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Paradise Found: A Secret New Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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1 Oct

Paradise Found: A Secret New Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Would you like to be one of the first to trek a secret, brand new Inca Trail to Machu Picchu that was only recently discovered?

Of course, no trip to Peru would be complete without exploring the famous Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

One of the world’s most iconic tourist destinations, this UNESCO world heritage site is internationally renowned as a must-see.

But, did you know there is a new way to visit Peru’s top attraction?

A recently unearthed pathway that remains so shrouded in mystery that very few people even know about it?

I’m talking about the secret Inca Carcel Trail.

Unchartered Inca territory

New Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Carcel Trek - Mountain views and Inca walls.

Forget the Classic Inca Trail, that’s old news.

The Inca Carcel Trail is a brand new adventure, a hidden trail traversed by the Incas hundreds of years ago.

Named after a mysterious Inca prison on the trek, the Inca Carcel Trail was only recently unearthed.

In fact, this new Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is so fresh that it is still being excavated by the government.

And, yet, its aura of enigma is exactly what makes it so appealing.

While there are many treks you can take to visit Machu Picchu, including the Salkantay Trek, Inca Jungle Trail, Ausangate or Lares Trek, there is not one quite as untouched as the Inca Carcel Trail.

We are pleased to be able offer you the exclusive opportunity to be one of the very first to hike this magical trail.

Yes, this brand new adventure comes with our recommendation as the perfect pocket trek, featuring something for everyone.

A little-known trail that combines the perfect blend of culture, nature and history.

Learn more about the finest local produce and experience a fascinating journey through unspoilt terrain.

Take in exquisite natural surrounds and marvel at newly-discovered Inca walls and ruins.

This is one exciting adventure that you will surely never forget.

What does this secret new Inca Trail involve?

New Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Carcel Trek - Misty cloud forest.

The hike is of moderate difficulty, but is suitable for walkers of all skills and ages.

It will take you through pristine valleys and forests.

Furthermore, you will walk over crystal clear rivers, waterfalls and into ancient buildings.

Along the way, there are unrivalled views of the famous snow-capped Salkantay peak and the mystical Sacred Valley of the Incas.

New Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Carcel Trek - Snowy mountain views on the trail.

Welcome to the newest and most exciting Inca Trail on the block.

Itinerary for the Secret New Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Day 1 – Cochapata Lodge, Waterfall & Tea Tour

On the morning of the first day, you will depart from Cusco in private transport, arriving in the quaint Sacred Valley village of Ollantaytambo to enjoy a tasty breakfast.

The road will then climb up, taking you through the breathtaking snow-capped peaks of Abra Malaga.

Here the road reaches an altitude of 3256 metres (10,682 ft).

This is the highest point of the day, as the lodge where you stay on the first night is much lower at 1650 metres (5413 ft).

You will arrive in the small town of Huyro in Huayopata in the afternoon.

Cochapata Lodge

New Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Carcel Trek - Cochapata Lodge.

The charming Cochapata Lodge is located just outside this quaint village, on a large plantation of banana trees, coffee bushes and idyllic green forest.

After a short break to settle into your room, lunch will be served.

Enjoy a delectable meal of dishes prepared fresh by the onsite chef in the lodge dining area, which overlooks the peaceful valley.

Waterfall of the Bear

New Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Carcel Trek - Waterfall of the Bear.

Afterwards, there is a short hike up to the Catarata del Oso, or Waterfall of the Bear.

It is so-called due to a rock formation in the shape of the head of a bear behind the falls.

A hidden gem that will no doubt please the senses, this lovely waterfall also has a drop of 18 metres.

The short walk to the falls takes in lush, shady, temperate rainforest.

On all sides the dense vegetation is filled with coffee, tea and coca plants.

The jungle here is home to monkeys, butterflies and all manner of tropical animals.

Furthermore, you might even be able to spot the fiery red plumage of the elusive national bird of Peru, Gallito de las Rocas.

Tea production tour

Following the waterfall, you will visit a tea processing plant where there will be an opportunity to learn more about organic tea production in the area.

Tour the small factory to get to the heart of the process.

Then taste these locally-produced speciality teas at the source.

Relax with steaming cups of the delicious leaf and pick out your favourite.

