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3 day Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu

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  • 100% Operated by Inti Sun Trek, we never put you with other tour operators.
  • Porters that will carry your personal belongings (up to 6kg/ 12lbs) – no extra fee
  • You will hike only with your day pack which is way more comfortable than carrying a big bag!
  • Small intimate group, will provide you a big adventure
  • Pick-up and drop-off from your hotel in Cusco
  • Hike through the Vilcabamba Mountain Range and pass through stunning landscapes, varying from the tropical Cloud Forest, to the high Andes on this beautiful
  • Camp the first night, surrounded by stunning views of the snow-capped peaks mountain.
  • Pass through different micro-climates. Your scenery will constantly be changing.
  • Experience the most popular itinerary of the Alternative Treks.
  • Enjoy more the nature than big groups of tourist.


Day 1: Cusco – Socma – Perolniyoc – Charcahuaylla

We will pick you up at 5:00 a.m. from your accommodation in Cusco. We will drive in a private van for 1 1/2 hours to the peaceful village of Rafca (2800m). Then, we’ll continue driving for another 30 minutes to the village of Socma (3000m), which is the starting point of the trek, where we will stop to have breakfast and meet our horseman. We will start our hike up a lush valley of scattered farmhouses and crop terraces. After 40 minutes of walking, we will see a tall waterfall where we can pause to refresh ourselves amidst the cool spray, or enjoy a refreshing shower and dip beneath the falls. After this we will continue hiking for another hour and visit the little-known Inca ruin of Qorimarca, perched at mid-altitude on a shelf high above the Socma valley. Qorimarca was probably built by the Incas to control the agricultural production of the surrounding valley. We will continue our moderate hike up for 40 more minutes until we reach Rayan nicyuc where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we will continue walking up for 3 hours until we get to first campsite, Charcahuaylla (4100m/ 13,540ft), and have dinner

Day 2: Charcahuaylla Chanca chupo pass – Inti Punku – Choquetacarpo – Inca quarry of Cachicata – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, we will continue trekking for 1.5 hours across the high plateau to reach the to Huayna Negra pass, the hightest point of the trek, located at 4,300m/14190ft. From this point, we can soak in the spectacular views of the valley below and then hike down for 2 hours to a site the Incas called Inti Punku (meaning Sun Gate). Then, arrive to Choquetacarpo (3600m/11880ft) and continue the descent to the Inca quarry of Cachicata (3420m/11286ft). Here, you can see the work of the Incas as this was used by the Incas for the construction of Ollantaytambo. You will see several large buildings, quarried stones left half finished and abandoned throughout the site.We will have lunch facing a breathtaking mountain and valley panorama. After exploring this site, continue your way down the mountain for about 3 hours until reaching the town of Ollantaytambo. where you will have some time to rest and explore the historic town. In Ollantaytambo, we will catch the 7:00 p.m. train to the town of Aguas Calientes. Once there, you will have a late dinner at a restaurant in the town and discuss with your guide what time you wish to wake up in the morning to visit the citadel of Machu Picchu. Your hostel in Aguas Calientes can be upgraded to a hotel if you prefer.

Day 3: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Early in the morning, you’ll take a bus to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. In the citadel of Machu Picchu, you will enjoy a 2-hour guided tour and learn all about the Incas and the citadel. Then, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, which you can enjoy to take pictures and/or do the optional hike up to Huayna Picchu (must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance). In the afternoon, you will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes where you will board the train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you will take a bus transfer back to Cusco where you will be dropped off at your hotel.


 US $470 per person

Small group experience; Max 15, Avg 4

Please note: Our trek service begins and ends in your hotel in Cusco

For the Cachicata Trek, we will lend you with a duffel bag at the briefing for the trek the night before we depart to put all of your belongings. By using standardized bags, we will ensure that all of your belongings will fit properly on the horses. The duffel bags easily fit 8 kilograms /16 pounds per person including your sleeping bags.

However, You will still need to carry your day pack with all of your essentials like water, sunscreen, passport, etc

We offer a discount of US $20 to students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and to children under the age of 16 years old. Scanned copies of your ISIC card or child’s passport must be provided at the time of payment of the deposit for the trek in order to qualify for the international discount.

Storage during your trek: Most of our trekkers leave their belongings that they do not want to bring on the trek in the accommodation they were previously staying in. Hostels/hotels usually have a safe box or a locked room where you can store your belongings. If you do not trust your hostel, we would be more than happy to store you belongings for you in our office.

