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 4 Days highlights:
A non-refundable deposit (varies depending on tour) is payable from the Client to Huaynas Expeditions when reserving any Product. If the reservation is made 7 days or fewer before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. Depending on the original booking method, the client should send the non-refundable deposit to Huaynas Expeditions or the authorized Agent through whom they made their reservation.
A pre-tour briefing is given to you, ideally two days before the start of the trek. This is comprehensive information on the tour schedule, required gear, altitude, weather, etc. Questions and concerns will be clarified so that you fully comprehend the tour schedule.
It is strongly suggested to be progressively acclimatized; thus, you should arrive in Cusco 2 days previous to trek departure. Altitude sickness causes you a headache, stomache, hands tingling, etc. There is certain medicine you may take to avoid altitude sickness, for instance acetazalomide; moreover, it is helpful to have coca tea; and hot liquids to not become dehydrated. You must descend as the ultimate emergency if you develop serious altitude sickness.
If your hotel is located in the Historical Center of Cusco, Huaynas Expeditions will pick you up there. Although your guide will schedule the pickup time during the briefing, please be aware that the pickup time could change by up to 20 minutes due to traffic.
Cusco is an ancient city, and there are lots of winding cobblestone streets there. It may be challenging to move luggage to some hotels and Airbnbs because they are situated on car-free streets or long, including inclines. Booking lodging with adequate access is something we strongly advise.
You’ll be given a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. Our horses will transport them, and the horsemen will hand them to you as you arrive at each camp. They are 60 x 24 x 22 centimetres (23.6 x 9.45 x 8.66 in).
Each duffel bag can only contain a maximum of 7 kilogrammes (15.4 lb), which includes the weight of your clothing, sleeping bag, and other personal belongings.
Strikes and demonstrations are frequent in Peru, which may stop some of our tours. Roads can be stopped, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will attempt to keep your vacation as initially planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these conditions, trips may potentially be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, our operations department will manage everything with you. Your safety is our priority, and our decisions will be taken to protect it.
Because group trips are made up of various persons, physical states and ages may differ. You acknowledge that some persons may be faster or slower than you if you choose to participate in a group trip. As a result, everyone on the road may proceed at their own speed.
It is conceivable that a group may want to change the itinerary; however, after discussing with all participants, the guide will determine if such changes are allowed.
We highly advise you to buy comprehensive travel insurance before departing. A comprehensive travel insurance coverage that covers everything from high-altitude treks to unforeseen trip adjustments is a must-have travel gear. Please remember that your standard medical insurance plan will not cover some possibilities in your own country. We suggest searching for a plan that covers the following coverage:
While we try to be understanding when situations arise, the fact is that Trip Changes and Trip Cancellation incur penalties.
To book the below things in your name, we require a photo of your passport’s bio page (Peruvian Government Requirement). Please keep in mind that each traveler must be aware of the re-entry laws for their place of residence/citizenship. Some nations require a passport valid for 6 months beyond the travel date. Please confirm that your passport is current and meets your country’s and residency standards. We can purchase your flights with an expired passport, but we will require a copy of the current passport as soon as you receive it in order to update your tickets.
Most countries are permitted to obtain a visa at the point of arrival. Only a few nations require visas to be obtained in advance. Please remember that each tourist is responsible for determining whether or not a visa is required before admission. Please remember that tourist visas are usually valid for 90 days or less and require proof of return travel.
Please be aware of where you leave your belongings, and remember to take everything with you once you leave our transportation, tents, or restaurants. You are solely responsible for your items throughout the trip.
Our objective is to provide great treks, tours, and adventure experiences while adhering to environmental, sustainable, ethical, and socially conscious travel practices. We make every effort throughout our excursions to avoid negative affects and enhance benefits to the local people and natural ecosystems we visit. We pay fair, livable rates to ensure that we employ and retain the best guides and support workers. We follow worldwide sustainable tourism criteria and have continuous community projects and charity activities that benefit four or more local Andean villages.
We take pleasure in offering five-star service before, during, and after your vacation. Huaynas Expeditions is committed to providing exceptional customer service and adventure experiences.
When walking over tough mountain terrain at high altitudes in unpredictable weather, it is critical to have the best equipment possible. We supply Mountain Hardwear 4-season tents (3 seasons for Inca Trail because of warmer weather), extra thick mattress mats, dry bags for your overnight gear, and other amenities to ensure a safe and enjoyable trek.
