The Inca quarry trail trek machupicchu 4d/3N Our world is full of marvelous places; the path to get to the most beautiful of all those in Latin America is through the highlands. Embark on a memorable adventure to discover an amazing variety of landscapes and ecological areas: we will explore refreshing waterfalls and Inca remains then we will trek through open lands, encountering amazing ramps and rock blocks left by the Incan Kachiqhata Quarry.
Day 1. Cusco – Soqma
We will pick you up at your hotel around 06:00 am. We proceed to drive nearly 1 hour and a half to Warocondo. During the bus ride, you can observe the white snowcapped mountains of Salkantay and Veronica: the Holy Gods of the Incas. Also, you will glimpse the spectacular views of the upper part and lower valleys with colorful landscapes.
After one hour and half of driving, we will make the first stop in Warocondo town, on where you can purchase last-minute supplies such as water, this town is very well known for the LECHONES (roasted pork), it is regarded the best on Cusco. Then we keep driving along with the quinoa plantation and arrive in the town Soqma where our hike starts.
After trekking for about one hour you will observe a wonderful waterfall called Perolniyoc. Also, your guide will show you some medicinal plants that the local farmers use along the way. You can pick some plants and make your own tea like locals. Then we will go uphill until to get Q´anabamba and Willkarakayfrom which your professional guide will explain to you, From here you will continue to the campsite which will take you for couple of hours, once you get campsite you have lunch. After lunch you will have some time to take a nap, then your guide will take you to visit the local family where you will learn about their traditions, culture, etc.
Distance covered: 11 km (6.8 miles).
Time: 4 to 6 hours.
Lowest elevation: 3000m (9,743 feet).
Highest elevation: 3700m (12,149 feet).
Level of difficulty: Moderate.
Inca ruins: Today you will see the ruins of Q´anabamba and Willkarakayfrom afar and stop to visit the ruins of Patallaqta.
Day 2. Rayan – Highest Pass – Cachicata (Inca Stone Quarry)
Early wake-up call with a cup of coca tea in your tent by one of our porters. After a delicious breakfast, we leave the campsite towards the first pass called Pukaqasa (4380m t- 14,370 ft) which will take us for about 3 and a half hours, after we reach the pass we will descend down for 30 minutes where we meet our chef for lunch. We begin with our hike again for another 2 more hours of gradual uphill to the next pass named Kuychicasa (4450m – 14,600ft). It is the longest day of the trek to Machu Picchu but the most regarding, because of the spectacular views of snowcapped mountains. The last 2 hours all descend to the campsite, on the way we will visit a small Inca ruins called Intipunku meaning sun gate, arriving at camp Cachicata (3600m – 11,811ft) around 5 pm.
Distance covered: 11 km (6.8 miles).
Time: 4 to 6 hours.
Lowest elevation: 3600m (11,811 feet).
Highest elevation: 4450m (14,600 feet).
Level of difficulty: Demanding.
Inca ruins: Seen in the distance.
Day 3. Cachicata – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Today we will explore the Stone quarry of Cachicata, it is an extensive site that served as a stone quarry for the construction of Ollantaytambo, where you will be able to see all the work of the Incas, there are large rocks left half-finished and abandoned in the entire area, Inca mummies, burial houses or called Chullpas are seen here too. After a guided tour you start the descend down for about 3 hours to Ollantaytambo following the original Inca ramp that Incas built for transporting the stones to Ollantaytambo. Arrive at the town for the last lunch with our chef. You will have some time in this town to explore or visit the local bar? Where the local ladies serve Chicha meaning corn beer considered sacred by the Incas. In the afternoon you will catch the train to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night.
Distance covered: 15 km (9,3 miles).
Time: 8 to 10 hours.
Lowest elevation: 2700m (8,8 feet).
Highest elevation: 3600m (11,811 feet).
Level of difficulty: Modérate.
Inca ruins: Today you will explore the ruins of Sayaqmarcas as well as Wiñayhuayna.
Day 4: Machu Picchu Tour
Day four is the most magical day: Machu Picchu. We will wake up early to take the first bus up to Machu Picchu and see the sunrise over the ruins.
Your guide will spend around 2 hours explaining the highlights of Machu Picchu. Afterward, you will have time to explore by yourself the ruins and hike Huaynapicchu if you have booked this option. (This is a separate entrance ticket that costs $15 per person). Finally, you will return to Aguas Calientes and take a train back to Ollantaytambo, and then bus back to Cusco. Once in Cusco, we will transfer you back to your hotel.
