Hiking the Inca Trail

 Duration: 7 days / 6 nights Difficulty level: moderate to hard

Alt. range. 1500 to 3800 meters Maximum 14 people Highlights: Mojanda Lake, valleys and volcanoes of the Andes, remnants of Andean forest, Inca engineering on roads and fortresses, Middle of the World Complex, the extinct volcano Pululahua, upper and lower cloud forest, Inca/colonial silo ruins, pre-Inca jungle trails (culuncos), subtropical rain forest and wildlife. Inca ruins


Day 1

Departing from Quito (or Otavalo) to the Laguna Grande de Mojanda at 3600 m. Light acclimatization walk for about 5 or 6 hours along an abandoned colonial dirt road to view the magnificent scenery of the Andes and some relicts of the endangered Andean forest with its enormous diversity of plants and birds. Box lunch. Camp 1 near the village of Malchingui at around 3000 meters, overnight in tented camp.

Day 2

After a good breakfast we start the trek for about 4 to 5 hours on easy terrain along the section known as " The Blowgun", an 8 km long, perfectly straight Inca road. From here we descend into the canyon of the Guayllabamba River to around 2000 meters, an area of scrub forest and semi-desert. Box lunch along the way. Dinner at camp 2 at 2000 m overlooking the canyon. Overnight in tents.

Day 3

After breakfast we start a one hour descent into the canyon bottom near the mestizo village of Alchipichi. Along this section the Inca road has almost disappeared and is only a small dirt trail. We cross the river via a bridge and ascend on a long sandy trail ( approx. 4 hours) until we reach the Inca fortress of Rumicucho and camp 3 near by.

Day 4

Today we start with a short one hour hike to the complex of the Middle of the World north of Quito. Then continue on a gradual ascent towards the extinct crater of Pululahua to enjoy a first class meal at the "El Crater" Restaurant. In the afternoon we descend into the crater for a 2 hour hike to camp 4 at the crater bottom. Dinner and overnight.


Day 5

Breakfast and then easy hiking on leveled dirt roads which take you through a cloud forest and agriculture area to the small community of Yunguilla. This village is developing ecotourism as an alternate source of income. It’s sponsored by the international NGOs. Box lunch along the way. Dinner at the communal house, and overnight at camp 5 in Yunguilla.

Day 6

Early morning tea and breakfast. Today the hike is more difficult. We start with a short ride to the trail head which leads to jungle-hidden silos, possibly of Spanish. The hike continues on to the "Culunco", a ditch-like jungle trail built by the Yumbo Indians in pre-Inca times that connects to the coast. This area has a great variety of plants and birds. Box lunch along the trail. Dinner and overnight in lodge or camp.

Day 7

Morning tea with optional bird walk or relax around the lodge. Lunch. Departure by vehicle for Quito for an evening arrival.

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