Treks & Tours
Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu – 4 Days/3 Nights
THE INCA QUARRY TRAIL TREK IS BETTER WITH ANDEAN TOUR THAN WITH OTHERS!
Our specialization is in trekking, “off the beaten track.” Inca Quarry Trail Trek is a personally designed and unique trek taking you to remote and rarely visited Inca ruins. You’ll negotiate cascading waterfalls, view wild panoramic landscapes, ancient Inka aqueducts, and take yourself back in time to the Inca stonemason’s unmatched masterpieces.
If you are swayed by the sophisticated techniques hidden in these walls, then visit the old Inca quarry from where the Incas carved the rocks to build the important Ollantaytambo Inca city, the star gate to Machu Picchu. Take time to explore the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo and hike up to the dusted remnants of the old Inca hillside storehouses.
DAY 1: CUSCO – SOQMA –PEROLNIYOQ Q´ORIMARCA.
We leave Cusco early in the morning and drive for 2 hours to Choquequilla, a small ceremonial place where the Incas historically would honor the moon. A short drive from here takes us to Rafq’a. Now it is time to lace up your boots at the starting point of our trek where we meet the horsemen for our hike. We hike for about 1 hour to reach the typical Inca community of Socma. Just a hop, skip and a jump ahead, takes us to the hypnotizing Perolniyoc Cascade. It is the perfect opportunity to stop, take photos and have a snack. Our goal is to reach our campsite at 3700m or 2139ft at about lunchtime. After lunch, we set off to explore the Q’orimarca archeological site, which served as a checkpoint during the times of the Incas.
- Meals: Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time -Dinner
- Accommodation: Camping with 4 season EUREKA tents
- Distance: 12kms/7.5 miles
- Time: 6 hours approximately
- Difficulty: Moderate.
DAY 2: QORIMARCA – INTI PUNKU – CHOQUETACARPO.
This is the most challenging but most rewarding day of the hike. A 3-hour walk takes us to the top of the first pass, known as Puccaqasa(4370mts). After enjoying the picturesque views of the undulating valleys below, we descend down for 30 minutes, just in time for lunch.
Rested and full of energy again, we head onward and upward for about 2 hour to the highest pass of the trek: Kuychicassa(4450m/14599ft). From here, we head down for 2 hours to the site that the Incas called Inti Punku, (meaning Sun Gate) with its imposing views over the valley and the horizon is engulfed by the picturesque Veronica Mountains. We discover our campsite is just a short distance away from Choquetacarpo (3600m/11811ft)
- Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
- Accommodation: Camping Facilities with 4 season EUREKA tents
- Distance: 15kms/9.5 miles
- Time: 7 hours approximately
- Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
DAY 3: CHOQUETACARPO – KACHIQATA QUARRY – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES.
Day 3 is all downhill hiking, with our first stop at the Kachiqata Quarry where we can personally witness the workmanship of the Incas, which they could not complete due to the Spanish Conquest. Midday we arrive at the town of Kachiqata, the end of this challenging and fascinating trek. From here we travel to the original Inca settlement Ollantaytambo and take the early afternoon Vistadome train at 1:37pm or 3:37pm to Aguas Calientes where we stay overnight at our private hotel.
- Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
- Accommodation: Wiracocha Inn Hotel or Andean Terra Hotel
- Distance: 8kms/5 miles
- Time: 6 hours approximately
- Difficulty: Moderate
DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO.
Bursting with excitement on your final surreal day, we take the first bus to Machu Picchu archeological site, making sure we tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The Citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu,what an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you through the energetic ruins and its diverse main streets. Then on your own, you can wander around the town squares of the world’s spiritual center of esoteric wisdom, as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Alternatively, you can stay still and find the peace within as you sit in the pure delight of the moment.
If you wish to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own you can (not included in the price):
- Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain to appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from the views above ($25 each additional cost)
- You will be given some time to walk to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku. (Free of cost)
- Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs (will be an additional entrance fee)..
When you are ready, you will descend to Aguas Calientes, have a leisurely lunch on your own, and later on board the Expedition train at 4:22pm for the return trip to Cusco stopping at the Ollantaytambo Station, where you will catch our private van back to Cusco and arrive at your hotel around 8pm.
- Meal: Breakfast
- Difficulty: Easy.
WHAT IS INCLUDED.
- Private transportation from the hotel to Choquequilla Trail head.
- Licensed guide fluent in English, Spanish and Quechua.
- Round trip train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (1:37 or 3:37pm Vistadome Train to Aguas Calientes and the 4:22pm Expedition Train on the return to Ollantaytambo)
- 2 Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes
- Admission ticket to the Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
- Hotel with private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, storage and buffet breakfast included
- 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable)
- Delicious meals during the 4 days as indicated in the itinerary
- Cook and cooking equipment
- Horseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our mules)
- Provision of a horse with helmet supplied in case of emergency such as illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
- Boiled water to fill in your bottles
- Guided tour in Machu Picchu
- Thick foam mattress
- Small Pillow
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED.
- Sleeping bag (minus 10 ºC) – US$ 20
- Breakfast on the first day, Lunch & dinner on the last day
- Sleeping Bag – US$20 per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
- Air Mattress – US$20 per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
- Walking Poles – US$15 per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
- Personal tent: US $30 – (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Vistadome Train Upgrade – US$57 per person (For the return to Cusco (Poroy) at 4:43pm )
- Huayna Picchu Mountain – US$35 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Machu Picchu Mountain – US$30 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of ANDEAN TOUR.
OPTIONAL UPGRADES: Hotel or Train.
- VISTADOME TRAIN from Machu Picchu back to Cusco (Poroy) at 4:43pm: US$57 per person
- La Cabaña Hotel: US$40 per person
- Tierra Viva Hotel: US$70 per person
- El Mapi Hotel: US$120
- Additional Night in hotel in Aguas Calientes – From US $60 (depending on choice and availability)
Price for a Party of 2: $150 per person with discounts for larger parties
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