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Ancascocha Trek & Classic Inca Trail 4 Days

MAR 2023 - DEC 2023 Price from $ 1500 USD pp $ 1600 USD
Trip Type Walking & Trekking
Difficulty Level Challenging/Tough
Group Size 2-8 people
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Trip Overview

The Ancascocha  Trek is world-renowned and we are the only company in the Cusco area that offers this combination Ancascocha Trek  and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The Ancascocha Trek in the Peruvian Andes is a spectacular trail that remains off the beaten path. It is listed as one of National Geographic’s 20 dream hikes on their World Best Hikes list.

The trek wanders through traditional villages like Chillipahua, and its namesake Ancascocha (3,900 m/12,795 feet). Along the way, it humps over big passes, including the high point at the Huayanay Pass (4,650 m/ 15,252 ft), and takes in views of towering 20,551 foot (6,266 m) Apu Salkantay. On day 4 of the hike, we join the Classic Inca Trail. The Classic Inca Trail   is the most famous hike in South America – perhaps the world. It is a must-do and one of the biggest highlights of your trip to Peru. It offers astounding trekking along original paved Inca pathways and a range of spectacular Inca ruins along the way. During the fascinates 7 days you can learn from another view the past of the powerful lords, the Incas. Their stories and legacy to humanity. Also some landscapes taken from the fairy tales, in many places you will see mountains that are about 15,890 feet. Houses of the typical people and descending of the race of Quechuas that still speak the language of the Incas. And they also practice their traditions, agricultural and livestock.

INCLUDED

INCLUDED IN THE ANCASCOCHA  TREK + INCA TRAIL

  • Professional english speaker tour guide
  • Expert mountain cook
  • Private transport from your hotel to the start of the trail.
  • Entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machupicchu
  • Bus tickets up from aguas calientes to machupicchu.
  • Train ticket back from aguas calientes to ollantaytambo
  • Camping  tent wich has a capacity for 4 persons, but only used for 2
  • 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 (7), lunch (6), dinner 6),  with option for vegetarians, gluten free, lactose free.
  • Horses and muleteers to carry  the equipment and 15lbs of the hikers
  • Porters to carry the equipment during the inca trail
  • 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 TREK + INCA 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 5th 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.

Trip Highlights

  • The Ancascocha Trek, 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 4th day of hiking we will be on  the Classic Inca Trail wich is the most beautiful hike of South America.
  • Enjoy a unique sunrise in Machu Picchu, from the Guardian’s house. Where you can take the best photographs of the wonder of the world.
  • Explore the most famous and best preserved Inca trails, from the Andes and get lost in the cloud forests, which still hide mysterious Inca citadels.

Activities

Ancascocha Trek & Classic Inca Trail   is very strenuous and challenging due to the altitude gain, high altitudes, 9 steep summits, and length of hiking: 85 km/52.8 miles and goes up to 4,959m/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.

Accommodations

Ancascocha Trek & Inca Trail  Camping Tents: 06 nights

The overnight stays during the Ancascocha Trek & Inca 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.

Itinerary

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 3205 m
Hiking Distance 11 km
Approximate walking time 6 hrs

We head out to Soqma Village 10,512 ft, early in the morning, by driving for about 1 hour and 45 minutes, which is the trailhead to start our hiking. At this point we’ll meet up our horses and muleteers, get ready our hiking gears, and we’ll have our breakfast, then we’ll start hiking up following a small valley to Perolniyoq a small Incan site perched a top the mountain, but previously we’ll see a nice waterfall, a perfect place to shoot some pictures.

Once our arrival to the Incan site, you’ll have an explanation about the history of this site by our Tour Guide. We will then continue to our lunch spot for about 1 hour overlooking to a great scenery around. After the lunch, we’ll continue hiking up for about 2 hours to reach the first pass Called Kuichicasa 15,250 ft, at this point we’ll have stunning vistas of the Urubamba range where some snowc

apped mountains are located, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas below us. From the pass we’ll hike downhill for 1 hour to get the first camp site called Chancachuco 14,268 ft.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 4800 m
Hiking Distance 12 km
Approximate walking time 7 hrs

Today’s breakfast makes us ready for a great adventure day, after having our breakfast at 6:00 am, we’ll start hiking on a highland plain with great views around, after trekking for about 3 hours we’ll arrive at next lunch spot located in Ancascocha community. After lunch we’ll hike up for about 2 hours to reach the second camp site 14,432 ft, located close by to Ancascocha lagoon.

