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Inca Quarry Trail

The quarry trek to machu picchu peru.

The new route to Cachicata Trek or Inca Quarry Trail  is a beautiful alternative route located in the Sacred Valley of the Inca, just outside of the stunning Ollantaytambo. With breathtaking views of high peaks, we will visit numerous Inca ruins, while being surrounded by a variety of lush and vibrant flora and fauna in this region.

This Inca Quarry trail is highly recommended for those wanting to escape from the hustle and bustle of the busier treks. Aside from the tranquility, the highlights of this Inca Quarry to Machu Picchu is our visit to the Inca site of Cachicata, the quarry that supplied the stones used to construct Ollantaytambo. This site, is rich in history and fascinating experiences, with mummies, chullpas, and well preserved Inca buildings.

If you are in search for a experience without the crowds, rich in history and culture, where you visit numerous Inca ruin sites and mountain villages,  look no further, the Inca Quarry Trail  is perfect for you!

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Inca Quarry trail to Machu Picchu – Overview

  • First day: Cusco – Socma – Rayanniyoc
  • Second day: Rayanniyoc – Cachicata
  • Day 3: Cachicata – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
  • Fourth day: Machu Picchu

Trek Information

  • Starting Altitude – 3300m / 10,827ft.
  • Highest Altitude – 4500m / 14,764ft
  • Walking Distance – 32 km/ 20 miles
  • Overall Difficulty – Easy-Moderate.

Inca Quarry Trek – Itinerary

Day 1: cusco – socma – rayanniyoc.

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco relatively early and drive down to the Sacred Valley of the Inca to the village of Socma, just a short drive outside of Ollantaytambo. Before we arrive to Socma, we stop at a spot where we can view and take photos of some stone age petroglyphs.

Today’s hike, takes us up the valley behind Socma. As we make our way to a small and pristine Inca site and beautiful waterfall that lie at the top of the valley.

Along our Inca Quarry trail, we walk past fields of potato, corn, and quinoa nestled among the incredible mountains. Throughout, we will have the opportunity to see a variety of flora and fauna – gorgeous and lush fields and trees and fascinating native birds. Also, your guide will inform you of the customs of the Andean people of this region and will teach you some Quechua (the Inca language) as we hike.

After a relaxing morning’s walk, we finally arrive to our destination, the best Inca site of Perolniyoc. We will tour here and learn of the significance of this site. After, we will carry on for just a little longer to our campsite at Rayanniyoc (3650m / 11975 ft.).

In the afternoon, we will visit one of the local families and you can practice the Qhechua you had learned in the morning. As for the Quecha you didn’t learn in just a morning’s time, your guide will translate for you, making this a beautiful cultural exchange and learning opportunity for both you and the local people.

In the evening, we enjoy a deliciously prepared dinner by our trekking chef, soak in the views, and sleep amidst the mountains.

  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Afternoon Snacks / Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Maximum altitude: 3,700 m. / 12,136 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 3,300 m. / 10,827 ft
  • Walking Covered: 8 km. / 5 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 3 – 4 hours

Day 2: Rayanniyoc – Inti Punku – Cachicata

We wake up early with a cup of hot coca tea and  breakfast  prepare for the longest day of the adventure. We continue on up the valley, approaching the first pass of the Inca quarry trail. This agricultural area is still tended by the local people despite the high altitude. One of the few plants that thrive wildly in this region is muña, Andean mountain mint. The aroma is lovely and the scent infuse the air, especially in the morning. Muña makes a beautiful cup of tea, so along the way we pick some for later.

In total, it’s about a 4 hour hike to the pass (4500m / 14,764ft.), where we will stop to take in the stunning panoramic views, snap some photos, and catch our breath before carrying on. It is only about another 20 minutes until we arrive at our lunch spot, at an incredible vantage point of the valley below.

After lunch, the hike is slightly easier, having reached the top of the mountain, the terrain levels out. We then hike through a strange area, a landscape with numerous mounds, that resemble burial mounds but are actually glacial moraines. These are piles of rock deposits are from glaciers dating back to the Ice Age, fascinating!

In the late afternoon, we pass a beautiful Inca ruin site, Intipunku, which means Sun Gate in Quechua. Of course, we will rest here and take advantage of this incredible photo opportunity, with the valley below and the snow capped mountains surrounding us.

As we work our way down from the high plateau, our destination for the day is the Inca Quarry of Cachicata resting at (3,6000m / 11,808 ft.). This is our home for the night and will share a lovely dinner in this tranquil campsite.

  • Maximum altitude: 4500m / 14,764 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 3,600 m / 11,808 ft
  • Walking Covered: 13 km / 8 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 8 to 9 hours

Day 3: Cachicata Trail – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Today we wake up amidst the mountains and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Our day we is dedicated to exploring Cachicata trail and all it has to offer. Despite it’s proximity to Ollantaytambo and the incredible architecture and ingenuity, hardly anyone actually comes up here. Cachicata is a vast site, as it was the quarry used by the Inca for the construction of Ollantaytambo.

There are a number of significant sites, including: large buildings, abandoned and half finished quarried stones, chullpas (burial houses), and a cave with Inca mummies still in place. We will take ample time here and learn of the interesting history this site holds.

After our Cachicata Trek, we’ll continue following the trail down the mountain walking along the original platform that the Incas used for transporting stones to Ollantaytambo. In the early afternoon, we arrive in Ollantaytambo, where we will board the train. We then take a scenic train ride from the Sacred Valley of the Incas through the lush jungle to Aguas Calientes.

Once we arrive at this lovely town, we will check you into the your comfortable hotel and then you will have the rest of the afternoon to relax and explore. Aguas Calientes has bustling artisan markets and natural hot springs, plenty to do to fill your late afternoon. Then, in the evening, we meet for dinner at a lovely restaurant in town and return back to the hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Minimum altitude: 2,840 m / 9,315 ft
  • Maximum altitude: 3,525 m / 11,562 ft
  • Walking Covered: 11 km / 7 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 4 hours

Day 4: Machu Picchu!

We wake up early, to bring on our big day tour to Machu Picchu ! After breakfast at the hotel, we board the first bus  that will wind up the beautiful cloud forest to the ancient citadel itself. Upon arrival, we will begin our 2 hour guided tour with our professional guide. On the tour, you will visit various sites, all that hold significance in understanding the history of Machu Picchu and how the Incas lived thousands of years ago high up in the mountains. You will visit temples, ceremonial sites, fountains, and much more.

After, you will have ample time to visit other places that may catch your eye or if you have the permit, you can climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain. These hikes are both quite a climb, although well worth it once you are at the top with such picturesque views and even more fascinating ruin sites to explore.

In the afternoon, we will make our way back down to Aguas Caliente by bus and then board the train that takes us back to Ollantaytambo. We then have private transport awaiting our arrival to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Maximum altitude: 2,040 m. / 6,691 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 2,440 m. / 8,052 ft

The trek Includes

  • Professional English Speaking  Guide
  • Assistant  Guide for groups of 9+
  • Pre trek briefing 1 or 2 days before your tour
  • Transfer upon arrival from airport or bus station in Cuzco to your Hotel
  • Breakfast on Day 1
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 7kg of your personal items.
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Transportation by bus to Socma
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cuzco
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek, you will need to bring your own)
  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary  such as vegetarian food please let us know and request with no cost at all.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • a 4-men tent for every 2 trekkers
  • Hotel on Day 3
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance to Machupicchu
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu-round trip.

Not Include

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us)
  • Lunch and dinner on Day 4
  • Tips for the crew
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trail.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain-US$ 70

What you need to take?

  • Original Passport
  • Valid STUDENT CARD (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Spare batteries.

Inca Quarry – Prices

  • 2 people US$660 per person
  • 3 people US$600 per person
  • 4+people US$560 per person
  • Student Discount: US$20 (Requires Valid STUDENT CARD to qualify)
  • Under 15 years Discount: US$30 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

Optional Extras

  • Hiking Poles US$15
  • Sleeping Bag US$25
  • Single Tent Supplement US$25
  • Additional Night in Aguas Calientes US$90
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade US$60
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain US$70
  • Machupicchu Mountain US$70

When is the best time to hike the Cachicata trek?

Peru is a year-round destination, although most people plan to trek during the dry season, running from April to October. The mid-year months, June and July, are the most popular and therefore the most crowded times of year to visit. Low cloud cover in these winter months also means cold nights on the trail, so bring some thermal wear for a good night’s sleep.

Do I need a permit to trek the Inca Quarry?

While there are no permit requirements for the Inca Quarry Trail, we run small groups averaging 12 people. So to secure a place on the tour, we recommend booking at least a few months in advance.

The Inca Quarry Trail takes you up and down through altitudes each day, with the highest pass reached on the second day (4,500 m / 14,764 ft.)

When is the rainy season?

From November to March is the wet season; the temperature rises and the region receives heavy rainfall.

When is the high season on the Inca Quarry Trek?

The high season for trekking in Peru runs over the drier months, from April to October. The Inca Quarry Trail is gaining a reputation for its archaeological sites and off-the-beaten-path cultural interactions. I am saying this, you will most likely have the Inca Quarry Trail all to yourself, even during the high season.

How hard is the Inca quarry trail?

The Quarry Trail is not the most difficult alternative to the Inca Trail but some would claim the scenery is even more spectacular than on the classic Peruvian trek. The walk takes in several sets of Inca ruins, including irrigation works, the Sun Gate and, of course, the Inca quarry for which the trek is named.

How cold does it get on the Inca quarry trail?

It depends. Peru has two seasons,wet and dry. The dry season runs from April to October with moderately warm days and cold nights. It’s important to pack thermals and warm clothing for the evening.

Does the Inca Quarry Trek visit Machupicchu?

On the fourth day, you will take a 30-minute bus ride from Aguas Calientes to visit MachuPicchu. The Inca Quarry Trail itself does not lead to Machu Picchu.

What type of accommodations can I expect on the trek?

Accommodation on the Inca Quarry Trail is camping (two nights).Four person tent for every two people and air mattress will be provided. The porters will set up the tents each day.

What are the toilets like on the Inca Quarry Hike?

There are no toilets on the Inca Quarry Trail. When we set up camp, we provide a camping toilet tent with a small portable chemical toilet in it.

How do I get back to Cusco after Machupicchu?

After spending the day exploring Machu Picchu, you’ll take a train and bus through the Sacred Valley and back to Cusco, arriving in the evening.

Can I bring my own hiking poles?

Yes, you can bring your own hiking poles. Alternatively, you can rent from us.

INCA QUARRY TRAIL SPECIAL ADDITIONALS:

  • Inflatable Mattress (Included)
  • Pillow (Included)
  • Blanket (Included)
  • Extra 7kg of personal items (Included). All of our adventures include porters, who are responsible for carrying and setting up all equipment. They will also carry your personal duffel, which you will receive at your briefing the night before your Inca Quarry Trail. This duffel can not exceed 7 kg/14 lbs, and must include your sleeping bag and an air mattress.

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For a long time, there were enormous enigmas about how the Incas cut and transported enormous carved stones for their builts. This is how the Cachicata quarry, one of the most representative destinations near Ollantaytambo town, solves some of these mysteries. Discover below, in this blog, everything you need to know about the hike to Cachicata Quarry or Intipunku with Inkayni Peru Tours!

cantera de cachicata | Inca Quarry of Cachicata Trek

The famous Inti Punku “Sun Gate” in Ollantaytambo

WHAT IS CACHICATA OR CACHICCATA?

Cachicata is a well-known Inca Quarry Trail in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Incas sourced red granite blocks from this area to build temples and palaces in the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo and many nearby establishments.

WHAT DOES CACHICATA MEAN?

Etymologically, “Cachicata” comes from two Quechua words:

  • CACHI= SALT
  • CCATA= SLOPE

In Spanish, it means salt slope because it is believed that during the Inca period, there were salt mines in this area. Also, these deposits had been used to preserve food as offerings in religious ceremonies during those times.

WHERE IS THE QUARRY OF CACHICATA TREK LOCATED?

The Cachicata Quarry trek is located in the region of Cusco, 8 km from Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, at 3,644 metres/11,955 feet.

The route to reach the Cachicata Quarry area has two sections. The first section is the bus ride that takes approximately 15 minutes from Ollantaytambo to Cachicata village, the starting point of the hike. The second part is the hike that takes approximately three hours uphill to discover and appreciate this tourist attraction.

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CACHICATA QUARRY OR INCA QUARRY TRAIL

During the Inca empire’s expansion and growth, the Cachicata quarry was a vital centre for rock material supply. In this quarry, the Inca builders produced, selected and transported enormous stones using their techniques (rolling and pushing).

Undoubtedly, moving these enormous lithic pieces from the place of fragmentation and edging to the main road for their subsequent transfer was an extremely difficult and risky task claiming the lives of many people due to work accidents.

Nowadays, during the hike, you can see enormous stones of different sizes and shapes that were left half-worked after the Spaniards arrived.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE QUARRY OF CACHICATA OLLANTAYTAMBO?

Main quarry.

This quarry is the largest and has an enormous rocky cliff where traces of the Incas’ immense work remain. In this quarry, the most striking feature is an enormous piece of red granite with a circular shape and an indentation in the central part, also circular. This circular rock has the shape of a wheel and is completely polished with finely carved edges.

La rueda de forma circular de la cantera de Cachicata | Inca Quarry Trail

Circular wheel-shaped stone is believed to have been used to transport huge lithic pieces using a rolling and sliding technique.

THE MINOR OR SECONDARY QUARRY

This is the first quarry seen on the way up. It has a wall approximately 80 metres long and 4 metres high. It is a chaotic group of different-sized stones that seem to have been rolled down from the upper parts of the mountain. You can see worn pieces that were made in the process of shaping.

Piedra de granito rojo en Cachicata trek | Inca Quarry Trek

Piece of red granite of robust elongated form ready to be moved from Cachicata quarry to Ollantaytambo.

THE INTI PUNKU OF CACHICATA

The Inti Punku or “Gate of the Sun” of Cachicata is located at the top of the mountain, at 3,886 m.a.s.l./12,749 ft. This structure was built in honour of the sun, which normally welcomes the winter solstice’s first rays. From this point, you can appreciate an impressive view of the Sacred Valley and the surrounding snow-capped peaks such as Wakay Willka, known as Nevado Verónica nowadays.

Mirador del Inti Punku- Canteras de Cachicata | Cachicata Trail

Viewpoint of Inti Punku in front of the snow-capped Veronica (Wakay Willca).

CHULLPAS OF CACHICATA

They are circular constructions of small size located on top of enormous granite stones. They are built with small rustic pieces joined by red mud mortar and straw. They have a roof and small access doors oriented towards the sunrise. It is believed that noble people were buried in these Chullpas during the Inca period. The deceased were generally placed in fetal position together with some of their most valuable belongings.

Las chullpas de la cantera de Cachiccata | Canteras de Cachicata Hike Peru

Three Chullpas of the Cachicata quarry overlooking the sacred valley

THE RUINS OF CACHICATA

Hundreds of unfinished cubic shapes are deposited in the lower part of the quarry. With all these carved stones the Incas intended to build structures, walls and ceremonial places in the great llaqta of Ollantaytambo.

PYRAMID OF PACARITAMPU

The truncated pyramid of Pacaritampu has a large extension with wide terraces still cultivated by locals. It can be seen from the top of the Cachiccata quarries and you will witness the pyramidal representation and the magnificent landscapes.

Pirámide de Pacaritambu, Cachicata Trek | Cachicata Trek

The optical effect of the Pacaritampu pyramid observed during the Cachicata Hike

THE “TIRED STONES”

The “tired stones” or “sleeping stones” are those abandoned stones that can be seen along the route from Cachicata quarries to Ollantaytambo and in some parts of the town.

Piedra dormida en el Cachicata Trek | Cachicata Ollantaytambo

Tired stone at the side of the road to Ollantaytambo

THE QUARRY OF CACHICCATA HIKE (INCA QUARRY TRAIL)

Cachiccata quarry trail – machu picchu 4d/3n.

The Inca quarry trail to Machu Picchu is another alternative path to Machu Picchu. During this hike, you can appreciate beautiful natural landscapes and it is highly recommended for those people who wish to have some time for themselves as Cachicata is not a very busy route.

DAY 01: CUSCO – SOCMA – PEROLNIQYOC – RAYAN

  • Hiking time: 4 – 5 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 4,97 miles / 8 km
  • Difficulty hiking level: Tough

DAY 02: RAYAN – PUERTA DEL SOL (INTI PUNKU) – CHOQUETAKARPO

  • Hiking time: 8 – 9 hours
  • Hiking distance: 8.07 miles / 13 km
  • Difficulty hiking level: Challenging.

Puerta del Sol (Inti Punku)–Choquetakarpo | Cachicata Trail, Choquetarpu

The archaeological site of Choquetakarpo with a view of the Sun Gate (Inti Punku).

DAY 03: INCA QUARRY – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES

  • Hiking distance: 6.83 miles / 11 km
  • Difficulty hiking level: Mild

DAY 04: MACHU PICCHU!

  • Inca Quarry Tour to Machu Picchu with an optional climb to “Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain”.
  • Difficulty hiking level: Easy

Canteras de Cachicata- Machu Picchu | Cachicata Hike Peru

Day 4 of the Inca Quarry to Machu Picchu tour

A FULL DAY HIKE TO THE CACHICATA QUARRIES!

It is also possible to trek to the Quarries of Cachicata Ollantaytambo  in a full day , another option to visit this enchanting place. This adventure is ready for people who want to see new places and challenge their limits.

We will pick you up from your hotel and then drive you to the hike beginning point near Ollantaytambo (duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes).

Afterwards, it is about a three to four hour hike to the Intipunku viewpoint. During the walk, you can see the famous quarries of Cachicata, the tired stones, Chullpas, the pyramid of Pacaretambo (Pakaritampuc) and high mountain landscapes.

After enjoying the magnificent view, the descent begins, which is much easier and shorter. The descent takes about 2 hours. The transport will wait for us to return to the navel of the world “Cusco”. And this is how the Cachicata trek adventure ends.

Punto de partida del Cachicata trek | Cachicata Hike Peru

The starting point of the Cachicata Trek, Ollantaytambo

CACHICATA TREK MAP

This full-day Cachicata Trek map is easy to understand and highlights the most important towns, roads and archaeological sites during the tour.

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FLORA AND FAUNA OF THE CACHICATA QUARRY

Flora of the cachicata quarry, fauna of the cachicata quarry, when is the best time to hike the inca quarry of cachicata trek and inti punku.

Many travellers when deciding the date of their trip have this doubt. The seasons in Cusco are well-defined and two:

  • Dry season (May – October).- During these months the average daytime temperature is 18° C/64°F, while the average nighttime temperature is 2° C/37°F.
  • Rainy season (November – April).- During these months the average daytime temperature is 16° C/61°F, while at night it is 4° C/39°F.

However, it is best to be prepared as you never know if a sunny day can turn into a downpour in seconds.

THE QUARRY OF CACHICATA TREK IN JANUARY

During January, the average daytime temperature is 20° C/68°F while at night the average nighttime temperature is 8° C/46°F. In January it rains at least 20 days of the month.

  • Pros: The rains that occur during this month usually last for a couple of hours and bring beautiful rainbows. The landscape looks green and everything blooms!
  • Cons: The hike can be complicated by mud, mist and rainfall.

THE QUARRY OF CACHICATA HIKE PERU IN FEBRUARY

During this month the average daytime temperature is 18° C/64°F and the average nighttime temperature is 7° C/45°F. The weather is quite cold, and it rains 20 days.

  • Pros: Very few people are encouraged to hike during this month, so you won’t have to deal with crowds to appreciate the scenery and take the pictures you want.
  • Cons: During this month the rains are heavier and longer, so the path to the Cachicata quarry will be slippery, cloudy and sometimes with hail.

THE QUARRY OF CACHICATA HIKE PERU PERU IN MARCH

During this month the average daytime temperature is 20°C/68°F while the average nighttime temperature is 8°C/46°F.

  • Pros: Rains in this month usually decrease, so travellers travel again!
  • Cons: The trail to the Cachicata quarry will still be muddy and exposed to the risk of landslides.

THE QUARRY OF CACHICATA HIKE PERU IN APRIL

During this month the average daytime temperature is 21°C while the average temperature is 6°C.

  • Pros: The rainy season ends this month. So, April is a good time to visit the Cachicata quarry.
  • Cons: Holy Week starts this month, so tourists will increase and higher prices will result. It is recommended to book in advance.

THE QUARRY OF CACHICATA HIKE PERU IN MAY

During this month the average daytime temperature is 21° C while the average nighttime temperature is 4° C.

  • Pros: May is the beginning of the dry season. The days during this month are usually warm. In the morning it is sunny and in the evening you can appreciate the bright and clear sky.
  • Cons: The flow of tourists continues to increase so it is advisable to book tours well in advance.

THE QUARRY OF CACHICATA HIKE PERU IN JUNE

During this month the average daytime temperature is 20° C and the average nighttime temperature is 2° C/36°F. In this month, one of Cusco’s most famous festivities occurs: “The Inti Raymi”.

  • Pros: June is accompanied by spectacular sunrises, during the day the sun radiates with a blue sky, so, almost every day appropriate to undertake this hike to the quarries of Cachicata.
  • Cons: Despite the beautiful scenery, you should be aware of the sun’s radiation, so take appropriate sunblock and a hat with you.

THE QUARRY OF CACHICATA TREK  IN JULY

During this month the average temperature during the day is 20°C/68°F while the average temperature during the night is 0°C/32°F.

  • Pros: Probably, July is the best month to hike to the Cachicata quarry, because of its temperature to visit this attraction.
  • Cons: It is the month that receives more tourists, so if you want to visit other nearby attractions you would have to book your tours or hotels in advance.

INCA QUARRY TRAIL IN AUGUST

During this month the average daytime temperature is 21°C/70°F and the average nighttime temperature is 3°C/37°F.

  • Pros: The days are sunny. The afternoons present a slow drizzle during your hike to the Cachicata quarry.
  • Cons: You should be prepared for unexpected showers. Nights are cold.

INCA QUARRY TRAIL IN SEPTEMBER

During this month the average daytime temperature is 21° C and the average nighttime temperature is 5° C.

  • Pros: In this month spring starts in this area, so small drizzles are more common. However, these last for a short time and then the sun comes out again.
  • Cons: These drizzles can occur anytime in the afternoon.

INCA QUARRY TRAIL IN OCTOBER

During this month the average daytime temperature is 22°C/72°F and the average nighttime temperature is 7°C/45°F. In October the dry season ends, so it is the last month you can visit.

  • Pros: In October the dry season ends, so it is the last month you can hike to Cachicata quarries.

INCA QUARRY TRAIL IN NOVEMBER

During this month the average daytime temperature is 22°C/72°F while the average nighttime temperature is 7°C/45°F.

  • Pros: Tourist traffic begins to decrease, so it is pleasant weather to enjoy this hike to the Cachicata quarry.
  • Cons: The rainy season starts this month and the trails to the Cachicata quarry will be wet and slippery.

INCA QUARRY TRAIL IN DECEMBER

During this month the average daytime temperature is 21°C/70°F while the average temperature is 8°C/46°F.

  • Pros: In December the hike to the Cachicata quarries has beautiful views of the landscapes blooming from the rains, and the weather is warm.
  • Cons: Trails and camping areas will be muddy. This month is the start of the heavy rainy season and landslides are possible.

Without a doubt the most ideal time of the year to do this magnificent hike is between May and October, the best months being June and July. During these months the trails are dry and the weather will be lovely. The rainy season is between November and April, with the rainiest months being January and February. During this time of year, the trail will be wet and difficult to hike.

Caminata a las canteras de Cachicata, Inti Punku | Cachicata Ollantaytambo

Hike to Inti Punku, Cachicata Quarry

HOW HARD IS THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL?

Anyone trekking above 3,500 m.a.s.l / 11,482 ft. needs to be physically active regularly . Altitude sickness is a real risk, so it is recommended to acclimatise by spending a day or two in Cusco before the hike. Most people complete the Quarry Inca Trail without problems. Drink plenty of water as you hike and pace yourself.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUFFER FROM ALTITUDE SICKNESS DURING MY TREK TO THE CACHICATA QUARRY?

If you suffer from altitude sickness or the famous “Soroche” during your hike to the Cachicata quarry, the recommended first thing to do are:

  • Hydrate yourself (if is it possible drink coca tea).
  • Chew coca leaf
  • Eat coca or lemon sweets
  • Our team of guides will be at your disposal, so do not hesitate to ask for help because they are highly trained to act in moments like this.

PACKING LIST TO THE QUARRY OF CACHICATA OLLANTAYTAMBO?

In order to achieve this hike without difficulty, we recommend you bring:

  • Trekking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Rain poncho
  • Trekking backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Coca or lemon candy
  • Coca leaves

DO I NEED A TOURIST TICKET FOR THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL?

To visit this tourist destination you don’t need a tourist ticket. So don’t wait to face this new adventure.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO HIKE THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL WITHOUT A GUIDE?

The hike to the Inca quarry of Cachicata is part of the Inca trail circuit through Peru and part of the Qhapap Ñan circuit. It is suggested that you do this hike under the supervision of an authorized and highly trained agency that offers a professional guiding service so that you can be satisfied with the hike to the Cachicata quarry.

Caminata de Cachikata trek

If you want to live an extraordinary experience and enjoy Andean landscapes without crowds, do not miss this extraordinary adventure to the Cachicata Quarry, and enter into the majestic natural landscapes, culture and history of Peru.

Inkayni Peru Tours offers spectacular treks to Machu Picchu through the Andes Mountains’ most diverse and majestic landscapes. We guarantee quality services with highly professional standards and constant training that will make your journey unforgettable. Don’t wait anymore, book with us!

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Gonzalo Tapia was born in the rainforest of Peru, Madre de Dios, and he's been living in Cusco since 2008. He has been exploring Peru due to his main hobby as a birdwatcher. Also, he has a lot of experience in outdoor activities and wilderness.

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Inca quarry trail to machu picchu, the historical cachicata inca trek.

If you’re looking to get away from the crowds and enjoy an off-the-beaten-path trek to Machu Picchu, then the Inca Quarry Trail is an excellent alternative. Over the years, it’s managed to stay off the list of traditional tourist routes. That doesn’t mean it’s any less exciting, though.

This route is perfect for those looking to delve further into the Inca’s history and see firsthand how life in the Andes is for the locals who live in remote regions. You’ll get up close and personal with small communities and witness their day-to-day lives. On this route, you’ll also see some unique Inca sites that very few people get to see, even those from Cusco!

The Inca Quarry was recently included in the top six Alternative Routes to Machu Picchu by National Geographic, making it an excellent trek to choose from.

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Escape the crowds and get off the beaten path with our specially designed Inca Quarry Trail for history lovers and those who want to see real life in the rural Andes. Our package is suitable whether alone or in a group, and you’re guaranteed a real adventure!

The Inca Quarry Trail, also known as the Cachicata Trek or Chaski Trail, is one of the more recent routes to open up and one of the least crowded treks to Machu Picchu. This incredible trail will take you past tall waterfalls, Inca constructions, unforgettable views of the Andes, and beautiful jungle scenery.

Along the way, amidst the animated flora and fauna, you’ll stop off at Racaypata archaeological site and pass through various communities close to the Cachiqata quarry - the site the Incas took their stones from to build Ollantaytambo! In the quarry, you’ll be able to appreciate some rocks cut by the Incas and observe their fine skills.

After three days of trekking, enjoying nature, and seeing how locals live in the rural regions of Cusco, you’ll head to Aguas Calientes by train. This evening, you’ll spend the night in a comfortable hotel and enjoy a tasty dinner at one of the best restaurants in town.

On the fourth and final day, you’ll visit the magnificent and magical Inca city of Machu Picchu. You’ll be able to enjoy the site and learn all about its history from your local. On the last afternoon, it’ll be time to head back to Ollantaytambo by train and then to Cusco by private transport.

Itinerary at a Glance

Cusco | soqma - perolniyoc - racaypata - rayan.

Your adventure begins as you head towards the Perolniyoc waterfall, surrounded by gorgeous scenery. Bathe in the water before visiting Racaypata archaeological site. Spend the night at Rayan and observe the clear Andean night sky.

Rayan | Puccaqasa - Kuichiqasa Pass - Sun Gate - Choquetacarpo

Head to the first summit of the trek at Puccaqasa and then onto lunch. Afterward, you’ll reach the route's highest point, Kuichiqasa Pass. Head to the Sun Gate for some spectacular views before reaching our camp for dinner and rest.

Choquetacarpo | Cachicata - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

Visit the Cachiqata quarries in the morning and enjoy a guided tour to observe stones cut to build Ollantaytambo. Have lunch in Ollantaytambo before catching the train to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy dinner in a top restaurant before going to be early.

Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Enjoy exploring the magical and mystical Machu Picchu on a 2-hour guided tour. Head back to Aguas Calientes for lunch before getting a train to Ollantaytambo and then private transport back to your accommodation in Cusco.

What's it like

  • Trek through the stunning Andean jungle landscapes and take in the astounding views.
  • See beautiful and unique flora and fauna in the zone and learn all about it.
  • Visit the quarry where the Incas got the stones to build Ollantaytambo.
  • Understand how small communities live in remote regions of the Andes and see them going about their daily lives.
  • Explore archaeological sites and uncover Inca secrets.
  • Take a grand tour of the mystical Machu Picchu.

Why Travel with us

Your safety is our priority, expert guides, sustainable tourism, andean chefs, food on the trail, small groups.

Highlight of the day: Bathing in the Perolniyoc waterfall and visiting Racaypata archaeological site.

Refreshing Waterfalls and Inca History

Start your adventure when we collect you in the early morning from your accommodation. We’ll take you to the starting point of the trek to meet your team before you begin a 3 to 4-hour hike to the Perolniyoc waterfall. Along the way, you’ll pass wonderful scenery and the small town of Soqma, where farmer’s fields surround you. You’ll have time to bathe in the waterfall to cool down once you get there.

Afterward, you’ll keep going until we reach Racaypata archaeological site. Your guide will give you an exciting history lesson, and you can take in the beautiful landscape before enjoying a lunch prepared by our team. You’ll then continue to our camp at Rayan to relax and enjoy the Andean night sky with constellations and shooting stars while you wait for dinner. Spend the night in a comfortable tent and rest until morning.

Your adventure begins today bright and early when we collect you from your accommodation in the morning and drive for one and a half hours to the starting point of our trek. Our private transport is highly comfortable, and we’ll provide blankets if you want to get a little more sleep on the journey.

Once we arrive at the starting point, and after enjoying a great breakfast, you’ll meet the cooks and horseman and get to know your team. Then, we’ll begin our hike with a 3 to 4-hour stretch to the pretty Perolniyoc waterfall. On the way, we’ll pass through the little town of Soqma, surrounded by corn, potato, and quinoa fields. After enjoying the beautiful valley landscape, you’ll get the chance to cool off or shower in the waterfall.

When you feel refreshed, we’ll continue to the Racaypata archaeological site, which was built on a cliff and boasts spectacular views of the surrounding valley. All our guides are experts in Inca history, so you can expect a quality history lesson! We’ll also have our lunch there, and you’ll get to try the exquisite food prepared by our team in the middle of the mountains.

The afternoon is relaxing as we ascend one more hour to reach our campsite at Rayan (3,700 m / 12,139 ft). You’ll be able to rest for the remainder of the day and wander around the area before a tasty dinner. While you wait for your food, take the opportunity to observe the clear Andean night sky. You’ll see constellations and shooting stars before heading to the comfort of your tent to wind down for the night.

Highlight of the day: Admiring the spectacular views from the Sun Gate.

Stunning Views and Astounding Landscapes

After breakfast, you’ll be off early to the first summit, Puccaqasa. Take some time to enjoy the stunning views of the Sacred Valley before you continue onto the lunch spot. Once we’re full, we’ll continue to the route's highest point at Kuichiqasa Pass. Next, we’ll head to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku to take in the spectacular views of the Veronica glacier in the distance. Finally, we’ll head down to our campsite in the Choquetacarpo sector for dinner and sleep.

After an energizing breakfast, we’ll head uphill for 3 hours to the first summit of the hike at Puccaqasa (4,400 m / 14,436 ft). You’ll get the most incredible views of the Sacred Valley from here, and, of course, it’s the perfect spot to get some amazing photos.

Later, we’ll descend for around 25 minutes to our lunch spot for a well-deserved meal. Recharge your energies with more incredible food from our cooks before continuing with a 2-hour up and down hike. On the last 20 minutes of this stretch, you’ll head up to the highest point of the whole trek, the Kuychicassa Pass (4,500 m / 14,764 ft). You can expect more wonderful landscapes from this height and observe snowy glaciers.

Afterward, You’ll head downhill to the Inti Punku or Sun Gate archaeological site (3,900 m / 12,795 ft). You’ll learn about the site while taking in spectacular views of La Veronica glacier (5,682 m / 18,642 ft) and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which you’ll likely visit sometime in Cusco.

Finally, there’ll be a 30-minute descent to our campsite in the Choquetacarpo sector (3,600 m / 11,811 ft). You can now rest for the evening and enjoy another tasty meal before bed.

Highlight of the day: Explore the incredible Cachicata quarry and witness the Inca’s fantastic craftsmanship.

Quarry Visit and Understanding Inca History

After breakfast, we’ll head up to the Cachicata quarries for a guided tour and to observe the impressive stones cut by the Incas to build Ollantaytambo. It’s incredible to see the fine skills that the Incas had with so few materials. Then, we’ll make our way to Ollantaytambo for lunch and catch the train to Aguas Calientes. Along the way, you’ll see fantastic scenery everywhere you look.

Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes, you’ll check into your hotel and be able to rest. If you have energy, you can explore the town or relax at the hot springs. In the evening, we’ll go to one of the top restaurants for dinner before going to bed early. You need to be up before dawn tomorrow.

Just like every other morning, you’ll be greeted with a tasty, filling breakfast to get you going. We’ll then begin our 1-hour descent to the Cachicata quarries (3,520 m / 11,549 ft), where the stones were taken to build Ollantaytambo. Inside the site, you’ll enjoy a guided tour to learn more about the place and observe the cut stone blocks whose transportation was interrupted by the arrival of the Spanish. It’s fascinating to see the perfect cuts that the Incas were able to create with simple materials.

After, we’ll descend from the quarry for 3 hours until we get to the quaint town of Ollantaytambo (2,792 m / 9,160 ft), where we’ll have lunch. Once we’ve finished, we’ll head to the train station to board the Expedition service to Aguas Calientes (2,040 m / 6,693 ft). Along the tracks, you’ll be able to observe the beautiful scenery of the Sacred Valley up close as you travel beside the Urubamba River. You’ll need your camera ready to take some great snaps!

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you’ll check in at your hotel to rest before dinner if you feel tired. If you still have some energy, you can explore the small town or head to hot springs, the perfect place to relax your tired muscles after three days of walking. In the evening, we’ll enjoy dinner in a top restaurant before going to bed early, as you’ll be up before sunrise to see Machu Picchu.

Highlight of the day: Exploring and touring one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu.

The Magical, Mystical Machu Picchu Awaits

Today we´ll get up very early to avoid the crowds at Machu Picchu. We´ll board a bus to enter at 6:00 a.m. to the Inca citadel and appreciate the sunrise. Our expert guide will conduct a tour of approximately two hours of the important places of this majestic site.

Around midday, you’ll have to head back to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy lunch in a restaurant of your choice before heading to the train station to board your train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private transport will take you back to your accommodation in Cusco to put your feet up and rest.

The big day has arrived! Be sure to get up very early to avoid the crowds at Machu Picchu. We´ll board a bus in Aguas Calientes at 5:30 a.m. until we arrive at the sanctuary at 6:00 a.m. Once inside, we´ll watch the brilliant sunrise over the incredible citadel. We´ll observe the breathtaking views before enjoying a two-hour tour with our expert guide.

We’ll visit all the must-see sites of this majestic place, including the terraces, houses, temples, and lanes. We’ll also stop at the observatories to admire the greatness and real extension of this engineering feat. If you’re still up for it, it’ll be the perfect time to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains; if you have pre-booked tickets.

A little after midday, it’ll be time to make your way down to Aguas Calientes. You’ll have some time to grab lunch in a restaurant of your choice before catching a train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private transport will collect you and take you to your accommodation in Cusco. You can put your feet up and reflect on your fantastic adventure. We’re sure your heart will be soaring with the magic of the Incas for weeks, months, and even years to come!

At Salkantay Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details to avoid missing anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

What Is Included?

Permits & entrance tickets, high quality service & safety, pre-departure briefing - the day before the trip, at 5:00 pm you will meet your trekking guide..

