Inca Quarry Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days / 4 Nights

5 Days / 4 Noches from US $ 550.00
Max Altitude
3900 m.a.s.l
Trip Length
5 Days / 4 Noches
Group Size
Min 2 Persons
Physical Level
Challenging
Trip Style
Trekking
LODGING TYPE
Campsite - Hotel
Availability
All Year
Price From
$ 550
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Overview

Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu

Explore the lesser-known Inca Trail on this 5-day, 4-night trek to Machu Picchu. Led by experienced guides Raquel and Edwin, you’ll hike through stunning mountain scenery, lush forests, and ancient ruins.

On the first day, you’ll start your hike at Km 82, following the original Inca Trail to the Inca Quarry. This impressive site is where the Incas quarried the stones used to build Machu Picchu.

On the second day, you’ll hike to Wayllabamba, a beautiful valley home to a variety of flora and fauna. You’ll have the chance to see llamas, alpacas, and other Andean animals.

On the third day, you’ll hike to the highest point on the Inca Quarry Trek, Runkurakay Pass. At 3,900 meters above sea level, this pass offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

On the fourth day, you’ll hike to Winay Wayna, the last Inca settlement before Machu Picchu. This impressive site is full of ancient ruins, including temples, terraces, and fountains.

On the fifth day, you’ll hike to Machu Picchu, where you’ll have the whole morning to explore this incredible lost city. You’ll see the Sun Gate, the Temple of the Sun, and other important structures.

This is a moderate trek, so it’s a great option for those who want to experience the Inca Trail without the long days of hiking. All meals and transportation are included, and you’ll be accompanied by a team of experienced guides and porters.

Inca Quarry Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days / 4 Nights

Itinerary

We come to pick you up from your hotel and drive by private van to the trailhead, we do our first stop to explore the Quillarumiyoc ruins. where we will find many inca archeological remains, it was a religious center. The Moonstone is a large carving on an enormous lime stone boulder,and it was important for his quechua society. After exploring this site we keep going to the place where all our local mountain staff will be waiting for us like horsemen and the horses and as soon as we are there we start walking up to (pre-incan site of Wata) where have a nice spot to have lunch with a nice view of Urubamba Mountain range after having lunch your guide will explain you the story of wata after that we take the path go along a green side valley where we appreciate below the valley a few small villages before to go in the village of Chillipawa, where we camp.

After a good breakfast we start our trek climbing up with several stops to enjoy the view of the valley and the high land mountains and high pampas with a lot of high land grass, We normally stop for lunch shortly before the pass of Accoccosa the highest point of the trek. The last part of the pass is on loose red gravel, but the view from the top makes it all worthwhile: a broad, hidden valley surrounded by snowy and glaciers peaks the Huayanay Mountain Range on the left, the Urubamba Mountain Range straight ahead and beautiful, pyramidal Veronica Mountain 5,800m.a.s.l./19,024ft. to the right. We have time to explore this plateau and experience walking in the high lands before continuing to our camp we can do some optional hike around this area. Our campsite is close to a single farmer family in a big flat or pampa called Chancachuco.

After breakfast we follow the stream down to the narrow canyon with polylepis trees forest, after the canyon the path turns North and traverses very high above a deep and steep valley separating us from the Huayanay Mountains. This is probably the most spectacular section of the trek and we trek under the Inca aqueduct spectacularly carved out of the cliffs to take water from the Chancachuco Valley to the Sacred Valley several miles away. At the end of the traverse we have a short steep climb up to our lunch place, flat with spectacular view of Sacred Valley and the snowy and glacier Urubamba mountain Range. After lunch we explore the Huayrapunku. Meaning “Gate of the Wind”, this is a single Inca remain on the top of the mountain which one is to Veronica Mountain, Finally a short walk brings us to our final campsite in amongst the granite stones of the Cachicata Quarry. It was here that huge blocks were cut from the pink granite before dragged down the mountainside and across the Vilcanota River to the Sun Temple at Ollantaytambo town.

Mornings usually spectacular, to see the sun rise over the Sacred Valley from our campsite high above it. The sun’s first rays catching the glaciers of Veronica Mountain, This is our last day on the trek and we descend from the pampas down into the lush valley floor along the enormous stone ramps on which the Incas dragged the stones. We cross the river and explore the huge Sun Temple at Ollantaytambo Inca site complex. Then we board the train to Aguas Calientes.

Early in the morning, we’ll catch the bus up to the Inca city of Machu Picchu to enjoy a guided tour or this enigmatic site. After the tour there will be time to wander around and appreciate the beauty and mystery of Machu Picchu. Later on, you may choose to climb Wayna Picchu 2,600m.a.s.l. / 8,850ft. the peak overlooking the area. Around mid-afternoon we’ll catch the bus back to the train station for the return trip to Cusco. The tracks run along the Urubamba river valley, the route taken by Hiram Bingham in 1911 when he re-discovered Machu Picchu. On the arrival to Cusco we transfer to the hotel.

