- Availability: Available now
- Group size: 2-10
- Tour Type: trekking/hiking/historical
- Max. Elevation: 4650 meters above sea level
Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N
570 USD Per person
Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N
The Inca Quarry Trek is also known as Cachicata trek or Chaski trek. It is a 4-day trek through enchanting landscapes that are not seen elsewhere in the Peruvian Andes and that allow you to know and experience the best of the material and immaterial heritage of the ancient and modern Andean society. It is one of the most stunning off the beaten track trails to Machu Picchu. If you want to be away from the crowds and explore the beautiful landscapes of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Urubamba mountain range, in addition to exploring majestic Inca ruins, then the quarry trek is the perfect option for you and your loved ones. This beautiful alternative Inca trail was recently included among the top 6 best alternative routes to Machu Picchu.
The 1st day you will visit the marvelous Perolniyoc waterfall and explore the Racaypata Inca ruin perched in the top of a mountain. During the 2nd day you will conquered the highest point of the Quarry trek, you will observe majestic snowy peaks of the Urubamba mountain range and you will sleep 1000-meter over the town of Ollantaytambo. The 3er day you will contemplate a perfect sunrise over the Veronica snow-capped mountain, you will get some incredible views of the sacred valley of the Incas and you go by train to Aguas Calientes, the closest town to Machu Picchu. Finally, on the last day you will visit Machu Picchu for the sunrise and you will explore the lost city of the Incas from corner to corner with your tour guide.
Highlights of our Inca Quarry Trail
- We wish to create a lifetime experience for you. So we carefully and in detail planned every aspect of this 4-day trek to Machu Picchu.
- We provide you with an emergency horse, in case you need a little push.
- Hike with us and be part of our social and environmental projects.
- We always pamper our hikers, thus we provide baby alpaca blankets and hot water bladder for the cold nights.
- Our Inca Quarry Trail has a fair and cheap price compared to other operators.
- In addition to all the above, we prepare food for our hikers and team with 100% organic veggies purchased from local producers.
- We also cook together with our hikers, a traditional hot stone underground barbecue; called Pachamanca.
Trip overview of our Inca Quarry Trail
- Trek Type: hiking, scenic,cultural and informative
- Good for: everyone
- Difficulty: moderate to difficult
- Season: From March to December
DAY 1: Cusco – Socma – Perolniyoc – Rayan.
- Hiking distance: 7.5 miles/12 km (5-6 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 3.700 meters above sea level
- Considered: Moderate
- Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
- Weather: Cold and windy
IncaGo Expeditions collects you from your accommodation at 7 in the morning to be then driven for 1 hour and 20 minutes to the starting point of the Inca Quarry Trail. Once you arrive at the trailhead we’ll meet with our muleteer, porters and chef. Then we will hike for around 1 hour and 30 minutes to the Perolniyoc waterfall; this section will be surrounded by tens of potato, cabbage, carrots and corn crops. Perolniyoc is considered by locals as the most beautiful one in our region; It has a fall of 95 meters and it is usual to see rainbows inside the waterfall. Afterwards, we hike for 1 hour to the Inca settlement of Racaypata located on the upper part of Perolniyoc. Once here, we’ll have an outstanding view of the valley and our guide will share interesting facts about the Inca ruin and its function in time of the Incas.
Then we will hike 20 minutes more to reach our lunch spot, where our chef and porters are waiting us, with cooled fruit juice and a delicious buffet lunch. We hike 1 more hours to the hamlet of Rayan, where our tents are already set up. Our super IncaGo porters provide you lukewarm water in buckets, so you wash up, change into some clean clothes and rest after a moderate and scenic hike in the Inca Quarry Trail. Late in the afternoon, get ready for tea time that comes with hot chocolate, cookies, popcorn and at the end a yummy buffet dinner.
** The Inca Quarry trail highlight is the breathtaking Perolniyoc waterfall and the exploration of Racaypata.
DAY 2: Rayan – Sun Gate – Choquetakarpo.
