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Inca Quarry Trek to Inca Trail

Inca Quarry Trek to Inca Trail

Inca Quarry Trek to Inca Trail is new Inca Path and the best alternative hike to Machu Picchu. This hike involves 2 day hike on the Cachicata and Inca Quarries and 2 Day short Inca Trail. The Inca Quarry is located on the Sacred Valley of the Incas. During two day hike, you will enjoy the nature of the Andean highlands, the water fall, Incas ruins, Inca Mummies original, Andean Terraces, Intipunku (Sun gate) and stone quarries. two night camping.

On the third day you will arrive to Ollantaytambo archeological village and take you by train to the starting point of this 2 day Inca Trail - Chachabamba, also called Km 104 (2,350 m). There, your Tour Guide gives you a briefing about the following Machu Picchu trek and after that, you cross the checking point of the Inca Trail. Continuing the hike through a mixture of cacti vegetation and a cloud forest towards another Incan significant site - Wiñaywayna, then you will walk down to Aguas Calientes town and spend a night in the hotel. The last day you will visit the 'Lost City of the Incas' - Machu Picchu. Discover the lost Inca route to Machu Picchu and explore the beautiful landscapes and enigmatic sites, there are available along the year. Exception: one-month closing period of all Inca Trail routes in February.

Quick Itinerary:

 

Day 01: Cusco - Huarocondo - Pachar - Corimarca 

Day 02: Corimarca - Inca Quarry Trail - Cachiccata - Ollantaytambo 

Day 03: Ollantaytambo - Km 104 (Short Inca Trail) - Aguas Calientes

Day 04: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

 

Important info about your Trek:

  • 2days hiking on the Inca Quarry trek with professional guide, chef, muleteer and horses
  • 2days hiking to short Inca Trail
  • Discover the Inca mummies
  • Take a shower on the fall water of the Cachicata
  • View the sun rise over Machu Picchu
  • Discover the new Inti Punko of the Inca Quarries
  • Hike to original Inca Trail
  • Guided tour of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Crew: A Inca Trail Machu Representative in Cusco, a professional bilingual Tour Guide, a Cook, a Muleteer on the Inca Quarry Trek

Accomodation: Campsites (2 nights), Hotel (1 night).

Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 2x afternoon tea.

Transportation: Transportation by private van, 2x train.

Camping equipment: You can view our camping equipment. Please click here

 

Packing List:

  • Passport: Carry it is very important
  • Inmigration Card
  • ISIC card: If you booked as a student
  • A good hiking shoes: Comfortable and useful on all terrain
  • Waterproof: Especially in rainy seasons
  • Sunscreen: Avoid the ultraviolet ray
  • Coca Leaf

 

Interesting Information:

Day 1: Cusco - Huarocondor - Pachar - Corimarca

We drive from Cusco to Pachar located in the Sacred Valley, arrive Huaroncondor to trailhead, here we will meet with muleteer and horses and we will prepare the camping equipment, then we climb up the stairs and visit to Huarocondor terraces. continue the trek to Raphcca, 2,900 m.a.s.l (9,514ft.) From here we hike up the valley, along the route we appreciate inka terraces,  water channels, Quechua comunities and endemic flora and fauna. We follow an steep trail that eventually bring us to a tall waterfall where we can pause to refresh our body and mind. Walking further, we visit the little known Inka site of Corimarca, our first campsite.

 

Estimated trekking time: 4 - 5 hours
Trekking distance: 8  Km
Max. elevation: 3, 700  m
Min. elevation: 3, 000  m
Difficulty:  Moderate

Day 2: Corimarca - Inca Quarry - Cachicata - Ollataytambo

We climb across open meadows, reaching a zone of high altitude shrubland known as Puna, approaching the pass of Chancachuco 4,400 m.a.s.l (14,435ft). This part of the trek offers panoramic views of the highest peaks in Cusco region. Our route continues across a high plateau, we pass mountain lakes where we may see andean and wetland birds, descending to Qeuñacancha, 4080 m.a.s.l (13,385ft).

We hike downhill following the trail until we join the Inka water channel which comes from Maracocha lake, from here we reach the temple call Intiwatana, which is located on the edge of the mountain called Apu Alambre, in front of the Veronica snow peak. Then we continue downhill to Choquetacarpo an archaeological site, which was most likely the residence of architects who managed the Inca quarries and performed ceremonies at Intipunku, after lunch we wend our way downward, exploring different sectors of one of the biggest Inka quarries, where massive carved blocks of pink rhyolite lie scattered in disarray. The quarried stones, testimony to a great building project that was never finished and were destined for the Inka site of Ollantaytambo. Spend a night in a camping of the Ollantaytambo..

 

Estimated trekking time:  7 hours
Trekking distance: 15  Km
Max. elevation: 4, 400  m
Min. elevation: 2, 795  m
Difficulty:  Challenging

Day 03: Ollantaytambo - Km 104 (Short Inca Trail) - Wi˝aywayna - Aguas Calientes town

Wake up early and start to walk to the train station.  There, you get on a train and continue until Km 104. This small ancient checkpoint is where you will find that Classic view that Inca Trail hikers emerge upon.The walk along the way yields some interesting and slightly different angles as well. Some minor ancient outbuildings alongthe path occasionally host grazing llamas. Intipunko is als the gateway to the Inca Trail. A two hour hike beyond the Intipunko along the Inca Trail brings you the Machu Picchu citadel. Then continue the hike to Aguas Calientes, where you will spend a night in the hotel.

