• Availability: Available now
  • Group size: 2-10
  • Tour Type: Trekking/Hiking
  • Max. Elevation: 4449 meters above sea level

Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5D/4N

700 USD Per person

Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5D/4N

The Inca Quarry Trek and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is trail that is off the beaten track, it was listed by National Geographic as 1 of the best 6 alternative Machu Picchu hikes. This path takes you through a majestic waterfall, unique Inca sites, glacier peaks, and pretty views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.  On the other hand, on day fourth, we hike the famous Short Inca Trail through the sungate. This trail is paved completely with stones since 600 years ago. IncaGo Expeditions offers this stunning combined 5-day Machu Picchu hike; within one of the most isolated and spectacular spots in the Andes and a mysterious ancient Inca Trail. 

On the first day, you will visit the majestic waterfall of Perolniyoc and explore the ruins of Racaypata. The second day is full of beautiful views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Ollantaytambo. Also this day you will reach the highest point of the Quarry trek and at sunset you can see the Veronica through the Sun Gate. During the 3rd day, you will go very early to the Puerta del Sol, from where you will observe a beautiful sunrise over the snowy Veronica. In the afternoon you will hike to the Inca deposits of Pinkuylluna and sleep in a hotel in Ollantaytambo. On the fourth day you will see the beautiful landscapes of the cloud forest on the short Inca trail, you will explore the Inca ruins of Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna and see Machu Picchu at sunset through the Sun Gate. Finally, on the 5th day you will explore the world wonder of Machu Picchu from corner to corner and then you will return by train to Cusco.

Highlights of Our Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 

  • We wish to create a lifetime experience for you.Sowe carefully and in detail planned every aspect of this 5-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 ourhikers,thus we provide baby alpaca blankets and hot water bladder for the cold nights. 
  • See Machu Picchu 2 times, enjoy a stunning sunset view of Machu Picchu from theSungate; and the next day delight a sunrise over the Inca city from its main famous lookout.
  • Take a shower and rest in a suitable bed to fully explore and enjoy the lost city of the Incas the next day.
  • 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 Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 

  • 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 

We will pick you up at 7:00 am. from your hotel and will drive you for 1 hour and 20 minutes to the trailhead of this alternative and combined trek to the lost city of the Incas. After having a delicious breakfast, we climb for 1 hour and 30 minutes to the amazing Perolniyoc waterfall. Along this stretch we will see gorgeous andean crops of potatoes, corn, andean lupin, carrots and so on. After taking pretty instagrammable pics, we hike for 1 hour to an Inca site perched on a cliff-top. Once here, we will have an outstanding view of the Socma valley; also your tour guide will share interesting facts about this alternative Machu Picchu trek and detail information about the Inca ruin. 

Next we will hike 20 minutes in order to reach our lunch spot; over here our cook will hand us a cold orange juice and a delicious buffet lunch. Then We walk 1 hour to the hamlet of Rayan; which is where our tents are set up. We provide you lukewarm water in plastic basins, so you wash up, change into some clean clothes and rest after a moderate and scenic hike within the Inca Quarry Trail. In the evening get ready for tea time that includes hot chocolate, cookies, popcorn and at the end a yummy buffet dinner. 

** Perfect and peaceful itinerary to fully enjoy this moderate but outstanding hike off the beaten path to Machu Picchu. 

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First day map on the Inca Quarry Trek

 

 

Day 2: Rayan – Sungate – 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 

We will wake you up early with a hot coffee or coca tea cup; then we provide you warm water in plastic basins, so you get up in a better mood. After having a nutritious Andean Inca breakfast, we hike three hours to the Pucakasa Pass, which is located at 4300 meters of elevation. From this lookout will have a glorious view of the Veronica snow-capped mountain and the fertile sacred valley of the Incas. 

Then we hike downhill for half and hour to our lunch spot. Here let’s enjoy a varied and delicious buffet lunch to recharge energies and hike uphill, for 1 hour to the highest point of our entire trek; the Kuichikasa Pass located at 4449 meters. After a small celebration of gratitude to the APUS or mountain gods, we’ll descend for two and half hours to the famous and imposing Inca sungate. The so called Veronica snow capped mountain; is visible through this gate, and it is one of the most amazing Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail highlights 

Next, we will hike downhill for 30 minutes, until we reach our second basecamp; at a place called Choquetacarpo. We want to pamper you, so let’s celebrate this challenging but magical Inca Quarry Trek day with a pisco sour drink and a delicious and varied buffet dinner. 

