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Inca Quarry Trek – 4 Days

Inca Quarry Trek – 4 Days

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Inca Quarry Trek – 4 Days
Tour Type
Hiking & Camping Tours
Inca Quarry Trek – 4 Days
Maximun Altitude
4,450m (14,590 ft.)
Inca Quarry Trek – 4 Days
Physical Level
Strenuous
Inca Quarry Trek – 4 Days
Recommended Season
March to December

Inca Quarry Trek – 4 Days

Price from: $ 433.00 USD (See: Price list)

Inca Quarry Trek 4 Days – Walk through the mountains of the Sacred Valley of the Andes; we begin to explore the Choquequilla temple, Perolniyoc, and Wayrac Punku. From Wayrac Punko, observe the Inca quarries of Cachicata.

Tour Plan: Cusco | Soqma | Rayan | Inti Punku of Ollantaytambo | Choquetacarpo | Ollantaytambo | Machupicchu Pueblo | Machu Picchu Ruins

The best Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu through the Andes & the Cachicata Valley.

Inca Quarry Trek 4 Day to Machu Picchu, the outdoor adventure around Socma, Inti Punku Inca Lookout overlooking the snowy Veronica and the Cachiccata Inca quarries, also known as the Chaski trail “Chaski means an athletic runner.”

The 4 Day Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu is an unforgettable expedition that combines history, culture, and adventure. As trekkers traverse the Andean landscapes, they are rewarded with unique archaeological sites, breathtaking views, and an intimate connection with nature. Culminating in the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, this trek is physically rewarding and a profoundly transformative journey for the soul.

The Inca Quarry Trek 4 Day is a lesser-known but remarkable trek in the Andes, offering adventurers a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the mysteries of ancient Inca pathways. The Inca Quarry Trek presents an alternative route that unveils stunning landscapes, archaeological wonders, and a chance to witness history unfold.

Live unexpected EXPERIENCES in the Andes that will never be repeated! Explore unique TOURS & HIKES with deep spiritual meaning. Connect with nature and awaken your senses to a new world, “Including meditation and ritual to Mother Nature with Coca leaves.”

Overview

Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days Overview

  • Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan
  • Day 2: Rayan – Inti Punku – Choquetacarpo
  • Day 3: Choquetacarpo  – Ollantaytambo – PM Train to Aguas Calientes
  • Day 4: Machu Picchu Guided Tour – PM Return to Cusco

Inca Quarry Trek to Machupicchu (4 Days) Highlights

  • Seeing an incredible work of Inca stone, the Sun Gate, and the views of Veronica are scenic beauty.
  • Witness the work of the Incas at the Cachicata Inca Quarry Trail 4 Days

Itinerary

Machu Picchu Inca Quarry Trek 4 Days Itinerary

DAY 1

Cusco: Hiking from Socma to Rayan

Travel from Cusco to Socma and start the Inca Quarry Trek to Rayan.

To start the Inca Quarry Trek, we travel at 06:00 from Cusco to the Socma Valley via Huarocondo, “a newly paved road that leads to the Sacred Valley via Pachar.” Our pack horses are waiting for us in the community of Socma to pack all the camping equipment to start the trek. After a 35-minute walk, you reach the Perolniyoc waterfalls. The magnificent views of the falls invite you to get your feet wet and relax in the quiet and green area. We continue ascending towards the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF PEROLNIYOC – SOCMA. We explore the Inca ruins built in the domain of the inter-Andean valleys with a panoramic view of the Pomatales and Moray valleys.

HIKINH DATA: Description of the activity; a leisurely day walk

  • We start the trip from Cusco to Socma at 06:00
  • Private transfer to the trailhead “Socma 3,205 m / 10,512 ft.”
  • Lunch at Perolniyoc Inca site
  • Walking distance: 08 km / 05 miles
  • Estimated duration: 04 hours trek
  • Highest point: Rayan 3,700 meters/12,136 ft.
  • Campsite elevation: 3,700 meters/12,136 ft. We will camp at a spacious Inca terrace up the valley and the Andes a short distance.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Meals: Lunch, Afternoon tea, and Dinner
Food

1L, 1D

Physical Level

3, Demanding

Walking Distance

8km (5 miles)

Hiking Time

4 Hrs.

Starting Altitude

Socma: 3,205m (10,512 ft)

Minimun Altitude

Rayan: 3,650m (11,910 ft)

Highest Altitude

None

DAY 2

Hiking from Rayan to Kuychicassa Pass - Choquetacarpo

Conquer the Kuychicassa Pass, descend towards Choquetacarpo, and have an incredible view of the Sacred Valley of Ollantaytambo.

