Description

Inca Quarry Trek takes you through the villages of Ancahuasi and Huarocondo and is perfect for travellers craving a deeper understanding of Incan archaeological sites. Many tourists who come to Peru never get to see these local Quechua communities in the mountains. On the Inca Quarry Trek you will get the chance to visit this place and form a deeper understanding of the lives of the Incas. While walking along the path to Machu Picchu, we will see quarries, the Inca city of Wata, and some of the most important mountains in the Andes, such as Verónica, Chicon, and Salkantay. On this trek, we will also see the Canyon of Punku Punku, known as the entrance gate of the Andes. As we make our way down to the Inca Quarry of cachicata, we will walk in the place where the Incas removed rock to build Ollantaytambo.

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quarry trek

The Cachica 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!
By booking your Cachicata Trek with Haku Travel 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

DAY 1: CUSCO – KILLARUMIYOC – MOONSTONE-CHILLIPAWA
We will begin the Inca Quarry Trek by picking you up from your hotel in Cusco in one of our private vehicles and driving towards Pampa de Anta. After one hour of driving, we will arrive at the Killarumiyoc archaeological center and take time to view the agricultural experimental center. After viewing the archaeological center, we will continue to the village of Huarocondo, known for its lechón (roasted pig). Here we will find local people continuing to work the stones. We will continue towards the valley for 25 minutes until we reach the starting point of our trek, Parpiso, where we will meet our horsemen. From here, we will begin the Inca Quarry Trek, ascending gradually around the outskirts of the mountain. We will observe valleys, mountains, archaeological centers and the impressive Inca city of Wata, the guardian of the valley of Pomatales. We will visit the city and admire it for its strategic location before heading uphill for 2-3 more hours towards Chillipawa, where we will camp for the night.


DAY 2: CHILLIPAWA – MARCURAY – PEROLNIYOC – CHARCAHUAYLLA – CANCACHUCO PAMPA.
This day will be another challenging and beautiful day of hiking. In the morning, you will have the option of taking a gentle downhill hike to see a tall waterfall where you can pause to refresh yourself amidst the cool spray or enjoy an alfresco shower and dip beneath the falls. After your visit to the falls, we will continue hiking for half an hour before we visit the Inca ruin of Qorimarca, perched at mid-altitude on a shelf high above the Soccma Valley. After exploring the ruins, we will hike uphill for 3 hours until we reach our second lunch spot, Charcahuaylla. We will then pass across open meadows before reaching a zone of high altitude shrub land, which 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, located at (4,400 m/14,430 ft). We will continue across a rolling, sparsely inhabited plateau where you can catch a glimpse of the tip of Salcantay and the Huayanays Péak Mountains. After enjoying this amazing view, we will continue to hike uphill for another hour until we arrive at the broken remains of an Inca water channel that once carried water to the ancient quarries. On this night, we will camp at Chancachuco Pampa


DAY 3: ANCIENT QUARRY- THE SUN GATE – OLLANTAYTAMBO-TRAIN TO AGUAS CALIENTES.
Many of our hikers say that this is the most unforgettable and easiest day. After breakfast, we will have one hour to hike a gentle path until we reach the mountain of Yana Orco, where narrow, zig-zag paths and steep trails start to offer us 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 7:00 p.m. train to the town of Aguas Calientes. Once there, you will have a late dinner at a restaurant in the town and discuss with your guide what time you wish to wake up in the morning. Before or after dinner we will settle you into your hostel, (this can be upgraded to a hotel if you wish).


DAY 4: 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
  • Climb to Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain according to the availability
  • 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 Haku Travel
  • 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. (We recommend at least 200-350 extra soles).(US $120)

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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