Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days, is another excellent alternative trek in the region of Cusco, you’ll visit remarkable sites such as Perolniyoc, Choquetacarpo, Ollantaytambo and on the last day Machu Picchu!, it is an off the beaten path that connects from the Perolniyoc waterfall to Ollantaytambo town, you will be impressed by the beautiful views that you will see from the top of the mountains of the sacred valley. It is a nice hike to learn a lot about the Inca history, due to that you’ll pass by mummy caves, chullpas (cemetery), the quarry of Cachicata and well preserved incan sites.
On your trek, you will visit the Inca Quarry of Ollantaytambo, located at 7 km from Ollantaytambo, it presents a set of rocks of various sizes, shapes and colors that seem to have rolled from the high parts of the mountain, in this quarry we can see worn pieces that were taking on definitive shapes, but they were half-worked, surely due to the arrival of the invaders.
You can even combine this trek with the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 5 Days,
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (5:30am – 6:00am).
Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu availability:
The availability for Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu is unlimited.
Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 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 Trek to Machu Picchu even if you are 2 people. 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.
After having breakfast at your hotel, we will pick you up and then drive to Socma, which is in the direction of the Sacred Valley, where we will meet our horseman; you will bring the horses for our stuff, then we begin with our adventure, we will hike to Perolniyoc which is a beautiful waterfall of 100 meters high and crystalline water, this indeed will take your breath away, it will be 1-hour hike to reach it with a gradual uphill, on the top of this waterfall there is an Incan site with the same name.
After we enjoy this beautiful waterfall and take some pictures, we continue our hike to the archaeological site for 1 more hour; this Inca site is known as Raqaypata consists of having houses, colcas (warehouses), kallankas (rooms of massive lodging), and an atmosphere of a ritual ceremony where there is a huaca. Our tour guide will deliver a great history about this site. Next, we continue our hike to the camp, which is at 1 more hour from Raqaypata; when we reach it, we will have a freshly prepared lunch with a beautiful view of the Socma valley.
In the afternoon, we will relax and have tea; then dinner will be served.
Hiking time: 3.5 hours.
Hiking Distance: 11 Km / 8.83 miles.
Meals: Lunch, Tea, Dinner.
Today we will wake you up with a hot coca tea; then we will have a nutritious breakfast to conquer the pass of Pukaqasa (4,378 m / 14,363 ft); after breakfast, we will hike uphill for 3 hours; the trail is super beautiful with a lot of potato fields, quinoa, beans and so on, once we reach the Pukaqasa pass, we will be impressed by the beautiful valley of Ollantaytambo and several snow-capped mountains, then we continue for 20 more minutes to Mamacocha, the place where we will enjoy a succulent lunch prepared by our chef.
After lunch, we keep hiking to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), with some flat and then downhill we will reach to Sun Gate, where we find an Inca construction that was for military purposes since it has a great view of the surroundings, which would have allowed sighting enemies before they reached the citadel of Machu Picchu. We will have fantastic pictures, and then we will continue hiking down for 1 more hour to our campsite in Choquetacarpu.
Upon our arrival to Choquetacarpu, we will have a lovely tea time while enjoying the sunset in the mountains of Ollantaytambo.
Hiking time: 7 hours.
Hiking Distance: 18 Km / 11.18 miles.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, Dinner.
Today we will visit the Inca quarry of Cachicata, after a great breakfast in the morning, we start walking downhill from Choquequetacarpu for approximately 1 hour, upon our arrival at the Inca Quarry, our tour guide will deliver a great history about the place, the Incas discovered and exploited a vital stone quarry from which they supplied themselves to build the current living Inca city of Ollantaytambo, where you can see elongated blocks of various sizes that appear to have been carved and serve as lintels in Inca buildings, presumably ready to be mobilized.
After we visit and learn about the Inca quarry, we continue hiking downhill to Ollantaytambo for approximately 2.5 hours; on the way, we will appreciate the pyramid of Ollantaytambo, we will also see several “Chullpas” small-sized circular constructions that are located on top of huge rocks, the Chullpas are built with small rustic pieces, have a roof and a small access door oriented in the direction of sunrise, in these Chullpas must have been buried important people in the Inca time.
Upon our arrival to Ollantaytambo, we will celebrate our victory of the hike with a well-deserved lunch. Our Horseman and Cook will say goodbye, so after lunch, we will walk by the Inca living town of Ollantaytambo; if you want, you can even visit the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo (Optional), in the evening we have a dinner in one of the restaurant. Then we take the train to Aguas Calientes for 2 hours, we overnight in Aguas Calientes in a nice Hotel.
Hiking time: 5 hours.
Hiking Distance: 13 Km / 8.07 miles.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, Dinner.
Today we will finally visit Machu Picchu after you have breakfast at your hotel, we go to the bus station to take the bus to Machu Picchu which takes 30 minutes, upon our arrival to Machu Picchu, we will pass the checkpoint, for this, you must bring your original passport, after that we will explore it for about 3 hours, our tour guide will deliver a brilliant history about Machu Picchu and take you beautiful photos.
Once we finish the guiding tour in Machu Picchu, we will take the bus down to Aguas Caliente, where you have a nice lunch in one of the many restaurants, you can get some recommendations from your tour guide, in the afternoon we will take our train to Ollantaytambo, where our transfer from Huaynas Expeditions will wait for you with your names, he will take you back to Cusco and drop you off at the main gate of your hotel.
End of our amazing trek.
Hiking time: 3 hours.
Meals: Breakfast at Hotel.
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 Trek to Machu Picchu 4 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.
Spectacular and unforgettable!