Inclusions

Terra Quechua Peru Included

  • Pre-departure inka quarry trek briefing at Hotel or Office *Give us details of the place you are going to stay in Cusco please.
  • Professional Quechua Spanish and English speaking Huarocondo Cachicata trek tour guide
  • Collection from your hotel (we pick you up where you are staying from) from 6:30 to 7:00 am
  • Private Transportation Van to Huarocondo ( trailhead)
  • Tourist train round trip (cerrojo-backpacker ) from Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (2 hours aprox.) and then bus back to Cusco(1 and half hours aprox. )
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Quarry Trek Food: *4 breakfasts,4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 4 dinners
  • 4 seasons HIGH QUALITY PROPER MOUNTAIN TENT (Best Mountain Hardwear & kayla Doite Tents )(We use only the finest quality aluminum tent poles) 4 man tent for 2-people so there will be plenty of space to set up your backpacks
  • Camping equipment (tent for the staff, cooking and eating tents. portables chairs and tables )
  • THERM-A-REST self-inflating air Sleeping mattresses ( a whole new way to sleep in comfort.
  • Quary Trek Cook ,who is in charge of making the food,
  • Horsemen, mules or porters Weight allowance: Our horses will carry up to 16 pounds or 7 kilograms of your personal belongings.
  • If you would like to hire a private horse, ( let us know at the time of booking)(they also carry cooking stuff and camping equipment )
  • 1 emergency horse to ride every 3 persons – days 1 to 2
  • 1 night accommodation in a hostel Aguas Calientes and if you want to upgrade let us know
  • Health Insurance for our porters, cooks,guides, field crew and Terra Quechua staff
  • Wake up coca tea each morning in your tent for a gentle start
  • Free duffel bag for your personal stuff
  • Oxygen balloon for any emergency
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • Two-hours guided tour upon your arrival in Machu Picchu (to explore every important temple of the Santuary).
  • Single Tents and vegetarian meals available upon request with no extra cost
  • Free “I survived ” T-shirt and certificate (only for PEOPLE who successfully complete the trek!!)
  • Transfer train or bus station-hotel in Cusco
  • First Aid kit for Emergencies.
  • Free Luggage storage. When you go on the trek it is best to leave any luggage that you are not going to need behind in Cusco.
  • Nearly all the hotels in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit. Put any valuables in their safe. Very rarely do hotels _charge for this service especially if you are returning to the same hotel after the trek. If there are any problems with your hotel we can arrange to store your luggage at our Terra Quechua office.

Terra Quechua Additional Things Include From March 2020 – January 2021

Portables Tent & Biodegradable Toilet (toilet waste bags) Terra Quechua allows you to bring the comforts of home along for an enjoyable trip.Having a toilet in your home away from home may be convenience at its finest. Camping. so you don’t have to go out into the woods in the middle of the night to do your business.

Responsible Tourism and Well-paid and well-treated porters(HOW YOU CAN HELP ENSURE PROPER TREATMENT)

Terra Quechua Bottle for free. Get one for free at the office.

Please help us to reduce or eliminate the generation of plastic waste by refilling this bottle in any of the water stations located throughout on the treks. This is part of our efforts towards a cleaner and healthier environment. Sponsored by Terra Quechua Peru (The Best Local Tour Operator)

Get one of this Bottle for Fee at our Office!!!
Terra Quechua Water Bottles (Get one for Free)

NOTE: Train included in all tours is the Cerrojo-backpacker (Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo) Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 16:00 and being the 20:00 pm the last train. To get Aguas Calientes and returning at 14:00 The earliest train and being the 9:00 pm the last train expedition will organize the transport back to Cusco (by taxi or by bus).

Please Note: train times are subject to change depending on Peru rail click here to see timestable and availability.If organized in advance, the train can be upgraded to Vistadome (larger windows than the backpaker cerrojo train to Ollantaytambo ) for an increased price.of US$ 120 let us know please.

Terra Quechua Peru No Included

  • Breakfast on the first day at Lares (ask at your hotel)
  • Entrance to the hot springs water lares valley 10 soles or Aguas Calientes 10 soles(click here to see hot springs)
  • Sleeping bag (goose down) -15ºC-extreme it can be hired from us US$20 for all trek mummy form and include a _sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 25 trips
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (optional/ instead of walking) ( one way US$8 and you can Buy it at the Aguas Calientes bus stationAguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Last Lunch in Aguas Calientes town
  • Bus down tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town US$12 one way

Travel and health insurance.(bring copies with you please):Terra Quechua highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment. Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance.

