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👥 Minimum number of people: 2

📅 Season: March/December

💪 Difficulty: Medium


The Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the newest trekking routes offered in the Cusco region. The trail is based on the classic Inca Trail and takes you past high waterfalls, Inca ruins, beautiful scenery, and unforgettable views.

Day 1: Cusco - Soqma - Rayán


We’ll pick you up from your hotel very early in the morning, and we’ll travel for 2 hours to Soqma (3.205m), the starting point of our trek. After meeting the porters and muleteers, our trek will begin for 2 hours to the Perolniyoc waterfall. You’ll have the opportunity to get to the base of the waterfall to cool off. You can also stay on the road and take amazing pictures.

After half an hour, we’ll arrive at the Inca archaeological site of Perolniyoc, built on a cliff with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. There we’ll also have lunch.

We will ascend for about 1 hour to our camp in Rayán (3.700m) after lunch.

As we prepare for a full 3-course dinner, you’ll see the sky full of constellations and shooting stars. Then, a pleasant night of rest awaits you in your comfortable tent.


Day 2: Rayán - Ancascocha


You don't need to activate your alarm to wake up on trips with Cusco Expedition. We'll say good morning to you with a delicious hot cup of tea or coffee. When everyone has woken up, you'll enjoy breakfast, and we'll then continue our adventure.

We'll ascend for 2 hours to the Kuychiccasa pass (4.450m). During the journey, we'll observe cultivation fields, alpacas, and, if you are lucky, even the flight of a condor while with the snowy peaks of the Andes in the background.

There's no need to rush to get to the top. We'll take a break together while enjoying the Chancachuco valley and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Then, you need to continue for 1 hour to the place where we'll have lunch (4.312m).

After lunch, we'll continue our ascent to enjoy the beautiful views of Verónica Mountain (5.822m), and then we'll descend for 3 hours to the community of Ancascocha (3.700m).

Our camp will be located in a small but beautiful wooded valley crossed by a crystal-clear stream.


Day 3: Ancascocha - Quesqa - Paucarcancha


This day begins with a 1-hour climb. Your reward? Stunning views of the surrounding glaciers, well-preserved Inca archaeological sites, and the brilliant blue of the Ancascocha Lagoon.

We'll ascend for 2 hours to our excursion's highest point after catching our breath: the Huayanay pass (4.650m). On this day, you'll get to know a section of the original Inca Trail.

After all that effort, we'll take our time to enjoy the incredible views from the summit before heading for 45 minutes to the small Inca site of Incaracay, where we'll have lunch.

The walk from here is much more comfortable. We'll descend to the Quesqa community and then to the Inca site of Paucarcancha (3.133m). At this altitude, the vegetation is green and lush. From there, it's possible to appreciate the path of the Inca Trail in the distance and the remote communities of the Quesqa Valley.


Day 4: Paucarcancha - Km. 82


Our last day of hiking is the easiest of all. It’s a 6-hour descent through a section of the Classic Inca Trail heading to Km 82 (the known starting point of the Inca Trail).

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