You'll have an orientation meeting with your guide the evening before the tour. The meeting is at 5:00 p.m. in our office and, depending on the itinerary, in your hotel.

Experienced Tour Guide - All our guides have professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness and passion, which will make your trip safe and comfortable.

English and spanish speaking official tour guide. All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. We choose them for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploring, and sincere desire to proudly share in our culture and history. He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!

Private Camping Equipment

  • Tents: Spacious dining tents to enjoy your meals worry-free.
  • Tables, chairs, and cooking equipment
  • A Portable Travel Toilet
  • Sleeping Pad

All equipment will be carried by our horses.

One Duffle Bag

On the trek, you can carry your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15.4 lb (this weight includes your sleeping bag).

Medical Kit or First AID Kit - Our guides are trained to deal with basic emergencies.

All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers' diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

Extras Included in our Service - You’ll receive a cover to protect your backpack on the road and a rain poncho.

We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a cover to protect your backpack on the road and a rain poncho.

24/7 Customer Service - We have 24 hours a day telephone service.

We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication with Salkantay Trekking leading up to your trek.

Satellite Phone - Each of our guides has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to call anywhere in the world in case of emergency.

Our main priority will always be the tranquillity of our clients. All of our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains; however, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps you feel more secure. For this reason, each Salkantay Trekking guide has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to call anywhere in the world in case of an emergency.

Accommodation

Hotel in aguas calientes.

You will spend the last night of the trek in a comfortable hotel at Aguas Calientes, including luggage storage, while you visit Machu Picchu.

*Accommodation is in double, twin, and triple rooms.

2 Nights Accommodation in Tents

  • Days 1 and 2: Salkantay Trekking uses the best camping tents to ensure your safety and comfort (e.g., Eureka Timberline or Mountain Hard Wear tents).

4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, and 3 Dinners

Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets (vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost), so let us know if you have any particular allergies or restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks.

Water on the trail - You will need to bring a camel bag or an empty bottle for us to give you boiled, filtered and refrigerated water.

We’ll provide you boiled, filtered, and cooled water during your hike, from your first lunch to your last breakfast. For this, you need to bring a camel bag or an empty bottle (we recommend a capacity of 2 liters).

Wake up tea - Every morning at campig we will provide you with hot coca tea.

Every morning at the campsite, you'll be woken up with a cup of hot coca tea. Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.

Tea Time or Happy Hour - Every evening, before dinner, the cooks will provide you with popcorn, cookies, coffee, tea, hot water, etc.

Every afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide you popcorn, biscuits/cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won't have to wait until dinner to relax, warm-up, and enjoy a bite to eat!

Snacks on the trail daily - You will receive a bag with cookies, fruit and more, to be refilled each morning.

Before starting your trekking, your tour guide will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, cookies, chocolate, caramels, etc. Every morning, we’ll refill it so that you can enjoy your snacks during the walk.

One cloth snack bag per person

To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we'll give you a cloth bag for your snacks.

Hygiene Products

You’ll be provided with a small towel and soap before each meal to clean your hands.

Transportation

  • Day 1: Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Soqma, the trek’s starting point.
  • Day 4: One-Way Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Day 4: Transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.

Train Tickets

  • Day 3: From Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
  • Day 4: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.

Personal Belongings Transportation

On days 1,2, and 3, cargo mules will carry all the camping equipment and your baggage allowance (7 kg / 15.4 lb). Muleteers will be responsible for your duffle bag and personal items.

What Is Not Included?

Extras and important equipment.

You will need a sleeping bag for camping. Trekking poles are optional but highly recommended. If you don’t have them, don't worry; you can rent them from Salkantay Trekking.

  • Sleeping bag: US$ 20.00
  • Walking poles (pair): US$ 20.00

Huayna Picchu Mountain - If you want to visit this famous mountain it has an extra cost of US$ 60.00 per person (remember to book at least one month in advance).

You can climb the famous mountain you always see in the photos behind the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It’s 45 minutes uphill, and coming back down can be scary if you fear heights. You can take this excursion once your guided tour to Machu Picchu ends. The permit must be issued at least one month in advance due to high demand. Consider that there could be changes to protect your integrity, mainly due to weather conditions.

  • The ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 60.00 per person.

Machu Picchu Mountain - If you want to visit this famous mountain it has an extra cost of US$ 60.00 per person (remember to book at least one month in advance).

Machu Picchu Mountain is another of the mountains that surround the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It offers less steep, wider, and visually less frightening trails than Huayna Picchu, and it takes 1.5 hours to reach the top. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can secure for you if we have time in advance.

  • The ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 60.00 per person.

Lunch in Aguas Calientes and Dinner in Cusco (Day 4)

Personal hiking clothing and gear, travel insurance, tips for our staff.

Tipping is the norm on any excursion to Machu Picchu. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the horsemen and chefs together.

Additional costs or delays beyond our control

Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemia, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as carefree as possible. In this section, you’ll find the answers to all the questions you have about traveling with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Trek?

It’s very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you adjust and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.

You might have already been in another area of Peru at a high altitude before arriving in Cusco. In that case, we still recommend you have a whole day in Cusco to rest, recover from your travel, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before departing for the trek.

Here some suggestions for activities to do in the Cusco vicinity before starting your adventure trek:

City Tour Cusco

Cusco walking tour, sacred valley of the incas, moray & maras, super sacred valley of the incas, qeswachaka bridge tour, briefing or informative meeting.

All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Salkantay Trekking office.

Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco)

If you still have a pending balance, you must pay it 2 days before your hike/tour. Otherwise, your trip reservation will not be confirmed.

If possible, it would be greatly appreciated if you could settle the remaining balance for the trek/tour in cash, either in US dollars or the local currency, at our office in Cusco. You can withdraw funds from various ATMs located along Avenida Sol, offering both US dollars and Peruvian Soles. Alternatively, you have the option to pay using a credit/debit card or PAYPAL, either online or in person, but please note that a 5% service charge will be applied by our payment gateway (Niubiz) and PAYPAL. We regret to inform you that we are unable to accept bank checks or traveler's checks as forms of payment for the balance.

Duffel Bag or Canvas Case

You’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. Our horses will carry them, and the horsemen will hand them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 60 x 24 x 22 cm (23.6 x 9.45 x 8.66 in).

A maximum of 7 kg / 15.4 lb is allowed for each duffel bag, including the weight of your sleeping bag, sleeping mat, clothes, and other personal items.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests

Please note:

  • All pickups are within Cusco City, but we recommend booking a hotel in the historic center for its convenient location.
  • Our guide or staff will confirm the pickup time the day before the tour.
  • Due to traffic conditions, the pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes.
  • Cusco is an old city and has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs are located on streets without car access or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. For such reasons, we strongly advise you to book accommodation with good access.

Return to Cusco

Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!

  • In Machu Picchu, you’ll board a bus that’ll take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes, you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo. Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 1:45 hours.
  • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Salkantay Trekking clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Cusco or directly to your hotel. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Cusco takes 1:30 hours.
  • In Cusco, depending on your hotel’s location, we’ll take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel.

Note: Your tour includes a One-Way Consettur Bus Ticket Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu, so you can choose to use it from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu or from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes. If you want a round-trip bus ticket, you’ll need to pay an extra of US$ 12.00.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route.

It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date.

Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport, tents or restaurants. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.

WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING?

Valid Passport

RECOMMENDED

Camera and charger

"Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We don’t operate this itinerary in February because of the rainy season & maintenance of the route.

2024 Land Cost

Group Price: US$ 600.00 per person.

Required Pre-payment: US$ 200.00 per person.

Balance (Cusco): US$ 400.00 (Commonly paid in Cusco after the briefing).

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 5%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of its service. This tax is just for online deposits so that you will pay the remaining in cash (the briefing day in Cusco) without charges.

All the related treks to Machu Picchu end in or before Aguas Calientes, so you’ll spend the last night in a hotel in the town rather than camping (including a shared room in a standard 3-star hotel). If you need a hotel upgrade or prefer a single room, you can pay an extra fee. Please enquire for more details.

Extras & Upgrades

There are complementary services and upgrades you can include in this trip.

  • Huayna Picchu:  US$ 60.00
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:  US$ 60.00
  • Huchuy Picchu Mountain:  US$ 45.00
  • Single Supplement (Hotel at Aguas Calientes):  US$ 30.00
  • Extra Night at Aguas Calientes:  US$ 50.00
  • Vistadome Train (Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo):  US$ 70.00

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Peru Adventure.

  • Rainbow Mountain:  US$ 100.00   US$ 80.00
  • Sacred Valley:  US$ 100.00   US$ 80.00
  • City Tour:  US$ 50.00 US$ 40.00

Additional Items

There are additional items you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices.

  • Sleeping bag::  US$ 20.00
  • Inflattable mattress:  US$ 20.00
  • Walking poles (pair):  US$ 20.00

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Once your booking has been confirmed, we guarantee the price won’t increase, whatever the circumstances. So please, before booking, ensure you’ve read all our important tour information.

Student Discount

US$20.00 off

Student discounts apply to anyone 17 years old or younger. To receive the discount, we require a copy or clear photo of the passport at the time of booking. It must be valid and not expire within the travel dates. Please send it to [email protected] .

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Note |  Due to the rainy season and trail maintenance, we don't offer this trek during the whole month of february. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service!

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Inca Quarry Trek is the perfect alternative for those who like to explore much less crowded routes off the beaten path. This ancient Inca trail was built by the Incas 500 years ago, and it is still being used today by the local people. 

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Cachicata Quarry Trail Trek 4 Days - Overview

The Inca Quarry Trail , also known as the Cachicata Trek , is a lesser-known but equally impressive alternative to the popular Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This trek takes you through the beautiful Andean landscape, Inca ruins, and an ancient quarry that supplied stones for the construction of Ollantaytambo.

During the Cachicata Trek, you will learn about life in these isolated villages and the Inca culture while enjoying the different landscapes from the Sacred Valley to the high Andean mountains, and spend an unforgettable day exploring Machu Picchu – one of the most incredible locations on the planet.

Tour Highlights:

  • Visit the Perrolniyoq waterfalls.
  • Explore the largest Inca Quarry and the Sungate of Ollantaytambo.
  • Participate in a traditional Pachamanca barbecue.
  • Panoramic Vistadome Train included.
  • Book with Confidence and Flexibility

Inca Quarry Trek 4 days at a Glance

Day 1: cusco – racca – soqma waterfalls – korimarca.

After being collected from your hotel in Cusco at 7:00 am, we will drive to Racca’s village to start the Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu . The first-day hike takes 6 hours, visiting Ñaupa Iglesia (2967m / 9734 ft), Soqma Village, Perolniyoc waterfalls, and Rayanpata Inca Site. We camp at Korimarca village (3611 m / 11847 ft).

Day 2: Korimarca – Inti Punku – Choquetacarpo

Wake up with a cup of coffee or coca tea in your tent, have breakfast, and we will begin a 4-hour ascent to Charkahuaylla pass (4450m/14599ft). After lunch, we will visit the Intipunku Inca Site (Sungate) and enjoy the snow-capped mountains' amazing views. Camp at Choquetacarpo (3600m/11811ft).

Day 3: Choquetacarpo – Inca Quarry – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

After enjoying a delicious breakfast,  we will hike down for 3 hours to Cachiccata Inca Quarry, considered one of the largest Inca quarries from Cusco. Lunch is a special Pachamanca barbecue. Then, continue to Ollantaytambo and take the train to Aguas Calientes. Spend the night in a hotel.

Day 4: Explore  Machu Picchu – Return to Cusco

On the final day, wake up early and take the first bus up to Machu Picchu. The guided tour starts exploring the best of Machu Picchu;  the stone Inca temples and grand palaces. You will have time to explore by yourself, then take the Vistadome panoramic train back to Cusco—arrive around 7:30 pm.

  • Pre-departure safety briefing
  • Pickup and drop off from the hotel
  • Private exclusive transportation with AC
  • Entrance tickets to Quarry Trail
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Bus tickets to Machu Picchu (Round trip)
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Guide
  • Second tour guide for groups 9+
  • Comfortable camping equipment
  • Porta-potty, tables, chairs
  • Sleeping foam mattress, pillows, hot water bags, extra blankets
  • Duffle bags where you can put up to 8 kilos of personal stuff
  • Horses to carry food and equipment
  • Emergency horse in case you struggle
  • Trekking chef, porters, horsemen
  • 2-nights camping in the mountains
  • 1 night 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Pachamanca barbecue in Cachiccata
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Snack every day
  • First aid kit, Oxygen bottle, satellite phones
  • All taxes and booking fees

Not Included

  • First breakfast
  • Lunch on the last day
  • Sleeping bag, air mattress, trekking poles (can be hired from us))
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain hike (optional)
  • Machu Picchu mountain hike (optional and different from Machu Picchu citadel)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)

Extra hikes after the Machu Picchu tour:

  • Huayna Picchu  –  tickets cost an additional $75 per person. To book this mountain, you need to book far in advance; climbing takes 2 hours round trip.
  • Montaña Machu Picchu  –  tickets cost an additional $75 per person. You need to book in advance, and It is the highest mountain around Machu Picchu with a total of 3 hours hike round trip.

Inca Quarry Trek 4 Days Full Itinerary

Day 1: cusco – racca – socma – korimarca.

TreXperience team will pick you up from your hotel at 7:00 am and drive for 2 hours to the Racca community in the Sacred Valley (you must have breakfast in your hotel for this tour ). The Quarry Trail trek starts by visiting the ancient Inca shrine of Ñaupa Iglesia (2967m / 9734 ft). This is, by far, one of the most mysterious Inca sites in the whole region. Then, continue hiking for 2 hours to the community of Socma (3188 m / 10459 ft), where lunch will be prepared by your trekking chef using fresh local products.

After lunch, explore the village, interact with the local villagers, and understand their humble lifestyles and cultures. The second part of our trek is a 2 to 3-hour hike uphill to Perolniyoc waterfall – one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Cusco, with a drop of 328 feet into the rock. The views from this location of the Socma Valley, Maras Plateau, and snow-capped mountains are spectacular. The campsite is near the archeological in Korimarca village (3611 m / 11847 ft)

  • Campsite Altitude : 3611 m / 11847 ft
  • Distance : 12 km / 7.5 miles
  • Duration : 7 hours
  • Meals : Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation : Camping
  • Difficulty : Moderate

Day 2: Korimarca – Intipunku – Choquetacarpo

Wake up bright and early with a hot cup of coffee or coca tea. Today is the most challenging and yet the most beautiful day of your  TreXperience !  After breakfast, it’s a 4-hour uphill hike to Charkahuaylla pass (4450 m/14599 ft). You can take a well-earned break at the summit and enjoy the fantastic views of the Urubamba mountain range’s snow-capped peaks and the mystical Sacred Valley of the Incas. At the same time, your tour guide performs a traditional offering ceremony to the mountain Apus (mountain spirits). Afterward, continue the Quarry trek in the mountains to the Andean lake of Marcacocha (4000 m /13100 ft). This is a perfect place to break for lunch.

Next, you will hike for 2 hours to Apu Buena Negra (4370 m / 14300 ft), the second and last mountain. Upon reaching the summit, your efforts will be rewarded with one of the region’s most spectacular views. Then, continue downhill for two more hours to Intipunku (Sun Gate), a beautiful doorway that overlooks the majestic Veronica mountain (5,893 m / 19,334 ft). Our campsite is just a few minutes further at Choquetacarpo (3600m/11811ft).

  • Campsite   Altitude : 3600 m / 11811 ft
  • Highest altitude : 4450 m / 14599 ft
  • Distance : 15 km / 9.5 miles
  • Duration : 8 hours
  • Meals : Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation : Camping
  • Difficulty : Moderate to challenging

DAY 3: Choquetacarpo – Cachicata Quarry – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Choquetacarpo campsite is a perfect place to enjoy the sunrise with a cup of coffee. After breakfast, hike for 3 hours to the Cachiccata Quarry: the Inca Empire’s biggest quarry. Here your tour guide will teach you all about the incredible techniques of the ancient Inca stone masons as well as about their lives and customs. You’ll be amazed by the enormous rocks that the Incas would transport and carve without the help of modern technology. This quarry was abandoned together with Machu Picchu and many other Inca sites during the Spanish invasion.

As we follow the ancient Inca route used to transfer the rocks to Ollantaytambo, we’ll stop for a Pachamanca Barbecue lunch and interact with local villagers in the Cachiccata community. Here our private bus will be waiting to take us to Ollantaytambo to explore these ancient streets and the water channel that has been in use since Inca times. After dinner, take the 7:00 pm train to Aguas Calientes to spend the night in a hotel.

  • Aguas Calientes : 2040m/6692ft
  • Hiking Distance : 7 km / 4.5 miles
  • Duration : 5 hours
  • Meals : Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Difficulty : Easy

DAY 4:  Discover Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco

On our final day, get up early and prepare for the highlight of your tour. After breakfast in the hotel, we will take the first bus to Machu Picchu. You will explore the temples, palaces, and streets. After the guided tour, take some time to explore your own or climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (tickets must be booked as far as possible).

Once you finish exploring Machu Picchu, you’ll take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, and enjoy lunch (Not Included). In the afternoon, take the Vistadome Panoramic train back to Ollantaytambo and a private van back to Cusco. Drop off at your hotel around 7:30 pm.

  • Duration of Guided tour : 3 – 4 hours
  • Meals : Breakfast (hotel)
  • Difficulty : Easy

Price for the Cachicata Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu

Price per person:.

  • US$ 790 - Adults
  • US$ 750 - Children and students

To book the Cachicata Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu, you need to make an initial payment of US$ 200 per person; the remaining balance can be paid online or at our office in Cusco with any card and without booking fees. 

Student Discount:

  • 40$ off per person

All travelers under 17 have a $40 discount. If you are 25 years old or under when traveling, you can get the discount with your Student ID. Please send us an email to receive a code for the discount.

Valid Student ID for Machu Picchu

To get the student discount, travelers should have a Valid ID with the following:

  • 25 years or less at the time of entering Machu Picchu. Older than 25 can not enter as a student
  • The ID must have the Name of the university, name, and photo of the student
  • The ID must have a valid expiration date

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Invalid Student IDs

Student IDs are not eligible for a discount when:

  • Traveler is older than 25
  • Student Id without expiration date
  • ISIC cards are not valid. 

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Cachiccata Quarry Trek Packing List

When packing for the Cachiccata (Inca Quarry) Trek, it is crucial to bring the right clothing, gear, and equipment to ensure a comfortable and safe experience. Here is a suggested packing list for the trek:

  • Hiking boots with good ankle support
  • Breathable, moisture-wicking clothing (e.g., quick-dry shirts and pants)
  • Thermal or wool base layers for colder temperatures
  • Fleece or down jacket for insulation
  • Waterproof rain jacket and pants
  • Underwear and sports bras (quick-drying)
  • Hiking socks (moisture-wicking or wool)
  • Hat for sun protection
  • Beanie or warm hat for cold nights
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Sandals or comfortable shoes for evenings at camp

Gear and equipment:

  • Backpack (30-40L) for day use (with rain cover)
  • Trekking poles (optional but helpful for steep sections)
  • Water bottle or hydration system (2-3 liters capacity)
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Dry bags or plastic bags to keep belongings dry
  • Camera or smartphone with extra batteries or a portable charger
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Basic first-aid kit (including personal medications, adhesive bandages, pain relievers, blister treatment, and any necessary prescription medications)
  • Altitude sickness medication (consult your doctor)
  • Travel towel (quick-drying)
  • Biodegradable wet wipes or toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Reusable or biodegradable plastic bags for trash

Personal items:

  • Passport (with a photocopy)
  • Machu Picchu entrance tickets
  • Cash (in Peruvian soles) for tips, souvenirs, and any additional expenses
  • Travel insurance information
  • Snacks and energy bars
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.)
  • Earplugs and eye mask for better sleep at camp

Remember to pack light and prioritize essentials, as you will be carrying your daypack while hiking, and porters or pack animals will have limited capacity for carrying additional items.

Cachiccata (Inca Quarry) Trek Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the 4-day Cachiccata (Inca Quarry Trail) Trek:

The Cachiccata Trek is considered moderate in difficulty. While it involves steep ascents, descents, and high-altitude conditions, it is not as physically demanding as the Classic Inca Trail. A reasonable level of fitness and some experience with high-altitude trekking are recommended.

The best time to hike the Cachiccata Trek is during the dry season, which runs from April to October. The weather is generally sunny and dry during these months, making for more favorable trekking conditions. From November to March, this trail is available, and you can also book as long as you come prepared for rainy days. 

While a guide is not mandatory for the Cachiccata Trek, it is highly recommended. A professional guide will provide valuable historical context, ensure your safety, and help you navigate the trails. Many trekkers book the trek through a tour operator, which typically includes a guide, transportation, camping equipment, and meals. You need a professional tour guide to enter Machu Picchu. 

TreXperience will provide a professional English-speaking tour guide for the entire tour.

Permits are not required for the Cachiccata Trek. However, booking your trek in advance is still essential, especially during the peak trekking season, to secure your spot with a reputable tour operator and ensure entrance tickets to Machu Picchu are available.

The highest altitude on the Cachiccata Trek is the Kuychicassa Pass, at approximately 4450 m (14599 ft) above sea level.

At the end of the Cachiccata Trek, you will reach the town of Ollantaytambo. From there, you will take a train to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. The following day, you will visit the famous site of Machu Picchu, either by bus or hiking up the mountain.

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  • Hour Glass Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
  • User Ages: 12+ years

Embark on a journey to Machu Picchu through a recently uncovered and less frequented trail. Over the course of this 4-day trek, you’ll be treated to breathtaking scenery, featuring cascading waterfalls, ancient Inca ruins, and the opportunity to traverse a stunning remote Sun Gate. Explore captivating archaeological sites along the way, concluding your adventure in Ollantaytambo.

Make Your Way to Machu Picchu on a Newly Discovered Route!

This four-day trek offers you amazing scenery with waterfalls and Inca ruins, as well as the chance to pass by a beautiful remote Sun Gate and visit breathtaking archaeological sites en route to Ollantaytambo. The Inca Quarry Trek is one of the newest and least crowded trekking routes to Machu Picchu. This wonderful trek takes you past high waterfalls, Inca ruins, and beautiful scenery.

This challenging trek is easier than most treks to Machu Picchu and is a good option for less experienced trekkers. However, it is still important to be in good physical condition. The elevation changes make the hike strenuous as there are two high passes during the hike.

Trek Briefings:  All travelers are required to visit the Cuzco office for a mandatory briefing on your trek one day prior to departure. At this meeting, you will receive detailed information on the route, a list of what to bring, confirm your pick-up for the morning of the trek, and be able to ask questions.

Please note: You will have a guide during the trek and on the Machu Picchu tour. However, during your bus and train transfers, you will not be accompanied by a guide.

Day 1: Cuzco to Rayanniyoc, Peru Depart from Cuzco to Rafca, Trek from Socma through Perolniyoc to Rayanniyoc (L/D)

Commencing our journey, we’ll pick you up from your Cuzco accommodation around 6:00 – 6:15 am and head towards the town of Rafca (2800m). After a 30-minute drive, we reach the village of Socma (3000m), our trek’s starting point. Here, we meet the muleteer who will accompany us during the hike. Following a brief break and organizing our belongings, we embark on the trek towards the Inca site of Perolniyoc (3200m). After approximately 2.5 hours, we arrive at Perolniyoc for lunch, exploring the captivating waterfall and archaeological ruins atop the valley. Continuing for another 30 minutes, we reach Rayan-Niyoc (3,600m), where we settle in, have dinner, and camp overnight in the chilly climate.

Day 2: Rayanniyoc to Choquetacarpo, Peru Rayanniyoc to Inti Punku – Choquetacarpo (B/L/D)

Start the day with an early breakfast before tackling a challenging trek to the trek’s first high pass at 4,400 meters above sea level, offering breathtaking mountain vistas. Witness local people cultivating their fields despite the high altitudes. After about 4 hours of walking, we reach the pass, pausing to absorb the panoramic views. Lunch is served at a camp around 4,300m before continuing the hike to the trek’s highest point at 4,500m. Revel in the spectacular views before descending for approximately 3 hours to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), offering imposing views over the valley and Veronica mountain. Soon after, we reach Choquetacarpo (3600m), our second camp. Settle in, enjoy dinner, and camp overnight.

Day 3: Choquetacarpo to Aguas Calientes, Peru Trek from Choquetacarpo to Cachicata Inca Quarry & Ollantaytambo, train to Aguas Calientes (B/L/D)

After breakfast, we descend to the Inca quarry of Cachicata (3820m), witnessing the Incas’ quarry work. This site, used for constructing Ollantaytambo, features various points of interest, including large buildings, unfinished quarried stones, chullpas (burial houses), and a cave with intact Inca mummies. Continuing our descent for about 3 hours, we reach the small town of Ollantaytambo, the trek’s endpoint. From there, take the train to Aguas Calientes, where your guide will meet you at the station, provide instructions for the next day, and accompany you to your hotel. Check in, have dinner, and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes to Cuzco, Peru Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cuzco (B)

Early in the morning, take the bus to Machu Picchu, entering as it opens. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour, delving into the history of the Incas and Machu Picchu. After the tour, explore the site at your leisure, take photos, or opt for the optional hike up Huayna Picchu (must be booked in advance). Return by bus to Aguas Calientes and board the train to Ollantaytambo. Take a bus transfer back to Cuzco, with a late arrival at the Plaza San Francisco. Please make your way to your chosen accommodation.

Machu Picchu Guided Site Visit:

The one and only, this is the most spectacular (and not to mention most popular) archaeological site in all of South America. Your guide will take you on a two-hour tour of Machu Picchu, walking you through the most important sites and covering the history of the place. Then you will have free time to explore on your own and take pictures at your leisure.

Take an OPTIONAL hike up the steep peak named Huayna Picchu, which is located inside the Machu Picchu archaeological site. This sometimes muddy peak takes about 45 – 60 minutes to hike up and awards you with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu from a coveted perspective. Keep in mind that if you want to take this optional hike, you must now purchase your ticket at least two weeks in advance for an additional cost in order to get one of the 400 passes (200 people are allowed up at 7:00 am and 200 more at 10:00 am). Please send us an email directly to request this extra ticket. If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes town can be arranged. Please let us know whether you would like to stay an extra night when booking your tour.

-Activities: 1

*Hikking Adventure *4 days Inca Quarry trek to Machu Picchu

-Transport: 2

*Accommodation pick-up, all tour transport *Cuzco accommodation pick-up *All transportation during tours

-Accommodation: 3

*2N camping *1N in a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes

*3B / 3L / 3D

*Professional English-speaking guide on trek & Machu Picchu tour

-Extras: 10

*Briefing, entry, equipment, assistance *Pre-departure briefing *Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu archaeological site *Foam sleeping mat *Horsemen and horses to carry tents, food, cooking and camping equipment plus a total of 5 kilos for each trekker. (This includes 2.5 kilos for your sleeping bag & mattress plus 2.5 kilos of personal items.) *Equipment: *Tents (2 people will share a tent) *Basic sleeping pad *Shared camping equipment, *Dinner tent, kitchen tent, tables and chairs, table settings *First aid kit & emergency oxygen bottle

-Not Included-

*Breakfast day 1, Lunch day 4 *Sleeping bag (available for rent in Cuzco) *Trekking poles( available for rent in Cuzco) *Guide for bus and train transfers (these portions are on your own) *Optional Huayna Picchu trek (200 soles) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance *Optional Machu Picchu mountain hike (200 soles) must be booked at least 1 week in advance *Cuzco accommodation drop-off *Personal expenses *Travel insurance *Tips (guide, horseman, cook)

Typical Meals on the Trek

On all of our treks to Machu Picchu, we search for great cooks who provide you with the best tasting meals on the mountain, with specialty menus and the freshest local ingredients available. Here is an idea of what you will be eating during your trek. A vegetarian option is available upon request (please advise at least two days in advance).

  • Breakfast:  Hot porridge, quinoa or oats, fried eggs, omelet or pancakes with fresh bread, fried bananas, and boiled water for hot tea, coca tea, coffee, chocolate, and milk
  • First Course:  Quinoa, corn, noodle, asparagus, mushroom or vegetable soup, stuffed avocado or potatoes
  • Second Course:  Chicken breast, beef stew, quinoa, fried rice, hamburgers, fried chicken, spaghetti bolognese, typical dishes: aji de gallina (chili pepper chicken), escabeche de pollo (marinated chicken) or ajiaco de olluco (spicy potato stew)
  • Desserts:  Fried plantains, chocolate pudding, chocolate or vanilla cake, and boiled water for hot tea, coca tea, coffee, chocolate, and milk
  • Snacks:  Boiled water for hot tea, coca tea, coffee, chocolate, and milk along with popcorn, cookies, crackers

Additional Information

  • Accommodation Options:  During the trek, single travelers will share a tent with another traveler of the same sex, and couples will have a tent to themselves.
  • Physical Requirements: This hike is demanding and strenuous. t’s important to be in good physical condition. The elevation changes make the hike strenuous as there are two high passes during the hike.
  • Suggested Packing List – Bring or Rent in Cuzco:  Hiking poles, rain pants, rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals, warm socks, sweater, thermals, hat, gloves, sun hat, sunblock, sunglasses, flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card (there is limited to no electricity available during the trek), waterproof bags for your camera, hand sanitizer, personal first aid kit, water bottle. Bring extra cash for snacks, water, and Gatorade, which doubles or triples in price along the trail.
  • Essentials to Bring:  Original passport, visa (if applicable), insurance card, personal medications. Travelers who booked their trip using one passport, then renewed or replaced it afterward, must carry their old passport or a photocopy with them on the trip.

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Unveil the Hidden Path to History: The Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu in 5-Days

Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5-Days is the ultimate adventure for those seeking an authentic and enriching experience in the heart of the Inca Empire. Our expertly crafted expedition takes you on a journey through time, following the footsteps of the ancient Incas along the untouched paths of the lesser-known Inca Quarry Trail. Along the way, you’ll be captivated by breathtaking landscapes, from rugged mountain peaks to lush green valleys, as well as stunning archaeological sites that showcase the incredible engineering skills of this ancient civilization.

But that’s not all – our exclusive 5-day trek also includes a section of the world-renowned Short Inca Trail, where you’ll have the opportunity to witness iconic sights such as Intipata and Wiñay Wayna before finally arriving at the legendary Machu Picchu. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and traditions of Peru as you learn about the history and significance of each site from our knowledgeable guides. We take care of every detail to ensure your comfort and safety throughout your journey.

Our experienced team will provide top-quality camping equipment, delicious meals featuring local ingredients, and personalized attention to make sure your experience is truly unforgettable. So come join us on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure and discover why our customers rave about our unique blend of adventure, culture, and natural beauty on their reviews. Book now and let us help you create memories that will last a lifetime with Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5-Days.

Important Details About 5-Day Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Trekking highlights:.

  • Experience the ultimate adventure in the heart of the Inca Empire with our 5-day trek.
  • Explore the lesser-known Inca Quarry Trail, following in the footsteps of the ancient Incas.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Peru with our expertly crafted expedition.
  • Get off-the-beaten-path and discover untouched paths that are not overcrowded by tourists.
  • Trek through stunning landscapes, including mountains, valleys, and forests, on your way to Machu Picchu.
  • Connect with nature and disconnect from everyday stress as you challenge yourself on this trek.
  • Our experienced guides will provide you with an authentic and enriching experience every step of the way.
  • See Machu Picchu from a unique perspective on the Short Inca Trail, avoiding large crowds.
  • Learn about traditional Andean customs and interact with local communities along the trek.
  • Create lasting memories and gain a deeper understanding of Inca history.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:

  • Escorted trekking.
  • Visit the waterfall of Soqma.
  • Explore the Inca ruins of Raqaypata.
  • Visit the Inca doorway of inti Punku.
  • Explore the Inca quarry of Cachiqhata.
  • Explre the Inca ruins of Chachabamba and Wiñayhuayna
  • Explore Machu Picchu.

TREKKING DETAILS:

  • Timing: 5 Days / 4 nights
  • Destination: Machu Pichu – Cusco
  • Highest elevation: 4,470 m or 14,665 ft
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate
  • Best Time: All year around
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax.

WHY CHOOSE THIS JOURNEY?

• Exclusive Access to Hidden Wonders: By choosing the Inca Quarry Trek, you opt for exclusivity. Away from the crowded paths, this route offers a serene and intimate experience with the Andes and its historical treasures. Discover untouched Incan ruins and landscapes that many travelers never see.

• Expertly Guided Tour of Machu Picchu: Arrive at Machu Picchu not just as a visitor, but as a pilgrim, enriched with knowledge handed down through generations. Our experienced guides breathe life into the stones and pathways, revealing the stories and engineering marvels of the ancient Inca civilization.

• A Comprehensive Andean Adventure: This 5-day trek is meticulously designed to blend adrenaline-filled adventure with cultural immersion. From the rugged Quarry Trail to the sacred Inca Trail, every step is a step through history, where every vista tells a tale.

• Camping with Comfort: Adventure doesn’t mean compromising on comfort. Our treks are equipped with secure and comfortable camping facilities. From hearty meals to restful nights under the Andean sky, we ensure your journey is rewarding in every sense.

• Designed for the Spirited Traveler: Tailored for those who seek more than just a hike, this trek challenges and rewards in equal measure. The moderate to challenging terrain is a testament to the spirit of adventure that leads you to stunning views and a profound connection with nature and history.

SHORT ITINERARY:

Day 1. cusco – socma – rayanpata:.

Begin your adventure departing from your Cusco hotel, heading to Socma. Trek through the breathtaking landscapes to reach Rayanpata. Along the way, explore the hidden gem of Ñaupa Iglesia, wander through the quaint streets of Socma town, marvel at the majestic Perolniyoc waterfalls, and relish the serene beauty of Raqhaypata. The day’s journey culminates with a peaceful night camping in the quaint Rayanpata village.

Day 2. Rayanpata – Kuychicasa – Choquetakarpu:

Awaken to a warm drink against the crisp morning air. The day’s trek starts with an invigorating climb up to the Choquetakarpu pass. En route, pause to explore the ancient Inca ruins of Intipunku, offering unparalleled panoramic views. The adventure continues until you reach Choquetacarpo, where you’ll set up camp for the night.

Day 3. Choquetakarpu – Cachiqhata – Ollantaytambo:

The day begins with a trek towards the Inca Cachiccata Quarry, where the stones for Ollantaytambo’s impressive terraces were carved. Enjoy a well-deserved lunch in a traditional local restaurant before continuing your descent to the historic town of Ollantaytambo for an overnight stay.

Day 4. Ollantaytambo – Chachabamba (KM 104) – Wiñayhuayna – Aguas Calientes town:

Embark on the iconic short Inca Trail from Ollantaytambo, covering approximately 11km in 6 to 7 hours. The trail leads through diverse landscapes and past ancient archaeological sites, concluding in the bustling town of Aguas Calientes.

Day 5. Aguas Calientes town – Machu Picchu – Cusco:

The final day of your expedition begins with an early bus ride up to the legendary Machu Picchu. Spend the day exploring the ancient ruins and soaking in their historical significance before returning to Cusco by train in the evening, marking the end of your unforgettable adventure.

Full Itinerary

Detailed itinerary, day 1.- journey from cusco to socma, then onto rayanpata:.

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Following this visit, we will trek for approximately 2 hours towards the Socma community (3188m / 10459 ft). Here, our trekking chef will craft a lunch from fresh, local ingredients, providing a taste of the region’s culinary richness. Post-lunch, we’ll have the opportunity to explore Socma, engage with its residents, and gain insights into their simple yet profound way of life and traditions.

Our afternoon challenge is a vigorous 2 to 3-hour ascent to the Perolniyoc waterfall. This stunning cascading waterfall drops 100 meters (328 feet) into the underlying rock, offering one of the most breathtaking natural spectacles in Cusco. From here, the views over the Socma Valley, the Maras Plateau, and the surrounding snow-draped peaks are nothing short of magnificent. We will set up camp near the Rayanpata community (3611 m / 11847 ft), basking in the serene ambiance and the picturesque landscapes that envelop us.

As we settle into our campsite, our knowledgeable guide will share stories and insights about the history and significance of the places we have visited today. We will also have some free time to take in the surrounding beauty, go for a short hike, or simply relax and enjoy the peacefulness of Rayanpata.

QUICK FACTS:

  • Campsite Altitude: 3611 m / 11847 ft
  • Distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Meals: Snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2.- Adventure Update: From Rayanpata to Kuychicasa, then on to Choquetakarpu.

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Rejuvenated, our trek resumes with a 2-hour ascent to the Kuychicasa Pass. At 14,600 feet, it’s not only a test of endurance but also the day’s highest point. This leg of the trek to Machu Picchu is arguably the most challenging, yet it is immensely rewarding, offering unparalleled views of the pristine, snow-dusted mountains that surround us.

