Ancascocha Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

MAR 2022 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 640 USD pp $ 690 USD
Trip Type Walking & Trekking
Difficulty Level Challenging/Tough
Group Size 2-8 people
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The Ancascocha Trek, also known as the Hidden Inca Trail or the Super Inca Trail, is a strenuous and less traveled trek. If you’re looking for off the beaten path trails, pristine wilderness, and a challenging trek, this is the one for you! National Geographic recently named Ancascocha Trail as one of the World’s 20 Best Hikes. Ancascocha Trek you will feel the magic of the Andes and at the same time discover the history that surrounds the great empire of the Incas. hiking in the mountains of the Southern Andes. Nature, geography, flora and fauna will surprise you with its beauty and diversity, filling your eyes and spirit with their unique characteristics. The story of The Incas will be present at each step towards the end point of our journey. Archaeological sites dotted throughout our journey will help us to better understand the Andean civilization and way of life.

On Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu, the trail goes through very remote Andean communities, where locals try to keep living in happiness moving their llamas and alpacas as they’ve been doing so far. This trail forms part of the network of classic Inca Trail which is linking Machu Picchu from the other towns located in the highlands, therefore, we’ll have the chance to witness ancient Incan ruins along the path to Machu Picchu, Inca ruins that are still covered by shrubs waiting for becoming uncovered by you.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS:

  • Professional english speaker tour guide
  • Expert mountain cook
  • Private transport from your hotel to the start of the trail.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus tickets up from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu one way
  • 01 night Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Round trip train tickets Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
  • Camping  tent with capacity for 4 persons, but used only for 2 persons.
  • Dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
  • Transport from the train station to Cusco.
  • First-Aid Kits, Oxygen tank.
  • Meals: Breakfast (4), lunch (3), dinner (3),  with option for vegetarians, gluten free, lactose free.
  • Horses and muleteers to carry  the equipment and 15lbs of the hikers
  • Sleeping pad
  • Outdoor toilet tent.
  • Emergency horse, that will be staying with us during the hike to upload our personal day gears or ride.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL:

  • Sleeping bags, you might get them rented from us US$ 20
  • Hiking poles,you might get them rented from us US$15
  • Last lunch on 4th day.
  • Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot springs in Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes).
  •  Tipping.
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain ($ 80 usd)
  • Travel Insurance.
  • The Ancascocha Trail, also known as the Hidden Inca Trail or the Super Inca Trail, is a less traveled trek. If you’re looking for off the beaten path trails, pristine wilderness, and a challenging trek, this is the one for you! National Geographic recently named Ancascocha Trail as one of the World’s 20 Best Hikes!
  • Best local tour guides who teach you about several ancient Inca ruins, wandering through remote Fincas where generations of farmers have tended their livestock, and passing traditional andean villages like Chillipahua and Ancascocha. But of course the real reason to take this trek is for the unsurpassed views of the majestic Andes.
  • We will see spectacular views across the mountains, beautiful clear blue lakes and raging waterfalls, and with the towering 6,266m (20,551 ft.) Apu Salkantay frequently dominating the skyline.
  • On our third day of hiking we will be on a portion of the Classic Inca Trail (the one that gets booked up a year in advance!) After 2 days of solitude, you may well be surprised to see so many other hikers; but don’t worry, they are going in the other direction!
  • From the sacred valley town of Ollantaytambo we will take the scenic train to Aguas Calientes, which is the base for our trip to Machu Picchu. The train journey in itself is a fantastic experience, and full of photo opportunities.

Ancascocha Trail  is very strenuous and challenging due to the altitude gain, high altitudes, 7 steep summits, and length of hiking: 56 km/34.8 miles and goes up to4,959m/16,270ft. Being rewarded with amazing views does not come without effort, we recommend that everyone who joins us has a good level of basic fitness. Be prepared for all kinds of weather changes, since in the Andes, you can rain, snow, or hail at any time. That is why we recommend wearing a good trekking equipment such as hiking shoes, jackets and pants.

Ancascocha Trail Camping Tents: 02 nights

The overnight stays during the Ancascocha Trail are made in double-roofed tents, which are installed by the accompanying team. The tents are equipped with thick foam mattresses that are carried by the horses. On your ancascocha trek you will have a tent with your portable toilet, in the camps, these are always clean and you can use at any time. A dining tent offers enough space to eat together and end the evening in peace.

RETAMA MACHU PICCHU: 1 night

The Hotel Hotel Retama Machupicchu is located, 700 meters from the hot springs of Machu Picchu, it is the most beautiful and quiet area of ​​the town, in the Wiñaywayna Park located three blocks from the Peru Rail station, overlooking the river and the moutains; It offers free WiFi and a tour desk. The accommodation offers luggage storage and a currency exchange service. Room service, 45-inch plasma AOC TV, 24-hour hot water, Hair dryer, Towels for thermal baths, Buffet breakfast.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 4450 m
Hiking Distance 16 km
Approximate walking time 9 hrs

Our guides will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 AM to take you on a private car ride to Soqma (3,205 m/10,512 ft), the starting point of our four-day trek. Upon meeting up with the rest of our staff, our horsemen and porters we will embark on our trekking adventure toward our destination for the day which is the Valley of Chancachuco.
An hour and a half from the starting point we will arrive at the Perolniyoc waterfalls’ lookout followed by a visit to an ancient Incan site. At every point of interest, our professional and knowledgeable guides will give you small bits of information about the background of these locations. From there we will continue the ascend along a gorgeous valley toward our lunch spot at Rayan. After Lunch, we will go on a challenging climb to reach the highest point of the day at the Kuychiccasa pass (4,450 m /14,599 ft). On this location, the impressive views of the Sacred Valley on one side and the Chancachuco Valley, on the other hand, will be the prelude of the majestic scenery of this trek for the days to come. We complete our day by going down the hill for about an hour toward our campsite at Chancachucho.

Overnight camp in the village of Rayan (3,700 meters / 12.136 feet).