Train for the end of your Trek

The most common departure times that we book for our tourists is 6:20 p.m. or the 7:00pm

The 18:20 p.m. train will arrive in Ollantaytambo train station at 8:00 p.m.,and the 7:00pm train will arrive a bit later at 8:30 p.m. You will be picked up by your driver outside of the train station. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it to avoid confusion. If you do not see the driver initially, just wait for them outside of the train station. Once the driver has picked you up, you will travel for 1 1/2 hours in a van before you arrive back at your hotel/hostel. Arrival time in Cusco is approximately 10:00 p.m., or 10:30 p.m.

You may also choose to update your train ticket to the Vistadome train, for an extra cost of US $65.

Important: We guarantee these early Expedition departures, as per the itinerary, only if you book your tours 2 months in advance. Otherwise, we may be forced to offer lates returning train only

Included / Not Included

What is included in the price?

Professional guide who is fluent in English
6 kg /12 lb luggage allowance to be carried by our horses (you will trek only with your day pack which is way more confortable than carrying a big bag!)
Private bus to the start of the trail
Machu Picchu entrance fees
Two-person tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
Sleeping mattress
Meals cooked by an experienced chef: breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks!
Delicious food rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
All our food is prepared from organic vegetables and fresh ingredients
Vegetarian/special diet options available
Water (We will provide you with boiled and filtered cold water during the trek after lunch on the first day). You will need to bring a container to carry your water in. Also, you need to ensure that you pack a sufficient amount of water for the first half-day of the trek
Horse (to carry the tents and cooking equipment)
Wrangler’s health insurance paid for by INTI SUN TREK
First aid kit including an oxygen bottle and an extra horse for you to ride if the altitude has a strong effect on your strength
Expedition Train From Ollantaytambo to Aguas Clientes
Hostal in Aguas Calientes double or triple rooms, private bathrooms, hot showers, wifi, and storage while you visit Machu Picchu.
Round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Bus from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco

Not included:

Breakfast on the first morning.
Entry to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
Sleeping bags (These can be rented in our office for US $20 for the entire trek. Every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use)
Tips for the guide, cooks, and wranglers (Please remember that tipping is 100% optional and depends entirely on the service you received. It is customary to give tips in Latin America, however it is NOT mandatory. If you do wish to give a tip, these are our recommended guidelines Guide: 25-40 soles per trekker Horsemen: 40-60 soles for each horseman from the whole group Cook: 100-150 soles for the cook from the whole group)

What you need to bring:

Original passport
For students: ISIC card
Insurance card/certificate
Walking stick (highly recommended)
Hiking boots
Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
Warm jacket
Hat and gloves
2-4 t-shirts
2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
Long underwear for sleeping
Hand sanitizer
Comfortable trousers
Sun hat or cap
Insect repellent
Toiletries/ Toilet paper
Personal medication
Flashlight or headlamp
Extra money for tips/snacks/beer (we recommend at least 200-300 extra soles = US $100)

Optional items to take:

Basic First Aid Kit
Bathing suit for hot springs


Is the Inca Quarry Difficult?

No, not at all. The Cachicata trek is not as physically demanding as other treks in the region which makes it perfect for families travelling with children or anyone wishing for a more relaxed route to Machu Picchu. However, the downhill portion of the trek on the second day of the trek is somewhat challenging, especially if you have experienced knee problems in the past. We recommend that you take walking sticks with you to help with this problem.

How long will we walk on each day?

On the first day we will walk for 7 hours, and on the second day we will walk for 8 hours. These times are approximate and will depend on the pace in which you walk. Our cooks will provide you with plenty of snacks and water to keep you strong during your trek.

What time will we take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes?

We will take the 7:00 p.m. train departing from Ollantaytambo train station. You will arrive in Aguas Calientes at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Will we be able to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain?

Yes, if you let us know when you book the trek that you are interested in climbing Huayna Picchu, we will be able to book you a ticket. A limited number of people are permited to climb Huayna Picchu each day and tickets can sell out weeks in advance.

What type of hostel does Inti Sun Trek use for Inca Quarrry Trek?

At Inti Sun Trek, we always book through the Continental, El Tambo or Machu Picchu hostels, which offer private double rooms. These hostels offer comfortable beds, hot water for showering, WiFi, and breakfast. NOTE: We guarantee these hostels will be reserved only if you book your trek 2 months in advance. Otherwise, we may be forced to offer alternative accommodation.

Can I upgrade the hostal to a hotel in Aguas Calientes?.

Yes. Every traveller has their own expectations for accommodation and that is why we give you the option to book your own hostel independently. The two hostels that Inti Sun Trek books are considered basic and so if you wish to upgrade to a hotel you need to:

1) Do this yourself or,

2) Ask Inti Sun Trek to do it for you.

If you wish to book a hostel independently, a US $10 discount is given per person off the tour price. You can use this money to pay for an alternative hostel.