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The Walk to the Quarries of Cachicata is located in the district of Ollantaytambo, the living Inca city, this wonderful walk will take you to know one of the little known places where stones were extracted for the constructions of the cultivation terraces, temples and all the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo. We venture on a route full of beautiful and spectacular views of the sacred valley and the mystical city of Ollantaytambo.  

We will take you to know the beauty that hides the sacred valley in all its splendor. We will visit the slopes of Cachiccata, the pyramid of Paqariqtampu and the imposing snow-capped mountains. It will be an unforgettable experience with the best service provided by our professionals, you will be enchanted with such beauty that nature offers us. Those who decide to undertake this cultural journey will return full of the ancestral spirit of the Incas and with a bit of the Andes in their hearts.

 

Cachicata Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is one of the places where we can admire the archaeological wealth that the Incas left us. It is a population that is part of the province of Urubamba and the department of Cusco. City located at an altitude of 2,790 m.s. and aorillas of the Vilcanota River, which the Incas called Willcamayu (Sacred River). The climatology is marked by two distinct periods: the SECO, from April to December, and the RAIN from January to March. 

The Cachicata quarry located six kilometers from Ollantaytambo and at an approximate altitude of 4,100 meters. There, the Incas not only removed the huge stones, but that also partially carved to be then lowered to the valley of Vilcanota and from there, upload a steep hill to the fortress of Ollantaytambo.  

We know, for the tools that the Incas abandoned in the quarry, that they used the same stone for the extraction: granite and basalt percussion, obtained in the Vilcanota river. 

As for the transfer of the immense rocks, we do not stop questioning the time, the way and the huge amount of people contributing their strength and ingenuity. There is no doubt that the Inca people were experts in construction. His numerous works that still remain in the Sacred Valley so testify: the Coricancha, Sacsayhuamán, Ollantaytambo, Machupicchu, etc. 

Next to the quarry there are small constructions known as "CHULLPAS". The ones that we could see here are small circular base towers, built with stones joined with red mud and straw mortar. It is about funerary constructions that abound in the Altiplano of Peru and Bolivia. Those of Cachicata, due to their small size, served as burial for a person, in which they generally placed the deceased in fetal form along with some belongings.


Cachicata Quarry 

The quarries of Cachiccata were the source of the large granite stones used in the construction of the Ollantaytambo Fortress. The famous tired stones are stones that never reached their final destination and many are on the way to the quarries. This trail offers excellent views of the village and the peaks that surround it, especially the Inti Punku, which is located on a hill overlooking the Nevado Verónica glacier. You can not miss the opportunity to get to know such a significant place: from here the Incas took the material to build what we all admire today. 

This place was dedicated to the carving and extraction of stones that were used for the construction of Ollantaytambo and many surrounding areas. This place is nine kilometers from the Inca town of Ollantaytambo and has three groups of quarries: Molle Pucro, Sirkusirkuyoc (it was the largest of the three), shows evidence of having been in full operation when the Spaniards entered this area. And finally Kantirayoq or Cacchicata, where another type of extraction of minerals and precious stones was practiced. 

The visitor will be able to observe the great work done when moving the giant stones to build the Ollantaytambo enclosures. We can find the "Tired Stones" that were left during the trip to Ollantaytambo and in some parts of the town.

 

CACHICATA or INCA QUARRY TRAIL

Cachicata or Inca Quarry Trail is one of the ancient quarries used by pre Inca and Inca civilizations to build the vast comples of Ollantaytambo. It was a source of large quantities of pink granite. Cachiccata's relics of stonemasons are located 12kms from Ollantaytambo. The view of Ollyantyambo from the quarries is spectacular and during the trek one can see many large stones that never made the long journey down to the village. It was also a trade route for the Incas. Cachiccata is a tiny, remote village that can benefit from the occasional visitor in the most simple ways.

The Cachicata Trek is a great alternative to the famed Inca Trail hike. The Inca Quarry Trail was built by the Incas and used for hundreds of years to access local communities and transport goods. This trail is not as well known as the classic Inca Trail, so expect far fewer crowds and a more serene Peru trekking experience. This hiking adventure not only visits Peru's cultural past, but also explores modern Incan communities and customs. The trail takes us through secluded waterfalls, ancient terraces and exotic wildlife, all the while delivering fantastic views of the Sacred Valley and Peru's commanding snow-capped mountains. Visit with local families and explore an active quarry. Every step brings a new look into the Inca culture.