- Hiking distance: 9.5 miles/15 km (7-8 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 3.600 meters above sea level
- Considered: Moderate to difficult
- Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
- Weather: Cold and windy
To start our second day in the dominions of the Inca Quarry trail, your tour guide will wake you up at 6 in the morning with hot coca tea or coffee. We also provide lukewarm water so you can wash up the face and wake up in a better mood. After a nutritious breakfast we’ll hike uphill for 3 hours to the Pucakasa Pass, located at 4330 meters. From this point we have amazing views of part of the sacred valley of the Incas and snow-capped mountains of the Urubamba mountain range. Then we hike downhill for half and hour to our lunch spot. Let’s enjoy a varied and delicious buffet lunch to recharge energies and then hike uphill, for 1 hour to the highest point of our entire Quarry trek; the Kuichikasa Pass located at 4449 meters.
After a small celebration of gratitude to the mountain gods, we’ll descend for 2 and half hours to the famous and imposing Veronica Sun Gate. The so called Veronica snow-capped mountain, is visible through this gate in all its splendor. From this point we’ll see other peaks of the Urubamba mountain range too. Finally, we will hike downhill 30 minutes, until we reach our second Quarry basecamp located at a place called Choquetacarpo. We want to pamper you in the Inca Quarry trail. So Let’s celebrate this challenging but magical day with a pisco sour drink and a yummy and varied buffet dinner.
** Although the second day in the Inca Quarry Trek will be challenging; remember that of the 3 million tourists that visited Machu Picchu annually, only 200 have the opportunity and luck to hike this off the beaten track trail.
DAY 3: Choquetakarpo – Ollantaytambo – Pinkuylluna – Aguas calientes
- Hiking distance: 6.5 miles/12 km (6 hours)
- Hotel altitude: 2000 meters above sea level
- Considered: easy to moderate
- Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, dinner! All served as buffet
- Weather: Cold and windy in the first part and then once at Aguas Calientes warm and humid.
This morning you also have the opportunity to hike up for 30 minutes to the Sun Gate to contemplate a perfect sunrise through the Inca door and over the Veronica peak. Also get ready to be amazed by the beauty of the Cusco’s sacred valley and its corn crops. Tasting a delicious breakfast, we will hike downhill for 1 hour; this path will be through a valley full of aromatic and medicinal plants such as: Muña, Huacatay, Chilca and Nopal to mention a few of them. Finally, we’ll arrive to the stone quarry of Cachicata, this is the stone quarry from where the Inca stone masons of the sun temple at Ollantaytambo, extracted the pink granite stones.
Following with our Inca Quarry journey, we’ll hike downhill for 3 hours to Ollantaytambo town. Along the way will visit Andean crops and your guide will let you know about the important of them into the local economy. Once at Ollantaytambo you’ll delight your last buffet lunch prepared by our super chef. After lunch, we will hike uphill for 1 hour to reach the impressive Inca warehouses of Pinkuylluna. The quietness and the fantastic view of Ollantaytambo from this point, will fascinated you. Then we come back downhill for 45 minutes to Ollantaytambo town; where we will enjoy our dinner in a restaurant. At 19:00 pm. we’ll board the train to Aguas Calientes; the ride will be for one hour and 45 minutes. Once at Aguas Calientes, we can say “the Inca Quarry hike is done”, your guide will drop you off at your hotel and coordinate the plan the visit to Machu Picchu the next day.
** Perfect itinerary on the Inca Quarry Trek to delight on a slow and steady pace; the sacred valley of the Incas, the Cachicata pink stone quarry and the outstanding views from the Pinkuylluna warehouses.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
- Meals Included: Breakfast Only
In order to get well rested and have plenty of time to enjoy the views, pictures and guided tour at Machu Picchu; we suggest you to wake up by 5:00 in the morning, get ready, pack the essentials and take the bus from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu citadel. This will be a ride of 30 minutes until reaching the Inca citadel at 6:15 am. more or less. Thus, you will have the chance to see the sunrise on this magnificent location. Your guide will give enough time to take pictures into the most beautiful spots of the Inca citadel, share information about this amazing Incan masterpiece and display you the most impressive details of Machu Picchu.
