The new route to Cachicata Trek or Inca Quarry Trail is a beautiful alternative route located in the Sacred Valley of the Inca, just outside of the stunning Ollantaytambo. With breathtaking views of high peaks, we will visit numerous Inca ruins, while being surrounded by a variety of lush and vibrant flora and fauna in this region.
This Inca Quarry trail we recommend. For those wanting to escape from the hustle and bustle of the busier treks. Aside from the tranquility, the highlights of this Inca Quarry trail to Machu Picchu is our visit to the Inca site of Cachicata. This quarry supplied the stones used to construct Ollantaytambo. This site is rich in history and fascinating experiences, chullpas, and well preserved Inca buildings. If you are in search of an experience without the crowds. Rich in History and culture, where you visit mountain villages, look no further, the Inca Quarry Trail is perfect for you!
From Hotel to Hotel
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco relatively early and drive down to the Sacred Valley of the Inca to the village of Socma, just a short drive outside of Ollantaytambo. Before we arrive at Socma, we stop at a spot where we can view and take photos of some stone-age petroglyphs.
Today’s hike takes us up the valley behind Socma as we make our way to a small and pristine Inca site and beautiful waterfall that lie at the top of the valley. Along our Inca Quarry trek, we walk past fields of potato, corn, and quinoa nestled among the incredible mountains. Throughout, we will have the opportunity to see a variety of flora and fauna – gorgeous and lush fields and trees and fascinating native birds. Also, your guide will inform you of the customs of the Andean people of this region and will teach you some Quechua (the Inca language) as we hike.
After a relaxing morning’s walk, we finally arrive at our destination, the best Inca site of Perolniyoc. We will tour here and learn about the significance of this site. After, we will carry on for just a little longer to our campsite at Rayanniyoc (3650m / 11975 ft.). In the afternoon, we will visit one of the local families, and you can practice the Qhechua you had learned in the morning. As for the Quechua, you didn’t learn in just a morning’s time. Your guide will translate for you, making this a beautiful cultural exchange and learning opportunity for both you and the local people.
In the evening, we enjoy a deliciously prepared dinner by our trekking chef, soak in the views, and sleep amidst the mountains.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Afternoon Snacks / Dinner
Maximum altitude: 3,700 m. / 12,136 ft
Minimum altitude: 3,300 m. / 10,827 ft
Walking Covered: 8 km. / 5 miles
Approximate walking time: 3 – 4 hours
We wake up early with a cup of hot coca tea and breakfast prepare for the longest day of the adventure. We continue up the valley, approaching the first pass of the Quarry trek Peru. The local people still tend this agricultural area despite the high altitude. One of the few plants that thrive wildly in this region is muña, Andean mountain mint. The aroma is lovely, and the scent infuses the air, especially in the morning. Muña makes a beautiful cup of tea, so along the way, we pick some for later.
In total, it’s about a 4-hour hike to the pass (4500m / 14,764ft.), where we will stop to take in the stunning panoramic views, snap some photos, and catch our breath before carrying on. It is only about another 20 minutes until we arrive at our lunch spot, at an incredible vantage point of the valley below.
After lunch, the hike is slightly more comfortable, having reached the top of the mountain, the terrain levels out. We then hike through a remote area, a landscape with numerous mounds that resemble burial mounds but are glacial moraines. These piles of rock deposits are from glaciers dating back to the Ice Age, fascinating!
In the late afternoon, we pass a beautiful Inca ruin site, Intipunku, which means Sun Gate in Quechua. Of course, we will rest here and take advantage of this incredible photo opportunity, with the valley below and the snow-capped mountains surrounding us.
As we work our way down from the high plateau, our destination for the day is the Inca Quarry of Cachicata resting at (3,6000m / 11,808 ft.). It is our home for the night and will share a lovely dinner at this tranquil campsite.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Afternoon Snacks / Dinner
Maximum altitude: 4500m / 14,764 ft
Minimum altitude: 3,600 m / 11,808 ft
Walking Covered: 13 km / 8 miles
Approximate walking time: 8 to 9 hours
Today we wake up amidst the mountains and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Our day, we are going to explore the Cachicata trail and all it has to offer. Although it’s proximity to Ollantaytambo and the incredible architecture and ingenuity, hardly anyone comes up here. Cachicata is a vast site, as it was the quarry used by the Inca for the construction of Ollantaytambo. There are several significant sites, including large buildings, abandoned and half-finished quarried stones, chullpas (burial houses), and a cave with Inca mummies still in place. We will take ample time here and learn of the interesting history this site holds.
After our Cachicata Trek, we’ll continue following the trail down the mountain walking along with the original platform that the Incas used for transporting stones to Ollantaytambo. In the early afternoon, we arrive in Ollantaytambo, where we will board the train. We then take a scenic train ride from the Sacred Valley of the Incas through the lush jungle to Aguas Calientes. Once we arrive at this lovely town, we will check you in to your comfortable hotel, and then you will have the rest of the afternoon to relax and explore. Aguas Calientes has bustling artisan markets and natural hot springs, plenty to do to fill your late afternoon. Then, in the evening, we meet for dinner at a lovely restaurant in town and return to the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Minimum altitude: 2,840 m / 9,315 ft
Maximum altitude: 3,525 m / 11,562 ft
Walking Covered: 11 km / 7 miles
Approximate walking time: 4 hours
We wake up early to bring on our big day to Machu Picchu! After breakfast at the hotel, we board the first bus that will wind up the beautiful cloud forest to the ancient citadel itself. Upon arrival, we will begin our 2:30 hours guided tour with our professional guide. On tour, you will visit various sites, all that holds significance in understanding the history of Machu Picchu and how the Incas lived thousands of years ago high up in the mountains. You will visit temples, ceremonial sites, fountains, and much more.
After, you will have ample time to visit other places that may catch your eye. Or if you have the permit, you can climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain. These hikes are both quite a climb, although well worth it once you are at the top with such picturesque views and even more fascinating ruin sites to explore.
In the afternoon, we will make our way back down to Aguas Caliente by bus and then board the train that takes us back to Ollantaytambo. We then have private transport awaiting our arrival to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.
Maximum altitude: 2,040 m. / 6,691 ft
Minimum altitude: 2,440 m. / 8,052 ft