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Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

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  • 12 hrs
  • Wifi Available
  • Min Age : 12+
  • Pickup : Hotel

This Inca Quarry trek is for you if you would like to immerse yourself in the history of the Incas and really experience what life is like in the highlands of the Andes. The trek recently featured in the list of Top 7 alternative treks to Machu Picchu by the National Geographic Society. Apart from stunning landscapes and enigmatic flora and fauna, you will visit the Perolniyoc archaeological complex, a handful of indigenous communities and the Cachiqata quarry, where they sourced the rocks to the build the well-known Ollantaytambo archaeological fortress.

If you are swayed by the sophisticated techniques hidden in these walls, then visit the old Inca quarry from where the Incas carved the rocks to build the important Ollantaytambo Inca city, the star gate to Machu Picchu. Take time to explore the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo and hike up to the dusted remnants of the old Inca hillside storehouses.

Then all aboard the most scenic train to Aguas Calientes and bathing in an all-natural hot springs.   On your final day, will be the long awaited tour to explore and experience the masterful energy center of the spiritual world of Machu Picchu with our professional guide! 

Overview

  • One Day Tour : We Go Over Rainbow Mountain - High Altitude
  • Hike By Cusipata (Shorthest trail), Only 1 hour trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel around 3:00 am
  • Driving 2 hours to Cusipata (last shop stop).
  • Then a few more minutes to reach starting spot.
  • Breakfast and last tips from our guide to you.
  • There 3 km between - starting spot and Rainbow Mountain
  • Lunch in the cusipata village.
  • At the top enjoy the panoramic vista across Ausangate area.
  • Then return by same trail.
  • Drive 4:00 pm hours back to Cusco.

Included

  •  Briefing at your hotel the night before the trekking departure.
  • Private transportation from the hotel toTrailhead.
  • Round trip train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • 2 Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes
  • entrace ticket to the Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Hotel with private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, storage and buffet breakfast included
  • 2 person eureka tents (large and comfortable)
  • Delicious meals during the 4 days.
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank.
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles.
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Thick foam mattress.
  • Small Pillow.
  • Horseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our mules).

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag (minus 10 ºC) – US$ 15.
  • Breakfast on the first day, Lunch & dinner on the last day.
  • Sleeping Bag – US$15 per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Walking Poles – US$15 per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • HUAYNA PICCHO MOUNTAIN – US$35 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • MACHU PICCHO MOUNTAIN – US$30 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of RAINBOW MOUNTAIN PERU TREK

What you need to take

What You Should Bring :

  • Hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors).
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho.
  • Warm jack.
  • Hat and gloves.
  • T-shirts.
  • Comfortable trousers.
  • Rain pants.
  • Sun hat.
  • Sun protection cream ( factor 35 recommended ) sun is strong.
  • Water bottle
  • Toilet paper.
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films.
  • Extra contribution suggested money for tipping porters, cook and guide. and for any emergency (120 soles).

You can rent in your office :

  • Walking sticks ($ 5.00 per person) for the entire hike.
Group Service
  • PRICE: $ 40.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS PER PERSON
  • NOTE: Shared service price is only available with agreement passenger to share this service with other travellers (Group site 8 - 13 People approx.)
Private Service
  • GROUP SIZE UP ON YOUR REQUEST for people who want a personalize and exclusive service.
  • All include
  • DEPARTURE DAYS and PRICE ARE ACCORDING TO PASSENGER REQUEST.
Itinerary

DAY 1:CUSCO – RAF´QA – SOQMA – Q´ORIMARCA

We leave Cusco early in the morning and drive for 2 hours to Choquequilla, a small ceremonial place where the Incas historically would honor the moon. A short drive from here takes us to Rafq’a. Now it is time to lace up your boots at the starting point of our trek where we meet the horsemen for our hike. We hike for about 1 hour to reach the typical Inca community of Socma. Just a hop, skip and a jump ahead, takes us to the hypnotizing Perolniyoc Cascade. It is the perfect opportunity to stop, take photos and have a snack. Our goal is to reach our campsite at 3700m or 2139ft at about lunchtime. After lunch, we set off to explore the Q’orimarca archeological site, which served as a checkpoint during the times of the Incas.

• Meals: Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time -Dinner
• Accommodation: Camping
• Distance: 12kms/7.5 miles
• Time: 7 hours approximately
• Difficulty: Moderate.

DAY 2:QORIMARCA – INTI PUNKU – CHOQUETACARPO

This is the most challenging but most rewarding day of the hike. A 3-hour walk takes us to the top of the first pass, known as Puccaqasa (4370mts). After enjoying the picturesque views of the undulating valleys below, we descend down for 30 minutes, just in time for lunch.
Rested and full of energy again, we head onward and upward for about 2 hour to the highest pass of the trek: Kuychicassa(4450m/14599ft). From here, we head down for 2 hours to the site that the Incas called Inti Punku, (meaning Sun Gate) with its imposing views over the valley and the horizon is engulfed by the picturesque Veronica Mountains. We discover our campsite is just a short distance away from Choquetacarpo (3600m/11811ft).

• Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
• Accommodation: Camping
• Distance: 14kms/9.5 miles
• Time: 8 hours approximately
• Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

DAY 3: CHOQUETACARPO – KACHIQATA QUARRY – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES

Day 3 is all downhill hiking, with our first stop at the Kachiqata Quarry where we can personally witness the workmanship of the Incas, which they could not complete due to the Spanish Conquest. Midday we arrive at the town of Kachiqata, the end of this challenging and fascinating trek. From here we visit the original Inca settlement Ollantaytambo and in the afternoon we travel by train to Aguas Calientes where we stay overnight at our private hotel.

• Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
• Accommodation: Wiracocha Inn Hotel
• Distance: 7kms/5 miles
• Time: 6 hours approximately
• Difficulty: Moderate.

DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Bursting with excitement on your final surreal day, we take the first bus to Machu Picchu archeological site, making sure we tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The Citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu, what an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you through the energetic ruins and its diverse main streets. Then on your own, you can wander around the town squares of the world’s spiritual center of esoteric wisdom, as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Alternatively, you can stay still and find the peace within as you sit in the pure delight of the moment.

If you wish to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own you can (not included in the price):
• Climb up Huaynapiccho or machupiccho mountains
• to appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from the views above ($25 each additional cost)
• You will be given some time to walk to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku. (Free of cost)
• Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs (will be an additional entrance fee).

When you are ready, you will descend to Aguas Calientes, have a leisurely lunch on your own, and later on board the Expedition train at 4:22pm for the return trip to Cusco stopping at the Ollantaytambo Station, where you will catch our private van back to Cusco and arrive at your hotel around 8pm.

• Meal: Breakfast
• Difficulty: Easy.

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