We packed our adventure gear and started hiking to reach the top of Kuychicassa Pass. From the top, we can see parts of the Sacred Valley of the Incas around Ollantaytambo, its valleys, and ravines. After descending, we have a short undulating road until we reach the Inca gate of the sun, “Inti Punko de Ollantaytambo.” The panoramic views direct toward the snow-capped peaks of Waqa Willka or Verónica and the entire SACRED VALLEY mountain range. We explore the Inca ruins near the Cachicata quarries and head to our Chancachuco camp.

Explore through the small valley of Chancachuco, where we will have lunch next to the Maracocha lagoon.

Brief description of the spectacular hike through the Kuychicassa Pass

  • A challenging day and the most gratifying hike day
  • First, the Puccaqasa Pass 4,370 m/ 14,333 ft.
  • Second the Kuychicassa Pass 4,457 m/ 14,619 ft.
  • Walking Distance: 14 km/09 miles
  • Estimated duration: 09 hours
  • Highest point: Kuychicassa Pass 4,457 m/ 14,619 ft.
  • Campsite elevation: Chancachuco 3820 m/ 12,532 ft. Camp near Chancachuco, a 1-hour trek below the Inti Punko.
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Food

1B, 1L, 1D.

Physical Level

4, Intense

Walking Distance

14km (9 miles)

Hiking Time

9 Hrs.

Starting Altitude

Rayan: 3,650m (11,910 ft)

Minimun Altitude

Chochetacarpo: 3,600m (11,811 ft)

Highest Altitude

Kuychicassa Pass: 4,450m (14,596 ft)

DAY 3

Hiking from Choquetacarpo - Ollantaytambo

Descend through the Inca quarries of Cachicata and the spectacular Inca Trail that goes to Ollantaytambo. In the afternoon, board the train service to Aguas Calientes.

The activities begin with a delicious fresh coca leaf tea with unique energy and start the last walk to Ollantaytambo. Today we explore the three quarries of the Cachicata Inca during our descent into the Urubamba River. The trail is well-marked and wide enough to enjoy outdoor activities. The Inca masters of Inca architecture from the Cachicata quarries moved stones weighing 30 and 140 tons over 10 kilometers to build the Ollantaytambo archaeological park. We found several giant stones that transferred to the other mountain; we called them tired stones because they did not reach their final destination.

We have lunch at a tourist restaurant near the Ollantaytambo train station, board the train services, and head towards Machupicchu.

Short description of the last stretch of the Inca Trail trek from Cachicata to the Urubamba River in Ollantaytambo

  • Hiking Distance: 11 km/ 07 miles.
  • Estimated duration: 04 hours
  • Trail Conditions: lovely Andes path and Inca Trail.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 🙂 Lunch at Ollantaytambo (Restaurant)
  • PM board a train service to Aguas Calientes village
  • Overnight: At Aguas Calientes Village (HOTEL**).
Train service information: [Outbound Journey]
  • Train company: INCA RAIL
  • Service: OLLANTAYTAMBO – MACHU PICCHU (1 hour and 40 minutes of trains ride)
  • Class: The Voyager 45
  • Departure: 16:36 
  • At Station: 16:06 – Otherwise, you may not be allowed to board.
  • Machu Picchu Pueblo Arrival: 18:09
Food

1B, 1L.

Physical Level

2, Moderate

Walking Distance

11km (7 miles)

Hiking Time

4 Hrs.

Starting Altitude

Chochetacarpo: 3,600m (11,811 ft)

Minimun Altitude

Ollantaytambo: 2,851m (9,353 ft)

Highest Altitude

None

DAY 4

AM Machu Picchu Tour - PM Return to Cusco

During the morning guided tour of 02 hours in Machu Picchu, return to Cusco to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon.

Due to the new restrictions, Machu Picchu now visits at a specific time, and we believe that a suitable time is 08:00 or depending on availability.

We board the bus service to Machu Picchu at the indicated time and begin the two-hour guided tour walking through the Inca citadel. We return to Cusco in the afternoon using the train and vehicle services.

