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Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu 04 Day/ 03 Night

  • Duration

    04 / 03

  • Price per person


4,449m./14,596 pies

MAX. ALTITUDE 4,449m./14,596 pies

2 - 8


Tent & Hotel




  • Cusco
  • Perolniyoc
  • Intipunku
  • Machu Picchu

If you are looking for an experience without crowds, rich in history, culture, spectacular natural landscapes, where numerous Inca sites and mountain villages are visited, look no further, it is perfect for you!

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04 Day Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu

Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu, is a spectacular and beautiful alternative 4 day trek to Machu Picchu, located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Just outside the impressive living Inca village of Ollantaytambo.

This 4 Day Trek to Machu Picchu through Inca quarries is highly recommended for those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the more crowded hikes. Besides the tranquility, the highlight of this Inca quarry trail to Machu Picchu is our visit to the Inca site of Cachicata, the quarry that supplied the stones used to build Ollantaytambo. This site is rich in history and fascinating experiences, with mummies, Chullpas, and well preserved Inca buildings. We will also visit the “Inti Punku” or “Gate of the Sun” from where you will have an impressive view of the Valley and the imposing Nevado Veronica.



Day 01: Cusco – Socma – Perolniqyoc – Rayan

  • Hiking Time: 4 – 5 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 4.97 miles / 8 km
  • Physical Rating: Moderate

Day 2: Rayan – Gate of the Sun (Inti Punku) – Choquetakarpo

  • Hiking Time: 8 – 9 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 8.07 miles / 13 km
  • Physical Rating: Moderate, Strenuous

Day 3: Choquetakarpo – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

  • Hiking Time: 4 – 5 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 6.83 miles / 11 km
  • Physical Rating: Moderate

Day 4: Machu Picchu!

  • Tour in Machu Picchu with optional hike “Huayna Picchu” or “Machu Picchu Mountain”.
  • Activity Level: easy


DAY 01: Cusco – Socma – Perolniqyoc – Rayan

Early in the morning, we’ll head out to Soqma Village (3,204 mts./10,512 ft.)  driving for about 1 hour and 45 minutes. So, this point is the start point of our hiking. At this point, we’ll meet up our horses and muleteers, get ready for our hiking gears, and we’ll have our breakfast. After that, we’ll start hiking up following a small valley to Perolniyoq, a small Incan site perched at the top of the mountain. Still, previously we’ll see a lovely waterfall, a perfect place to shoot some pictures.

Once our arrival to the Incan site, you’ll have an explanation about the history of this site by our Tour guide. Then, we will then continue to our lunch spot and the first campsite for about 1 hour. Here, we’ll enjoy a just prepared lunch, which comes with a starter, soup, main course, dessert, tea (coca), in our dining tent overlooking to a magnificent scenery around.

  • Lodging: Campsite in Rayan

DAY 2: Rayan – Gate of the Sun (Inti Punku) – Choquetakarpo

Firstly, a great breakfast makes us ready for today’s adventure, right after having our breakfast. So, we’ll follow the trail up to the first pass called Pukaqasa (4,379 mts./14,366 ft.) for about 3 hours. Likewise, we’ll have the first dramatic vistas from atop the Urubamba Valley and snow-clad mountains in further directions. Next, hiking downhill for about 30 minutes from the pass, we’ll get our lunch spot.

After that, we’ll hike up on the trail that winds up to the highest point on the whole trail called Kuichikasa (4,449mts./14,596 ft.), a place with stunning views in every direction. After a while, we’ll hike downhill for about 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach an Incan jewel, which is the “Gate of the Sun” or INTIPUNKU in the Quechua language. We’ll enjoy splendid views of Wakaywillka snowcapped mountain in the Urubamba range. Later, hiking 30 more minutes, from Inti Punku, we’ll reach our next campsite called Choquetakarpo (3,619 m./11.874 ft.).

  • Lodging: Campsite in Choquetakarpo

DAY 3: Choquetakarpo – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu Town

Today’s adventure gets us to Cachicata quarries for about 1 hour by the downhill section of the trail. Cachicata, a main Incan rock quarry located 5 miles away from Ollantaytambo, it was a place where the ancient Incan stone-cutters carved, polished the rocks to build the Temple of the Sun in Ollantaytambo. So, at this place, our Tour guide will deliver a great history of this place.

After that, we’ll continue hiking down to the Sacred Valley of the Incas for 3 hours, where Ollantaytambo is located. Today we’ll have our last lunch outskirts of Ollantaytambo town. In the afternoon, we’ll catch our train to Aguas Calientes Town, upon our arrival we’ll make our Check-In at the hotel previously booked for you.

  • Lodging: Golden Sunrise MachuPicchu*** or similar.

DAY 4: Machu Picchu

Most importantly, we will wake up at around 5:00 am for breakfast and catch one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. It is important to start early today to avoid the main crowds and also see the citadel during the first rays of morning light. Consequently, our guide will start the day with a tour of the essential locations, altars, and constructions around Machu Picchu.

During this walk, he will also share with you what we know about the history of this place and the people who lived here. However, if you still feel like you have energy after the previous days,  now is the time to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.

Then, once you feel complete with your visit to Machu Picchu, a bus will take you back to Aguas Calientes for lunch. Subsequently, we will board the train to Ollantaytambo, and from there, continue by our private transportation to Cusco.

