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The Inca Quarry trek is one of the newest and least crowded trekking routes to Machu Picchu. This wonderful trek will take you past high waterfalls, Inca ruins and beautiful scenery. Easier than most treks to Machu Picchu, this route is a great option for less experienced trekkers.
Pass through Socma (3000m), Perolniyoc (3200m), Rayan-Niyoc Pass (3600m), 1st Pass (4400) spend the night at your campsite (L/D)
We will pick you up around 6:00 - 6:15 am from your Cuzco accommodation, and drive towards the town of Rafca (2800m). Then we continue driving for another 30 minutes until we arrive at the village of Socma (3000m), the starting point of our trek. There, we meet the muleteer that will join us during the hike. After a short break and packing our things, we will begin trekking towards the Inca site of Perolniyoc (3200m). After about 2 hours and a half, we will reach Perolniyoc for lunch, and visit the beautiful waterfall as well as the archaeological ruins that lie at the top of the valley. We will go on for another 30 minutes until we arrive at Rayan-Niyoc (3600m). We’ll carry on up the valley making our way to the first pass on the trek, located at 4,400 meters above sea level. This area is still cultivated by the local people despite the high altitudes and we will see local people caring for their fields. After walking about 4 hours, we will reach the pass, stopping to take in the panorama and catching our breath. Another short 20 minutes descent will bring us to our first campsite. Get a good night’s sleep after a long day of trekking. Prepare warm clothes for the night as it can get very cold due to the altitude of the camp (4300m).
Trek through the 2nd Pass (4500m), Inti Punku, Choquetacarpo (3600m), Inca quarry of Cachicata (3820m) to Ollantaytambo, then train to Aguas Calientes (B/L/D)
Get an early start today as you enjoy a tasty breakfast and prepare for another long day of trekking. From our campsite, we will walk about 1 hour and a half across the high plateau to reach the second (and highest) pass of the trek, located at 4,500 meters. Enjoy spectacular views of the valley below before heading down for about 3 hours to a site the Incas called Inti Punku (meaning Sun Gate), which also offers imposing views over the valley and the Veronica mountain rising over the horizon. Soon after, we will arrive at Choquetacarpo (3600m) where we will stop for our delicious lunch. Rested and full of energy again, we continue our descent to the Inca quarry of Cachicata (3820m), where we can witness the work of the Incas. It was the quarry used by the Incas for the construction of Ollantaytambo and there are various points of interest including several large buildings, quarried stones left half finished and abandoned throughout the site, chullpas (burial houses) and a cave with Inca mummies still in place. After exploring this site, we’ll continue our way down the mountain for about 3 hours until the small town of Ollantaytambo, the ending point of this challenging and fascinating trek. From there, take the train to Aguas Calientes. You will be met by your guide at the train station to take you to your hotel and give you indications for the next day. Check in to your hotel, have dinner and enjoy a well-deserved rest tonight.
Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cuzco (B)
Waking up early, we will take the bus to Machu Picchu first thing in the morning, entering the site as it opens. You will go on a 2-hour tour with your guide, during which you’ll learn about the Incas and the history of Machu Picchu. Enjoy some free time after the tour to walk around the site, take some pictures, and/or do the optional hike up to Huayna Picchu (must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance). Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and board the train to Ollantaytambo. Take a bus transfer back to Cuzco where you will be dropped off late in the day at the Plaza San Francisco. Please make your own way to the accommodation of your choice.
This hike is demanding, it’s important to be in good physical condition. The elevation changes make the hike strenuous as there are two high passes during the hike.
Cancellation by Client 30+ days prior to trek departure - Charged 65% of the total booking price Between 0 and 29 days prior to trek departure - No Refund
During the trek single travelers will share a tent with another traveler of the same sex & couples will have a tent to themselves.
SUGGESTED PACKING LIST
Bring or Rent in Cuzco: hiking poles, rain pants, rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals, warm socks, sweater, thermals, hat, gloves, sun hat, sun block, sun glasses, flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card (there is limited to no electricity available during the trek), waterproof bags for your camera, hand sanitizer, personal first aid kit, water bottle. Bring extra cash for snacks, water, gatorade which doubles or triples in price along the trail.
DON'T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS
Original passport, visa (if applicable), insurance card, personal medications.
A minimum of 2 persons is required for the tour to operate.