Our final stretch involves a 2-hour descent towards the evening’s campsite. Along the way, we’ll have the opportunity to explore the ancient Intipunku, or Sun Gate, an Inca ruin that offers a window into the past. Our day concludes as we arrive around 5 pm at the Choquetakarpu camp, located near the Cachicata, an Inca quarry, at an elevation of 11,811 feet.

This day promises to be the most fulfilling for avid hikers and those passionate about ancient civilizations, combining physical challenge with cultural enrichment against the backdrop of some of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth.

  • Campsite Altitude: 3600 m / 11,811 ft
  • Distance: 16 km / 10 miles
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping.
  • Difficulty: Challenging.

Day 3.- Adventure: From the Peaks to Ollantaytambo.

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Starting from the quarry, we’ll follow the original Inca trail down to Ollantaytambo. This three-hour descent takes us along the same path that the Incas used to transport stones for their monumental building efforts. Imagine walking in the footsteps of ancient stone carriers, surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, all while learning about the ingenuity that characterized the Incan empire.

Arriving in Ollantaytambo marks not just the end of our descent, but also the last meal prepared by our chef – a moment to savor the flavors that have accompanied us on our trek. But your exploration doesn’t end there. You’ll have free time to wander the cobbled streets of this ancient town. Why not visit the local pub, where you can taste Chicha, the traditional corn beer that the Incas held sacred? It’s a perfect way to conclude your day – from exploring historical heights to enjoying the lively local culture at ground level.

Your night will be spent in the comfort of a local hotel, giving you time to rest and reflect on the day’s rich experiences. And if you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the Milky Way in the night sky – a reminder of the vastness and wonder of our world. Tomorrow, we’ll continue our trek to Machu Picchu, but for now, let your mind wander as you drift off to sleep in this peaceful Andean town.

Hiking Distance: 7 km / 4.5 miles Duration: 5 hours Meals Provided: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Hotel Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4: Journey to Machu Picchu via Inca Trail:

Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The path through the luxuriant cloud forest unveils a tapestry of biodiversity. Every step offers the chance to encounter a kaleidoscope of flora and fauna. If fortune smiles upon us, we might witness the rare Viscachas or even catch a glimpse of the Spectacled Bear, a treasured sight indeed.

Our perseverance is rewarded as we reach the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the late afternoon. The first sight of Machu Picchu from this vantage point is a moment of unparalleled awe, offering sublime views with the golden hue of the setting sun. This time offers a peaceful respite from the crowds, ideal for capturing the majesty of the site in photographs.

The final stretch of the day’s trek brings us via a connecting path down to Aguas Calientes. Here, we’ll retreat to the comfort of our hotel, a well-deserved rest awaiting after a day filled with exploration, discovery, and the indelible imprint of the ancient Inca civilization. For the adventurous and energetic, there’s still time to explore nearby hot springs or take a dip in one of the pools.

Hiking Distance: 11 km / 6.8 miles Duration: 6 -7 hours Meals Provided: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Hotel Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5.- Machu Picchu Sunrise Tour: A Journey to Remember:

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Upon arriving at Machu Picchu, we’ll breeze through the entry process with our pre-arranged permits and step into the heart of the Inca Empire. Prepare to be captivated during the 2-3 hour tour led by our expert guide, who will unveil the mysteries of the Incas and guide us through the citadel’s most iconic sites.

After the guided tour, take this opportunity to forge your own path within the majestic ruins. For adventurers with permits, the peaks of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain beckon for a challenging yet rewarding climb with views you’ll never forget. Additionally, you’ll have the freedom to engage in various activities at your leisure (please note, these are not included in the tour price).

As the day winds down, we’ll return to Aguas Calientes by bus, included in your experience, before setting off on the Expedition train back to Ollantaytambo. Though train times may vary, rest assured, your comfortable transfer to your Cusco accommodation awaits at Ollantaytambo Station.

After a day rich in exploration and awe, enjoy the calm of the evening to relax at your hotel, savoring the incredible memories made on your Machu Picchu adventure. Don’t forget to capture the stunning sunset over the Andes Mountains or indulge in a delicious dinner at one of Aguas Calientes’ many restaurants.

Inclusions / Exclusions

To ensure a memorable5-day Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, our comprehensive package includes the following essentials:

  • Pre-departure Briefing: A crucial meeting with your guide and group at our office the evening before your trek begins, set for 6:00 PM. Should you be unable to attend, please alert us to arrange an alternative time.
  • Touristic Transport: Morning pickup from your Cusco hotel, followed by a private transport to the Socma Community, a 2-hour drive.
  • Touristic Train Expedition Service: Departure from Ollantaytambo Train Station to Chachabamba, marking the commencement of the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
  • Adventure Experienced Tour Guide: An English-speaking, professional guide with official tourism certification, offering insights into the culture and landscape throughout the trek.
  • Accommodations: Overnight stays in 3-star hotels in Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu Village, with options for double or triple lodging. Private single rooms are available for an additional $25.
  • Entry Tickets: Included are tickets for the Short Inca Trail and the Machu Picchu Inca Site.
  • Comfortable Camping Equipment: Provision of tents, tables, chairs, sleeping foam mattresses, pillows, and hot water bags.
  • Bus Tickets: Three bus tickets for travel to and from Aguas Calientes town and Machu Picchu Inca City.
  • Duffle Bags: A duffle bag per person for up to 7 kilos of personal items, distributed at the pre-departure briefing.
  • Horses: For carrying food and equipment from Socma to Ollantaytambo. Personal lunch items (up to 1 kilo) to be carried during the Short Inca Trail.
  • Emergency Horse: Available in case of difficulties during the trek.
  • Meals: Four breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, with options for vegetarian, vegan, or special diets at no extra cost. Note: The first breakfast and the last lunch post-Machu Picchu are not included.
  • Support Crew: Trekking chefs, porters, and horsemen.
  • Water: Provided throughout the trek. Participants should bring their own bottles or camelbacks, with a recommendation of approximately 2L.
  • Train Tickets Back: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo train station, with the departure time confirmed during the briefing and subject to availability.
  • Transfer Back to Cusco: Private touristic transport from Ollantaytambo train station back to your hotel in Cusco on Day 5.
  • 24-hour Guest Service: Available for ongoing communication and coordination with our agency.
  • Medical Kit and Oxygen Bottle: Carried by our crew, including a first-aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle for safety.

This all-inclusive package is designed to provide an unforgettable experience, ensuring that all logistical and comfort needs are met, allowing you to focus solely on the beauty and challenge of the trek to Machu Picchu.

Not Included:

  • First Breakfast: On the first day before departure.
  • Lunch on the Last Day: After the Machu Picchu tour.
  • Sleeping Bag: Participants must bring their own or rent from us.
  • Trekking Poles: Not provided but can be hired from us.
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Hikes: Optional hikes not included in the package. Tickets must be purchased separately due to limited availability.
  • Gratuities: Voluntary and at the discretion of the participant.
  • Travel Insurance: Strongly recommended for all participants for their safety and peace of mind.

Extra Hikes After the Machu Picchu Tour:

For those looking to extend their adventure and fully immerse themselves in the landscapes surrounding one of the world’s new Seven Wonders, we offer the opportunity to conquer additional peaks with breathtaking views.

  • Huayna PicchuMt.: For an added challenge and a different perspective of the ancient city, consider climbing Huayna Picchu. Tickets are an additional $75 per person. Due to limited entry, it’s essential to book these well in advance. The climb itself takes about 2 hours round trip, offering unique angles for photography and a thrilling experience.
  • Montaña Machu Picchu: To stand at the highest point around Machu Picchu, Montaña Machu Picchu is the trek to undertake. Tickets cost an additional $75 per person, and similar to Huayna Picchu, must be booked in advance due to limited capacity. Prepare for a longer hike, totaling about 3 hours round trip, but the panoramic views from the top are unmatched, making it a rewarding endeavor.

Packing List

We recommended the following items:.

duffle bag

The Duffle bag for the trekking

  • Sleeping bag: You can rent at SUNRISE PERU TREK office.
  • A good Hiking boots.
  • Original passport.
  • For students: Original Student card.
  • Insurance card / certificate.
  • Walking stick: Highly recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho.
  • Warm jacket.
  • Hat and gloves.
  • 3-4 t-shirts.
  • 2 pairs of pants: 1 for hiking, 1 for camping.
  • Long underwear for sleeping.
  • Hand sanitizer.

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Recommended backpack 30lts.

  • Comfortable pants.
  • Hat or cap for the sun.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Toiletries / Toilet paper.
  • Personal medication.
  • Flashlight or headlamp.
  • Extra money: For tips, snacks, beer, etc. It’s always a good idea to have some extra cash on hand during your travels, just in case.
  • Positive attitude: Last but certainly not least, bring a positive attitude and an open mind. Traveling can be unpredictable at times, so it’s important to stay flexible and embrace any challenges that may arise. Keep an open mind to try new things and immerse

COST OF THE TOUR.

PRICE: US$ 780  group service

Trek Payment Details:

In order to commence your adventure on the Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail , a non-refundable deposit of US$200 per person is required. This deposit can be made using PayPal, WESTERN UNION, or directly to our BANK ACCOUNT for a money transfer. These payment methods are chosen for their speed and reliability, ensuring your transaction is smooth and secure within Peru’s financial landscape. Please ensure that all transfers are made in the name of SUNRISE PERU TREK TOUR OPERATOR E.I.R.L. Upon your arrival in Cusco, the remaining balance of your trek fees must be settled in cash. We accept both US Dollars and Peruvian Soles (local currency), allowing you flexibility in your payment options.

Remaining Balance Payment Options:

Upon your arrival in Cusco, you have the flexibility to settle the remaining balance of your trek fees in a way that’s most convenient for you. You can choose to pay with either US dollars or Peruvian Soles, according to the current exchange rate available in Cusco. For those preferring the convenience of electronic payment, we also accept balance payments through PayPal, though please note that a 7% commission will be added to cover transaction fees. Additionally, payments made using Visa credit cards are welcome; however, a 5% service fee will apply to cover the processing costs. We kindly ask that you inform us in advance about your preferred method of payment, to ensure a smooth and hassle-free transaction.

Travel Information

Essential information about the 5-day inca quarry trek & short inca trail:.

The 5-day Inca Quarry Trek combined with the Short Inca Trail is an immersive experience designed for adventurers who wish to explore unique Incan ruins and enjoy breathtaking natural landscapes while also experiencing a part of the classic Inca Trail. The trek is moderately challenging, making it suitable for fit individuals with a spirit for adventure. Trekking days span between 5 to 7 hours of walking, so preparation in terms of stamina and physical fitness is crucial.

Our journey starts in Cusco, from where we will transfer you to the trailhead. Along the way, you will be accompanied by experienced guides, a chef preparing local gourmet meals, and porters to carry the camping gear. The maximum altitude reached during this trek is 4,450 meters (14,600 ft) above sea level, so acclimatization to high altitude in Cusco at least two days before the trek is highly recommended.

The trek’s highlight is a visit to the stunning Machu Picchu on the last day, with an early morning entry to witness the sunrise over this world wonder. This package includes all necessary permits for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, along with accommodation in comfortable tents and a final night in a hotel near Machu Picchu.

ABOUT BRIEFING

For your Inca Quarry Trek briefing, it will occur one day prior to the hike. The location, either at your hotel or our offices, is dependent on the confirmation email you will receive. Scheduled for 6:30 p.m., this session is a crucial opportunity to address any issues and queries you may have. Your guide will also confirm that you possess the correct gear for the journey, ensuring you are fully prepared for the adventures ahead.

WHAT TO DO IN CUSCO

Upon your entrance to Cusco (3,033m / 11,154ft), it is paramount to allow the body to accustom itself to the elevated heights of the area. We encourage travelling visitors to consider shorter trips such as Cusco City Tour and Sacred Valley Tour prior to any extended journey such as Machu Picchu and Choquequirao. By doing this, you can reduce your risk of altitude sickness. Should you have already penciled in a tour like Rainbow Mountain or Humantay Lake , we suggest making them last on your list.

WEATHER IN CUSCO?

The area of Cusco has two potential seasons: the wet season from November to March and the arid season from April to October. Still, weather in the Andes is unpredictable so it’s always a good idea to bring rain protection with you, just in case you experience warmer days. At “Sunrise Peru Trek”, we guarantee an unforgettable encounter no matter what nature throws at you. It is almost impossible to be exact about the climate in Peru. During the rainy season it may be bright and pleasant while during arid periods there could be hail – still one of the charms of Peru.

DIFFICULTY OF TREK:

The Inca Quarry Trek, including the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is classified as a moderate to challenging hike. Despite the breathtaking views and unparalleled access to Incan ruins, trekkers should be in good physical condition to undertake this adventure. The trail encompasses steep ascents and descents, with the highest point reaching 4,450 meters (14,600 feet) above sea level. The effects of altitude can make these treks more demanding than the same effort at lower elevations. Prior training, such as regular hiking or aerobic activity, is strongly recommended to ensure an enjoyable and successful experience.

the Meals during the Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu are designed to fuel your adventurous spirit. Our experienced chefs prepare a diverse range of delicious and nutritious dishes that cater to various dietary needs. A typical day starts with a hearty breakfast, ensuring you have the energy for the day’s hike. During the trek, you’ll stop for lunch at a scenic spot, where you can soak in the stunning views while indulging in a multi-tiered meal of local Andean specialties. Dinner is a relaxing affair, giving you time to rest and reflect on the day’s accomplishments while savoring a sumptuous fusion of traditional Peruvian flavors with modern culinary techniques. With plenty of snacks and hydration breaks throughout the day, you can stay energized and hydrated throughout the trek.

DIETARY NEEDS:

We understand that everyone has different dietary needs and restrictions. Our chefs are happy to accommodate any dietary requirements, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or any allergies. All meals are prepared with fresh ingredients from local markets, ensuring not only a delicious taste but also supporting the local economy. It’s important to let us know about your dietary needs in advance, so we can make all necessary arrangements and ensure you have a worry-free dining experience during the trek.

PREPARATION:

Before setting out on the Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu , it’s essential to be physically and mentally prepared. We recommend incorporating regular cardiovascular exercise and strength training into your routine several months prior to your trek. Familiarize yourself with hiking at elevation, if possible, to acclimate your body to the demands of the high Andean altitudes. Additionally, ensure your hiking gear is well-suited and comfortable for long days of trekking. Items such as a good pair of hiking boots, moisture-wicking clothing, a sturdy backpack, and sun protection are indispensable. Don’t forget to also prepare for varying weather conditions; layers are key. Finally, reviewing the itinerary and understanding the cultural significance of the places you will visit will greatly enhance your appreciation and experience of the trek.

HORSES INCLUDED:

Our camping excursions come with horses and horsemen that are in charge of setting up and transporting all gear. They will also be lugging the duffel bag that you received at the briefing held prior to your Inca Quarry Trek. Each individual travel bag must not exceed 7 kg / 14 lbs and should contain both your sleeping bag and air mattress. This inclusion not only eases the physical burden on trekkers but also provides a unique opportunity to interact with these magnificent animals, enhancing your connection to the traditional methods of travel in the region.

ABOUT DUFFEL BAG:

On the night preceding the hike, you will be provided with a duffle bag of limited size in which you can load your clothes for the duration of the hike. The maximum weight allowable for this bag is 7 kg (15.4 lbs). The horsemen will be responsible for transporting your duffle bag from one site to another, while different horses will carry food and camping equipment. It’s important to note that you won’t be able to access the items in your duffle bag during the day, as the horsemen and horses typically move ahead of the group, making the bags accessible only at the end of each day’s route.

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To protect your investment in travel, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. It is highly recommended and it is very easy to obtain travel insurance before leaving home. This insurance can cover you for a wide range of situations, including trip cancellation, medical emergencies, lost or stolen luggage, and more. Ensuring you have travel insurance can provide peace of mind, allowing you to enjoy your adventure without worrying about the unexpected.

Booking 5 -Day Inca Quarry Trek with us, has never been easier. You just need to submit the required information below and a US$ 200 deposit to reserve your Tour. You can pay the balance once you arrive to Cusco in our offices.

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Trek description, decription about 5-day inca quarry trek & short inca trail to machu picchu:.

Our 5-Day Inca Quarry Trek and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu offers an unrivaled, less-traveled path filled with breathtaking scenery, historical ruins, and a powerful connection to the ancient Inca civilization. This unique adventure starts in Cusco and takes you through the Sacred Valley, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Andean mountains and its vibrant ecosystems.

The trek includes a challenging yet rewarding climb to the top of the Cachicata Quarry, where the Incas sourced stones for their monumental structures. Along the way, trekkers will encounter untouched Inca sites, remote Andean communities, and fascinating flora and fauna native to the region. The culmination of this incredible journey is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enter Machu Picchu through the Gate of the Sun (Inti Punku), offering a spectacular panoramic view of the lost city at sunrise.

Designed for both the avid adventurer and those seeking a path less taken, this trek is an excellent alternative to the traditional Inca Trail. It combines physical challenge, cultural immersion, and historical exploration, ensuring an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Peruvian Andes.

Why travelers choose Inca Quarry Trek?

Why travelers choose the 5-day inca quarry trek & short inca trail to machu picchu:.

Travelers are increasingly drawn to the 5-Day Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for a multitude of compelling reasons.

This unique path offers an authentic and less-crowded experience, appealing to those who wish to connect more intimately with nature and the ancient Incan culture. Unlike the more famous routes, this trek provides a genuinely adventurous challenge without the overwhelming tourist traffic, allowing for a more personal and reflective journey. Alongside breathtaking natural landscapes, trekkers encounter lesser-known archaeological sites, making the experience feel like a discovery of hidden treasures. Furthermore, the opportunity to enter Machu Picchu through the Gate of the Sun at sunrise presents an unparalleled, majestic view that is both emotionally moving and visually spectacular. This trek appeals to adventurous souls seeking not just a hike, but an enriching cultural and historical immersion.

Important Information About Inca Quarry Trek

Important information about the inca quarry trek & short inca trail to machu picchu:.

  • Upon booking, you will receive confirmation, ensuring peace of mind. To secure your spot, we kindly request your passport name, number, date of birth, gender, and country. If you prefer, you can simply send us a picture of your passport.
  • Please keep in mind that a valid passport is mandatory on the date of travel. This is an important requirement to ensure a smooth experience for everyone. While the tour or activity is not wheelchair accessible, we welcome most travelers to join us on this unforgettable journey.
  • Rest assured, airport pickup and drop-off will be arranged based on your flight information, adding convenience to your overall travel plans. Operated by SUNRISE PERU TREK Travel & Tours, you will be part of a small group of up to 12 travelers, creating a personalized and intimate experience.
  • Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore the Inca Quarry Trek and witness the wonders of Machu Picchu. Book your tour today!

Accommodation

About accommodation:.

The accommodation for the Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is thoughtfully arranged to enhance your adventure while ensuring comfort after a day of trekking. Participants will spend nights enveloped by the serene beauty of the Andes in top-quality tents, designed for durability and comfort against the elements. For two nights during your journey, accommodations will be in a handpicked 3-star category hotel, offering a blend of local charm and modern amenities. This combination allows trekkers to experience the raw beauty of nature along with moments of restful luxury.

Important sites:

Important sites to be visited:.

During the 5-day Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you’ll visit several breathtaking sites, each with its own unique story and beauty.

  • The Waterfall of Socma : A hidden gem within the valley that boasts a stunning cascade, offering a serene spot to appreciate nature’s artwork.
  • Raqaypata Inca Ruins : An ancient site that provides insight into the architectural prowess and lifestyle of the Inca civilization.
  • Inti Punki Inca Site : Known as the Sun Gate, this site offers panoramic views and was historically a significant checkpoint for those entering Machu Picchu.
  • Kachiqhata Inca Quarry : A testament to the Incan stonecraft and engineering, this quarry supplied stones for constructing Ollantaytambo.
  • Ollantaytambo : This ancient Incan fortress stands as a monumental example of Incan urban planning and engineering.
  • Chachabamba Inca Site : A ceremonial complex that introduces travelers to the spiritual customs of the Incas.
  • Wiñayhuayna Inca Site : Featuring terraced hillsides, this significant archaeological site precedes the final stretch to Machu Picchu.
  • Machu Picchu : The highlight of the trek, this iconic ancient city offers a glimpse into the Incan Empire at its zenith, nestled high in the Andes, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

These sites not only provide a backdrop to an adventurous trek but also offer a deep dive into the history, culture, and architectural ingenuity of the Incan civilization.

Ruels of Use the Trail

Rules of use:.

To ensure the preservation of these remarkable sites and the safety of all visitors, the following rules must be adhered to during your adventure:

  • Animal hunting and deforestation are strictly prohibited. The natural habitats surrounding these historical sites are to be left undisturbed to maintain the ecological balance.
  • The flora and fauna along the trail are protected by the natural World Heritage organization and must not be disturbed. This includes picking plants or disturbing wildlife.
  • Stick to the marked paths at all times and refrain from veering off for any reason. This helps in preserving the natural terrain and archaeological sites.
  • Camp only in designated areas; camping inside archaeological sites or restricted zones is strictly prohibited to protect these precious landmarks.
  • Carry all rubbish and waste in plastic bags and dispose of them properly at the end of your trek to minimize environmental impact.
  • Campfires pose a danger and are not allowed. They can lead to forest fires and cause irreparable damage to the ecosystem.
  • Respecting the intangible nature of archaeological sites, it is crucial to stay on the designated path to avoid causing any damage.
  • In case of an emergency, follow the instructions of the responsible person in charge to ensure the safety of yourself and others.

Adherence to these rules is imperative for the conservation of these sites and to ensure that future generations can also experience the stunning beauty and historical significance of these ancient wonders.

Tips for a Successful Trek

Tips for a successful trek:.

Embarking on the Inca Quarry Trek and Short Inca Trail is an exciting adventure that requires proper preparation and planning. To ensure a successful and enjoyable experience, keep these essential tips in mind:

1. Physical Preparation:

Prior to your trek, it’s important to engage in regular physical exercise to build endurance and strength. Focus on cardiovascular workouts, such as hiking or running, to prepare your body for the demanding terrain and altitude of the Andes.

2. Altitude Acclimatization:

The high altitude of the Inca Quarry Trek and Short Inca Trail can pose challenges to even the fittest individuals. Take the time to acclimatize properly by spending a few days in Cusco before starting your trek. This will allow your body to adapt to the thin air and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.

3. Equipment Recommendations:

Invest in good quality trekking gear and equipment to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the journey. Essential items include sturdy hiking boots, moisture-wicking clothing, a waterproof jacket, a reliable backpack, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a first aid kit.

4. Safety Precautions:

While trekking, always prioritize safety. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and carry water purification tablets or a filter to replenish your supply. Dress in layers to adjust to changing weather conditions, and use trekking poles for stability on steep descents. Follow the guidance of your experienced guide and be mindful of your surroundings.

“Trekking through the Inca quarries and the Short Inca Trail is an incredible experience that offers stunning vistas and a glimpse into the ancient Inca civilization. However, it’s crucial to prioritize safety and respect for the environment.”

5. Respect for the Environment:

As you trek through the beautiful landscapes of Peru, remember to practice Leave No Trace principles. Dispose of waste responsibly, avoid damaging vegetation, and respect the cultural and historical significance of the Inca ruins you encounter along the way.

6. Mental Preparation:

Prepare yourself mentally for the physical challenges and the rewarding experiences that lie ahead. Stay positive, embrace the journey, and immerse yourself in the rich history and natural beauty of the Inca Quarry Trek and Short Inca Trail.

By following these tips, you’ll be well-prepared and equipped to make the most of your Inca Quarry Trek and Short Inca Trail experience. Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime, and create lasting memories in the breathtaking landscapes of South America.

Conclusion:

The conclusion:.

Congratulations on completing the Inca Quarry Trek and Short Inca Trail! Your 5-day adventure through the Andes and the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu has been truly remarkable. As you reflect on your journey, let the beauty of the Andes and the wonders of Machu Picchu leave a lasting impact on your soul.

The Inca Quarry Trek and Short Inca Trail offer a unique and immersive experience, allowing you to witness the rich history and breathtaking landscapes of Peru. From the challenging hikes to the fascinating Inca quarries, each step of the trek has been a testament to your determination and love for the outdoors.

As you head back to Cusco, carry with you the memories you’ve made, the friendships you’ve formed, and the sense of accomplishment that comes with conquering these legendary trails. Your adventure has only just begun, and we hope it ignites a desire for more exploration in Peru and beyond.

What is the Inca Quarry Trek and Short Inca Trail?

The Inca Quarry Trek and Short Inca Trail is a 5-day trekking adventure in Peru that combines the scenic beauty of the Andes with a visit to the famous Machu Picchu. It offers an alternative route to reach Machu Picchu, allowing you to explore stunning Inca ruins and the ancient Inca quarries along the way.

How difficult is the Inca Quarry Trek and Short Inca Trail?

The Inca Quarry Trek and Short Inca Trail is considered moderate in terms of difficulty. It involves hiking in high altitude conditions, steep ascents, and descents, but it is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and hiking experience.

What are the highlights of the Short Inca Trail?

The Short Inca Trail offers a unique and rewarding experience. Some of the highlights include the stunning views from the Sun Gate (Intipunku), the ancient ruins of Wiñay Wayna, and, of course, the iconic Machu Picchu itself.

How do I plan my Inca Quarry Trek and Short Inca Trail adventure?

Planning your adventure involves several important steps. Firstly, choose a reliable travel agency that offers Inca Quarry Trek and Short Inca Trail packages. Then, make sure you have the necessary permits and consider what essential items to pack for the trek. It’s also important to acclimatize to the altitude in Cusco before starting the hike.

What can I expect on the first day of the trek?

On the first day of the trek, you will travel from Cusco to the trailhead, where you’ll start your hike. The terrain will be moderately challenging but manageable. You’ll spend the night at a campsite, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Andes.

What is the significance of the Inca quarries along the trek?

The Inca quarries hold great historical importance. As you hike through this section of the trail, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the remnants of ancient stone workings, witnessing the incredible stonework skills of the Incas and gaining insight into their quarrying techniques.

When will I reach Intipunku (Sun Gate)?

You will reach Intipunku, the Sun Gate, on Day 3 of your trek. This challenging hike will reward you with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and a first glimpse of the magnificent Machu Picchu in the distance.

What can I explore in Machu Picchu?

In Machu Picchu, you can explore various areas such as the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana Stone, and the Temple of the Three Windows. Take your time to wander the ancient citadel, absorb the history and marvel at the architectural wonders created by the Incas.

What are the options for accommodation and dining in Aguas Calientes?

Aguas Calientes, the town located at the base of Machu Picchu, offers a range of accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences. You’ll also find a variety of restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a meal after a long day of hiking.

How do I return to Cusco after completing the trek?

To return to Cusco, you can take a scenic train ride from Aguas Calientes. This is a great opportunity to relax, soak in the stunning views, and reflect on your memorable adventure. Additionally, you can explore other nearby attractions or activities before heading back to Cusco.

What tips do you have for a successful Inca Quarry Trek and Short Inca Trail?

To ensure a successful trek, it’s important to prepare physically in advance, acclimatize to the altitude, and pack the right gear. Stay hydrated, listen to your body, and take breaks when needed. Follow the advice of your trekking guide and prioritize safety throughout the journey.

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Arrival Information for your trip

Upon your arrival in Cusco on the designated program start date, our attentive staff will be eagerly awaiting your presence at the airport. Rest assured, they will be holding a blackboard with your name displayed so that you can easily identify them. A swift and comfortable 15-minute transfer will then transport you to the meticulously selected hotel.

Once settled into your accommodation, an informative briefing will be conducted. During this time, you can sip on a delightful cup of Coca tea, which comes highly recommended for acclimatization to the altitude. We will provide you with valuable insights about the city, as well as a comprehensive review of the meticulously curated tour itinerary.

To ensure a seamless experience, please coordinate your flights to arrive at Cusco’s renowned “Alejandro Velasco Astete” International Airport (airport code CUZ) on your program start date. As the adventure reaches its conclusion, your journey ends in Cusco on the program’s scheduled end date. Please note that no activities are planned for this day, allowing you the freedom to depart at a time that suits your convenience.

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  • All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. Citizens of the United Kingdom do not require visas to travel to Peru if they are staying for under 180 days. Visa rules may change, so it is your responsibility to stay up to date with the current visa laws of the countries you are visiting and adhere to them.

Travelling at Altitude

This trip goes above 2,800 meters / 9,200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse effects in their health due to the altitude. Please see further information on Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE).

Travel Insurance

On this trip you will be trekking at more than 2,000 meters / 6,561 ft above sea level, you therefore need to ensure you have suitable travel insurance in place.

Can I Travel Solo?

Yes, in fact many of our travellers choose to travel solo as our trips offer a fantastic opportunity to meet new people. This is a group trip, so there’ll be other people to share the experience with – you’re never truly travelling alone! You can also travel with a friend or partner, however you choose to participate you’re sure to have an amazing time!

Can I Opt For My Own Room?

You can opt for your own room, but it will incur an additional cost. Please note that you’ll be unable to have your own room during nights 3 to 5 when we will be hiking. For more details on opting for your own room, please contact us .

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Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu

Explore the lesser-known Inca Trail on this 5-day, 4-night trek to Machu Picchu . Led by experienced guides Raquel and Edwin, you’ll hike through stunning mountain scenery, lush forests, and ancient ruins.

On the first day, you’ll start your hike at Km 82, following the original Inca Trail to the Inca Quarry. This impressive site is where the Incas quarried the stones used to build Machu Picchu.

On the second day, you’ll hike to Wayllabamba, a beautiful valley home to a variety of flora and fauna. You’ll have the chance to see llamas, alpacas, and other Andean animals.

On the third day, you’ll hike to the highest point on the Inca Quarry Trek, Runkurakay Pass. At 3,900 meters above sea level, this pass offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

On the fourth day, you’ll hike to Winay Wayna, the last Inca settlement before Machu Picchu . This impressive site is full of ancient ruins, including temples, terraces, and fountains.

On the fifth day, you’ll hike to Machu Picchu , where you’ll have the whole morning to explore this incredible lost city. You’ll see the Sun Gate, the Temple of the Sun, and other important structures.

This is a moderate trek, so it’s a great option for those who want to experience the Inca Trail without the long days of hiking. All meals and transportation are included, and you’ll be accompanied by a team of experienced guides and porters.

DAY 1: CUSCO – ZURITE – HUAROCONDO – QUILLARUMIYOC – MOLINOYOC – WATA.

We come to pick you up from your hotel and drive by private van to the trailhead, we do our first stop to explore the  Quillarumiyoc  ruins. where we will find many  inca archeological  remains, it was a religious center. The Moonstone is a large carving on an enormous lime stone boulder,and  it was important for his quechua society . After exploring this site we keep going to the place where all our local mountain staff will be waiting for us like horsemen and the horses and as soon as we are there we start walking up to (pre-incan site of Wata) where have a nice spot to have lunch with a nice view of  Urubamba Mountain  range after having lunch your guide will explain you the story of wata after that we take the path go along a green side valley where we appreciate below the valley a few small villages before to go in the village of  Chillipawa , where we camp.

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DAY 2: CHILLIPAHUA – CHANCACHUCO.

After a good breakfast we start our trek climbing up with several stops to enjoy the view of the valley and the high land mountains and high pampas with a lot of high land grass, We normally stop for lunch shortly before the pass of  Accoccosa  the highest point of the trek. The last part of the pass is on loose red gravel, but the view from the top makes it all worthwhile: a broad, hidden valley surrounded by snowy and glaciers peaks the  Huayanay Mountain Range on the left , the  Urubamba   Mountain  Range straight ahead and beautiful, pyramidal  Veronica Mountain 5,800m.a.s.l./19,024ft.  to the right. We have time to explore this plateau and experience walking in the high lands before continuing to our camp we can do some optional hike around this area. Our campsite is close to a single farmer family in a big flat or  pampa called Chancachuco .

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DAY 3: CHANCACHUCO – CACHICATA.

After breakfast we follow the stream down to the narrow canyon with polylepis trees forest, after the canyon the path turns North and traverses very high above a deep and steep valley separating us from the  Huayanay Mountains . This is probably the most spectacular section of the trek and we trek under the Inca aqueduct spectacularly carved out of the cliffs to take water from the  Chancachuco Valley  to the  Sacred Valley  several miles away. At the end of the traverse we have a short steep climb up to our lunch place, flat with spectacular view of Sacred Valley and the snowy and glacier Urubamba mountain Range. After lunch we explore the  Huayrapunku . Meaning “Gate of the Wind”, this is a single Inca remain on the top of the mountain which one is to  Veronica Mountain , Finally a short walk brings us to our final campsite in amongst the granite stones of the  Cachicata Quarry . It was here that huge blocks were cut from the pink granite before dragged down the mountainside and across the  Vilcanota River  to the  Sun Temple at Ollantaytambo town .

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DAY 4: CACHICATA – OLLANTAYTAMBO – MACHU PICCHU

Mornings usually spectacular, to see the sun rise over the  Sacred Valley  from our campsite high above it. The sun’s first rays catching the  glaciers of Veronica Mountain , This is our last day on the trek and we descend from the pampas down into the lush valley floor along the enormous stone ramps on which the Incas dragged the stones. We cross the river and explore the huge Sun Temple at Ollantaytambo  Inca site complex. Then we board the  train to Aguas Calientes .

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DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Early in the morning, we’ll catch the bus up to the  Inca city of Machu Picchu  to enjoy a guided tour or this enigmatic site. After the tour there will be time to wander around and appreciate the beauty and mystery of  Machu Picchu . Later on, you may choose to climb  Wayna Picchu 2,600m.a.s.l. / 8,850ft.  the peak overlooking the area. Around mid-afternoon we’ll catch the bus back to the train station for the return trip to Cusco . The tracks run along the  Urubamba river valley , the  route taken by Hiram Bingham  in 1911 when he re-discovered  Machu Picchu . On the arrival to Cusco we transfer to the hotel.

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Included in the trip

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  • Pre-departure inka quarry trek briefing at Hotel or Office *Give us details of the place you are going to stay in Cusco please.
  • Professional Quechua Spanish and English speaking Huarocondo Cachicata trek  tour guide
  • Collection from your hotel (we pick you up where you are staying from) from 6:30 to 7:00 am
  • Private Transportation Van to Huarocondo  ( trailhead)
  • Tourist train round trip (cerrojo-backpacker ) from Ollantaytambo  – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (2 hours aprox.) and then bus back to Cusco(1 and half hours aprox. )
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Quarry Trek Food: *4 breakfasts,4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 4 dinners
  • 4 seasons HIGH QUALITY PROPER MOUNTAIN TENT (Best Mountain Hardwear & kayla Doite Tents )(We use only the finest quality aluminum tent poles) 4 man tent for 2-people so there will be plenty of space to set up your backpacks
  • Camping equipment (tent for the staff, cooking and eating tents. portables chairs and tables )
  • THERM-A-REST self-inflating air Sleeping mattresses ( a whole new way to sleep in comfort.
  • Quary Trek Cook ,who is in charge of making the food,
  • Horsemen, mules or porters Weight allowance: Our horses will carry up to 16 pounds or 7 kilograms of your personal belongings.
  • If you would like to hire a private horse, ( let us know at the time of booking)(they also carry cooking stuff and camping equipment )
  • 1 emergency horse to ride every 3 persons – days 1 to 2
  • 1 night accommodation in a hostel Aguas Calientes  and if you want to upgrade let us know
  • Health Insurance for our porters, cooks,guides, field crew and Terra Quechua  staff
  • Wake up coca tea each morning in your tent for a gentle start
  • Free duffel bag for your personal stuff
  • Oxygen balloon for any emergency
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • Two-hours guided tour upon your arrival in Machu Picchu  (to explore every important temple of the Santuary).
  • Single Tents and vegetarian meals available upon request with no extra cost
  • Free “I survived ” T-shirt and certificate (only for PEOPLE who successfully complete the trek!!)
  • Transfer train or bus station-hotel in Cusco
  • First Aid kit for Emergencies.
  • Free Luggage storage. When you go on the trek it is best to leave any luggage that you are not going to need behind in  Cusco.
  • Nearly all the hotels in  Cusco  provide a secure luggage deposit. Put any valuables in their safe. Very rarely do hotels _charge for this service especially if you are returning to the same hotel after the trek. If there are any problems with your hotel we can arrange to store your luggage at our Terra Quechua office.

Terra Quechua Additional Things Include From March 2020 – January 2021

Portables Tent & Biodegradable Toilet (toilet waste bags)  Terra Quechua allows you to bring the comforts of home along for an enjoyable trip.Having a toilet in your home away from home may be convenience at its finest. Camping. so you don’t have to go out into the woods in the middle of the night to do your business.

