Inca Trail – The Qhapaq Ñan Route

Inca Trail – The Qhapaq Ñan Route

USD $160/per person

A two day tour in the Inca Trail that will leave you amazed. Start your adventure in Achupallas, a cute little parish, located at 3000 meters in the Andes. This magical place is surrounded by moist moors where rivers and creeks are born. This abundant water bathes its fertile lands, allowing a rich and multi-colored landscape.

On the first day, in addition to exploring Achupallas, you will visit the magical and emblematic places of Tres Cruces and the Espíndola Waterfall. The tour includes all meals and camping at Caja Huyco.

The second day begins with a trek to the Culebrillas Lagoon. hidden among grasslands and covered by a mystical fog. Consider a mythical and sacred place for the Incas because of its snake shape; the lagoon was an important element that connected Quito with Cuzco. After a walk to the Paredones Archeological Site and a delicious lunch to regain energy, we will take a vehicle and go to Ingapirca.

Ingapirca is a must-see when hiking the Inca Trail. Immerse yourself in the past and learn about the history of the ancestors of Ecuador. Ingapirca allows you to get to know the Incas and their culture much better. Be amazed by the complex construction techniques and solar calculations of the ruins accompanied by a local guide who will take you around the complex and give you a detailed explanation of all the buildings with historical antecedents.

Calculate your times

  • Departing from Cuenca: 07:00
  • Departing from Guayaquil: 06:00
  • Departing from Quito: a day before and sleep in the community

Day 1

06:00Walk from Achupallas or Comuna de Azuay
06:00 – 06:30Local breakfast
06:30 – 12:30Trek between Ingapirca de Azuay & Tres Cruces
12:30 – 13:00Lunch in Tres Cruces
13:00 – 15:00Descent from Tres Cruces to the Espíndola Waterfall
15:00 – 17:00Camping in Caja Huyco
18:00 – 20:00Diner & watch the stars

Day 2

06:00 – 06:30Local breakfast
07:00 – 09:00Trek to Culebrillas Lagoon
09:00 – 11:00Trek from Culebrillas to Paredones
11:00 – 11:30Snack to recover energies
11:30 – 12:15Visit Paredones Archeological Site and enjoy the views
12:15 – 12:45Walk to the camping refuge
12:45 – 13:45Transportation from Culebrillas to Ingapirca in vehicle
13:45 – 14:30Lunch in Ingapirca
14:30 – 16:00Visit the unique Ingapirca archeological complex
16:30 – 18:30Time to relax & take a hot shower
18:30 – 19:30Diner
The mentioned 2 day itinerary is a very demanding hike that requieres a really good physical condition. If you consider doing it in two days is to much. We want you to have the best experience, so we offer a 3 day trekking for an extra 60 USD per person; this will make your hike more enjoyable.
The itinerary splits in the following way:
  • Day 1: Hike up to Tres Cruces
  • Day 2: Hike and explore at Culebrillas
  • Day 3: Tour at Ingapirca
Another option for an amazing experience is exploring Qhapaq Ñan by horse just as the locals used to.
For this tour, the departure point is in Launag Grande Community where a local expert and the horses will be waiting for you. If you will like this option, please mention it in the contact form.

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Horseback Riding

If you want to do this tour on horseback, you can do it from Launag Grande for an additional cost.


  • Cultural show: $100 per group
  • Night in the community: $15 per person
  • Private transportation from Cuenca: Starting at $60
  • Public bus accompany


  • Food
  • Transportation within the community
  • Local Guide
  • Packhorse

Not included

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag

How to arrive

  • Pickup from Cuenca in Parque Calderon at 07:30

What to pack:

  • Wear comfortable hiking/walking shoes
  • Warm clothing (it will be cold)
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks and drinks: bottled water, juices
  • Cash to pay personal expenses