 

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 4647 m
Hiking Distance 14 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

We start the day having a nutritious breakfast at 6:00 am, we then start our trek, following the switchback trail up to the highest point with amazing vistas in every direction, snow-capped mountains. After 2-hour hiking, we reach the highest pass on the whole trail, Wayanay pass 15,252 ft, with stunning views around, where we’ll take our snacks, before making our way to lunch spot. Next, the trail goes downhill to lunch spot for about 2 hours, on the way we’ll see a small Incan ruins, and walk close by to some alpacas. In the afternoon, once we enjoy our meals, we’ll continue with our trek through the highland valley to the next camp site Paucarcancha 10,335 ft for 2 more hours, on this section of path we’ll walk on the ancient Inca trail which is connecting to Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley with stunning glacier peaks beyond. Close by to this camp site is located the Paucarcancha Incan Site a great place to learn about the Inca history while exploring with our Guide.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 3750 m
Hiking Distance 14 km
Approximate walking time 7 hrs

Today, we will start with a 1-hour steep downhill trek to  the small village of Huayllabamba where we join the classic Inca Trail. Then we will take a hike to the area called ayapata, a place we will use for our lunch. Upon our arrival we will receive with warm applause our porters, who will make their short presentation and the great work that they will play with us. The view from which is fabulous to all the valley of Huayllabamba; to finish the day we will make a 2-hour hike to the Llullucha camp, the trail is surrounded by highland forests where it is possible to even see native species such as colle, queuña, intimpa, tasta, chachacomos, and beautiful ñuqchu flowers, which They visit many species of hummingbirds. This day will end the walk around 5:00 pm.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 4200 m
Hiking Distance 16 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

Today, we will reach the highest point on the Inca Trail (dead woman pass) (Warmihuañusca) (4200 Meters– 13776 Feets). On reaching the pass we’ll stop for a short break to enjoy the views before setting off again to descend to the next valley (Pacaymayu Valley – Hidden River). It’s another hour and a half down the side of the valley to our lunch spot and a chance to refill our water bottles. After lunch we begin ascending again to the second pass of the trek  (Runkurakay) (3970 Meters /13022 Feets), stopping halfway to visit the impressive archaeological site of Runkurakay. Going over the pass, we descend toward Lake Yanacocha and enter into the cloud forest to arrive at the Sayacmarca Inca ruins (3624 Meters/ 11887 Feets). Our campsite is at Chaquicocha (3400 Meters /11154 Feets).

 

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 2600 m
Hiking Distance 12 km
Approximate walking time 6 hrs

Today, we will take an easy climb in the morning to the last pass with its Incan ruins of the same name (Phuyupatamarca, 3700 Meters / 12136 Feets). Here, we will also have remarkable views of the Urubamba River Valley. Afterward, we go into the rain forest. We will walk downhill for 3 hours. During this stretch of the trail we will visit Inti Pata. Along this path you will take the most  beautiful pictures of the entire Inca trail. After Inti Pata it is a further 30 minutes to our campsitewe descend to the Wiñaywayna campsite (2650 Meter / 8692 Feets) and visit the archeological site there after lunch.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 2700 m
Hiking Distance 6 km
Approximate walking time 7 hrs

Today we arrive at the long-awaited finale of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu. After an early start to our day, we arrive at the campsite exit gate where we must wait in line until 5 AM. Subsequently, we will hike one hour until we arrive at the Sun Gate (Intipuncu) which looks down onto Machu Picchu. We will arrive early to enjoy its serenity in the soft morning light. From there, we will walk downhill on a stone path to enter the hidden Royal Citadel of the Incas with impressive panoramic views all the way down. We will have a 2-hour guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields. Be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas which was so far ahead of their time and still partially a mystery today

When you are finished exploring the extraordinary city of Machu Picchu you will travel to Aguas Calientes by bus. You will then take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo where our  van will be waiting to transport you back to  Cusco. Arrival time in Cusco will according the train back Schedule we have at 14:30 pm and 19:00 pm.  So the total time combining trail plus van is like 4 hours.