Responsible Tourism and Well-paid and well-treated porters(HOW YOU CAN HELP ENSURE PROPER TREATMENT)

Terra Quechua Bottle for free. Get one for free at the office.

Please help us to reduce or eliminate the generation of plastic waste by refilling this bottle in any of the water stations located throughout on the treks. This is part of our efforts towards a cleaner and healthier environment. Sponsored by  Terra Quechua Peru  (The Best Local Tour Operator)

Get one of this Bottle for Fee at our Office!!! Terra Quechua Water Bottles (Get one for Free)

NOTE:  Train included in all tours is the Cerrojo-backpacker  (Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo)  Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 16:00 and being the 20:00 pm the last train. To get  Aguas Calientes  and returning at 14:00 The earliest train and being the 9:00 pm the last train expedition will organize the transport back to Cusco (by taxi or by bus).

Please Note: train times are subject to change depending on Peru rail click here to see timestable and availability.If organized in advance, the train can be upgraded to Vistadome (larger windows than the backpaker cerrojo  train to Ollantaytambo  ) for an increased price.of US$ 120 let us know please.

No Included

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  • Breakfast on the first day at Lares  (ask at your hotel)
  • Entrance to the hot springs water lares valley 10 soles or Aguas Calientes 10 soles(click here to see hot springs)
  • Sleeping bag (goose down) -15ºC-extreme it can be hired from us US$20 for all trek mummy form and include a _sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 25 trips
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu  (optional/ instead of walking) ( one way US$8 and you can Buy it at the  Aguas Calientes bus station )  Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Last Lunch in Aguas Calientes town
  • Bus down tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town US$12 one way

Travel and health insurance.(bring copies with you please): Terra Quechua  highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment. Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance.

What to Bring

  • Original passport and copies (and Student card (university name ). Note ( you have to bring your _ Student card to Machu Picchu  because you are going to be required to show at the  Machu Picchu control point
  • Travel Insurance card is essential
  • Sleeping bag (not included)
  • hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors )
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Sun hat and gloves
  • T-shirts / shirts
  • Comfortable hiking zip off trousers
  • Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Sun protection cream ( factor 35 recommended ) sun is strong
  • Insect Repellent ( for mosquitos )15 % of deet at least
  • Water bottle.
  • Water purifying tablets (Micropur recommended)
  • Toilet paper and wet wipes
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries (flashlight) we recommend headlights

Extra contribution suggested in soles money for tipping horseman, cook and guide. and for any emergency.

OPTIONAL ITEMS TO BRING ON HUAROCONDO CACHICATA TREK: Short pants , Plaster and bandages Walking poles (with rubber tips) they can also be hired from us NOTE : walking poles are not allowed into Machu Picchu city.

Price information: Price per person 2024- 2025 Group Size: 2min – 10 Max All private service departure dates are adapted to your request.

Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative)

Students: US$ 20.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)

Teenagers: US$ 30.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)

Children: US$ 40.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)

Departure Dates: Departures are available along the year although due to weather conditions, the recommended period for this trek is April to November. All private service departure dates are adapted to your request.

DEPARTURE DATES 2024 – 2025

PRICE PER PERSON US$550 (GROUP SIZE: 02 People MINIMUM & 10 People MAXIMUM) To confirm we need you to send us a deposit of US$150 per person as well as filled out booking form)

DECEMBER 2022: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,25,27, JANUARY 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29 FEBRUARY 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27 MARCH 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31 APRIL 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29 MAY 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31 JUNE 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,30 JULY 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,27,29,31 AUGUST 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31 SEPTEMBER 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,30 OCTOBER 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,31 NOVEMBER 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,21,23,25,27,29,30 DECEMBER 2023: 15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31 JANUARY 2024: 1,3,8,15,30

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Why to Choose Terra Quechua Peru

TERRA QUECHUA PERU. Is a full-service travel company. Our reputation for excellence is earned every day by providing the ultimate in value and personal attention. Since our founding in 2012, we have striven to make travel simple, worry-free, and fun for our corporate and leisure customers alike.

What is Terra Quechua Peru's mission?

Terra Quechua Peru is dedicated to providing the ultimate in value and personal attention to its customers, striving to make travel simple, worry-free, and enjoyable for both corporate and leisure travelers.

Who founded Terra Quechua Peru, and what distinguishes it as a company?

Terra Quechua Peru, initially started by Raquel Sanchez and Edwin Medina, is a family-owned travel agency and direct local tour operator headquartered in Cusco. Their extensive personal experience in trekking, along with the fact that it's a 100% Cusquenian Company without any shareholders, sets it apart.

What sets Terra Quechua Peru apart from other travel companies?

Terra Quechua Peru distinguishes itself by its dedication to providing exceptional value and personalized attention to its clients. Since its establishment in 2012, it has been committed to making travel straightforward, stress-free, and enjoyable for both corporate and leisure travelers. Additionally, being a family-owned business with a strong local presence and a wealth of experience in trekking further sets it apart.

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What makes Terra Quechua Peru unique in the travel industry?

Terra Quechua Peru's uniqueness lies in its origins as a family-owned travel agency and direct local tour operator. Its founders, Raquel Sanchez and Edwin Medina, have personal experience spanning many years in trekking, offering travelers an authentic and knowledgeable perspective of Peru.

What kind of experience expect with Terra Quechua Peru?

Travelers with Terra Quechua Peru can anticipate a personalized and friendly experience during their trekking adventures. The guides are dedicated to making travelers feel like they are hiking with their own family or friends. Their in-depth knowledge of the region and culture adds an extra layer of authenticity to every journey.

Can Terra Quechua Peru help plan custom trips?

Yes, Terra Quechua Peru specializes in fully customizable trips. They can work with travelers to create personalized itineraries that cater to their specific interests and preferences, ensuring a tailored and unforgettable experience in Peru.

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The Quarry Trail & Machu Picchu

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  • The Quarry Trail & Machu Picchu

An up-and-coming star of the Andes, the Quarry Trail is gaining recognition for its lesser-known ruins and off-the-beaten path cultural interactions.

Hike through the Sacred Valley along a trail etched by the Incas and in local use today. Visit ancient ruins and unravel some of the mysteries of how stone was excavated to build the structures still standing in the nearby town of Ollantaytambo. Pass over mountain peaks and witness spectacular Andean scenery. The bonus of all this is, the Inca Quarry Trail requires no permit to book.

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The Quarry Trail's peak time to trek is May–September.

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Highlights of the Quarry Trail

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Cool off in the mist of Perolniyoc Cascade

When hiking the Inca Quarry Trail you can expect to see jaw-dropping mountain views, but this unexpected little stop on the first day brings you to the opening of a pristine waterfall, carrying fresh water down from the mountain. The perfect place for a breather.

Kuychicassa on The Quarry Trail.

Reach new heights at Kuychicassa

Channel your inner mountain goat while tackling Kuychicassa on the second day. At 4,450 metres (14,599 feet), this is the highest pass on the trek. Going up is one thing, but you won’t believe what you’ve scaled once you reach the bottom.

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Survey the stunning valley from Inti Punku

In Quechuan, Inti Punku means 'Sun Gate', and the Incas built structures like these throughout the Andes to honour the sun god. While the Quarry Trail doesn’t go to the famous Sun Gate overlooking Machu Picchu, this intriguing archaeological complex overlooks Ollantaytambo and the valley below – a fantastic reward on the challenging second day.

Locals in Ollantaytambo

Peer into the Inca past in Ollantaytambo

In this ancient town you get a real sense of how the Inca civilisation once thrived. Home to two impressive ruins and sitting in the beautiful Sacred Valley, this is where the Inca Quarry Trail ends as you walk along the cobblestone path to the main square.

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Trek experts

All our guides are certified local tour guides and trained in-house on Intrepid Safety Policies. Each trekking guide also receives exclusive Intrepid training, provided by mountain rescue experts in the field.

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Safety First

All our guides and trek leaders have been trained by medical specialists in handling altitude illness and are proficient in first aid. Our team carries oxygen cylinders on all treks for emergency use.

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Local matters

Our team members live and work in the Andean region, which means revenue from all our treks benefit the local economy.

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Full inclusions

We take care of the details, so you can focus more on enjoying the journey. Our tours include all meals, with essential camping equipment and the option to hire additional hiking equipment if needed.

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We are proud to have the tick of approval from the Rainforest Alliance indicating that we meet and operate at the highest standards in environmental, social and economic sustainability

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Sustainable travel

We strive to use travel as a force for good. That’s why we choose to give back to the communities we visit, carbon offset all our trips and take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. We’ve been officially certified as the world’s largest travel B Corp, which means when you choose Intrepid Travel, you can rest assured you’re travelling to improve the planet.

Meet our team

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Maritza, operations manager

"I am passionate about empowering local Indigenous communities, especially women, and am also a committed defender of Mother Earth, known in the Andes as Pachamama. I have also worked tirelessly with local communities and governments to help improve the sustainability of treks in the Cusco region".

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Paul, leader

“It will be a pleasure to share our traditions and beliefs, take you to the most amazing sites and, most importantly, interact with the locals! Get ready for a behind-the-scenes tour where we’ll visit hole-in-the-wall restaurants and find the best picarones (Andean doughnuts). I’ll be waiting for you here, in my beloved Peru."

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Fernando, general manager

"I like working for Intrepid because their social and environmental philosophy isn’t just a slogan to sell more trips, they really do care about it. I have changed my life in so many aspects due to all the learning coming from Intrepid, from recycling to accepting myself, and being proud for who I am."

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Ascencio, porter

"I started working with Intrepid in 2014 and now I'm 61 years old. I'm very happy to be working with Intrepid because each porter's treatment is better than other tour operators in Peru. Because of this job (which includes fair pay), I can provide a better education for my children". 

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Valentina, porter

"I come from Huilloc Community in Ollantaytambo town in the Sacred Valley (Cusco), and I started working as a porter on the Inca Trail in 2021. I love walking the Inca Trail and I'm very happy to be working for Intrepid as my income enables me to provide a better education for my 7 children". 

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Teofilo, porter

"I'm from the Community of Kalla Rayan (Calca town) in the Sacred Valley, and I'm 53 years old. I've worked as a porter for Intrepid since 2009, mainly because I love it and we have very good working conditions. Thanks to my job, I've saved money to spend on my wife and better education for my children". 

When is the best time to trek the Inca Quarry Trail?

Peru is a year-round destination, although most people plan to trek during the dry season, running from April to October. The mid-year months, June and July, are the most popular and therefore the most crowded times of year to visit. Low cloud cover in these winter months also means cold nights on the trail, so bring some thermal wear for a good night’s sleep.

When is the high season on the Inca Quarry Trail?

The high season for trekking in Peru runs over the drier months, from April to October. The Inca Quarry Trail is gaining a reputation for its archaeological sites and off-the-beaten-path cultural interactions. In saying this, you will most likely have the Inca Quarry Trail all to yourself, even during the high season in Peru.

When is the rainy season?

From November to March is the wet season; the temperature rises and the region receives heavy rainfall.

Do I need a permit to hike the Inca Quarry Trail?

While there are no permit requirements for the Inca Quarry Trail, we run small groups averaging 10 people. So to secure a place on the tour, we recommend booking at least a few months in advance – remembering the most popular time is June and July.

How high is the trail?

The Inca Quarry Trail takes you up and down through altitudes each day, with the highest pass reached on the second day: 4450 m (14,599 ft) above sea level. This altitude is about 2020 m (6627 ft) higher than Machu Picchu and 235 m (770 ft) higher than the highest point on the Inca Trail.

Is the Inca Quarry Trail difficult?

The Inca Quarry Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people, but please come prepared, as the trail is 26 km (16 mi) long and often steep. Each day's journey generally consists of 7 hours of walking (uphill and downhill), with stops for snacks and lunch. Accommodation on the trek is camping (three nights). Double tents (twin-share) and foam camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals.

How many hours will I hike per day?

Each day you will wake up at about 7 am and hike for between 5 and 7 hours. The longest hiking time is on the second day.

How is the Inca Quarry Trail different to the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is a 4-day/3-night 43 km (26 mi) trek that leads you to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu. The Quarry Trail is less iconic than the classic Inca Trail, but quieter and off the beaten track. On the Inca Quarry Trail you camp for two nights and the third is spent at a hotel in the gateway town of Aguas Calientes – before taking a day trip to Machu Picchu. Unlike the classic Inca Trail, permits are not required for the Quarry Trail.

Does the Inca Quarry Trail visit Machu Picchu?

On the fourth day, you will take a 30-minute bus ride from Aguas Calientes to visit Machu Picchu. The Inca Quarry Trail itself does not lead to Machu Picchu.

How do tours of Machu Picchu work?

Current regulations of Machu Picchu allow visitors to explore the ruins in one of two timeslots: morning or afternoon. You can choose one of three designated circuits, to be followed in one direction only. On completion of your chosen circuit, you'll need to leave the site; exploring the ruins afterwards on your own is currently not allowed. Tours usually last for 1.5-2 hours.

Arriving via bus, you'll have time to explore the upper section (Sun Gate and Inka Bridge). Then your guided tour of Machu Picchu will run from 10 am until 12:30 pm.

How cold does it get?

It depends. Peru has two seasons, wet and dry. The dry season (winter) runs from May to September with moderately warm days and cold nights. It’s important to pack thermals and warm clothing for the evening.

Is altitude sickness common?

Most people can start to feel the effects of altitude at over 2000 m (6561 ft) regardless of age, gender or fitness level. While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you make yourself aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.

It’s important to take it easy, drink plenty of water and speak to your leader at once if you feel unwell.

We recommend seeing your doctor if you have any health concerns before undertaking the trip. Particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition or are taking any medication.

What type of accommodation can I expect on the Quarry Trail?

Accommodation on the Inca Quarry Trail is camping (two nights). Double tents (twin-share) and foam camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals at the end of each day.

Do porters carry our luggage on the Inca Quarry Trail?

While you're away from Cusco, the bulk of your luggage is stored at your hotel. The evening before you leave Cusco you'll receive a small duffle bag to carry your clothes in for the next four days (6 kg maximum). Your team of horsemen will carry these bags for you, together with the food and equipment for the trail. Keep in mind that you won't have access to these items until the end of each day, as the horsemen will always be ahead of the group.

What type of food will be served on the Inca Quarry Trail?

All meals are provided on our camping trips, and we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. Please let us know before your trip starts if you have any dietary requirements.

Is purified water available on the trail?

Boiled water will be supplied daily. You should be carrying at least 2 litres of water daily while trekking. Depending on whether you have a hydration bladder in your bag or not we recommend bringing two (1 litre) bottles that can be refilled on the trail with boiled water.

Can I bring my own walking stick?

Yes, you can bring your own walking stick or hiking poles. Alternatively, you can hire these locally for around USD 10 for the four days.

What is the suggested amount that I should tip the guides and porters?

We recommend you carry the below suggested amounts with you during the trek, and that you carry small bills as this makes splitting the tip an easier process. On the last day of the trek, tipping will be broken down into envelopes – one per porter, assistant guides and guide.

For the Inca Quarry Trek the suggested total tipping amount per person is PEN 120 to PEN 135 (approximately USD 37 to USD 42).

This is generally the tipping breakdown:

Porters, cook and assistants PEN 90

Assistant guide: PEN 9 to PEN 15

Guide: PEN 20 to PEN 30

What are the toilets like on the Inca Quarry Trail?

There are no toilet blocks on the Quarry Trail. When we set up camp, we provide a camping toilet tent. It’s a 1 sqm tent with a small portable chemical toilet in it. It’s nothing to write home about, but it’s decent! And most importantly, it’s all carried down the mountain by the porters. You will need to pack a torch for venturing out if nature calls at night, and bring some toilet paper. You’ll also want to take a bottle of hand sanitiser.

What should I pack for the Inca Quarry Trail?

Find a complete list of what to pack for this trip in the ‘What to take’ section of your trip notes. It’s worth stressing that you may find hiking poles helpful for this trip – particularly on the downhill sections of days 2 and 3. If you intend to use hiking poles, you can bring your own from home or ask your tour leader about renting them in Cusco.

How far in advance should I book my tour?

While there are no permit requirements for the Inca Quarry Trail, we run small groups averaging 10 people. So to secure a place on a tour, we recommend booking at least a few months in advance – remembering the most popular times to visit Peru is June and July.

How do we get back to Cusco?

After spending the day exploring Machu Picchu, you’ll take a train and bus through the Sacred Valley and back to Cusco, arriving in the evening.

Is it possible to skip the Inca Quarry Trail even if the tour includes it?

Yes. Let us know at the time of booking if you would prefer the train option . (The train option involves two nights in Cusco, the train trip to Aguas Calientes, and a day exploring Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco.) These changes are free of charge if made at the time of booking. If you’re changing from the Inca Trail when permits have been purchased (or within 60 days of departure), you’ll incur additional fees.

Can I hike the Inca Quarry Trail if I have a disability?

Yes, but of course it will depend on your level of disability, fitness and what support will be available to you. Contact us to discuss your circumstances and we can assess it from there.

Current regulations of Machu Picchu allow visitors to explore the ruins in one of two timeslots: morning or afternoon. You can choose one of three designated circuits, to be followed in one direction only. On completion of your chosen circuit, you'll need to leave the site; exploring the ruins afterwards on your own is currently not allowed.

Those visiting by train can take a bus on their own to explore the upper section (Sun Gate and Inka Bridge), before commencing their guided tour which runs from 10 am until 12:30 pm.

Those hiking the Inca Trail will arrive at Machu Picchu at around 8:30 am and can explore the upper section for approximately one hour. Your guided Machu Picchu tour will then run from 9:30 until 12:30.

Life on the trail

The Inca Quarry Trail itself doesn’t have any permanent facilities, but never fear, we travel well-prepared. Sleep on foam sleeping mats in modern two-person dome tents, set up by our friendly porters who will carry your heavier packs with the assistance of horses. Hot meals are cooked by our chefs each night to load you up with carbohydrates for the next day’s long walk. There aren’t any showers, but a bowl of warm water each day does the trick. Check out the gallery below for a preview of what life on the trail looks like. 

Tents on the Quarry Trail.

Not the hiking type?

On every Intrepid trip that includes the Inca Trail, you can always opt out of the hike.

Simply pick whichever Peru trip you’re keen on and specify while booking that you’d prefer the train option. There is no extra cost for this, though please note that fees may apply if you decide to change to the train option after your Inca Trail permit has already been purchased. In the time that your group mates are hiking, you will have more time in Cusco to relax and get to know this unique city better, and to explore the Inca relics strewn throughout the Sacred Valley.

Responsible trekking

Intrepid Travel is absolutely committed to ensuring the environmental sustainability of the amazing destinations we visit and we take our social responsibilities very seriously. In  Peru , we have committed to paying our porters and guides a fair wage and supplying them with the necessary equipment and resources to undertake their work safely. We also support several community initiatives aimed at promoting the long-term sustainability of the region's environment and preserving the traditional cultures of its communities. 

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Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu

The Inca Quarry Trai l to Machu Picchu (also known as the Cachicata, Soqma, and Chaski Trek) is an excursion that’s stayed out of the crowded traditional tourist circuits. It’s an excellent tour for those looking to delve into the Incas’ history and learn first-hand how life in the Andes works. The Inca Quarry Route was recently included in the top six Alternative Routes to Machu Picchu by National Geographic.The Inca Quarry trek is one of the newest and least crowded trekking routes to Machu Picchu. This wonderful trek will take you past high waterfalls, Inca ruins, and beautiful scenery.

Amidst the exuberant local flora and fauna, you’ll visit the archaeological site of Perolniyoc and pass through various communities near the Cachiqata quarry. The Incas took the stones from this quarry to build Ollantaytambo. You’ll be able to appreciate some rocks that were cut by the Incas in that place!

After three days of walking, you’ll go to Aguas Calientes by train. On the fourth day, you’ll visit the magnificent city of Machu Picchu. Our standard package includes the premium service of the Vistadome Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and accommodation in a pleasant and comfortable hotel there. It also includes dinner in the best restaurant in Aguas Calientes and the entrance to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain.

Why Take the Inca Quarry Trail 4 Days

  • Trek through the stunning Andean jungle landscapes and take in the astounding views.
  • See beautiful and unique flora and fauna to the zone and learn all about it.
  • Visit the quarry where the Incas got the stones to build Ollantaytambo from.
  • Understand how small communities live in such remote regions of the Andes and see them going about their daily lives.
  • Explore archaeological sites and uncover Inca secrets.
  • Take a grand tour of the mystical Machu Picchu before exploring by yourself.

DAY 1 Cusco - Soqma - Perolniyoc - Racaypata - Rayan

Visit places.

Waterfall perolniyoc

Your adventure begins today bright and early when we collect you from your accommodation in the morning and drive for one and a half hours to the starting point of our trek. Our private transport is extremely comfortable, and we’ll provide you with blankets in case you want to get a little more sleep on the journey.

Once we arrive at the starting point, and after enjoying a great breakfast, you’ll meet the cooks and horseman and get to know your team. Then, we’ll begin our hike with a 3 to 4 hour stretch to the pretty Perolniyoc waterfall. On the way, we’ll pass through the little town of Soqma and be surrounded by corn, potato, and quinoa fields. After you’ve had time to enjoy the beautiful valley landscape, you’ll get the chance to cool off or shower in the waterfall.

When you feel refreshed, we’ll continue to the Racaypata archaeological site, which was built on a cliff and boasts spectacular views of the surrounding valley. All our guides are experts in Inca history so that you can expect a quality history lesson! We’ll also have our lunch there, and you’ll get to try the exquisite food prepared by our team in the middle of the mountains.

The afternoon is relatively relaxing as we ascend for one more hour to reach our campsite at Rayan (3,700 m / 12,139 ft). You’ll be able to rest for the remainder of the day and wander around the area before a tasty dinner. While you wait for your food, take the opportunity to observe the clear Andean night sky. You’ll see constellations and shooting stars before heading to the comfort of your tent to wind down for the night.

  • Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camps
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Walking Distance: 8 km / 4.97 mi
  • Minimum Elevation: 3,000 m / 9,843 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,700 m / 12,139 ft

DAY 2 Rayan - Puccaqasa - Kuichiqasa pass - Sun Gate - Choquetacarpo

Intu Punku in Inca Quarry

After an energizing breakfast, we’ll head uphill for 3 hours to the first summit of the hike at Puccaqasa (4,400 m / 14,436 ft). You’ll get the most incredible views of the Sacred Valley from here, and, of course, it’s the perfect spot to get some amazing photos.

Later, we’ll descend for around 25 minutes to our lunch spot for a well-deserved meal. Recharge your energies with some more incredible food from our cooks before continuing with a 2-hour up and down hike. On the last 20 minutes of this stretch, you’ll head up to the highest point of the whole trek, the Kuychicassa Pass (4,500 m / 14,764 ft). You can expect some more wonderful landscapes from this height and observe snowy glaciers.

You’ll be heading downhill again afterward to the Inti Punku or Sun Gate archaeological site (3,900 m / 12,795 ft). You’ll learn a little about the site while you take in spectacular views of La Veronica glacier (5,682 m / 18,642 ft) and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which you’ll likely visit at some point during your time in Cusco.

Finally, there’ll be a 30-minute descent to our campsite in the Choquetacarpo sector (3,600 m / 11,811 ft). You can now rest for the evening and enjoy another tasty meal before heading to bed.

  • Meals:  Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Walking Distance: 13 km / 8.08 mi
  • Minimum Elevation: 3,600 m / 11,811 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,500 m / 14,764 ft

DAY 3 Choquetacarpo - Cachicata - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

Inca Quarry

Just like every other morning, you’ll be greeted with a delicious and filling breakfast to get you going. We’ll then begin our 1-hour descent to the Cachicata quarries (3,520 m / 11,549 ft), where the stones were taken from to build Ollantaytambo. Inside the site, you’ll enjoy a guided tour to learn more about the place and observe the cut stone blocks whose transportation was interrupted by the arrival of the Spanish. It’s fascinating to see the perfect cuts that the Incas were able to create with simple materials.

After, we’ll descend from the quarry for 3 hours until we get to the quaint town of Ollantaytambo (2,792 m / 9,160 ft), where we’ll have lunch. Once we’ve finished, we’ll head to the train station to board the Expedition service to Aguas Calientes (2,040 m / 6,693 ft). Along the tracks, you’ll be able to observe the beautiful scenery of the Sacred Valley up close as you travel beside the Urubamba River. You’ll need your camera ready to take some great snaps!

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you’ll check-in at your hostel to rest before dinner if you feel tired. If you still have some energy, you can explore the small town or head to hot springs, which are the perfect place to relax your tired muscles after three days of walking. In the evening, we’ll enjoy dinner in one of the top restaurants before going to bed early because you’ll be up before sunrise to see Machu Picchu.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Walking Distance: 10 km / 6,213 mi
  • Minimum Elevation: 2,040 m / 6,693 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,600 m / 11,811 ft

DAY 4 Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Machu Picchu Tour

The big day has arrived! Make sure you’re up very early to beat the crowds at Machu Picchu. We’ll board a bus in Aguas Calientes at 5:30 am to reach the sanctuary at 6 am. Once inside, you’ll be able to see the golden morning sunrise over the incredible citadel. Take in the impressive views before you enjoy a 2-hour guided tour with your local expert. You’ll visit all the must-see sites before having 4 or 5 more hours to explore by yourself.

Now will be the perfect time to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain if you have pre-booked tickets. If not, you can hike up to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) or Inca Bridge free of charge. From all these places, you get a great view over the fortress.

A little after midday, it’ll be time to make your way down to Aguas Calientes. You’ll have a bit of time to grab some lunch in a restaurant of your choice before catching a train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private transport will collect you and take you to your accommodation in Cusco. You’ll be able to put your feet up and reflect on your fantastic adventure. We’re sure your heart will be soaring with the magic of the Incas for weeks, months, even years to come!

  • Meals:  Breakfast
  • Tour in Machu Picchu:  2-3 hours exploring
  • Machu Picchu Site Elevation:  2,430 m / 7,972 ft
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Elevation:  2,720 m / 8,924 ft
  • Machu Picchu Mountain Elevation:  3,000 m / 9,843 ft

High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Experienced Guide speaks English and Spanish
  • A professional cook only for our group
  • Motorola Talkabout Radio, for communication
  • Medical Kit – First Aid Kit
  • One duffle bag per person
  • Customer Service 24/7
  • Extra oxygen

Private Camping Equipment

  • We also include a large tent with table and chairs for you to enjoy your meal without worry-free, and all the cooking equipment, carried by our porters and horses
  • We also included a portable toilet

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu Circuit (1 or 2)

Transportation

  • Private transportation from Cusco to the start of the trek
  • Horses, and muleteers  horses carry your 8-kg / 16-pound personal items.
  • Private transportation from the end of the walk to the Ollantaytambo train station
  • Day 4:  Train Ticket from Ollantaytambo To Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5:  Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Day 5:  Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 4 Dinners
  • Meals: vegetarian and vegan
  • Water to drink on the trail every day
  • Wake up tea, every morning
  • Tea Time or Happy Hour, every afternoon
  • Snacks on the trail daily
  • Products for hygiene

Accommodation

  • Personal Accommodation in Private Campsites
  • 4-Person, 4-season tents, destined for 2 travelers
  • 1 Polar sheet per person
  • Pillows throughout the tour
  • Rubber warmers, for the night
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes

Additional Included

  • PRO Air sleeping pad, Therma-Rest brand
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking stick

What Is Not Included?

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff
  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
  • Original Passport
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film with extra batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries

Information Before leaving for the Inca Quarry Trek.

Briefing or informative meeting.

All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the Peru Hike offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.

Duffel bag or canvas case

ou’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.

A maximum of 5 kg is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.

Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests

Peru Hike can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Return to Cusco

Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!

  • In Machu Picchu you’ll board a bus that will take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to your arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 2 hours.
  • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Peru Hike clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Plaza San Francisco, in Cusco. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Plaza San Francisco takes 2 hours.
  • In San Francisco, depending on your hotel’s location, we will take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel in Cusco.

Group tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.

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When we got the bad news, that the Salkantay trek was not possible to hike due to heavy rain, Peru Hike managed to rebook our trek very uncomplicated. With the Quarry trek, we landed on a magnificent alternative which we can recommend highly. The trek is far less crowded than all the other treks to Machu Picchu (we were the only group at this time) and the scenery was just stunning. After a well organised pickup at our hostel, a relaxed breakfast and a visit to a local weaving factory, we started the hike in a valley (appr. 2900 m.a.s.l.) and made our way up to two passes (appr. 4500 and 4600 m.a.s.l.). Already after a few hours, we visited the first Pre-Inca site. Our guide, Elisban, knew a lot of interesting facts and history to every place we visited. He explained everything in a funny and though professional way. Special mention should be made to the good food that was prepared always freshly by our two chefs Carmello and Lorenzo. They managed to produce a great variety of dishes under very simple conditions. Once even a chocolate-jelly-cake. Also the horsemen did a very good job in preparing our big tents for every lunch and every night. The tents and other equipment were in good condition. We slept well and woke up in front of the most beautiful views while getting a hot coca tea served at the bed. Thank you for an unforgettable experience on the Quarry trek and Machu Picchu!

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Inca Quarry Trail - Sun Gate

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Ancient Incas Stones

Inca Quarry Trail

The Inca Quarry Trail is a trek through the most beautiful Andean landscapes of Cusco . It is also known as the Cachicata Inca Trek . The name of Inca Quarry is due to the fact that this road takes us to the stone quarry , from where the Inca extracted the material to build their cities, fortresses and houses.

Inca's Quarry, Cachiccata

Inca's Quarry, Cachiccata

The Inca Quarry Trail trek also includes Machu Picchu, it is important to tell you that you do not get to Machu Picchu on foot , however you can opt for the option of combining the Inca Quarry Trail and the Inca Trail in our 5-day option .

This walk has few travelers, so you have an experience of tranquility and peace away from the city, ideal to find yourself and enjoy the wonderful Andean world of the Incas .

The “Chaski Road” (Chaski is the name of the Inca messengers who used these roads) is a great Trek option unknown by the other tour companies and also one of the 6 Alternative routes chosen by the National Geography to reach the mysterious Machu Pichu. You won't meet many people on the road but an incredible natural wealth , as well as wonderful Inca ruins (Perolniyoc) built at the top of the Socma community. We also have the best natural and cultural attractions along the walk, a very special area to feel in a paradise of nature. T he magic that nature transmits to you is unique on the way of Inca quarry trail to Machu Picchu

Perolniyoc Ruins

Perolniyoc Ruins

The adventure begins ( Check the itinerary of Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu ) when we pick you up very early at your hotel in Cusco (If you are in another place, contact us beforehand.). Then we make the journey from Socma - Rayan. Here you can find Andean communities that live as the Incas did and you will see how they live.

The second day we visited the Sun Gate , a beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains of the Andes and then the stone quarry of the Incas. There we will sleep so you can enjoy the sunrise in the Sacred Valley of the Incas .

Sun Gate and Veronica Snow

Sun Gate and Veronica Snow

On the third day we will arrive in Ollantaytambo , and then go by train to Aguas Calientes. There you can take the opportunity to take a refreshing bath in the hotsprings of this town.

The next day we will visit Machu Picchu very early, so that in the afternoon we will return to Cusco and to your hotel.

The availability of entrances to Machu Picchu, can be reserved for the earliest time, however you can see that you have other possibilities, even until 10:00 am.

Remember that 48 hours before or less , we will give to you a briefing to explain the details of the Tour and to answer any questions you may have.

Map of Inca Quarry Trail Hike to Machu Picchu 4 Days

Map of the itinerary of our trek: Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu, 4 days. Click to expand de image or download de image in PDF.

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The availability for Inca Quarry Trail is based on the tickets to Machu Picchu for the last day (4th day of itinerary). We recommend the first hour to visit Machu Picchu (6 am). You can change choose other hour, when you click in the calendar's title.

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Alternative machu picchu (4th circuit) with machu picchu mountain, price & departure, packing list, day 1: cusco – socma – rayan community.

Included today: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch.

After having breakfast at your Hotel, we will come yo get you at about 5:30am and leave Cusco to go to the mummy house in the Urubamba Valley. The construction was made by the Incas to honour the deads by making sacrifices and offering. This house is a good place for you to see and understand a bit more about the Incan culture.

We will then start walking to the Socma community located in a little valley full of animals and with an incredible nature wealth. We will also visit the Socma waterfalls and the Ruins of Perolniyuc.

  • Accomodation for today: Camp .
  • Min Altitude: 3100 m. / 9976 ft.
  • Max Altitude: 3700 m. / 12140 ft.
  • Distance to walk for today: 8 Km. / 4.97 mi.
  • Weather Sensation: Warm.
  • Difficulty of this day: 3.
  • Time Statics for this day: Start and End Time: 05:30 am to 06:00 pm, Total enjoying hours for today: 12:30 hours, Total Walking Time: 07:00 hours,

DAY 2: Rayan – Sun Gate – Inca Quarry

You will wake up in the morning with a beautiful sunrise and an incredible view over the Mountains, and then take a delicious breakfafst to get loads of energy before starting the day. We will walk for 3 hours to go to the top of the Charcahuallya mountains and stay for a while for you to rest and take pictures. We will then go down for 30 minutes to get lunch.

After enjoying your food, the adventure will continue with a 2 hours walk until Cachiccata, also know as the “Buena Negra”. The last 2 hours won’t be hard as we will go mostly downhill to reach the campsite, which is close to the Sun’s door. There, you will see the beautiful Veronica Mountain, also called Wakayhuilka located in the Sacred valley. 

  • Min Altitude: 3600 m. / 11585 ft.
  • Max Altitude: 4457 m. / 14623 ft.
  • Distance to walk for today: 14 Km. / 8.7 mi.
  • Weather Sensation: Warm, Wind.
  • Time Statics for this day: Start and End Time: 06:00 am to 06:00 pm, Total enjoying hours for today: 12:0 hours, Total Walking Time: 09:00 hours,

DAY 3: Inca Quarry – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

After a great breakfast, we will go down for about an hour to reach the Inca Quarry of Cachiccata (3634m) to see what used to be the process of rock carving. We will then visit other Incan Tomb that represent the guardians of this impressive mountain.

The walk continues by going down for 2 hours to reach Ollantaytambo (2840m), where we will stop for lunch and take the train to Aguas Calientes. We will stay there overnight before leaving to Machupichu the next day.

  • Accomodation for today: Hotel .
  • Min Altitude: 2840 m. / 9139 ft.
  • Max Altitude: 3634 m. / 11923 ft.
  • Distance to walk for today: 7 Km. / 4.35 mi.
  • Difficulty of this day: 1.
  • Time Statics for this day: Start and End Time: 02:52 am to 03:53 am, Total enjoying hours for today: 1:1 hours, Total Walking Time: 04:00 hours,

DAY 4: Pueblo Aguas Calientes Town – Machu Picchu

Included today: Breakfast.

We will have breakfast early in the hotel before leaving with the bus at 5:30 am to Machupichu. Our tour inside the ruins will last approximately 2 hours but you will have free time after to explore on your own. If you have tickets to visit Huaynapicchu you will be able to go then and if you don’t, there are places to visit without tickets like the Sun’s door and the impressive Inca bridge inside the city.

  • Time Statics for this day: Start and End Time: 05:30 am to 06:00 pm, Total enjoying hours for today: 12:30 hours, Total Walking Time: 00:00 hours,

Included in this Tour:

  • 4 Breakfasts/ 5 Lunches/ 5 Dinners.
  • Bathroom tent.
  • Bus from 0llantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Comfortable tent for 4 persons.
  • Dinning room tent.
  • Emergency horse.
  • Entrance ticket for Machu Pichu.
  • Horses carrying 8 kg of luggages per each person.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes town.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Mattresses.
  • Oxygen tank.
  • Round train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Machu Pichu- machupicchu to ollantaytambo-cusco.
  • Tables and chairs.
  • Tourist guide fluent in English, Spanish and quechua.
  • Transport to bring you to the start of the trek.

Not Included

  • First Day Breakfast.
  • Lunch for the 4th day.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • Round bus ticket from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Pichu- machupicchu to aguas calientes town.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Tips for the Crew, cook and muleteers.
  • Wayna picchu mountain.

Extras for aditional fee

  • Drinking water.
  • Walking Sticks.

What to Bring

  • Flashlight.
  • Hat for the sun and for the cold.
  • Hiking shoes, trousers and jumpers.
  • Hiking sticks.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Original passport.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Thermal clothing.

Our prices for this tour:

Disccount for this tour:.

