Ancascocha Trekking Tour
Trek the Andes | Explore Inca Ruins | Bike the Sacred Valley
Explore Peru with us on one of our newest itineraries! Starting with your exploration of the Inca ruins that have withstood the test of time, then moving on to explore the Sacred Valley on a mountain bike. You then hit the trail and enjoy trekking the Andes without the crowds, so much so that you will be happy that you have your guide to show you the way. Lastly, you will have one day on the Inca Trail that brings you to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.
While you get acclimatized to the altitude, we tour around the ruins that are around Cusco with your knowledgeable guide. This is a vibrant city that mixes the cultures of the Incas, Spaniards and modern Peru to combine in an experience that is truly uniquely Cusco.
From Cusco we travel to the Sacred Valley where we will explore the bread basket of Peru on mountain bikes! Customized for all levels of biking, this is one of the best ways to enjoy the Sacred Valley on a high plateau with amazing vistas of the Andes and the Urubamba River rushing below.
Ancascocha is one of the most rewarding routes of the Peruvian Andes. A continuous ascent takes us to the breathtaking foothills of the snowy peaks of the Andes Mountains, through Queuñas forests, remnants of ancient Inca trails, the beautiful lagoon Ancascocha among other stunning natural sceneries. Then the descend, leaving the arid highlands, to penetrate in a fertile valley covered with Andean flora, hummingbird, confluences of rivers and the spectacular view of Mount Veronica.
This trek has been combined with one day on the Inca Trail that allows you to marvel at their masonry and enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate in the afternoon. This is the time of day when most people have made their way down to Aguas Calientes, so you have time to enjoy the splendor of Machu Picchu almost to yourself! The following day we will take a bus to thoroughly explore the ruins with your local guide, who by now has most likely become a good friend after all the adventures shared!
Day 1 Arrive and overnight in Cusco. We will gather in the evening for a trip briefing.
Day 2 Half-day tour of the Inca ruins around Cusco including: Sacsayhuaman, Qenco, Puca Pucara & Tambomachay ruins.
Day 3 Transfer to the Sacred Valley. Incredible cross-country mountain bike ride from Moray to Maras. Explore archaeological sites and visit traditional Peruvian villages along the way.
Day 4 Begin hiking the Ancascocha Trail! Approximately five hours of hiking through lush valleys with views of scenic rivers before arriving at our camp at Ancascocha in the arid highlands.
Day 5 Hike through the highlands to Lake Ancascocha for lunch. The afternoon will include hiking to Inca Rakay, and Inca site. Approximately 3 hours of hiking.
Day 6 Today we descend from the highlands to greener vegetation with views along the way of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Camp will be at the newly restored ruins of Paucarcancha. Approximately 6 hours of hiking.
Day 7 Today will bring us on the Inca Trail, past the Inca site of Llactapata and down to Km 82. Tonight you will enjoy a shower and bed before hiking to Machu Picchu tomorrow!
Day 8 After being dropped off at Km 104, we pass the ruins of Chachabamba before ascending to the incredible ruins of Winay Wayna. We reach the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu in the golden afternoon light and enjoy a brief initial visit to the ruins. Overnight in the small town of Aguas Calientes.
Day 9 In the morning, we return to Machu Picchu where we spend most of the day with our knowledgeable guide. In the late afternoon, we climb aboard a first-class train for a ride back to Cusco.
Day 10 Transfer to airport for flight back home.