Cusco & Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu

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We invite you to take an alternative route to the Inca Trail, one that is not crowded and has beautiful views and picturesque landscapes with few villages untouched by modernity and progress. Enjoy trails with few tourists off the beaten path.

On the slopes of Antapampa, north of Cusco lies the Incan terracing complex of Zurite, located near the village of Huarocondo. From the road-head at Parpishu, the trail winds slowly onto the high plateau with fantastic views of Mt. Salkantay and La Veronica. The trek goes through the pass of Chuchusqasa into Silque valley and to the community of Ancasocha, to finally end at Camicancha near km, 77 on the railroad to Machu Picchu. End with a full day or overnight visit t to the citadel of Machu Picchu and return to Cusco.


5 Days / 4 Nights


April – September




Day 1Cusco

Once arrived to Cusco, transfer will be made to your hotel. In the afternoon a City tour wil be held visiting the imperial city of Cusco and it´s Charming attractions. An Informative gathering will be held after the tour is done. The nigh will be spent in Cusco. To see more info about the hotels, click here. No meals included.

Day 2Cusco / Ollantayambo

This is a Full day in the Sacred Valle of the Incas, where you will visit the local markets Surrounding the city of Pisaq and getting to see the local flavors, artisans and products. After the lunch, you will proceed to visit the Famous Archeological spot of Ollantaytambo. The night will be spent in Ollantayambo city. B/L

Day 3Cusco / Parpishu / Chilipahua

Leaving Cusco by bus northward to the village of Huarocondo and heading down the gorge of Pachar, towards the Urubamba river, at 2,900 meters, we will arrive t the starting point of our trek: the footbridge of Parpishu. From here the trail starts ascending slowly, leaving the valley behind us. The trail continues to the pass of Watuq´asa (3,800 m.) where we have lunch and then continue on. We will see an Inca wall and tambo known as Qosqoqáwarina (Where will enjoy a view of Cusco that surrounds the pass. From here the trail descends to the left ending at a small valley with a stream running through called Anapahua, we continue to Chilipahua – a small community where we camp. B/L/D Walking Distance: 6.2 miles Walking Time: 7 hours

Day 4Chiipahua / Ancascocha

We leave our campsite and head northwest, slowly ascending past some small houses at Incaraqay, a community of sheepherders in the high puna. From here a one-hour hike will bring us over another pass at Quchusq´asa (4,500m) with astonishing views of the Urubamba mountain range and continues down into the gulley of the Silque river to reach a wide meadow with a little village called Ancascocha (3,900m.). Here we are in full view of Mt. Huayanay and the Silke Valley. We camp nearby. B/L/D. Walking Distance: 8.1 miles Walking Time: 8 hours

Day 5Ancascocha / Camicancha

After breakfast we start trekking down beside the torrents Silque River, towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On this trail you will find plenty of ¨Huakani¨, the famous big and red Masdevalia orchid, hopefully in bloom. After crossing many little bridges, we will reach the community of Camicancha, where we will camp in a place known for its volcanic rocks, which also has a spectacular view of snowcapped ¨La Veronica¨ and the ¨Pakaritampu¨ pyramid, on the other side of Urubamba River. B/L/D. Walking Distance: 5.6 Miles Walking Time: 7 Hours

Day 6Camicancha / Ollantaytambo / Machu Picchu

After breakast, we would board our transport to get to Ollantaytambo, where we can enjoy lunch and wander around while we wait our train toward Machu Picchu for overnight at a local hotel, dinner on your own. B/L

Day 7Machu Picchu / Cusco

A half hour bus ride will bring you to the citadel for a guided visit which on average takes three hours as your official guide walks you through the different sector of the hill-top citadel, with astonishing views, learning about the aspects of Andean life, taking you back in time. Afternoon return to the village where the train will take you back to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. Transfer to your hotel is included. (Hotel overnight and dinner on your own) B/L

Día 8Cusco / Destiny

Free morning day and transfer out will be arranged from your hotel to the airport.


– Tours as detailed

– Entrance tickets to sites mentioned

– Transportation by vehicle as described

– Overnights at hotels (Day 1, 2, 6 & 7)

– Double occupancy tents

– Thermarest sleeping pads

– Packed Animals to carry luggage and Equipment

– Kitchen crew

– Necessary camping gear (No Sleeping Bags)

– Meals included as detailed

– Bilingual guide

– Transfer from Ollantaytambo or Poroy station back to Cusco

– First aid kit

B- Breakfast / BL- Boxed Lunch / L- Lunch / D- Dinner

– Alcoholic beverages

– Tips

– Taxes

– Laundry service

– Additional tours

– Personal Insurance

– Airline tickets (where applicable)

– Sleeping bags (we can rent)

– Hiking boots and other personal gear.

– Extras

– Cotton short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts

– Long-sleeved shirts

– Fleece or Wool sweater and/or trousers

– Lightweight pants

– Regular and long underwear (at over 13,000 ft./4,000 masl)

– Medium weight parka with fibber fill or down

– Light cap and wool hat

– Rain poncho (or rain gear)

– Water bottle

– Light gloves

– Medium weight socks

– Hiking boots

– Sleeping bag (-5º to 0ºC)

– Small daypack

– Strong waterproof duffel bag

– ies and bulb

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