Last summary of the activities to be carried out

  • Early breakfast at your hotel
  • Bus to Machu Picchu “only uphill.”
  • Two hours Machu Picchu guided tour.
  • PM train return to Cusco.
  • Private transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
Train service information: [Inbound Journey]
  • Train company: INCA RAIL
  • Service: MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO (1 hour and 50 minutes of train ride).
  • Class: The Voyager 44
  • Departure: 14:30
  • At Station: 14:00 – Otherwise, you may not be allowed to board.
  • Ollantaytambo arrival: 16:04
  • Cusco arrival by transport: 17:50
When you get to the OLLANTAYTAMBO train station, Be met at the train arrivals area. Just look for a KONDOR PATH TOURS sign with your name.” Group name: Chewbacca & Citripio🙂 
CUSCO HOTEL: By customers.
Food

Breakfast

Physical Level

1, Easy

Walking Distance

A light walk

Hiking Time

2-hour guided tour

Starting Altitude

Machu Picchu Pueblo: 2,065m (6,774 ft)

Minimun Altitude

Machu Picchu Ruins: 2,400m (7,874 ft)

Highest Altitude

Cusco: 3,350m (10,990 ft)

Inclusions

4 Days Inca Quarry Hiking Trail INCLUSION

  • Trek briefing with your guide 01 or 02 days before starting the walk in the reception area of your hotel.
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide (local one from Cusco City)
  • Private transport and professional driver (to the starting point of the trek – Socma, Perolniyoc).
  • Andes mules and Indigenous horse riders to carry the camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, tables, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas containers, cutlery, plates, food, and fresh vegetables.
    • Personal items to carry 07 kg/15.4 lb. (so you must bring your day backpack with everything you need during the day).
  • 02-night camping – Spacious tents and sleeping mat
  • A duffle bag for personal items
  • One cook
    • Excellent meals (03 Breakfasts, 03 Lunches, 02 Dinners)
    • Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, and rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking (Vegetarian, vegan, or special diet meals upon request).
    • Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, cocoa, biscuits, popcorn)
    • Boiled water provided from the 2nd day (for drinking)
    • Wake up to coca tea in your tent.
    • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
  • Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
  • Train service by PERURAIL
    • Outbound Journey: OLLANTA to MAPI (Aguas Calientes village); Class: EXPEDITION 603 at 15:37 
    • Inbound JourneyMAPI to POROYClass: EXPEDITION 34 at 15:20 
  • 01 night in a Hotel 02 star in Aguas Calientes. Sierra Andina Group (El Presidente) is based on sharing a double or matrimonial room. Brand rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers and Wi-Fi.
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee [At 07:00].
  • 01 bus transfer to Machu Picchu (uphill)
  • 02 hours guided tour for exploring Machu Picchu with your guide. “No free time in Machu Picchu after the guided tour – new regulation applied in 2024.”
  • Private transfer “Kondor Path vehicle” from POROY to Cusco [We drop you off at your hotel
  • All local taxes

Inca Quarry Trek 4 Days Not Include

  • Cusco Hotel or Airbnb.
  • Sleeping bag (If you do not bring it to Peru, you can rent it in the center of Cusco by the main square.)
  • Breakfast on Day 01, Dinner on Day 03, and Lunch on Day 04.
  • Tips: Guide, Cook, Porters, etc.

What to bring for the Inca Quarry Trail of Ollantaytambo 4 Days?

  • A good day-pack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack –appropriate packs to carry your personal belongings.
  • Original passport.
  • Lighter trekking boots.
  • Sleeping bag “If you did not bring it from your country, you could rent it for 03 days in the center of Cusco; there are several rental sites. It does recommend 01 sleeping bag that supports a range of -10°C below zero | -5°F”
  • 02 pairs of trekking pants.
  • 01 rain jacket.
  • 01 warm/winter jacket.
  • Thermals: wool socks, gloves, scarf, and woolen hat for cold nights.
  • 02 t-shirts, 01 long sleeve shirt
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray with 30% DEET.
  • Camera and film.
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
  • Bandages or moleskin.
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Extra money.

Travel Guide

The Inca Quarry trek is an alternative trekking route in Peru that takes you through the scenic landscapes and ancient quarries of the Sacred Valley. It offers a unique and less crowded experience than the classic Inca Trail.

