Inca Quarry to Machu Picchu 4 Days (Group Service)

This is a true off-the-beaten path alternative to Machu Picchu. This trek is the perfect combination of high-Andes landscapes, mystical locations and Inca history.

per adult from

$1,200

NZD

Duration

4 days

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Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 3x Breakfast
    • 3x Dinner
    • 3x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 4 nights
    • Professional bilingual tour guide
    • Private transportation
    • Personal tents: 2 people / 4-people-capacity tent.
    • Camping foam pad
    • Camping equipment including tent, cooking and eating tent, chairs and tables, and cutlery
    • Chef and cooking equipment.
    • 01 duffle bag to pack allowed weight of personal belongings
    • Porter for personal gear up to a maximum of 7 KG per person – days 1 to 3
    • Tourist train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (Expedition service)
    • 2-way Consettur buses (to/from Machu Picchu)
    • Entrance fee Machu Picchu (morning entrance from 06:00 hrs to 12:00 hrs)
    • Tourist train back to Ollantaytambo (Expedition service)
    • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
    • Boiled water to fill your water bottle (2 L) every morning, and also at lunch and dinnertime.
    • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
    • Entry/Admission - Sun Gate
    What's excluded :
    • Sleeping bag
    • Walking poles
    • Sleeping bag liners, pillows, extra blankets
    • Sleeping bag liners, pillows, extra blankets Personal backpack
    • Hot springs in Aguas Calientes (optional)
    • Extra entrance tickets to Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain
    • Water on morning of Day 1 and Day 5
    • Gratuities

  • Day 1: Cusco - Soqma - Rayan

    Stop At: Cusco, Cusco, Cusco Region
    Begin your trek with an early-morning pick up from your accommodation in Cusco at approximately 06:30 hrs. We will head on a 1.5 hr car drive to Soqma – the starting point of the trek.
    Once in Soqma, we will gear up to begin hiking to our first stop, the Perolniyoc Waterfalls. This hike will take us along unshaded, narrow, zigzagging, dusty paths with steep uphill sections made of stone steps; all lasting approximately 1 hr. At the falls, you will have enough time to enjoy their magnificent 80 m of height and its surroundings, take photographs, and perhaps, maybe even take a dip.
    From the waterfalls, we will continue hiking up towards our lunch spot, the archaeological site of Perolniyoc, located on top of the waterfalls at 3,645 m.a.s.l. This hike will also be along unshaded, narrow, zigzagging, dusty paths with steep uphill sections made of stone steps; all lasting approximately 1 hr. While hiking uphill, you will begin to see the archaeological site just perching above the waterfalls.
    At the Perolniyoc archaeological site, you will have short-guided tour to explain its significance and existent theories of its use during the Inca times. After your short tour, we will sit down to enjoy our boxed lunch accompanied by the views of the surrounding mountain ranges.
    After lunch, we will continue to our campsite in Rayan. This will be approximately 45 minutes along gently- ascending terrain.

    Relevant altitudes:
    -Cusco: 3,399 m.a.s.l.
    -Soqma: 3,205 m.a.s.l.
    -Perolniyoc: 3,645 m.a.s.l.
    -Rayan: 3,700 m.a.s.l.
    Total hiking distance: 8 KM
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch: Boxed lunch included
    • Dinner: Dinner prepared at the campsite
    Accommodation included: Camping

    Day 2: RAYAN - INTIPUNKU - CHOQUETACARPO

    Stop At: Sun Gate, Peru, Urubamba 08680, Peru
    Today will be by far the longest and most challenging day of the entire trail.
    After breakfast, we will begin the day’s hike towards the first pass. The hike will be gradually ascending along valleys of puna or high altitude , Andean landscapes. The first pass of Puccaqasa at 4,370 m.a.s.l. is sure to impress you with the outstanding views of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo.
    From the Puccaqasa Pass, we will descend for approximately 30 minutes until our lunch spot.
    After lunch, we wil hike for another 2 hours (approximately) along puna until the next pass of Kuychicassa (4,457 m.a.s.l. ) . The landscape is arid yet beautifully- covered by ichu grass (Andean grass). The last stretch to the pass will be on a steep ascend for approximately 30 minutes.
    From the pass, the hike will continue to the famous Inti Punku (Sun Gate). This hike from the pass will be on a gradual descent for approximately 3 hours. Once at the Inti Punku, you will have time absorb the mystical vibes of this Sun Gate looking straight at the Sacred Mountain (Apu) Veronica.
    From the Inti Punku it will only be a 30 – minute downhill hike to our campsite at Choquetacarpo.

