4 Day Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu
The Cachicata trek is one of the newest trekking routes on offer in the Cusco region. Based in the area around Ollantaytambo the Cachicata trek takes you past high waterfalls, Inca archaeological sites and beautiful scenery.
The Cachicata trek is relatively easy compared to some of the others so it is a great option for less experienced trekkers. Another great thing about the trek is that hardly anyone does it so if you're looking to get away from the crowds then this is the trek for you!
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Hotel pickup available
What's included :
- 3x Breakfast
- 3x Dinner
- 3x Lunch
- Accommodation included: 3 nights
- Pre-trek briefing.
- Transfer by private transport to Huarocondo - the initial point of the trek.
- Accommodation: Campsites (2 nights) and a Hostel in Machu Picchu (1 night).
- Afternoon hot beverages x 2.
- Professional bilingual Tour Guide.
- Professional Cook.
- Horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 5 kg of each passenger's stuff.
- Camping equipment: Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort).
- Inflatable mattress (Term-A-Rest).
- A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C).
- A blanket per person.
- A pillow.
- Day-pack rain cover.
- Duffel bag for your personal belongings (5 kg).
- Rain plastic 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.
- Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
- Entry/Admission - Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
What's excluded :
- Breakfast on day 1 and lunch on the last day.
- International and domestic flights nor airport departure taxes.
- Travel insurance.
- Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain ($75) or Machu Picchu Mountain ($75).
- A shuttle bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu ($12 - one way, $24 - a round trip).
- Gratuities to local staff (it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory).
- Other extras not mentioned
Day 1: Cusco - Socma - Rayan
Stop At: Cusco Region, Cusco Region
We start out with an easy first day. Leaving from Cusco early we drive to the Sacred Valley heading for the village of Socma which is a short distance from Ollantaytambo. Just before we arrive to Socma we'll have a stop to take photos of some stone-age petroglyphs.
Today's trek takes us up the valley behind Socma as we make our way to a small Inca site and beautiful waterfall that lie at the top of the valley. Walking past fields cultivated with potatoes, corn and quinua we will have the opportunity to see a variety of birds and native plants and to learn about the customs of the Andean people. Your guide will teach you a little Qhechua (the language of the Incas) so that you can communicate with the people you meet on the trek.
After a relaxing morning's walk we'll finally arrive to our destination, the Inca site of Perolniyoc. After a guided tour of the site we'll carry on a short distance to our campsite at Rayan (3650m / 11975 ft.) where we'll stop for the day. In the afternoon we will visit one of the local families and you can practice the Qhechua you learnt in the morning (much to everyone's amusement).
Duration: 1 day
Accommodation included: Campamento.
Day 2: Rayan - Cachicata
Stop At: Perolniyoq Waterfall, Apv- Tipon-n11, Ollantaytambo Peru
Today is the longest day of the trek. Setting out from our campsite we'll carry on up the valley making our way to the first pass on the trek. This area is still cultivated by the local people despite the high altitudes and we will see local people caring for their fields. One of the few plants that seems to thrive at this altitude is a type of mint, (muna) and the scent infuses the air throughout the morning.
In total it's about a 4 hour walk to the pass (4440m / 14567ft.) where we'll stop to take in the panorama and catch our breath before carrying on for about another 20 minutes to stop for lunch. After lunch the walking gets easier; having reached the top of the mountain the terrain levels out and we walk across the high plateau through a strange landscape of what appear to be burial mounds but are actually glacial morraine (piles of rock deposited by glaciers during the Ice Age).
Our goal for today is the Inca quarry of Cachicata. Working our way down from the high plateau we'll arrive to Cachicata (3820m / 12532ft.) by late afternoon, passing by an Inca ruin which people refer to as the Sun Gate along the way.
Duration: 1 day
Accommodation included: Campamento.
Day 3: Cachicata - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
Stop At: Ollantaytambo, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Cusco Region
Today is dedicated to exploring Cachicata. Despite it's proximity to Ollantaytambo and the wide variety of interesting features, hardly anyone actually comes up here. Cachicata is an extensive site, it was the quarry used by the Inca 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 a guided tour of the site we'll continue our way down the mountain following the original platform used for transporting the stones to Ollantaytambo and arrive to the town by early afternoon. From Ollantaytambo we'll take the train to Aguas Calientes.
Duration: 1 day
Accommodation included: Noche en Renato's House o Machupicchu Dream Hostel.
Day 4: Machu Picchu - Cusco
Stop At: Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Peru
Waking up early we'll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We'll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you'll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you'll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain.
In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
Duration: 4 hours
No accommodation included on this day.
Departure Point :Traveler pickup is offered
Return Detail :-
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Please note that if you want the "Single Room" option for this tour, you must contact the local tour operator to receive your own single tent and a single room in Aguas Calientes. Additional fees may apply.
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.
- Minimum age is 18 years.
- Important: Tickets to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain must be purchased in advance. Please contact with us upon booking if you'd like to purchase tickets.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Infants must sit on laps
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.