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Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 3 Days / 2 Nights

Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 3 Days 2 Nights, is one of the newest trekking routes on offer in the Cusco region. Based in the area around Ollantaytambo the Trek takes you past high waterfalls, Inca ruins and beautiful scenery.

Inca Quarry Trek is relatively Moderate compared to some of the others so it is a great option for less experienced trekkers. Another great thing about the Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 3 Days 2 Nights is that hardly anyone does it so if you’re looking to get away from the crowds then this is the trek for you!

Overview

Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

Itinerary:

Pre-trek briefing

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

Day 1: Cusco – Socma – Charcahuaylla.

The Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 3 Days 2 Nights will begin when we pick you up from your hotel/hostel at 5:30 a.m. and drive for one and a half hours to the small village Soccma where we will stop to have breakfast and meet our horseman. We will start our hike up a lush valley of scattered farmhouses and crop terraces. After 40 minutes of walking, we will see a tall waterfall where we can pause to refresh ourselves amidst the cool spray, or enjoy a refreshing shower and dip beneath the falls. After a picnic lunch, we will continue hiking for another hour and visit the little-known Inca ruin of Qorimarca, perched at mid-altitude on a shelf high above the Soccma valley.  Qorimarca was probably built by the Incas to control the agricultural production of the surrounding valley. From here we will hike uphill for 3 hours until we reach our first campsite, Charcahuaylla.

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner.

Day 2: Charcahuaylla – Inti Punku – Ancient Quarry – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes.

Many of our hikers say that this is the most unforgettable day of the trek. After breakfast, we will have a one hour hike up a gentle path until we reach the mountain of Yana Orco, where we will have spectacular views of the valley, its river a silver ribbon far below us. We will encounter a stunning view of Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley as we reach the imposing gateway of Intipunku, an Inca temple thought to be dedicated to worshiping the snowcapped glacier Verónica. After pausing at the amazing site, we will continue walking for about 30 more minutes before we reach the ancient Quarry. Once there, you can explore different sectors of the Incan quarries that testify to a great building project that was never finished. You will see impressive rocks that were destined for the Inca temple at Ollantaytambo, (6 km/4 miles) away on the north bank of the Urubamba River. We will have lunch facing a breathtaking mountain and panoramic valley, near the well-preserved Inca complex of Choquetacarpo. We will continue our hike for 3 and a half hours downhill to Ollantaytambo, where you will have some time to rest and explore the historic town. In Ollantaytambo, we will catch the train to the town of Aguas Calientes. Once there, you will have a dinner at a restaurant in the town and discuss with your guide what time you wish to wake up in the morning. Your hostel in Aguas Calientes can be upgraded to a hotel if you prefer.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.

Day 3: Machpicchu.

After breakfast we will board the bus which will take us to the biggest energetic center of the Incas, “Machu Picchu”. As part of our itinerary the same professional tour guide from the Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 3 Days 2 Nights; will teach you about all the history of this mysterious and mystical place. We will visit the Sun Temple, Royal palace, Main Temple, Three Windows Temple and Sun Dial. 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 will need to coordinate with your guide for Machu Picchu visiting depending on your scheduled time to the mountain, for people not hiking any of the mountains there are some other optional activities on your own (not included in the price):

  • Visit the Sun Gate: You will have an opportunity to walk (approx. 2 hours up and down) up to the Sun Gate (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 Machu Picchu visit. However in this case, the adventure is a little less strenuous, but a lot more death defying, not for people with vertigo.

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

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft

Includes

What is included in the price?

  • Professional guide who is fluent in English
  • Private bus to the start of the trail
  • Machu Picchu entrance fees
  • Two-person tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Meals cooked by an experienced chef: breakfasts, lunches, dinners and  snacks!
  • Delicious food rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
  • All our food is prepared from organic vegetables and fresh ingredients
  • Vegetarian/special diet options available
  • Water (We will provide you with boiled and filtered cold water during the trek after lunch   on the first day).
  • You will need to bring a container to carry your water in. Also, you need to ensure that you pack a sufficient amount of water for the first half-day of the trek
  • Horse (to carry the  tents and cooking equipment)
  • 7 kg /15 lb luggage allowance to be carried by our horses  (you will trek only with your day pack which is way more confortable than carrying a big bag!)
  • Wrangler’s health insurance paid for by Cusco Journeys
  • First aid kit including an oxygen bottle and an extra horse for you to ride if the altitude has a strong effect on your strength
  • Expedition Train From Ollantaytambo to Aguas Clientes (R/T)
  • 01 night hotel in Aguas Calientes double or triple rooms, private bathrooms, hot showers, wifi, and storage while you visit Machu Picchu.
  • Two way bus ticket from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco

Not included:

  • Sleeping bags
  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Drink( coke, mineral water or cerveza) in the dinner in Aguas Calientes on the 3 day
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day
  • Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (15 soles)
  • Tip for the guide. cook, and wranglers

Bring for the Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 3 Days 2 Nights:

  • A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack –appropriate packs to carry your personal belongings.
  • Original passport with the migration Peru card (for Trains, Machu Picchu Park, and Hotels)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required).
  • Swimwear for the hot springs of Lares
  • 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, 3 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, 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 good sleeping bag liner that is super lightweight and easy to pack. Definitely does its Job!
  • 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

***Price based on number of people due to the fact that this trek is not as high in demand as the 4 day Inca Quarry Trek, thus it usually has a smaller group 2 to 5 persons.  

  • 2-3 Trekkers:  $509 per person
  • 4-5 Trekkers: $489 per person
  • 6 or more Trekkers: $469 per person

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$15.00
  • Sleeping bag – US$15.00
  • Sleeping bag Deluxe Package (+ Pillow & Liners) US$20.00
  • Private Tent – US$20.00

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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