Accommodation: Comfortable Camping Tents

Included Activities:

  • Ancascocha Trail – The sacred river of Vilcanota, Viewpoint photo stop
  • Ancascocha Trail – Perolniyoc, Archeological Site
  • Ancascocha Trail  – Soqma Community,  Viewpoint photo stop

Meals Included:  Lunch, Dinner

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 4650 m
Hiking Distance 18 km
Approximate walking time 10 hrs

You will be woken with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea, followed by a full breakfast to fuel you for the morning ahead. We begin with a 45 minute undulating hike followed by a 20 minute ascent by way of a narrow trail that follows a stream with beautiful views of Mt. Veronica (5,822 m/ 19,100 ft). We then take a 2.5 hour walk downhill to reach the small community of Ancascocha (3,700 m/12,139 ft), in a small but gorgeous wooded valley with a stream running through it. Continuing uphill for 1 hour you will enjoy views of the nearby glacier and well preserved Inca remains, before reaching the beautiful crystal blue Ancascocha Lake where we stop for lunch.
After lunch we continue our ascent towards the Huayanay Pass (4,650 m/15,255 ft). This is a strenuous 2 hour climb along a steep switchback trail which brings us to the highest point of our trek. Along this section you will see an original cobblestone paved Inca Trail. After taking time to enjoy the incredible views from the summit, we embark on a 3 hour descent into greener vegetation. Along this stretch we will have a distant vista of the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu as well as fascinating views of the communities of the Quesqa valley. We will also pass the small Inca site of Incaracay. Finally we will reach our campsite, nestled in the Quesqa valley (3,850 m/12,631 ft). Once again, your chef will serve an excellent dinner as we reflect on the sights and sounds of the day.

Accommodation: Comfortable Camping Tents

Included Activities:

  • Ancascocha Trail – Puka Q’asa, Viewpoint photo stop
  • Ancascocha Trail – Ancascocha Lake, Viewpoint photo stop
  • Ancascocha Trail – Wayanay Pass, Viewpoint photo stop
  • Ancascocha Trail  – Paucarcancha, Archeological site

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 3850 m
Hiking Distance 14 km
Approximate walking time 7 hrs

After the breakfast we will  hike downhill for 2 hours towards Paucarcancha ruins,  there you will explore this fascinating inca place. Then we will continue hike down to the community of Huayllabamba, where  we will join to the classical inca trail. At midday we will arrive to the place of tarayoc, where will be our Lunch. After one short break we have to walk to the inca site of Patallacta, which is the most amazing and biggest one inca village. Continuing with the walk alongside the Vilcanota river, we will arrive at km 82, where we say goodbye to our muleteers; and then take the transportation to Ollantaytambo.

In the afternoon (16:45 pm) we will take the train to Aguas Calientes, on arrival we will check in the hotel. Then with the guide , you will  organize the plan to visit Machu Picchu.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes

Included Activities:

  • Ancascocha Trail – Hatun Chaca, Viewpoint photo stop
  • Ancascocha Trail – Challawasi, Archeological site
  • Ancascocha Trail  – Patallaqta, Archeological site
  • Ancascocha Trail  – K’anabamba, Archeological site
  • Ancascocha Trail – Train ride to Aguas Calientes

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2400 m
Hiking Distance 6 km
Approximate walking time 3 hrs

The most important day, since you will Machu Picchu  one of the 7 modern wonders of the world. Everyone should get up at 4:00 am, to have breakfast and then go at the bus station to Machu Picchu. We will leave in one of the first buses to the citadel, we will pass the control of Machu Picchu at  6:00 am. Once inside, we will go up to the house of the guardian, a very famous place from where the most famous photos of Machu Picchu are made, and from there you will start the guided tour for 2 hours the most important sites. Once the guide finishes his explanation you will have free time to visit other sites like the Inca Bridge, Sun Gate. Or if you book any of the mountains you can also go in the schedule of your reservation. At the latest you must come down from Machu Picchu at noon, since it is no longer possible to stay all day at the archaeological complex.

In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo at 14:30 pm, after 1h 45 min, you will meet with our travel driver at ollantaytambo train station, who will transfer you to the City of Cusco. The arriving time will be at 19: 00 pm to your Hotel gate in Cusco.

Included Activities:

  • Ancascocha Trail – Machu Picchu, Viewpoint photo stop
  • Ancascocha Trail – Machu Picchu Sun temple, Archeological site
  • Ancascocha Trail  – Inca Royal Houses, Archeological site
  • Ancascocha Trail  – Temple of the Condor, Archeological site
  • Ancascocha Trail – Train ride to Ollantaytambo

Meals Included:  Breakfast

WHAT TO BRING FOR THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS:

When packing for your Ancascocha Trail  to machu picchu , you should keep in mind that it is best to dress in layers due to the weather variation. The variety of clothes that you must pack to dress in layers is key to your walk, from the morning when it is quite cold until mid afternoon when the temperatures rise and reach their peak and then freeze again at night. Stratification is also useful as you ascend high passages that are exposed to winds or descend into shady valleys.

Effective stratification only works if each layer allows moisture to pass and escape into the external environment. In fact, the best layered clothing, such as wool, promotes moisture transfer through its absorbent properties. Cotton and denim absorb moisture and, therefore, should be avoided.

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ALL WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

The Ancascocha Trail to Machu Picchu provides trekkers with a fantastic opportunity to hike the Andean mountains while learning the history of the pre columbian people inhabiting what is now called South America and their encounter with the Spaniards ‘conquistadors’.

In this piece, you will find absolutely everything you need to know about the ancient incas trail, which is  the most beautiful hiking destination of Peru and South America.

WHERE IS THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL LOCATED?

The Ancascocha Trail starts from the Soqma Peasant Community in the direction of the Ancascocha Lagoon. Then we continue to kilometer 82 and finally reach Machu Picchu, all these places to visit are located within the geographical scope of the province of Urubamba, department of Cusco.

