The Great Inca Trail – Qhapaq Ñan

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Our newest trek offers the chance to trek along the Qhapaq-Ñan – the vast Inca road system which stretched all the way from Colombia to Argentina. The famous Classic Inca Trail is just a small portion of the oringial 40,000km long road network. This trek allows you to explore a section of the Qhapaq-Ñan in the Huaraz area. It is sure to be far quieter and unblemished compared to any other Inca Trial routes.

It is a seven-day programme, beginning in the town of Castillo in the Ancash region (near Huaraz) and ending in Huanuco Pampa in Huanuco, considered the capital of Chinchaysuyo in the northern region of the Inca empire. The operational standards will be guaranteed by our experts at Into Peru.

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Day 1: Lima to Huaraz

Delight yourself with the spectacular view of the snow-capped Cordillera Blanca at your arrival at Huaraz, where you will be received by a guide who will take you to your hotel. Make the most of the afternoon on a city tour and get to know the main attractions of the city; then return to rest at your hotel.

Day 2: Castillo – Soledad de Tambo

A driver will pick you up to begin your trip in the small town of Castillo. Enjoy your ride across Callejon de Conchucos and see the Querococha lagoon before passing through the Kahuish tunnel, considered one of the highest in the world. In Castillo, you will begin your trek with a three-hour ascent on the Qhapaq Ñan until reaching Soledad de Tambo camp to have lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Ushnu (ceremonial platform) with an archaeologist who will explain to you the importance of ceremony.

All meals included.

Distance walked: 1.6 miles

Day 3: Soledad de Tambo – Quenuajirca

Continue your adventure through the Qhapaq Ñan in one of its best-preserved sections. Relive the Incan past whilst you walk through the stone stairs all the way up to the 15,000-foot Wagapunta pass, and be surprised with the panoramic view of the Andean peaks which will no doubt leave you breathless. You will arrive at the camp in Quenhuajirca by the afternoon, in time to visit Juan Araujo’s workshop, a master weaver, and learn about his traditional work.

All meals included.

Distance walked: 10.5 miles

Day 4: Quenuajirca – Tambo Grande

Begin your day descending into a picturesque valley in the town of Ayash, from where you will climb again following the Qhapaq Ñan to the Huamanin community. The road goes down along the basin of the Taparaco river where you will get to Tambo Grande to spend the night, very close to the stone walls full of history and under the stars that marked the Inca cosmology.

All meals included

Distance walked: 10.5 miles

Day 5: Tambo Grande – Isco

Enjoy the beauty of the valley of Taparaco river while you walk on a road bordered by mainly intact Inca walls. Relax with the sound of water flowing next to you between groups of queñual trees, and enjoy this experience reserved for few adventurers. The camp will wait for you at San Lorenzo de Isco, near the river, to enjoy lunch and dinner.

All meals included

Distance walked: 11 miles

Day 6: Isco – Huanuco Pampa

Start your last day of walking descending to the town of Colpa. From there you will be taken to Huanuco Pampa, one of the most important administrative centres of the Chinchaysuyo (north region of Tahuantinsuyo). The two-hour guided tour will show you the Ushnu, the Inca water source and the ‘incawasi’ (Incan house) to see its impressive architecture. A private vehicle will then take you back to your hotel in Huaraz.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Distance walked: 4.5 miles

Day 7: Huaraz – Lima

In the morning, a driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Huaraz airport so you can board your flight back to Lima.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • Briefing one day before the start of the trek
  • Professional guide (Spanish or English) – 1 guide for 8 passengers, plus 1 guide assistant from 9 passengers

Ground Transportation:

  • Transfer from/to hotel for City Tour in Huaraz
  • Transfer from hotel in Huaraz to Castillo
  • Transfer from Huánuco Pampa to hotel in Huaraz

During the trek:

  • Meals and snacks (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snakcs) – Vegetarian option available at no extra cost – please let us know at time of booking
  • Professional chef
  • Mattress
  • Sleeping bag
  • Duffle bag
  • Headlamp
  • Complete tableware, dining room and camping equipment
  • Tents for 2 passengers
  • Chemical toilet
  • Horsemen, porters and animals (llamas) which will carry the tents, food, kitchen equipment and passengers luggage (max. 5kgs).
  • Emergency horse
  • Oxygen tank and firs aid kit
  • 24 hour assistance
  • Tickets to the Regional Museum of Ancash, Willcahuain, Complex of Huanucopampa and en-route camps.

Not included:

  • Domestic and international flights
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Transfer in/out of Huaraz
  • Accommodation in Huaraz
  • Meals on the first day in Huaraz and dinner on day 6.
  • Walking sticks (extra cost).
  • Tips and personal expenses.
  • Activities not included in this itinerary.
  • Extra horse for passengers

Notes:

  • Rates are subject to change during special events or holidays without previous notice.
  • Guidance in any other language (besides English/Spanish) has an additional cost.