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5-Day Inca Quarry & Short Inca Trail Adventure

Trek the ancient Inca Quarry and join the Short Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

5 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

March – January

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

5-Day Inca Quarry & Short Inca Trail Adventure Overview

Experience an extraordinary 5-Day adventure that takes you through the heart of the ancient Inca civilization. This journey offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore hidden ruins, witness majestic landscapes, and culminate with a visit to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. Trek along the historic Inca Quarry and Short Inca Trail, where every step is a story, and each turn reveals a new vista or a forgotten tale from the past.

Immerse yourself in the splendor of the Andes, enjoying the comfort of selected accommodations and the flavors of local cuisine. Our expert guides will lead you through this transformative experience, enriching your journey with insights into the rich history and culture of the Incas. Perfect for history enthusiasts, nature lovers, and adventure seekers, this tour is a blend of cultural immersion, physical challenge, and spiritual awakening. Join us for an unforgettable exploration of one of the world’s most fascinating ancient civilizations.

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 Socma, Perolniyoc, Rayanniyoc, Puccaqasa, Kuychicassa, Inti Punku, Choquetacarpo, Cachicata Inca Quarry, Ollantaytambo, Wiñay Wayna, Sun Gate, Machu Picchu

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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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5-Day Inca Quarry & Short Inca Trail Adventure

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 Rayanniyoc via Socma and Perolniyoc – The Beginning of Your Adventure

Your journey commences with an early morning departure from Cusco. As you travel towards Socma, a quaint Andean village, the breathtaking landscapes of the Sacred Valley unfold before you. This day is not just a trek; it’s an introduction to the rich cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty of the region. In Socma, you’ll meet our team of local guides and horsemen, ready to embark on the trail to the Perolniyoc Inca ruins.

Ascending through picturesque landscapes, you’ll encounter a magnificent cascade, offering a serene spot for rest and photography. The trail then leads to the lesser-known but equally fascinating Perolniyoc ruins, perched atop the valley, where you’ll delve into the history and architecture of the Incas. Following this exploration, a further ascent takes you to Rayanniyoc, our lunch spot, before reaching the campsite where the first night is spent under the starlit Andean sky.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7-8 hours, 12 km

Day two brings the most challenging yet rewarding part of the trek. A vigorous morning ascent takes you to Puccaqasa pass, a vantage point offering panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and peaks. This trek not only challenges your physical limits but also connects you with the ancient paths walked by the Incas.

After a restful lunch, the journey continues to the trek’s highest point, Kuychicassa, where the vast Andean landscape spreads beneath you. The descent towards Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, provides a stunning prelude to the wonders of Machu Picchu, visible in the distance. Your day concludes at Choquetacarpo, a serene spot to rest and reflect on the day’s journey.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7-8 hours, 14 km

The third day is a blend of history and descent. The trek towards the Cachicata quarry reveals the incredible craftsmanship of the Inca stonemasons. Here, you’ll see unfinished stones and other remnants of the Inca’s ambitious construction projects. The quarry not only showcases the ingenuity of Inca architecture but also offers a unique insight into their daily lives.

Descending to Ollantaytambo, you’ll have the chance to relax and explore this living Incan town. Its streets and buildings, largely unchanged since Inca times, offer a rare glimpse into ancient Andean urban planning. The day is capped off with a local dinner, providing an opportunity to savor Andean cuisine and culture.

Accommodation: Hotel in Ollantaytambo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5-6 hours, 10 km

The fourth day of your journey is a highlight: trekking the renowned Short Inca Trail. Starting from Km 104, the trail leads to the fascinating ruins of Chachabamba and then ascends towards Wiñay Wayna. This site, known for its stunning terraces and spiritual significance, is often a favorite among trekkers for its unique combination of natural beauty and historical intrigue.