Then we take the bus back at more or less 12:00 pm. Down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy without rush our lunch. This lunch is optional and not included. At lunch, your guide will deliver out train tickets, so if you opt to skip this; please arrange to get these train tickets before leaving your tour guide at Machu Picchu citadel. Unless you requested for an upgraded train, we will book the Expedition class train departing Aguas Calientes at 3:20 p.m. or 4:22 p.m. This will be a 2-hour drive to Ollantaytambo or 4 hours to Poroy (this is based on which train you board). At Ollantaytambo or Poroy, our IncaGo Expedition driver will meet you and drive you back to Cusco, then we drop you off at the door of your hotel or the closest possible if there is not car access until your accommodation. You will arrive to your hotel in Cusco around 6:30 pm.
Included on the Inca Quarry Trek
Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grew up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our inca quarry trail
Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the inca quarry trek that also includes an entrance to Machu Picchu
Hotel: This inca quarry trek includes one night in a three-star hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu. The hotel you book will be listed on your invoice, and upgrades are always available.
Briefing: The night before your trip, you will come to our office for your informative meeting. You will receive your duffle bag that will stay with your porters while you hike on the inca quarry trek. This duffle bag should not exceed 7 kg / 14 pounds and should include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
Porters: We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffle bag and also our camping equipment and food to our basecamp. There is no additional cost for this. You will not have access to your duffle bag until you arrive at your camp in the afternoon.
Transportation: IncaGo Expeditions will be providing all transportation for this inca quarry trail. You will be picked up from your hotel at 7 am and brought to the trailhead. The round trip train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes are included and they will be the panoramic train called vistadome to go to Aguas Calientes and the expedition class train to come back to Ollantaytambo. You also have the option to upgrade to the Vistadome class train to come back for $75 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, our van will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. In addition we included your round trip bus ticket from Aguas calientes to Machu Picchu
Food: Our inca quarry trek includes expert hiking chefs who will will cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.
Water: Starting from your first lunch until your last breakfast We will provide you boiled, filtered, and then cooled water before distributing. You must bring personal water bottles and or a camelback. We advice you to bring a bottle or camelback of 1.5 litters , as being well hydrated is the key to feeling great in the mountains.
Details: we profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies. Each hiker receives a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress to insulate, a backpack cover to protect their belongings while hiking, a extra blanket, a bladder to refill with hot water for the cold nights and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best holiday.
Satellite phones: our priority will always be the safety of our customers and our crew. While all our guides are prepared and trained to deal with most basic problems that occur in the mountains; Very rarely serious problems may occur that will require the assistance of a specialist doctor and that is when our satellite phones are very useful and necessary, also if you want to call a friend who is anywhere in the world, from the veronica mountain pass on your inca quarry trek or from the dead woman´s pass on the classic inca trail or in case you need to verify the puppy that you left at home with the grandmother. While satellite phones are not cheap, We believe they are very important for your security and to give you the best possible experiencie.
First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the inca quarry trail, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.
Not Included on the Inca QuarryTrek
Rentals: Due we are hiking the inca quarry trek ,each trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and trekking poles (with rubber tips). They are optional but encouraged for a better comfort. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
- Sleeping Bag: $20
- Inflatable Air Mattress: $15
- Trekking Poles (Pair): $15
Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 1 hour hike to the top. While this hike is on your own, your guide will show you the entry. Huayna Picchu is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you with advance. The ticket is $75 per person.
Machu Picchu Mountain is the other mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu site. as Huayna Picchu it offers also spectacular views, this extra hike takes 3 hours round trip. This is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you in advance. This ticket is $75 per person.