** An stunning highlight of this Inca Trail Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail will be a starry sky and a glimpse into the illuminated sacred valley of the Incas. 

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Second day map on the Inca Quarry Trek

 

 

 

Day 3: Choquetakarpo – Ollantaytambo – Pinkuylluna – Ollantaytambo.

  • Hiking distance: 7.5 miles/12 km (6 hours) 
  • Hotel altitude: 2792 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. 

Get ready to be amazed by the beauty of the sacred valley of the Incas and its corn and potato crops. After tasting a flavorsome breakfast, we will hike downhill for 1 hour; this path will be through a valley full of aromatic and medicinal plants. After 1 hour of hiking we’ll arrive to the Inca rock quarry of Cachicata; This is the place from where the ancient stone masons of the sun temple at Ollantaytambo, extracted the pink granite stones. 
 
After a lesson in Inca extraction techniques at this Inca Quarry, we’ll hike downhill for three hours to Ollantaytambo town. Along the way will visit andean crops and your guide will let you know about the importance of them into the local economy. Once at Ollantaytambo you´ll delight your last buffet lunch prepared by our super chef. 
 
After our meal, we have another highlight of the Inca Quarry Trek; We will visit the Inca warehouses of Pinkuylluna, perched on the side of a mountain. We will hike uphill for one hour to these warehouses. 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; here your tour guide will drop you off in your hotel to you take a well deserved rest and shower.  
In the evening, you will have dinner in a restaurant, and there your guide will also inform you of the summary of the Short Inca Trail for the next day. 
 
** Taking a shower after a hike in the Peruvian Andes is always welcoming. 

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Third day map in the Inca Quarry Trek

 

 

Day 4: Ollantaytambo – Chachabamba – Wiñaywayña – Machu Picchu Sungate – Aguas Calientes.

  • Hiking distance: 6 miles/10 km (6-7 hours)
  • Hotel altitude: 2.000 meters above sea level 
  • Considered: moderate to difficult (there is not altitude sickness issues) 
  • Meals: Snacks, lunch, ¡dinner! All served as buffet 
  • Weather:  warm and very humid 

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we walk for 10 minutes to the train station; where we will board the train that goes to Aguas Calientes at 6:10 am. After 1 hour of travel we got off the train in the area of ​​Chachabama, also known as km 104, which is the point of hiking through the classic short Inca trail. After passing through the checkpoint, INCAS PATH will provide you with nutritious and delicious snacks. We will begin to ascend by a stone paved path and harmoniously surrounded by the Inca site of Chachabamba, orchids and beautiful views of the cloud forest of the Inca trail. After 4 hours of workout we will arrive at the Inca site of Wiñaywayna, a place also known as the small Machu Picchu. 

After an interesting guided tour, we will walk 5 minutes to our lunch camp. After digesting for 30 minutes our buffet meal, we will hike through a section surrounded by medicinal and ornamental plants of the Inca trail; After 1 hour and 30 minutes of hiking we will arrive at the Sungate, from where we can see Machu Picchu in the distance. Arriving at the Sungate and watching the sunset will be an unforgettable event for our hearts. Then we descend for 40 minutes until we reach the Machu Picchu checkpoint; place where we will board a bus that will take us for 30 minutes to Machu Picchu Pueblo or also known as Aguas Calientes. 

Upon reaching this town, your guide will drop you off at your hotel to take a well-deserved shower; He will also indicate the meeting time at the hotel reception so that you can go to dinner at a restaurant. Your guide will also take advantage of this moment to coordinate the best time to visit Machu Picchu the next day. 

** Walk through Inca lands and enjoy a beautiful sunset at the Sungate of Machu Picchu. 

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Fourth day short Inca trail map

 

Day 5: 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, an INCAS PATH 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. 

** Our service is door to door.

Map-of-the-Machu-Picchu-excursion

Map of the Machu Picchu excursion

 

 

 

Included on the Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 

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 this amazing trek. 

Permits:As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, that also includes an entrance ticket to Machu Picchu. 

Hotel:This Machu Picchu journey, include one night in a three-star hotel. It is 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 & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 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:INCAS PATH will be providing all transportation for this Ancascocha Salkantay trek. You will be picked up from your hotel at 4 am. And brought to the trailhead. The round trip train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes are included. 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 Ancascocha Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, includes expert hiking chefs who 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 daypack while hiking, an 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 Inca Quarry Trek second campsite 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 experience. 

