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Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights

Inca Quarry Trek 4 Days 3 Nights is a unique trek that remains off the beaten path. It is a great inca quarry trek 4 days 3 nights for those who want an immersive experience for learning Inca history and getting a first hand look at life in the high Andes. The Inca Quarry Trek 4 Days 3 Nights was recently included in the top six Alternative treks to Machu Picchu by National Geographic.

Overview

Overview:

Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days 3 Nights is one of the newest trekking routes on offer in the Cusco region. Based in the area around Ollantaytambo the The Inca Quarry Trek 4 Days 3 Nights takes you past high waterfalls, Inca ruins and beautiful scenery.

By booking your Inca Quarry Trek 4 Days 3 Nights with Cusco Journeys & Adventure you are choosing the best. Don’t believe us? Check out our reviews on Tripadvisor.

Useful Information

  • Starting Altitude – 3300m / 10,827ft.
  • Highest Altitude – 4500m / 14,764ft
  • Walking Distance – 25 km / 15.5 miles
  • Longest Day – Day 2, approximately 12 km/7.5 miles
  • Overall Difficulty – Easy-Moderate

Itinerary

Itinerary:

Pre-Trek Briefing

We will give you an in-depth briefing with your local guide 1 or 2 days before the Inca Quarry Trek 4 Days 3 Nights. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask any questions and make your final preparations.

Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan

We leave Cusco early in the morning and drive 1 hour and 45 minutes to Soqma (3,205 m / 10,512 ft). This is the starting point of our Inca Quarry Trek 4 Days 3 Nights and where we meet the horsemen that will join us during the hike.

We begin the hike with a 1 ¾ hour walk to the Perolniyoc cascade lookout. This is a perfect opportunity to stop for photos and a snack. The waterfall that you will see at this location is breathtaking! We will then hike a further 35 minutes until we visit the Inca site of the same name, where we will have a brief tour. This will be our lunch site.

After a refueling lunch, we will ascend 45 minutes until our camp at Rayan (3,700 meters/12,136 ft).

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Minimum altitude: 3,205 m/ 10,512 ft
  • Maximum altitude: 3,700 m/ 12,136 ft
  • Distance to walk: 8 km/5 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 3 to 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Area: Dry Mountain

Day 2: Rayan – Inti Punku – Choquetacarpo

After an early breakfast, we ascend 3 hours to the first pass of the trek, known as Puccaqasa (4,370 m/ 14,333 ft). At the top of the pass, there are incredible views of the Sacred Valley. This is a perfect place to take pictures!

We then head downhill for 25 minutes to our lunch location. After lunch, we hike 2 hours with alternating ascents and descents. The final 20 minutes of this segment will take us uphill to the highest pass of the trek, Kuychicassa (4,457 m/ 14,619 ft)

From here we trek downhill for 2 ½ hours to a site the Incas called Inti Punku, (meaning Sun Gate), where there is a spectacular view of Mount Veronica (5,682 m/ 18,637 ft) and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Our campsites is 30 minutes downhill from Inti Punku at Choquetacarpo (3,600m/ 11,808 ft).

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Minimum altitude: 3,600 m/ 11,808 ft
  • Maximum altitude: 4,457 m/ 14,619 ft
  • Distance to walk: 13 km/ 8 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 8 to 9 hours
  • Difficulty: moderate

Day 3: Choquetacarpo – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

We will have an early breakfast and then walk one hour downhill to the Cachiqata quarry (3,525 m/ 11,562 ft), where we observe the location where stones were cut for Ollantaytambo. We will have a tour and talk about how you can still see remains of stone work that was interrupted by the Spanish conquest.

From the quarry we descend for 3 hours until we reach Ollantaytambo (2,840 m / 9,315 ft). We will have lunch in Ollantaytambo.

In the afternoon we travel by train to Aguas Calientes. When we arrive you will check in to your hotel room. The natural hot springs in town are an unbeatable way to spend a late afternoon/early evening if time is available before dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Minimum altitude: 2,840 m / 9,315 ft
  • Maximum altitude: 3,525 m/ 11,562 ft
  • Distance to walk: 11 km/ 7 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: moderate

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

After breakfast, we will board the bus that will take us to the largest energy center of the Incas, “Machu Picchu”. As part of our itinerary, the same professional guide of the Inca Quarry Trek 4 Days 3 Nights; It will teach you about the whole history of this mysterious and mystical place. We will visit the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Palace, the Main Temple, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Dial of the Sun. It will be an unforgettable experience. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore on your own.