Our inca quarry trek includes the ExpeditionTrain class to come back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. This train is always booked at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. departing from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. There is also the vistadome train class, which is an upgraded train that offers slightly larger seats and windows, some entertainment and snack. Usually, the Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 p.m. and goes to Poroy, a train station 30 minutes close to Cusco. As this is an upgraded fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel. The ticket is $75 per person.
Extra day at Machu Picchu
You will have from 6 am to 12 pm to enjoy Machu Picchu (it is not possible to be all day in Machu Picchu due to the new protection regulations developed by the Peruvian state), arriving at the citadel around 6 a.m. and leaving no later than 12 p.m. to take your train at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. If you also want to have a guided tour again the next day in Machu Picchu, we can also organize it.
- The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is $ 55 per person.
- The round trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu is $ 25 per person.
We would love to tour the inca quarry trek with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to Machu Picchu. We can leave any day from March to February as the inca quarry trek is always available
Group Price (2020):
- $530 per person
Private tours are available and priced by party size.
- 2 Trekkers: $560 per person
- 3 Trekkers: $555 per person
- 4 Trekkers: $550 per person
- 5 Trekkers: $545 per person
- 6 Trekkers: $540 per person
- 7 Trekkers: $535 per person
- 8 or more Trekkers: $530 per person
We include a three (3) star hotel and we utilize, Retama Machu Picchu, Inti Punku Machu Picchu Hotel & Suites, or Waman Hotel Machu Picchu (based on availability at booking). Rooms are based on double or triple occupation, and there is a single room surcharge of $50 US per person if you book lonely. Rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers,breakfast and wifi. We could also upgrade your hotel if you like better something more luxurious. Please remind the service in Aguas Calientes is not as good as in Cusco. Below there is a list of potential upgrade choices, If you want any other hotel, just let us know
- El Mapi: +$80 US pp shared (+$160 for a single)
- Sumaq : +$220 US pp shared (+$380 for a single)
- + $ 50 US per person
For those who want a single room or travel alone, there is a $ 50 room charge to cover the total cost of the room. We do not join hikers alone in a double room. This covers three star hotels and will be more expensive for improved hotels.
- – $ 25 discount per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC) at the beginning of the hike or who is 17 years old or younger. For those who use an international student card or for children under 17, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of Machu Picchu.
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This inca quarry trek, includes porters who will carry all your duffle bag while you hike on the inca quarry trail. We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during the inca quarry trek and at the lost city of the Incas; the great Machu Picchu.
- Original Passport ,
- STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
- Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) remember that the inca quarry hike is entirely dirt soil
For Your Duffel:
Our porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
- 4 wicking t-shirts
- 2 hiking pants
- 4 sets of undergarments.
- 4 sets of hiking socks
- 1 Fleece and 1 down jacket; it gets cold at night
- 1 Rain jacket and rain pants /rain poncho
- 1 sun hat
- 1 wool hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Hiking boots
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might bring a towel a little larger.
- Battery Charger: There is no place to plug, on the inca quarry trek!
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep away clean clothes from dirty clothes.
- Earplugs in case someone from the group snores
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
- Face moisturizer
- Bug spray
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Personal medication
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
Inside Your Daypacks:
Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25 litters will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside in the Machupicchu check point. Some items are listed below
- Rain gear
- Music (IPhone)
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
Where do we pick up the hikers for the Inca Quarry Trek?
Pick up will be from your hotel bewteen at 7 a.m. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.
Where to pay the remaining amount for the Inca Quarry Trek?
Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the inca quarry hike for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your inca quarry trek.
Reserve for the Inca Quarry Trek?
We try to make the booking as easy as possible in Incas Path. We prepare a reservation form where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 200 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the inca quarry trek permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.
Permissions for the Inca Quarry Trek?
Only tour operators licensed by the Inca Quarry Trail, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your Inca Quarry Trail permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.
Passport Number Update?
The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.
Where to stay in Cusco?