Students: Discount of $20, but you have to supply us with a copy of your ISIC card when you make the booking. Children up to 15 years of age will be charged as students, under the condition that you supply us with a copy of the passport at the time of booking time.

Departure for: 2024 - 2025

  • Camelbaks ( or water bottle).
  • comfortable Daypack.
  • comfortable hiking boots.
  • immigration card.
  • valid student card.

Gear inside your Daypacks

  • 2 Hiking pants.
  • 3 sets of hiking socks.
  • 4 Sets s-shirt.
  • For your Duffel.
  • Handsanitizer.
  • headlamp essencial.
  • Music Iphone.
  • Personal backpack.
  • Personal Medications.
  • Quickday towel.
  • Rain Poncho.
  • sleeping bag recommend down bags for -10c at least.

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Inca Quarry Trail Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days/ 3 Nights

The historical cachicata inca trek or soqma hike, also known as the chaski trek.

The  Inca quarry trail trek  4d/3n is newly discovered and less crowded road, and a unique trek that will take you to remote and rarely visited the Inca ruins.

This path has all the components that you expect from a hike and breathtaking scenery.

The  Inca Quarry Trail Trek 4 days  gives you outstanding scenery and some Inca ruins, as well as the waterfall and ruins of  Perolniyoc , remote  Inti Punku  (Sun Gate), and the Cachicata quarry, which was used to build the  Ollantaytambo ruins . On Inca quarry trail trek. Also, we continue on a more scenic train to  Machu Picchu  village, to visit one of the 7 wonders of the modern world that is  “Machu Picchu” .

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The Gate of the Sun on the Inca Quarry Trail Hike

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Itinerary At a Glance

Cusco – socma – perolniyoc – rayanniyoc, rayanniyoc – inti punku – choquetacarpo, choquetacarpo – cachicata inca quarry – aguas calientes, explore machu picchu – cusc, day 1:: cusco – socma – perolniyoc – rayanniyoc.

We will pick you up very early from your hotel in Cusco, and leave by van for 2 hours until you reach the village of Socma (3000m / 9,842ft.) the starting point of our trek, where we meet the horsemen and horses.

We start our expeditions to Perolniyoc Inca ruins. Along the way, we will have a wonderful cascade, where we have time to take pictures and take a rest. Then we will hike up 30 minutes more to get to the archaeological site of Perolniyoc that are in the upper part of the valley. After exploring and receiving information of the ruins from your guide, we continue for another 30 minutes to the lunch spot, known as Rayan-Niyoc (3.600m / 11,811ft.). After lunch, we will keep ascending for an hour towards the first camp.

Day 2:: Rayanniyoc – Inti Punku – Choquetacarpo

We will wake up very early and have breakfast before a challenging trek. This second day is, the most difficult day but at the same time a rewarding day.

The first 3 hours is uphill to the top of the first pass, known as Puccaqasa (4,370m / 14,337ft.). Where we will have an impressive view of undulating valleys below, after hiking 1 hour more we will arrive at the place of lunch, stopping to rest and catch our breath.

After a nutritious lunch, we will continue our hike for 2 hours until reaching the highest point of the trek: known as Kuychicassa (4450m / 14599ft) with breathtaking views of the valley below.

Subsequently, we continue descending for another 2 hours a site the Incas called Inti Punku (Sun Gate), with imposing views over the valley below and the Veronica Mountain raising over the horizon. Our campsite is Choquetacarpo (3600m / 11811ft). We set up our tent and overnight there.

Day 3:: Choquetacarpo – Cachicata Inca Quarry – Aguas Calientes

After a delicious breakfast, we continue on our way towards the quarry of Cachicata (3,820m / 12,532ft.). Where we can witness the work of the Incas. It was the quarry used by the Incas for the construction of Ollantaytambo, including several large buildings, quarry stones left half-finished and abandoned throughout the site, chullpas (burial houses) and a cave with Inca mummies still in place. After exploring this site, we will continue descending for 3 hours to the small village of Ollantaytambo, the end point of this challenging and fascinating hike. In the afternoon, we ride by train to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a hotel. Enjoy a well-deserved rest tonight in the village of Machu Picchu and be prepare for visiting Machu Picchu Inca site “The Lost City of the Incas”.

Day 4:: Explore Machu Picchu – Cusco

Waking up early, and with bursting with excitement on your final surreal day, we will catch the first bus to Machu Picchu Inca site, entering the site as it opens. The tour guide will guide you around 2.5 hours, during which you’ll learn about the Incas and the history of Machu Picchu. After guiding tour you will have a free time for yourself to explore one of the New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. If you wish to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own, you have to book in advance:

  • Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain to appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from the views above ” $25 each additional cost”.
  • You will be given some time to walk to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). (Free of cost).

After visiting the Machu Picchu ruins, you will descend to Aguas Calientes, have a leisurely lunch on your own, and later on board the train for the return trip to Cusco stopping at the Ollantaytambo train station, where you will take our private van back to Cusco, our service will end at your hotel.

  • Original passport.
  • Original and valid International Student Card (ISIC), if booked as a student
  • A good-quality (and small) daypack. Maximum allowed in Machu Picchu is 25 liters, but the smaller the better.
  • Hiking boots (waterproof). Sneakers are acceptable but expect to get wet
  • Long-sleeved shirts to prevent sunburn.
  • Hiking pants.
  • Hiking socks.
  • At least one bottle of water. Additional bottles of water can be purchase on the way there.
  • Hat and sunglasses to protect you from the sun.
  • Rainwear or poncho for the rainy season (December to April). Please note that it can still rain during the dry season.
  • Camera with extra batteries.
  • Extra money for drinks and tips, souvenirs. We recommend having both soles, in addition to your home currency.
  • Optional: Personal medical kit. Disinfectant, aspirin, stomach tablets, medicine to avoid altitude sickness, etc.
  • Optional: Bathing suit for hot springs in Aguas Calientes.

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Several additional options are available for purchase, at the request of the hiker(s).  Please make sure to prearrange these options at the time of booking, as most of them require special permits and/or tickets.

UPGRADE TO THE VISTADOME

We include the Expeditions (Tourist) train for all our tours. It leaves from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Then we transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco to your hotel. The Vistadome train is upgraded with an additional cost of $ 75 USD per person. The Vistadome train offers slightly larger seats, windows, and even some entertainment. The Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 pm. and it travels from Aguas Calientes to Poroy, a train station closer to Cusco.  After we transfer from Poroy to Cusco.

HUAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN

If you would like to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. This is an additional cost of $35 USD per person. It is a 45 minutes hike to the summit. This hike is done on your own. Your guide will direct you the entrance, where you will begin to hike. This is an additional entrance ticket that we have to book in advance in order to secure the entrance ticket.

MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN

If you would like to climb the Machu Picchu Mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu ruins. This is an additional cost of $ 35 USD per person. And it offers the most outstanding panoramic views that Huayna Picchu. But it takes an hour and a half or 2 hours to get to the summit. This is an additional entrance ticket that we have to book in advance, in order to make sure entrance fee.

EXTRA DAY AT MACHU PICCHU

If you would like to visit Machu Picchu ruins again the next day, this time on your own. We can organize for you. You will be in charge of your own expenses during this extra day in Aguas Calientes, including accommodations. Extra night in Aguas Calientes after the trek, this can easily be arranged. We will purchase your train ticket to return to Ollantaytambo o Poroy the following day. (Let us know at the booking time). Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu. This is an additional cost of $ 55 USD per person. The round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu. This is an Additional cost of $25 USD per person.

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Thank you for booking and/or traveling on a Peru Spirit Adventure tour with Peru Spirit Adventure. We are 100% local Cusqueñan company and legally recognized by Peruvian law. These Terms and Conditions apply to any travel products and/or services purchased from Peru Spirit Adventure. A contract is entered into once PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE receives your booking form and deposit, and we accept and confirm the booking. Please note that travel arrangements are not confirmed until stated so in writing by PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE. All Peru Spirit Adventure based treks and tours are operated by Peru Spirit Adventure.

BOOKING & PAYMENT

To reserve any of our tours and treks services, the customer must submit his or her personal information and a deposit. The personal information we require is the following: Full name (as appears on passport), Date of Birth, Nationality, Gender, and Passport number.

  • A picture of their passport photo page. A camera phone picture or similar is acceptable.

Once the customer confirms their reservation, we will send an email within 24 hours with a confirmation of their tour or trek and the deposit amount and also, details of the services included and not included in the service price. Once we send this information to the customer, if we do not receive any response from the customer it will be assumed by the company that the customer has accepted all terms and conditions. We provide a full pre-tour briefing at your hotel in Cusco. This gives the customer the chance to ask any questions they may have about the tour or trek itinerary. — ABOUT THE BRIEFING:  The night before your tour or trek, there will be a pre-tour talk (briefing) at your hotel in Cusco at either 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm. (exact time will be confirmed by email). Once you receive your briefing time, if we do not hear back we will assume it is confirmed by you. Please take this into consideration when booking your travel plans to Cusco, ensuring you arrive in time for the briefing. If your tour or trek begins on a Monday then the briefing will be scheduled for the Saturday before.

  • Please note that it is difficult to change the briefing time and date at short notice. Therefore, if we receive a request for a briefing change less than 48 hours prior to the scheduled briefing, we most likely will not be able to change the briefing time or date. We will, however, do everything we can to change to try and accommodate the schedule change.

We use PayPal for sending deposits, that way you can use your credit card. There is a 6% fee for deposits using PayPal (for the international transfer). We also use Western Union for sending deposits, Deposits through Western Union have variable fees. The deposit amount depends on the type of itinerary you will book, as follows;

  • For all trek and multi-day tours,  we require a deposit of $250 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
  • For the Rainbow Mountain tours & hikes  we require a deposit of $100 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
  • For the Humantay Lake Day Trip,  we require a deposit of $100 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
  • For the Sacred Valley Tours & Trips,  we require a deposit of $100 USD (for the group) — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
  • For the Cusco Half Day Tours,  we require a deposit of $50 USD (for the group) — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
  • For large groups, we accept wire transfer for deposits and final balances due. If you would like more information about the wire transfer option, please email us at  [email protected]

FINAL PAYMENTS:  We accept cash and PayPal for final payments. A client may not depart for the tour or trek until payment in full is received, either in cash or by PayPal.

  • Cash payments  are due the day before tour or trek departure and can be paid at the pre-tour or trek briefing. We accept US dollars and Peruvian soles for cash payments. If you will pay in US dollars.  Take note.  The Peruvian banks are extremely strict about the “quality” of dollars they will accept. Therefore, we have to request that your bills are what they call “unbroken”. Broken bills will not be accepted. Broken means — any tear (even as small as 3 mm) or excessive wrinkling
  • PayPal payments  are due one week before the tour or trek departure.  a)  There is an 8% fee on balance due payments using PayPal.  b)  If the balance via PayPal is not paid by 3 days prior to trek departure, the PayPal fee will be 10%. Our PayPal email is: [email protected]
  • All banking fees will be covered by the client

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR TOURS & TREKS:

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  • Notification of cancellation must always be made in writing by the person that made the booking and paid the deposit to  [email protected] .
  • Your deposit for the tours and treks are 100% non-refundable. If you need to cancel for any reason, as you approach your tour start date, there may be additional cost due. There are no exceptions due to the fact, that  PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE  expends a great deal of expense purchasing permits, entrance tickets, and making deposits for reservations or services, most of which are non-changeable, non-transferable, and non-refundable by government regulation. We also do not accept medical notes of any kind, as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us.

CANCELLATION FEES

  • Cancellations made 30 days in advance have no charge (with the exception of the non-refundable deposit) with the following exception:
  • Inca Trail treks
  • In the case of cancellation, the customer will not receive a refund of their deposit
  • If the customer cancels between 30 and 10 days before their trek, they must pay 50% of the total trip cost.
  • If the customer cancels between 10 and 3 days before their trek, they must pay 80% of the total cost.
  • If the customer cancels 2 days or less before their trek, they must pay 100% of the total cost.
  • In the exceptional case that a customer decides to leave once they have started the trek, no refund will be given. The customer must also pay any additional expenses they incur such as food, lodging, and transportation. On the last day, the customer will be able to rejoin the group and participate in the Machu Picchu tour.
  • If after the tour has started a client cannot participate in the trek or tour (due to sickness, physical problems, etc.) no refund will be given. The customer must also pay any additional costs they incur for transportation, lodging, and food. On the last day, the tourist will be able to rejoin the group and participate in the Machu Picchu tour.
  • In the case of natural disaster that prevents a service being completed, the customer will receive a 50% refund.
  • In the case of a natural disaster that requires a change in the trek route, but the trek is still completed, there will be no refund.
  • In the very unlikely circumstance that your service is not completed due to a fault of Peru Spirit Adventure, you will receive a full refund (including your deposit).

INCA TRAIL TOURS

  • PERMITS:  Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not Peru Spirit Adventure (or any agency).
  • In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Peru Spirit Adventure will replace your trek with an alternative trek.
  • Those who booked PERMITS with a Student ID must bring that ID with them on the trek. If they fail to show this card to the Park Rangers, they will not be allowed entry onto the trail.

CHANGES MADE BY CLIENT

  • Please note that for the Inca Trail, permits are not-changeable, not-transferable, and not-refundable. Dates can never be changed by government policy.

With the exception of the Inca Trail treks, we are generally able to change a trek date.

  • To change the date of your non-Inca Trail trek, there is a fee of US $75 per person if the change occurs more than 30 days prior to trek departure.
  • If the change occurs 21 to 30 days prior to trek departure, the fee is US $100 per person.
  • If the change occurs 10 to 20 days before trek departure, the fee is US $150 per person.
  • Changes less than 10 days prior to trek departure will have varying fees, which can be discussed at the time the change is being made.
  • Changes made must be to another group trek for a minimum of 2 individuals. If a single traveler needs to change dates, and there is not an existing option for that date, the change will not be possible.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • We highly recommend travel insurance for all of our customers.
  • Coverage should include baggage loss, accident, emergency air rescue and trip cancellation. Trip cancellation insurance should reimburse you for non-recoverable air or land expenses should you cancel your trip due to personal or family illness, as well as covering any medical or emergency evacuation expenses if you become ill during your trip.
  • In the case of illness or injury on one of our treks or tours, we are trained to provide emergency first aid and arrange transportation to a proper medical facility. However, we are not responsible for the cost of those transportation services or the cost of medical care.

ABOUT YOUR PASSPORT IN MACHU PICCHU, HUAYNA PICCHU AND ON THE INCA TRAIL:

  • Once you book your tour, we send your information immediately to “Machu Picchu Park” in order for permits to be issued as soon as possible.
  • You will need to bring your actual passport for all services. A photocopy will not be accepted.
  • If your passport number changes between reserving your spot and the start of your trek, you will need to bring your old as well as your new passport to the start of the Trek.
  • If any of the information on your passport does not match the information we were previously provided, you won’t be able to start the trek.
  • If you arrive in Cusco and did not advise us that you have a new passport number, and that your information has changed, Peru Spirit Adventure will not be held responsible. In this situation it will be the responsibility of the customer to pay the extra expense of returning to Cusco or Machu Picchu (transportation, food and other expenses).

TRAVEL IN PERU:   Peru Spirit Adventure  operates in regions, where standards of accommodation can vary. Transportation and other services might not be like those you would normally have back home. However, we strive with all due care and skill, to provide the best service for our clients. Traveling in Peru requires flexibility, patience, broad-mindedness, good humor and an understanding that changes may be made without notice due to circumstances or occurrences beyond our control. For example: a strike, protest, landslide, bad weather, etc. ( Force Majeure ). By booking any of our tours & treks, you agree to allow  Peru Spirit Adventure  to make necessary changes without liability.

FORCE MAJEURE

Force Majeure is any event that PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE cannot with all due care foresee, control or avoid. This covers events such as war or threat of war, riot, civil strike, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, fire or all similar events beyond our control. In this case, PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE will not accept liability and reserves the right to change, postpone or even cancel trips. (This is a last option, of course!)

By booking any of our adventure trips (Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Lares, Salkantay, Ausangate, Choquequirao, Rainbow Mountain trek and more) you assume the risks associated with personal accidents, medical emergencies, air travel problems etc. For these treks, PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE Agency accepts no responsibility.

FULL TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR ADVENTURE TOURS & TREKS

  • You must advise Peru Spirit Adventure of any medical problems or allergies you may have. You need to be in good physical health, and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70 years old, then you will need to present us with a current good health medical certificate.
  • You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the services of the guide or tour, please advise the guide in that moment, so that he can resolve any problems.
  • All balances need to be paid in either cash or PayPal (see “ FINAL PAYMENTS ” section above).
  • In order to receive a student discount, you must send your valid University ID to Peru Spirit Adventure at the time of booking. ID must have your name, photo and valid expiration date. Any card without an expiration date will not be accepted. You will then be required to bring your student card with you on the trek – they will not allow you to pass through the checkpoint without this original card.
  • You will be required to show the original passport (not a copy) that you booked with, at the checkpoint to enter the Inca Trail. If you originally booked with an old passport and then renewed your passport, you must also bring your expired passport along with your new, valid passport to permit entry or they will refuse your entrance to the trail.
  • Cancellations: Your deposit is 100% non-refundable. If you need to cancel for any reason, as you approach your tour start date, there may be additional cost due. There are absolutely no exceptions (we do not accept medical notes of any kind) as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us (see  “CANCELLATION FEES”  section above).
  • PERMITS: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE (or any agency).
  • All Adventure Treks include transportation to Cusco. The return train route depends on train availability.
  • If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter airlifts and medical assistance are at the expense of the trekker. If you are unable to complete the tour due to illness, we will assist you in meeting your group at Machu Picchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund of the original payment.
  • PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE will take all reasonable care in providing to our clients avoidance of accident, illness, and loss of personal property, and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. Peru Spirit Adventure cannot, however, be responsible for any action of third parties. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
  • PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE does not take responsibility for unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal ítems, etc. It is the client’s responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.

VERY IMPORTANT:

  • We strongly suggest spending time at high altitude (above 3000 meters / 9842 feet)- in Cusco or another high altitude area for a minimum of 2- 4 days before undertaking your trip. This is in order to minimize the possible effects of altitude sickness. By drinking plenty of fluids, adding sugar to your drinks, eating food high in carbohydrates, avoiding cigarettes, alcohol, and drinking coca tea (ancient traditional leaf) will help your body acclimatize.
  • We recommend you arrive in Cusco 48 hours or more before trek departure because occasionally we need to leave earlier than scheduled in case of strikes or other events out of our control (see ‘Force Majeure’ section below)

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The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour is a classic for lovers of hiking and landscaping. This route offers you the best experience, from the first day you will take your tour you will witness the best preserved natural and archaeological wonder of the powerful empire of the Incas. Andean Great Treks has been working on this route to Machu Picchu for more than 15 years. Thus, we offer different routes with connection to the Inca trail. The classic 4-day Inca trail that was one of the first trails to be visited by tourists in the 60s. It continues to captivate with its landscape and archaeological charms, it is a 45 km trail, which in its 4 days offers you the best ecosystem ranging from the inter-Andean valley, subtropical mountainous forest, and the cloud forest jungle. Where the largest amount of natural flora and fauna reserves in Cusco are located. Its historical attractions in themselves describe a past full of power and magnificence, which this road represented in the Inca era. That is why you will have the opportunity to explore its religious, urban, agricultural and magical centers throughout its total area. Every day you will visit a different landscape with your route guide, who will explain and answer all your questions about this Wonder. And to finish the tour you will have the advantage of seeing the citadel of Machu Picchu from the famous Puerta del Sol. The short Inca trail tour is designed for people who are not very used to taking long walks, however this small route will delight you with its exclusive natural attraction of beautiful orchids, waterfalls, viewpoints, and the imposing palace of Wiñaywayna, which belonged to the most famous emperor of the Incas Pachacutec. From where you can see how it has an exquisite contrast with the mountains and the Verónica snow-capped mountain. On both tours you will visit the sacred city of Machu Picchu, you will see all the most important sectors, such as the temple of the three windows, royal palace, temple of the sun, sacred rock, houses of the nobles, granaries and terraces. For all of the above, you should visit Peru, a country full of wonderful places, and the best culinary destination in South America.

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Located on top of a mountain in the middle of a tropical forest, it is considered the best tourist attraction in Peru. The historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu  is a place that captivates tourists not only because of its dazzling architectural beauty, but also because of its important historical-cultural legacy, which has led it to be recognized and admired throughout the world. This ancient Inca city is one of Peru's most precious treasures. It was built in the mid-15th century and it is believed that it was one of the residences of the ninth Inca of Tahuantinsuyo, Pachacútec, although there are also the remains of a sanctuary. Its name means old mountain, and refers to the place where it is located, at about 2,453 meters above sea level, on a rocky premonitory between Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. Currently, this Inca jewel is one of the tourist centers of the country. Travelers go to Aguas Calientes to start the Inca route that Hiram Bingham, of Yale professor, popularized at the beginning of the 20th century. The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is considered one of the seven new wonders of the modern world and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983. It is probably the most amazing architectural construction of the Inca Empire. This citadel is made up of temples, palaces, terraces, monuments, ensembles and walls; In addition to water channels, built with large blocks of stone, without any type of amalgam, proof of the great wisdom of the Inca civilization. The flora and fauna of Machu Picchu are of great importance not only for their natural beauty, but also for their ecological and cultural value. The rich biodiversity present in the area is essential to maintain the ecological balance and sustainability of the region. The flora and fauna of the Machu Picchu area have been used for centuries by local inhabitants, both for food and for traditional medicine. The flora of Machu Picchu is varied, with more than 2,000 species of plants identified in the area. Among the most common plants are orchids, bromeliads, ferns, mosses and lichens. There is also a wide variety of trees, such as alder, cedar, cinchona and molle, growing throughout the valley. The fauna of Machu Picchu is equally impressive and varied, with more than 400 species of birds identified in the region. Among the most common birds are the hummingbird, the quetzal and the cock-of-the-rock. You can also find a wide variety of mammals, such as the spectacled bear, the llama, the puma. Reptiles and amphibians are also present in the area. Among the most common mammals in Machu Picchu are spectacled bears, who "usually feed on fruits, leaves, insects and small mammals." These animals are crucial to the area's ecosystem.

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Trip Overview Trip Overview

In case you want to explore and enjoy the beautiful landscapes, the Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu is a new alternative trek to the Classic Inca Trail, where you will not find hikers, this circuit is one of the most memorable to discover the great landscape richness and culture of Peru, since in its circuit you will be able to learn more deeply about the mysticism and customs of the men of the Andes, and take a train trip to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu.

You can also find a new Puerta del Sol in all the Andes. Sun Gate or called Inti Punku, are structures built to honor the sun, usually at such an angle that they frame a distant mountain and welcome the first rays of the winter solstice. You can also see Inca mummies inside their tombs. Another great attraction of this route of the Inca quarry is the Perolniyoc waterfall, where you can take a dip, at the top you will appreciate the Inca ruins of Perolniyoc.

INCLUDED INCLUDED

Included in the inca quarry trail to machu picchu:.

  • Pre-departure briefing 1 or 2 days before the trek
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
  • Horseman’s and horses to carry our camping and kitchen equipment
  • English Speaking Professional Guide
  • 4 Season tents, with capacity of 4 persons, but used only by 2
  • Sleeping pad
  • 03 breakfasts, 03 lunches, 03 dinners
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train from Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from the Train Station to Cusco
  • One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes Hotel
  • One way bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu

NOT INCLUDED IN THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL:

  • Sleeping bag : you can rent in our office $ 20 usd
  • Walking poles : posible to rent  $ 15 usd
  • Lunch at Aguas Calientes on the last day.
  • Tips (Cook, horseman and guide)
  • Travel insurance
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain $ 80 usd

Note: if you want to climb up to Wayna Picchu, we kindly suggest you to book  in advance, because the spaces are limited for any additional information contact us.

Trip Highlights Trip Highlights

  • The route of the Inca quarry, is very little visited, if you are looking for walks outside the common ones, this is the indicated one, you will enjoy the solitude and the beautiful sunsets, surrounded by mountains and snow-capped peaks such as Veronica.
  • Visit one of the most famous quarries where the Incas obtained their lithic materials of great proportions, it is still possible to see many stones already worked ready to be carrried.
  • You can visit some of the local communities, who still practice the ancestral agriculture of the Incas.
  • You will have the best postcard photo of the mountain of Veronica from the Inti Punku (Sun Gate). This route offers you beautiful archeological sites such as Perolniyoc, Ñaupa Iglesia (Choque keel).
  • Enjoy a train trip to Machu Picchu, the route has a change of landscapes from the sacred valley to the cloud forest.
  • Delight your palate with the best Cusqueña and Peruvian cuisine, everything is prepared by our experienced chefs.

Activities Activities

The Inca quarry route has a moderate to demanding level, the first two days, there will be an ascent to heights of more than 4,000 meters. And then you have a descent to the valley floor of Ollantaytambo (2,700 meters). The weather is varied, for example if you make the route in the winter months (May-August) it is quite cold (-5 ° C). In contrast in the valley floor and Machu Picchu it is not cold in any month of the year. Since in a short time you will have to make great ascents and descents, you are advised to be accustomed to making great walks, and prepare yourself as running in the morning or going to the gym. Be ready to withstand drastic changes in temperatures, such as intense sun, rain, snowfall. Be sure to arrive to Cusco days before where you can adapt to the height and thus avoid headaches or nausea.

Accommodations Accommodations

  • Comfortable trekking tents, 02 nights.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes, 01 night.

Itinerary Itinerary

Day 1: inca quarry trail: cusco –perolniyoq waterfalls – soqma village.

We pick up you from your hotel at 4:00 am, we then drive through the Sacred Valley 1 hour and 40 minutes to arrive to the village of Soqma (3,205 m / 10,512 ft). Which is the beginning point of Cachicata trek, the horsemen will be waiting for us at this village ready for this adventure trek. To start the  Inca Quarry trek from Soqma, we’ll gently make our way up following one of the side valleys, walking 1 hour and 30 minutes of hiking, we will stop at the waterfall of Perolniyoc; which is one of the nicest falls in the northern part of the Sacred Valley. We will continue  our hike for one more hour uphill to reach the archaeological site of Perolniyoc, located above the waterfall, after explore the ruins with our guide, we will walk for one hour to arrive to our lunch spot and camp ; we spend the night at Rayan campsite (3,700 meters/12,136 ft).

Day 2: INCA QUARRY TRAIL: RAYAN – SUN GATE – CHOQUETACARPO

After breakfast we will set off from the camp, 3 hours of slow hike will lead us to the highest pass of Cachicata trek called Puka kasa pass (4,450 m /14,600 ft), for many people this is the hardest section because the altitude but is the most spectacular day, we will see many snow-capped mountains and the Sacred Valley in the other side. Once we reach the mountain there will be a magical feeling of surviving one the highest passes on this mountain range.

Then we  walk downhill for 25 minutes to our lunch place. In the afternoon, we will hike for two more hours undulating trail with some ascents and descents. The last 25 minutes of this segment lead us uphill to the highest pass of the trek, Kuychi K’asa (4,457 m/ 14,619 ft). Then the trek goes downhill for 2 hours to the famous site the called Inti Punku, or the Sun Gate, where we will have a spectacular view of Veronica  Mountain (5,682 m/ 18,637 ft) and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will spend the night at Choquetacarpo which is 30 minutes downhill from Inti Punku (3,600m/ 11,808 ft).

Day 3: INCA QUARRY TRAIL: OLLANTAYTAMBO – TRAIN TO AGUAS CALIENTES

We will continue our Cachicata trek having an early breakfast and then walk down for one hour to arrive to  Cachicata, the Inca Quarry (3,525 m/ 11,562 ft), the reason for the name Cachicata trek; where we will be able to walk around and observe all the stone works did by the Inca builders before to transport down to Ollantaytambo. Our guide will show us the remains of the unfinished stone work left by the Incas, because the invasion of the Spanish conquerors.

From the Cachiqata quarry we will descend for 3 hours until we arrive to Ollantaytambo (2,840 m / 9,315 ft.) our lunch place. In the afternoon we will have train connection to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night at the hotel. In the evening we will have dinner in one of the restaurants in the town.

Day 4: TOUR IN MACHU PICCHU - RETURN TO CUSCO

You will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a very early bus (5:30am).  The tour guide   will teach you about all the history of this mysterious and mystical place. We will visit the Sun Temple, Royal palace, Main Temple, Three Windows Temple and Sun Dial. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore on your own. In the afternoon you will return to the train station in Aguas Calientes for the trip back to Ollantaytambo. Upon your arrival to the train station you will be transferred by car to Cusco.

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ALL ABOUT THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

There’s the Inca Trail, the classic route, which is justifiably famous and everything, but there’s also the Quarry Trail. It’s actually one of the most beautiful walks in South America, at least among those in the know, but it doesn’t get a fraction of the crowds on the Inca Trail.

Here we answer your most frequently asked questions about the Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu. If you have any other questions, you can do it by our mail.

ABOUT INCA QUARRY TRAIL

What is the inca quarry trail.

The term quarry says it all. It is a 3-day hike over the mountains of Ollantaytambo, intending to visit the sun gate or Inti punku, and of course the Inca quarries on the mountainside overlooking the Urubamba River. But apart from visiting the quarries, there is also a visit to a waterfall and other small Inca sites on the way.

HOW MANY DAYS IS THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL?

It’s a four-day trek, about the same amount of time as the Inca Trail, but the last morning is just a transfer from Kachiqata to Aguas Calientes. You will only walk for about three days.

WHAT’S THE SCENERY LIKE, ON THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL ?

You’re still trekking through the best of the Andes, so expect soaring green peaks, granite boulders, isolated villages like Socma and archaeological sites like the famous Q’orimarca ruins. Many trekkers who’ve done both say The Quarry trail actually beats the Inca for pure scenery: you’ve got high passes like Puccaqasa (4,370m), views of the Nevado Veronica mountain and stunning valleys falling away on all sides.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO DO THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL?

If you want to beat most of the crowds (not that the Quarry Trail ever gets really busy), pick a shoulder season. May or October are good months. Peak time is the same as the Inca Trail, June, July and August. Weather here will be great, but you will be fighting for photo space at Machu Picchu. The difference is, you will have had the Andes to yourself for the last few days.

HOW IS THE ROUTE OF THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL

You’ll set off from Soqma, where you’ll meet the horsemen and guides that’ll be your best buddies for the next four days. Set off on the trail and you’ll soon hit the little town of Socma, then it’s on to the stunning Perolniyoc cascade lookout. A good spot for a selfie and a snack. After a rest, push on to the campsite, which sits about 3,700m above sea level.

The second day of the Quarry Trail is probably the toughest. You’ll climb to the pass of Puccagasa (4370m) for some of the best views in the Andes, then hike for about two hours to the highest point on the trek: the mammoth Kuychicassa pass (4450m). After that it’s downhill for a while (phew), two hours of easy walking down to a site the Incas called Inti Punku (which means the Sun Gate, although it’s not THE Sun Gate). You can see the Veronica mountain shooting into the sky from here. It’s magic. Camp out near Choquetacarpo, about 3,600m above sea level.

On the third day it’s mostly downhill . You’ll walk past Kachiqata quarry (hence the Quarry Trail). This is a rock quarry that the Incas never completed during the Spanish conquest. By midday you’ll be at Kachiqata town, where you’ll take a train to Aquas Calientes (with a dip in the hot springs on arrival). The next morning it’s a short bus ride and all the glory of Machu Picchu.

HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?

Anyone trekking for three solid days over 3,500m above sea level needs a reasonable level of fitness. Altitude sickness is a real risk, but we’ll try to acclimatize you with some time in Cusco before the trip. Most people complete the Quarry Trail without any problems. Drink lots of water as you go, pace yourself, wear polarized sunglasses and appropriate boots.

WHAT IS THE CLIMATE LIKE IN THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL?

The climate in the Inca Quarry trail  varies because the first two days we will be in high Andean areas where the weather is very cold. On the other hand, the other days, we will experience much warmer weather. You will notice two distinct weather:

Rainy Season:

This season is from November to March. The temperature drops to 0°C and reaches 19 °C during the first days of the hike. On the other hand, on the following days, the temperature drops to 10 °C and reaches 21 °C. This season is characterized by cloudy days and precipitation of 108 milliliters. Therefore, the roads are slippery and muddy making the roads challenging. However, with proper outerwear for the rain and good trekking shoes, you can make it.

Dry season:

This season is from April to October. The temperature drops to -4 °C and reaches 21 °C on the first two days of the hike. On the other hand, on the following days, the temperature drops to 0°C and reaches 26 °C since we will be in the eyebrow of the jungle where the weather is warmer.

During this season there is less presence of rain. Precipitation is 3 milliliters. There are more sunny days which make the trek a perfect one. In addition, the roads are less slippery, so you will be able to walk faster each day by day. However, be careful and bring proper outerwear for cold and sunny days.

WHAT IS THE ALTITUDE IN INCA THE QUARRY TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

Along the Inca Quarry trail, we will hike through different altitudes. This is because we will go from the high Andean area to the eyebrow of the jungle. Above all, the different altitudes will make it possible to have incredible views such as unique flora and fauna.

  • Highest point is 4,450m / 14,599 ft – Kuychicassa Pass (Second day)
  • Lowest point is 2,050m / 6,725 ft – Aguas Calientes town (Fourth day)

ALTITIDE SICKNESS

Altitude sickness is a group of symptoms that can strike if you walk or climb to a higher elevation, or altitude, too quickly. Any time you go above 2,500 meters (8,000 ft), you can be at risk for altitude sickness. The pressure of the air that surrounds you is called barometric pressure. When you go to higher altitudes, this pressure drops and there is less oxygen available.

You may have symptoms if you travel to a high elevation without giving your body time to adjust to less oxygen. Even if you’re physically fit, you can still experience altitude sickness. In addition, high altitude and lower air pressure can lead to fluid leaking from blood vessels.

Researchers don’t understand exactly why this happens. This leakage causes fluid to build up in your lungs and brain. Here you find a list of some Altitude Sickness symptoms:

Mild Symptoms:

The first symptoms you will have when arriving at a higher altitude can be avoided using natural remedies like drinking coca tea which is the most effective way to cope with mild symptoms. Another option is to take some prescribed pills to relieve the pain. It is recommendable to stay in a place at a lower altitude, and rest the first days. If the situation doesn’t get better, call a doctor. You can opt for the best option if you have the following symptoms:

  • Sleeping disorders
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Increased heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Severe Symptoms:

Unlike the previous symptoms, the symptoms listed below are more aggressive. Ignoring moderate or severe symptoms can lead to a life-threatening situation. You can relieve the pain using tank oxygen. It is important to go immediately to a lower altitude and have medical assistance to prevent any deadly complication. In addition, it is recommendable to keep hydrated. Drink from 3 to 4 liters of water, avoid alcoholic drinks, and start a diet based on carbohydrates and sugars. Some of the severe symptoms are:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Loss of sense of direction
  • Inability to walk

HOW TO PREVENT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?

  • It’s recommendable to spend some days acclimatizing until your body adjusts to the altitude.
  • Avoid eating heavy foods and keep a healthy diet.
  • Abstain from drinking alcohol.
  • Drink hot tea, preferably coca tea.
  • Chew coca leaves or coca candy.
  • Eat fried fruits.

PHYSICAL TRAINING  FOR INCA QUARRY TRAIL

To do the Inca Quarry Trail, you should be aware of your physical condition. Therefore, training in advance is the key to success in hiking. You should strengthen your muscles, and your hiking resistance since the route is not uniform and presents different levels of difficulty.

According to the opinion of some specialists, you should do the following things:

Breathing exercises:

To do the Inca Quarry trail tours is important to keep the pace of our steps with our breathing to avoid getting tired easily. Therefore, we recommend doing deep  breathing exercises, diaphragmatic breathing, complete breathing and alternate nostril breathing.

We recommend going hiking gradually. You can start with 2 kilometers to 10 kilometers per day. Above all, hiking strengthens the muscles and improves your resistance. In addition, you can go mountain hiking which is a bit more challenging. Note that most of the time of the journey we will be at an altitude over 4000m / 13,123ft.

Stay Hydrated:

Staying hydrated during the hike is vital. Doing so, you will avoid loss of energy and headaches. Constant hydration will contribute to a better blood circulation towards the brain.

Adequate food:

A balanced and nutritious diet is very important when doing this hike. Therefore we recommend eating food rich in iron and vitamin B which help to improve blood flow. You should preferably eat green vegetables and fish.

NOTE: Before starting the Inca Quarry Trail, you should visit a physiotherapist to determine if you have any injury from the past.

HOW LONG BEFORE THE HIKE SHOULD I ARRIVE TO CUSCO?

