Description

The Socma to Cachicata trek is without doubt one of the most beautiful on offer; combining adventure and mystic tourism, along the way you pass by stunning waterfalls, visit a variety of Inca sites and pass through various different ecological zones where we can see many species of native birds and plants including a variety of nicotine, Andean mint (Muña), Panti (a flower used to treat chest infections) and bromeliads. If we are lucky we may also see spectacled bears, deer and Andean fox.
Starting from the small agricultural village of Socma (3300 m. / 10826 ft.), on a side valley close to Ollantaytambo we will make our way up the mountain to the pass (4500 m. / 14763 ft.) from where you get fantastic views of the surrounding peaks before making our way down to Ollantaytambo (2700 m. / 8858 ft.), passing through the quarry of Cachicata which was used in the construction of Ollantaytambo and where you can still see the half-finished rocks waiting to be transported.

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quarry trek

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!


Useful Information

Level Difficult – Moderate
Duration 3 Days & 2 Nights
Distance 25 km / 16 miles
Availability From March to Octuber

DAY 1: CUSCO – SOCCMA – CHARCAHUAYLLA
The trek 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. Total distance covered on day 1: 12km (approximately 7 hours of walking)


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 valley panorama, 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. Total distance covered on day 2: 12km (approximately 7 hours of walking)


DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU.
We will have breakfast at 5:45am and then catch the first bus to Machu Picchu, about a 20-minute ride, in order to appreciate the magnificent sunrise over the city. It is also possible to walk to Machu Picchu. This takes about one to two hours. Your guide will then give you a 2 hour guided tour and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourself. If you still have energy, you can also climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu (meaning Young Peak) at 2720m/8890ft. It takes around 45 minutes to reach the top or Machupicchu Mountain. Afterwards, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (which can be reached by bus or on foot) to have lunch and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco. The earliest train usually leaves at 1pm and the latest train usually leaves about 9pm. We arrive back to Cusco in about four hours with a bus transfer in Ollantaytambo. If desired, we can arrange for you to have an extra night in the town of Aguas Calientes. Please let us know whether you would like to stay an extra night when booking your tour. Breakfast is included on day three.
***Very important: There is a mandatory fee of $15 (USD) to hike Huayna Picchu. Guide is not included for this hike. To include a guide, the fee is $50 (USD), which would be a total of $60 (USD).
***Very important: A pre-tour briefing is held at our office or your hotel (whichever is preferred) the night before your tour at 6 or 7pm (exact time to be confirmed).

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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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. (We recommend at least 400-600 extra soles).(US $200)

OPTIONAL
  • Shorts
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit for hot springs
PRICE PER PERSON :
    Contact us, for prices. Thanks
  • This will depend on the amount of people coming to the tours and to the kind of accommodation.
  • If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour, letting us know which date you wish to leave, and you must make your reservation a week ahead of time so that we can organize your tour.
  • If you wish to go with other people, we can let you know what dates are available and you can join an existing group.
  • Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions.

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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