 

Cachicata Trail Machu Picchu 

This place was dedicated to the carving and extraction of stones that were used for the construction of Ollantaytambo and many surrounding areas. This place is nine kilometers from the Inca town of Ollantaytambo and has three groups of quarries: Molle Pucro, Sirkusirkuyoc (it was the largest of the three), shows evidence of having been in full operation when the Spaniards entered this area. And finally Kantirayoq or Cacchicata, where another type of extraction of minerals and precious stones was practiced. The visitor will be able to observe the great work done when moving the giant stones to build the Ollantaytambo enclosures. We can find the "Tired Stones" that were left during the trip to Ollantaytambo and in some parts of the town. Cachicata Trek

Trekking Cachicata

The Trek to Cachicata Canteras is one of the new hiking routes offered in the Cusco region. The Cachicata hike takes you through high waterfalls, Inca ruins and beautiful scenery. The Cachicata hike is relatively easy compared to some of the others making it a great option for less experienced hikers. Another great thing about the walk is that almost nobody does it so if you are looking to get away from the crowds, then this is the trip for you !!!. 

The Cachicata Canteras is located in the area around Ollantaytambo, and from here caught a train to continue our journey to reach Machu Picchu, where you will have enough time to explore this mysterious Inca place admiring its magic and charm, so you will see its Great old buildings wrapped in a great history that have made Machu Picchu one of the wonders of the world. 

This trip combines beautiful mountain landscapes and incredible panoramic views, high mountains of splendid natural surroundings, with these incredible archaeological sites, which have magnificent work of the Inca masons as a mixture. Water, fountains and much more, all this can be visited nowadays. Finally, before discovering this fabulous trip by yourself, we invite you to join us on a virtual journey through the Andes of Peru, in one of the most beautiful walks. 

 

Some important points to consider for your trek to salkantay are:

  • Starting point: Cusco 
  • Final point: Cusco 
  • Group size: Small group Max 8, Medium. 4 
  • Travel style: excursion, hike, archaeological and cultural walk. 
  • Difficult level: easy to moderate. 
  • Altitude: 3,200 meters above sea level at 4440 meters above sea level (highest point), and down to 2700 meters above sea level. 
  • The distance of travel:115 kilometers. / 71 miles.

Cachicata Trek Reviews

  • Extensive and peaceful walk ... excellent view of ruins and Ollantaytamo. Leaving Ollantaytambo and crossing the bridge of the Inca the road divides ... to the left and about 2 kms. you will find the beautiful ruins of Chocana (visit is free) and to the right begins a nice and extensive path to the Circuit de Canteras Cachicata ... ideal for hiking lovers (like me) ... a first time to the elevation and the view of ruins and Ollanta is very nice ... 
  • The Stones of Ollantaytambo. A few kilometers past the town of Ollantaytambo, passing on the other side of the Vilcanota River is Kachicata one of the redoubts of Inka engineering. It was a real laboratory from where the finely worked stone was worked and then transported to Ollantaytambo for the construction of palaces, houses, residences, living quarters that today are proudly displayed in the Inka village of the Sacred Valley. An ideal place for adventurers, it can be easily reached, there is public transport but you have to walk a good distance to access the heights where this spectacular site is located. 
  • Worth a visit!! For those who value the landscape, archeology and tranquility We made this way on horseback, accompanied by Richard Cchua (cell 984386259). He made us a great price because he owns the horses (the agencies charged three times more) and he was a great guide. We saw the pink granite quarries and some simple chullpas. The architecture is not monumental but the landscape is beautiful and, since it is not a famous place, it is practically free of tourists. There is no entrance fee (at least for now) and the users of this route are responsible for keeping it free of garbage and waste. We took a four-hour walk. The road can be done on foot, but obviously that takes a little more time and physical effort. It is essential to take a sunscreen, hat, water and some tangerines or something fresh to eat.
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