If you have booked Wayna Picchu, you should coordinate with your guide for visits to Machu Picchu according to your scheduled schedule for the mountain, for people who do not walk in any of the mountains there are other optional activities on your own (not included in the price) :

  • Visit the Sun gate: have the opportunity to walk (approximately 2 hours up and down) to the Puerta del Sol (Inti Punku) to see Machu Picchu from a different angle.
  • Hike to the Inca Bridge: The Inca Bridge offers a dose of adventure for your next visit to Machu Picchu. However, in this case, the adventure is a little less strenuous, but much more challenging for death, not for people with vertigo.

Train back to Cusco: in the afternoon you will return to the train station in Aguas Calientes for the return trip to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at the train station, you will be transferred by car to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Maximum altitude: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft

Includes

What is included in the price

  • Trek briefing with your guide.
  • Professional tour guide
  • Second tour guide for groups of 9+.
  • Private transport and professional driver (to the starting point of hike)
  • Horses or mules and Indigenous horsemen to carry camping equipment, client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetables.
  • Personal items to carry 7 kg/15.4 lb. (so you just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day).
  • Machu Picchu entrance ticket.
  • Machu Picchu guided tour (2 hrs.) and extra free time for you.
  • 2 train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu Pueblo.
  • 2 bus tickets from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu Park (round trip).
  • 2 nights camping in a spacious tents/Sleeping mat.
  • 1 night in a Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • We provide a duffle for personal items.
  • One cook
  • Excellent meals (3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners)
  • Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, and rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request)
  • Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, coco, biscuits, popcorn).
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking).
  • Wake up to coca tea in your tent.
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
  • Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
  • All local taxes

Not included:

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes (not included in the price )
  • Sleeping bags. 
  • Wayna Picchu Mountain $25
  • Tips for the guide, cooks, and wranglers

What you need to bring:

  • A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack –appropriate packs to carry your personal belongings.
  • Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” where applicable).
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required).
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support).
  • 2 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans): 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent before the trip.
  • Layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as – 5 degrees Celsius/41 degrees Fahrenheit. The rain jacket can be helpful, because there are rainy days even if we are in dry season!
  • 1 warm/winter jacket.
  • Thermals: wool socks, gloves, scarf, and woolen hat for cold nights.
  • 3 pairs of underwear, 4 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried).
  • 2 t-shirts, 1 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 good sleeping bag liner that is super lightweight and easy to pack for this  Journey Definitely does its job!.
  • Travel-size tissues and wet wipes–The air is cold and damp so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone seems to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. Also, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key.
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. 
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camel back
  • Water (only for first day hike). Then we will provide you with water throughout the hike.
  • Camera and film.
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
  • Bandages or moleskin.
  • Flip flops to change into at night–your toes will thank you!
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste/floss, shampoo/conditioner, brush/comb, Vaseline (for feet great for potential blisters), feminine hygiene products, deodorant, nail clippers/file/tweezers, spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, contact lenses if required and supplies, hand sanitizer etc.–and whatever else you need, but pack light.
  • Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach. Some people get an upset stomach on the trek. With 8-10 hours of hiking each day, you need to get over whatever the day throws at you quickly, so bring some meds.
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Something to read in the evenings.
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, & tips to your staff

Prices

The Inca Quarry Trek 4 Days 3 Nights can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February

Group Price:$619USDPer person

* We need a minimum of 2 people to run the tour. We guarantee that your tour will be limited to a maximum of 8 people.

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).

Discounts:

  • Student Discount: US$20.00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a University Student Card our under 17-years-old, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount.Please send all to info@cuscojourneys.com.

Optional Extras (Need to Book in Advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing:  USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)

Upgrades:

Hotel Upgrades:

The hotel is 2-star and is based on sharing a room – either double, matrimonial, or triple. There is a single room surcharge of $30 if you are booking alone. Rooms all include private bathrooms, with hot showers and wifi. We can also upgrade your hotel if you prefer something fancier. Please remember that the service you receive in Aguas Calientes may not be comparable to that in Cusco. Below is a list of possible upgrade options, although we can usually work with most hotels in Aguas Calientes.

  • Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (5 star hotel) – US $580 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (4 star hotel) – US $345 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Santuario Hotel (3+ star hotel) – US $65 per person per night (double occupancy)

Train Upgrades:

  • Vistadome train -US $65 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Hiram Bingham train (deluxe) -US $485 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy

Rentals:

  • Hiking poles – US$20.00
  • Sleeping bag – US$25.00
  • Sleeping bag Deluxe Package (+ Pillow & Liners) US$35.00
  • Private Tent – US$30.00

Terms & Conditions

By booking or participating in a tour and any related products or services (a “Tour”) with Cusco Journeys, you agree to these Terms & Conditions.

Booking:

  1. Your booking is confirmed and a contract exists when the Tour Operator or your travel agent issues a written confirmation after receipt of the applicable deposit amount. Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to the Tour Operator or authorized agent immediately. Please ensure that names are exactly as stated in the relevant passport.
  2. You will pay a deposit which is completely non-refundable in any situation. There are no exceptions.
  3. You will be required to show the original passport (not a copy) that you booked with, at the checkpoint to enter the Inca Trail. If you originally booked with an old passport and then renewed your passport, you must also bring your expired passport along with your new, valid passport to permit entry or they will refuse your entrance to the trail.
  4. The only acceptable ID to receive a Student Discount is your University Card with a clear expiration date that must be the same year as trek. IDs with expiry dates the following year, even though clearly valid, will not be accepted by the Peruvian government. You must submit a copy of this card at time of booking.

Cancellations:

  1. Cancellations: In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 40% is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing (we do not accept medical notes of any kind) as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us.. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:

ONCE BOOKED, DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. CHART BELOW OUTLINES WHAT FURTHER FEES WILL BE DUE.

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91 days or more before departure we will retain 50% of your deposit.
90 – 30 days before departure we will retain 75% of the total tour cost.
29 – 0 days before departure we will retain 100% of the total tour cost.

Inca Trail Tours:

  1. Permits: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not Cusco Journeys (or any agency).
  2. In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Cusco Journeys will replace your trek with an alternative trek.
  3. Those who booked PERMITS with a Student ID must bring that ID with them on the trek. If they fail to show this card to the Park Rangers, they will not be allowed entry onto the trail.

Medical Information:

  1. You must advise Cusco Journeys of any medical problems or allergies you may have. You need to be in good physical health, and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70 years old, then you will need to present us with a current good health medical certificate.
  2. You are responsible for assessing whether a Tour is suitable for you. You should consult your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in any planned activities. You should seek your physician’s advice on vaccinations and medical precautions. The Tour Operator does not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your own unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level and medical requirements.
  3. Cusco Journeys reserves the right to deny you permission to travel or participate in any aspect of a Tour at any time and at your own risk and expense where the Tour Operator determines that your physical or mental condition renders you unfit for travel or you represent a danger to yourself or others.
  4. Pregnancy is considered a medical condition and must be disclosed to the Tour Operator at the time of booking. The Tour Operator may refuse to carry pregnant women over 24 weeks. The Tour Operator may refuse to carry anyone with certain medical conditions if reasonable accommodation or alternatives cannot be arranged.
  5. It is strongly encouraged to purchase Travel Insurance to protect you in case of medical emergency or any tour cancellations.

Tours and Treks:

  1. All balances need to be paid in either cash, Western Union, Transfer Bank or PayPal (in full) prior to the briefing which will be held the night before your tour. Visa incurs a 5% service fee and if you need to use another card, it must be through PayPal which incurs a 5.5% service fee.
    You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the services of the guide or tour, please advise the guide in that moment, so that he can resolve any problems.
  2. All Adventure Treks include transportation to Cusco. The return train route depends on train availability.
  3. If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter air lifts and medical assistance are at the expense of the trekker. If you are unable to complete the tour due to illness, we will assist you in meeting your group at Machu Picchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund of the original payment. However, we will prepare a document to certify illness which can be presented for your travel insurance.
  4. Cusco Journeys will take all reasonable care in providing to our clients avoidance of accident, illness, and loss of personal property, and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. Cusco Journeys cannot, however, be responsible for any action of third parties. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
  5. Cusco Journeys does not take responsibility for unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal ítems, etc. It is the client’s responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
  6. Cusco Journeys may modify your itinerary where reasonably required in its sole discretion.
  7. Group tours might be as large as 16 participants. Groups are open to everyone no matter skill or age. By accepting a Group Tour you acknowledge that others might change the speed and timing of the tour.
  8. All tours are done in English.

Delays:

  1. Any costs, whether direct or incidental, incurred by the Customer as the result of delays caused by bad weather, trail conditions, river levels, road conditions, transportation delays, sickness, government intervention or other contingencies which are beyond the control of southern explorations will not be reimbursed.

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