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1-Day Inca Quarry Trail Hike

Experience the unique blend of history and nature on this exclusive one-day trail, leading to the magnificent Inca quarries and the awe-inspiring Sun Gate.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

1 Days

Difficulty

6/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

1-Day Inca Quarry Trail Hike Overview

Embark on a thrilling one-day journey along the Inca Quarry Trail, a path less traveled that offers a unique glimpse into the Incan civilization. Your adventure begins near the historic town of Ollantaytambo, leading you through spectacular Andean landscapes. As you hike upwards, every turn reveals breathtaking vistas and a deeper connection with the ancient world.

This hike is more than a physical challenge; it’s a journey into history. Explore the Inca quarries where skilled artisans once carved stone for majestic structures. The climax of the trek is the Sun Gate, offering awe-inspiring views of Veronica Mountain – a window into the past and a testament to the Inca’s reverence for nature’s grandeur. In just one day, you’ll traverse a path that weaves natural beauty with historical intrigue, creating an unforgettable experience.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 7:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Inca Quarry, Sun Gate, Veronica Mountain Views

Price
FromUSD 130
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 07:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 07:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 07:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 07:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 07:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 07:00

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Inca Quarry – Sungate – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Early Morning Pickup and Drive to the Trailhead
Your day starts early at 7:00 am with a convenient pickup from your hotel. Your guide, an expert in the region’s history and geography, will escort you to the trailhead near Ollantaytambo town, situated at an elevation of 2,750 m (9,022 ft). Here, the excitement begins as you stand at the threshold of an ancient path, ready to explore the mysteries of the Inca civilization.

Ascending the Mountainside to the Inca Quarry
The trail ascends the mountainside, leading you through changing landscapes and increasingly impressive vistas. The hike, challenging yet exhilarating, spans approximately two hours to the Inca quarry zone. This area, rich in history, is dotted with remnants of the Inca’s architectural prowess – cut and carved rocks nestled among shrubs, and ancient burials that tell tales of a civilization long past. Your private guide will lead you through these historical relics, offering insights and answering any questions you might have.

Reaching the Sungate with Mesmerizing Views
The journey continues with an additional hour of hiking up the mountain to reach the Sungate (3,650 m/ 11,972 ft). Perched on a hilltop, the Sungate or ‘Inti Punku’ offers a stunning view of the Veronica mountain (Wakaywillka Mt) through its ancient doorway. Believed to be a site of worship for the mountain gods and the sun god, the area is rich with unexplored history. Here, amidst the remnants of water canals, walls, and Inca trails, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to capture the essence of Peru in a photograph.

Lunch with a View and Return Journey
Around midday, you’ll enjoy a packed lunch at a scenic spot, surrounded by awe-inspiring vistas, allowing you to relax and absorb the beauty of the Andes. After thoroughly exploring the area, the journey winds back down the same trail to the trailhead. From there, your private transportation will take you back to your hotel or another location, concluding a day filled with adventure, history, and unforgettable views.

Tour Highlights

1-Day Inca Quarry Trail Hike Highlights

  • Ascent to Historic Sun Gate: Experience a rewarding hike up the mountainside, leading to the historic Sun Gate, where each step reveals ever-more impressive vistas.
  • Exploration of the Inca Quarry: Discover the remnants of the Inca’s architectural heritage in the quarry zone, where ancient cut and carved rocks are scattered amidst the shrubs, along with mysterious ancient burials.
  • Stunning Views of Veronica Mountain: From the Sun Gate, enjoy a breathtaking view of the Veronica Mountain (Wakaywillka Mt), framed perfectly through the gate, offering a quintessential photo opportunity.
  • Lunch Amidst the Andes: Relish a packed lunch at a scenic spot, surrounded by the unparalleled beauty of the Andes, providing a moment of tranquility and awe.
  • Historical Insights: Gain valuable insights into the Incan civilization and their reverence for mountain gods and the sun, as narrated by your private guide.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel or office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • An additional guide for larger groups (more than 12 participants).
  • Convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off to ensure a hassle-free experience.
  • Efficient round-trip transportation to the trek’s starting point.
  • Traditional Box Lunch with a selection of drinks.
  • Vegetarian and vegan options at no extra cost.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit on standby.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Breakfast and dinner.
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Travel/health/emergency insurance.
  • Tips (optional and at your discretion).

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Expert Guide: Professional guide for personalized exploration.
  • Porter Service for Meals: A dedicated porter will carry your meal, allowing you to focus completely on your trek and the beautiful landscapes surrounding you.
  • Emergency Horse for Riding: An extra horse for riding, including a horse controller.
  • Flexible Timing: Customize the day’s itinerary to spend more time at your preferred locations.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

130

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

150

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

180

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

240

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

290

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

390

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

*Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure – Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments – Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Huaynas Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Light day pack with clothes suitable for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots.
  • Camera, film, and batteries.
  • Sunblock and after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (such as biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen with water.
  • Personal medical kit (including special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel or sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks or poles.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Remember that you’ll need to carry everything you bring.
  • Organize Your Pack: Use packing cubes or ziplock bags to keep your gear organized and easy to find.
  • Prepare for the Weather: The weather can change quickly, so pack for all conditions. Always have a rain jacket or poncho handy.
  • Secure Your Valuables: Keep your passport, money, and other valuables secure and on you at all times.
  • Layer Up: Dressing in layers is key. It allows you to quickly adapt to changing temperatures.
  • Waterproof Everything: Ensure that your pack is waterproof or that you have a rain cover. Keep all electronics and important documents in waterproof bags.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider using eco-friendly products and always take your trash with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

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