What to Bring

  • Original passport and copies (and Student card (university name ). Note ( you have to bring your _Student card to Machu Picchu because you are going to be required to show at the Machu Picchu control point
  • Travel Insurance card is essential
  • Sleeping bag (not included)
  • hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors )
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Sun hat and gloves
  • T-shirts / shirts
  • Comfortable hiking zip off trousers
  • Rain pants
  • Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Sun protection cream ( factor 35 recommended ) sun is strong
  • Insect Repellent ( for mosquitos )15 % of deet at least
  • Water bottle.
  • Water purifying tablets (Micropur recommended)
  • Toilet paper and wet wipes
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries (flashlight) we recommend headlights

Extra contribution suggested in soles money for tipping horseman, cook and guide. and for any emergency.

OPTIONAL ITEMS TO BRING ON HUAROCONDO CACHICATA TREK:

Short pants , Plaster and bandages
Walking poles (with rubber tips) they can also be hired from us
NOTE: walking poles are not allowed into Machu Picchu city.

Prices

Price information: Price per person 2024- 2025
Group Size: 2min – 10 Max All private service departure dates are adapted to your request.

GROUP SERVICE PRICE 2024- 2025
Number of People for group :
2pax 3pax 4pax 5pax 6 – 10pax
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Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative)

Students: US$ 20.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)

Teenagers: US$ 30.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)

Children: US$ 40.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)

Departure Dates: Departures are available along the year although due to weather conditions, the recommended period for this trek is April to November. All private service departure dates are adapted to your request.

DEPARTURE DATES 2024 – 2025

PRICE PER PERSON US$550 (GROUP SIZE: 02 People MINIMUM & 10 People MAXIMUM) To confirm we need you to send us a deposit of US$150 per person as well as filled out booking form)

DECEMBER 2022: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,25,27,
JANUARY 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29
FEBRUARY 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27
MARCH 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31
APRIL 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29
MAY 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31
JUNE 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,30
JULY 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,27,29,31
AUGUST 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31
SEPTEMBER 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,30
OCTOBER 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,31
NOVEMBER 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,21,23,25,27,29,30
DECEMBER 2023: 15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31
JANUARY 2024: 1,3,8,15,30

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Why to Choose Terra Quechua Peru

TERRA QUECHUA PERU. Is a full-service travel company. Our reputation for excellence is earned every day by providing the ultimate in value and personal attention. Since our founding in 2012, we have striven to make travel simple, worry-free, and fun for our corporate and leisure customers alike.

What is Terra Quechua Peru's mission?

Terra Quechua Peru is dedicated to providing the ultimate in value and personal attention to its customers, striving to make travel simple, worry-free, and enjoyable for both corporate and leisure travelers.

Who founded Terra Quechua Peru, and what distinguishes it as a company?

Terra Quechua Peru, initially started by Raquel Sanchez and Edwin Medina, is a family-owned travel agency and direct local tour operator headquartered in Cusco. Their extensive personal experience in trekking, along with the fact that it's a 100% Cusquenian Company without any shareholders, sets it apart.

What sets Terra Quechua Peru apart from other travel companies?

Terra Quechua Peru distinguishes itself by its dedication to providing exceptional value and personalized attention to its clients. Since its establishment in 2012, it has been committed to making travel straightforward, stress-free, and enjoyable for both corporate and leisure travelers. Additionally, being a family-owned business with a strong local presence and a wealth of experience in trekking further sets it apart.

What makes Terra Quechua Peru unique in the travel industry?

Terra Quechua Peru's uniqueness lies in its origins as a family-owned travel agency and direct local tour operator. Its founders, Raquel Sanchez and Edwin Medina, have personal experience spanning many years in trekking, offering travelers an authentic and knowledgeable perspective of Peru.

What kind of experience expect with Terra Quechua Peru?

Travelers with Terra Quechua Peru can anticipate a personalized and friendly experience during their trekking adventures. The guides are dedicated to making travelers feel like they are hiking with their own family or friends. Their in-depth knowledge of the region and culture adds an extra layer of authenticity to every journey.

Can Terra Quechua Peru help plan custom trips?

Yes, Terra Quechua Peru specializes in fully customizable trips. They can work with travelers to create personalized itineraries that cater to their specific interests and preferences, ensuring a tailored and unforgettable experience in Peru.

