One of the lesser known routes to Machu Picchu is the Ancascocha Trek. This means it’s far less crowded than the others. However, that doesn’t make it any less spectacular. National Geographic actually named it one of the 20 dream walks to complete around the world.
On this route you’ll get to visit some rarely visited Inca Archaeological sites as well as extensive fields where peasants have worked the land for generations and some traditional Andean towns. Don’t forget the incredible views of the mountains that will surround you all the way.
You’ll witness some of the most incredible landscapes you’ve ever seen from beautiful crystal lagoons and splashing waterfalls to the outstanding Salkantay Mountain.
Here are the top highlights that you’ll enjoy on the tour:
When deciding whether to go on a trek or not, it helps to know what to expect. Below you’ll find a few aspects that you can look forward to to aid in making your final decision.
As mentioned earlier, this trek is one of the lesser known, and therefore a quiet route to take. You can enjoy the peace of the Andean mountains with just the sounds of the wind and nature, without bumping into other trekkers all along the way.
This trek goes up to over 4,650 masl, so you’ll definitely need to take the right precautions. Spend at least 2 days in Cusco before you set off and take it easy along the trail. Not following this advice could mean you feel ill on the hike.
This trek offers some of the most beautiful scenery, including lakes, waterfalls, rivers, and the incredible rolling hills of the Andes. You need to remember your camera to get some great photos to remember your trip by.
You’ll have a guide for a very small group on this trek, so you’ll be guaranteed to learn a lot from them about the surrounding areas wildlife, how the people live in the zone, as well as the history of the Incas.
The high altitude along with the change in elevation means that this trek is very challenging in parts. Many hikers look for this kind of adventure, so if you like to test yourself, this is a great option.
You’re going to be heading out into the wild and rural Andes, so you can say goodbye to your commodities. Each night you’ll be camping along the trail with basic bathroom amenities.
Above all else, you can expect to have an excellent time during your trip. You’ll make new friends, see some amazing sights, and end up at the Inca fortress of Machu Picchu.
The trek begins about 2 hours from Cusco in the Sacred Valley in a place called Socma. The community of Ancascocha itself sits at 3,700 masl. You’ll be heading up to 4, 650 masl maximum.
As with a lot of hikes in the mountains, this trek is on the difficult side of the scale as you head up to high altitude and experience changes in elevation. There are easier parts, especially the last day of walking, but we recommend you prepare well to make sure you enjoy the challenge to the maximum.
Here are some interesting facts about the trek.
Take a look at these tips to help you with your trek preparation.
To make your trip as enjoyable as possible, take on board these recommendations to take away the stress.
Even though this trip never sells out, it’s a good idea to book beforehand so that the tour operator can make sure they have guides available. You don’t want to turn up to book and find that you can’t go.
You don’t often find a reliable weather report for Cusco as it can be unreliable, but you can make sure you come in your preferred season. From May to October is the dry season, but the nights can get very cold. November to April is rainy season, so you can expect the trail to be wet, but there are fewer visitors in this season so it’s nice and quiet.
Health care in Cusco is very expensive if you have an accident or fall ill and don’t have insurance. You’ll also find that most agencies and operators won’t let you travel with them if you don’t have it.
Before coming to Cusco, make sure you visit your doctor back home. This will ensure you get the right vaccinations. You can also ask if they are able to prescribe anything for you to take in case you feel the effects of the altitude
You’ll need to check out a packing list for treks in Cusco. This will make sure that you take everything you need for the trip but also use the space adequately. You usually only get a small weight/size limit allowed for bags, so you need to use the space wisely.
You’ll be given plenty of food along the way, but you might get hungry while you walk. This is why it’s best to take some extra snacks for yourself. This can include nuts, dried fruits, chocolate, and coca candies.