PACKING LIST

WHAT YOU  NEED TO BRING TO THE ANCASCOCHA TREK +  CLASSIC INCA TRAIL 7 DAYS

ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS warm jackets
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS Hydration bladder
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS wool socks
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS camera
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS scarf
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS first aid kit
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS hiking shoes
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS Dry bags
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS Trekking Poles
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS sun cream
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS Snack
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS sun hat
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS bathing suite
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS rain coat
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS Sandals
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS insect repellent
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS Passport
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS Down Jackets
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS toilet paper
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS daypack
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS Wool cap
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS head lamp
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS gloves
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS sun glasses
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS cap
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS extra cash
ANCASCOCHA TREK & CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL  7 DAYS Trekking pants

FAQ

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.

ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION

ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL

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 15 °C / 5 °C
FEBUARY
Warm - Heavy Rain 15 °C / 4 °C
MARCH
Warm - Light Rain 15 °C / 4 °C
APRIL
Hot - Warm 15 °C / 3 °C
MAY
Hot 14 °C / 0 °C
JUNE
Hot 20 °C / -5 °C
JULY
Hot 14 °C / -3 °C
AUGUST
Hot 14°C / -1 °C
SEPTEMBER
Hot 15 °C / 3 °C
OCTOBER
Hot - Warm 16 °C / 3 °C
NOVEMBER
Hot - Warm 16 °C / 4 °C
DECEMBER
Warm - Light Rain 16 °C / 5 °C

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

MAR 2023 - DEC 2023 Price from
$ 1500 USD Per Person $ 1600 USD
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To book this tour, a minimum of $ 1000 USD per person is required, the remaining balance will be paid upon arrival in Peru, at the Cusco office.

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What to expect from our

Treks in Peru

Nothing gets you closer to a country than walking through it, and we’ve got trips to suit walkers of all levels and interests.

How fit do I need to be?

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All our Walking trips are graded from ‘Easy’ through to ‘Challenging to Tough’. On our online trip itineraries you’ll find a chart showing the daily walk distances, timings and information on the route including the terrain, altitude. Generally, no specific training is needed but you might feel more comfortable if you’ve got out walking a few times in the lead-up to your trip.

What will the group be like?

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As with all our trips, every group is different but the ‘average’ group consists of roughly half couples and half solo travellers – all sharing a passion for exploring the world on foot. You’ll always have someone to keep you company along the route, but you don’t always have to walk together. Wherever possible your Andean Great Treks leader will allow everyone to walk at their own pace, regrouping regularly along the route.

Will I need to walk every day?

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Mostly of our hikes in the mountains in Peru and Cusco like the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Ausangate Trek, Lares Trek, Ancascocha Trek, Salkantay Trek , involves an average of walking hours of 7-8 hours per day, this timing includes stops for taking photos, lunch, breaks for recovery the energy, and the most important we adapt to your walking pace. This relaxed style of trip involves to know all the attractions in greater depth.

What about the logistics?

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On nearly all our Walking trips, porters or mules will carry all the camping equimpent, so your main luggage will be transported for you. We recommend walk with a light rucksack, you will carry water, snacks, a camera, a small first aid kit and any extra clothing or sun protection. On more remote or challenging treks, additional guides are there to assist the leader tour guide and provide support to the group.

ANDEAN TREKS FAQS

HOW MANY DAYS OF ACCLIMATIZATION DO YOU RECOMMEND BEFORE STARTING A PROGRAM?

The acclimatization period is very important for our travelers to enjoy the experience. We suggest a minimum of 3 or 4 days of the previous stay in Cusco city, the Sacred Valley of the Incas or Machu Picchu. We recommend you check the acclimation programs we have prepared for you on our website.

WHAT ARE THE ALTITUDES IN THE CAMPING SITES ?

The average height of our camps in the trekking circuits is 3,500 masl. In fact, one of the circuits where you sleep at the highest altitude is the Ausangate Trek, where you will have days to set up the tents at a height of 4,300 meters. Remember that Peru has snowy peaks that reach up to 6,700 masl.

HOW CAN ALTITUDE AFFECT ME?

