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Trek to the Inca Quarry Cachicata

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Trek to the Inca Quarry Cachicata

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Full Day – Trek to the Inca Quarry Cachicata

  • Sacred Valley
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Cachicata
  • Intipunku

Those who decide to undertake this cultural journey in Ollantaytambo will experience the ancestral spirit of the Incas and with the energy of the Andes in their hearts!

Full DayD

Duration Full DayD / N

13,123ft.

MAX. ALTITUDE 13,123ft.

2-8

LEVEL Moderate

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CACHICATA TREK

  • Be ready to do the Cachicata Trail and walk through an Inca Bridge crossing the Urubamba River, on the route observe how ancient foundations still serve to this day as a support base for a modern structure.
  • Cachicata quarry allows you to see during the route “tired stones” or stones that never made it to their final destination, and finally explore the main area of the quarry – Cachicata trek, where stones are extracted for the construction of the temples at the Ollantaytambo archaeological site.
  • From Cachicata Quarry it is possible to appreciate some vantage points, such as the pyramid of Paqariqtampu and the imposing snow-capped mountains.
  • Designed for travelers who love to explore natural landscapes, with the Cachicata Trail Trek you can ascend to a natural spring, with its terraces and Inka “swimming” pools, which are used for irrigation.

Highlights

Full Day Trek to the Cachicata Quarries

Join us for the Cachicata Trek and visit an incredible area of the Sacred Valley in the district of Ollantaytambo which is known as the “living Inca city”. A unique opportunity to do this beautiful walk with some of the lesser-known places outside of busy Ollantaytambo.

WE OFFER DAILY DEPARTURES!

Itinerary

Impresive Cachicata Trail Trek - Ollantaytambo

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Firstly, we will start the day picking you up from your hotel. As a result, in approximately 1 hour and a half, we’ll reach the city of Ollantaytambo. Where we begin our walk. Subsequently, the trail will take us upwards approximately 4 to 5 hours round trip, depending on the pace of walking.

As we ascend during the full day Cachicata trek, the panoramas of the Sacred Valley and massive mountains beyond open up into an amazing birds-eye view. So, we will observe the paths where the stones were moved and the many blocks that remained unfinished. Likewise, we will also observe the “Chullpas,” or small tomb constructions that were built for housing mummies. Certainly, considered to be guardian spirits for the people living and working in the area.

In addition, at about midday, we will rest and enjoy our packed lunch of Cachicata trek tour. After taking in the views and as many photographs as possible, we will begin the descent to Ollantaytambo. Consequently, our transport will be waiting for us to take us back to the imperial city of Cusco, or to lodge in Ollantaytambo if you prefer.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2,792 m / 9,160 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,200 m / 13,339 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:
  • Walking Distance: 9km / 5,59 mi
  • Walking time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather: Windy, Warm, & Cold (bring lots of water)
  • Meals: Box lunch
  • Accommodation:

What's Included?

CACHICATA TREK INCLUDES:

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PROFESSIONAL AND TRAINED STAFF

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
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FOOD AND WATER

  • Box Lunch.
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TRANSPORT

  • Door-to-door service. Pick-up from your hotel located around the historic center of Cusco.
  • Private transportation.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Tips
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Walking Sticks

Packing List

PACKING LIST FOR THE CACHICATA TREK SUN GATE:

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ESSENTIALS

  • Water storage: Water bottles or Camelbaks are recommended.
  • Money in cash (Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sun hat
  • Snacks
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CLOTHES

  • Wicking t-shirt
  • Hiking pants
  • Warm, down jacket
  • Wool hat
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Quickdry towel.
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EQUIPMENT

  • Plastic bags (to keep clean)
  • Good daypack (smaller is great)
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RECOMMENDED

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

Prices

CACHICATA TREK FULL DAY RUNS AS A PRIVATE SERVICE

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

NUMBER OF PAX PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
02 people US$ 120.00
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03 people US$ 100.00
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04 people US$ 90.00
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05 people US$ 80.00
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06 people US$ 70.00
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07+ people US$ 60.00
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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATE FOR CACHICATA TREK:

  • Above all, we offer daily departures with at least 02 people. Our tour can leave any day of the week, 12 months a year.

DEPARTURE TIME:

  • For the Full day Cachicata trek, we pick you up at 7 AM from your hotel lobby, and drop off will be around 6 PM.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Your hotel must be located in Cusco downtown. If not, please inform us at the booking time.
  • Also, you can check our more than +1000 reviews on TripAdvisor

FAQS?

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

All our treks (Inca Trail hike, Salkantay trek, Ausangate trek, Lares Trek Peru, 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.

When do I need to arrive in Cusco?

This 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.

What if I am lactose intolerant?

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 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. 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.

What are the office hours?

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 $10

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 Cachicata trek to Machu Picchu?

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 the 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 Cachicata trek, and upon finishing, we will also leave you at your hotel.

Extra Services?

SERVICE

PRICE

Walking stick highly recommended! $10.00
Pick-up out of the historical center Ask us!
Extra night in Cusco at a 3-star hotel $75.00

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.

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