Quarry Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 3D / 2N
The Inca Trek quarry is one of the newer and less-crowded routes of trekking to Machu Picchu in the Cuzco region. This wonderful walk will take you to high waterfalls, Inca ruins and beautiful landscape. This hike is relatively easy compared with some other excursions to Machu Picchu is a great choice for less experienced hikers.
Day by day itinerary:
Day 1 – Cusco – Socma (3000m) – Perolniyoc (3200m) – scratch-Niyoc Pass (4, 400 m) – camping
We are going to pick you up around 5:00 am from your hotel in Cusco toward Socma village (3000m). Here we start the walk towards the archaeological site of Perolniyoc (3200 m) where we will have lunch, to visit the beautiful waterfall, as well as the archaeological remains that are found in the upper part of the Valley. We are going to continue for another 30 minutes until you reach Rayan-Niyoc (3,600 m). We continue along the path towards the first pass on the journey located in 4,400 meters above sea level, this area is still cultivated by the people of the place. After walking down 4 hours will arrive to our camp where we spend the night.
Day 2 – camping – 2nd Pass (4,500 m) – Inti Punku – Choquetacarpo (3600m) – Inca quarry of Cachicata (3820) – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
From our camp, we will walk around 1 hour and a half through the Highlands to reach the second pass of our walk, which is 4,500 meters. You will enjoy spectacular views of the Valley before heading for approximately 3 hours to a site of the incas called Inti Punku (meaning gate of the Sun), it also offers breathtaking views over the Valley and the mountain called Veronica rises above the horizon. After few minutes we reach Choquetacarpo (3600 m) where we will stop for our delicious lunch.
Having had a resting time and full of energy again, continue our descent to the quarry of the Inca called Cachicata (3820), in which we can be witnesses of the work of the Incas. It was the quarry used by the incas for the construction of Ollantaytambo and there are several places of interest, including several large buildings, Quarry stones that are half-finished and abandoned in the entire site, chullpas (funerary houses) and a cave with Inca mummies still on the place.
After exploring this site, we will continue our way to the mountain for approximately 3 hours until we arrive to Ollantaytambo, the end point of this fascinating and challenging hike. From there, we are going to take the train to Aguas Calientes. You will be greeted by your guide at the train station that will take you to your hotel and is going to give you information of the next day. That night we are going to have a dinner and enjoy a well deserved rest.
Day 3 – Explore Machupicchu and return to Cuzco
This day we will wake up very early and after breakfast we will board the first bus 5:30 AM, and have a 30 minute trip arriving to the Machu Picchu citadel at 6:00 AM to appreciate the majestic sunrise. We are going to have a guiding tour of 2 hours to know the most important places of Machu Picchu, those who wish may go up to Wayna Picchu * (enter tickets are not included – reservations are required ).
After the tour you will have free time of around 04 hours to visit Machu Picchu on your own. You can go down to Aguas Calientes where you can visit the thermal baths (entrance ticket are not included), after lunch in a restaurant (not included) we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo station where the transfer of our company is going to pick you up from there in order to return to Cusco city at your hotel.
* Take an optional Wayna Picchu: hike up the steep peak called Huayna Picchu, located inside the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. The road takes about 45 – 60 minutes and we will appreciate exclusive and unforgettable views of Machu Picchu from a fantastic perspective. Please note that if you want to take this optional excursion, you must contact us at least 1 month in advance to reserve your ticket.