From white tea, to black and green teas, there is a flavour for everyone to love.

The last stop of the day will be back at the lodge to enjoy a hearty dinner made from fresh local ingredients.

Coffee demonstration

Following dinner, you are invited to take part in an interactive coffee roasting demonstration.

Learn about the process from berry to cup and watch with intrigue as the coffee grown in the sector is roasted before your eyes.

Why not try roasting it yourself, while you savour the fresh aromas.

Finally, you can taste the freshly-roasted coffee with a steaming cup of your very own.

A relaxing night in the calm of the valley awaits, as there is an early start on the second day of your new Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trek.

Day 2 – Ancient paths, ruins & mountain views

New Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Carcel Trek - Snowy mountains.

Eat a hearty breakfast at the lodge and be ready for your exciting packed itinerary ahead.

Following breakfast, you will depart for a one hour drive up to the trailhead.

Marvel at the gorgeous surroundings of rainforests, mountains and cloudless skies.

Walk an ancient Inca Trail

New Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Carcel Trek - Spectacular mountain scenery.

Your trek begins down into the valley along this ancient, secret new Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

The moderate-to-easy walk passes through temperate rainforest teeming with wildlife and hidden waterfalls.

There will be opportunities to breathe in the fresh mountain air and taste wild berries straight from the plants.

New Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Carcel Trek - Wild berries on the trail.

The hike also passes newly-discovered Incan walls, ruins and road.

Although in excellent condition, this trail is so unknown that it remains quiet and devoid of tourists.

Be among the first to trek this gorgeous new Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in recent times.

New Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Carcel Trek - Inca Carcel prison

Inca Carcel

You will soon reach the Inca Carcel, a preserved centuries-old Incan prison.

Wander around its thick stone walls and immerse yourself in the rich history of this place.

From here, you will hike down towards the Urubamba River.

New Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Carcel Trek - Hiking to the Urubamba River.

Be astounded by the incredible views of Salkantay peak and the surrounding mountainous landscape.

Then you will continue along the trail and take a break at a rural local house for a delicious lunch.

After lunch, a short walk takes you to the river, where you will cross the rushing water using a zipline!

New Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Carcel Trek - Crossing the river by zipline.

Soothing hot springs

Following that little adrenaline rush, the trail finishes at the Cocalmayo Thermal Baths.

Bathe your tired limbs in the naturally warm curative waters, taking in the views of the mountains all around.

After bathing, you will then settle down for a relaxing night at the Eco Quechua Lodge in Santa Teresa.

Day 3 – Another exclusive trek & first views of Machu Picchu

Wake early and have breakfast before taking private transport to Lucmabamba, where you can enjoy the privilege of another recently discovered Inca Trail.

We are the only tour company to trek this part of the Inca Trail, so for a few hours you will feel like Adam and Eve exploring this secluded tranquil paradise.

You will be rewarded greatly for your efforts with a view of the majestic Machu Picchu from the top of Llactapata, flanked by the dramatic peak of Salkantay.

Gaze down on this scenic valley as you enjoy a refreshing picnic at the top.

Later on, you will make your way down to the train station to depart for Aguas Calientes.

Nestled beneath Machu Picchu, you get to taste scrumptious Andean flavours in a local restaurant before retiring to your cosy accommodation.

Day 4 – Tour of Machu Picchu

New Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Carcel Trek - Machu Picchu

The secret new Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is perfect for putting this iconic ancient citadel into context.

After an early rise, you will stand among the clouds and marvel at the breathtaking mountaintop site that holds a wealth of Peruvian history.

Witness a magical sunrise like no other before exploring these ruins with a fascinating guided tour.

Immerse yourself in the ancient traditions of the area, while you enjoy learning about the remarkably sophisticated building techniques of the Incas.

In conclusion, see for yourself why this is one of the great Wonders of the World before returning to Cusco with countless unforgettable memories.

 

Would you like to be one of the very first to traverse the new Secret Inca Trail? Contact us to book this tour today!

Ounie Christianson

Ounie put her publishing career in London on hold to explore South America with no return ticket. She is currently delving into unique cultures, attempting new languages, devouring veggie food and writing about it all on her blog, tickettonow.com

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