The acclimatization process plays an important role when you decide to hike the Inca Quarry Trail. You should know that you need some days for your body to adjust to the change in pressure, in temperature, and food. Therefore, tourist agencies recommend arriving 1 or 2 days before you start the hike.

It is important to take advantage of these days visiting sites around the city of Cusco as long as they are not challenging. If you have altitude sickness we recommend drinking coca tea and resting for a few hours. In case the symptoms don’t disappear, don’t self-medicate, visit the doctor instead.

FREQUENTLY QUESTIONS

What are the restrictions  to do the inca quarry trail .

The Inca Quarry trail  doesn’t have any restrictions since there are no standards that prohibited this trek. What is important is to be in good physical condition. However, it is not recommendable for children under 8 years old and elderly since it is challenging and very cold during the first 2 days of the trek.

Although the Inca Quarry Trail  is appropriate for a general audience, health is an important factor to take into account. It is not recommended for people who have respiratory and heart problems. Great part of the hike will be done at an altitude over 3500m / 13,123ft. which will have an effect on your health since there is less oxygen available. Note that at the moment of booking you have to inform the agency if you have any health problems. This way they can assist you and share some useful tips. Remember that your health is very important!

HOW ARE THE TOILETS IN THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL?

Andean Great Treks, always cares about the comfort of our clients on the different trekking trails. For this, in the Inca Quarry Trail, we offer the service of portable toilets, and strictly complying with the biosecurity protocols.

IS THERE ELECTRICITY ON THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL

There is no electricity in the Inca Quarry Trail. So it won’t be possible to charge your cell phone, or camera in the route. It will only be possible when you arrive to  Ollantaytambo. Therefore, we recommend bringing extra batteries or a solar portable charger. Otherwise, you will miss the chance to take photographs along the hike.

IS THERE INTERNET ON THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL

The Inca Quarry Trail  doesn’t have wi-fi in the campsites nor along the route. However, there are parts where you can make phone calls. Therefore, we recommend informing your relatives and friends that you won’t communicate with them for at least 3 days. This way you can avoid any misunderstanding and inconvenience to others. Keep in mind that the idea is to create a bond with nature and leave everything from our monotonous life aside.

WHAT ARE THE CAMPSITES ON THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL ?

The campsites where you will spend the nights are not pre-established. This is because there are different places where you can spend the night. It will depend on the agency that you choose to do the trek. If you decide to hike on your own, you can spend the night in the following places we recommend on the following list. These campsites have the best areas for camping and the most frequent ones are:

  • DAY 1: Rayan: 3,700m / 12,139ft.
  • DAY 2: Choquetacarpo: 3.600 m / 11.811ft.
  • DAY 3: Hotel in Aguas Calientes: 2,050 m / 6,725ft.

DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL?

Although it is not mandatory to have travel insurance to do the Inca Quarry trail to Machu Picchu, we highly recommend getting one. This way you can prevent any inconvenience that can happen during your trip. It is also essential to have travel insurance to enter other countries in the world. Agencies don’t offer travel insurance. If you need one, you should know that the cost of travel insurance is not always the same. It depends on the type and the length of the insurance.

  • Ahart Frinzi & Smith.
  • World Nomads.
  • Berkley International.
  • Amex Assurance.
  • Liberty Insurance.

DO I NEED TREKKING POLES FOR THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL?

We recommend bringing trekking poles for the Inca Quarry trail  to Machu Picchu and for any other trek, especially if you have any knee problems. Trekking poles help you keep the balance and provide two more points of support reducing the pain on the knees when going downhill. Bring trekking poles with rubber tips to avoid damage. They must be light, average weight of 250 to 350 grams per trekking pole, easy to adjust, and with a locking mechanism.

On the other hand, they must be made of aluminum or carbon fiber which are resistant materials. Most agencies don’t include the cost of the trekking poles on the price tour, this means you will have to rent them paying an additional cost. They usually cost USD 20.

SHOULD I RENT AN ADDITIONAL HORSE?

If you are concerned about the walk, you have the option of hiring an additional horse. The cost is US $ 60.00. You can only ride the first two days of the promotion. In the last days, you will sometimes have the opportunity to unsubscribe and take a car or train for certain stages of the trek. In addition, you should keep in mind that the first day you will take a different route than those who choose to walk. You do not have to organize this in advance.

WHY SHOULD I GO TO THE BRIEFING?

The briefing is very important because that is when you will meet your guide. At this meeting, your guide will provide you with important details about the hike. If you participate in the Inca Quarry Trail, you will receive a duffle bag for your personal belongings. During the briefing, you will also pay the balance of your walk. You will receive a map of our offices with your reservation information.

SHOULD I BRING ADDITIONAL MONEY FOR THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL?

Yes. It’s very important!!! We recommend that you bring 300-400 Peruvian soles. You may not need this money, but in an emergency you should make sure you have enough money. If you have difficulties on the route, you can use the money to buy alternative means of transport such as: car, horse and train. If you’re on the 5-day hike, there are some additional activities along the way, including the hot springs.

DO YOU PROVIDE WATER DURING THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL?

Yes, we will give you clean water with every meal and in the morning when you wake up.

At meal times we will give you teas, coffees etc to drink. You’ll come across a mountain spring, fountain or small stream approximately every 1½ hours along the trail where you can fill up your water bottle. Take a bottle of at least 1½ liter capacity per person. Although the water looks it is always safer to use sterilizing tablets or a water filter. The sterilizing tablets can be bought in most pharmacies in Cusco. With these tablets you have to wait between 30 and 40 minutes before drinking. Bottled mineral water can also be taken from Cusco or bought at Ollantaytambo.

HOW ARE THE GUIDES FOR THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL?

Having a good guide is an essential part of a good walking experience. For this reason, “Adean Great Treks” hires and works with some of the best guides in the business. Our guides have knowledge in the fields of history, archeology, ecology and are from the Cuzco region.

To continue working with our guides, we pay them a higher salary than most agencies and make sure they are treated well. They can use good quality sleeping bags, mats and food for free. The same goes for our porters and our riders.

WHAT IS THE FOOD AT INCA QUARRY TRAIL?

One of our strengths is the food we provide on the Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu, which is why our company has been working with high mountain cooks for more than 10 years. They are going to bring you the best gastronomy of  Cusco and Peru. At breakfast there will be scrambled eggs, omelets, pancakes, coffee, milk, butter, etc. Lunches are very nutritious (quinoa chaufa, steak, chicken stew, sauteed tenderloin, stuffed avocado, etc). And dinner is designed according to the type of weather, for example the first night you will have a refreshing soup for the  cold and altitude sickness. The last day we will have dinner at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes. If you have any food restrictions, do not worry, since our chefs are prepared for all types of food restrictions, such as vegetarians, vegans, or allergies to gluten and others. All foods are prepared with fresh and organic ingredients, produced by the farmers of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

ABOUT MACHU PICCHU

The inca quarry trail includes the entrance ticket to machu picchu.

Yes, this route include the entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Therefore, on this route the visit to Machu Picchu takes place on the last day for a guide of 1 hour and 45 minutes. During this time the main centers of the Inca Citadel are visited, once the guide is over you no longer have the option of re-entering the citadel. For this reason, you should ask the guide for some recommendation to be able to spend a longer time inside the Citadel of Machu Picchu.

HOW LONG CAN I STAY IN MACHU PICCHU

The visit time in the citadel of Machu Picchu is an average of 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours, this time is the maximum that is used to be able to make the main circuit that contains the most outstanding sites of the Historic Sanctuary. Note: You should know that there is no free time to visit on your own after the guide, unless you buy one of the extra hiking tickets (Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain) so you can re-enter the attraction.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HUAYNA PICCHU AND MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN?

Huayna Picchu :

The hike to the summit is approximately 45 minutes, along narrow and steep Inca stairs. Once at the top, you get to see the Citadel of Machu Picchu and its surrounding hills and valleys. This is the famous peak in the background of every iconic Machu Picchu photo. Summiting Huayna Picchu is always a top item on most Machu Picchu visitor’s lists which means that you usually need reserve this mountain 6 months in advance. Only a certain amount of people are allowed to hike this mountain each day (currently 400). Along this trek you’ll see breathtaking views of the Machu Picchu ruins. The limited number of tickets is a restriction set forth by the ministry of culture in Cusco, not by Andean Path Trek. This is completely out of our hands unfortunately.Tickets for this mountain are non-transferable.

Machu Picchu Mountain:

The hike to this summit is approximately 1.5 hrs. Once at the top, you get a much higher vantage point so you have an amazing view of the Citadel of Machu Picchu and its surroundings. This hike is a great alternative to Huayna Picchu. It is ideal for those who don’t want the hassle of fighting for a ticket, or who were unable to get one. Technically, spaces for Machu Picchu Mountain are also limited to 400 per day, as well it’s use to sold We simply need to reserve a space when we buy your entrance tickets. This trek is great because it will also take you high up like Huayna Picchu, offering great views. This trek has an easier incline (also making it accessible for those who fear the heights of Huayna Picchu), but the path is much longer making it equally as challenging in it’s own way.

TOUR RESERVATIONS

How do i make a booking for the inca quarry trail.

  • Fill out the form
  • Fill out the passenger details form in a word document. This should be attached in your email.
  • Pre payment
  • Pay your deposit, and let us know when you have paid! This is important because our system does not automatically notify us when you’ve paid your deposit.
  • Confirm reservation
  • Once you’ve received your booking confirmation in the form of a PDF, please check it over to confirm that everything is correct.
  • Informative session
  • Your all set!! Remember to come to our offices the day before your departure date at 5:00 PM for your briefing.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO MAKE INCA QUARRY TRAIL RESERVATION?

For Inca Quarry Trail, we recommended booking at less 1 or 2 months in advance. The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on Machu Picchu (permits are issued to about 2500 per day). We therefore recommend that you try to make your reservation for Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu  as far in or as soon as you know the dates of your international flights.

Nov, Dec, Jan: the trek permits for some departure dates were sold out 3 months in advance. we therefore recommend making a reservation at least 5 months in advance, although I am sure there will still be trek permits available for some dates 3 or 4 months in advance. Departures around Christmas and New Year tend to sell out fast.

March, April, May and June: Many trek departure dates during these months have sold out as soon as the trek permits go on sale at the beginning of January so we would recommend making a booking before the beginning of December to allow us time to process your booking.

IF I DECIDE TO CANCEL, WILL I BE REIMBURSED?

Our company will be able to refund a part of your reservation deposit, in case you cannot do the Inca Quarry trail circuit. But this request must be sent to the company’s mail, with a minimum of 15 days before starting your Trekking. Otherwise you could be charged some administrative costs.

A very important issue to give, is that if you paid for the entire tour, and for any reason you decide to cancel the tour less than 48 hours, this can only be done under certain conditions, by your travel agent, who will inform you of the expenses that should cover.

WHY DO I NEED TO MAKE A DEPOSIT FOR INCA QUARRY TRAIL?

We recommend making your reservation in advance and we will guarantee your Spaces for this hike.

Each reservation needs 50% of deposit as first payment. The final balance will be paid in Cusco (On the Briefing Day).

About Payment you must choose where you would like to make the deposit:

By Pay Pal or Credit Card

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I MAKE THE RESERVATION DEPOSIT?

First, we will send you an email to confirm your payment.

Two weeks before your tour date, we will contact you by email to request the final payment. We will also ask you where you will be staying in Cusco, to be able to pick you up on the day of your hike.

After we receive the final payment, we will send you an email confirming your tour date and informing you of important contact information for our tour agency, as well as some final tips to prepare for the trek.

CAN I CHANGE MY STARTING DATE FOR THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL?

Once we have purchased your tickets, with your security deposit, you can only change your start date if you pay an additional amount. This amount is usually around $50 USD. The reason for this is the tickets we purchase are non-refundable and non-transferable, so we are not allowed to simply change your tour date.

WHY IS THERE AN 5% CHARGE FOR PAYPAL AND VISA? IS THERE ANY WAY TO AVOID THIS CHARGE?

Unfortunately, the 5% charge is completely out of our hands. This fee does not go to us, but to PayPal and VISA. There is really no way around it.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

Inca quarry trail packing list.

It’s best to pack lightly for Inca Quarry Trail. Generally hikers leave the bulk of their belongings safely in storage at their Cusco hotel, and bring only their hiking pack for the trek. This list ensures that you have everything you need for a guided trek without overburdening yourself.

Mountain clothing

  • Hat for the cold
  • Glacier goggles with 100% UV protection (spectra / spectrum 4 or 5 appropriate for trekking activities)
  • Extra sunglasses (with UV protection – emergency glasses)
  • Headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Sun hat or hat (Buff, balaclava)

Thorax / Core:

  • First Layer / Longsleeve: Merino, Polypropylene, Capilene, Driclime (not cotton or cotton blend)
  • Second Layer / Soft-Shell Or Polartec: Wind-pro, Schoeller, Fleece, etc. (recommended; comfortable, insulating and waterproof)
  • Third Layer / Hard Shell: windproof, waterproof and breathable (Gore-Tex, Event or similar)
  • Fourth Layer / Insulation: Down jacket or synthetic fill jacket (Down, Primaloft or Polarguard)
  • Vest: Polartec, Fleece (extra half layer)
  • Thin Socks: Liners (polypropylene or Capilene) and extra socks
  • Base Layer / Long Interior: Merino, Polypropylene, Capilene, Nylon, Driclime (not cotton or cotton blends)
  • Second Layer / Fleece (in case you are sensitive to cold)
  • Trekking Pants (water and wind resistant – Gore-Tex, Event or similar)
  • Trekking Pants: Soft-shell, nylon, etc. (for the walk and/or use at the Camp)
  • Walking Shoes (for daily walks, waterproof Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Sandals / Crocs (comfort for base camp)
  • Fine Gloves: Polypropylene or Wool (liners)

Personal Team

  • Down or synthetic sleeping bag 15-20°F / -20 to -25°C
  • 60/65 liter backpack for luggage
  • 15/25 liter backpack for the daily walk
  • Trekking sticks
  • Solar charger (optional)

Hiking gear

  • Backpack, 50-70L
  • Hiking poles (optional but recommended)
  • Water bottle
  • Water filter
  • Purifying tablets
  • Zip-lock bags (for money, maps etc.)

Electronics

  • Dry shampoo
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Small towel
  • Personal first aid kit (medication you use often)
  • Personal hygiene accessories (towel, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, comb, etc.)
  • Photographic material
  • Sunscreen and lip balm

WHERE CAN I STORE MY BIG BAGS THAT I DO NOT NEED TO TAKE?

Any bags that you don’t need to take on Inca Quarry Trail it can be left at your hotel in Cusco. Nearly all hotels have a luggage deposit and rarely charge for this service as long as you are returning to the hotel after the trek. You can also leave valuables in the hotel safe, but remember to bring your passport and some emergency money. Or you also can store at our office.

CHEFS & MULETEERS

Who are the chefs & muleteers.

Support staff during the Inca Quarry Trail is as important as the guide. Among them we have:

He is the person in charge of preparing the meals for 4 days of the hike. They were trained at Culinary Schools where they learned how to prepare delicious dishes that will surprise you. It is usually the guide who introduces the chef on the first day of the hike.

He is the person in charge of guiding the horses that carry the equipment, and food supplies that will be used on the hike. They are people who live in the high Andean area of Cusco. Most of them are farmers. Therefore, hiring their service through a reliable agency contributes to generate a new source of income.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP THE COOK AND MULETEER?

After hiking the Inca Quarry trail  and getting well acquainted with the support staff and guide, you may wonder how much to tip them. You should keep in mind that it is not mandatory to tip the guide or support staff. However, if you feel that you have received a high-quality service, you are free to tip the staff. You need to take some cash with you to do so or you can say some words expressing how much you appreciate their help and motivate them to keep up with their hard work.

What most tourists who hike for more than 3 days are a goodbye ceremony. It is then when muleteers, chefs, and guides say goodbye and thank tourists for choosing to go on the Inca quarry trail tours. At this moment, you can leave the staff a tip for the service you have received.

The amount of money for the muleteer can be between 50 to 100 soles. In addition, the chef receives double (between 100 to 200). Finally, there is the guide who was always taking care of you. In this case, he receives your personal appreciation, but it has to be more than what you leave the chef since the guide is all the time with you.

ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL

The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.

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PRICE & AVAILABILITY PRICE & AVAILABILITY

Price & availability.

To book this tour, a minimum of $ 200 USD per person is required, the remaining balance will be paid upon arrival in Peru, at the Cusco office.

Any other additional information, please coordinate with your travel agent.

Choose your preferred departure date to proceed.

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How fit do I need to be?

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All our Walking trips are graded from ‘Easy’ through to ‘Challenging to Tough’. On our online trip itineraries you’ll find a chart showing the daily walk distances, timings and information on the route including the terrain, altitude. Generally, no specific training is needed but you might feel more comfortable if you’ve got out walking a few times in the lead-up to your trip.

What will the group be like?

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As with all our trips, every group is different but the ‘average’ group consists of roughly half couples and half solo travellers – all sharing a passion for exploring the world on foot. You’ll always have someone to keep you company along the route, but you don’t always have to walk together. Wherever possible your Andean Great Treks leader will allow everyone to walk at their own pace, regrouping regularly along the route.

Will I need to walk every day?

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Mostly of our hikes in the mountains in Peru and Cusco like the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Ausangate Trek, Lares Trek, Ancascocha Trek, Salkantay Trek , involves an average of walking hours of 7-8 hours per day, this timing includes stops for taking photos, lunch, breaks for recovery the energy, and the most important we adapt to your walking pace. This relaxed style of trip involves to know all the attractions in greater depth.

What about the logistics?

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On nearly all our Walking trips, porters or mules will carry all the camping equimpent, so your main luggage will be transported for you. We recommend walk with a light rucksack, you will carry water, snacks, a camera, a small first aid kit and any extra clothing or sun protection. On more remote or challenging treks, additional guides are there to assist the leader tour guide and provide support to the group.

ANDEAN TREKS FAQS

How many days of acclimatization do you recommend before starting a program.

The acclimatization period is very important for our travelers to enjoy the experience. We suggest a minimum of 3 or 4 days of the previous stay in Cusco city, the Sacred Valley of the Incas or Machu Picchu. We recommend you check the acclimation programs we have prepared for you on our website.

WHAT ARE THE ALTITUDES IN THE CAMPING SITES ?

The average height of our camps in the trekking circuits is 3,500 masl. In fact, one of the circuits where you sleep at the highest altitude is the Ausangate Trek, where you will have days to set up the tents at a height of 4,300 meters. Remember that Peru has snowy peaks that reach up to 6,700 masl.

HOW CAN ALTITUDE AFFECT ME?

From 3,000 meters above sea level, the symptoms of “altitude sickness” vary according to each person, and may even not occur. However, among the most common are a headache, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite and insomnia. Therefore, upon arriving in the city of Cusco, located at 3,400 meters above sea level, we recommend our travelers to take a good rest, drink plenty of water, eat light meals and take slower walking. Also, it is necessary to avoid alcoholic beverages and cigarettes. The symptoms can be alleviated with high mountain medicines such as DIAMOX or similar products, but we suggest you consult with your doctor before the trip.

DO I HAVE TO CARRY MY OWN LUGGAGE?

While on the trail, hikers will need to carry a daypack (camera equipment, water bottle, extra layers, rain gear, and other accessories you might need on the trail.) Horses and llamas will carry your duffle bag to the next camping site.

WHAT ARE THE SECURITY MEASURES IN THE TRAIL?

The company makes the greatest efforts to provide a safe and unforgettable experience, for this reason, the trekking guides are constantly communicated with the central office through satellite phones, ensuring the welfare of each passenger. Our guides are trained in rescue techniques and first aid in emergency outdoor, these courses are developed annually and have the standards of the wilderness first respond. At all times we have oxygen and first aid equipment. In case of any eventuality a medical director will answer our questions 24 hours a day. In addition to the animals who carry the luggage we have horses to help walkers tired or eager to ride. We recommend getting a travel insurance.

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ANDEAN GREAT TREKS TOURS DIFFERENCE

Unrivalled knowledge & experience.

Every Andean Great Treks  holiday has been thoughtfully planned and crafted by our specialists. They draw on their own extensive travel experience and the guidance and expertise of our local partners to create superb holidays. Our specialists are committed to making every aspect smooth and enjoyable; they genuinely want to ensure that the holidays they create leave you with wonderful lasting memories.

AMAZING TOURS & AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES

Every Andean Great Treks traveller is accompanied by an experienced tour guide, you will be immersed in Historic cities, ancient ruins and unfamiliar landscapes are all brought to life by our carefully selected local guides. They want to share their expertise and help you make your own discoveries too; their sole mission is to ensure you enjoy every moment.

FLEXIBILITY & CHOICE

Giving you the freedom to make your holiday even more memorable. We know how much our customers look forward to their holiday and we pride ourselves on the choice and flexibility that we offer to enhance every aspect of your experience. Whether it’s getting to the airport, upgrading your room or booking an additional excursion, we can help.

GUIDED BY THE LOCAL GUIDES, TRUE EXPERTS!

GUIDED BY THE LOCAL GUIDES, TRUE EXPERTS!

Our guides are the stars of the show; it is their unrivalled knowledge, passion and expertise that will transform your tour experience from good to truly extraordinary!

Because the have grown up in the area and know it like the back of their hand, so they can help you experience whichever aspects most interest you. They’re passionate about sharing their corner of the world with you, and as you explore together, they’ll open your eyes to the intricate details, provide background to enhance your understanding of what you’re seeing, and share stories that will bring everything to life.

ALL OF OUR NATIONAL TOUR GUIDES…

  • Have at least five years guiding experience
  • Are fluent in English
  • Are born and raised in Cusco, Lima, Manu Jungle, Puno
  • Go through rigorous and ongoing training programmes
  • Are at your service 24 hours a day

OUR TRAVELS SHAPE YOURS

OUR TRAVELS SHAPE YOURS

“Your inspiration for a trip can be a single word or a highly evolved outline, but it’s the conversations we have that help us understand the experience you’re looking for. Meanwhile, I’m looking back on the time I spent at the destination.

‘The great thing about working with a specialist at Andean Great Treks is how they take your  complete jumble of ideas and turn them into  something absolutely spectacular.’

As you begin to share your ideas with your specialist, it will connect them immediately back to a time in their own travels. Conjuring a picture of the ­rest time they made that same discovery, reminding them how it felt.

Your specialist understands that, when the journey is right, it has the power to excite your emotions in the most profound ways after all, that was the effect on them.

They carry a treasure box of moments, captured over many  journeys, into every suggestion they’ll share with you, as  they ask you how you want to feel on your trip.

MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCES, REAL CONNECTIONS

MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCES,  REAL CONNECTIONS

 EXPERIENCES THAT CALL TO YOU

It’s what you do in a destination that helps bring it to life. It’s why we strive to choose experiences that help you connect to a place, absorbing a little of its complex character. Wherever your passions lie, we’ll recommend experiences that speak to you, and we’ll recommend the guide or local expert who’s most qualifi­ed to help you explore. Packing your holiday full of special experiences means some early starts and long days, but you can be sure that you’ll return home with many incredible memories! Read our Tours and check the Physical Ratings to see if the pace and activity levels are right for you.

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STAYS WITH DIFFERENCE

We know that where you stay is a cherished part of your travels. So, we go to great lengths to ­find places to stay that exceed expectations, or go above and beyond the ordinary, whether in their character, hospitality, or location. Over the years, we’ve discovered the very best properties, trying and testing them, so we can choose the right one for you. We’ve nourished long-standing relationships with these establishments and the people who founded them, and we’ve stayed there many times often, we’ll even know which rooms have the best views (and reserve them for you).

TRAVELLING THE RIGHT WAY

TRAVELLING THE RIGHT WAY

Our style of travel — authentic, thoughtful, and focused on building meaningful connections to the people and places you visit — is inherently respectful and considerate of the destinations we love. We design each aspect of your trip exactly as you want it, which includes its sustainability. That might mean choosing a train journey instead of a flight, staying at eco-friendly wildlife lodges, or opting for experiences that give back to the communities you’re visiting. The choice is yours.

Responsible travel has always been at the heart of what we do. First and foremost, because it gives you the best experience, but, also because it helps to preserve the communities and landscapes you visit. This isn’t new for us we collaborated with local communities and outside experts so we can grow to be better ambassadors.

The most authentic and interesting experiences often directly benefit the local people. We prefer to buy local products that are produced in the organic farms of the Sacred Valley, we also have alliances with local artisan organizations who provide us with souvenir items for our clients, your money directly benefits the local economy.

WE EXPLORE WITHOUT AFFECTING THE ECOSYSTEM

WE EXPLORE WITHOUT AFFECTING THE ECOSYSTEM

We want travel to change us, and not the world.

‘There’s a saying: we don’t inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. When we show you our country, this philosophy guides everything we do. It’s our responsibility to preserve the environment and wildlife, and support communities. That means using slower modes of transport, like cycling, employing local people, and working with communities who’ll benefit directly from your visit. This also gives you the best, most authentic impression of the places we want to share with you.

We prefer to buy local products in ecological bags, to avoid the use of plastic bags, likewise we teach the use of soaps and ecological products in each tour that we organize. We also work on reforestation projects with local communities who take care of landscape resources such as communal reserves, national parks.

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Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

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Our specialization is in trekking “off the beaten track.” The Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu is a personally designed and seldom visited trek that takes you through incomparable landscapes and remote Inca Ruins. Trek along cascading waterfalls and panoramic views of the Andean Mountain landscape from the apex of a towering mountain.

This trail is home to ancient Inca aqueducts that will transport you back in history, to timeless Inca stonemason’s unmatched masterpieces. Visit the old Inca quarry from where the Incas carved the rocks to build the important Ollantaytambo Inca city, the impressive gate to Machu Picchu. Take time to explore the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo and hike up to the dusted remnants of the old Inca hillside storehouses. Then enjoy true luxury at the exclusive Veronica View Hotel! On your final day, will be the long awaited tour to explore and experience the magical UNESCO World Heritage site: Machu Picchu!

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One of the more unique treks to Machu Picchu, the Inca Quarry Trek traverses ancient Inca sites and avoids the crowds. This trek begins with an early start as your guide picks you up from your hotel at 5am.

We then drive for almost two hours to the trailhead just outside of the traditional community of Socma. At the trailhead we share a delicious breakfast, hand overnight stuff over to the horseman, and ready our daypacks.

Our first destination on the trek is Perolniyoc waterfall- a short but steep hike to the beautiful falls is the perfect way to kickstart the hike, and a little tease for the trek to come.

We continue our hike until we reach the archeological site of the Inca Quarry, where our guide will show us everything there is to see, and answer all your burning questions. From here, it’s a short walk to Rayan, where we will enjoy lunch and a short rest.

After lunch we have two hours of uphill to reach the first pass of the hike, Puccaqasa at 4400m. Drink in the incredible views of the Sacred Valley, and prepare yourself for the views that await you over the course of the trek.

We have another hour of hiking before arriving to our first campsite, where hot drinks, a snack, and your tent are all ready and waiting for you so you can relax and settle in before dinner is served.

  • Meals : Lunch – Afternoon Tea – Dinner
  • Accommodation : Luxury camping with 4 season EUREKA tents
  • Distance : 13kms/8 miles
  • Time : 8 hours approximately
  • Difficulty : Moderate.

After a long hike yesterday and a good rest, day two will be a welcome relief. While the distance is further, the terrain is flatter and easier underfoot. We start the day with a 2 hour walk to Quychicassa Pass at 4,450m/12,599ft. Be sure to take in the view of the valley around us, formed by glaciers thousands of years ago.

From the Quychicassa Pass we will continue for another hour downhill to the Inca site of Inti Punku, also known as the Sun Gate. Lunch will be served with a spectacular view of the Veronica Mountain!

From here we continue for another hour downhill to the Veronica View Hotel. Once we arrive, you can get a well-deserved soak in the heated swimming pool or sauna. There is also an option for treatments at the spa for an additional cost.

  • Meals : Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation : Veronica View Hotel
  • Distance : 15kms/9.5 miles
  • Time : 7 hours approximately
  • Difficulty : Moderate/Difficult

Wake up for breakfast at your leisure, and spend the morning enjoying the fresh mountain air and the beautiful views of Mt Veronica as you recover from the previous days hiking.

As the day progresses, we will gather our things and take the short drive to the train station, where the 1:37pm Vistadome train awaits us. This train will take us to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night.

Today is an easy, relaxed day designed to help make sure that you are at your best for Machu Picchu tomorrow.

  • Accommodation : Wiracocha Inn Hotel or Intipunku Tambo
  • Difficulty : Easy

We have an early start today, so grab some breakfast in your hotel and get ready to catch the 5:30am bus up to Machu Picchu. This gives you time to watch the sunrise in the magical citadel- the perfect way to start your Machu Picchu tour.

If you have an advanced booking for one of the peaks in the citadel (either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain) you will have time to complete the hike after the conclusion of your guided tour. Once you have had your fill of the citadel (either up the mountains or on the ground) you are free to head back down to Aguas Calientes using the shuttle bus.

Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes you are free to explore as you wish, grab some lunch at one of the many restaurants (not included), visit the market for some souvenirs, or if there’s time, take a dip in the natural hot springs that gave the town its name.

The Expedition train will take you back to Ollantaytambo at 2:55pm or 3:20pm. Be sure to watch the mountains and the Urubamba river from out the window. When you arrive in Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private van. You can expect to arrive at your hotel about 7:00pm.

  • Meal : Breakfast

***IMPORTANT:

  • You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the same times, 2:55pm or 3:20pm, 4:22pm, or 4:43pm. The cost is $57 USD.
  • We can organize an earlier train, if you request at booking
  • The Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain hikes are subject to availability. Please advise us at the time of booking.

***This price includes the extra pack horse which will carry your belongings up to 7 kgs. We will provide a duffle bag that you can put your things in.

***We provide large Eureka 4 person tents for each 2 trekkers.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES: Hotel or Train

  • VISTA DOME TRAIN from Machu Picchu back to Cusco (Poroy) US$57 per person
  • La Cabaña Hotel: $50 USD per person
  • 4* Tierra Viva Hotel: US$90 per person
  • 4* El Mapi Hotel: US$120
  • 18 to 25 years old: US$30 Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: US$40 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Group of 5 or more: US$30. – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.
  • Sleeping bag – US$20 per person per trek ( They are steam cleaned after every trek )
  • Air mattress – US$20 per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking poles – US$15 per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent: US $30 – (Tent for solo trekkers only)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade – US$57 per person (For the return to Cusco)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain – US$75 per person (Please request when you book your trek)
  • Hotel single supplement – US$35  for solo travelers

ADDED VALUES FOR FREE

  • Foam mattresses for every hiker
  • Camping pillow
  • Transfer airport to hotel (only in Cusco)
  • Duffle bags
  • Extra blanket for the tent are included in the trekking price!
  • EXTRA PACK HORSE is included in the price, which will carry your things up to 7 kgs / 14p sleeping bag, mattress, clothes etc.
  • COLD BOILED WATER will be provided along the trek, there will be hot and cold water at each meal time.
  • OXYGEN TANK will be available.
  • EMERGENCY HORSE is included which can be ridden if you feel tired or sick
  • BEST ITINERARY operated Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu specialist only.

WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Transportation in our private van
  • Professional licensed tour guide, fluent in English, Spanish and Quechua.
  • Round trip train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • 2 Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes
  • Admission ticket to the Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Hotel with private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, storage and buffet breakfast included
  • 4 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable)
  • Delicious meals during the 4 days as indicated in the itinerary
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our mules)
  • Provision of a horse with helmet, in case of emergency such as illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Foam mattress

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED NOT INCLUDED FOR THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Sleeping bag (minus 10 ºC) – US$20 (They are steam cleaned after every trek)
  • Breakfast on the first day, Lunch & dinner on the last day
  • Air Mattress – US$20 per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles – US$15 per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent: US $30 – (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade – US$57 per person (For the return to Cusco (Poroy)
  • Tips for the crew, guide and cook of Orange Nation Peru
  • Hotel before and after the trek
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Flight tickets

WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE WITH YOU FOR THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Original Passport (it has to be the same as the one used to book the trek)
  • Valid student ID card (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: 2-3 litre reusable bottles (please do not bring disposable bottles)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from Orange Nation )
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Toilet paper

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR DUFFEL BAG FOR THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

As a Professional Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra pack horse which will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds including your 2kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.

  • 2 hiking pants at least
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
  • Fleece/ Thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º Celcious.
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
  • Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office to line your duffel
  • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us.
  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK FOR THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40Litres for hiking in the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.

  • Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water at every meal time. Please bring your canteens.
  • Insect repellent
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Rain poncho
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips

Why travel with Orange Nation Peru?

We have become the leaders in small group adventure travel over the past three decades by consistently listening to our travelers and delivering what they desire: adaptable itineraries, the freedom to explore, smaller group sizes, safety and peace of mind, and knowledgeable local guides who provide unique insights into the destination that would be missed through any other means of travel.

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Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days / 3 nights

Starting at Per Person : $ 580. 00

The Inca Quarry Trek 4 day / 3 nights  is one of the best alternate routes to Machu Picchu . On the Inca Quarry trek, you will visit some little-known Inca ruins like Ñaupa Iglesia, Qorimarca site, and the Perolniyoc waterfall  and trek through amazing landscapes as you make your way to Machu Picchu . This trek will also take you to an amazing Inca temple Inti Punku above Ollantatambo that was built as a shrine to the snow-capped mountian Veronica. The quarry itself will give you an insight into the incredible craftsmanship and engineering skills of the Incas. If you dare, you will even get to peer inside Incan tombs which still contain the human skeletal remains of those who chose to sacrifice themselves to the sacred mountain. You will be impressed by the history and panoramic views that this tour has to offer.

  • 100% Operated by Inti Sun Trek, we never put you with other tour operators.
  • Porters that will carry your personal belongings (up to 6kg/ 12lbs) – no extra fee
  • You will hike only with your day pack which is way more comfortable than carrying a big bag!
  • Small intimate group, will provide you a big adventure
  • Pick-up and drop-off from your hotel in Cusco
  • Hike through the Vilcabamba Mountain Range and pass through stunning landscapes, varying from the tropical Cloud Forest, to the high Andes on this beautiful
  • Camp the first night, surrounded by stunning views of the snow-capped peaks mountain.
  • Pass through different micro-climates. Your scenery will constantly be changing.
  • Experience the most popular itinerary of the Alternative Treks.
  • Enjoy more the nature than big groups of tourist.

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Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4D / 3N

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Overview Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1: cusco – raf´qa – soqma – q´orimarca.

Early in the morning, at 5:00am, we will start our bus ride to Tinki, the starting point of this hike. From Tinki, a place filled with a great number of native professional mountain climbers, we will walk along the plains surrounding the Ausangate mountain. Our destination for the day will be Pachchanta a local community of llama and alpaca herders.

  • Meals: Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time -Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping with 4 season tents
  • Distance: 12kms/7.5 miles
  • Time: 6 hours approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate.

Day 2: Q´orimarca – Inti Punku – Choquetacarpo

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping Facilities with 4 season  tents
  • Distance: 15kms/9.5 miles
  • Time: 7 hours approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

Day 3: Ancient Quarry- Veronica Temple – Ollantaytambo-Train to Aguas Calientes.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation:  in Aguas Calientes
  • Distance: 8kms/5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4: Aguas Caliente- Machu Picchu- Cusco

  • Machupicchu elevation: 2400 meters / 7873 ft
  • Difficulty:  Easy
  • Weather:  warm

New Regulations

In January 2019 , changes to the Machu Picchu visitation rules were implemented. Now, entrance tickets to the citadel are sold for specific time slots, starting at 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, and 2:00 PM.

With this new entry system, visitors board the bus to Machu Picchu one hour or 30 minutes before the visitation time printed on their ticket. This way, they do not have to endure unnecessary queues in Machu Picchu Pueblo, nor do they contribute to crowding at the entrances to the Inca city.

Meanwhile, visitors who wish to walk to Machu Picchu must depart one and a half hours before their designated visitation time.

In January 2021, new visitation routes or circuits were introduced at Machu Picchu with the aim of preserving the archaeological site for future generations. Each visitor follows a circuit according to the type of entrance ticket they have purchased, whether it’s for visiting Machu Picchu only, Huayna Picchu mountain, or Machupicchu mountain.

For more detailed information about the different circuits and specific entrance schedules, we invite you to read this link on Schedules and New Circuits for Visiting Machu Picchu or to contact us directly . We can provide you with all the necessary information and address any questions you may have.

Day 1: CUSCO – RAF´QA – SOQMA – Q´ORIMARCA

Highlight of the day: Takes us to the hypnotizing Perolniyoc Cascade, a wonderful opportunity to stop, take photos and have a snack.