The Inca Quarry trek typically lasts for four days and three nights. It covers a distance of approximately 26 kilometers (16 miles), allowing you to immerse yourself in the region’s natural beauty and historical significance.

The Inca Quarry trek follows a different route than the classic Inca Trail. While both treks lead to Machu Picchu, the Inca Quarry trek explores the lesser-known quarries where the Incas extracted stones for construction. It offers a more off-the-beaten-path experience and the opportunity to learn about the quarrying techniques used by the Incas.

The Inca Quarry trek is considered moderate in terms of difficulty. It involves hiking on various terrains, including uphill and downhill sections and some steep paths. A reasonable fitness and essential hiking experience is recommended to enjoy the trek fully.

The Inca Quarry trek reaches altitudes of up to 4,450 meters (14,600 feet) at the highest pass. It’s important to acclimatize to the altitude before starting the trek. Spending a few days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley before the trek is advisable to minimize the risk of altitude-related issues.

The Inca Quarry trek offers diverse and stunning scenery. You will pass through the Sacred Valley, lush valleys, and mountains and visit the ancient Inca quarries. Along the way, you will encounter breathtaking landscapes, impressive views, and opportunities to observe local flora and fauna.

The Inca Quarry trek is suitable for a wide range of ages, from teenagers to older adults. However, participants should have a reasonable fitness level and be prepared for moderate physical exertion. It’s advisable to consult with tour operators regarding age restrictions and suitability for children.

Hiring a licensed guide is mandatory for hiking the Inca Quarry trek. The guide provides valuable insights into the history, culture, and significance of the quarries and surrounding areas. They also ensure the group’s safety and assist with any logistical needs.

Some essential items to pack for the Inca Quarry trek include a valid passport, comfortable hiking shoes, lightweight clothing layers, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a rain jacket, a day pack, a refillable water bottle, snacks, insect repellent, and a camera. Packing lists may vary, so it’s recommended to consult with tour operators for specific recommendations.

The best time to hike the Inca Quarry trek is during the dry season, typically from May to September. The weather is generally clear and stable, providing better trekking conditions. However, it’s advisable to check weather conditions and consult with tour operators for the most accurate information.

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Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days COST

HIKING SERVICE
Season 2024
We carry out this trekking to the Inca Quarry of Cachicata

Number of persons Price per person
2 $ 760.00 USD
3 $ 635.00 USD
4 $ 535.00 USD
5 $ 510.00 USD
6 $ 480.00 USD
7 $ 460.00 USD
8 $ 433.00 USD

* Price based on 02 people sharing one tent.

Inca Quarry Trek, Item Upgrade

For all adventurous wishes for your next vacation on the Inca corridor “Chaski Trail,” several optional upgrades are there. Here’s a quick list of prices and options:

TRAIN SERVICES

PERU TRAINS By PeruRail / PER PERSON

+$80. Vistadome train (round trip: OLLANTAYTAMBO – MACHUPICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO)
+$498.00 Hiram Bingham train (Inbound Journey: Train MACHUPICCHU – POROY)

EXTRA TICKETS

+$75 Huayna Picchu
+$75 Montaña
+$60 RE-ENTRY TO MACHU PICCHU

CAMPING
  • Personal tent +$35 – (for a solo traveler for 02 nights)
ADDITIONAL TICKETS TO MACHU PICCHU
  • Huayna Picchu: +$75 per person
  • Montaña: +$75 per person

Inca Quarry Trek Discounts

This applies to the following services

To Machu Picchu

  • College students pay $20 per person
  • Children from 03 to 17 years old: $20 per person