WHAT IS THE ELEVATION DURING THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

The Ancascocha trail  presents a uniqueness of different ecological floors with their respective heights that go from the departure of the city of Cusco, the beginning of the walk in the community of Soqma, walking through the Andes mountain range, descending until arriving at kilometer 82 and finally go to Machu Picchu.

  • Minimum altitude: 2050m / 6561 ft – Aguas Calientes town (last day)
  • Maximum altitude: 4650m / 15256 ft – Abra Huayanay (third day)

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE DURING THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL?

The weather during the Ancascocha Trail to Machu Picchu  is characterized by being dry temperate with a maximum temperature of 25 ° C and a minimum temperature of up to -8 ° C (during the months of June, July and August) that can eventually occur during the overnight night. in the second camp located in Ancascocha.

From Paucarcancha the weather will be much more pleasant and condescending with visitors. Especially in the town of Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu in the middle of the jungle, this is characterized by being hot and humid with a maximum temperature of 28 ° C and a minimum temperature of up to 7 ° C.

DISTANCE AND DIFFICULTY OF ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

The distance of the Ancascocha Trail, begins in the rural community of Soqma until reaching kilometer 82, this route has an approximate distance of 49 kilometers. Finally, we continue by land transportation to Ollantaytambo and the last train ride to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town).

Regarding the difficulty of Ancascocha Trail, it is characterized by being a challenging walk, so it is recommended to be in good physical condition prior to the walk, beforehand to perform exercises in your locality two months in advance of the trip. It will be very helpful, likewise if you come from places that are at sea level, you must arrive 2 days in advance to Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude and not present any decompensation on the route to Ancascocha and Machu Picchu.

Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Perolniyoq – Rayan

  • Distance traveled: 8 km / 4.97 miles
  • From Soqma to Perolniyoq (lunch place) is 3 hours
  • From Perolniyoq to Rayan (1st camp) is 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2:  Huaynay Pass- Quesqa Valley – Paucarcancha

  • Distance traveled: 15 km / 9.32 miles
  • From Ancascocha to Incaracay (lunch place) is 4 hours
  • From Incaracay to Paucarcancha (3rd camp) it is 3 hours and 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Challenging

Day 3: Paucarcancha – Kilometer 82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

  • Distance traveled: 12 km / 7.46 miles
  • From Paucarcancha to Kilometer 82 (lunch place) is 6 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 4: Machu Picchu

  • Guided visit to Machu Picchu
  • Difficulty: Easy

HOW TO BOOK ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

Remember to do the Ancascocha Trail with an accredited travel agency, so that they are in charge of organizing the tour, hiring the respective vehicles, as well as looking for the suitable personnel who will accompany you on the tour such as: guide, cook and muleteers.

These aspects are very important because the Ancascocha Trail  is an ideal route for nature lovers, a quiet place that is far from the city and the fact of having a travel agency that is aware of your physical and emotional integrity. It facilitates being able to enjoy the entire tour that begins at your hotel, continues to Ancascocha and Machu Picchu and then ends at your accommodation in Cusco.

AVAILABILITY OF ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

The Ancascocha Trail  is available all year round, the advantage of this route is that only a select group of people are those travelers who decide to do this walk, so until now there has been no limitation of access to the Ancascocha lagoon.

If you are within the profile of a traveler who likes to enjoy nature, a quiet place with few crowds en route, as well as interacting with residents of the high Andean areas, this walk is an excellent alternative for you.

The other point to highlight is that during the months of April to September is the best date on which you can make the trek to Ancascocha, contradictorily on the route to the Inca Trail during these dates the spaces are already sold out several months in advance (season high), and having this alternate route allows you to travel part of the original Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

THERE ARE AGE RESTRICTIONS TO TAKE THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL

Being a walk that involves physical effort, and if accompanied by minors it is recommended that they be over 13 years old, however if they do not reach that age it is possible to do the Walk to Ancascocha as long as a mule or horse is hired (especially for the second and third day of the journey), this animal will be very helpful to ascend and descend certain sections of the route, this is the only way in which children can be allowed access.

WHAT ARE THE CAMPSITES ON THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL

The traditional camps in the trek known as Ancascocha Trek 5 days / 4 nights are:

  • First day: Rayan Camp, altitude 3700 m.a.s.l., cold weather with a minimum temperature of down to -5 ° C (during the months of June, July and August) that can eventually occur at night.
  • Second  day: Paucarcancha Camp, altitude 3133 meters above sea level, temperate climate with a cold sensation, maximum temperature: 26 ° C, minimum temperature: 2 ° C.
  • Third day: Lodging / hotel Aguas Calientes, altitude 2050 m.a.s.l., max temperature: 26 ° C, min temperature: 10 ° C

HOW IS THE FOOD DURING THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL

On the food it is a point to highlight in the walks, even more so if you do it with a recommended travel agency. In addition, in many of them the chef tests his culinary skills and skill to prepare delicious dishes for each day. Above all, the most outstanding thing is the variety that they make available to visitors who make this journey.

Entries:

  • Anticucho of mushrooms
  • Parboiled corn
  • Vegetable ceviche with corn and mushrooms
  • Fried wantan with ham, cheese or sausage stuffing
  • Pickled vegetables with avocado
  • Stuffed caiwa
  • Quinoa risotto

Soups:

  • Quinoa with vegetables
  • Cream of corn
  • Cream of moraya
  • Morón wheat soup
  • Vegetable diet with pasta
  • Sopa a la criolla (vegetable soup with pieces of chicken meat)

Main courses:

  • Lomo saltado
  • Chicken stew
  • Noodle with meat stew
  • Second of vegetables with avocado
  • Yellow rice with chicken salad
  • Meat picking
  • Stuffed hot pepper
  • Trout roll

Note: As you can see, the food options are varied, if you are vegetarian, vegan or have some dietary restriction. Therefore, this is not an impediment to make and enjoy the route to Ancascocha. Even better if you go with a travel agency because all you have to do is contact them in advance. Remember to inform of your food restrictions and they will take care of organizing the various dishes for you according to your requirements.