You can stay in a hotel that you consider convenient, however you must have the account of the location of the hotel because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel and coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your Incas Path sales representative.
Can I stay in the sacred valley?
The second most convenient place to stay after Cusco will be Ollantaytambo. When you stay in Ollantaytambo, you will have the chance to sleep for longer because we will pick you up at 8:30 am from your hotel.
Can I stay an additional night in Machu Picchu town or Aguas Calientes?
Of course, if you agree to take the same train from Aguas Calientes that is part of your original itinerary, which is usually at 3.20 or 4:22 pm, then there is no additional charge for the train to be booked one day. after. If you need us to insure your hotel or another visit to Machu Picchu, Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain this will have an additional cost. If you decide to spend another night in Aguas Calientes, be sure to inform the Incas Path office at least one month in advance, so that your train ticket is purchased for the correct day.
Can I book my hotel on my own in Aguas Calientes?
You can choose any hotel to stay in Aguas Calientes. It is a small and very safe town. If you decide to book your hotel, be sure to tell us where you plan to stay so we can take you there safely.
During the trip, how challenging is the Inca Quarry Trek?
Remember that this inca quarry hike, it is challenging because you will climb one very high mountain pass; if rains, the dirt soil path could be muddy ( don´t worry if you have good hiking boots) so it will be exhausting but it will be worth it when you arrive at Machu Picchu, and so you will take your so awaited posdcard pictures and will learn all the most interesting details about Machu Picchu
Will I need extra money on the Inca Quarry Trek?
Of course, if you would like to buy some type of drinks, snacks, along the way or reminders in the citadel of Machu Picchu or go to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes, take about 400 soles or if you do not want to take cash with you there are ATMs in Aguas Calientes and You can also make almost any payment using your credit or debit card, «also remember that along the days of hiking into the inca quarry trek just cash is accepted».
How many people will be in my group on the Inca Quarry Trek?
We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups that start each day. We can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in the inca quarry trail. During the low season it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.
Do you need hiking boots for the Inca Quarry Trek?
We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little the Inca quarry trail can become a bit slippery. Please make sure they have good soles.
Are trekking poles really necessary on the Inca Quarry Trek?
For the inca quarry trek we recommend the use of trekking poles for everyone, especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people. There are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the walking sticks, either climbing or descending the dirt soil path.
Are there any toilets along the Inca Quarry Trek?
Along the inca quarry trek there are 3 places that has toilet. Firstly at the hiking start, then at lunch spot and at basecamp. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.
Can I use plastic botles during the Inca Quarry Trek?
Due to New goverment regulations for the inca quarry trek it will be 100% BANNED to BRING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES. We kindly suggest you getting your aluminum plastic bottles to avoid any dissapointment at the check points along the Inca QuarryTrail and in the Machu Picchu citadel.
Aluminum water bottles can be bought in many different shops around the main square.
If you are still at home and ready to fly to Peru for your Inca trail we recommend you bringing aluminum water bottles or camel bags.
Where do I store my luggage?
All luggage not necessary for the hike must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing luggage of their guests, or if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage
What should I expect from the weather on the Inca Quarry Trek?
Please understand that this is a very difficult question to answer. Historically, from April to October it is the dry season, from November to March it is the rainy season, but in recent years our weather has been affected by climate change and today it is very difficult to predict. Remember that in the mountains the radiation and heat are very high during the day and the evenings and nights always cold. We always recommend a short sleeve shirt for the inca quarry trek and Machu Picchu, long pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, rain jacket and a fleece jacket and for the night a down jacket.
Can IncaGo Expeditions please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?
For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or any type of allergies, we have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets on theinca quarry trek. Also remember that we want to pamper you during your trip to Machu Picchu and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.
What type of outlet is used in Cusco and Machupicchu?
Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output. UU. And also that of South America.
What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?
Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip to Machu Picchu and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, We always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.
In general, participants in a group show their appreciation as a group for their porters and chef and a personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.