The Inca Quarry Trek is one of the greatest trekking routes on offer in the Cusco region. Located in Ollantaytambo area, the inca quarry trek goes through high waterfalls, Inca ruins and beautiful scenery.
The Inca quarry trek is relatively easy compared with some other alternatives treks, so it is a great alternative trek for families and less experienced trekkers. Another great thing about the trek is that is rarly visited by group of tourist, so if you want to avoide and get away from the crowds then this is the trek for you!
Day 1: Cusco – Socma – Rayan
We start out with an easy first day. Leaving from Cusco early we drive to the Sacred Valley heading for the village of Socma which is a short distance from Ollantaytambo. 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).
Day 2: Rayan – Cachicata
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.
Day 3: Cachicata – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Today is dedicated to exploring Cachicata. Despite it’s proximity to Ollantaytambo and the wide variety of interesting features, 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.
Day 4: Machu Picchu!
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 and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
On your arrival in Cusco Airport one of our representative will be waiting for you with Inka Trail Explorer Logo and will pick you up and take you to your Hotel, we only include 1 pickup.
Professional Tour Guide
Inka Trail Explorer has a staff of professional tour Guides with University degree, all of them have studied tourism and English. They all are passionate with their job and they are highly prepared in the History, Archeology, and also in the Astronomy, they always will be happy teaching you about their heritage.
The night before the trek, your guide will give you all detailed information about your trek schedule, an also you will get your duffel bag, which is to fix your personal belongings no more than 7kg / 14lbs you have to include your sleeping bag and air matt in case you have or rented.
We do use horses for this trek, our horses are going to carry all camping equipment, food supplies and your duffel bags. Also we include an emergency horse for each group in Lares Treks to Machu Picchu, if you feel tire or need a break, so an emergency horse is waiting for you.
Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu Mt
Huayna Picchu Mt. stands behind Machu Picchu; the views from the top are spectaculars. It takes 45 minutes to reach the top and 45 minutes back down it is quite steep, we highly recommend climb in the second group which is at 10am and so much better views.
Machu Picchu Mt. stands on the left side of the citadel, is another mountain with great view and it takes 3 hours walk up and down, If you are interested to experience this adventure you need to book in advance, you can start climbing any time from 7 to 8am.
We include all the entrance fee to the trail to Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. You need just mention Which Mountain you like to climb any of them.
Inka Trail Explorer include 1 night in a hotel in aguas Calintes the town below Machu Picchu, this is 3 stars Hotel; your booked hotel will be listed on your confirmed invoice. Upgrades are always possible. This 3 star hotel is based on sharing a room – either double, matrimonial or triple, there is a single room surcharge if you are booking alone of $30 US per person. Rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers and wifi. We can also upgrade your hotel if you prefer something a little fancier.
we include all the transportation needed for this trek like bus and train, when you travel with Inka Trail Explorer you do not have to be worry about the Transportation. From the very beginning of the trek we pick you up from your hotel and when you finish your trek we leave you in your hotel, our train service is expedition class it can be upgraded to the Vistadome train.
Our camping equipment is from the best quality and very comfortable, each Tent will be shared by 2 people, except if you request for a single tent, we provide spacious dining tent and kitchen tent.
Our amazing and experienced chefs, they prepare all the meals and they make magic happens during the Inca Quarry trek to Machu Picchu in a small tent over a single flame. We provide all natural and fresh vegetables and selected meat proper from the Peruvian Andes. We honor all food restrictions, but you should mention as soon as you are booking your trek. Food is served family style and you will enjoy our traditional dishes from Peru and Cusco. We include 4 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and every day in the morning your chef will provide you a snack to enjoy along the trail.
Beginning from your first lunch until your last breakfast, Inka Trail Explorer will supply all the water you need. The water you will get from us is straight from the glaciars and streams, it will be boiled, filtered and cooled before it will be distributed. You must bring your own water bottles or camel back. Highly recommended carrying about 3L, you have the chance to refill your bottle every day at each meal.
Inka Trail Explorer does not include the entrance fee to the Hotspring, but afeter 2 days hiking you do not want to miss out this option, this thermomedicinal hotspring cost just S/10 soles.
You really need a sleeping bag when you choose this trek. our first campsite is bove (4,300m /14,018ft) is very cold at this elevation, we highly recommend bring a Sleeping bag for -10C (it can be rented from us).
Inflatable Air Matt
It is optional but it helps in getting a good sleep, (it can be rented from us). if you have your own bring with you, we highly recommend.
Highly recommended. It helps to keep your valance especially when you go steep downhill and it must have a rubber tip when bringing your own, if you do not have (it can rented from us) aluminous professional walking poles.
We do not include lunch from the last day, after you visit Machu Picchu and before you take the train you have time to stop in Aguas Calientes and you can enjoy your lunch, so we can recommend you one of the best restaurants.
Inka Trail Explorer warmly welcomes to you, and we really want to make the best experience for you on this adventure. Our departure treks can be any day of the week, 12 months a year.
Price: USD 615 Per Person – Group service
A group Service means that it is open to other trekkers to join you. Your group will have varying hiking and fitness abilities. All our Guides are experts on how to keep the trek moving and happy no matter how fast you go.
Private Service is available and priced by party size.
The Inca Quarry trek is one of the best treks to Machu Picchu, even better if you do just with your friends or loved ones. Our private trek can start with any size and we will do all our best to make the best experience for you.
Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
Student Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to firstname.lastname@example.org
Aditional free Tours
If you are traveling with the family or friends and you are 4 or more people in your group, you automatically get for free one of our additional tours what you like more from the List down below. Please, we do not include the entrance fee, we include the transportation and a professional tour guide.
Do not worry single travelers, if you book any treks with us, you get a special discounts on any of our additional tours
In your Dafle Bag
Remember you are packing for 2 nights of camping and 1 night in a hotel. Horses will carry up to 8 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 3.5kg.
In your Daypacks
Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend small one. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25L will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside citadel gates.
How to book
It’s always better contact us directly and confirm with our team before your booking. Once you are ready, please fill in our Booking Form and pay the Deposit of $200 US per person. Our office will email you back that day with your confirmation. We always send out confirmations, so if you don’t hear from us, check your spam or contact our office and we will resend.
We are so excited to take you on the Trail and thank you for your preference.