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Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

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Type Tours Trek
Distance 34 km
Difficulty Moderado
Best Time Abril - Mayo
Group Size Max - 12 Personas
Accomodation Camping y Hotel

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Inca Cantera trek is the perfect alternative trek for those who like to explore much less crowded routes off the beaten track. This ancient Inca trail was built by the Incas 500 years ago and is still used by the locals today.

Overview

The Inca Quarry Trek takes hikers to beautiful, secluded waterfalls, traditional Andean communities, and the largest quarry in the Inca Empire. You will learn about life in these isolated villages, the Inca culture and enjoy the different landscapes, from the Sacred Valley to the high Andean mountains, and spend an unforgettable day exploring Machu Picchu, one of the most incredible places on the planet.

Highlights of the Inca Quarry Trail

  • Book with confidence and flexibility
  • Visit the Perrolniyoq waterfall, the most beautiful in Cusco.
  • Explore the largest Inca quarry and spectacular Inca ruins
  • Visit the Sungate in Ollantaytambo
  • Partake in an underground Pachamanca hot stone barbecue.
  • Panoramic train back to Cusco.
  • Visit our social projects in Cachiccata.

Price per person

To reserve the Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu, you must make an initial payment of 50 USD per person, the remaining balance can be paid online, in installments or in Cusco with any credit card without any reservation fee.
Student discount:
All travelers under the age of 17 will get $35. If you are 25 or younger at the time of travel, you can get the $35 discount with your student ID. Please notify us by email to give you a code for the discount.

Summary day by day Cachicata Trek

Day 1: Cusco – Racca – Soqma Falls – Korimarca:

After being picked up from your hotel in Cusco at 7:00 am, drive to the town of Racca to begin
the Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu. The trek lasts 6 hours, visiting Ñaupa Iglesia (2967m /
9734ft), the village of Soqma, the waterfalls of Perolniyoc and the Inca site of Rayanpata. We
camp in the town of Korimarca (3,611 m / 11,847 ft).

Day 2: Korimarca – Inti Punku – Choquetacarpus:

Wake up with a cup of coffee or coca tea in your tent, have breakfast and begin the 4-hour
ascent to the Charkahuaylla pass (4450 m / 14599 ft). After lunch, visit the Inca site
Intipunku (gate of the sun) and enjoy the incredible views of the snow-capped mountains.
Camp at Choquetacarpo (3600m / 11811ft).

Day 3: Choquetacarpo – Inca Quarry – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes:

After enjoying a delicious breakfast, descend for 3 hours to the Inca Cachiccata Quarry,
considered one of the largest Inca quarries in Cusco. Lunch is a particular barbecue
“Pachamanca”. Then continue to Ollantaytambo and I took the train to Aguas Calientes.
Spend the night in a hotel.

Day 4: Explore Machu Picchu – Return to Cusco:

On the last day, get up early and take the first buses to Machu Picchu. The guided
tour begins with a short visit to Intipunku or Puente Inca. Then, explore the Inca
stone temples and grand palaces. You will have time to explore on your own and
then take the panoramic Vistadome train back to Cusco. Arrival around 7:30 pm.

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO – RACCA – SOQMA – KORIMARCA

The Sacred Expeditions Peru team will pick you up from your hotel at 7:00 am and
will drive you for 2 hours to the community of Racca, located in the Sacred Valley
(You must have breakfast at your hotel for this tour). The Quarry Trail trek begins
by visiting the ancient Inca sanctuary of Ñaupa Iglesia (2967m / 9734ft). This is by
far one of the most mysterious Inca sites in the entire region. Then, continue
hiking for 2 hours to the community of Soqma (3188m/10459ft), where your
trekking chef will prepare lunch using fresh local produce. After lunch, explore the
town, interact with the local villagers and gain an understanding of their humble
lifestyles and cultures. The second part of our trek is a 2-3 hour hike uphill to the
Perolniyoc waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Cusco with a drop of
328 feet in the rock. The views from this location of the Soqma Valley, the Maras
Plateau and the snow-capped mountains are spectacular. The camp is near the
archaeological zone in the town of Korimarca (3611m / 11847ft).

  • camp altitude: 3611m / 11847ft.
  • Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Foods: Breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camp.
  • Difficulty: moderate

DAY 2: KORIMARCA – INTI PUNKU – CHOQUETACARPO

Wake up early with a hot cup of coffee or coca tea. Today is the most challenging
and yet the most beautiful day of this Sacred Expeditions Peru! After breakfast, it is
a 4-hour uphill hike to the Charkahuaylla pass (4450m/14599ft). At the top, you can
take a well-deserved rest and enjoy the fantastic views of the snow-capped peaks
of the Urubamba mountain range and the mystical Sacred Valley of the Incas. At
the same time, your tour guide performs a traditional offering ceremony to the
mountain Apus (mountain spirits). Then continue the quarry hike in the mountains
to the Andean lake of Marcacocha (4000m/13100ft). This is a perfect place for
lunch. Later in the afternoon, Apu Buena Negra (4370m/14300ft) starts to climb
the second and last mountain of the trek.
Upon reaching the top, your efforts will be rewarded with one of the most
spectacular views in the region. Then continue downhill for two more hours to
Intipunku (Sun Gate), a beautiful inlet that overlooks the majestic Veronica
Mountain (5,893m/19,334ft). Our camp is just a few minutes further at Choquetacarpo (3600m/11811ft).

