Description

The Cachicata Trek ventures off the beaten path, exploring Inca ruins missed by most travellers. Cachicata Trek features ancient Inca quarries, settlements, and the Intipunku gateway. This journey provides an in-depth look at this magnificent civilization of the Andes.
During the Cachicata Trek, you will discover the ancient Inca town Ñaupa templo, Perolniyoc then the Inca quarry Cachicata. The quarry is the place where the Incas unearthed rocks to build Ollantaytambo. On this trek, you will experience the fascinating and diverse landscapes of the Sacred Valley, local comunities, high-altitude grasslands, panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges, and lush forests dotted with rushing waterfalls. This trek offers you plenty of time to experience the highlights of the Sacred Valley away from the crowds!

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The Cachicata Trek is one of the newest trekking routes on offer in the Cusco region. Based in the area around Ollantaytambo the Cachicata trek takes you past high waterfalls, Inca ruins and beautiful scenery. The Cachicata trek is relatively easy compared to some of the others so it is a great option for less experienced trekkers. Another great thing about the trek is that hardly anyone does it so if you’re looking to get away from the crowds then this is the trek for you!
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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

DAY 1: CUSCO- ÑAUPA TEMPLO-RAPHCCA- RAYAN
We will begin the Cachicata Trek by driving to Pachar in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. From here, we start to hike uphill to see Ñaupa Templo, an archeological Inca site where we will have a guided tour. After the inriching tour, we will continue to walk to Socma, (2900 m/9,510 ft). From here, we hike up a lush valley of scattered farmhouses and crop terraces, where Andean bird species such as the giant hummingbird and golden-billed saltator flit among the abundant native trees and shrubs. We will eat a picnic lunch by a rushing mountain stream before deciding which route we will take next. We may take an easier route, or an optional steep trail via a tall waterfall where we can pause to refresh ourselves amidst the cool spray, or enjoy an alfresco shower and dip beneath the falls.
Climbing further along the Cachicata Trek, we will visit the little-known Inca ruin of Corimarca (perolniyoc), perched at mid-altitude on a shelf high above the Socma valley. An Inca-built channel still carries water rushing past this small, elegantly designed settlement, which was probably built by the Incas to collect and control the agricultural produce of the surrounding valley. We will camp here for the night, or at a spacious set of Inca terraces a short distance up the valley.


DAY 2: RAYAN -CHANCACHUCO / PUNKUYOC / CACHICATA
On day two of the Cachicata Trek, we will climb across open meadows before reaching a zone of high altitude shrubland. This shrubland soon gives way to treeless grasslands known as Puna as our trail winds gently around mountain spurs following an undulating approach to the pass of Chancachucu, (4,400 m/14,430 ft).
With any luck, we may be able to see Andean Condors today. We will set off on one of two routes: Fitter, more experienced groups will follow the Chancachucu valley downstream, following the broken remains of an Inca water channel that once carried water to the ancient Inca quarry. The stream plunges through Punkuyoc, a narrow ravine enclosed by vertical cliffs draped in ferns and orchids. It then emerges amidst a small wood of native Q’euña trees. A narrow trail zig-zags steeply down open, grassy slopes, offering spectacular views of the Camicancha valley, its river a silver ribbon far below us. We will climb once more, and again pick up the Inca water channel, which has traversed a near-vertical cliff far above us. Now we follow the channel on a gentler path, enountering stunning views of Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley as we reach the imposing gateway of Intipunku, an Inca temple dedicated to the worship of snowcapped Verónica.
The alternative, an easier route for this day climbs gently from our second camp across rolling grassland to the south flank of Yana Orco, a rocky crag high above the Sacred Valley and the Inca quarries. Viewpoints allow us to look straight down on Ollantaytambo and its valleys (1,400m/4600ft) below us, as if from an airplane. We will wind our way along the rim of the valley, reaching a pass where we descend steeply through native Q’euna woodland, leveling off as we approach the Inca site of Intipunku. We will have lunch facing a breathtaking mountain and valley panorama, near the well-preserved Inca complex of Choquetacarpo. This site was most likely the residence of architects, masons and visiting dignitaries who managed the Inca quarries and performed ceremonies at Intipunku.
After a hearty lunch, we will descend to our second and last camp, located on Inca terraces topped by small burial towers known as chullpas, near the village of Cachicata.