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Emmanuel Leão
Emmanuel Leão
2024-01-14
Excelente viagem de 4 dias a Cuzco Todos os serviços contratados mais do que atenderam minhas expectativas. O pessoal de apoio, os guias nos locais visitados, a pontualidade, etc... enfim, uma agência excelente e cem por cento recomendável. País lindo e a melhor agência de turismo que você pode encontrar no Peru,
Jade Lucinda
Jade Lucinda
2024-01-07
Incredible Trek! Wonderful landscapes, adventure and exquisite attention. Choquequirao Trek totally recommended. The company is very professional. From the day of the briefing, prior to departure, to the organization of each departure and route, accommodations, food and of course the guide. For us MIGUEL was the key to the Trek! Funny, eloquent, kind, responsible... he took care of each one of us, he made sure that we all went well in the Trek, he woke us up before the departures with a great warm tea, and he gave us the best explanations 10 out of 10 to the service ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Gareth Aaron Dougherty
Gareth Aaron Dougherty
2023-12-28
Incredible experience in the Peruvian mountain range We did the Salkantay Trek (4 days / 3 nights) and it was an incredible experience. The landscapes are spectacular and reaching Machu Picchu was the best ending. The organisation was perfect, we didn't have to worry about anything, everything was super controlled, the rest of the staff was super and the food was delicious. Special mention to our guide who explained everything in detail and made our trip very enjoyable, always looking out for our enjoyment and safety. We will definitely repeat with Terra Quechua Peru when we return to Cusco for our next adventure. Congratulations to all the staff of this company!
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Sunshine10167476492
2023-12-19
Tour Inca Jungle consigliato Ottimo tour di 3 giorni Inca Jungle. È una buona alternativa al cammino Inca. Esperienza ricca di adrenalina, con bici, rafting, zip line e trekking. Si chiude con visita guidata a machu picchu. Ottima e molto professionale la guida Jerson, che ci ha accompagnato per tutto il tempo.
Maria Ysabel M
Maria Ysabel M
2023-12-17
Hicimos tour 5 días en Cusco y todo fue mágico, desde que llegamos hasta el día en que nos fuimos.. Edwin Medina gracias Un tour recomendadisimo, siempre fueron atentos con nosotros y se cumplido todo lo pactado, nos divertimos muchísimo
Mike L
Mike L
2023-12-10
6 day Lares trek and package tour. This locally owned company was fantastic. Very easy to work with and far exceeded our expectations! Fantastic food on our Lares trek, totally unexpected, and worthy of the finest restaurants anywhere. We had a custom-made cake in the middle of nowhere for my wife’s birthday out of scratch. I’ll Our guide Bernito (author, archeologist, teacher, expedition mountaineer, chef, and guide all in one!) was a true professional, and very well trained. Very fun to be around as well and great conversation. We highly recommend this excellent company. We feel that we got extra information at Machu Picchu with his years of training. We got a private track and tour and that was worth just a few extra dollars. You should definitely consider these good folks. We are from the mountains of Colorado, US, and found this to be an amazing country and people.
Melynda S
Melynda S
2023-12-10
Lares trek, short Inca trek Fantastic experience! This is a local company with local insight and guidance. I cannot recommend this company enough. Everything was perfectly arranged. Bernito was excellent! We learned so much about the local culture and Incan history from him. This was an experience that we will carry with us in our daily lives forever.
Romain B
Romain B
2023-12-08
4 jours de bonheur en pleine nature Nous avons fait ce super Trek en compagnie de Reynaldo. 4 jours de bonheur dans les montagnes péruviennes. Reynaldo est super, très à l’écoute et très attachant. En ce qui concerne la nourriture, on pourrait se croire dans un restaurant gastronomique, même si nous sommes dans un campement en pleine montagne. Merci pour tout
Gary Dosney
Gary Dosney
2023-12-06
Sacred Valley Tour Connection Machu Picchu 2 Days / 1 Night 2d/1n , not to be missed We had an amazing experience with this company. We chose them because of the many 5 star reviews and we are so glad we did. Edwin was committed to giving us the best experience. We loved that they booked everything for us: train tickets, hotel, entrance fees to Machu Picchu, so we didn't have to worry about anything. We were able to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery and rich history. Our group was small (the two of us and other couples), which resulted in a very intimate and personalized experience. There were many other groups at Machu Picchu that had groups of 15-20 people and we were very happy to have such a small group. It was well worth the cost and I would recommend it to others.
Marilyn
Marilyn
2023-11-30
Machu Picchu Thank you for a wonderful day tour at Machu Picchu. Jose met us at the main square in Aguas Calientes at 1pm and walked with us up to the bus station to take the half hour journey to the gates of Machu Picchu. It was pouring with rain but we managed to climb up to the observation level and waited until the rain stopped and the wind blew the clouds away and we were able to view the amazing citadel. Being 70 & 80 years young and not the fittest we were worried about how we could make the tour but Jose was extremely patient and helped us along the way. It truly was an amazing experience to be able to walk around such an incredible site. Everything was organized for us, the car from Cusco to Ollyantambo, then the Vista dome train to Aguas Calientes, bus up & entry into Machu Picchu and the return journey back to Cusco. Effortless. I would thoroughly recommend this company to anyone.