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3-Day Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu

Cusco, Peru

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  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Vegetarian meal option available

Overview

Day 1: Cusco - Socma - Perolniyoc - Rayan-Niyoc Pass - Campsite
After hotel pickup from Cusco at 6am, you will drive to the town of Rafca (2800m). Then, you'll continue to the village of Socma (3000m), which is the starting point of the trek. Begin a 2-hour trek to reach the Inca site of Perolniyoc where you'll have lunch and visit the beautiful waterfall and the archaeological ruins. Then, hike for 30 more minutes reaching Rayan-Niyoc (3,600m). Continue up the valley making your way to the first pass on the trek, located at 4,400 meters above sea level. This area is still cultivated by the local people despite the high altitudes. After walking for 4 hours, reach the pass and take in the panorama. After a 20-minute descent, you'll reach the first campsite, where you'll sleep.

Day 2: Campsite - 2nd Pass - Inti Punku - Choquetacarpo - Inca quarry of Cachicata - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
Enjoy a tasty breakfast and start the trek. You will walk for 1.5 hours across the high plateau to reach the second (and highest) pass of the trek, located at 4,500 meters. Take in the wonderful views of the valley below and then hike down for 3 hours to a site the Incas called Inti Punku (meaning Sun Gate). Then, arrive to Choquetacarpo (3600m) and continue the descent to the Inca quarry of Cachicata (3820m). 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. After exploring this site, continue your way down the mountain for about 3 hours until reaching the town of Ollantaytambo. From there, you'll take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night at a hotel.

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. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour and learn all about the Incas and the citadel. Then, explore the site on your own as you take pictures and/or do the optional hike up to Huayna Picchu (must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance). In the afternoon, take the bus back to Aguas Calientes where you will board the train to Ollantaytambo. Take a bus transfer back to Cusco where you will be dropped off at Plaza San Francisco.

See the trek map by clicking on 'View Additional Info'.

Information

Includes:
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Cuzco Accommodation Pick-Up
  • Van Transfer from Cuzco to Huarocondo/Socma
  • Round Trip Train Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
  • Round Trip Tourist Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
  • Bus Transfer Ollantaytambo to Cuzco
  • Professional English Speaking Guide on trek & Machu Picchu tour
  • Camping Accommodation during trek (including basic sleeping mattress & tent for 2 people)
  • 1-night 3* Hotel Accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site
  • Meals: 2B/2L/2D
  • Cook: In charge of meal preparation
  • Horsemen and Horses to carry tents, food, cooking and camping equipment plus a total of 5 kilos for each trekker. (This includes 2.5 kilos for your sleeping bag & mattress plus 2.5 kilos of personal items.)
  • Equipment: Tents (2 people will share a tent), Basic sleeping pad, Shared camping equipment, Dinner tent, Kitchen tent, tables and chairs, table settings
  • First aid kit & Emergency Oxygen Bottle
  • Small group experience; Max 15, Avg 4
Excludes:
  • Breakfast Day 1, Lunch Day 3
  • Sleeping Bag (Available for rent in Cuzco)
  • Trekking Poles (Available for rent in Cuzco)
  • Guide for bus and train transfers (these portions are on your own)
  • Optional Huayna Picchu Trek (at an extra cost) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance
  • Optional Machu Picchu Mountain Hike (at an extra cost) must be booked at least 1 week in advance
  • Cuzco Accommodation Drop-off
  • Tips (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
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Note: There is a mandatory pre-departure briefing at our Cusco office the evening before your trek. You will receive detailed information on your excursion, a list of what to bring and confirm your departure details.
  • Accommodation Options: Single travellers will share a tent/room with another traveller of the same sex & couples will have a tent/room to themselves.
  • Physical Requirements: This hike is demanding, it’s important to be in good physical condition. The elevation changes make the hike strenuous as there are two high passes during the hike
  • Important: You must provide the following information upon booking: Full name (exactly as it appears on the passport), Date of Birth, Nationality, Passport Number, Date of Passport Expiry - Must be valid for at least 6 months past the date of travel. Without this information, the local tour operator will be unable to make the booking. Please be aware that your complete and correct passport information must be provided. Absolutely no modifications can be made once your booking has been confirmed. Any changes or discrepancies in the information provided will result in a complete loss of permits and entrance tickets, for which you will be held responsible and will need to pay for again.

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Cuzco Hotels Pick-Up
Departure Time:
5am
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