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Cachicata Trail to Machu Picchu – Inca Quarry Trek Cusco

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Tour Details

We will pick you up from your Cusco hotel in the morning. After that, we’ll board our private transportation to Ollantaytambo. The route will take you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

The Cachicata quarries, a few kilometers from Ollantaytambo, were a place where stones were extracted and carved for use in the construction of Ollantaytambo and other ancient monuments.

Molle Pucro, Sikusirkuyoc, and Cacchicata or Kantirayoq are three groups of quarries; the latter was known to be utilized for the extraction of minerals and precious stones.

Many of the Incas’ stonework can still be seen on the route to Ollantaytambo, as well as in various areas of the city of Ollantaytambo.

In this 4-day trip you will be able to see part of the stones and rest that were left on the road, Cachicata quarries, the views of the landscape, Andean farms and the last day the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu.

This is a unique experience, it is a combination of nature, adventure and history. You will follow in the footsteps of the Incas by which they transported the stones and walk from the quarry to Ollantaytambo and who knows to Machu Picchu.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0600 AM

Price Includes

  • Cusco Hotel Transfer
  • Professional bi-lingual tour guide
  • 02 Nights Camping
  • 1 Night Hotel Accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • 03 Breakfasts(2nd, 3rd and 4th day)
  • 03 Lunches(1st, 2nd and 3rd day)
  • 03 Dinners(1st, 2nd and 3rd day)
  • Chefs
  • Camping Equipments
  • Mule and Muleteers
  • Round Trip train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Round Trip bus transfer from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu

Price Excludes

  • Entrance to Huyana Picchu (USD 25)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain (USD 25)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Any Private Expenses
  • First Breakfast and last Lunch and Dinner

What to bring to Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu?

  • Mountain and comfortable shoes
  • Rain jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm clothes
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable pants
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Sunscreen and Insect repellent
  • Water Toiletries
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Extra money in soles

Day 1Cusco - Huaroccondo - Pachar - Corimarca

In the morning, we will pick you up from your Cusco hotel. Then we’ll go on a road trip to Pachar, which is a town the Sacred Valley of Incas.

From here, we’ll journey to Huaroncondor’s trailhead. We’ll meet our muleteers and horses here. We’ll pack our possessions andcamping equipment to start the four-day Cachicata Trail to Machu Picchu.

Our first activity will be a trek through the town’s agricultural terraces. After that, we’ll begin our journey to Raphcca. A small village situated at a height of 2900 meters above sea level. We’ll take a break here for lunch.

We’ll continue our journey through the valley after lunch.We’ll walk past a number of canals and agricultural terraces. Many andean peoples live in this area. Traditions and practices are still observed. They continue to converse the Quechua language, in fact.

On the following leg of the journey, things get a little more intriguing. We’ll hike up a rocky track that leads to a highland waterfall. This place is extremely gorgeous. We’ll take a little break to let your body and mind to rest.

We’ll hike from here to Corimarca, an Incan archaeological site. In the camping area. After visit this site, we will spend the night here.

Day 2Corimarca - Qeuñacancha

We’ll begin the day with a stroll through open meadows after breakfast. The puna is a shrubby environment at a high elevation. We will continue to the highest pass of the expedition, Chancachuco pass at 4,400 meters above sea level.

From here, you can get a panoramic view of “Apu” Ausangate Mountain. This location is also home to a variety of birds and animals.

After that, we’ll carry on to a high plateau. This path takes you past various high-altitude lakes.

We’ll descend from here to Qeuñacancha, which is 4080 meters above sea level. We shall spend the night here.

Day 3Qeuñacancha - Cachicata – Aguas Calientes

A healthy breakfast will be served. We’ll stroll down the hill to an Inca Channel after breakfast. Lake Maracucha feeds this watercourse. We’ll climb to Intihuatana, an old Incan temple, after spending some time here.

This is situated on the crest of the Apu Alambre mountain. The vista from here is out-worldly.

People here used to oversee the Inca quarries and hold ceremonies at Intipunku to show their thanks to the natural world.

We’ll keep walking downhill to Choquetacarpo. It’s a relic of the past. Architects who worked at the quarry lived in this place. We’ll take a break here for lunch.

After lunch, we will continue to Cachicata, the largest quarry of Incas. Here you will see some blocks of pink rhyolite, scattered in disarray. These stone blocks are a testimony of a huge Incan construction that never took place. Our guide will give you a detailed tour here.

We will then descend to Ollantaytambo train station. Here we will board the train to Aguas Calientes. Once in Aguas Calientes, we will accommodate you in a basic ensuite hotel room for the night.

Day 4Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Early in the morning you will be transferred to the bus terminal where you will board the bus that will take you to the citadel of Machu Picchu.

Once at the entrance to the citadel, your passport will be verified. So bring your original passport. After passing the control we will begin our tour of the citadel with our guide who will explain more about the Inca Empire.

Our guide will explain more about the lifestyle of the Incas and the function that each area of ​​the citadel fulfilled. At the end of the tour you will have free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you have booked a trek to Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu mountain, our guide will be directing you to the entrance.

We recommend going to Puerta del Sol. This place offers spectacular views of the citadel and its surroundings. It is the entry point to the citadel for those who walk the Inca Trail.

After this experience, you will board the bus back to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival you will have free time so you can have lunch or walk around the town.

Finally, you will board the train back to Ollantaytambo. Here you will board our private transport and will transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco.