Escape the crowds and get off-the-beaten-path with our specially designed Inca Quarry Trail for history lovers and those who want to see what real life is like in the rural Andes. Our package is suitable whether you’re by yourself or in a group, and you’re guaranteed a real adventure!
The Inca Quarry Trail, also known as the Cachicata Trek or Chaski Trail, is one of the more recent routes to open up and is also one of the least crowded treks to Machu Picchu. This incredible trail will take you past tall waterfalls, Inca constructions, unforgettable views of the Andes, and beautiful jungle scenery.
Along the way, amidst the animated flora and fauna, you’ll stop off at Racaypata archaeological site and pass through various communities close to the Cachiqata quarry – the site the Incas took their stones from to build Ollantaytambo! In the quarry, you’ll be able to appreciate some rocks that were cut by the Incas and observe their fine skills.
After three days of trekking, enjoying nature, and seeing how locals live in the rural regions of Cusco, you’ll head to Aguas Calientes by train. This evening, you’ll spend the night in a comfortable hotel and enjoy a tasty dinner at one of the best restaurants in town.
On the fourth and final day, you’ll visit the magnificent and magical Inca city of Machu Picchu. You’ll be able to enjoy the site and learn all about its history from your local. On the last afternoon, it’ll be time to head back to Ollantaytambo by train and then to Cusco by private transport.
At 6:30 a.m., your private guide from Peru Hike Company will pick you up at your hotel, then drive to the trailhead, which is located near the town of Ollantaytambo at an altitude of 2,750 m / 9,022 ft.
Once there, the adventure of the day begins, you will enter the trail, which goes up the mountainside until you reach the sun gate, as the trail gets higher and higher, it becomes more and more difficult and the views become more and more breathtaking. . After a 2 hour hike, you will reach the Inca quarry area, where you can still see remains of cut rocks or rocks carved in the middle of bushes, and ancient burials are also found in this area, once there you will explore the area. with your private guide.
After this site, you will continue up the mountain for another 1 hour to reach Sungate (3650 m/ 11 972 ft). Sungate is located on top of a hill whose gateway overlooks Veronica Mountain (Wakaywillka Mt). The area has not yet been adequately investigated, although it is believed that the site was built to worship the mountain gods, especially Veronica Mountain and the sun god. Today, some remains of water channels, walls and Inca trails are still visible. The highlight of this hike is the view of the Veronica Mountain through the sun gate, a great opportunity to photograph a postcard perfect view of Peru.
Around noon we will take our lunch in a picturesque place with breathtaking views all around. After exploring the area properly, we will return along the same trail to the trailhead, from where we will take our private transportation to your hotel or other location.
We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about Inca Quarry Trail 1 Day Hike in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.Has another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you asap!
All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the (Peru Hike) offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.
ou’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.
A maximum of 5 kg is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.
The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.
It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.
Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.
Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.
Peru Hike Company can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.
Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.
Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.
You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.
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Incredible walk and the views we had from Puerta del Sol was something we did not expect but in the end it was worth walking uphill, without a doubt these views surprised us, thanks to the perfect organization this tour was excellent.