HOW ARE THE TOILETS ON THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL

Regarding the hygienic services, on the Ancascocha Trail the travel agency will carry a portable toilet with all the sanitary measures to be used in the camps. However, if en route you need to use the toilet, the only way to do it is to get off the route, find a suitable environment in nature, make a hole (they will provide you with a small shovel), and then do Your need should proceed to cover the hole, and put the used toilet paper in a bag and deposit it in the trash provided by your agency.

THERE IS DRINKING WATER ON THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL

Your travel agency will be in charge of providing you with boiled water from the first night on during meals and for this do not forget to bring your canteen, for the first 8 hours of walking you must bring your own bottled water that you can buy before starting the tour. hike or on the same hike.

Travel agencies take this aspect very responsibly to protect the well-being of visitors and their own staff, so you should not worry, however if you are skeptical you can bring your water purification tablets if you wish.

I NEED TO BRING TREKKING POLES FOR THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL

If you need to carry trekking poles, it is highly recommended to do so since the route is not flat and you have to go up and down the 2 streams of the route to Ancascocha, we will test our knees and having walking poles will help us to reduce the load on our knees and we will be in better physical condition to visit Machu Picchu with ease.

I DO NOT HAVE A SLEEPING BAG OR TREKKING POLES , CAN I RENT THERE

If by chance you do not have a sleeping bag or walking sticks, do not worry, travel agencies offer both items for rent, if you want to rent one of them just contact your travel agency and they will be in charge of providing you the costs as well as making the delivery of them.

The costs of renting the items are generally:

  • Sleeping bag: US $ 20.00
  • Walking poles: US $ 20.00

I WANT TO HAVE AN INDIVIDUAL TENT. IS THERE ANY WAY TO MANAGE MY TENT?

We take this opportunity to inform you that all travel agencies provide a double tent for visitors. That is why 2 people must share the same tent during the entire route of the route.

However, sporadically some visitors wish to have their individual tent and not share it with anyone, fortunately for these clients it is possible to manage the individual tent. Therefore, all you have to do is request your travel agency, this service has an average additional cost of US $ 70.00.

THERE IS A HOT SHOWER ON ANCASCOCHA TRAIL

Regarding the shower, in the camps it will not be possible to find showers both on the road and in the camps, in front of this the travel agency usually provides hot water in a small container so that you can use it to wash your face or Similar. The only option available is close to km. 82 in the Wayllabamba camp where it is possible to access a hot shower, this is managed by the local population and has a cost of 10 soles per person.

HOW LONG CAN YOU STAY IN MACHU PICCHU IN THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL ?

The visiting time in Machu Picchu citadel is an average of 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours. This is enough time to visit the main circuit that includes the most important sites of the historical sanctuary. Once the guided tour is over, you won’t have much time to visit the site on your own. However, if you have bought the entrance tickets for either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, the extra hikes, you will have the chance to enter the site a second time.

Huayna Picchu: Average time of the hike is 1 hour and 45 minutes roundtrip. The climb is steep and has small stairs. Therefore, this extra hike is not recommendable for children.

Machu Picchu Mountain: Average time of the hike is 2 hours and a half roundtrip. This extra hike is more recommendable for people who travel with children.

MACHU PICCHU REGULATIONS

Something important that any traveler must be aware of is the regulations of Machu Picchu that entities such as SERNANP and DDC-Cusco have established in order to preserve the route. Therefore, we will mention some of the main regulations.

  • Groups shouldn’t exceed 8 tourists. If they are more than 8 people in the group, there must be an extra assistant.
  • Permits have to be bought in advance since there are limited spots. You can’t buy permits at the checkpoint.
  • Waste is discarded at the end of the hike.
  • Drones and tripods aren’t allowed.
  • Firearms and hunting and fishing gear are prohibited.
  • Don’t bring alcoholic beverages, stimulants, psychotropics, and other drugs.

Above all, It is important to be aware of these regulations and follow them. If not, park rangers will approach you and you will receive a fine for any damage caused.

DOES THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL INLCUDE THE ENTRANCE TICKET TO MACHU PICCHU?

The Ancascocha Trail includes the entrance to Machu Picchu citadel, but it does not include the entrance to the extra hikes to the mountains from where you can see the citadel from above.

For example, Huayna Picchu mountain costs $80 USD per person. In case, you want to hike it you have to buy the entrance ticket to the mountain in advance.

WILL I BE ABLE TO WITNESS THE SUNRISE AT MACHU PICCHU?

In truth it is not typical sunrise. As long as you don´t have too much mist or low cloud then you see the first light illuminating Machu Picchu. It is after dawn though as the sun must rise up over the high mountains surrounding Machu Picchu.

WILL I BE ABLE TO CLIMB HUAYNA PICCHU

If you are wanting to include an ascent of Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu, note that The trail to Huayna Picchu is safe but very vertical and is about an hour and a half round trip beware that there are new regulations since July 2018 and permits have to be bought in advance. If you want us to organise your permit to climb Huayna Picchu and we must have this request in writing and confirmed at the time of your booking indicating you will pay the extra  for this permit. Deposit for Huayna Picchu permit is $80 usd .

HOW LONG AM I ABLE TO STAY AT MACHU PICCHU? HOW I WILL I GET DOWN TO AGUAS CALIENTES?

When the Ancascocha  trail tour is done, we arrive at the citadel at 6.00 am. After a 10-minute break to use the bathrooms, and eat a snack. It begins with the guided tour at 7:00 am. The complete circuit takes 2hrs approx. Then we will all retire as it is not allowed to stay longer in the archeological site, by rules of protection of the Sanctuary. At 12:00 pm approx. We must get off by bus to the city of Aguas Calientes where you can have lunch, and then take the train back to Aguas Calientes.