We leave Cusco early in the morning and drive for 2 hours to Choquequilla, a small ceremonial place where the Incas historically would honor the moon. A short drive from here takes us to Rafq’a, time to lace up your boots at the starting point of our trek where we meet the horsemen for our hike. We hike for about 1 hour to reach the small transverse and typical community of Socma. Just a hop, step and jump ahead, takes us to the hypnotizing Perolniyoc Cascade, a wonderful opportunity to stop, take photos and have a snack. Our goal is to reach our campsite at 3700m or 2139ft at about lunch time. After lunch we set off to explore the Q’orimarca archeological site, which was used to serve as a check point during the times of the Incas.

PLEASE NOTE: Many alternative treks to Machu Picchu only offer beautiful landscapes along the way, but this trek also offers tours of many Inca sites!

Day 2: Q´ORIMARCA – INTI PUNKU – CHOQUETACARPO

Highlight of the day: This is the most challenging but most rewarding day of the hike

This is the most challenging but most rewarding day of the hike. A 3 hour walk takes us to the top of the first pass, known as Puccaqasa (4370mts). After enjoying the picturesque views of the undulating valleys below, we descend down for 30 minutes, just in time for lunch. Rested and full of energy again, we head onward and upward for about 2 hour to the highest pass of the trek: Kuychicassa (4450m/14599ft). From here, we head down for 2 hours to the site that the Incas called Inti Punku, (meaning Sun Gate) with its imposing views over the valley and the horizon is engulfed by the Veronica Mountain. Our campsite is a short distance away at Choquetacarpo (3600m/11811ft)

Day 3:  Ancient Quarry- Veronica Temple – Ollantaytambo-Train to Aguas Calientes.

Highlight of the day: We can personally witness the workmanship of the Incas, which they could not complete due to the Spanish Conquest.

Day 3 is all downhill hiking, with our first stop at the Kachiqata Quarry where we can personally witness the workmanship of the Incas, which they could not complete due to the Spanish Conquest. Midday we arrive at the town of Kachiqata, the end of this challenging and fascinating trek. From here we visit the original Inca settlement Ollantaytambo and in the afternoon we travel by train to Aguas Calientes where we stay overnight at our private hotel.

Highlight of the day: Exploring the amazing Machu Picchu and learning all of its secrets.

After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from your hostel/hotel and lead you to the bus station where you will board a bus to Machu Picchu . At Machu Picchu, you will have a 2 hour walking tour of this mysterious city, followed by free time for your own exploration. In this time, you may also choose to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain if you have reserved a spot. Once you have completed your tour of Machu Picchu, you will take the bus to Aguas Calientes, where you can stop for lunch. Finally, after an amazing journey, you will head to the train station to take the train for your return trip to Cusco.

Group Tour – $580 USD per person

Group tour -$560 per person (without hotel in aguas calientes).

The cost of the tour packages are based on double or matrimonial room. For an individual room an 15  dollars extra payment has to be made.

To book the Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu, you need to make an initial payment of 200.USD per person, the remaining balance can be paid online, in installments, or Cusco with any credit card

Please notice : Our Trek service begins and ends in your hotel in Cusco

Important Notice Regarding Student Discounts: 

The ISIC card is  no longer valid  for purchasing Machu Picchu or Inca Trail tickets with a student discount.

Students can still obtain this discount with their  student identification card  issued by the university where they study, which is the only valid document for this end at this time. For more information, please visit the following link:  http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/items/estudiantes.html

Returning train Included in the cost of this tour/trek is the Expedition train,  which departs either at 6:20 pm or 7:00 pm and DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY.

Can I get an early train ticket? We can also book an afternoon train that departs 2:55 p.m. or 4:22 p.m. at an extra cost of US $35 per person the train we will book DEPENDS ON AVAILABILITY. Please,  notice that 35 dollars extra you will pay also will cover your private transportation to bring you back from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco

There is also an option to upgrade your train to the Vistadome train  which is the extra US $75 per person. Please let us know your preference at the time of booking the tour. Unfortunately, none of the trains go straight to Cusco—they run either to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. In either case, we will transfer you back by bus to Cusco.

Can I change my return train ticket by myself? At the time of your tour, it may be possible to make changes to your return train ticket if you don’t want to take the 18:20 p.m train. You will have to take your train ticket personally to the train station in Aguas Calientes and ask them to change the return ticket for an early one. You will probably be asked to pay an extra administration fee, which will depend on the train service and departure time. Please notice that once you will change your returning train you will responsible to cover your own transportation back to Cusco

How long is the journey back to Cusco? You will be traveling for approximately 3 hours before you arrive back in Cusco. First, you will travel for 1.5 hours by train to the Ollantaytambo train station. Then you will be picked up by your driver outside of the train station. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it so that there will be no confusion. If you do not see the driver initially, wait for them outside of the train station. Once the driver has picked you up, you will travel for another 1.5 hours in a private van/car to your hotel/hostel in Cusco. Arrival time in Cusco will depend on train availability. You will receive your return train tickets once your guide has finished your walking tour of Machu Picchu.

Included Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days / 3 nights

  • Basic hotel night in Aguas Calientes double or triple rooms,  private bathrooms, hot showers, wifi, and storage while you visit Machu Picchu
  • Weight allowances: 6kl/12lb per trekker (weights to be carried by horses and mules you will trek only with your day pack which is way more confortable than carrying a big bag!)
  • Horse (to carry tents and cooking equipment and the 6 kl/12lb of personal belongings)
  • Wrangler’s health insurance paid for by INTI SUN TREK
  • Transport: collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to the starting point of the trek
  • A Professional tour guide who is fluent in English
  • Machu Picchu entrance fees
  •  Included in the cost of your tour is one-way bus tickets up from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on the day you will visit citadel. However, bus tickets down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes after your walking tour in Machu Picchu are not included, in the interest of reducing your costs. You may either walk back down to Aguas Calientes (about one hour) or pay for the bus tickets at the Machu Picchu site exit.
  • Two hours walking tour in Machu Picchu
  • Personal tents: We use 4 men, tents that only need to be shared by 2 people. This allows some room to spread out and keep your duffels safely with you.
  • Sleeping mattress(pad)
  • Meals cooked by an experienced chef: breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks!
  • Delicious food rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
  • All our food is prepared from organic vegetables and fresh ingredients
  • Vegetarian/special diet options available
  • Water (we will provide you with boiled and filtered cold water during the trek starting on  the second day. However, you will need to bring a container to carry your water in. Also, you need to ensure that you pack a sufficient amount of water for the first day of the trek.
  • We strongly recommend to bring your Camel Back and water canteen  due to that government of Peru will not allow disposable plastic bottles anymore on the Inca trail and in Machu Picchu.
  • Wake up tea: every morning at the campsites we will wake you up with a cup of coca tea and coffee
  • Daily snacks- day 1,2 and 3: our snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, Caramels we will give this snack at the beginning of each day trek
  • First aid kit including an emergency oxygen bottle and a horse you may ride on if the altitude effects your ability to complete the trek
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes on Day 3
  • Breakfast in Aguas Caliente on Day 4
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Not included:

  • Sleeping bags
  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Drink( coke, mineral water or cerveza) in the dinner in Aguas Calientes on the 3 day
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day
  • Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (20 soles)
  • Tip for the guide. cook, and wranglers

Packing list

What you need to bring:, essentials:.

  • Original passport
  • Sleeping bag
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack ( smaller, the better)
  • Water storage:  we strongly recommend to bring your Camel Back and water canteen  due to that government of Peru will not allow disposable plastic bottles anymore on the Salkantay Trek and in Machu Picchu.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)

FOR YOUR DUFFEL:

Porters will carry up to 6 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 3.5 kg.

  •  2-3 wicking t-shirts
  • 2-3 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of undergarments.
  • 4 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • 1 Rain jacket and pants
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Quick-dry towel. We provide small ones, you might enjoy something a little larger.
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean – might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap.
  • Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.

TOILETRIES:

  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band-aids, moleskin, etc.

INSIDE YOUR DAYPACKS:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25L will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside citadel gates.

  • Water beginning from your second day will supply all the water needed. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distributing. You must supply your own water bottles or Camel Back. We recommend carrying about 2L worth. We will refill our waters at each meal
  • Music (iPhone)
  • Toilet paper and a small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips

Before you go

What will the personal porter carry.

For the Inca Quarry trail, ,we will provide you with a duffel bag at the briefing for the Trek the night before we depart. to put all of your belongings in. By using standardized bags, we will ensure that all of your belongings will fit properly on the horses. The duffel bags easily fit 6 Kilograms /12 pounds per person including your sleeping bags.

However, You will still need to carry your day pack with all of your essentials like water, sunscreen, passport, etc

When will I receive my duffel bag to put my belongings in?

We will lend you one of our specially designed duffel bags at the briefing for the Trek the night before we depart. We use these bags to insure that they fit securely and comfortably on the porters´ backs.

Pre-Trek Briefing

All briefings are done at our office at 6:00 PM the night before your trek. If you are unable to make this time, you need to coordinate another time with a member of the Inti Sun Trek office team. Briefings are approximately 30 -45 minutes long.

Renewal or change passport number?

If you plan to renew or change your name on your passport between making your trek booking and starting your trek, you can book your trek or tour with your current passport number or name, but you must send us a copy of your old passport and a copy of your new passport when you have them. We can then make the change with the government before you arrive. The extra cost to make the change is US$25 per person. (This will cover the change in number or name for your Inca Trail Permit, Machu Picchu Entrance, and train.)

If you do not advise us of the change or do not want to pay the fee, bring the original of both passports (the old and new one). You can enter Peru with your new passport but you must show the government authorities your old passport in order to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or train. If you cannot do so, you will not be allowed to start your trek by the government officials. All names and numbers must match!!

Inti Sun Trek is one of the only companies to pick you up directly from your hotel. As long as your hotel is in the center of Cusco city,we will coordinate this pickup based on a time that your guide will discuss at the briefing. Pick up times may vary 30 – 45 minutes based on traffic conditions and previous pickups.

Cusco is an old city with cobblestoned streets and very narrow passageways. Very small hotels and Air BNBs are often located on streets that cars can not pass through. They also are often located up on the hillside, with long steep climbs to the property, difficult to maneuver with luggage. We highly recommend that you do not stay at one of these places.

Hiking in the Andes:

Is something that everyone can do no matter what age, but it is never easy. You will need some level of fitness to be able to complete it comfortably. Each trial involves inclines that can take your breath away if you are not in shape and downhill hiking that can be tough on one’s knees. Walking sticks are encouraged for everyone. Please remember the group treks are open to everyone, all abilities, so be patient and help those struggling with some kind words.

Storage during your trek to Machu Picchu:

Most of our trekkers leave their belongings that they do not want to bring on the trek in the hostel they were previously staying in. These hostels/hotels usually have a secure, locked room where you can securely store your belongings. If you do not trust your hostel, we would be more than happy to store your belongings for you Make sure your bags have some kind of identification on them so they are easy to locate.

Your Safety is our first concern:

Trekking the Andes is not your typical vacation. And most people who come to visit us have little to no experience of life this high up in the mountains. We understand the large responsibility we have in ensuring that you are well taken care of every step of the way.

Each year Inti Sun Trek guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training every February – every single guide attends. When guiding you, they will have with them a first aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts/scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. They know how to make you feel better. It is important to be very honest with your guide as soon as you are experiencing any discomfort. If you suffer from any medical conditions, please let your guide know during the briefing so he is prepared to give you extra attention, if needed.

In case something unexpected happens and you feel you can no longer complete the trek, they will figure out the safest and quickest way off the course and to a clinic. You will never be left alone, you will have a member of the team escort you every step of the way until safely with a doctor. When you are feeling up to it, we will make sure that you still have the chance to visit Machu Picchu and re-connect with your group, traveling by train comfortably.

Getting to Cusco:

The airport in Cusco currently is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.

The best way to get to Cusco is by air and there are several options in airlines. LATAM tends to be the most expensive but has the most options and flights. Expect delays or flight cancellations. Due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land and any acclimate weather will stop air traffic. Bus travel is always available and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses in Peru are very well maintained and comfortable. This option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno. Lima buses will take about 20 hours to arrive.

Travel Insurance:

To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Obtaining travel insurance before you leave home is strongly encouraged and very easy. This is a great way to protect yourself while visiting Peru.

Altitude sickness is serious and has the potential to ruin your trip. The biggest mistake you can make is to fly directly to Cuzco and expect to hike the next day. Give yourself several days to adjust to the altitude first. You will thank yourself for this during the trek.

The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air. This is why we always recommend spending at least two days in Cusco before beginning any trek. If you have more time, even better. Cusco is an amazing city with a lot to do, so you won’t be bored.

With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office and we will help you get to a doctor.

Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the Coca Plant contain alkaloids which help bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee. They will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.

Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines, such as acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before you get to a high altitude. Continue to take it while you are at high altitude.

You must remember that this is your holiday and you do not want to stress out about the possibility of getting sick from the mountains. Do everything slowly. Drink lots of water. And enjoy the coca tea. If anything does happen and you unfortunately get sick, let your guide know right away – all guides are trained in how to help you get through it.

Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December – just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the trek, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves. Many people forget about gloves, but being cold and wet makes hiking very unpleasant. You will notice that there is a large variation between the minimum and maximum temperatures on the trek. In general, when the sun is out it will be very hot. In this heat, you need to drink plenty of fluids to remain hydrated. The early hours of the morning and night can be very cold. As a result, you need to be prepared for just about every weather condition.

What to wear for the trek:

One of the most important investments for this trek is a sturdy pair of hiking boots. Your feet will thank you after the long trek if your shoes are well worn in and waterproof. The temperature varies throughout the trek, so it is best to dress in layers. Avoid cotton, as cotton does not dry quickly and wet clothing will be a problem when the temperatures drop pack for four seasons. Many of the treks through the Andes involve many micro-climates and you will need to be prepared for all seasons. a t-shirt, a long sleeve shirt, a sweater/microfleece, and a waterproof jacket. These items will provide you with enough warmth and will allow you to “peel off” layers as it gets warmer or your body temperature increases. Layers are always key as they are easy to adjust to the different temperatures. And evenings will always be cold, so please be prepared with a warm winter-weight jacket.

During the rainy season:

Rain pants are a good idea as we will encounter a lot of mud, rivers, and rain. A plastic poncho is also great because it will keep you and your pack dry. You can also pack your belongings inside of plastic bags to ensure that your belongings stay dry.

Do I need to bring hiking boots: Hiking boots are recommended, as they provide ankle support to reduce the risk of injury, especially when trekking in the wet season (December – March). However, it is important that your boots are comfortable and well worn-in. Many people prefer to trek in tennis shoes but extra care should be taken. We do not recommend trekking in sandals, using new boots, or renting boots prior to the trek. Make sure the shoes are sturdy enough for the duration of the trek and will not fall apart.

Can I use walking sticks on the Inca Quarry Trek:

Many people like to hike with trekking poles or walking sticks. This is fine as long as the poles will not cause damage to the stone paving along the trek. If the trekking poles have metal spikes, then these must be protected by rubber tips. We recommend bringing some spare rubber tips with you. These rubber protectors can be purchased in Cusco or Ollantaytambo. Wooden walking sticks are fine as long as you bring them with you from home. Recently, government authorities have stopped trekkers from using wooden sticks that could have come from local forests to prevent deforestation of the protected Andean region.

Strikes in Peru:

A popular way for the people in Peru to communicate unhappiness with the government is to strike. This area sees quite a few strikes a year that can sometimes affect the logistics involved in our tours. Most strikes are well organized and planned in advance so the office will have at least a few hours to arrange the needed

Changes for logistics: Often this involves leaving for your trek the night before. Please understand we will do everything we can to get you to and from the trail and will give you the information you need as soon as we have it. We will always get you to and from the trail very safely.

Environmental Impact:

We Use biodegradable soap and transports all our garbage back to Cusco. Our porters are trained to look after the trail and pick up any waste from other groups, as well. We also use environmentally-friendly chemical portable toilets that allow us to pack waste out. We believe in leaving no footprint behind.

Equipment provided by Inti Sun Trek

We use only high quality camping equipment for our Peru treks such as Inca Trail, Salkantay trek, Lares Trek and alternative treks!! Inti Sun Trek provides for the treks in Peru, the tent, sleeping bag, dinning tent and toilet tent.Be assured that our equipment is of quality and resistant to all types of land.

We have specialists who choose carefully the tents and implements to be used during your trip to make it an unforgettable and pleasant experience.Below we will show you the characteristics and attributes of our camping equipment. Inti Sun Trek uses the best quality camp team and equipment, complying with the requirements of the specialist in outdoors ensuring in this way the comfort of our travelers according to the requirements of developing our activities in the mountains of the Andes.

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Equipment you can rent from Inti Sun Trek

In addition to them, we offer rental items such as sleeping bags, small backpacks, inflatable mattresses, trekking poles, only which can be requested at the time of making your reservation.

  • Personal tent
  • Walking sticks (1 pair)
  • Inflatable air mattress

These are available for rent from us

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Packing List

This Inca Trail Packing List will help you to prepare for your outdoor adventure in one of the most stunning regions of South America.

Luggage for the Inca Trail Trek and Alternative trek is generally divided as follows:

  • 1.- Your main suitcase or backpack, can be left in the storage of the of Cusco hotel. most of the tourist generally stay at the same hotel before and after the trek
  • 2.- A small daypack that you will use to carry daily essentials such as a jacket, camera, water and sunscreen

We hope that this packing list for Machu Picchu will be useful for any trek you choose and you can do only a few small variations that can suite better for you

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Hike the Stunning Inca Quarry Trail to the Sun Gate

Inti Punku Sun Gate Ollantaytambo, Mount Veronica, path, grass, mountain, clouds, sky, Cusco and Sacred Valley itinerary, things to do in Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley hikes

  • Author: Megan Anderson
  • Created: August 7, 2020 1:00 pm
  • Updated: June 9, 2023 4:10 pm
  • day trips from Urubamba
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  • Ollantaytambo
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  • Distance 5 miles
  • Time 3 h 0 min
  • Speed 2 mph
  • Min altitude 9209 ft
  • Peak 12756 ft
  • Climb 4078 ft
  • Descent 568 ft

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This is a map and basic overview on how to hike along the stunning Inca Quarry trail to Inti Punku, or the Sun Gate in Ollantaytambo . The following itinerary makes for a strenuous day hike from Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley in Peru . Adventure hikers may wish to camp out just below the Sun Gate to savor those incredible views of the surrounding mountains and wake up above the clouds.

As the Inca Quarry Trail to the Sun Gate becomes more popular, there are organized day tour options that depart from Cusco . Alternatively, there are many Sacred Valley tour companies including one that offers a horseback riding option. However, the trail is decently marked and seeing more foot traffic than in the past and is easy to do independently without mules or horses.

Here's how to hike the worthwhile Inca Quarry Trail to the Ollantaytambo Sun Gate of Inti Punku.

⁉️ If downloading the map, please verify that the map is correct and follows the waypoints. Oftentimes, there are daily updates to the site, map platforms, and other external issues that may cause a bug in downloading. Be mindful that this map is solely for entertainment purposes. See my full disclosure here . Always hike responsibly and respect the mountains by following a no-trace philosophy, avoid hiking alone, be conscious of the weather and personal limitations, and do not stray from the visible trail

Inca Quarry Trail to Inti Punku | Day Hike

  • This trail begins from the Ollantaytambo Inca Bridge
  • Total Mileage: 10.5 Miles
  • One-Way Mileage: 5.25 Miles
  • Due to a tough, but steady ascent
  • Excursion Duration: Round-trip this full day hike will take 7 - 9 hours, depending on fitness level
  • Trail Marker: There is no official signage, but the trail is fairly well trekked with random sign posts scattered along the way. On a clear day, it's possible to see the outline of Inti Punku on the mountain top.
  • This trail has little to no shade coverage. It's best to tackle this hike early in the morning to avoid the intense afternoon sun.
  • Enough water, a water filter to fill-up water bottles, snacks
  • Stocked-up first-aid kit
  • Good hiking shoes with ankle support
  • Hiking poles if you love them
  • Offline Inca Quarry Trail map, chargers, battery packs, etc.
  • Long sleeves and layers to protect from the sun and the changing temperatures when reaching Inti Punku

Personal Tip | Plan on this trek to take around 7-9 hours .  This includes an hour at the Sun Gate and a few breaks along the scenic trail. Day trip hikers who are fit and are carrying only a light day pack may reach the top in only 3 hours.  If planning to camp at the top, add an extra hour or two for the weight of your pack since there is no place to refill water at the campsite.

What's the Difference Between the Inca Quarry Trail vs. Inca Trail?

There is oftentimes confusion with the Inca Quarry hike vs. the Inca Trail. There are many places throughout Peru that the Incas quarried stone for famous sites, but the path near Ollantaytambo can be visibly seen while hiking the mountainside. Inti Punku means "Sun Gate" when translated from Quechua. Find a Sun Gate at both the village of Ollantaytambo and at the Lost City of Machu Picchu .

The Inca Quarry Trail leads to the Sun Gate of Ollantaytambo and has incredible views of the Sacred Valley, Apu Veronica, and beyond. In fact, this is one of the best things to do in Ollantaytambo.

The Inca Trail also leads to a Sun Gate, but this is the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu which is completely different. Inti Punku Machu Picchu is the main entrance for those who are hiking the Classic Inca Trail or the Short Inca Trail.

So while you will hear or see Inti Punku Machu Picchu and Inti Punku Ollantaytambo, the hiking routes are two totally different treks.

Inti Punku Ollantaytambo is oftentimes being offered as an alternative trek to Machu Picchu. Hike the mountainside, but you'll still have to hop on a train in Ollantaytambo that drops at Aguas Calientes , the gateway village to Peru's World Wonder of Machu Picchu.

More Alternative Machu Picchu Treks | Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek | Lares Trek Here's a One Day Lares Valley Hiking Route

When to Hike the Inca Quarry Trail to Inti Punku

This hiking adventure can be completed any time of the year. During rainy season, expect muddy paths and be mindful of rock slides. In the dry season, be conscious of your water supply. It's important to note that the last water fill up is marked on this Inca Quarry Trail map and is early into the hike. Make sure to have plenty of water and account for the extra water weight.

During dry season this is essential. If planning to camp, make sure to fill up all water containers.

Overview of Inca Quarry Trail Day Hike

First, to reach the trailhead, leave the adorable village of Ollantaytambo and head towards the Inca Bridge .  The orange and green bridge is a landmark and is located right before the village. Next, cross the bridge and take a right. There is a general map to reference.

Begin on the trail. Soon after, reach the Mirador Descanso . Here, find a bench with a shelter. Next, pass by the impressive Inca Quarries . These interesting remains is where the Inca Quarry Trail got its name from.

Continue past the quarries and veer to the trail to the left. There will be a simple sign post, so head towards the Canteras . Next, come to a beautiful trail outlined with rocks.  In this area, find the large rock of Llactallactayoc . This makes an excellent place to break.

After a break, pass by the large landmark rock and keep towards the left of it. Continue to follow the trail uphill to two sets of Inca ruins. After these lovely ruins, continue to the right to meet up with last stretch of trail.

Finally, continue uphill to the incredible Inti Punku , the Sun Gate above Ollantaytambo. Savor in those incredible views of Mount Veronica and the other breathtaking glacial peaked mountains.

For now, the Ollantaytambo Sun Gate is free to enjoy and there is no entrance fee.

If doing the Inca Quarry Trail as a day hike, head back down the same way you came up. Coming down is quicker. Plan on around 2-3 hours, depending on gear and fitness ability. Otherwise, set up a tent and savor in this untouched and special place in the Sacred Valley.

Psst... need a place to stay in Ollantaytambo? Casa Quecha Hostel has simple rooms, a warm family, a lovely garden, and plenty of places to pitch a tent!

Inca Quarry Trail 2 Day Trek | Add-On Hike

Adventure hikers may wish to continue over the steep mule pass from Inti Punku. This more advanced route will eventually meet the Raqaypata Archaeological Site . From the site, continue down to the Sacred Valley Waterfall of Perolniyoc. Pass by the peculiar site of Ñaupa Iglesia , and finally end in the tiny village of Pachar. The trailhead ends at the Sacred Valley Brewery, Cerveceria del Valle , so this is a perfect place to grab a beer and enjoy the garden

Get Inspired | More details on this intrepid add-on hike to Perolniyoc | Map for Reference & Download

This is a great 2 day trek for those who chose to camp at Inti Punku and want to come down a different route than the standard Inca Quarry Trail.

Follow the Old Inca Quarry Trail to Inti Punku

Interested in tackling this steep, but worthwhile hike along the Inca Quarry Trail in Ollantaytambo to Inti Punku? Get all the logistics, how to reach the trailhead, tips and tricks, and more photo inspiration! Follow along with this detailed blog post:

Hike to the Epic Sun Gate (Inti Punku) above Ollantaytambo

Worthwhile Ollantaytambo Hikes

  • Pumamarca | Pre-Inca and Inca Fortress in the Shape of a Puma
  • Ñaupa Iglesia | A Peculiar Dimensional Portal near Pachar
  • Choqana Ruins

More Notable Sacred Valley Hikes

  • Hike to the Maras Salt Mines and the Moray Inca Ruins
  • Climb the Magical Saywa Mountain
  • The Incredible Alpine Lake of Laguna Juchuycocha
  • Huchuy Qosqo Trek | Take the Climb from Lamay up to "Little Cusco"
  • Ancasmarca | Interesting High Energy Ruins Near Calca
  • Kinsa Cocha | Three Alpine Lakes from Pisac

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  • Waqrapukara 2 Day Trek
  • Ausangate Trek with Rainbow Mountain
  • Choquequirao Trek in 4 Days
  • Cusco Itineraries & Best Cusco Multi-Day Treks

Sacred Valley Travel Guides

  • The Ultimate Guide for the Sacred Valley Peru
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  • Overview of the Cusco Tourist Ticket

1. Inca Bridge

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Start at the Inca Bridge. Cross the bridge and turn right to begin the trail to the Quarries.

2. Mirador Descanso

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Viewpoint with covered shelter

3. Water Spot

Dry Season: Last chance to refill waters (filter required)

4. Inca Quarries

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Quarries of the Incas (Canteras)

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Official Sign Post. Veer to the left (uphill) path to continue to the Sun Gate.

6. Llactallactayoc

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Quechua for "city within a city." Follow the rock outlined path. The largest rock is Llactallactayoc. Pass by on the left hand side to continue on the uphill trail to the Sun Gate.

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Two sets of Inca ruins. One site is mostly overgrown, but makes for excellent photos. Pass by the site and look for the well-marked trail, which scales along hillside to the right.

8. Sun Gate (Inti Punku)

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The beautiful Sun Gate or Inti Punku. Mount Veronica looms in the backdrop.

Here’s how to hike the worthwhile Inca Quarry Trail to the Ollantaytambo Sun Gate of Inti Punku.

  • Excursion Duration: Round-trip this full day hike will take 7 – 9 hours, depending on fitness level
  • Trail Marker: There is no official signage, but the trail is fairly well trekked with random sign posts scattered along the way. On a clear day, it’s possible to see the outline of Inti Punku on the mountain top.
  • This trail has little to no shade coverage. It’s best to tackle this hike early in the morning to avoid the intense afternoon sun.

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What’s the Difference Between the Inca Quarry Trail vs. Inca Trail?

There is oftentimes confusion with the Inca Quarry hike vs. the Inca Trail. There are many places throughout Peru that the Incas quarried stone for famous sites, but the path near Ollantaytambo can be visibly seen while hiking the mountainside. Inti Punku means “Sun Gate” when translated from Quechua. Find a Sun Gate at both the village of Ollantaytambo and at the Lost City of Machu Picchu .

Inti Punku Ollantaytambo is oftentimes being offered as an alternative trek to Machu Picchu. Hike the mountainside, but you’ll still have to hop on a train in Ollantaytambo that drops at Aguas Calientes , the gateway village to Peru’s World Wonder of Machu Picchu.

More Alternative Machu Picchu Treks | Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek | Lares Trek Here’s a One Day Lares Valley Hiking Route

This hiking adventure can be completed any time of the year. During rainy season, expect muddy paths and be mindful of rock slides. In the dry season, be conscious of your water supply. It’s important to note that the last water fill up is marked on this Inca Quarry Trail map and is early into the hike. Make sure to have plenty of water and account for the extra water weight.

Psst… need a place to stay in Ollantaytambo? Casa Quecha Hostel has simple rooms, a warm family, a lovely garden, and plenty of places to pitch a tent!

  • Huchuy Qosqo Trek | Take the Climb from Lamay up to “Little Cusco”

Disclosure: This is part of my Hikes & Adventures series , which means these treks can be strenuous and challenging. These are my experiences and I am not an expert. Please have all the proper equipment, verify the weather conditions, use professional resources, do your own research, be mindful of constantly changing trail conditions, a nd take into consideration your own physical abilities and/or limitations. These guides are for entertainment purposes only. Please see my full disclosure for more information here .

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Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu – 4D/3N

Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu

In addition to all the amazing scenery, flora, and fauna, you will visit the Perolniyoc Inca site, several small communities in the region and the Cachiqata quarry.

The Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu  is where the stones were carved to build Ollantaytambo. You can still see rocks that were cut by the stone masons in the Inca times.

After three days of hiking you will make your way to Aguas Calientes by train. On the fourth day you will visit the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu.

Our standard Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu package includes a train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, lodging in a nice hotel in Aguas Calientes on night 3, and dinner at a great local restaurant in Aguas Calientes. Your private Machu Picchu Tour is also included.

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Pre-trek briefing (required):  We provide a full pre-trek briefing at our office or at your hotel in Cusco. This gives you the chance to ask questions about the trek itinerary. Briefings are scheduled for the day before your trek starts.

Please take this into consideration when booking your travel plans to Cusco, to ensure you arrive in time for the briefing.

Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan

We leave Cusco early in the morning and drive 1 hour and 45 minutes to Soqma (3,205 m/10,512 ft). This is the starting point of our Inca Quarry hike to Machu Picchu and where we meet the horsemen that will join us during the hike.

We begin the hike with a 1 ¾ hour walk to the Perolniyoc cascade lookout. This is a perfect opportunity to stop for photos and a snack. The waterfall that you will see at this location is breathtaking!

We will then hike a further 35 minutes until we visit the Inca site of the same name, where we will have a brief tour. This will be our lunch site.

After a refueling lunch, we will ascend 45 minutes until our camp at Rayan (3,700 meters/12,136 ft).

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Minimum altitude: 3,205 m/ 10,512 ft
  • Maximum altitude: 3,700 m/ 12,136 ft
  • Distance to walk: 8 km/5 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 3-4 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Area: Dry Mountain

Day 2: Rayan – Inti Punku – Choquetacarpo

After an early breakfast, we ascend 3 hours to the first pass of the trek, known as Puccaqasa (4,370 m/ 14,333 ft). At the top of the pass, there are incredible views of the Sacred Valley . This is a perfect place to take pictures!

We then head downhill for 25 minutes to our lunch location. After lunch, we hike 2 hours with alternating ascents and descents.

The final 20 minutes of this segment will take us uphill to the highest pass of the trek, Kuychicassa (4,457 m/ 14,619 ft)

From here we trek downhill for 2 ½ hours to a site the Incas called Inti Punku, (meaning Sun Gate), where there is a spectacular view of Mount Veronica (5,682 m/ 18,637 ft) and the Sacred Valley of the Incas .

Our campsites is 30 minutes downhill from Inti Punku at Choquetacarpo (3,600 m/ 11,808 ft).

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Minimum altitude: 3,600 m/ 11,808 ft
  • Maximum altitude: 4,457 m/ 14,619 ft
  • Distance to walk: 13 km/ 8 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 8-9 hours
  • Difficulty: moderate

Day 3: Choquetacarpo – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

We will have an early breakfast and then walk one hour downhill to the Cachiqata quarry (3,525 m/ 11,562 ft), where we observe the location where stones were cut for Ollantaytambo. We will have a tour and talk about how you can still see remains of stone work that was interrupted by the Spanish conquest.

From the quarry we descend for 3 hours until we reach Ollantaytambo (2,840 m / 9,315 ft). We will have lunch in Ollantaytambo.

In the afternoon we travel by train to Aguas Calientes. When we arrive you will check in to your hotel room.

The natural hot springs in town are an unbeatable way to spend a late afternoon/early evening if time is available before dinner. Dinner will be at a local restaurant in town.

  •  Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Minimum altitude: 2,840 m / 9,315 ft
  • Maximum altitude: 3,525 m/ 11,562 ft
  • Distance to walk: 11 km/ 7 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 4 hours

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

You will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a bus along the winding road to Machu Picchu , the Inca city that was lost to the jungle but rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham.

Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983, Machu Picchu exceeds all expectations. Perched high on an inaccessible hilltop the citadel is protected by huge cliffs and the raging Urubamba River .

Once there you will be given at 2-hour walking tour of the site.

If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain (the Huayna Picchu cost is not included in your Inca Quarry Trek price), you will begin the hike at 10 a.m.

If you are not climbing the mountain you will have some time to be at the site, before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus.

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to either Ollantaytambo or to Poroy.

From Ollantaytambo or Poroy, you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Maximum altitude: 2,040 m/6,691 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 2,440 m/8,052 ft
  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soqma
  • Four-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Toilet tent
  • Muleteers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.)
  • Horse to transport 8 kg of your personal gear
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • Emergency horse in case we need it
  • Three breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners
  • Hot water for washing.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Expedition train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Return Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to either Ollantaytambo or to Poroy
  • One night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

NOT included

  • Sleeping bag – you can rent one from us
  • Day 1 Breakfast
  • Day 4 Lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Ticket for Huayna Picchu mountain (this ticket can be purchased for an extra USD $75 per person)
  • Tips for the crew (guide, chef, wranglers)
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)

What to bring

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block, factor 35+ recommended
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera with spare batteries – batteries run down faster at high altitudes
  • Book to read (you will have some time at every camp to read your favorite book)
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
  • Insect repellent

PRICES & ADD-ONS

Group: usd $690 per person private: usd $750 per person.

Group versus Private Treks: What’s the difference?

  • Depending on the number of people in your booking, additional people may join the trek to make a full group.
  • If you choose “private”, no additional people will be joining your group, no matter the size.
  • Minimum booking size is two people; one person may book a group trek if Action Peru Treks is able to join that person with additional groups.
  • Under 18 years Discount: USD $20
  • Under 7 years Discount: USD $35
  • Hiking Poles – USD $25 (pair)
  • Sleeping Bag – USD $30 per person
  • Private Tent – USD $40 per person
  • Return Vistadome Train – USD 60 per person
  • Hiram Bingham Train– USD 400 per person
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (5-star hotel) – USD $255 Per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Inkaterra El Pueblo Machu Picchu Hotel (5-star hotel) – USD $255 Per person per night (double occupancy)
  • El Mapi Hotel by Inkaterra (4-star hotel) – USD $115 Per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Tierra Viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – USD $50 Per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Private Tent – USD $40 per person

Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 2024 FAQs.

What is the inca quarry hike to machu picchu.

Follow the steps of the ancient Inca civilization on the Quarry Trail which is gaining recognition for its lesser-known ruins and off-the-beaten path cultural interactions.

Hike through the Sacred Valley along the far-less-travelled Quarry Trail, a trail etched by the Incas and in local use today.

Visit ancient ruins and unravel some of the mysteries of how stone was excavated to build the structures still standing in the nearby town of Ollantaytambo. Pass over mountain peaks and witness spectacular Andean scenery.

How far in advance should I reserve my permit for the Inca Quarry hike?

Unlike the Classic Inca Trail , where there is a limit of 500 hikers per day and so permits can be sold out up to six months in advance, there are no limits for the Quarry trek.

This makes it an excellent alternative if you’d been hoping to hike the Inca Trail but have found that there isn’t any space. 

The only restriction you’ll face is on the availability of entry tickets to Machu Picchu, so it’s still worth booking at least a few weeks in advance, particularly if you’re travelling between May and September.

Is a permit required to trek the Quarry hike to Machu Picchu?

No permits are currently required to hike the Quarry hike. However, you will need a ticket to enter Machu Picchu at the end of the trek. Also, if you plan on hiking any of the three mountain trails within Machu Picchu, you will also need to buy these tickets in advance too.

Again, be mindful, that tickets for Huayna Picchu sell out months in advance, as there is a limit of just 200 people per day. So, you may need to be a little more organized than usual if you plan to hike this trek. 

Does the Quarry hike include your Machu Picchu entrance ticket?

Yep, the cost of entry is included in the trip price and it’s the responsibility of Action Peru Treks to take care of all that and provide you with the ticket on the day you’re entering the site.