 

Estimated trekking time:  5  hours
Trekking distance: 10  Km
Max. elevation: 4, 050  m
Min. elevation: 2, 840  m
Difficulty:   Moderate

Day 04: Hiking to Machu Picchu

Wake up very early and we will climb by foot to Machu Picchu. I'm sure you'll agree that, although it's tough getting up, it's well worth the effort to see the "Lost City of the Incas" at its quietest in the early morning light. You'll have plenty of opportunity to take photos and have some peaceful time alone to enjoy the sun rising from behind the mountains. Guided tour of Machu Picchu and then you can explore this astounding and mysterious Inca settlement by yourself. In the night we take the train to Ollantaytambo and transfer you to your hotel.

What is included on the Inca Quarry to Inca Trail?

  • Pre-trek briefing;
  • Early morning transfer by private bus to Huaroncondor - the initial point of the trek;
  • Accommodation: Campsites (2 nights) and Hotel in Machu Picchu (1 night);
  • Entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner and 2x afternoon hot beverages;
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide;
  • Professional Cook;
  • Horseman;
  • Horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 7 kg of each passenger's stuff;
  • Camping equipment: Eureka Mountain Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
  • Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress);
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
  • A blanket per person
  • A pillow
  • Day Pack Rain Covers;
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings);
  • Rain Ponchos;
  • Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own);
  • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
  • A round trip by tourist train (Expedition Service) between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes;
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town;
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco;

Not Included in the trek?

  • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day;
  • International and domestic flights nor airport departure taxes;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain ($80) or Machu Picchu Mountain ($80);
  • A shuttle bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu ($ 12 - one way, $24 - a round trip);
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras not mentioned.

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you receive your own single tent and a single room in Aguas Calientes.

Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price!

Highlights by Archaeological sites

 

  • Explore the Machu Picchu citadel
  • Visit the Huarocondor terraces
  • Visit Ollantaytambo
  • Explore the Intiwatana temple

 

Best moment from the Trek

 

  • The begining to walk the Inca Trail after finish the Inca Quarry Trail

 

 

Encampment equipment


Inca Trail Machu Tour operator will provide the double tent. Our tents are of the brand  EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary
Inca Trail Machu will provide the clean Sleeping bag, Inflatable pillow and blanket. Our porters will leave inside your tent. Once arrived to the camping, you will find inside your all camping equipment.

 

Additionals

  • Walking sticks or poles cost $20 to rent.
  • Daypack for your hike U$ 10
  • Rain Poncho U$ 10 
  • There are emergency porters available for rent along this trek if you are unsure you will be able to complete the hike, cost $80.

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Inca Quarry Trek to Inca Trail

Here is everything you need to know about Inca Quarry Trek to Inca Trail.

Where is located Machu Picchu and Cachicata Incan Ruins?
"Machu Picchu" is located in the south of Peru, belongs to the department of Cusco, "Machu Picchu" is located 112.5 kilometers northeast of the city of Cusco, with a height of 2350 meters above sea level.
"Cachicata" is located nine kilometers from the Inca town of Ollantaytambo and has three groups of quarries: "Molle Pucro", "Sirkusirkuyoc", was the largest, and finally "Kantirayoq", where the extraction of minerals and precious stones was practiced. The visitor will be able to observe the difficult work that Incas used to done when moving the giant stones to build the Ollantaytambo enclosures.

Altitudes in Inca Quarry Trek to Inca Trail
During Inca Quarry Trek to Inca Trail, we will find the following altitudes:
  • "Raphcca" at 2,900 m.a.s.l
  • "Chancachuco" at 4,400 m.a.s.l.
  • "Qeuñacancha" at 4,080 m.a.s.l. 
  • "Wiñnahuayna" at 2,600 m.a.s.l.
  • "Machu Picchu" at 2,430 m.a.s.l.
How many kilometers is walked during the Inca Quarry Trek to Inca Trail and how many hours do we walk per day?
  • Huarocondor to Corimarca: 8 km (Trekking Time: 4 -5 hours)
  • Corimarca to Ollantaytambo: 15 km (Trekking Time: 7 hours)
  • Km 104 to Machu Picchu: 10 km (Trekking Time: 5 hours)
What does "Machu Picchu" and "Ollantaytambo" mean?
"Machu Picchu" means 'Old Mountain' in the indigenous Quechua language. "Machu Picchu", the lost city of the Incas, is an unprecedented historical, natural and architectural complex, a tourist destination that has earned the category of inescapable.
The word Ollantaytambo is made up of two words: "Ollantay", which comes from Aymara and means to observe, to look from above, and "Tambo", which comes from Quechua and means shelter, resting place. Therefore, the meaning of Ollantaytambo would be: "resting place from where you can look out"

How difficult is the Inca Quarry Trek to Inca Trail Tour?
The Inca Quarry Trek to Inca Trail Tour considered an moderate level trek. It isn´t the most difficult alternative to the Inca Trail, and has the most spectacular scenery than the classic Inca trek. The walk takes in several sets of Inca ruins, including irrigation works, the Sun Gate and, of course, the Inca quarry for which the trek is named.

Is it possible to do the Inca Quarry Trek to Inca Trail on my own?
The path is well signposted and the route can be done without a guide, although this is useful when it comes to understanding the ruins, flora and fauna of the route. 
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