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4-Day Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu

Delve into the secrets of the Inca Quarry Trail and finish your expedition with the legendary Machu Picchu.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

4 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

4-Day Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu Overview

 

Embark on a captivating 4-day journey through the lesser-known Inca Quarry Trail, culminating in the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. This unique trek takes you through a blend of natural wonders and ancient ruins, offering a fresh perspective away from the more trodden paths. From the stunning Perolniyoc Waterfall to the hidden Incan gem of Raqaypata and the strategic Sun Gate, every step is infused with history, nature, and adventure.

Your journey is complemented by our expert guides, who’ll unveil the rich tapestry of Incan history and legends. Alongside, experience the authentic Andean hospitality with comfortable campsites, delicious local meals, and the warmth of our dedicated crew. As you traverse varying landscapes, from lush valleys to majestic peaks, this trek promises not just physical exhilaration but also a deep spiritual connection to the land of the Incas.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 6:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Perolniyoc Waterfall, Raqaypata Incan Site, Pukaqasa Pass, Inti Punku (Sun Gate), Cachicata Inca Quarry, Ollantaytambo Town and its Archaeological Site, Chullpas (Ancient Burial Structures), Machu Picchu Citadel, Andean Mountains and Landscapes, Aguas Calientes Town

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 06:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 06:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 06:00
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  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 06:00
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4-Day Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu

Tour Itinerary

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

Day 1: Cusco to Rayan via Socma & Perolniyoc Waterfall

Your journey commences with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco, setting course for the quaint village of Socma in the Sacred Valley. Upon arrival, our dedicated team of horsemen will be ready to assist, their horses poised to help with our equipment.

The day’s first challenge is the hike to the breathtaking Perolniyoc Waterfall. This 100-meter cascade offers an invigorating sight, set amidst untouched Andean landscapes. After soaking in the beauty of the falls, our path leads us further uphill to the hidden Incan gem of Raqaypata. This ancient site, adorned with houses, storage facilities, and ceremonial platforms, whispers tales of a time long past. Your guide will bring its history to life, ensuring a memorable experience.

As the sun begins its descent, we’ll settle down for a sumptuous lunch, with the valley offering a serene backdrop. The day winds down with a relaxing evening tea, followed by a hearty dinner to refuel for the next day’s adventure.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 3.5 hours, 11 km

The aroma of hot coca tea serves as your morning wake-up call, preluding a nourishing breakfast. With energy levels replenished, we set our sights on the Pukaqasa pass. As we make our ascent, the trail reveals a patchwork of fields brimming with crops like potatoes, quinoa, and beans.

Reaching the summit, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic vistas of the Ollantaytambo valley, cradled by snow-kissed peaks. But the journey doesn’t stop here. A short trek post-lunch at Mamacocha brings us to the Sun Gate, or Inti Punku. This ancient lookout offers insights into Incan military strategies, with unparalleled views of the surrounding landscapes. The day concludes with a descent to Choquetacarpu, where a warm evening tea and the mesmerizing hues of the sunset await.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7 hours, 18 km

As dawn breaks, we’ll embark on a journey to the Cachicata Inca Quarry. This site stands as a testament to Incan craftsmanship, with stones meticulously carved for construction. Your guide will shed light on the history and significance of this quarry, making for an enlightening experience.

Our path then meanders downhill, offering glimpses of Ollantaytambo’s iconic pyramid and the ancient Chullpas, burial structures from Incan times. By lunchtime, we’ll find ourselves in Ollantaytambo, marking the end of our trekking phase. Here, you have the option to further explore this living Incan town and its archaeological wonders. As evening approaches, we board a train for Aguas Calientes, where the comforts of a cozy hotel room beckon.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Hiking: Approx. 5 hours, 13 km

The day you’ve been waiting for is finally here. After a refreshing breakfast, a short bus journey will usher you to the gates of Machu Picchu. This UNESCO World Heritage site needs little introduction. With your guide by your side, unravel the mysteries and legends of this ancient citadel.