WHAT IS THE GUIDED TOUR AT MACHU PICCHU

Upon arriving in Machu Picchu on the last day of the Ancascocha Trail, travelers will be invited to take a guided tour of Machu Picchu. This tour comprehends a visit to the most important places of interest of Machu Picchu,so that temples, palaces, astronomical observatories, houses, fountains, etc. The guided tour takes two to three hours approximately, depending on your interest in the information provided by your tour guide. The guided tour of Machu Picchu takes place along any of the different circuits that the Peruvian government has established. Every tourist circuit runs in a one-way direction, which has a different duration and difficulty level.

WHAT YOU SHOULD TAKE TO THE GUIDED TOUR

Small, ten-litter backpacks are allowed inside the archaeological site. We advise that people take their passports, entrance tickets, small one-liter water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, cap, and rain gear or rain poncho. Make sure to use the toilets before heading for the guided tour, as there are no toilets inside Machu Picchu.  Large backpacks must be left at the luggage storage outside the entry point of Machu Picchu. Large tripods, professional photographic equipment, drones, selfie sticks, and food are not allowed inside.

BUS FROM MACHU PICCHU TO AGUAS CALIENTES

There are plenty of shuttle buses departing from outside the main entrance of Machu Picchu. The shuttle ride ends at Aguas Calientes main street. From there, there is a 5-minute walk to the train station.

Staying overnight in Machu Picchu pueblo. Those who want to have a more thorough visit to Machu Picchu then stay at Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu pueblo) are compulsory. This town offers a wide range of hotels, restaurants, massage parlors, and shopping centers for people to remain busy.

TRAVELING FROM AGUAS CALIENTES TO CUSCO

There are plenty of tourist trains departing from this town bound to Ollantaytambo and Cusco. The train ride to Ollantaytambo takes about two hours, while the train ride to Cusco takes four hours approximately. ​​

THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL IS IDEAL FOR ME?

The physical and mental condition is very important to carry out the walks. For example, if you are looking for a gentler walk that involves less physical effort, the Lares Walk is a good option. Likewise, if you want a moderate walk that involves greater physical effort, you can do the Trek to Ancascocha, Salkantay or the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Finally, there is an option for those who want extreme challenges and are looking for a challenging hike, for them we have the Trek to Choquequirao.

WHAT IS THE BEST DATE TO TAKE THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

The best date to develop the Ancascocha trail corresponds to the dry season (between the months of April to October). Characterized by presenting a pleasant, warm climate, no rain and better panoramic views of the route. However, the only detail to take into account is that during the months of April to July at night there are temperatures below 0 ° C, especially in the second camp of Ancascocha.

Remember that while on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for these dates the spaces are already sold out months in advance. That is why the Ancascocha Trail turns out to be one of the most recommended alternatives if you are looking for routes similar to the original Inca Trail.

HOW LONG BEFORE SHOULD I MAKE MY RESERVATION FOR ANCASCOCHA TRAIL

To reserve Ancascocha Trail it is suggested to do it at least 3 to 4 months in advance, and even more so if you plan to add a visit to the Huayna Picchu mountain, since the spaces for this additional trek are limited and if you want to guarantee your visit you must to reserve it in advance.

HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I BRING FOR THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL

It is advisable to bring an approximate of 500 soles per person, since you will find places where you can buy snacks, water, food (keep in mind that food is included in the walk except for the first and last). Likewise, any inconvenience may arise for which it is better to have extra money available.

I NEED SPECIAL INSURANCE TO TAKE THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL

Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended, since in the event of an incident on the road, you can quickly solve it with travel insurance that allows you to carry out support procedures between the various institutions.

These are some of the reasons why it is important to have travel insurance:

  • In the event of an accident, the insurer compensates you financially to cover the expenses.
  • In case of suffering any decompensation or discomfort when arriving in Cusco, they provide you with the respective assistance.
  • Helps you get medical assistance wherever you are.
  • In the event of any problem, it provides 24-hour telephone assistance.
  • In the event of an unforeseen event and if necessary, it helps you change your return ticket.
  • It supports you in covering the expenses in medicines.
  • Among others.

Here are some recommended travel insurance websites:

  • www.assistcard.com
  • www.mapfre.com
  • www.intermundial.es
  • www.fiatc.es
  • Ahart Frinzi & Smith
  • World Nomads
  • Berkley Internacional
  • Amex Assurance
  • Liberty Seguros

WILL I SUFFER THE ALTITUDE SICKNESS ON ANCASCOCHA TRAIL

As one of the most frequently asked questions, the highest point of the Inca Trail is at 4,200 meters above the sea level, you will spend the night at the campsite at 3.600 meters. It is difficult to say if you really going to suffer from altitude sickness, people are different and are prepared physically different. Most hikers don’t have any issues, but two days rest in Cusco to acclimatize is very advisable, drinking water and chewing cocoa leaves will definitely prepare you for the Ancascocha Trail.

HOW HARD IS TO COMPLETE THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL?

From 1 to 5 it’s 3, moderately difficult. The andean trails up and down in different temperatures and high altitude all that makes this level of difficulty. You can rent walking poles before you start your hike. Those will help you in many ways, we would recommend you get ones if you have some issues with knees or ankles, poles would absorb some pressure from those parts and also help to keep your balance! We recommend you to have a look how to prepare yourself for the Ancascocha Trail.

IS THERE INTERNET CONNECTION OR ELECTRICITY AT THE CAMPSITES OF THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

During the Ancascocha trail 4 days, you will not have Internet connection. Therefore, using a cellphone or any electronic device is not convenient in most places.

To keep in contact with the administrators of the tourist agency and inform them in case of a problem, or to check something important, we use radios or satellite phones.

First and Fourth day: you will have internet connection.

Second day: there is no internet connection.

Third day afternoon: there is internet connection.

