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Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu 04 Day/ 03 Night

  • Duration

    4 Day /

  • Price per person

    $635USD

4,449 mts./14,596 ft.

MAX. ALTITUDE 4,449 mts./14,596 ft.

2-8

GROUP SIZE 2-8

3

LEVEL Moderate ACTIVITY LEVEL

Perolniyoc, Intipunku, MachuPicchu

Easy

These activities are a walk in the park! You will be able to enjoy the scenery, history, and time with loved ones without exhausting yourself. You do not need any special training, gear, or acclimatization for an “Easy” trek or tour. Terrain will be generally flat and comfortable, highly traveled.

Mild

A step up from “Easy,” these tours require a little more physical effort but are still 100% manageable to anyone with or without adventure experience. Again, you do not need special training, gear, or acclimatization for a “Mild” trek or tour. Terrain is generally flat but with possible gentle up- and downhills.

Moderate

Before embarking on a “Moderate” trek or tour, you should be at least partly acclimatized to the high altitude of the Andes as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. These tours are still very manageable without special training as long as you have spent a day or two at high altitude. Terrain often includes moderate up- and downhill walking with possible rough patches or infrequently-traveled sections.

Challenging

“Challenging” treks or tours require that you are acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 2-3 days or more at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. You will need to be in good physical shape, and it’s recommended that you train at least some beforehand, possibly with running, biking, or strenuous workout videos. Terrain is often rough, sometimes with steep up- and downhills and often not highly traveled. Generally, these last several hours.

Formidable

These “Formidable” treks are our most difficult treks and require serious effort but are also the most rewarding. It is necessary to be in pristine physical condition. Again, you must be acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 4-5 days or more if possible at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. It is important to train physically before these treks so that your body is prepared for the strenuous nature of the trip. Generally, these last at least an entire day in infrequently-traveled areas with rough paths.

04 Day Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu, a spectacular and beautiful alternative route to Machu Picchu, located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Just outside the impressive living Inca village of Ollantaytambo.

We will contemplate impressive views of the high peaks and snow-capped mountains, visit numerous Inca sites while at the same time being surrounded by a variety of the exuberant and colorful flora and fauna of this region.

This trekking route 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 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.

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, the Inca Quarry Trail is perfect for you!

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

Itinerary

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. 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 enjoying the breakfast, 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. We will then continue to our lunch spot and the first campsite for about 1 hour where 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.

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

A great breakfast makes us ready for today’s adventure, right after having our breakfast, we’ll follow the trail up to the first pass called Pukaqasa (4,379 mts./14,366 ft.) for about 3 hours. 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 lunch, 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.

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. At this place, our Tour guide will deliver a great history of this place. After the place exploration, 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*** or similar.

Day 4: Machu Picchu 

Our last day together starts very early – 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. 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. 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.

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

What´s Included

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.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping Bag (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.

THINGS TO BRING:

  • 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.

Prices

GROUP SERVICE.

****Daily Departure****

NUMBER OF PAXS PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
Two or More People US$ 600
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PRIVATE SERVICE.

****Daily Departure with at least two people****

NUMBER OF PAXS PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
2 People US$ 680
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3 People US$ 650
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4 People US$ 620
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5 People US$ 590
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6 People US$ 560
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7 People US$ 530
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8 People US$ 500
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Discounts:

  • 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. For those using a university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the map at booking. For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to info@inkayniperutours.com.  More Information about STUDENT CARD.

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FAQS?

Is the trek difficult? Do I need to be in good physical condition?

All our treks (Inka 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 to be in relatively good physical condition, plus acclimatization. These means arriving in Cusco at least 02 days before your trek departure to adjust to the altitude. During the last two months leading up to your trek, 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!

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

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

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 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?

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.

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

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.

WE CANNOT ACCEPT CLIENTS WITH LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

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. 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. Please note that your remaining balance must be paid in cash in our office and cannot be paid before your arrival.

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

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). 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?

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

January to March is summer in Peru, which means rainy season for Cusco and especially the Inka Trail, 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?

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. You must speak with one of our sales agents to inquire about availability and the additional costs.

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Extra Services?

SERVICE PRICE
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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