Post exploration, a bus will carry you back to Aguas Calientes. Here, you can savor a leisurely lunch, reminiscing about your adventures. The expedition concludes with a train ride back to Ollantaytambo, followed by a comfortable transfer to your Cusco abode.

Accommodation: N/A (End of tour)
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Approx. 3 hours

Tour Highlights

4-Day Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu Highlights

  • Perolniyoc Waterfall: Marvel at the captivating 100-meter cascade, a hidden gem amidst the Andean landscapes.
  • Raqaypata: Explore this ancient Incan site, boasting houses, storage facilities, and ceremonial platforms, all telling tales of a glorious past.
  • Pukaqasa Pass: Conquer this challenging ascent and be rewarded with panoramic vistas of the Ollantaytambo valley and snow-capped peaks.
  • Inti Punku (Sun Gate): Discover this ancient sentinel point, offering strategic views and insights into Incan military strategies.
  • Cachicata Inca Quarry: Dive into the history of Incan craftsmanship and marvel at the meticulously carved stones ready for construction.
  • Ollantaytambo Town: Experience the living history of this Incan town and its architectural wonders.
  • Machu Picchu: Culminate your journey at this UNESCO World Heritage site, exploring its mysteries, legends, and unparalleled beauty.
  • Local Cuisine: Savor authentic Andean meals, prepared fresh during your trek, offering a gastronomic journey alongside the physical one.

Inclusions & Exclusions

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

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to trailhead.
  • Return transportation from trail’s end to Ollantaytambo.
  • 4-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Professional chef and assistant chef.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water for water bottle refills.
  • Horses to carry all equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.).
  • Horse to transport 7 kg of your personal gear.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • All necessary permits and entrance fees, including access to Machu Picchu.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Aguas Calientes (twin bedroom with private facilities).
  • Round-trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  • Round-trip Expedition train tickets between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel.

Exclusions:

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

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 1 breakfast.
  • Day 4 lunch and dinner.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 80 extra per person).
  • Tips for tour guides, chefs, and support staff are not included and are 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:

  • Emergency Horse & Handler: An extra horse and a trained handler provide added safety on the trail.
  • 3-Star Aguas Calientes Hotel: Rest and recharge in a carefully selected 3-star hotel.
  • North Face Four-Season Tents: State-of-the-art, weather-resistant tents for ultimate outdoor comfort.
  • Mountain Climbing Permits: Choose between Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Vistadome First-Class Train: Enjoy scenic travel from Aguas Calientes with panoramic windows offering spectacular views.
  • Private Van to Cusco: Enjoy a direct, comfortable transfer to Cusco post-trek.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience at either Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleep well with one premium sleeping bag per person.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Personal Duffel Bag: Use a durable duffel bag to conveniently carry your personal gear, including the sleeping bag and self-inflating pads.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • 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

680

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

700

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

750

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

960

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

1220

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

1390

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.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 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

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances – Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Huaynas Expeditions will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

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.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Huaynas Expeditions does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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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:

  • Original passport & student ID (if applicable).
  • Light day pack with clothes for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots & extra socks.
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf, beanie, and thermals for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Torch/flashlight & spare batteries.
  • Camera, film & batteries.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (20% DEET minimum, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen & water for the first morning.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel/sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks/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.

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

We’ll provide a returnable duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing, held 1-2 nights before your tour. Familiarize yourself with the bag, pack efficiently, and get essential trek details, safety guidelines, and updates. It’s a great chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Our Packing Tips:

  • Adhere to the 7 kg weight limit: Keep the weight of your personal items in the duffle bag within the 7 kg limit to maintain a manageable load for the horses.
  • Place non-essential items in the duffle bag: Store items you won’t need during the day, like extra clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags, in the duffle bag to lighten your day pack.
  • Label your duffle bag: Add a luggage tag or other identification to your duffle bag to prevent mix-ups with other trekkers’ bags.
  • Keep valuables in your day pack: Store passports, cameras, cash, and other valuable items in your day pack for added security and easy access.

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