The Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu: 4-Day vs. 5-Day

The Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu is notorious for its isolated and off-the-beaten-path feel. Along its roving route through the Andes, you’ll find quaint mountain villages, forgotten Inca ruins, and spectacular nature at every twist and turn in the trail. But which trek length and style is better suited for your tour of Peru? We’ll help you figure that out.


The 4-Day/3-Night Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu

The 4-day Ancascocha Trek actually consists of three full days of trekking with the 4th day being entirely up to you. Choose to hop on a train to Machu Picchu at the trail’s end in Camicancha or continue your tour to other sites in the Sacred Valley or Cusco. The final overnight allows plenty of possibility for that Day 4 wake-up. This is a great option for those who may be short on time or anyone who finds the idea of a three-day trek more manageable than a four-day.Pros:

  • Gives you a taste of trekking in the Andes away from the crowds
  • Easy to combine with a full-day visit to Machu Picchu


  • Does not end at Machu Picchu


The 5-Day/4-Night Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu

The 5-day Ancascocha Trek

Ancascocha Trek & Inca Trail ExpressIn this trek you will hike across the Huayanay Mountain area, meeting local communities and heards of llamas and alpacas. On day 4 of the trek we will join the Inca Trail, starting at Chachabamba (km 104 of the railroad), up to Wiñay Wayna ruins with a stunning arrival and panorama of Machu Picchu, hiking into the citadel through Intipunku, The Door of the Sun. The next day you will have a guided tour of the ancient citadel and return to Cusco.Pros:


  • Gives you a taste of the Inca Trail trek
  • Allows you to arrive to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate


  • Adds a day to your overall Machu Picchu trek and tour experience
  • Slightly more crowded once you reach the Inca Trail
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