DAY 3: CACHICATA – OLLANTAYTAMBO- AGUAS CALIENTES
After an energetic breakfast, we will explore different sectors of the Inca quarries and natural rock falls. The rocks from the quarry were destined to be used for building an Inca temple in Ollantaytambo. We will see a lot of rocks on our descending path to Ollantaytambo, where you will have some time to rest and explore the historic town. After our time in Ollantaytambo, we will take the train to Aguas Calientes where we can visit the hot springs and enjoy a nice dinner and a night in a hotel. We will need a good night’s rest for our tour of Machu Picchu early the next morning.


DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES -MACHU PICCHU- CUSCO
On the final day of the Cachicata Trek, you will wake up early and either hike for one and a half hours to the front gate of Machu Picchu, or take the bus to the gate from Aguas Calientes. You will arrive just in time to witness the sun rise over this magnificent city. Once inside Machu Picchu, you will have a 2 hour guided tour of this ancient city. After the tour, you will have free time for your own exploration.Finally, after the tour of Machu Picchu and to end the Cachicata Trek, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes. You can have lunch here before you board the train back to Cusco.

What is Included?
  • Professional guide who is fluent in English
  • 8 kg /17 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!)
  • 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 To check our meal on the trek
  • 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)
  • Wrangler’s health insurance paid for by Cusco Journeys & Adventure
  • 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
  • Hostal in Aguas Calientes double or triple rooms, private bathrooms, hot showers, wifi, and storage while you visit Machu Picchu.
  • Round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes Ollantaytambo
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
  • Breakfast on the first morning. Some hotels offer an early morning breakfast service.
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes (not included in the price )
  • Sleeping bags. (These can be rented in our office for US $20 for the entire trek. Every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use)
  • Tips for the guide, cooks, and wranglers

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING
  • Original passport
  • For students: ISIC card
  • Insurance card/certificate
  • Walking stick ( Highly Recomemded )
  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • 2-4 t-shirts
  • 2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
  • Long underwear for sleeping
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water
  • Toiletries/ Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Extra money for tips/snacks/beer.

OPTIONAL ITEMS TO TAKE:
  • Shorts
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit for hot springs
PRICE PER PERSON :

This will depend on the amount of people coming to the trek and to the kind of accommodation.

DISCOUNTS:
  • Student Discount: US$ (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
  • Under 18’s Discount: US$

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:
  • Sleeping Bag US$
  • Walking Pole US$
  • Single Tent Supplement US$

OUR BOOKING POLICIES
Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable Deposits for TREKS and Short Tours
There is a $200 per person deposit needed to your trek/tour with Haku Travel. The deposit can be made through PayPal, which will incur a 5.5% PayPal merchant fee paid by the traveler or by a wire directly to our bank (Bank of America or Citibank) for free if you are a fellow account holder. All deposits are fully non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event that you need to cancel your trip, cancellation fees will be assessed as outlined below under Cancellation Policy. It is not possible to transfer your deposit to another person’s trek if cancelling, they will need to send in their own deposit.
Itineraries
If you are booking a full itinerary, including hotels, with Haku Travel, we will require 50% of the total value as a deposit. If you must CANCEL, refunds other than the non-refundable $200 deposit required for all tours, will be returned if your start date is more than 60 days away. Once you are within 60 days of your tour beginning, money will no longer be refundable.
Final Payment Terms
For all treks and small tours, final payment is due at least three days before your tour begins with Hatu Travel. This is normally paid directly in our office, but can be paid in advance by PayPal with a 5.5% fee or wire to Citibank. In the office we accept both US and Peruvian currency, any denomination but NO torn bills.
Cancellation Policy for Treks and Small Tours
Notification of cancellation must be made in writing to info@hakutravel.com. If you are within 8 weeks of your tour start date, further payment is needed as follows:
  • If you cancel 8 weeks or more days before departure: Cancellation fees equal the amount of your deposit.
  • 8 weeks to 4 weeks before departure: 60% of the total tour price is due.
  • 4 weeks to 5 days before departure: 80% of the total tour price is due.
  • 5 days to 36 hours: 90% of the total tour price is due.
  • 36 hours or less before departure: 100% of the total price is due.
We charge these fees because there are many expenses that Hahu Travel pays to set up these tours. There are no exceptions unfortunately, but if you need a letter for your insurance company to help recover some of the cost, we would be happy to supply one.
Inca Trail Permits
Inca Trail permits are 100% non-refundable, non-transferable. Permits are issued in the name and with the passport number of the trekker and cannot be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances.

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