Is there a waiting list for sold out Machu Picchu permits?

No, there is no waiting list for permits. Permits are only available for purchase through the Peruvian government.

Once a permit is purchased for one person, the permit cannot be refundable or transferred to another individual.

Is it possible to enter Machu Picchu with a different name?

No, you need to carry your valid passport to enter the city.

What is the terrain like? And how difficult is the Quarry hike?

The difficulty of the Quarry hike is “Challenging”.

The Quarry trek is around 32 km (20 miles) long. For travelers interested, you must be physically capable for a trek like this.

Altitude effects aside, it is multiple days of 6+ hours of hiking through rough terrain and often up or down hill. But anyone who exercises regularly will manage just fine! It is exhausting but it’s certainly not unbearable.

All guides carry oxygen canisters, so if you start to feel altitude sickness you can rest and get some much-needed O2. If you’re an avid hiker or used to the altitude you won’t have a problem.

For everyone else, make sure you feel confident in your hiking abilities and you’ll do amazing.

Which campsites do you use along the trek?

Campsites may change depending on booking time and availability, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by our trekking team.

We generally camp in less trafficked areas so that trekkers can enjoy the natural beauty of the trek and minimize environmental impacts. Our regular campsite is Rayan and Choquetacarpo.

What do I need to carry on the Inca Quarry hike to Machu Picchu?

We recommend that travelers carry the items that they will need each day while hiking such as water, snacks, camera and film.

Our horses will carry 8 kg of each of your personal gear including the camping equipment during the trek.

We will give you a duffel bag for those belongings at the time of your pre trek briefing.

We generally ask trekkers to bring only the necessary items that they will need for the trail and leave any unneeded luggage at the hotel in Cusco or at our office.

Where do I store my luggage during the Inca Quarry to Machu Picchu?

Your Cusco hotel will store your luggage for free while you will be on the trek. We can also store your extra luggage at our office in Cusco.

How big are the groups Inca Quarry hike to Machu Picchu?

Our groups are usually small. Average is 3 to 5 people and maximum 16 people plus the trekking team.

When Is the Best Time to Hike the Quarry hike?

The end of the rainy season (April) and the beginning of the dry season (May) are generally considered the best times to hike the Quarry trek.

The surrounding landscape is still green and lush from months of downpour and the chances of being caught out in the rain are significantly lower.

Is the Quarry hike to Machu Picchu always open?

It’s possible to hike the Quarry trek all year round, but for the best conditions (and to get those iconic views at Machu Picchu on the final day), try to avoid the rainy season, which is between November and March.

Are there toilets and showers at the campsites?

We provide you with a pop-up tent and eco-friendly portable toilet that is clean and sanitary.

Shower is not available during the hike portion and your first opportunity to take a hot shower would be at the hotel once you arrive in Aguas Calientes in the afternoon of the day 3.

Altitude and acclimatization

We recommend travelers spend a few days in Cusco before doing the trek to help adjust to the high altitude.

It’s better to acclimatize in Cusco, not the Sacred Valley, because the higher elevation of the city at 11,120 ft (3,400 m) is more akin to those at the start of the Quarry trek.

Altitude sickness is caused by a rapid change in elevation without the necessary time for acclimatization.

Mild symptoms are common and include lingering headache, nausea, and loss of appetite.

Every person responds differently to the change in altitude and unfortunately there is no way to prevent it or predict how seriously it may affect you.

What is the food like on the Quarry trek?

A cook accompanies each group on the trek and prepares breakfast, three course lunches and dinners. The meals are quite exquisite considering that all of the ingredients and cooking supplies are carried from Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

Each trekker is also provided with snacks to take with them on the trek.

Vegetarian and vegan meals are also available upon request.

Other special dietary requests can usually be accommodated as well with sufficient notice.

Is drinking water supplied?

Yes, our trekking team will provide drinking water every morning and at each meal (except for the first day until the lunch spot). Each evening, water is collected from nearby streams, boiled, and left to cool overnight.

A reusable water bottle or hydration pack works well for this. We recommend that travelers bring their own refillable bottles to limit plastic waste along the Trail.

What equipment is supplied by us along the trek?

We supply the sleeping tents (4 person tents for two travelers), dining tents, tables, chairs, toilet tents, cooking equipment, water purifiers, sleeping pads, and other camping equipment.

Our outfitter purchases the highest quality equipment in Peru and older equipment is evaluated and replaced on a regular basis.

What are the guides like?

Our team are among the very best and most experienced guides anywhere.

They are from the surrounding Cusco and the Sacred Valley areas and speak fluent English, in addition to Spanish and the Inca indigenous language of Quechua. Most have 8-10 years of experience leading hikes to Machu Picchu and all have training in the history, spirituality, culture, and ecology of the area.

How can I prepare for the Quarry hike?

The more training you do beforehand, the more you will enjoy your trek.

We recommend 30 minutes of cardio activities 3-4 times a week in the 2-3 months leading up to your departure.

Take every opportunity to walk up and down stairs or hills for leg strengthening and aerobic fitness.

Are there any ATMs?

There are no ATMs along the Quarry trail. You should bring enough money with you from Cusco for tipping and lunch in Aguas Calientes.

There are also some ATMs in Aguas Calientes if you need to withdraw additional cash.

What if I have a medical emergency while hiking the Quarry hike?

Guides carry a first aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts/scrapes, etc.).

They receive Red Cross First Aid and other emergency training every year. Our guides lead over 1000 travelers along the trek each year and we have rarely had a traveler unable to complete the hike.

In these rare instances when someone has not felt well enough to finish the hike, the client has been escorted back to Cusco and generally felt well enough to re-join the group in Machu Picchu via train a few days later. Cusco city has the nearest modern medical facilities so travelers with a serious medical emergency would need to be evacuated there.

Guides and porters have pre-established evacuation strategies in place should this need occur.

Is there internet access on the Quarry hike?

Nope, and this is one of the best things about it.

Instead, you and your group will spend evening conversing over metal cups of hot tea or coffee, playing card games, or lazing in nature together.

Your last chance to use the internet or have a reliable phone signal will be in Huarocondo (the nearest town to the start of the hike), and your first opportunity will be at Ollantaytambo before taking  the train down to Aguas Calientes town.

How much money should you bring on the Quarry trek?

The vast majority of costs will be covered in the up-front price of your trip, but there are a few costs along the way for which you’ll need to bring cash:

  • Snacks and drinks from stallholders
  • Toilet entry fees (usually 2 soles at Machu Picchu)
  • Tips for porters and guides
  • Lunch on day 5 at Aguas Calientes.

It’s sensible to take this money in the form of smaller notes and coins.

We’d say at least 300 soles per person for the trek-specific section.

Will I get altitude sickness on the Quarry trek?

Many of the most popular places in Peru, such as Cusco and Huaraz, are at high altitude; this means that for anyone planning a trip to Peru understanding altitude sickness (and how to avoid it) is incredibly important.

In fact, not approaching altitude correctly is one of the biggest mistakes of travelers in South America.

The best way to minimize the likelihood and impact of altitude sickness is factoring in enough time into your Peru itinerary to acclimatize to the conditions.

This means that it is incredibly foolish to arrive in Cusco, which is at 3,399m (11,152 feet) above sea-level, and leave the next day to do a strenuous hike or even start the Quarry trek. Your body needs the time to adjust to the altitude!

A good rule of thumb is to give yourself and your body two easy days at altitude to acclimatize to the change, and to keep yourself well hydrated throughout.

What about medication?

Obviously, medical attention and facilities along the trek are pretty much non-existent so you need to bring any of your own required medication with you and keep it on your own person or in the daypack.

What climates can I expect on the Quarry trek?

Variance in latitude, elevation and local winds all factor into the wide range of climates experienced in the central Sierra Mountain region.

Average temperatures in the Sierra vary little between seasons, but there is dramatic daily variance. 

While the average daily temperature may only vary a few degrees Celsius between January and July, the diurnal (daily) temperature range is often huge.

You can expect daytime temperatures in the highlands to be in the range of 10-25°C (50-77 °F), falling as low as -10 °C (14°F) at night especially at the first camp site.

How much time can I spend at the Machu Picchu sanctuary?

There are three time slots in which patrons can enter Machu Picchu for a maximum of four hours and must follow one of three predetermined routes. Admission is not allowed after 4pm. Additionally, all visitors must always be accompanied by a guide.

The early morning is one of the best times to savor the views and atmosphere of Machu Picchu.

The mystical morning light over the enigmatic site is spectacular. Try and catch the sunrise at the sanctuary, you won’t regret the early wakeup call!

AVAILABLE ADD-ONS

  • Huayna Picchu Permit – USD $75 per person
  • Return Vistadome Train – USD $60 per person
  • Return Hiram Bingham Train– USD $420 per person
  • Day 1 – Cusco – Soqma – Rayan
  • Day 2 – Rayan – Inti Punku – Choquetacarpo
  • Day 3 – Choquetacarpo – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 4 – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
  • Beginning altitude:  2,840 m / 9,315 ft.
  • Maximum altitude:  4,457 m / 14,619 ft.
  • Hike Total Distance:  32 km/ 20 miles
  • Overall trek difficulty:  Moderate

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Inca Quarry Trek: It not only offers the magnificent Andean scenery you expect on any trek in the Cuzco region, but it also visits three lesser known archaeological sites on the way. The likelihood of running into other travellers is very small, which adds to the remoteness and the experience of the hike.

The Inca Quarry Trek, or the Cachicata Trek, is one of the best alternate routes to Machu Picchu. On the Inca Quarry trek, you will visit some little-known Inca ruins and trek through amazing landscapes as you make your way to Machu Picchu. This trek will also take you to an amazing Inca temple above Ollantatambo that was built as a shrine to the snow-capped mountian Veronica. The quarry itself will give you an insight into the incredible crafstmanship and engineering skills of the Incas. If you dare, you will even get to peer inside Incan tombs which still contain the human skeletal remains of those who chose to sacrifice themselves to the sacred mountain. You will be impressed by the history and panoramic views that this tour has to offer.

Take an alternative trek in the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, which is a more unknown trek and has been seen by few tourists. See interesting sites including an unfinished Incan Quarry among other ceremonial sites on your way to Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Modern Wonders of the World. This is a good alternative trek if the Inca Trail is full.

Season : Year Round Departure Dates : On Request Prices Start at : $ USD Minimum : 2 Trekkers

Day 1 Cusco - Choquequilla - Rafq'a - Perolniyoc - Q'orimarca

We will leave Cusco very early (5:00am) driving towards Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo we will drive approximately 30 min to Choquequilla, a small ceremonial place where Incas used to venerate the moon. A short drive from there takes us to Rafq’a, which is the starting point of our trek and where we will meet the horsemen that will transport our equipment during the hike. From there we will walk an hour to the small community of Socma. Another hour of walking will take us to the Perolniyoc cascade lookout. This is a perfect opportunity to stop for great photos, because of the spectacular picturesque scenery. Afterwards we will continue on to our campsite, 3700 meters above sea level, which we should reach by lunch time. After lunch we set off to explore the archaeological site of Q’orimarca, which was used to be a check point during the times of the Incas.

Day 2 Puccaqasa - Kuychicassa - Choquetacarpo

This is the most challenging but most rewarding day of the hike. A 3 hour walk takes us to the top of the first pass, known as Puccaqasa (4370 meters). After half an hour of walking downhill we will reach our lunch spot. After a delicious lunch and a rest, we will hike 2 hours to the highest pass of the trek: Kuychicassa (4450 meters). From there we will descend for 2 hours to a site the Incas called Inti Punku, (Sun Gate) with amazing views of the valley bellow and the Veronica Mountain, which will appear in the horizon line. Our camp is settled at Choquetacarpo (3600m).

Day 3 Kachiqata - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu pueblo)

Whole day three we will be descending. The first stop is at the Kachiqata Quarry, where we will observe the work the Incas could’nt complete because of the Spanish conquest. About midday we finally arrive to the town of Kachiqata – the end of the trek. From there we will visit town Ollantaytambo. In the afternoon we will take the train to Aguas Calientes. You have the evening free and may choose to visit the natural hot springs if you like. You will spend the night in a hostel in Aguas Calientes.

Day 4 Machu Picchu – Cusco

We wake up at 5:00 AM for breakfast. We leave our luggage at the hostel and take an early bus up to Machu Picchu, where our English-speaking guide will be waiting for us. On this time in the morning it is most possible that the site is empty and we will have the best chance to enjoy the beauty and the magic of Machu Picchu. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2,720 m/8,923 ft). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top of Huayna Picchu and you will get a magnificent view over Machu Picchu and its surroundings. We suggest that after visiting Machu Picchu you can take the bus down to Aguas Calientes by 13:00 at the latest (assuming the train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco departs at 18:45). Busses to Aguas Calientes depart every 10 minutes. Check with the guide for actual times. Arrival to Cusco will be expected to be around 10:00 PM. From there we will provide you a transfer back to your hostel. Arrival time in Cusco might change depending on availability of trains.

Price Includes

  • Round-trip transportation from your hotel
  • English-speaking Tour Guide
  • Spacious, personal tents
  • Sleeping mat
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes (while hiking). With adequate advance notice, we can supply boiled water to fill your water bottle or hydration pack.
  • Accommodations: 3 nights camping, 1 night hostel
  • Horses for days 1-3 (for equipment and 6 kg of your personal items), including horsemen
  • Excellent Meals (3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 3 Dinner)
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Round trip train tickets Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
  • Round trip bus tickets Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu

What You Need to Bring:

  • Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC), if applicable)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required)
  • Sleeping bag (also can be rented from us)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended)
  • Insect repellent
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelbak
  • Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with previously-boiled drinking water throughout the trek)
  • Toiletries (including toilet paper)
  • Personal medication
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
  • Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) to purchase items along the trail and tips for porters
  • *To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC card. Please scan and email us a copy at the time of booking. If desired, the train back to Cusco can be upgraded to Vistadome (+$20)

Optional Items to Bring:

  • Walking sticks or trekking poles. Trekking poles used are required to have rubber tips.
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Entrance fee for hot springs

Optional Services (Not Included):

  • Sleeping bag rental, $20.00
  • Breakfast on Day 1, lunch on Day 4, dinner on Day 4
  • 1 extra horse to carry personal items, $30 per day
  • Walking sticks, $8

Machu Picchu Trekking is a licensed tour operator comprised of certified and licensed local tour guides. We are a local company with professional employees and guides who are knowledgeable in traditional (Inca Trail) and alternative (Lares to Machu Picchu) treks; all tours booked with Machu Picchu Trekking are led and staffed by Machu Picchu Trekking employees. We value your trust and never  pass our valued clients onto other tour companies.

Cancellations

You may need to cancel your Inca Trail Trek due to personal emergency, illness or flight delay. Because we schedule and purchase permits well in advance of your travel, we are not able to refund you your full amount.

To be refunded (see our refund chart below), please notify us as soon as possible in writing (email). Cancellation charges in addition to the non-refundable deposit will be applied as shown below, calculated from the day written notification is received by Cusco Native. (Please consider purchasing optional travel insurance to cover emergency cancellations.)

Our refund table is as follows:

In the event of partial cancellations, meaning other members of your party will continue with the trek, the remaining passenger(s) be subject to pay additional charges (e.g. single room supplements or double-occupancy).

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Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days –Peru Summit Adventures has been exploring Cusco for 10 years, and we know this magical realm at the “uttermost ends of the earth” like no other company! Our signature journey to both the Highlands and Cloud Forest sides of the Andes range explores the secluded mountains of Urubamba Range and Vilcabamba range along the Urubamba Valley, and the stupendous granite-and-forest realms of Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu .

Our 4-day Quarry Trail Trek to Machu Picchu is a dramatic one (with a bit of a challenge!), but well rewarded with exhilarating days on the trail, spectacular mountainside campsites, and views of ice-draped summits and glaciers at every turn. On our magnificent trek , you’ll circle the mountain, crossing several Incan archaeological sites with near-constant panoramas of towering Andean giant s, including Wakaywillka (Veronica). Our ultimate destination to explore is Machu Picchu a unique place on the earth perched high above the Urubamba Range

At trek’s end, our optional extension to hike Montaña (Mountain) Machu Picchu (10,125′) offers dazzling 360-degree views into the heart of the Cordillera Urubamba.

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime – give us a call at  +51 984 464 391  or shoot us an email at  [email protected]   to learn more or book your spot today!

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While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, eg, strikes, natural disasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.

Accomodation

Pro 4-season tents in Black Diamond and North Face with Pro Sleeping pads in Therma-Rest and pillows, tents are roomy and cozy designed for 3 people but used only for 2 guests. Our hotel in Machu Picchu town is the Inti Punku Suites & Hotels (or a similar hotel) a lovely hotel for pleasant rest.

Min 2 ppl, Max 8 ppl

Minimum of 02 people is needed to depart. Family groups, couple travelers, friends, or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our trips. Price is per person, which is based on two people who might share a room/tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services as well as semi-private service; however, if you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.

Limited Spaces

Yes. To protect MACHU PICCHU, the number of people allowed a day is limited to 4500 (spaces may vary depending on new regulations). That is why you should reserve your space as soon as possible. Spaces can be filled up three to four months in advance. Spaces fill more quickly in the high tourist season, from May to September.

Acclimatization

Please allow a minimum of 2 days in Cusco city before your hike begins to Inca Quarry Trek Machu Picchu 4 Days.

Why experience the Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days

Since 2014 and since the very first day of our operation, Peru Summit Adventures has been blazing new trails, new ways of experiencing in Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days. Our trailblazing is just one reason we are a uniquely qualified local company to ensure you have a trip of a lifetime.

  • Explore Incan archaeological remains along the trail with a private Trek Leader.
  • Taste our innovative cuisine made by our professional cook like “Peru Summit Quinoa Salad®”
  • Travel & Trek with someone who hiked the Inca Trail for over 300 times, Salkantay Trek for over 200 times, Choquequirao Trek for over 150 times, Ausangate Trek for over 100 times, Lares Trek for over 50 times, Inca Quarry Trail Trek for over 50 times, being at Machu Picchu for over 600 times.
  • Experience our perfectly designed trek in the Urubamba Range to Machu Picchu
  • Spectacular campsites by incredible views of glacier-clad peaks.
  • Exploration at Cachicata, the main Incan Quarry , that was used for the city buildings in Ollantaytambo.
  • Savor panoramic views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba Valley) from atop breathtaking passes.
  • Full service camping, including a comfortable dining tent.
  • Spend the last day at ethereal Machu Picchu , “Lost City of the Incas” with a private guide.
  • Optional hike to the Machu Picchu Montaña (mountain).
  • Direct & official local tour operator with headquarter in Cusco, accredited by the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: cusco - socma - perolniqyoc - rayan.

We head out to Soqma Village 10,512 ft, early in the morning, by driving for about 1 hour and 45 minutes, which is the trailhead to start our hiking. At this point we’ll meet up our horses and muleteers, get ready our hiking gears, and we’ll have our breakfast, after enjoying the breakfast we’ll start hiking up following a small valley to Perolniyoq a small Incan site perched atop the mountain, but previously we’ll see a nice waterfall, a perfect place to shoot some pictures. Once our arrival to the Incan site, you’ll have an explanation about the history of this site by our Trek Leader. We will then continue to our lunch spot and the first camp site for about 1 hour where we’ll enjoy a just prepared lunch, which comes with starter, soup, main course, dessert, tea (coca), in our dining tent overlooking to a great scenery around. Lunch and breakfast included.

  • Hiking Time: 5 – 6 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 4.97 miles / 8 km
  • Physical Rating: Moderate

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DAY 2: Rayaniyoq – Gate of the Sun (Inti Punku) – Choquetakarpo

A great breakfast makes us ready for today’s adventure, right after having our early breakfast we’ll follow the trail up to first pass called Pukaqasa 14,366′ for about 3 hours. We’ll have the first dramatic vistas from atop the Urubamba Valley and snow-clad mountains in further directions.

Next, hiking downhill for about 30 minutes from the pass, we’ll get our lunch spot. After lunch, we’ll hike up on the trail that winds up to the highest point on the whole trail called Kuichikasa 14,596′ a place with stunning views in every direction. After a while, we’ll hike downhill for about 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach an Incan jewel which is the Gate of the Sun, INTIPUNKU in Quechua language with near-constant vistas of Wakaywillka snowcapped mountain in the Urubamba range, hiking 30 more minutes from Inti Punku we’ll reach our next camp site called Choquetakarpo at 11,874′, all meals included.

  • Hiking Time: 8 – 9 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 9.32 miles / 15 km
  • Physical Rating: Moderate, Strenuous

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DAY 3: Choquetakarpo - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu Town

Today’s adventure gets us to Cachicata for about 45 minutes by the downhill section of the trail. Cachicata a main Incan rock quarry located 5 miles away from Ollantaytambo, it was a place where the ancient Incan stone-cutters carved, polished the rocks to build the Temple of the Sun in Ollantaytambo, at this place our Trek Leader will deliver a great history about this place. After the place exploration, we’ll continue hiking down to the Sacred Valley of the Incas for 2 hours and 30 minutes where Ollantaytambo town is located. Today we’ll have our last lunch at a restaurant in Ollantaytambo town, as well as you will have a chance to explore the cobblestone streets of this town before taking the train to Machu Picchu pueblo. In the afternoon, we’ll take our train to Aguas Calientes Town (Machu Picchu Pueblo) upon our arrival we’ll make our check-in at the hotel. All meals included, except dinner, for a good choice of the restaurant get some recommendations from your Trek Leader.

  • Hiking Time: 3 – 4 hours

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DAY 4: Machu Picchu Guided Tour - Back to Cusco

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Hiking Optional Huayna Picchu / Machu Picchu Montaña. Hike may be unguided and is steep with some exposure. Permits are limited to 400 spaces a day. An alternative optional hike may be available if Huayna Picchu permits cannot be obtained.

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Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best possible to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for several reasons beyond our control, including strikes, weather, natural disasters, and terrain conditions. On some occasions, these conditions may demand us to deviate from our original schedule, in which case we will provide the best available alternative options. And we’ll make a great experience of it!

Included on the Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days

  • Private transport from your hotel to the start of the trail.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • One night hotel*** in Machupicchu town.
  • Bus tickets up and down in Machupicchu town, the day of guided tour.
  • Round trip train ticket.
  • Camping Equipment Black Diamond / North Face 4 season tent (04 people tent for 02 people).
  • Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
  • Private transport from the train station to hotel in Cusco.
  • Trek Leader for the whole trail and Machu Picchu.
  • First-Aid Kits, Oxygen tank.
  • Meals: Breakfast (3), lunch (3), dinner (2), and snacks, with option for vegetarians, gluten free, lactose free.
  • A professional Quechua chef who grew up in the countryside.
  • Horses and muleteers to carry your personal gears.
  • Air sleeping pad (Therma-Rest mattresses) and Pillow.
  • Duffle bag, where to put your 16 pounds of personal items.
  • Outdoor toilet tent.

Not Included on the Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days

  • Sleeping bags, you might get them rented from us US$ 5 per day.
  • Hiking poles, you might get them rented from us US$5 per day a pair of poles, Black Diamond or Leki brand.
  • Breakfast on day 1, hotels always provide breakfast.
  • Last dinner on 3rd day.
  • Last lunch on 4th day.
  • Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot springs in Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes).
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.
  • International or internal airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Detailed Itinerary, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Prices & Dates

  • SEMI PRIVATE 2024 FIXED DEPARTURES
  • GO PRIVATE & CUSTOMIZE
  • Flexibility on dates: Choose your own dates, you decide when to start your journey.
  • Perfect for families, group of mates (friends), honeymoon: Make this trip for you and your loved ones or someone special.
  • Totally customizable: Travel the way you want; so you can travel exactly how you want. Book this trip as is or customize it to be as active or relaxed, rustic or luxurious as you wish to go. Perfect for multi-generational families and to celebrate a special anniversary or milestone birthday.
  • Go at your own pace: Walk or explore on your own rhythm, forget to stay or keep up with the large groups. It's your own journey.

Note on Prices

  • A personal porter included to carry your 8kg / 16 pounds personal items.

Prices are quoted in US Dollars and all payments must be made in US Dollars. Prices are per person based on SEMI-PRIVATE service; we depart with 2 ppl as a minimum, 8 ppl as maximum, and an average of 4 ppl in a group. This trek is also based on double occupancy for tents in the trail and a double twin-bed (matrimonial if requested) or triple occupancy in case of families or friends for hotel rooms, single rooms are subject to a single supplement fee.

Trip Payment Schedule

  • At time of reservation: 30% of the total balance.
  • 60 days prior to departure: Balance should be paid fully, or once upon your arrival in Cusco the other 70% of final balance must be paid fully.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

  • Minimum fee (hike permit fee): $110 per person
  • 61-90 days prior to departure: 30% of trip cost
  • 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
  • 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

What Makes Us Different!… Here’s, Why You Should Book With Us!

Making a choice of your right travel company/ tour operator is the most important decision you will make as you make your plans for a long-anticipated dreamed adventure. At first glance, some companies may seem cheaper. However, when you research a little deeper, you will see why traveling with Peru Summit Adventures assures that you will have the most memorable travel experience possible. In fact, we guarantee it, our TripAdvisor reviews say that.

Making genuine and sustainable itineraries often translate to real costs, with a host of responsible travel practices that underpin our prices, here are the reasons why you should go with us!

1. We Focus on Details

2. our safety record is flawless, 3. knowledge and expertise, 4. the smallest groups en route “inca quarry trek to machu picchu 4 days” – averaging just 4 travelers, 5. we deliver on our promises.

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6. The Best Fare For The Best Trip

7. you book, you go…don’t worry… we won’t cancel, 8. we are local entrepreneurs, a family enterprise (we are not a gringo company).

Probably you will see that most of the tour operators mention it on their websites that are local tour companies, however, if you research a little deeper you will find out that’s not true, they might be although half of the operation is done from here and another half abroad, they even have NorthAmerican phone number or European phone numbers, which is a clue to find out, we are not against the foreigner companies or half foreign companies, what we are against is that they lie.

9. Responsible Travel

Be a responsible traveller! Let’s make this world a better place for everyone and for everyone that lives in it!  The natural environments that we travel to are fragile and abundant with beautiful culture and traditions that are often reliant on tourism. We have a responsibility as travelers to minimize the impact of our presence, protect what is delicate, and leave a positive influence everywhere we can.

As a locally owned and based Peruvian tour company, we integrate these practices into our in-country operations we are aiming for a style of travel that makes the world a better place for everyone, and for everyone that lives in it. Since our very first days as a tour operator, responsible business has been at the heart of what we do. Peru Summit Adventures is committed not just to treading lightly, but to making a real difference by helping and investing in local communities, education initiatives, environmental conservation projects. These values are not more than just words, they are ingrained in the culture and philosophy of our crew, daily operations of Peru Summit Adventures trips, and at our office too. 

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  • Original passport and some copies.
  • Travel insurance and some copies.
  • Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
  • Backpack to carry your things.
  • Phone and Camera charger and adapter.
  • Torch or headlamps.
  • Deet or mosquito repellent (recommendable 30% deet).
  • Hiking poles (or you can rent one pair from us).
  • Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
  • Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
  • Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
  • Sunblock and sunglasses.
  • Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
  • Hiking trousers.
  • Hands sanitizer
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Hiking socks.
  • Water bottle or canteen.
  • American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
  • Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime
  • Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
  • Credit or debit card.
  • Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Diamox (Acetozolamide), Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen), Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).

Whats the Trip Like

Weather in inca quarry trek to machu picchu 4 days, trek leaders or guides are part of the core of peru summit adventures and your perfect local companion.

The perfect custom-made private tours, adventure tours, or expeditions don’t just happen. It takes a team of talented, knowledgeable, passionate, and experienced professionals to bring it all together and possible. Our team of Peru Summit Adventures Leaders is comprised of local trip veterans, seasoned tour veterans with rich backgrounds on history, archaeology, culture, cuisine, geology, biology, and more.

With the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the travel industry, our Trip Leaders safely deliver your trip-of-a-lifetime to maximize your Peru journeys and adventures every step of the way. Our Tour/Trek Leaders have worked extensively in the Peru isolated mountains, archaeological sites, hiking the Inca Trail (at least 150 times), Amazon jungle, and being at Machu Picchu for over 400 times at least, this guarantees your trip a unique and memorable experience.

Extend your Experience

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Ausangate Trek 4 Days to Rainbow Mountain

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Short Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu

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Inca Trail 4 Days Hike to Machu Picchu

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Camping Equipment: Great gear is a key part of every great journey, so we’ve made our gear warehouse featuring top-performing brands like Black Diamond, Patagonia, North Face Summit Series, Therma Rest, Marmot, Leki, this is a fantastic collection of our outdoor gear, accessories, which are offered in all trekking adventures, expeditions, and Peru Summit Adventures Logo items.

In all hikes, you’ll enjoy Pro 4-season tents in Black Diamond and North Face with Pro Sleeping pads in Therma-Rest and pillows, tents are roomy and cozy designed for 3 people but used only for 2 guests.

Hotels: We select carefully our hotels in each destination all over the country. And we select our accommodations for how well they represent the distinctive character of the destination you’re in. Some of these rooms and cabanas draw their inspiration from history and others from the views they offer. What’s consistent, however, is that we stand by each and every one of these for what they’ll add to your experience.

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We have created a custom comprehensive listing of Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days , Machu Picchu and Peru , Machu Picchu, and Peru travel books for this trip. Our reading list Peru is custom-designed to complement specific Peru Summit destinations. We feature a handpicked selection of travel guides, maps, literature, books on art, cuisine, nature, and culture, designed to help you get more out of your travels to Machu Picchu & Peru.

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Elektrostal is a vibrant city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia. With a rich history, stunning architecture, and a thriving community, Elektrostal is a city that has much to offer. Whether you are a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply curious about different cultures, Elektrostal is sure to captivate you.

This article will provide you with 40 fascinating facts about Elektrostal, giving you a better understanding of why this city is worth exploring. From its origins as an industrial hub to its modern-day charm, we will delve into the various aspects that make Elektrostal a unique and must-visit destination.

So, join us as we uncover the hidden treasures of Elektrostal and discover what makes this city a true gem in the heart of Russia.

Key Takeaways:

  • Elektrostal, known as the “Motor City of Russia,” is a vibrant and growing city with a rich industrial history, offering diverse cultural experiences and a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • With its convenient location near Moscow, Elektrostal provides a picturesque landscape, vibrant nightlife, and a range of recreational activities, making it an ideal destination for residents and visitors alike.

Known as the “Motor City of Russia.”

Elektrostal, a city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia, earned the nickname “Motor City” due to its significant involvement in the automotive industry.

Home to the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Elektrostal is renowned for its metallurgical plant, which has been producing high-quality steel and alloys since its establishment in 1916.

Boasts a rich industrial heritage.

Elektrostal has a long history of industrial development, contributing to the growth and progress of the region.

Founded in 1916.

The city of Elektrostal was founded in 1916 as a result of the construction of the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Located approximately 50 kilometers east of Moscow.

Elektrostal is situated in close proximity to the Russian capital, making it easily accessible for both residents and visitors.

Known for its vibrant cultural scene.

Elektrostal is home to several cultural institutions, including museums, theaters, and art galleries that showcase the city’s rich artistic heritage.

A popular destination for nature lovers.

Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and forests, Elektrostal offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and birdwatching.

Hosts the annual Elektrostal City Day celebrations.

Every year, Elektrostal organizes festive events and activities to celebrate its founding, bringing together residents and visitors in a spirit of unity and joy.

Has a population of approximately 160,000 people.

Elektrostal is home to a diverse and vibrant community of around 160,000 residents, contributing to its dynamic atmosphere.

Boasts excellent education facilities.

The city is known for its well-established educational institutions, providing quality education to students of all ages.

A center for scientific research and innovation.

Elektrostal serves as an important hub for scientific research, particularly in the fields of metallurgy , materials science, and engineering.

Surrounded by picturesque lakes.

The city is blessed with numerous beautiful lakes , offering scenic views and recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

Well-connected transportation system.

Elektrostal benefits from an efficient transportation network, including highways, railways, and public transportation options, ensuring convenient travel within and beyond the city.

Famous for its traditional Russian cuisine.

Food enthusiasts can indulge in authentic Russian dishes at numerous restaurants and cafes scattered throughout Elektrostal.

Home to notable architectural landmarks.

Elektrostal boasts impressive architecture, including the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord and the Elektrostal Palace of Culture.

Offers a wide range of recreational facilities.

Residents and visitors can enjoy various recreational activities, such as sports complexes, swimming pools, and fitness centers, enhancing the overall quality of life.

Provides a high standard of healthcare.

Elektrostal is equipped with modern medical facilities, ensuring residents have access to quality healthcare services.

Home to the Elektrostal History Museum.

The Elektrostal History Museum showcases the city’s fascinating past through exhibitions and displays.

A hub for sports enthusiasts.

Elektrostal is passionate about sports, with numerous stadiums, arenas, and sports clubs offering opportunities for athletes and spectators.

Celebrates diverse cultural festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal hosts a variety of cultural festivals, celebrating different ethnicities, traditions, and art forms.

Electric power played a significant role in its early development.

Elektrostal owes its name and initial growth to the establishment of electric power stations and the utilization of electricity in the industrial sector.

Boasts a thriving economy.

The city’s strong industrial base, coupled with its strategic location near Moscow, has contributed to Elektrostal’s prosperous economic status.

Houses the Elektrostal Drama Theater.

The Elektrostal Drama Theater is a cultural centerpiece, attracting theater enthusiasts from far and wide.

Popular destination for winter sports.

Elektrostal’s proximity to ski resorts and winter sport facilities makes it a favorite destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.

Promotes environmental sustainability.

Elektrostal prioritizes environmental protection and sustainability, implementing initiatives to reduce pollution and preserve natural resources.

Home to renowned educational institutions.

Elektrostal is known for its prestigious schools and universities, offering a wide range of academic programs to students.

Committed to cultural preservation.

The city values its cultural heritage and takes active steps to preserve and promote traditional customs, crafts, and arts.

Hosts an annual International Film Festival.

The Elektrostal International Film Festival attracts filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts from around the world, showcasing a diverse range of films.

Encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.

Elektrostal supports aspiring entrepreneurs and fosters a culture of innovation, providing opportunities for startups and business development .

Offers a range of housing options.

Elektrostal provides diverse housing options, including apartments, houses, and residential complexes, catering to different lifestyles and budgets.

Home to notable sports teams.

Elektrostal is proud of its sports legacy , with several successful sports teams competing at regional and national levels.

Boasts a vibrant nightlife scene.

Residents and visitors can enjoy a lively nightlife in Elektrostal, with numerous bars, clubs, and entertainment venues.

Promotes cultural exchange and international relations.

Elektrostal actively engages in international partnerships, cultural exchanges, and diplomatic collaborations to foster global connections.

Surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.

Nearby nature reserves, such as the Barybino Forest and Luchinskoye Lake, offer opportunities for nature enthusiasts to explore and appreciate the region’s biodiversity.

Commemorates historical events.

The city pays tribute to significant historical events through memorials, monuments, and exhibitions, ensuring the preservation of collective memory.

Promotes sports and youth development.

Elektrostal invests in sports infrastructure and programs to encourage youth participation, health, and physical fitness.

Hosts annual cultural and artistic festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal celebrates its cultural diversity through festivals dedicated to music, dance, art, and theater.

Provides a picturesque landscape for photography enthusiasts.

The city’s scenic beauty, architectural landmarks, and natural surroundings make it a paradise for photographers.

Connects to Moscow via a direct train line.

The convenient train connection between Elektrostal and Moscow makes commuting between the two cities effortless.

A city with a bright future.

Elektrostal continues to grow and develop, aiming to become a model city in terms of infrastructure, sustainability, and quality of life for its residents.

In conclusion, Elektrostal is a fascinating city with a rich history and a vibrant present. From its origins as a center of steel production to its modern-day status as a hub for education and industry, Elektrostal has plenty to offer both residents and visitors. With its beautiful parks, cultural attractions, and proximity to Moscow, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this dynamic city. Whether you’re interested in exploring its historical landmarks, enjoying outdoor activities, or immersing yourself in the local culture, Elektrostal has something for everyone. So, next time you find yourself in the Moscow region, don’t miss the opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Elektrostal.

Q: What is the population of Elektrostal?

A: As of the latest data, the population of Elektrostal is approximately XXXX.

Q: How far is Elektrostal from Moscow?

A: Elektrostal is located approximately XX kilometers away from Moscow.

Q: Are there any famous landmarks in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to several notable landmarks, including XXXX and XXXX.

Q: What industries are prominent in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal is known for its steel production industry and is also a center for engineering and manufacturing.

Q: Are there any universities or educational institutions in Elektrostal?

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