    Relevant altitudes:
    -Rayan: 3,700 m.a.s.l.
    -Puccaqasa Pass: 4,370 m.a.s.l.
    -Kuychicassa Pass: 4,457 m.a.s.l.
    -Inti Punku: 4,480 m.a.s.l.
    -Choquetacarpo: 3,600 m.a.s.l.

    Total hiking distance: 13 KM
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: Breakfast prepared at the campsite
    • Lunch: Lunch prepared at the campsite
    • Dinner: Prepared at the campsite
    Accommodation included: Camping

    Day 3: CHOQUETACARPO - CACHICATA - OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES

    Stop At: Ollantaytambo, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Cusco Region
    After breakfast, we will begin the day’s hike towards Cachicata. This first section of the hike will take approximately 1 hour along gently–descending terrain. Some section of the path will be steep, narrow and rocky!
    Once at Cachicata, you will have a brief explanation regarding the importance of this quarry. It is known that prior to the Spanish conquest, this quarry was used as the main source of stones for the town of Ollantaytambo and its archaeological site.
    From Cachicata, we will continue towards Ollantaymtabo. Along the way, we will see Inca chullpas (burial sites) and Inca archaeological remains. The hike to Ollantaytambo will take approximately 3 hours. The path will be on a gradual descent with some steep sections and narrow paths.
    In Ollantaytambo, we will grab lunch before taking the train to Aguas Calientes.
    In Aguas Calientes, you will be checked-in to your hotel accommodation and will have a free afternoon to enjoy Aguas Calientes town. We recommend spending some time in the town’s hot springs too!
    At dinner, we will re-group for dinner at a local restaurant.

    Relevant altitudes:
    -Choquetacarpo: 3,600 m.a.s.l.
    -Cachicata: 3,500 m.a.s.l.
    -Ollantaytambo: 2,792 m.a.s.l.
    -Aguas Calientes: 2,000 m.a.s.l.

    Total hiking distance: 11 KM
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: Breakfast prepared at the campsite
    • Lunch: At a restaurant in the town of Ollantaytambo
    • Dinner: At a restaurant in the town of Aguas Calientes
    Accommodation included: 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes town. Private room with ensuite facilities.

    Day 4: Machu Picchu Visit - Return to Cusco

    Stop At: Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco Region
    Your day will begin early in order to catch some of the first buses to Machu Picchu. The bus ride from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is approx. 30 minutes and will be along a winding, uphill road.
    Once at the main gate, you will line up and enter Machu Picchu as soon as doors open (06:00 hrs). Along with your guide, you will walk around the main sector of Machu Picchu Citadel in your 2-hr guided tour.
    After your guided tour, you will be free to walk around in Machu Picchu until 12 noon. If you book either extra hike (Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain), you will head to your self-guided hike after your guided tour.
    At 12 noon, you will exit Machu Picchu and will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. Once in Aguas Calientes, you will be required to pick-up your belongings from your hotel accommodation and head to the train station for your train back to Ollantaytambo. You will be required to be in the train station by no later than 30 minutes prior to your train departure.
    In Ollantaytambo, there will be a car transfer waiting with a sign with your name of it. This car transfer will drive you back to Cusco and drop you off at your accommodation in Cusco (or close by depending on accessibility).

    Relevant altitudes:
    -Aguas Calientes: 2,000 m.a.s.l.
    -Machu Picchu: 2,400 m.a.s.l.
    -Ollantaytambo: 2,792 m.a.s.l.
    -Cusco: 3,399 m.a.s.l.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: Breakfast included at the hotel in Aguas Calientes
    Accommodation included: No accommodation included for this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time :
    5:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

8

Organised by Elemental Experiences Travel

Activity ID: V-134255P11

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