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ladyshalyn
ladyshalyn
2023-10-22
Maras and Moray + Pachamanca Easily the best tour experience I had during my trip to Peru. I highly recommend Kondor Tours as the customer service is top-notch. James responded to my queries almost instantly each time and was very helpful. We were even treated to a can of cusquenia beer each when we visited the office! Our guide Alfredo was absolutely amazing and we were fortunate to have him as our guide for the tour. He is very passionate about his job and shared so much valuable information with us. He has a very candid character and we were very comfortable throughout! I highly recommend requesting for him as your guide (the best we had while touring Peru for 3 weeks). Also, I would say opting in for and additional traditional peruvian pachamanca meal experience must not be missed. The community people were very warm and gracious hosts and it is eye opening to witness the preparation of such a traditional feast normally done only for special occasions like weddings. We even had time for dancing! Two thumbs up for sure!
Niels K
Niels K
2023-08-10
3-day Choquequirao Trek We took a three-day private group trek to Choquequirao as a family of five. Kondor Path Tours organized a pick-up and drop-off in Urubamba instead of Cusco and did an extra stop at the Saywhite archeological site. Everything went very smoothly during the entire trip, meals and accommodation were as expected or better. The trek itself is quite demanding (particularly in three days), but the nature/ views/ Choquequirao/ dearth of tourists largely compensate. Anyway, we were looking for a physical challenge! Our guide Oron was great. Explaining, motivating, solving potential problems/ demands. We would definitely recommend Kondor Path Tours.
Anja
Anja
2023-08-05
Proffecional company and perfect guide Kondor Path Tours are so proffecional and easy to work with. We went with them on the 2 days short Inca trail to Machu Picchu with our three children. The correspondence was great and everything was perfectly planned in every detail. Our guide Alfredo was so friendly, knowledgeable and pleasant to be around! Thank you Kondor Path Tours - we couldn’t have asked for more!!
Khadija
Khadija
2023-07-26
Trip to Rainbow Mountain Excellent experience!! Our guide Odon was prompt with pickup time and extremely friendly. The drove to rainbow mountain was smooth. We did the horseback ride up the mountain, and Odon was right there with us. The actual hike up, he provided support, laughter, and information about the region. Amazing experience with an awesome guide. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience.
Jamee Marshall
Jamee Marshall
2023-07-07
Amazing experience, incredible guide! We had an incredible tour experience with Alfred and our driver Diosmio. They took such good care of us. Alfred was so knowledgeable, kind, and really felt like a friend. Highly recommend this company for your future visit! Awesome experience.
Kristi V
Kristi V
2022-05-05
Alittle bit of everything We had a last minute change of plans when it came to our tour. We were supposed to visit the rainbow mountain but with the recent protesting we called to see if we could change last minute and they were very accommodating. Odon and Fernando were amazing! They took us to see multiple attractions and made us feel very at home. And kudos to Renee for the amazing driving. I would highly recommend using this company for a tour. We will definitely use them if we ever come back!
Anthony O
Anthony O
2022-05-05
Atv Tour Odin and Fernando were great as well as our driver Rene. Very informative about the city of Cusco. Enjoyed our tour with this company and these individuals who took us around. Great time! Highly recommend!!!
ReDA
ReDA
2020-01-14
Family vacation Kondor path tours arranged a couple of private tours on our last vacation in Peru. Our first tour was the Rainbow Mountains and the next day we did the sacred Valley Tour. The administrative services were excellent, we met at our hotel the day before our tours and our head guide, Fredy, explained everything perfectly, including what to wear and bring for each tour. On the tour days, our guides (Fredy and Juan Carlos) and driver (Juan Carlos) were great! very knowledgeable, considerate about our party, always helpful and ready to answer questions and meet the expectations (completely different expectations because we had different ages in our party (from 11 to 69 years)) of each party member. The rainbow mountain is awesome and is is really helpful to go with a guide that knows about the area, but also about hiking!!!
theras2000
theras2000
2020-01-09
Excellent guide who stays with you for the entire day The Vinicunca one-day horse tour was fantastic. The friendly and informative Freddy guided us for the entire bus ride and mountain trek. He knew where to stand to get the best photos and made everything fun and accommodating. The horse ride up made it much easier to enjoy the final hike. Lunch was large and tasty. Door to door service.
KWPens
KWPens
2020-01-03
Awesome Service and Tours Fernando and Patricia were SUPER responsive - usually responded to emails within 10 minutes!!. The arrangements they made for Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, and surrounding areas were awesome. They were waiting for us at the airport and did everything we asked them. Our guide for the four days was Herberth and driver was Juan Carlos. Both were SUPER SUPER great. Juan Carlos was such an amazingly pleasant driver with cute stories. He also was a very safe driver. Herberth was very knowledgable and helpful. Took us all over the places with details about the history and details. We had friends who were not able to climb much and they accommodated us all. On the day we had planned to do rainbow mountain we did not feel great and emailed Fernando at 5am and he responded within 5 minutes with other options for us to do that day. Overall, if you are going to Peru and want to visit the historic sites, you SHOULD go with these people. They are SUPERB!!
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