Enjoy a 4-day trek following a trail established ages ago by the Inca but which is still in use today. Explore the Inca community's culture and spirituality by interacting with the villagers along the way. Marvel at breathtaking mountainous landscapes and a sightseeing excursion of the petroglyphs of Pachar, Inca shrine of Ñaupa Iglesia, and Perolniyoc waterfalls.
This trek is the perfect alternative for those who like to explore much less crowded routes that take you well off the beaten track. This trail was built by the Incas 500 years ago and it is still being used today by the local people. The Inca Quarry Trek takes hikers to beautiful and secluded waterfalls, to traditional Andean communities, and to the largest quarry in the Inca Empire. You will learn about life in these isolated villages, about modern and traditional Inca culture, and about the history of this sacred region. You will experience different landscapes; from the sacred valley to the high Andean mountains and spend an unforgettable day exploring Machu Picchu - one of the most incredible locations on the planet.
DAY BY DAY SUMMARY
DAY 1: CUSCO – RACCA – SOQMA – K´ORIMARCA
Departure will be from your hotel around 5:00am and drive to the sacred valley until the community of Racca; on the way we will be able to see the petroglyphs of Pachar and the Inca shrine of Ñaupa Iglesia. After breakfast it’s a 2-hour uphill to the village of Soccma, place where lunch is waiting. The second part of your trek is a 3-hour hike uphill to Perolniyoc; which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Cusco with its drop of 328 feet in the rock. To finally arrive to Q’orimarca, a beautiful archeological site and spent the night in the surroundings.
DAY 2: QORIMARCA – INTI PUNKU – CHOQUETACARPO
Wake you up early in the morning with a cup of coffee in your tent. After breakfast it will be a 4-hour uphill to Charkahuaylla (4450m/14599ft) the highest point of this trek. At the summit our tour guide will perform a traditional offering ceremony to the mountain Apus. we will enjoy lunch at the banks of a beautiful lake to later start climbing our second and last mountain; Buena Negra (4370m/14300ft). Upon we reach the summit we will be rewarded with an spectacular view of the Sacred Valley making this trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As we continue downhill for 2 more hours to Intipunku (sungate), this is one of the most breath taking places overlooking straight to the veronica mountain. Our campsite is just few minutes down, called Choquetacarpo (3600m/11811ft) right in the middle of the Inca Quarry.
DAY 3: CHOQUETACARPO – KACHICCATA QUARRY – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
Awakening in an extraordinary place facing the sunrise it’s a perfect day- to make it even more unreal today is all downhill, with our first stop at the Cachiccata Quarry; the biggest Quarry in the Inca empire. This quarry was abandoned together with Machupicchu and many other Incan sites due to the Spanish invasion. We will stop for lunch and interact with local villagers at the Cachiccata community, where our private bus will be waiting to take us to Ollantaytambo to explore the City and have Dinner in a local Restaurant to later take the train to Aguas Calientes where we spent the night.
DAY 4: MACHUPICCHU (LOST CITY OF THE INCAS)
On our final day we have to get up very early to prepare for Machu Picchu and take the bus. Your guide will take you on a 2 to 3-hour comprehensive tour of the city before leaving you in Machu Picchu to explore on your own or climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (must be booked as far in advance as possible). Your guide will explain how to take the bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes for lunch and take the train and bus back to Cusco.