Knowledgeable and friendly

Reliable, knowledgeable and on time! Both tour guides, Javier for Ingapirca and Juan for Cajas National Park, were knowledgeable about their topics and, unlike other tour guides, provided as much information in English as in Spanish. Ingapirca, while not of the same characteristics of Machu...More

Date of experience: January 2014
1  Thank Nasoiri
Expediciones Ap... E, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Expediciones Apullacta, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2016

Dear Nasoiri, Thank you very much for choosing Expediciones Apullacta for your Tours to El Cajas National Park and the Ingapirca Ruins. It was our pleasure to have such a wonderful client with us. Our goal is to exceed our customer's expectations, hopefully we surpassed...More

Reviewed 3 November 2013
Excellent travel agency!

Expeditions Apullacta recently did a great job in helping 4 of us plan a rather complicated trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu from Cuenca Ecuador. The trip was complex in that one member planned to hike the Inca Trail, so had to be in Cusco...More

Date of experience: October 2013
Thank Mike C
Expediciones Ap... E, Director de Recepción at Expediciones Apullacta, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2015

We are really glad you had a wonderful time in Ecuador and we hope you can come back soon. We are really thankful you thought about us for your trips to Ecuador. Your comments are really important for us because it help us to improve...More

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