Hike past incredible Inca ruins on this Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu. Soak in the gorgeous natural beauty of the Peruvian Andes.
This Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu is a fantastic 4-day experience on a trail close to Cusco. The remarkable Ancascocha Trail is listed as one of the 20 best hikes in the world, according to National Geographic. It is similar to the well-known Inca Trail, but less crowded and with its own collection of fascinating Inca sites. You will be able to visit the sites of Paucarcancha, Tarapata, Llactapata, Salapunku, and Machu Picchu.
Hiking this trail also allows you to take in stunning scenery, as it winds through local villages and mountain passes with views of snow-capped mountains. Join us for an unforgettable Peru experience!
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Start and end location: Cusco
Availability: Year-round, dry season is May to November
Day 1 – Enjoy Spectacular Views at Perolniyoc Cascade and Huychiccasa Pass
You will leave from Cusco for your Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu at 5:00 am by car and drive for an hour and 45 minutes to Soqma (elevation 10,512 feet/3,200 meters). This is the starting point of your Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu. At Soqma, you will meet up with your horsemen team and have some breakfast.
Then hike 1 hour and 15 minutes to Perolniyoc Cascade, a place with great views. You will then walk for 40 minutes to an Inca site and another 45 minutes to the lunch location, Rayan (9,350 feet/3,700 meters).
After lunch, you will hike 4 hours uphill to Huychiccasa Pass (14,596 feet/4,450 meters). Here, you will see outstanding views of Chancachuco Valley and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will finish the day with an easy 45-minute downhill hike to the campsite, where you can relax and gaze at the stars. In total, you will have 9 hours of moderate hiking today, going 10 miles (18 kilometers). The lowest elevation is 10,512 feet (3,205 meters) and the highest elevation is 14,596 feet (4,450 meters).
Day 2 – Enjoy Lunch beside Lake Ancascocha and Hike through Huayanay Pass
We will wake you up with coca tea and breakfast. Then, you will hike for an hour to a lookout point where you can see the snow-capped mountain of Veronica (19,100 feet/5,900 meters). Afterward, you will continue hiking for another hour uphill to enjoy more mountain views as well as some Inca sites.
By the afternoon, you will reach Lake Ancascocha and enjoy lunch. After lunch, you will continue your Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu as you hike uphill for 2 hours to arrive to Huayanay Pass (15,290 feet/4,650 meters). This is the highest point of the entire trek and here you will find an original stone-paved Inca trail with great views.
Next, continue for 3.5 hours downhill to the Inca site of Inca Raccay. At night, you will camp in the Muyu community (12,628 feet/3,850 meters). Today has some challenging hiking, walking for 10 hours, covering 10 miles (18 kilometers)
Day 3 – See Five Amazing Inca Sites and Take the Train to Aguas Calientes
After coca tea and breakfast, you will hike downhill for 2 hours to a lovely Inca site named Paucarcancha. You will learn about the site, then hike 5 hours on the classic Inca trail. This trail has gentle hiking. Along the way, you will go past the Inca sites of Huayllabamba, Tarabamba, Pactallacta, and Salapunku.
After lunch, you will say goodbye to the trekking team and ride the train from Ollantaytambo to the town of Aguas Calientes. The train ride takes an hour and 45 minutes and takes you through the valley of Machu Picchu, various tunnels, and the beginning of the Amazon jungle. Dinner today is on your own. Today’s hiking level is easy, walking 7 hours, 8.7 miles (14 kilometers). The highest elevation today is 12,629 feet (3,850 meters) and the lowest is 9,158 feet (2,750 meters).
Day 4 – Tour Machu Picchu and Return to Cusco
You will wake up at 4:30 am, have breakfast, then take a bus at 5:30 up to Machu Picchu. As soon as you get off the bus, you will go to an amazing lookout. Then, you will tour the ancient city for 3 hours. Afterward, you will have free time to explore on your own.
After lunch in Aguas Calientes (not included), take a 2-hour train back to Ollantaytambo, then go by bus another 2 hours back to Cusco. Your tour ends as we drop you off at your hostel or hotel.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.