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 Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, 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 Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 

Rentals: Due we are hiking for 5 days, 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: $25 
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $20 
  • Trekking Poles (Pair): $20

Additional options

Huayna Picchuis 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. 

Vistadome Train  

Our Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 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 elaborated 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, 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 & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 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 this trek is always available 

Group Price (2020): 

  • $700 per person 

Private Tour: 

Private tours are available and priced by party size. 

  • 2 Trekkers: $980 per person 
  • 3 Trekkers: $925 per person 
  • 4 Trekkers: $870 per person 
  • 5 Trekkers: $815 per person 
  • 6 Trekkers: $760 per person 
  • 7 Trekkers: $705 per person 
  • 8 or more Trekkers: $650 per person 

Hotel: 

We include a three (3) star hotel and we rent, 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) 

Solo travelers: 

  • + $ 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. 

Student Discount: 

  • – $ 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. 

Please send everything to [email protected]

Packing list

This trek, includes porters who will carry all your duffle bag while you hike. We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during this Machu Picchu Trek. 

Essentials: 

  • 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). 

For Your Duffel: 

Our porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air mattress. 

  • 5 wicking t-shirts 
  • 2 hiking pants 
  • 5 sets of undergarments. 
  • 5 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, throughout this trek to machu picchu! 
  • 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 

Toiletries: 

  • Sunscreen 
  • Face moisturizer 
  • Bug spray 
  • Handsanitizer 
  • Wet wipes 
  • Toothbrush and paste 
  • Toiletpaper 
  • 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. Some ítems you need to pack, are listed below: 

  • Passport. 
  • Sunhat. 
  • Sun cream. 
  • Sunglass. 
  • Headlamp. 
  • Rain gear. 
  • Fleece. 
  • Snacks, which contain a quick source of sugar or caffeine. 
  • Electrolytes, which are very useful to replace mineral salts lost when hiking. 
  • Camera. 
  • Music (IPhone). 
  • Hand sanitizer. 
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste. 
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips. 

faqs

Where do we pick up the hikers for the Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? 

Pick up will be from your hotel at 5:00 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 & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? 

Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the trek 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 trek. 

Reserve for the Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? 

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 & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 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 & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? 

Only tour operators licensed by the government, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your machu picchu 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? 

Yes, as the driving route to the trailhead of our trek is close to the sacred valley área.  

During the trip, how challenging is the Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? 

Remember that this Inca Quarry Trek, it is challenging, because of the long hours of hiking; if rains, the dirt soil path could be muddy (don´t worry if you have good hiking boots) also this machu picchu 5 day trek is humid, hot and with mosquitoes all the time. 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 postcard pictures and will learn all the most interesting details about these incredible inca ruin. 

Will I need extra money on the Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? 

Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, reminders or for tipping, take about 500 soles with you; «also remember that along the days of hiking into the ancascocha salkantay trek just cash is accepted». 

How many people will be in my group on the Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? 

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. 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 & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? 

We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little the path can become a bit muddy and slippery; please make sure they have good soles. 

Are trekking poles really necessary on the Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? 

For this 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 & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? 

Along this 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 bottles during the Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? 

Due to New government regulations for the Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, 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 hiking path. 

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 trek, 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. Also 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 & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? 

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 due to the heat, however you going to need to have a bottle of mosquitoe spray ready. Long pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and for the cold nights. Also you need a rain jacket and a fleece jacket and for the night a down jacket 

Can Incas Path 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 cooks with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets on the ancascocha salkantay trek. Also remember that we want to pamper you during this Lost city of the Incas Hike and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets. 

What type of outlet is used in Cusco? 

Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output; however, some local áreas, still use that of South America (that is why, power banks for the hike are encouraged to be brought). 

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. 

Is there a possibility to cancel my Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? 

There is no possibility to cancel the Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Even in extreme weather conditions or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The peruvian government does not have any type of refund or change of date, because if there is any weather problem or strike that prevents us from entering the ancascocha trek; we will do our best to take you to a Machu Picchu alternative hike or take you to the trek itself in some way. We will keep you very informed in case there is a strike or weather inconvenience in Peru, Cusco, ancascocha region or Machu Picchu. In the event that a passenger decides to cancel their trip to Peru, they will lose the total amount deposited because the permits and logistic are already organized.