Inca Quarry plus Short Inca Trail 5 Days, is the best option for those who want to get off the ‘beaten track’ and walk at least on the last stretch of the Classic Inca trail. Our own unique route is incredibly beautiful, with majestic ice glaciers, blue glacial lakes, waterfalls. On the original Inca trail hike just like in ancient times, explore the ancient Inca religious cities along the way and enter through the Sun Gate directly to Machu Picchu Citadel.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (4:00 am – 4:30 am).
Inca Quarry plus Short Inca Trail 5 Days availability:
The availability for Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu is unlimited.
Inca Quarry plus Short Inca Trail 5 Days highlights:
We recommend you be in Cusco at least 2 days before your trek to be acclimatized to Cusco’s altitude so that you won’t have a problem during the tour.
We are Huaynas Expeditions, a direct local tour operator in Cusco; we do not share service with any other agency, as most of them do. We will make the Inca Quarry plus Short Inca Trail 5 Days even if you are 2 people only. We won’t cancel your trip! We are a responsible company with vast experience in the tourism industry; we have the best professional team to make your journey unforgettable.
We will pick you up very early from your hotel in Cusco and leave by van for 2 hours until you reach the village of Socma (3000m / 9,842ft.), the starting point of our trek, where we meet the horsemen and horses.
We start our expeditions to Perolniyoc Inca ruins. Along the way, we will have an incredible cascade, where we have time to take pictures and rest. Then we will hike up 30 minutes more to get to the archaeological site of Perolniyoc, which is in the upper part of the valley. After exploring and receiving information about the ruins from your guide, we continue for another 30 minutes to the lunch spot, known as Rayanniyoc (3.600m / 11,811ft.). After lunch, we will keep ascending for an hour towards the first camp.
We will wake up very early and have breakfast before a challenging trek. This second day is the most challenging but, at the same time, a rewarding day.
The first 3 hours are uphill to the top of the first pass, known as Puccaqasa (4,370m / 14,337ft.). Where we will have an impressive view of undulating valleys below; after hiking 1 hour more, we will arrive at the place of lunch, stopping to rest and catch our breath.
After a nutritious lunch, we will continue our hike for 2 hours until we reach the highest point of the trek: Kuychicassa (4450m / 14599ft), with breathtaking views of the valley below.
Subsequently, we descend for another 2 hours at the Incas site called Inti Punku (Sun Gate), with imposing views over the valley below and the Veronica Mountain raising over the horizon. Our campsite is Choquetacarpo (3600m / 11811ft). We set up our tent and overnight there.
After a delicious breakfast, we continue on our way towards the quarry of Cachicata (3,820m / 12,532ft.). Where we can witness the work of the Incas, it was the quarry used by the Incas for the construction of Ollantaytambo, including several large buildings, quarry stones left half-finished and abandoned throughout the site, chullpas (burial houses), and a cave with Inca mummies still in place. After exploring this site, we will continue descending for 3 hours to the small village of Ollantaytambo, the endpoint of this challenging and fascinating hike.
We will have lunch in Ollantaytambo. Where we stay this third night, after a deserved relaxation at the hotel, we’ll go for an exploration of the authentic Incan streets in the same town. At night, we’ll have our dinner at the tourist restaurants.
We will pick you up from your Ollantaytambo hotel early in the morning. Then we will walk to the train station at Ollantaytambo and take the tourist train to Kilometer (Km) 104, which takes about 1 hour and half to km 104 is an unscheduled train stop so you will probably feel a twinge of satisfaction that the train is stopping especially for you – and by knowing you are about to see things that no one else will get to! At Km 104, we will get off the train and cross the Inca Trail checkpoint, where we will see our first archaeological center called Chachabamba (2,170 m / 7,170 ft).
These ruins were one of the last shelters the Incas used before reaching Machu Picchu. This site was also used as a religious and administrative center and featured several buildings. Then, we will gradually ascend for about 2-3 hours climbing Inca stone steps while our guide points out different flora and fauna along the route.
We will then pass a tall waterfall before arriving at the archaeological site called Wiñay Wayna (2,650 m / 8,700 ft), named after an orchid and means Forever Young in Quechua. We will climb to the top of the ruins and enjoy lunch with an incredible view of Wiñay Wayna and the Urubamba river valley. This extensive site sits on a mountainside and features experimental terraces that the Incas used to grow different crops. We will visit an important temple with seven windows dedicated to the rainbow and observe the fantastic engineering of water channels that still function today.
Once we finish our tour here, we will continue our hike for about 1 ½ hours on the part of the Inca Trail, which is relatively flat, with slight ascents and descents along the way. At about 2:00 pm, we will reach the Sun Gate (2,720 m / 8,920 ft), Intipunku in Quechua. This is where we will have our first view of Machu Picchu, and from there, we will head down to the photo point then take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, you will check in to your hotel- dinner.
After breakfast, we will board the first bus, which will take us to one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. As part of our itinerary, the same professional tour guide from your Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail 5 Days will explain all the history of this mysterious and beautiful place. We will visit the Sun Temple, Royal Palace, Principal Temple, Temple of the Three Windows, and the Intihuatana Sun Dial. It will be an unforgettable and inspiring experience. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own.
If you have booked the Huayna Picchu hike, you’ll need to coordinate with our guide regarding your scheduled time to take this additional hike. For people not hiking Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (Book in advance), there are other optional activities you can do on your own:
Visit the Sun Gate: You will have an opportunity to walk (approx. 2 hours up and down) up to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) to see Machu Picchu from a different angle.
Hike to the Inca Bridge: The Inca Bridge offers a dose of adventure for your next Machu Picchu visit. However, in this case, the adventure is a little less strenuous but a lot more death-defying, not for people with vertigo.
When you are finished with your time exploring the extraordinary city of Machu Picchu, you will return to Aguas Calientes by bus and board the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo where our private van will be waiting to transport you back to your hotel in Cusco. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket.
We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.
Our Inca Quarry plus Short Inca Trail 5 Days private service, includes additional items such as:
We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.
We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.
We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Can I be picked up from the Sacred Valley?
Yes, let us know in advance to organize your pick-up time.
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