The trail culminates at the Sun Gate, offering the first breathtaking view of Machu Picchu. This moment, witnessing the Lost City of the Incas for the first time, is often described as transformative. The day ends with a descent to Aguas Calientes, the gateway town to Machu Picchu, where you’ll rest and prepare for the final day’s exploration.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 13 km

The final day is devoted to exploring Machu Picchu, a world wonder and a pinnacle of Inca engineering and spiritual thought. You’ll tour the main sites, including the Sun Temple, the Royal Palace, and the Temple of the Three Windows, each revealing aspects of Inca cosmology and craftsmanship. This guided exploration is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the mystery and majesty of this ancient city.

For those embarking on additional hikes like Huayna Picchu, the day provides a thrilling extra adventure. Alternatively, a walk to the Sun Gate or the Inca Bridge offers more tranquil yet equally rewarding experiences. Your journey concludes with a return trip to Aguas Calientes, a train ride to Ollantaytambo, and a drive back to Cusco, bringing an end to an unforgettable expedition through the heart of the Inca Empire.

Accommodation: Return to Cusco
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Exploration of Machu Picchu

Tour Highlights

5-Day Inca Quarry & Short Inca Trail Adventure Highlights

  • Trek Through Socma and Perolniyoc: Wander through the Andean village of Socma and explore the lesser-known but stunning Perolniyoc ruins, offering a unique glimpse into Inca history.
  • Rayanniyoc and Puccaqasa Pass: Experience the breathtaking landscapes of Rayanniyoc and ascend to the Puccaqasa Pass, where panoramic views of the Andean highlands await.
  • Kuychicassa and Inti Punku: Reach the highest point of the trek at Kuychicassa, followed by a descent to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, with spectacular views en route.
  • Cachicata Inca Quarry: Discover the Cachicata quarry, a significant Inca site showcasing their advanced stone masonry skills and cultural practices.
  • Ollantaytambo Exploration: Delve into the living Incan town of Ollantaytambo, a perfect example of Incan urban planning still inhabited today.
  • Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Embark on the famous Short Inca Trail, passing through important archaeological sites like Wiñay Wayna and entering Machu Picchu through the iconic Sun Gate.
  • Machu Picchu Tour: Explore the enigmatic and world-renowned Machu Picchu, learning about its history, architecture, and the mysteries that surround this ancient wonder.
  • Cultural and Natural Wonders: Throughout the trek, enjoy a rich blend of cultural insights, natural beauty, and historical significance, making this a deeply enriching experience.

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 for personalized and clear communication.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel or office 1 or 2 days before the trek for thorough preparation.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to the trailhead for a seamless start to your adventure.
  • Return transportation from the trail’s end to Ollantaytambo, ensuring a smooth transition back.
  • A 4-person tent for every 2 participants, offering spacious and comfortable sleeping arrangements.
  • Inflatable mattress for added sleeping comfort.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs for enjoyable meal times in a communal setting.
  • Toilet tent for convenient and private sanitation needs.
  • Professional chef and assistant chef to prepare nutritious and tasty meals.
  • Daily provision of boiled and cold water for water bottle refills, ensuring hydration.
  • Horse support for carrying camping equipment and luggage up to kilometer 82, lightening your load.
  • Horse transport for 7 kg of your personal gear, allowing you to trek more comfortably.
  • Muleteers to manage horses, ensuring the smooth transportation of equipment and gear.
  • Duffel bag provided for your personal gear, facilitating easy packing and transport.
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek to keep energy levels up.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit on hand for safety and peace of mind.
  • All entrance fees to the Inca Quarry Trek and Inca Trail, including Machu Picchu, covered for hassle-free access.
  • 2 nights in comfortable hotels (twin bedroom with private facilities) for restful evenings.
  • Bus tickets to and from Machu Picchu for convenient access to the historical site.
  • Train tickets to Km 104 and return from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, ensuring efficient and scenic travel.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel, concluding your journey with ease.

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 5 lunch and dinner.
  • Porter services for personal belongings on the Short Inca Trail.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (an additional US$80 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.
  • Porter for Short Inca Trail: A porter will be available specifically for the Short Inca Trail segment, enhancing your trekking experience.
  • 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

1050

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

1100

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

1190

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

1450

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

2090

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

2490

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