The Ecuadorian Inca Trail once connected the Incan empire’s northern capital Quito with the city at its heart, Cuzco in Peru.
It was part of what the Spanish called the Camino Real (Royal Road) and was used to move trade and messengers as well as large marching armies.
Today most of the Ecuadorian Inca Trail has been destroyed by the Spanish Conquistadors except for a 3 day trek that stretches through Sangay National Park towards the ruins of Ingapirka.
The Ecuadorian Inca Trail is right beside our Hostel in Alausi – Killa Wasi Hostel – which means we can give backpackers directions to trek the Ingapirka Inca Trail, as well as rent out camping equipment, and organize transport. For inexperienced trekkers we can organize a local indigenous guide to accompany on your trip.
The trek takes you through the pristine Ecuadorian paramo past its many beautiful lagoons and reaches a maximum elevation of 4,200 m (13,776 ft.) above sea level – making it one of the highest points of the Royal Road in the entire Incan Empire.Along the route we break for lunch in the ancient Incan Tampus, stone buildings constructed by the Incas, where Chasquis or Incan messengers took refuge hundreds of years before.
We will also learn how the inca trail was used during the Incan civil war as well as pass the giant stone mound cemetery where thousands of troops from Commander Sucre’s army were buried during Ecuador’s war of independence against the Spanish.
This trek follows the Ecuadorian Inca Trail for 3 days before it arrives at the Inga Pirka ruins.
Price Per Person:
Trekking the Ingapirka Inca Trail can cost between $300 and $500 but if you come join us at Killa Wasi Hostel we can help you organize an independent trek without the expensive tour agencies.
We can rent sleeping bags and tents as well as put you in contact with a local indigenous guide from the area who can accompany you with a horse to carry equipment.