Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu, is a spectacular and beautiful alternative 4 day trek to Machu Picchu, located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Just outside the impressive living Inca village of Ollantaytambo.
This 4 Day Trek to Machu Picchu through Inca quarries is highly recommended for those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the more crowded hikes. Besides the tranquility, the highlight of this Inca quarry trail to Machu Picchu is our visit to the Inca site of Cachicata, the quarry that supplied the stones used to build Ollantaytambo. This site is rich in history and fascinating experiences, with mummies, Chullpas, and well preserved Inca buildings. We will also visit the “Inti Punku” or “Gate of the Sun” from where you will have an impressive view of the Valley and the imposing Nevado Veronica.
OVERVIEW INCA QUARRY TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU
Day 01: Cusco – Socma – Perolniqyoc – Rayan
- Hiking Time: 4 – 5 hours
- Hiking Distance: 4.97 miles / 8 km
- Physical Rating: Moderate
Day 2: Rayan – Gate of the Sun (Inti Punku) – Choquetakarpo
- Hiking Time: 8 – 9 hours
- Hiking Distance: 8.07 miles / 13 km
- Physical Rating: Moderate, Strenuous
Day 3: Choquetakarpo – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
- Hiking Time: 4 – 5 hours
- Hiking Distance: 6.83 miles / 11 km
- Physical Rating: Moderate
Day 4: Machu Picchu!
- Tour in Machu Picchu with optional hike “Huayna Picchu” or “Machu Picchu Mountain”.
- Activity Level: easy
DAY 01: Cusco – Socma – Perolniqyoc – Rayan
Early in the morning, we’ll head out to Soqma Village (3,204 mts./10,512 ft.) driving for about 1 hour and 45 minutes. So, this point is the start point of our hiking. At this point, we’ll meet up our horses and muleteers, get ready for our hiking gears, and we’ll have our breakfast. After that, we’ll start hiking up following a small valley to Perolniyoq, a small Incan site perched at the top of the mountain. Still, previously we’ll see a lovely 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 Tour guide. Then, we will then continue to our lunch spot and the first campsite for about 1 hour. Here, we’ll enjoy a just prepared lunch, which comes with a starter, soup, main course, dessert, tea (coca), in our dining tent overlooking to a magnificent scenery around.
- Lodging: Campsite in Rayan
DAY 2: Rayan – Gate of the Sun (Inti Punku) – Choquetakarpo
Firstly, a great breakfast makes us ready for today’s adventure, right after having our breakfast. So, we’ll follow the trail up to the first pass called Pukaqasa (4,379 mts./14,366 ft.) for about 3 hours. Likewise, 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 that, we’ll hike up on the trail that winds up to the highest point on the whole trail called Kuichikasa (4,449mts./14,596 ft.), 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” or INTIPUNKU in the Quechua language. We’ll enjoy splendid views of Wakaywillka snowcapped mountain in the Urubamba range. Later, hiking 30 more minutes, from Inti Punku, we’ll reach our next campsite called Choquetakarpo (3,619 m./11.874 ft.).
- Lodging: Campsite in Choquetakarpo
DAY 3: Choquetakarpo – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu Town
Today’s adventure gets us to Cachicata quarries for about 1 hour 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. So, at this place, our Tour guide will deliver a great history of this place.
After that, we’ll continue hiking down to the Sacred Valley of the Incas for 3 hours, where Ollantaytambo is located. Today we’ll have our last lunch outskirts of Ollantaytambo town. In the afternoon, we’ll catch our train to Aguas Calientes Town, upon our arrival we’ll make our Check-In at the hotel previously booked for you.
- Lodging: in aguas calientes town
DAY 4: Machu Picchu
Most importantly, we will wake up at around 5:00 am for breakfast and catch one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. It is important to start early today to avoid the main crowds and also see the citadel during the first rays of morning light. Consequently, our guide will start the day with a tour of the essential locations, altars, and constructions around Machu Picchu.
During this walk, he will also share with you what we know about the history of this place and the people who lived here. However, if you still feel like you have energy after the previous days, now is the time to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
Then, once you feel complete with your visit to Machu Picchu, a bus will take you back to Aguas Calientes for lunch. Subsequently, we will board the train to Ollantaytambo, and from there, continue by our private transportation to Cusco.
INCA QUARRY TRAIL INCLUDES:
- Personalized service with not more than 08 people
- Professional bilingual tour guide.
- Assistant tour guide for groups of 9+.
- Train to Machu Picchu Round Trip. (Expedition (Peru Rail) or Voyager (Inca Rail) services.
- Mules carry cooking and camping equipment and 10 lbs/ 05kg of your items.
- Pick up from your hotel and transportation from your hotel to the start of the trek.
- Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco.
- Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
- 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners (If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food, please let us know).
- Dining tent with tables and chairs.
- Inflatable ” Thermares or Rei sleeping Mattress (you need to carry ).
- Comfortable and very spacious four-person tent (two people use one tent)
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes, Day 3.
- First aid kit.
- Entrance to Machu Picchu.
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us).
- Trekking poles (Can be hired from us).
- Breakfast on Day-1, lunch Day-4.
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$45
- Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
WHAT TO BRING FOR 04 DAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU:
- Original Passport
- Current University 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
- Sun hat
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellant
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer
- Personal medication
- Camera and film
- Torch with spare batteries or Headlamps.
|Sleeping bag adequate for the temperature of minus 10°C||$25.00|
|Walking stick highly recommended!||$15.00|