  • camp altitude:3600m / 11811ft
  • maximum altitude:4450m / 14599ft
  • Distance:15 km / 9.5 miles
  • Duration:8 hours
  • Foods:Breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation:Camp.
  • Difficulty:moderate to challenging

DAY 3: CHOQUETACARPO – CACHICCATA QUARRY – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS
CALIENTES

The Choquetacarpo camp is a perfect place to enjoy the sunrise with a cup of
coffee. After breakfast, walk for 3 hours to the Cachiccata Quarry: the largest
quarry in the Inca Empire. Here your tour guide will teach you all about the
incredible techniques of the ancient Inca stonemasons, as well as about their lives
and customs. You will be amazed by the huge rocks that the Incas transported and
carved without the help of modern technology. This quarry was abandoned along
with Machu Picchu and many other Inca sites during the Spanish invasion. As we
follow the ancient Inca route used to transfer the rocks to Ollantaytambo, we will
stop for a Pachamanca barbecue lunch and interact with local villagers in the
Cachiccata community. Here our private bus will be waiting for us to take us to
Ollantaytambo to explore these ancient streets and the water channel that has
been in use since the time of the Incas. After dinner, take the 7:00 pm train to
Aguas Calientes for an overnight hotel stay.

  • Camp altitude: 2040m / 6692ft.
  • Distance: 7 km / 4.5 miles
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Foods:Breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Difficulty: Easy

DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU (LOST CITY OF THE INCAS)

On our last day, wake up early and get ready for the highlights of your tour. After breakfast at the hotel, take the first bus to Machu Picchu. Arriving as the sky lightens, the tour begins with a short walk to Puerta del Sol or the Inca
Bridge, with incredible views of the city along the way. On a clear day, you can see the spectacular sunrise over Machu Picchu. Then, explore the temples, palaces, and streets. After the guided tour, take some time to explore on your own or climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (tickets must be reserved where possible).
Once you finish exploring Machu Picchu, you will take the bus to Aguas Calientes, enjoy lunch (not included), and in the afternoon, take the train panoramic Vistadome back to Cusco. Return to your hotel around 7:30 pm.

  • Duration of the guided tour:3-4 hours.
  • Foods:Breakfast (hotel)
  • Difficulty:Easy

Includes/Does not include

Included

  • Airport transfers upon request (complimentary)
  • Pre-departure safety briefing held in our office
  • Pickup and drop-off at the door of your hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley.
  • Exclusive private transport with air conditioning
  • Entrance tickets to Quarry Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Bus tickets to Machu Picchu (round trip)
  • English speaking professional tour guide.
  • Second tour guide for groups 9+
  • Comfortable camping equipment (tents, porta-potty, tables, chairs)
  • Sleeping foam mattress, pillows, hot water bottles, extra blankets
  • Canvas bags to put up to 7 kilos of personal things
  • Horses to carry food and equipment.
  • Emergency horse in case you have problems
  • Trekking chef, porters, horsemen
  • 2 nights of camping in the mountains
  • One night in a 3-star hotel in Agua Calientes
  • Pachamanca Barbecue in Cachiccata
  • Three breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners and one snack every day
  • First aid kit, oxygen bottle, satellite phones
  • Eureka tents for 4 men for every two hikers
  • All taxes and booking fees included.

Not included

  • First breakfast at the beginning of the tour.
  • Lunch the last day in Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping bag, air mattress, trekking poles (can be hired with us)
  • Hike to the Huayna Picchu mountain (optional)
  • Hike to the Machu Picchu mountain (optional and different from the citadel of Machu
    Picchu)

Tips (optional)

Travel insurance (highly recommended)

Optional walks after the tour to Machu Picchu:

Huayna Picchu Mountain –Tickets are an additional $75 per person. To reserve this mountain, you must book well in advance; the climb takes 2 hours round trip.
Machu Picchu Mountain –Tickets are an additional $75 per person. You must book in  advance, and it is the highest mountain around Machu Picchu with a total of 3 hours of hiking round trip.

What should I bring?

Covid-19 measures

  • Covid-19 measures to keep you safe while traveling
  • Covid-19 measures to keep you safe while traveling
  • Temperature checks for all travelers are mandatory.
  • Face masks required for travelers and staff in public areas.
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff at all times.
  • High-traffic locations and equipment are regularly sanitized between uses.
  • Maximum 12 people per group to reduce crowds during this pandemic.
  • The capacity of transport and tourist sites will be reduced to 50%
  • Printed material such as maps or vouchers will be avoided.
  • 100% online payments with no booking fees at all.
  • Flexible reservations during the COVID – 19 pandemic

Important

Why book with Sacred Expeditions Peru

  • Sacred Expeditions Peru is a 100% Peruvian Local Tour Operator based in Cusco.
  • Personal porter included up to 7 kilos of your personal staff
  • Panoramic trains included in the last one (Visatdome or 360°)
  • Small group tours for personalized service, maximum 8 people during this
  • Pandemic, 16 people during normal hours
  • Fair treatment of porters with adequate salaries, we include men and women
  • You help us support social projects in Cusco, we provide computers with
    internet to local children.
  • Portable toilets and hot showers are available on all of our tours.
  • No booking fees! no credit card fee