However, you will have internet connection at the campsite in Wayllabamba on day 4, it has a cost of 5 to 10 soles ($2 or $30) per hour. You will also have internet connection  in Machu Picchu, and you will be able to make calls, too. The telephone operators that have better signal are CLARO and BITEL. Other telephone operators don’t have good signals along the inca trail hike, but once you arrive in Aguas Calientes town, you will be able to communicate with your family or friends.

WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL ?

In the scenario that you are unable to finish the Ancascocha trail  due health issues, Andean Great Treks will do everything in its power to get you to the nearest civilization and get help or transportation to help. If the issue is respiratory or due to altitude, we do carry at least one tank of oxygen on trek that you will have access to. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel Insurance required) There are no refunds in the situation that you are unable to finish though.

Generally if due to altitude sickness people can´t make it over the pass on the 2nd day of the Ancascocha trail they come back to Ollantaytambo accompanied by a porter if just mild (or guide if serious) and if they recover from altitude sickness they stay the night here in Ollantaytambo and then take the train to Aguas Calientes the next day (Day 4) in the afternoon , you will spend the night in any hotel  in aguas calientes, and  rejoin your group in Machu Picchu early on Day 5 and continue the tour as normal. The additional costs for this such as train ticket and accomodations will be payed by the customer.

HOW FIT SHOULD I BE TO HIKE THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

Fitness is important but more important than that is acclimatization and experience.​

In the world of trekking, hiking for one day is one thing; hiking and camping for several days is another, while hiking and camping for several days at high altitudes is an entirely a different situation.

No matter what category you fall into amongst those three levels, the Inca Trail Hike  is not recommended for people who have never hiked, nor is it advisable for people who suffer from heart or respiratory problems.

If you are capable of hiking at sea level for at least 5 hours non-stop, then you are very likely to succeed at inca trail hiking to Machu Picchu

What will determine your success is the time acclimatizing to Cusco’s high altitude before the inca trail  trek, the weight that you carry in your bag, and the psychological commitment that one devotes to it.

​ Age is also not a problem; there have been people in their late 70s or early 80’s who have completed the full length of the inca trail to machu picchu.

Also, hiking at high altitudes might be difficult for heavy smokers and other people with breathing conditions.

THE PRE TREK PRESENTATION BEFORE THE TREK (BRIEFING)

​Most Ancascocha trail tour operators will gather the members of their group tours in one location where they will meet their tour leaders and receive a pre-trek presentation with all the details about their journey. On this occasion, you will have the last chance to re-check dietary options, update passport information, and hire the necessary camping gear and extra porters. Be sure to attend such a gathering and ask the essential questions.

WHERE ARE THE DEPARTURE POINTS FOR THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL?

Pick up from your hotels starts  at 4:30 am, Andean Great Treks is one of the only companies to pick you up directly from your hotel. As long as your hotel is in the center of Cusco city, we will coordinate this pickup based on a time that your inca trail trek  guide will discuss at the briefing. Pick up times may vary 30 – 45 minutes based on traffic conditions and previous pickups.

Cusco is an old city with cobblestoned streets and very narrow passageways. Smaller hotels and Airbnbs are often located on streets that cars can´t pass through. They also are frequently on hillsides with long steep climbs, making it difficult to carry luggage. We highly recommend that you book accommodations with better access. We have a list of hotels that are all comfortable with easy access to pick up and drop off.

If your hotel is located in the sacred valley , don’t worries we can pick up you directly your hotel address.

ARRIVAL TO CUSCO AND CHECK-IN AT THE CUSCO ANDEAN GREAT TREKS OFFICE

We assume most people try to arrive to Cusco 2-3 days before the trek to allow adequate time for acclimatisation and a buffer in case of transport delays. Once you have settled in and rested you must come to the Cusco office to view and reconfirm the information we have pertinent to your inca trail trek, personal requirements and sign the conditions ( even if you have already paid in full.) There are occasions when local holidays or unrest may require last minute changes to departure times or some additional information and so we have a short briefing day before the trek, our  office is open from 9:00 am to 17:00 pm.

CAN I STAY IN THE SACRED VALLEY BEFORE I START MY ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

Ollantaytambo & Urubamba is the best place to stay other than Cusco. By staying in the sacred valley, you get a little more sleep, because we will pick you up about 1.5 hours after the Cusco pick up time. You can only have your briefing in Cusco. So please arrange a time that works for you and our office team with your Andean Great Treks sales team.

DO THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TOUR GUIDES SPEAK ENGLISH?

We know how vital information is when making the fabulous Inca trail to Machu Picchu, before this Andean Great Treks has planned the recruitment of the best local expert guides on the Inca Trail route to Machu Picchu, who are trained in our training academies for aspiring guides to form part of this select group of leading guides. Andean Great Treks prepares them every semester in group mangment techniques, evacuation and first aid, concepts of archeology, botany, and Inca astronomy. After rigorous field and theoretical examinations, an aspiring guide is included in the working group for the Inca trail route to Machu Picchu, since our company is a pioneer in leading groups in the languages of English, German, and French.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE IN MY GROUP?

Our groups on the Ancascocha Trail to Machu Picchu are made up of a maximum of 8 people. Andean Great Treks organize the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu from 2 people. A very important aspect is that we only organize trekking services on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu in premium class. To make you feel very comfortable, we take care of all the details on your vacation in Peru.

WHAT TIME WILL I BE BACK IN CUSCO?

The train will came back at 14:30 pm, wich arrives to Ollantaytambo train station at 16:20 pm. Then you will be pick up by our private transportation , arriving to Cusco at 18:30 pm, the drop off will be your Hotel adress in Cusco.

FUNCTIONS OF  COOKS AND MULETEERS ON ANCASCOCHA TRAIL

Chef: Important personnel in the Ancascocha Trek, despite being in the heights, the chefs with great skill and dexterity carry out the preparation of food for both the visitors and the support staff, they strive to provide you with a good nutritional diet and above all varied.

