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3-Day Inca Trail to Ingapirca from Cuenca

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    Day 1: Achupallas to Ingapirca (L-D)

    Leave early from Cuenca we'll be traveling on the Panamerican Highway to the north. From La Moya, we follow a small highway and after 3.5-hour we arrive to Achupallas (3420 m). There, the local guide meets us with the horse to carry equipment. We begin our walk following the Cadrul River and we go through the narrow pass between 2 mountains; Callana Pucará and Mapahuiña. Continuing upriver in this U-shaped valley, we arrive to an Incan town (3910 m) where we camp. On the trail we have the possibility of ascending Callana Pucará Mountain (4190 m), which has a fantastic panoramic view all the way to Chimborazo.

    Walking time between 5 - 6 hours. 

     

    Day 2: (B-L-D)

    Following the Cadrul River until we get to Tres Cruces (Three Crosses) Lake to go up to the Three Crosses Knife Pass (4420 m), crossing the crest towards Quillaloma. The ascension provides us with a view of the many different mountain ranges and lakes. Below, we are able to make out Espíndola Valley with the well-known Qhapaqñan (Inca Trail) and at the bottom of the valley, the sacred Lake of Snakes. We go down towards the valley and, near the Espíndola River, we set up our tents. Along the trail, we climb various small crests and summits.

    Walking time 6 hours. 

    Day 3: (B-L)

    Heading south we continue walking in the typical Paramo vegetation in the Inca Trail towards Ingapirca. With a 3-hour walk we reach the small town of San José. Hikers can enjoy 90 minutes more of waking to reach the Ingapirca Complex or the vehicle can pick them up in San Jose town transferring them to the Ingapirca Complex (3160 m) for 20 minutes. 

    After lunch at a local restaurant enjoy a 2-hour guided walking tour at the most important Archaeological complex in the southern Andes, find cultural remains that are testimony to the presence of important Andean societies as was the Kañari and the Inca.

    At the end of the day you will be transfer to your hotel in Cuenca.

    Walking time 5 hours. 
    **Really important, This tour is recommend for people in good shape and health conditions. Please note that you should acclimatize to the altitude so you can enjoy to the fullest the experience.

    Distance: approximately 38 kilometers

    Altitude: 3,100 - 4,300 masl. 

    Best weather: June to December

    Special Interest: Paramo, Inca Road, Inca Ruins, Lakes, Landscapes Bird Watching.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Any Hotel in Alausí or Cuenca.
    Departure Time
    From Alauí 8:30am. 
    From Cuenca 5:30am.
    Duration
    3 days
    Inclusions
    • 2 nights accommodation (tents)
    • Local taxes
    • Beverages
    • Bottled water
    • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Camping equipment: tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats.
    • Entry/Admission - Ingapirca Ruins
    • Entry/Admission - Ingapirca Archaeological Complex
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Mules for personal luggage and camping equipment
    • Extra Mules available for extra cost
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved 6-7 hours per day
    • Minimum age is 12 years
    • Maximum age is 65 years
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Good level of fitness is recommended
    • What to brink: Back pack, long underwear, warm clothing, 2 pairs of socks/day, rain jacket, water proof pants if possible, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip protector, gloves, camera and film (extra battery), binoculars (if you have one), water proof hiking boots, also we provided rubber boots, plastic bags to protect clothing
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    My husband and I hired Expediciones Apullacta for 3 day Inca Trail trek. It was an amazing experience. Our guide Juan was beyond experienced and knowledgeable and it showed that he loved the area. The trek is not necessarily easy but well worth the long walking and sleeping
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    Response from apullactaexpeditions, Gerente at 3-Day Inca Trail to Ingapirca from Cuenca
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    Hello Cristine, Thank you for your review. We are very happy you enjoyed this special trekking on a special date (Christmas) the 3 days Inca trail trek. Juan is an amazing tour guide who loves trekking, especially in the Inca trail. I also hope you had enjoyed the "Pase del Niño" colorful parade in Cuenca. Wishing you and your family the best for 2020! Apullacta Team
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    Responded 27 Jan 2019
    Dear Alan, Thanks for review :D We are very happy you had a great experience!! We are proud to work with high quality guides and knowledge. Warm Regars, Apullacta Team
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    Responded 27 Jan 2019
    Dear 1983nataliag, Thanks for your review!! :D   We are proud to work with high quality guides and knowledge and excellent staff members, that makes sure you have the best service, the best plan trip. Our daily work is to tailor the perfect tour for you, by exceeding your expectations and offering the most diverse experience during your visit. Because only a local knows the best places to visit in Ecuador!   Warm Regards, Apullacta Team
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    Responded 22 Apr 2018
    Dear Happy-seniors2, Thanks for your comment. We are very happy you had a great experience!! We are glad you mention one of our colleagues who is part of our excellent staff members, that makes sure you have the best service, the best plan trip.
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    We took a 3 day trip from Achupallas to Ingapirca along some ancient Inca trails, camping overnight. Our guide Milton and Muleteer Francisco were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Francisco went on ahead with our main bags, tents and food on his mules, but he always managed
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