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Inca Quarry Trek and Machu Picchu 4 Days


Inca Quarry Trek is one of the newest trekking in Cusco.


TYPE SERVICE: Private Service
ACTIVITIES: Hiking & Trekking, Cultural & History
DESTINATION: Cachiccata, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu

Inca Quarry Trek is one of the newest trekking in Cusco
Based around the area around Ollantaytambo, the Inca Quarry trek takes you on a journey past high waterfalls, Inca ruins and stunning scenery. The overall distance hiked on this trek is 27 km the maximum altitude reached is 4,420 meters above sea level. As permits are not required for this trek, there are no restrictions as when you book your trip. Freedom is best, right?

The hike will arrive to the Incan Ollantaytambo archeological village and ruins, where you will catch the train to Machu Picchu. On the last day you will visit the mysterious ¨Lost City of the Incas¨, better known as Machu Picchu. The undeniable benefits are its safety, the breath-taking scenery, as well as the opportunity to interact with local communities and to visit smaller and less known Inca archaeological sites.


  • Crash course in Quechua and the opportunity to practice!
  • Waterfall at the top of the valley.
  • Opportunity to visit less-known ancient Incan sites.
  • Cachiccata- once used as an ancient Incan quarry.
  • Expert guide to get to know every nook and cranny of Machu Picchu!


Day 1 – Transport to Ñaupa iglesia, Hike to Rayanniyoc

  • You will be picked up from your hotel at 06:00AM after which a private transport will take you on a 1.5 hour journey to Ñaupa Iglesia (2,900m/9,514ft) the starting point of our trek where we will meet with our muleteers
  • Before to start the trek we visit Ñaupa Iglesia ceremonial site. After an approximately 2 hours walking we reach the local community of Socma (3,180m/10,433ft).
  • Then we continue up the valley behind Socma passing through fields cultivated with potatoes, corn and quinoa, we will be able to see a variety of birds and native plant.
  • After one hour walking we will arrive at a beautiful waterfall called Perolniyoc (3,500m/11,483ft); this is a perfect place to stop to take photos and rest. In this place we will have lunch. Then we will continue the walk towards the archaeological site of Raqaypata (3,600m/11,811ft); where we will stop to visit these ruins of the Incas.
  • After a guided tour of the site we’ll carry on a short distance to our campsite at Rayanniyoc (3,650m/11,975ft.), where we’ll stop and re-charge for the day.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate distance: 7 km (4, 35 miles)
Estimated time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,600m/11,811ft
Campsite altitude: 3,600m/11,811ft

Day 2 – Hike from Rayanniyoc to Choquetacarpo

  • This is the longest day of the trek- but all worth it! Setting out from our campsite, we’ll continue to the valley, making our way to the first step on the trek. This area is still nurtured by the local people. Despite the high altitudes, we will be able to see native people caring for their fields. Furthermore, one of the few plants that seem to thrive at this altitude is a type of mint and the scent infuses the air throughout the morning. Today we will go through 2 steps.
  • We will walk about 4 hours until we reach the first step called Puca Puccllu (4,390m/14,403ft.) where we will take a break to take in the panoramic view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas then we will walk a little more to have our lunch.
  • After lunch we will continue to the second step called Boca Negro (4,420m/14,501ft); the highest point for this trekking. After that we will walk on a flat level and then descend to the archaeological site of Intihuatana (3,900m/12,795ft) from where we can appreciate and have a beautiful view of the snowy Veronica and Chicon.
  • To an hour of hiking we will find the second camp Choquetacarpo (3,760m/12,336ft) where we will spend the night.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate distance: 12 km (7, 46 miles)
Estimated time: 7-8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,420m/14,501ft
Campsite altitude: 3,760m/12,336ft

Day 3 – Cachiccata quarry and hike to Ollantaytambo|| Train to Aguas Calientes

  • The whole hike for today is downhill until Ollantaytambo (2,850m/9,359ft) around 4 hours walking; today we visit the Incan quarry of Cachiccata, where we witness the work the Incas could not complete due to the Spanish conquest.
  • Today is dedicated to exploring Cachiccata quarry (3,500m/11,483ft). Despite its proximity to Ollantaytambo and the wide variety of interesting features, hardly anyone actually goes up there. Cachicata is an extensive site, once used as a quarry by the Incas to construct Ollantaytambo. There are several points of interest,  including a number of large buildings, quarried stones left half-finished and abandoned throughout the site, Chullpas and a cave with Incan mummies still in place!.
  • Then we will continue our way down the mountain following the original platform used for transporting the stones to Ollantaytambo, and later arrive to the town by midday. From Ollantaytambo, we’ll take the train to Aguas Calientes (2,050m/6,726ft). At the Aguas Calientes Hotel, dinner and a comfortable bed will await us.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate distance: 8 km (4, 97 miles)
Estimated time: 4-5 hours

