Explore Ancascocha Trail to Machu Picchu 5 Days
The Ancascocha Trail, 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.
On Ancascocha trail 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.
- The Ancascocha Trail, also known as the Hidden Inca Trail or the Super Inca Trail, is a less traveled walk. If you are looking for off the beaten track, virgin nature and a challenging walk, this is the one for you! National Geographic recently named Ancascocha Trail as one of the 20 best walks in the world!
- The best local tourist guides that teach you about several ancient Inca ruins, roam through remote farms where generations of farmers have taken care of their livestock and pass through traditional Andean villages such as Chillipahua and Ancascocha. But, of course, the real reason for this hike is because of the unparalleled views of the majestic Andes.
- We will see spectacular views across the mountains, beautiful light blue lakes and furious waterfalls, and with the imposing 6,566 m (20,551 ft) Apu Salkantay that frequently dominates the horizon.
- On our third day of hiking we will be in a part of the Classic Inca Trail (the one that is booked one year in advance!) After 2 days of solitude, you may be surprised to see so many other hikers; but don’t worry, they are going in the other direction!
- From the city of the sacred valley of Ollantaytambo we will take the panoramic train to Aguas Calientes, which is the base of our trip to Machu Picchu. The train journey itself is a fantastic experience and full of opportunities to take pictures.
Inclusions of this tour
CUSCO – SOCMA VILLAGE – PEROLNIYOC INCAN RUINS – RAYAN
We will begin with a gentle walk along the Valley (approx. 1 hr. and 30 min.) until you reach the waterfall of Perolniyoc, stopping to enjoy one of the most beautiful waterfalls within the Sacred Valley. We will continue walking for an additional hour reaching the archaeological site of Perolniyoc, perched atop of the mountain, after listening to our tour leader revealing the remnants of the Inca history, we will walk for one more hour to reach our camp and have lunch. On this first day, we will have the opportunity to acclimate to the high altitude. After lunch, we can relax and rest (R & R) for our next day.
RAYAN - PUCA C'ASA - ANACASCOCHA LAKE
Our second day begins with a delicious breakfast prepared & served by our chef. We leave camp, hiking gently for 3 hrs., reaching the highest point into the passage of Puka Kasa (Alt. 4,450 m / 14,596 ft.). For most individuals, this is the most difficult section due to the altitude. However, it’s also the most spectacular part of the tour, you’ll enjoy the snow-covered mountains, in addition to vista of lower landscape of the Sacred Valley. In reaching the peak of the mountain you’ll have the feeling of surviving one of the highest mountain ranges. After enjoying all the wonderful and picturesque views, you’ll continue trekking to Chancachuco, hiking for one hour and a half until lunch time.As we continue our walk, you’ll appreciate several spectacular snow-capped peaks and one that you’ll appreciate throughout this hike is “Veronica” mountain (Alt. 5,950 m), till arriving to the Valley of Ancascocha. Here you’ll observe traditional small plantations by inhabitants of the area. After crossing a stream and hiking uphill for another 2 hours you’ll finally reach our campsite, above the Ancascocha Lake (4,090 m).
WAYANAY PASS - QUESQA VALLEY - PAUCARCANCHA
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 Inca Site a great place to learn about the Inca history while exploring with our Guide.
TARAYOC – KM 82 – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
We take our breakfast early in the morning to hike down to km 82, this section of the trail is pretty much the section of the Classic Inca Trail, we’ll see Llaqtapata, a beautiful Incan ruins nestled in the Sacred Valley with amazing crop terracing around, and other small Inca ruins. After, 5 hours hiking, we’ll have arrived to km 82 where we’ll have our last lunch prepared by our chef, and a place to say goodbye to our horses, muleteers, and chefs. Then we’ll drive for 45 minutes to Ollantaytambo town, from this place we’ll have a train ride to Machu Picchu Town for about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Hotel Retama Machu Picchu
TOUR IN MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO
We start the tour at 4:30 am, with our breakfast in the hotel, then we will do the line for the bus to Machu Picchu, after 30 minutes ride, we will arrive to the main control of the sacred citadel, we have to show our original Passport and entrance tickets to machu picchu. Into the ruins we will have a 2 hours tour guiding, all the most important places. After the tour you will have a free time for your own experience, you can go to Huayna Picchu in case you make the reservation in advance. At midday we have to leave the ruins and go down to the town of aguas calientes.
Your train return to Ollantaytambo will be at 14:30 pm. In Ollantaytambo you will meet with our travel driver, who will transfer until your hotel adress in Cusco.
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.
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