Transport to the start of the trek
Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
Assistant guide for groups of over 8 people
Accommodation on the trek is camping (2 nights). Tents are set up by the porters.
Accommodation at hotel for 1 night
Mules and wranglers for carrying equipment and personal gear
Full meals – during the trek the meals are prepared by the trek cook and also include: daily morning snack, daily tea service except last day, vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
Camping equipment: Personal tents (2 people in tent, they are 3 season and highly maintained), mattresses, kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs, toilet tent, household items
Accommodation for all our staff
Chef and cooking equipment
Hot water every morning to clean up and boiled water to fill your bottle every morning or night
First aid kit and emergency oxygen supply
Bag for the gear you will need during the trek
Machu Picchu entrance fee
Round trip bus ticket
Train ticket Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes / Aguas Calientes – Cusco (Backpacker, Vistadome or Hiram Bingham service, upon request) (*)
One way transfer from airport hotel
Transfer from the train station to the hotel in Cusco
(*) If there are no train tickets available for the direct route Aguas Calientes – Poroy, a ticket for Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) with an additional transfer to your selected hotel will be provided.
We recommend that you bring:
Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
A good sleeping bag (down bag for temperatures as low as -15°C)
Daypack for carrying items for daily use such as cameras, water bottles, etc.
Walking boots – waterproof trekking boots recommended
Sports shoes or sandals for a higher level of comfort while at camp
Warm clothing, including jacket, fleeces
Flashlight/headlamp and batteries (batteries are consumed quicker in cold conditions)
Hat, cap and accessories
Towel, toilet paper
Camera, video camera, binoculars, etc.
Non-disposible canteen and water for the first morning. Optional: water-sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported health problem so far
Original valid passport
Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
Walking poles (you will need rubber tips to cover the metal tips and protect the trail)
*Prices Explanation of services: 2023
1 Person US$1150.00
2 people : US$700.00 per person
4 people : US$650.00 per person
6 people : US$600.00 per person
DISCOUNTS 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card is required at booking for government approval for discount. Under 18 years old: $30 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking. Under 11 years old: $40 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking. Group of 5 or more: $30 USD – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time. EXTRAS Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm) Air Mattress –$20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses) Walking Poles -$20 USD per pair per trek (Professional poles that can be extended) Personal tent- $35 USD – (Tent is for single trekkers only) Vistadome Train Upgrade –$75 USD per person (Return Only) Huayna Picchu Mountain –$75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek) Machu Picchu Mountain – $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek) Single supplement-$35 USD per night (for solo travellers with single room) **Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are optional treks within Machu Picchu Citadel which do not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.
ADDED VALUES FOR FREE TRANSFER – from the Airport to Hotel (Cusco Only) DUFFEL BAG AND LINER BAGS – included in the trekking price! BOILED WATER is included along the Inca Trail OXYGEN TANK will be available along the trek EMERGENCY HORSE is included in the price which can be ridden if you get tired or sick PLASTIC RAIN poncho made by Inca Land Adventures is included.
TIPS FOR OUR PORTERS
IMPORTANT: Some of the reasons that our price may be higher than that of other agencies are the following:
We ALWAYS book the maximum number of porters possible (according to Inca Trail regulations) so that our porters are not overloaded.
Also, We are the only travel operator in Peru that supplies porters with proper tents, sleeping pads and adequate food for this type of activity.
We always we take care our hosremans and horses during our alternative treks so tiping it will be the seim as for the porters
Beware of this when booking they might be cheaper because of this!
2 people (minimum group size) should have a maximum of 7 porters and 16 people (max group size) should have 22 porters.
** Tips for porters, cooks or guides are optional and are NOT included in our price. However our advice is that you tip our staff based on their performance, service and knowledge. Our guidelines for tipping our staff is the following:
Each porter gets 100 Soles, each assistant cook 150 Soles, the Main Chef gets 300 Soles.make sure to tip more if your trip it is more than 5 days or if it is luxury treks
Assistant Tour guides can be tipped collectively by the members of the group, we suggest a 5% of the total cost of the tour.
Main guides are tipped on a one on one basis and based on their performance. Tour guides are professional people who spend a lot of time training in different other fields such archaelogy, history and WFA. We suggest people to consider tipping our guide a 10% to 15% of the value of your tour.
Train included in all tours is the Expedition train (to Ollanta). Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 2:55 PM and the 9:20 PM being the last train (high season June to September). We will organize the transport back to Cusco (by taxi or by bus).
Sleeping bag (can be hired from us)