Inca Quarry Trek to Machupicchu
Inca Quarry Trek to Machupicchu offers the magnificent Andean scenery you expect on any trek in the Andes.
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 Inca ruins and trek through amazing landscapes as you make your way to Machu Picchu. This trek will also take you to the Sungate Inca temple that was built as a shrine to the snow-capped mountain Veronica. You will be impressed by the history and panoramic views that this route offer.
Early in the morning. We leave from Cusco early we drive to Huarocondo Andean village, where we going to visit a colonial church , immediately we ascend to the community of Socma.Just before we arrive to Socma we’ll have a stop to take photos of some stone-age petroglyphs.
Today’s trek takes us up the valley behind Socma as we make our way to a small Inca site and beautiful waterfall that lie at the top of the valley. Walking past fields cultivated with potatoes, corn and quinua we will have the opportunity to see a variety of birds and native plants and to learn about the customs of the Andean people. Your guide will teach you a little Qhechua (the language of the Incas) so that you can communicate with the people you meet on the trek.
After a relaxing morning’s walk we’ll finally arrive to our destination, the Inca site of Perolniyoc. After a guided tour of the site we’ll carry on a short distance to our campsite at Rayan (3650m / 11975 ft.) where we’ll stop for the day. In the afternoon we will visit one of the local families and you can practice the Qhechua you learnt in the morning (much to everyone’s amusement).
Meal: L, D.
Today is the longest day of the trek. Setting out from our campsite we’ll carry on up the valley making our way to the first pass on the trek. This area is still cultivated by the local people despite the high altitudes and we will see local people caring for their fields. One of the few plants that seems to thrive at this altitude is a type of mint, (muna) and the scent infuses the air throughout the morning.
In total it’s about a 4 hour walk to the pass (4440m / 14567ft.) where we’ll stop to take in the panorama and catch our breath before carrying on for about another 20 minutes to stop for lunch. After lunch the walking gets easier; having reached the top of the mountain the terrain levels out and we walk across the high plateau through a strange landscape of what appear to be burial mounds but are actually glacial morraine (piles of rock deposited by glaciers during the Ice Age).
Our goal for today is the Inca quarry of Cachicata. Working our way down from the high plateau we’ll arrive to Cachicata (3820m / 12532ft.) by late afternoon, passing by an Inca ruin which people refer to as the Sun Gate along the way.
Today is dedicated to exploring Cachicata.Hardly anyone actually comes up here. Cachicata is an extensive site, it was the quarry used by the Inca for the construction of Ollantaytambo and there are various points of interest including several large buildings, quarried stones left half-finished and abandoned throughout the site, chullpas (burial houses) and a cave with Inca mummies still in place.
After a guided tour of the site we’ll continue our way down the mountain following the original platform used for transporting the stones to Ollantaytambo and arrive to the town by early afternoon. From Ollantaytambo we’ll take the train to Aguas Calientes.
Waking up early we’ll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself.
Optional: If you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and immediately transfer back to Cusco.
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Round-trip transportation from your hotel
English-speaking Tour Guide
Spacious, personal tents
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
Optional Ollantaytambo ruins Entrance Fee
Optional Huayna Picchu Entrance Fee
Hot Springs at Aguas Calientes
Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC), if applicable)
Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required)
Sleeping bag (also can be rented from us)
Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
Hat and gloves
Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended)
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)
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.
Walking sticks or trekking poles. Trekking poles used are required to have rubber tips.
Bandages or moleskin
Entrance fee for hot springs
Sleeping bag rental,
Breakfast on Day 1, lunch on Day 4, dinner on Day 4
1 extra horse to carry personal items.
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