Day 4 – Visit Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

  • Breakfast at the hotel; at 06:00am take first bus to Machu Picchu citadel, you will ride a bus to Machu Picchu archeological site (2,430m/7,972ft) and tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets.
  • Around 07:30am the guided tour begins, your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can then wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered to be the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom.
  • From 10:30am to 12:00pm once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, relax, or meditate.
  • From 12:30pm to 13:30pm take bus to Aguas Calientes.
  • From 13:30pm to 15:00pm take lunch at local restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
  • Return to Cusco: later board the train for the return trip to Cusco. You will stop at the Ollantaytambo Station and then be picked up and driven to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


  • 1 person = US$ 1,588
  • 2 people = US$ 1,011
  • 3 people = US$ 899
  • 4 people = US$ 833
  • 5 to 6 people = US$ 780
  • 7 to 8 people = US$ 723
  • More than 9 people = US$ 705

* Prices are based in sharing one tent 2 people.

Discounts Available

  1. Students: US$ 25 (students up to 18 years old require a valid International Student Identity Card (
  2. Children: US$ 25 (Children under 17 years of ages old, will need only passport copy to apply discount).

Extra Optional Services

  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain US$ 25 per person.
  • Upgrade train to Vistadome return to Cusco US$ 34 per person.
  • Sleeping bag suitable minus 10 ºC for the whole trek US$ 25.
  • Walking stick with rubber feet (one pair) for the whole trek US$ 25.
  • Single room in the hotel (if you don’t want to share room) US$ 30 per person.
  • Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share tent) US$ 20 per person.

Extra horse to hire (recommended):

  • We bring one emergency horse every 6 people.
  • You can put on the horse (up to 7 kg/15 lbs per person) we provide duffel bags for your personal items and sleeping bag.
  • If you want to ride or carry extra personal luggage (maximum luggage weight of 25 kg / 55 lbs); you can hire an extra horse for US$ 109 (days 1 to 3).


  • Pre-departure briefing, the night before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Ñaupa Iglesia (starting point of the trek).
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 4-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field.
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities.
  • Professional English speaking tour guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people).
  • Cook and cooking equipment.
  • Campsite fees; in every place we camp must be paid to local community.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 3.
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 3.
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 people – days 1 to 3.
  • Horsemen – days 1 to 3.
  • Accommodation for all our staff (guide, cook and horsemen).
  • Meals (3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special diets are available at no extra cost.
  • Lunch at local restaurant in Ollantaytambo and Dinner at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
  • Lunch on the last day is included after visit Machu Picchu.
  • A bag for your daily snack per person, to avoid using plastic bags and reduce pollution to the environment.
  • Boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards.
  • Biodegradable personal hand soaps.
  • Biodegradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff.
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee (day 4).
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a Tourist Class hotel Double or Triple Room (Being in a Single room costs an extra US$ 30). This will be a clean and safe hotel with breakfast included and private bathroom. You can upgrade Hotel accommodation upon request; please ask your travel agent.
  • Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu site – Aguas Calientes (day 4).
  • Train ticket from the Ollantaytambo town to Aguas Calientes (day 3).
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition Service) – we can upgrade to Vistadome service upon request.
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco Hotel.
  • 24 hour support by our local staff.


  • International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru.
  • Airport departure taxes (Approximate cost US$ 31.00 international flights, and US$ 7.40 for each domestic flight).
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items.
  • Pre & post tour accommodation.
  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Entrance fee to the Aguas Calientes thermal springs.
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain a new entrance fee applies.
  • Sleeping bag.
Following is that the list of our recommended hotels that we use for this tour package. Our recommendation relies on the standards of our company concerning quality, charm, personalized attention, warmth, fair price, social responsibility, best practices on environmental care, etc. for each hotel category, but most importantly, on our past customer reports, in which each hotel is evaluated. Hence, our choice includes those who have obtained a higher client satisfaction so far.
City Tourist
Aguas Calientes

Flower´s House

Hatun Samay



  • In this type of accommodation are the 2-star and 3-star hotels and some guest houses.
  • Appeals to tourists looking for more than basic accommodation.
  • The rooms and bed are simple, comfortable and adequate.
  • Beds are made and rooms are cleaned daily. Clean towels are supplied.
  • Rooms with private bathroom and hot shower.
  • Breakfast is included.
  • Ideal for travelers on a reduced budget.


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