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Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu 04 Day/ 03 Night

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Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu 04 Day/ 03 Night

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04 Day Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu

  • 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!

04 D

Duration 04 D / 03N

4,449m./14,596 pies

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

Tent & Hotel

ACCOMMODATION Tent & Hotel

2 - 8

LEVEL Moderate

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INCA QUARRY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

  • Explore the route of the 04 Day Inca Quarry Trail, an incredible site that is rich in history and fascinating experiences, with mummies, Chullpas, and well preserved Inca buildings.
  • Experience the highlight of this Inca quarry trail to Machu Picchu and visit the Inca Site of Cachicata, the quarry that supplied the stones used to build Ollantaytambo.
  • Visit the Community of Cachiccata, and from here you will climb to the top to visit the “Inti Punku” or “Gate of the Sun” from where you will have an impressive view of the Sacred Valley and the imposing Nevado Veronica.
  • Immerse yourself into the 4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu through Inca Quarries which is highly recommended for those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the more crowded hikes.

Overview

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.

Overview 4 day Inca Quarry to Machu Picchu:

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Day 01: Cusco – Socma – Perolniqyoc – Rayan

  • Hiking Time: 4 – 5 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 4.97 miles / 8 km
  • Physical Rating: Moderate
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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
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Day 3: Choquetakarpo – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

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

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

Itinerary

DAY 01: Cusco – Socma – Perolniqyoc – Rayan

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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 starting point of our hiking. At this point, we’ll meet up our horses and muleteers, get ready for our hiking gear, 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 we arrive at 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, and tea (coca), in our dining tent overlooking the magnificent scenery around.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 3,250 m / 10,662 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,700 m / 12,139 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 3,700 m / 12,139 ft
  • Walking Distance: 12 km / 7.5 mi
  • Walking time: 4 – 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather: Cold and windy
  • Meals: Lunch and dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Camping in Rayan
DAY 2: Rayan – Gate of the Sun (Inti Punku) – Choquetakarpo

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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.).

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 3,619 m / 11,874 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,449 m / 14,596 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 3,619 m / 11,874 ft
  • Walking Distance: 15km / 9.5 mi
  • Walking time: 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather: Cold and windy
  • Meals: Lunch and dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Camping in Choquetakarpo
DAY 3: Choquetakarpo – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu Town

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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, was a place where the ancient Incan stone-cutters carved, and 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.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2,792 m / 9,160 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,000 m / 13,123 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 2,050 m / 6,725 ft
  • Walking Distance: 7 km /  4.5 mi
  • Walking time: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather: Warm, Cold and windy
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU!

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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.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2,050 m / 6,571 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,350 m / 10,990 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:
  • Walking Distance: 2km / 1.25 mi
  • Walking time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation:

What's Included?

INCA QUARRY TREK 4 DAYS INCLUDES:

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BRIEFING

  • 1 or 2 days prior to the trek you will have a briefing, where you will meet your guide to receive key details about the 4-day Inca Quarry trek.
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PROFESSIONAL AND TRAINED STAFF

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Professional Cook.
  • Muleteers (Will carry cooking and camping equipment, and your personal luggage)
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EQUIPMENT

  • EUREKA and DOITE camping equipment (4-man tent for every 2 trekkers).
  • The dining tent is well equipped.
  • Duffle bag (duffle bag for your belongings).
  • Inflatable ” Thermares or Rei sleeping Mattress (you need to carry ).
  • Inflatable pillow (you need to carry).
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EMERGENCY KIT

  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen bottles
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PERMITS AND ENTRANCE

  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu (Circuit 2)
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ACCOMMODATION

  • 2 nights in comfortable and spacious tents
  • 1 night in a hotel of 3 stars in Aguas Calientes
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FOOD AND WATER

  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks, and 3 Dinners.
  • If you have a dietary request (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free, etc) or allergy please advise us upon booking and reconfirm the day of our briefing.
  • Wake-up tea: Every morning our staff will bring tea to your tent.
  • Boiled water for the trekking (day 1 is on your own) – bring a camelback or a bottle to refill with water.
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TRANSPORT

  • Door-to-door service. Pick-up from your hotel located around the historic center of Cusco.
  • Train Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (Round Trip) (Expedition (Peru Rail) or Voyager (Inca Rail))
  • Consettur Bus (Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes – round trip)
  • Return transport to Cusco
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OTHER

  • A mule will carry your personal items up to 7 kilos (including the sleeping bag + mattress: 2kgs and a half)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us).
  • Trekking poles (Can be hired from us).
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 4.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$ 85.00
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance (We highly recommend insurance for your entire trip).

Packing List

PACKING LIST FOR THE INCA QUARRY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU:

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ESSENTIALS

  • Original Passport
  • Valid Student Card (if you booked as a student)
  • Water storage: Water bottles or Camelbaks are recommended.
  • Money in cash (Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sun hat
  • Snacks
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CLOTHES

Horses will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 2.5 kg.

  • 3 wicking t-shirts
  • 1 hiking pants
  • 3 sets of undergarments & hiking socks
  • Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • Wool hat
  • 1 Fleece
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Quickdry towel.
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EQUIPMENT

  • Sleeping bag (rent from us)
  • Trekking poles (rent from us)
  • Battery Charger (power bank)
  • Plastic bags (to keep clean)
  • Duffle bag (we will provide you)
  • Good daypack (smaller is great)
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RECOMMENDED

  • Face moisturizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band-aids, moleskin, etc.
  • Camara
  • Earplugs
  • Rain gear
  • Flashlight

Prices

GROUP SERVICE – INCA QUARRY TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

****Daily Departure****

NUMBER OF PAXS PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
Two or More People US$ 630

 

PRIVATE SERVICE – INCA QUARRY TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

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

NUMBER OF PAXS PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
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 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 the 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 info@inkayniperutours.com.  More Information about STUDENT CARD.

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FAQS?

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 to the Inca quarry trail to Machu Picchu?

This means arriving in Cusco at least 02 days prior to your trek departure to adjust to the 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 from 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.

WE CAN NOT 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. 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 their 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 the 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 from 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?

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

Why Inkayni?

Why book with Inkayni?

Inkayni Peru Tours is a local tour operator exceptionally recommended by its clients, guidebooks, forums, and others. Our principal objective is to provide the best service, achieve the maximum satisfaction of our customers, and assume the responsibility as guardians of Nature in all our undertakings.

  • Experienced and Professional Team: Get assistance and support from our team, a group of specialists highly qualified to organize your trek to Machu Picchu.
  • Eco-friendly Local Tour Operator: We respect and protect the environment and the local communities that we visit. We use biodegradable products, recycle waste, support local businesses, and donate to social projects.
  • Door-To-Door Service: Pick-up and drop-off are included at no additional cost from your hotel or Airbnb located mainly in the surrounding area of the Historic Center of Cusco.
  • Delicious Andean Fusion Food: During your expedition to Machu Picchu, taste delicious foods prepared by our highly recommended chefs for this kind of experience to Machu Picchu. If you have any dietary request or allergy let us know.
  • High-Quality Camping Equipment: Included kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs, portable private toilet, and comfortable 4 people Eureka Tent (2 people per tent).
  • Comfortable Sleeping Pads: Included double thickness foam sleeping mattress, and inflatable pillow.
  • Labor Welfare: We take care of all our staff, and fully comply with the salary and insurance of our porters, cooks, horsemen, and additional staff.

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