1-Day Inca Quarry Trail Hike: A Gateway to Inca's Hidden Wonders

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.

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Cusco, Peru


1 Day




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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 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Inca Quarry, Sun Gate, Veronica Mountain Views
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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.

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.

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Tour 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.


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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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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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Special Discounts


  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 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.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 1-Day Inca Quarry Trail Hike. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 1-Day Inca Quarry Trail Hike, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

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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

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Do I need previous hiking experience for this trek?

While previous hiking experience is beneficial, it is not mandatory. The trek is designed to be enjoyable for individuals with a moderate level of fitness. However, be prepared for some challenging uphill sections.

Are permits required for this trail?

Unlike the Inca Trail, the Quarry Trail does not require special permits. However, entry fees to specific sites are included in your package.

Will there be access to restrooms during the trek?

Facilities are limited once we start the trek. We recommend using the restrooms at the starting point before we begin. Please be prepared to use nature’s facilities if necessary, and always practice leave-no-trace principles.

Can children participate in this hike?

Yes, children can participate, but we recommend this hike for those who are at least 10 years old and have a good level of fitness. Parental guidance and supervision are required.

How far in advance do I need to book the hike?

We recommend booking the hike at least a few weeks in advance, especially during peak season, to ensure availability. Last-minute bookings may be possible, but they are subject to availability.

Are vegetarian or vegan meal options available?

Yes, please inform us in advance, and we’ll ensure that vegetarian or vegan meal options are available for you during the tour.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

Are there any additional costs I should be aware of?

While most costs are covered in the package, you might consider bringing extra money for personal expenses such as souvenirs, additional snacks, or tips for the guide and staff.

Is the trail crowded?

The Inca Quarry Trail is less traveled compared to the classic Inca Trail, offering a more secluded and intimate experience with nature and the ancient ruins.

How environmentally friendly is the hike?

We are committed to sustainable and eco-friendly practices. We ensure that our activities do not harm the environment and encourage participants to follow leave-no-trace principles to preserve the natural beauty of the trail.

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