From 3,000 meters above sea level, the symptoms of “altitude sickness” vary according to each person, and may even not occur. However, among the most common are a headache, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite and insomnia. Therefore, upon arriving in the city of Cusco, located at 3,400 meters above sea level, we recommend our travelers to take a good rest, drink plenty of water, eat light meals and take slower walking. Also, it is necessary to avoid alcoholic beverages and cigarettes. The symptoms can be alleviated with high mountain medicines such as DIAMOX or similar products, but we suggest you consult with your doctor before the trip.

DO I HAVE TO CARRY MY OWN LUGGAGE?

While on the trail, hikers will need to carry a daypack (camera equipment, water bottle, extra layers, rain gear, and other accessories you might need on the trail.) Horses and llamas will carry your duffle bag to the next camping site.

WHAT ARE THE SECURITY MEASURES IN THE TRAIL?

The company makes the greatest efforts to provide a safe and unforgettable experience, for this reason, the trekking guides are constantly communicated with the central office through satellite phones, ensuring the welfare of each passenger. Our guides are trained in rescue techniques and first aid in emergency outdoor, these courses are developed annually and have the standards of the wilderness first respond. At all times we have oxygen and first aid equipment. In case of any eventuality a medical director will answer our questions 24 hours a day. In addition to the animals who carry the luggage we have horses to help walkers tired or eager to ride. We recommend getting a travel insurance.

 ANDEAN GREAT TREKS TOURS DIFFERENCE

ANDEAN GREAT TREKS TOURS DIFFERENCE

UNRIVALLED KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE

Every Andean Great Treks  holiday has been thoughtfully planned and crafted by our specialists. They draw on their own extensive travel experience and the guidance and expertise of our local partners to create superb holidays. Our specialists are committed to making every aspect smooth and enjoyable; they genuinely want to ensure that the holidays they create leave you with wonderful lasting memories.

AMAZING TOURS & AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES

Every Andean Great Treks traveller is accompanied by an experienced tour guide, you will be immersed in Historic cities, ancient ruins and unfamiliar landscapes are all brought to life by our carefully selected local guides. They want to share their expertise and help you make your own discoveries too; their sole mission is to ensure you enjoy every moment.

FLEXIBILITY & CHOICE

Giving you the freedom to make your holiday even more memorable. We know how much our customers look forward to their holiday and we pride ourselves on the choice and flexibility that we offer to enhance every aspect of your experience. Whether it’s getting to the airport, upgrading your room or booking an additional excursion, we can help.

GUIDED BY THE LOCAL GUIDES, TRUE EXPERTS!

GUIDED BY THE LOCAL GUIDES, TRUE EXPERTS!

Our guides are the stars of the show; it is their unrivalled knowledge, passion and expertise that will transform your tour experience from good to truly extraordinary!

Because the have grown up in the area and know it like the back of their hand, so they can help you experience whichever aspects most interest you. They’re passionate about sharing their corner of the world with you, and as you explore together, they’ll open your eyes to the intricate details, provide background to enhance your understanding of what you’re seeing, and share stories that will bring everything to life.

ALL OF OUR NATIONAL TOUR GUIDES…

  • Have at least five years guiding experience
  • Are fluent in English
  • Are born and raised in Cusco, Lima, Manu Jungle, Puno
  • Go through rigorous and ongoing training programmes
  • Are at your service 24 hours a day

OUR TRAVELS SHAPE YOURS

OUR TRAVELS SHAPE YOURS

“Your inspiration for a trip can be a single word or a highly evolved outline, but it’s the conversations we have that help us understand the experience you’re looking for. Meanwhile, I’m looking back on the time I spent at the destination.

‘The great thing about working with a specialist at Andean Great Treks is how they take your  complete jumble of ideas and turn them into  something absolutely spectacular.’

As you begin to share your ideas with your specialist, it will connect them immediately back to a time in their own travels. Conjuring a picture of the ­rest time they made that same discovery, reminding them how it felt.

Your specialist understands that, when the journey is right, it has the power to excite your emotions in the most profound ways after all, that was the effect on them.

They carry a treasure box of moments, captured over many  journeys, into every suggestion they’ll share with you, as  they ask you how you want to feel on your trip.

MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCES, REAL CONNECTIONS

MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCES,  REAL CONNECTIONS

 EXPERIENCES THAT CALL TO YOU

It’s what you do in a destination that helps bring it to life. It’s why we strive to choose experiences that help you connect to a place, absorbing a little of its complex character. Wherever your passions lie, we’ll recommend experiences that speak to you, and we’ll recommend the guide or local expert who’s most qualifi­ed to help you explore. Packing your holiday full of special experiences means some early starts and long days, but you can be sure that you’ll return home with many incredible memories! Read our Tours and check the Physical Ratings to see if the pace and activity levels are right for you.

STAYS WITH DIFFERENCE

We know that where you stay is a cherished part of your travels. So, we go to great lengths to ­find places to stay that exceed expectations, or go above and beyond the ordinary, whether in their character, hospitality, or location. Over the years, we’ve discovered the very best properties, trying and testing them, so we can choose the right one for you. We’ve nourished long-standing relationships with these establishments and the people who founded them, and we’ve stayed there many times often, we’ll even know which rooms have the best views (and reserve them for you).

TRAVELLING THE RIGHT WAY

TRAVELLING THE RIGHT WAY

Our style of travel — authentic, thoughtful, and focused on building meaningful connections to the people and places you visit — is inherently respectful and considerate of the destinations we love. We design each aspect of your trip exactly as you want it, which includes its sustainability. That might mean choosing a train journey instead of a flight, staying at eco-friendly wildlife lodges, or opting for experiences that give back to the communities you’re visiting. The choice is yours.

Responsible travel has always been at the heart of what we do. First and foremost, because it gives you the best experience, but, also because it helps to preserve the communities and landscapes you visit. This isn’t new for us we collaborated with local communities and outside experts so we can grow to be better ambassadors.

The most authentic and interesting experiences often directly benefit the local people. We prefer to buy local products that are produced in the organic farms of the Sacred Valley, we also have alliances with local artisan organizations who provide us with souvenir items for our clients, your money directly benefits the local economy.

Our style of travel — authentic, thoughtful, and focused on building meaningful connections to the people and places you visit — is inherently respectful and considerate of the destinations we love. We design each aspect of your trip exactly as you want it, which includes its sustainability. That might mean choosing a train journey instead of a flight, staying at eco-friendly wildlife lodges, or opting for experiences that give back to the communities you’re visiting. The choice is yours.

Responsible travel has always been at the heart of what we do. First and foremost, because it gives you the best experience, but, also because it helps to preserve the communities and landscapes you visit. This isn’t new for us we collaborated with local communities and outside experts so we can grow to be better ambassadors.

The most authentic and interesting experiences often directly benefit the local people. We prefer to buy local products that are produced in the organic farms of the Sacred Valley, we also have alliances with local artisan organizations who provide us with souvenir items for our clients, your money directly benefits the local economy.

WE EXPLORE WITHOUT AFFECTING THE ECOSYSTEM

WE EXPLORE WITHOUT AFFECTING THE ECOSYSTEM

We want travel to change us, and not the World

‘There’s a saying: we don’t inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. When we show you our country, this philosophy guides everything we do. It’s our responsibility to preserve the environment and wildlife, and support communities. That means using slower modes of transport, like cycling, employing local people, and working with communities who’ll benefit directly from your visit. This also gives you the best, most authentic impression of the places we want to share with you.

We prefer to buy local products in ecological bags, to avoid the use of plastic bags, likewise we teach the use of soaps and ecological products in each tour that we organize. We also work on reforestation projects with local communities who take care of landscape resources such as communal reserves, national parks.

We want travel to change us, and not the World

‘There’s a saying: we don’t inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. When we show you our country, this philosophy guides everything we do. It’s our responsibility to preserve the environment and wildlife, and support communities. That means using slower modes of transport, like cycling, employing local people, and working with communities who’ll benefit directly from your visit. This also gives you the best, most authentic impression of the places we want to share with you.

We prefer to buy local products in ecological bags, to avoid the use of plastic bags, likewise we teach the use of soaps and ecological products in each tour that we organize. We also work on reforestation projects with local communities who take care of landscape resources such as communal reserves, national parks.

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