Any hike or tour can be tailored to your travel, fitness, financial, and time constraints. Do you need a journey or tour for a business or work event, a charity organization, or any significant occasion? Get in touch; we can handle everything!
As it should be, our journeys leave nothing but smiles and footprints.
We care about the environment, which is why we reduce, reuse, and recycle. Our equipment is reusable (no paper or plastic plates/cups/utensils), we buy locally and avoid paper/plastic packaging, and we recycle anything we can. This is not the norm in Peru, but we intend to make it so one day soon!
All of our staff are enthusiastic about their jobs. Who wouldn’t want to work in an office surrounded by gorgeous mountains and endless vistas? We are happy to provide our guides and employees with the highest rates in the industry.
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:
Our prices for the Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days are reasonable and are in different packages with the prices that are handled in the city of Cusco, and discounts will apply automatically for groups of over 5 people when booking this tour together at the same time.
We are a local tour operator that never shares service with any other company in Cusco, most agencies in Cusco share their service to save operating costs with poor quality. We guarantee to make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Our booking process is simple and you can secure your trip with only a 30% deposit and pay the rest at the destination.
We want your vacation to Peru to be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. This section contains answers to any inquiries regarding going with Huaynas Expeditions. Please read the following information; it will assist you if you have any queries regarding our services.
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You’ll pay your remaining balance once you arrive in Cusco and in cash in US dollars or soles (Peruvian currency) to the change of the day. If you prefer payment through PayPal, you’ll be charged an additional 6% due to bank commissions. It is better to pay us with cash because there is no transaction fee.
Of course! During the tour to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be stored in our office or at your hotel. Both of them are free.
Usually, it is not accepted since the permits, and the train tickets are not allowed to change the date or transfer to another name.
But if you need it, we’ll need to buy new permits and train tickets and the cost you’ll pay for it.
Yes! You must bring your original passport, which must be the same one you sent us at the booking time. Your passport will be checked at Machu Picchu checkpoint and when you board the train.
Updating passport numbers: If you are renewing your passport, go ahead and email us a copy of your old passport to book your Machu Picchu ticket. If you no longer have your old passport, any government issue ID will be accepted, as long as the name is the same. Once you receive your new passport, please email us a copy of your new passport ASAP to change the information about your permits and train tickets.
Yes, you can book your hotel. It will decrease the price of $30 per person. If you decide to book your own hotel, don’t forget to tell us where you plan to stay so our guide will take you there safely.
We receive reservations at least 1 week in advance. However, seats are limited and are always subject to availability. Both the permits for Machu Picchu and the train ticket and permits for the mountains of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are in high demand, sometimes selling out months in advance. For this reason, we recommend that you make your reservation as far in advance recommendable 2 or 3 months in advance.
The Expedition and Vistadome categories offer comfortable leather seats and include a snack and hot or cold drink per person. The first and main difference between both categories is that the Vistadome train has windows on the roof of the cars, which allows a panoramic view of the outside. The second difference is that the Vistadome train offers entertainment services on board, such as typical dances and parades.
If you want to get the student discount, the following requirements must be met:
The university card must meet the following requirements:
If you meet the requirements above, you will get the following discount:
All students have to send a copy of their passport and student card at the time of booking to get the student discount.
Tipping is not required, but it is appreciated if you are satisfied with the services. Even though it might not be familiar in your country, the people who will look after you during the tour place a lot of importance on it. Many Huaynas Expeditions’ destinations encourage top-notch service and are a foundational aspect of the travel and tourism sector. It’s up to you how much to tip based on how well you thought out the tour and how long it lasted. Remember that leaving a tip is optional and should only be done if you receive first-class service.
Yes, Huaynas Expeditions is a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator; for that, we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and appreciate the local places and their people.
Our guides make us so happy! Their English is excellent, and they are extremely professional. They have a great deal of knowledge and love for the history and heritage of the Incas. Constant professional and personal growth is a priority for our tour guides. They conduct research to make sure that the Inca and Andean cultural theories you are given are accurate and widely accepted. Our team members are smart, athletic, and fun-loving. All of them have academic backgrounds in archaeology, tourism, botany, history, or anthropology.
You should have at least 48 hours or more in Cusco. It’s recommended to enjoy these days in the city of Cusco and in the Sacred Valley.
When making plans for a long-awaited dream journey, choosing the right travel agency or tour operator is the most crucial option you will make. Initially, some businesses might appear more affordable. But if you dig a bit further, you’ll discover why booking with Huaynas Expeditions ensures that your trip will be as remarkable as it can be.
Spectacular and unforgettable!