The Inca Quarry trek to Machu Picchu is one of the newest hiking trails offered in the Cusco region. Based in the area around Ollantaytambo, the Cachicata hike takes you through high waterfalls, Inca ruins and beautiful landscapes. The Inca Quarry trek to Machu Picchu is a different adventure, it has an ancient Inca Trail, town, and a very well preserved Inti Punku, This hike offers you a deep look to Part of the Inca Empire
Day 1: Cusco – Socma – Rayan
We begin our Inca Quarry trek to Machu Picchu with an easy first day. Leaving Cusco early, we drive to the Sacred Valley heading to the town of Socma, which is a short distance from Ollantaytambo. Just before arriving at Socma, we will stop to take pictures of some petroglyphs from the Stone Age. Today’s walk takes us through the valley behind Socma as we head to a small Inca site and a beautiful waterfall that is located at the top of the valley. Walking through fields cultivated with potatoes, corn and quinoa we will have the opportunity to see a variety of birds and native plants and learn about the customs of the Andean people. After a relaxing walk in the morning we will finally arrive at our destination, the Inca site of Perolniyoc. After a guided tour of the site, we will travel a short distance from our camp in Rayan (3650m / 11975 ft) where we will stop during the day.
Day 2: Rayan – Cachicata
Today is the longest day of the Inca Quarry trek to Machu Picchu. Starting from our camp, we will continue through the valley, opening our way to the first step on the trek. This area is still cultivated by the local population despite the high altitudes and we will see local people taking care of their fields. One of the few plants that seems to thrive at this altitude is a type of mint, (muna) and the aroma infuses the air throughout the morning. In total, it is a 4 hour walk to the pass (4440m / 14567ft) where we will stop to contemplate the panorama and catch our breath before continuing. After lunch, walking is easier; When reaching the top of the mountain, the terrain is leveled and we cross the plateau through a strange landscape of what look like burial mounds, but in reality they are glacial morraine (piles of rock deposited by the glaciers during the Ice Age ). Our goal for today is the Inca quarry of Cachicata. As we descend from the plateau we arrive at Cachicata (3820m / 12532ft.) Late in the afternoon, passing through an Inca ruin that people call Puerta del Sol along the road.
Day 3: Cachicata – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Today is dedicated to explore Cachicata. Despite its proximity to Ollantaytambo and the wide variety of interesting features, almost nobody appears here. Cachicata is an extensive site, it was the quarry used by the Inca for the construction of Ollantaytambo and there are several points of interest that include several large buildings, stone quarries half finished and abandoned throughout the site, chullpas (burial houses) and a cave with Inca mummies still in place. After a guided tour of the site, we will continue our way to the mountain following the original platform used to transport the stones to Ollantaytambo and reach the city in the early afternoon. From Ollantaytambo we will take the train to Aguas Calientes.
Day 4: Machu Picchu
Upon waking up early, we will take the first bus back to Machu Picchu to enter the site when it opens. We will have a guided tour of the site during which you will learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour, you will have free time to explore the site yourself and if you have permission to climb the mountain Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will continue by bus back to Cusco.
Inca Quarry Image:
- Professional guide who speaks English
- 8 kilograms / 17 pounds of checked baggage
- Private bus until the beginning of the walk
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Meals cooked by an experienced chef: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and appetizers
- Boiled water Every morning
- Horse (to carry the tents and kitchen equipment)
- First aid kit
- Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Clientes – Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Hostel in Aguas Calientes
- One-way ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu or Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Bus from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco
- Sleeping bag (can be rented with us)
- Breakfast on day 1 and lunch and dinner on day 4
- Travel insurance: it is strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
What to Bring:
- Trekking shoes.
- Warm clothes for the night.
- Plastic poncho for rain.
- Waterproof clothing in case of rain.
- Cap or Hat.
- Long pants, we do not recommend wearing jeans.
- 4 or 5 poles.
- 1 or 2 small towels.
- Toilet paper, handkerchiefs.
- Hand disinfectants.
- Insect repellent.
- Medicine and / or articles for personal use.
- Snacks: cookies, energy bars, chocolate, fruit, muesli, water, etc.
- Bottle of water, you should drink plenty of water on the walk.
- Purifying tablets.
- Original passport (for the entrance control to Machu Picchu).
- Student card (ISIC -% Discount) if applicable.
- Have checks and coins on hand in small denominations, euros or soles.
- Walking sticks.
- Sleeping bag / sleeping
- Camera or video camera.