One Day Hike to Inkilltambo

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Departure & Return Location

Hotel in Cusco - Plaza San Francisco


8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tour Details

We will start this One Day Hike to Inkilltambo by picking you up at 8:00 AM from your hotel in Cusco. Then, in our private transport, we will embark on a 25-minute journey to the trailhead.

Inkilltambo, or Inca Carcel (Inca Prison), is an archaeological site just outside the city of Cusco. However, this site was not a prison. It was a place where Incan messengers used to rest while traveling around the Inca empire. It is located in the vicinity of Sacsayhuaman and the Moon Temple. The route takes you through diverse flora and fauna.

Viracocha, the eighth Sapa built Inkilltambo. His son, the ninth Inca Sapa, Pachacutec, who built Machu Picchu and Choquequirao expanded it. It comprises of a series of enclosures, farming terraces, ceremonial site. There are aqueducts from Pre-Hispanic era. 

The ceremonial site consists of massive stone blocks with numerous interconnected cavities linked by underground passages.

One impressive aspect is that each sector was constructed according to its intended use. For example, the first part of the complex consists of farming terraces, while the upper part houses the ceremonial center and storage area. There are other notable structures whose purpose of construction is not yet clear.

Unfortunately, the significance of this captivating site waned after the Spanish conquest. Thanks to recent archaeological research, it is gradually regaining attention.

Price Includes

  • Cusco Hotel pickup
  • Transport to the trail head
  • Bi-Lingual Tour Guide (English and Spanish)
  • Box Lunch

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • A day pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks and Water
  • Some Peruvian Soles in cash

Cusco - Inkilltambo - Cusco

At 8:00 AM, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then we will drive you to the trailhead in Kusilluchayoc, which is locally known for the temple of monkeys. From here, we will hike to the Moon Temple.

This is a massive carved rock that the Incas used as a ceremonial site to express their gratitude to the Moon. Our guide will give you with a detailed tour of the site. Then you’ll make about an hour’s walk to Inkilltambo.

It is nestled along the Qhapac Ñan (the original Inca Trail), the path the Incas used to travel from Cusco to Machu Picchu via Pisac. This section of the trail will take us through an area known for its Eucalyptus plantations.

Upon reaching Inkilltambo, our guide will conduct a comprehensive tour of the archaeological complex. We will then stop for lunch. After enjoying our lunch, we will continue the tour with a visit to Kallachaka Bridge, where you can observe the remains of an ancient colonial oven.

After the tour, we will hike back to Cusco and drop you off at the main square, Plaza De Armas, at 5:00 PM.

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Couple Traveller

I highly recommend doing this trek. Me and my partner had a wonderful time. I am very thankful to our guide, Richard and his team for making this trip an informative one.

March 2, 2020


Family Traveller

Excellent option while acclimatising in Cusco. Very informative and an off road experience. Totally recommend.

February 8, 2020

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