What´s Included


  • Personalized service with not more than 08 people
  • Professional bilingual tour guide.
  • Assistant tour guide for groups of 9+.
  • Chef.
  • Train to Machu Picchu Round Trip. (Expedition (Peru Rail) or Voyager (Inca Rail) services.
  • Mules carry cooking and camping equipment and 15 lbs/ 07kg of your items.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation from your hotel to the start of the trek.
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco.
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners (If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food, please let us know).
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Inflatable ” Thermares or Rei sleeping Mattress (you need to carry ).
  • EUREKA- Comfortable and very spacious four-person tent (two people use one tent)
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes, Day 3.
  • First aid kit.
  • Entrance to  Machu Picchu.
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.


  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us).
  • Trekking poles (Can be hired from us).
  • Breakfast on Day-1, lunch Day-4.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$35
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.


  • Original Passport
  • Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries or Headlamps.



****Daily Departure****

Two or More People US$ 630
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****Daily Departure with at least two people****

2 People US$ 680
3 People US$ 650
4 People US$ 620
5 People US$ 590
6 People US$ 560
7 People US$ 530
8 People US$ 500

Discounts for this 4 Day trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Group of 05 or more: US$ 25:00 All of you need is to book the trek altogether at the same time.
  • Under 18 years old: US$ 25:00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years old): US$ 25:00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. Likewise, For those using a university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the map at booking. Similarly, For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. So, Please send all to  More Information about STUDENT CARD.




Is the trek difficult for this 4 day trek to Machu Picchu? Do I need to be in good physical condition?

All our treks (Inca Trail, Salkantay, Ausangate, Lares, etc) are moderately difficult, lengthy, and traverse rough mountain terrain. We kindly recommend that if you plan to conquer any of these routes machu picchu travel to be in relatively good physical condition, plus acclimatization.

How far in advance should I acclimatize for inca quarry trail to machu picchu?

This means arriving to Cusco at least 02 days prior to your trek departure to adjust to altitude. During the last two months leading up to your 4 day trek to machu picchu we suggest a regular and moderate exercise routine to improve endurance and stamina. We wish for you to have the best experience possible!

Are vegetarian, vegan, and other special diet needs available?

Of course! Without any additional costs! When you make your reservation, please inform us of any dietary needs or requirements, including allergies!

That is to say, Vegetarian foods will be absent of all meats, chicken or fish. We will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.

What will the meals be like during the inca quarry trail?

Most of our main meals are buffet-style, leaving you the option to avoid anything undesirable to you.

Certainly, If there are any food items or veggies that you cannot stomach, perhaps onions, tomatoes, mushrooms.. etc, upon your request we will ask our chef of huchuy qosqo trek to leave them out or separate this item.

We can also attend lactose-intolerant or gluten-intolerant diets. We cannot accept individuals with serious allergic or life-threatening reactions.

I have a food allergy. May I still participate?

Certainly, Every day we receive many clients with food allergies to nuts, wheat, etc. Please inform us in detail of your condition upon making your reservation.

Therefore, We kindly ask that you declare the severity of your reaction and any medication that you take in case of an emergency.

However, If your allergy is severe, we ask that you be accompanied by a friend or individual conscious and entirely responsible for your situation and ready with any medication.


When must I arrive in Cusco or arrive at your office?

We require that all clients arrive in Cusco at least 48 hours before the start of your trek, although 03 nights before is ideal. Certainly, You must pay your remaining balance two days before your departure for your trek.

This will ensure that all individuals are acclimatized and adjusted to the high altitude conditions to begin your trek comfortably. So, please note that your remaining balance must be paid in cash in our office and cannot be paid before your arrival.

What are the office hours?

Certainly, Our office hours are Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm, 4:00pm – 8:00pm. (Please aim to arrive at 7:30 pm at the latest!)

Are hiking sticks or poles necessary?

For this Inca quarry trail more than any other, we do recommend hiking sticks, especially for those with any known knee problems. Certainly, The poles will assist your balance and reduce the impact on your knees.

In addition, Inkayni Peru Tours will rent hiking sticks for $15

Where can I store my baggage that I don't need for the trail?

Any baggage that is not necessary for your trek may be stored in your hotel in Cusco (most hotels offer this service free of charge). However, In the case that your hotel may not provide this service, we will store your baggage safely in our office free of charge.

What is the weather like during the trek?

Most importantly, The best time for making the trek with good weather is between the months of April – October when there is minimal rainfall and clear skies. Therefore, The driest months are June – August, which is winter in the Andes.

When is the rainy season in Cusco?

In the same vein, January to March is summer in Peru, which means rainy season for Cusco and especially the 4 day trek to machu picchu, which is located mostly in the tropical cloud forest.

Where do I have to be the morning of the start of my trek, and where will I finish at the end?

Certainly, We will pick you up from your hotel to begin your trek, and upon finishing, we will also leave you at your hotel.

I wish to have a train company or train option different to that which Inkayni Peru Tours offers, is this possible?

If you wish to change your train company or option (such as Vistadome de Peru Rail, to Ollantaytambo or the whole route to Poroy), or your departure time, additional fees may apply. Therefore, You must speak with one of our sales agents to inquire about availability and the additional costs.

Extra Services?

Hire of sleeping bag 5 season $20.00
Walking stick highly recommended! $10.00
Single supplement $50.00
Additional night at 3-star hotel $85.00

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