Muleteer: Muleteers are the people who are in charge of carrying camping luggage, food and a certain amount of weight of travelers’ personal items, this work is carried out with the support of mules or horses, which are largely of a lot of support not only from the visitor but from the entire group that makes the walk, and the number of muleteers for the route is proportional to the number of travelers, that is, more travelers within the group need a greater number of muleteers.

Guide: The guides are in charge of leading the group throughout the journey to Ancascocha. Likewise, the guides are highly trained personnel in constant training. They generally introduce themselves to the group in advance of the walk to give them an informative talk. This talk can be at your hotel or at the travel agency office; Likewise, the day of the start of the walk, you will be picked up from your accommodation to start the Walk to Ancascocha.

Note: It is a well-known tradition in Peru and South America, to deliver a sum of money as a tip on behalf of the visitors with the agency staff (muleteer, chef and guide) as compensation, thanks for the services provided during the journey, en route you will feel how they strive to provide you with the best possible experience for all visitors.

They receive an adequate and fair salary from the company, despite the fact that they receive some extra money from the traveler. What’s more, it is an added incentive for them and their families, but keep in mind that tipping is not mandatory, it is optional.

HOW MUCH DO I TIPP TO THE COOK AND MULETEERS

The following example is referential, if you wish you can add a higher amount for staff:

The muleteers normally receive an average of 60 soles per person from the entire group of travelers, while the chef receives 120 soles. Since the latter, apart from carrying their own kitchen supplies, must also prepare food, which is why a higher amount is assigned.

In the case of guides, the amount varies according to the experience shared with your guide. That is, the most important thing here is your personal appreciation of the service provided and accordingly you can deliver the amount you consider appropriate and personally and directly to the guide on the last day of the tour.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION FOR THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

To hike the fantastic Ancascocha Trail 5 days, you need to bring your personal identification documents. The names in the permits must match the information in your documents. Therefore, make sure you provide accurate information to the agency you are booking the tour with. If the information is not accurate, you won’t be able to do the Ancascocha Trail:

  • Valid original Passport
  • Identity card
  • Student card (if you want a discount)

You must bring with you any of these personal documents that you used at the moment of booking. Otherwise, you won’t be able to do the Ancascocha Trail. Make sure you have your personal documents with you all the time. Put them in a safe place before and during the Ancascocha Trail.

Note: If you have updated your passport some days prior the trek, you have to let the agency know and ask them to update the new information. If possible, bring both the old and new passports. You should also send a copy of both the old and new passports to the agency.

AM I ABLE TO CHANGE DATES AFTER THE INITIAL RESERVATION?

The only time that you can change your dates with no penalty charge is, if we have not purchased your permit yet. Usually we try to purchase the permits for Machu Picchu, at the most, the same day you do the reservation for the Ancascocha Trail.

If we do not already have your permit you can change your date. If we already have your permit, the penalty to change is US $50 and there must be availability for the date which you want to move to.

BOOKING THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

We try to make booking as easy as possible at Andean Great Treks. We need a booking form that is completed and includes all details for the entire party on one form please, and then a $300 deposit per person. The deposits can be paid separately, as long as we have one booking form that we can use to track payments. Once we have all deposits and details, we will then book your permits. When permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% set. All start dates, once confirmed, are guaranteed.

HOW EARLY SHOULD I MAKE THE RESERVATION FOR THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL?

As early as possible as many chances you have to get your reservation complete before tickets maybe be sold out quickly. We would recommend you to reserve your tickets for Ancascocha Trail 3 months in advance for the low season (between November to March) and at least 6 months before you planning visit Peru in high season (April to October). Note that we cannot guarantee the availability so it’s on you how early you going to book and make sure there are still tickets left.

ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU DISCOUNTS

Certainly, There is a small discount that the Culture Ministry gives to minors or students who have a valid student card. A student card is considered valid if it shows the following features:

  • PVC Material
  • Name of the university
  • Full name
  • Student photo
  • Birthdate

Expiration date, which has to be the year that the student visits Machu Picchu (NOT a year early or later to the visit date)

Note: To apply for the students discount, you shouldn’t be over 25 years old.

IS THERE A CHANCE THAT MY ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TREK WILL BE CANCELED?

Regarding the reservation deposits, in this case you may cancel your tour, if you agree in advance with our office, where you are indicating the reasons why you will not be able to do this walk to Ancascocha. You will only be charged for Machu Picchu tickets. But if you had booked with some other special service such as superior class trains, luxury hotels, this amount will have to be paid.
If the cancellation request is registered once the total payment is completed, not more than 24 hours, it will be considered a no show, and no refund can be made.

CAN I TAKE ALL MY LUGGAGE WITH ME FOR THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

There is no need to bring all your luggage to the Ancascocha Trail. You should only take the most essential things you will use during the inca trail 4 days. You should pack light and organize the clothes you will wear each day of the hike. Don’t forget to bring an extra pair of shoes, raincoat, a hat, among others.

Packing light allows porters to follow the weight limit regulation. It also shows you are considerate of the effort they will do carrying all your staff. You will be given a duffel where you will put all your belongings for the Ancascocha trail to machu picchu.

WHERE CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE WHILE I'M ON THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL?

All of your luggage is not needed for the Ancascocha Trail , it   should stay in Cusco or Sacred Valley Hotel. All hotels are very accommodating and quite used to storing luggage on-site, or you can safely store with the Andean Great Treks team.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK FOR THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL?

ESSENTIALS

  • Passport
  • Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)

FOR YOUR DUFFEL BAG

Porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 3.5 kg.

  • 2-3 wicking t-shirts
  • 2-3 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of undergarments.
  • 4 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 Fleece
  • 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • 1 Rain jacket and pants
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might enjoy something a little larger.
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean – might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap.
  • Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least

TOILETRIES

  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • Handsanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toiletpaper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

INSIDE YOUR DAYPACK

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always say the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, bags larger than 25L will not be allowed in. If it is larger, you will need to store it outside citadel gates. But don´t worry, they have a secure storage facility.

  • Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won’t have time to filter water until your first lunch.
  • Sunhat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Music (IPhone)
  • Handsanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Earplugs

HOW TO KNOW YOU HAVE THE EXACT WEIGHT FOR THE ANCASCOCHA TRAIL?

Above all, It is important to know the allowed weight for the hike  not only to avoid an extra payment but also to help porters carry the adequate amount of weight.

Remenber that you have only 7 kg free during your Ancascocha Trail, wich is carried by our horses or mules .

Likewise, We recommend weighing your things before traveling to Ancascocha Trail. Most hotels have scales to weigh your backpack. You can ask your tourist agency to lend you a scale and weigh your backpack.

ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION

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The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.

JANUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
FEBUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
MARCH Warm - Heavy Rain
APRIL Warm - Light Rain
MAY Hot
JUNE Hot
JULY Hot
AUGUST Hot
SEPTEMBER Hot - Warm
OCTOBER Hot - Warm
NOVEMBER Warm - Light Rain
DECEMBER Warm - Heavy Rain

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

MAR 2022 - DEC 2022 Price from
$ 640 USD Per Person $ 690 USD
Tour for 2 - 4 persons $ 640USD Per Person
Tour for 5 - 8 persons $ 610USD Per Person
Note

To book this tour, a minimum of $ 300 USD per person is required, the remaining balance will be paid upon arrival in Peru, at the Cusco office.

Any other additional information, please coordinate with your travel agent.

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What our clients say about us

  • "Everything was perfect, from the office to the super Guide, Juve he was very careful with us ! Thank you! Raccomandatet!"

    Gino Di Tullio
    ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
  • " A agência tem preço competitivo e cumpriu exatamente com tudo que foi combinado. O guia da trilha foi excelente. Muito conhecimento sobre a cultura Inca, muito divertido, ótimo fotógrafo!
    I made the short Inca trail 2D / 1N and Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) with them. The price is competitive and the agency has exactly matched everything that was agreed. The guide of the trail was excellent, he has a lot of knowledge about Inca culture, he is a lot of fun and a great photographer! "

    Cris G
    ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
  • " We had Elmer as our guide and his knowledge about the culture, the ancient traditions and the trail itself is wide and deep at the same time. He was a pleasant and fun company throughout. His team of porters and Chef. Chino were amazingly hospitable in-spite of the strenuous trek. Always smiling and eager to serve. Our camping sites had the perfect view every single evening. We had rented the sleeping bags and trekking poles from them and all were in good condition. Tents were nice and warm as well. The food was something we did not expect at all. "

    Meena
    ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
  • " Great coordination from Miriam starting with orientation meeting and individualized attention via whatsapp. The hike to MP from km 104 was tough but lovely and Javier was a great guide with humor and knowledgeable. After 11km hiking we arrived to the Sun gate around 2pm and went down for the 1st visit to MP. Dinner in Aguas Calientes and early wake up to enter MP at 6am which was still very peaceful. It cannot get much better. great vale for money! "

    David D
    ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
  • " Amazing trek to Machu Picchu, with very knowledgeable guide and amazing Porter team! Beautiful views, great food, and good times!"

    Jeremy C
    ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
  • " We made the 2d/1n trip to Machu Picchu this was very worth. Our Guide Osman was very friendly and kind. During the trek he explained us the landscape, flowers and the history of the ruins very interesting. We can really recomand this trip for the people who don't like to do the long trek. Many thanks to Osman for the wonderful hike! "

    Melanie U
    ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
  • " We feel the genuine and warmth welcome of the city and the people in it, as if they treat us like family (especially our porters and our guide Alex). We are deeply grateful for all the help and patience they've extended to reach out to us. And forever grateful for the life's lessons learned and the experience. This adventure for sure will made an imprint in our hearts and in our life's journey, that we are very much willing to share it with our own family, friends and love ones. "

    Czarina 23
    ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
  • " To be honest, at the very end I would have gone thru the whole experience a million times without changing anything at all. Also, returning to Cusco wasn't hard, train was booked and transfer bus was there to pick us up on time. The overall experience, amazing. "

    Dacil A
    ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS

Why travel with Andean Great Treks

ANCASCOCHA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
LOCALLY INSPIRED, DELICIOUS FLAVOURS
There is something magical about artisanal farming in the Andes. The rich soils and unique climate give products an otherwise unattainable flavor. Our chefs serve local and international food. With unparalleled views of the fabulous Andean Mountains, amid the highland forests from your table, you’ll enjoy delicious gourmet food and new spins on classic Peruvian favorites. We use only local produce and fresh ingredients.
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OUR PASSIONATE TOUR GUIDES
Unlock the secrets of Peru’s most iconic adventure destination. Our team is passionate about making sure your experiences are unique —some thrilling, some relaxing, all awe-inspiring. Our private guides will let you explore the Andes and rainforest at your own pace, stopping for a snack if you’re hungry, or racing to the top of a hill if you’re up to it.
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YOUR SAFETY OUR PRIORITY
We work with certified guides, the latest high-tech equipment and satellite communication, to guarantee your safety every step on the trail. Each year we do the course of rescue and first aid with all our hiking team (guides, cooks, horsemen, drivers). The course is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
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ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY
We have deep love and respect for our Mother Earth or Pachamama since we are a 100% Cusco company. We know the importance of our Andean culture, and like good children of the earth, we do everything possible to avoid contamination.
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CAMPING EQUIPMENT
It’s essential to have the best equipment when you’re walking in the mountains. Due to the constant climate changes in the region, we use tents suitable for all four seasons.
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SMALL GROUPS & BIG ADVENTURES
With a maximum group size is 8 on most tours, it feels more like traveling with friends than being on an organized tour. You'll meet like-minded people where everyone is guaranteed to share a passion for travel.

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