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Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu

Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu

Cachicata's proximity to Machu Picchu makes trekking around it an attractive alternative to the oversubscribed Inca Trail. Cachicata is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in this trek will appreciate the Huarocondor terraces, the water fall, incas ruins, beautiful landscapes, panoramic views, monuments, andean terraces, Intipunku (Sun gate), Inca trail original, Inca quarry

During the Inca Quarry trek you will enjoy the nature of the Andean highlands. Continue the hike will arrive to Inca Ollantaytambo archeological village and ruins, where you will take the train to Machu Picchu. Spend a night in Agua Calientes town

The last day you will visit the "Lost City of the Incas" - Machu Picchu. Explore the Inca Citadel. Guided tour and in the afternoon you will take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, there private transportation to Cusco. 

Our driver will drop off in your hotel. Come this new Inca Path and Inca Quarry trek!!

The Inca emperor Pachacuti conquered and razed Ollantaytambo; the town and the nearby region were incorporated into his personal estate. The emperor rebuilt the town with sumptuous constructions and undertook extensive works of terracing and irrigation in the Urubamba Valley; Cachicata was the stone quarries used for the building of  Ollantaytambo and it's huge and magnificent carvings, ruins monoliths and stone structures. These stones were often transported mysteriously to other local areas for the building of special ceremonial places in the mountains and valleys.

Quick Itinerary of Inca Quarry:


Day 01: Cusco - Huarocondo - Pachar - Corimarca (L, D)

Day 02: Corimarca - Queñacancha (B, L, D)

Day 03: Queñacancha - Cachicata - Aguas Calientes (B, L, D)

Day 04: Machu Picchu - Cusco (B)


Important info about your Trek:

  • 3days hiking with professional guide, chef, muleteer and horses
  • Discover the Inca ruins and monuments
  • View the sun rise over Machu Picchu
  • Visit the stone quarries of the built to Ollantaytambo
  • Hike part of the original Inca Trail
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu

Crew: A Inca Trail Machu representative in Cusco and professional guide in Cachicata Trek and Machu Picchu

Accommodation: Camping (2 nights), Hotel (01 night)

Meals: 03 Breakfasts, 03 Lunches, 03 Dinners and 02 afternoon tea

Transportation: Private transport, van, train


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 01: Cusco - Huarocondo - Pachar - Corimarca (L, D)
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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 02: Corimarca - Queñacancha (B, L, D)
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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 our second campsite at Qeuñacancha, 4080 m.a.s.l (13,385ft).


Estimated trekking time: 5-7 hours
Trekking distance: 12 Km
Max. elevation: 4, 400  m
Min. elevation: 4, 050  m
Difficulty:  Challenging

Day 03: Queñacancha - Cachicata - Aguas Calientes (B, L, D)
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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. There we will rest and have lunch. In the afternoon we will take the train to Aguas Calientes. This is a spectacular journey that starts in the Quechua highlands and slowly descends to lush tropical vegetation as we near Aguas Calientes. Total journey time about 2 hours. We'll spend the night in a hostal in Aguas Calientes where you'll no doubt enjoy the opportunity to soak under the hot showers!! Early night.


Estimated trekking time: 4 - 6  hours
Trekking distance: 11  Km
Max. elevation: 4, 050  m
Min. elevation: 2, 840  m
Difficulty:   Moderate

Day 04: Machu Picchu - Cusco (B)
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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.

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  • Pre-trek briefing
  • Tourist transport to Huaroncondor (Head trail to Cachicata Trek)
  • Accommodation: Campamento (02 noches) y Hostal (1 noche)
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Professional guide
  • Camping equipment: Double tent, inflatable thermarest mattress and sleeping bag
  • Chef
  • Muleteer
  • Horses for carrying all heavy gear and 5 kg for your personal belongings
  • Meals: 03 Breakfasts, 03 Lunches, 03 Dinners, 02 afternoon tea
  • Bus up and down to Machu Picchu
  • A round trip by tourist train (Expedition Service) from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo
  • Tourist transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Not Included
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  • First breakfast
  • Last lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • A shuttle bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu ($ 12 - one way, $24 - a round trip)
  • Tip and extra expensive to souvenir

Meals budget: Allow USD 20 - 30 for meals not included

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single tent for all night stops.

Local flights: All local flights are not included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted.

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Highlights by Archaeological Sites

  • Explore the Machu Picchu citadel
  • Visit the Stones quarries
  • Visit Corimarca


Best moment from the Trek

  • Cherish the archaeology from Stone quarries of Ollantaytambo


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.



  • 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 Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu

Here is everything you need to know about Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu, one of our most impressive routes.

Where is located the Cachicata Incan Ruins?
"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 Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu
During Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu, we will find the following altitudes:
  • "Raphcca" at 2,900 m.a.s.l.
  • "Chancachuco" at 4,400 m.a.s.l.
  • "Qeuñacancha" 4,080 m.a.s.l
  • "Huayna Picchu" at 2,720 m.a.s.l.
How many kilometers is walked during the Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu and how many hours do we walk per day?
  • Raphcca to Corimarca: 8 Km (Trekking time: 4 - 5 hours)
  • Corimarca to Qeuñacancha: 12 Km (Trekking time: 5 - 7 hours)
  • Qeuñacancha to Hot Springs: 11 Km (Trekking time: 4 - 6 hours)
What is "Cachicata"?
"Cachicata" was a place dedicated to the carving and extraction of stones that were used for the construction of Ollantaytambo and many surrounding enclosures.

How difficult is the Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu?
It is important to remember that the difficulty of this trek is from moderate to challenging. So is necessary a good physical condition and health, as well as having two days of acclimatization in the city of Cusco.

Is it possible to do the Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu 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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