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Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu – Inca Quarry Trail

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Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu Details
Inca Quarry Trail


Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu, is one of the newest trekking routes to Machu Picchu. “The biggest quarry from Incas time and the most beautiful waterfall in the Sacred valley of Incas”.

Cachicata Trek offers jaw dropping views at every turn. Cachicata is the Quechua term for the Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu. It takes you through beautiful waterfalls, panoramic views and Inca ruins to the most beautiful city of the Incas; Machu Picchu.

Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu is for trekkers who like hiking without crowds as well as adventurers who enjoy nature. We have designed this specially for all the intellectual travellers wanting to travel with Peruvian organic food. Explore the Andes with us, unique in Cusco with healthy products on treks to Machu Picchu.

The spectacular views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas is only seen on Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu.

Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu

Our 4 Day Inca Quarry or Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu is an ancient path used by the Incas. On this 4 day trek, you will be enjoying the amazing views of Sacred Valley, Inca Quarry, Sun gate, Ollantaytambo and this unique hike ends in Machu Picchu. You can see Happy Gringo’s reputation on Trip Advisor.

Before you book this  four day Cachicata trek to Machu Picchu, we highly recommend you to read this article on Machu Picchu Altitude Sickness . We believe that this article will help you prepare to conquer the Andes Mountains; while you experience the high altitudes of Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0500 AM

Price Includes

  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • Assistant tour guide for groups of 9+
  • Professional chef
  • Mules to carry all camping equipments and 8 kg of your personal items
  • Pick up from your hotel/hostel
  • Private bus to Socma village
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes town (Round-trip)
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco city
  • Drinkable water bring your own water for the first morning
  • 3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners (If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian, vegan, etc please let us know)
  • Dining tent with chairs and table
  • 4 people tent for 2
  • 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes on night 3
  • Foam mattress
  • Oxygen bottle tank
  • First aid-kit
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping bags
  • Breakfast on day 1, lunch and dinner on day 4
  • Tips for cook, guide and porters
  • Travel and health insurance (You are strongly recommended to take out travel/health insurance for the duration of your expedition)

Recommended To Carry

  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket and rain poncho
  • Warm jackets
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (recommended 35 better if is higher)
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Personal medications
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries
What to Expect
Inca Quarry Trail
  • Trip Type: Hiking, adventure, history, culture and organic healthy food.
  • Good For: Moderate physical fitness.
  • Overall Difficulty: Moderate
  • Starting Altitude: 3300 m - 10,827 ft.
  • Highest Altitude: 4440 m - 14,564 ft
  • Hiking Distance: 25 km - 15.5 miles
  • Accommodation: 02 nights in tent and 01 hotel in Machu Picchu pueblo
  • Coldest Night: Day 1 around 0º Celsius
  • Recommendation: We recommend you to arrive in Cusco 48 hours before your trek departure in order to acclimate at high elevation

Day 1Cusco - Socma - Rayan Village

We will be leaving from Cusco quite early in the morning to Socma which serves as the starting point of the trek. Socma is located in the Sacred Valley of Incas. The hike on this day will be mostly up the hill. 

We will be reaching a picturesque waterfall. Here, you will get to see the impressive Incan ruins of Inca Raqay. You will also be rewarded with views of snow capped peaks and valleys. 

We will be giving you a guided tour of the Inca Raqay archeological site. After touring Inka Raqay, we will continue our hike further up the hill for about an hour. 

Once we reach Rayan Village, we will stop here for lunch. We will be spending the night here.

Day 2Rayan village - Cachicata Quarry

After breakfast, we will be looking forward to a long day. We will hike up to the highest point of Cachicata Trek at 4440 m – 14,564 ft. From here, we will hike further for three more hours and stop for lunch. 

After lunch, we will be hiking further for four hours to reach the second campsite of Inca Quarry Trek. On the way, you will be rewarded with sights of Andean snow capped peaks and the iconic Sacred Valley of Incas. 

You will also get to see Andean camelids namely, Llamas and Alpacas grazing on a beautiful setting.

Day 3Cachicata - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes town

You will be waking up to a nutritious organic breakfast. After breakfast, we will be exploring different sectors of the ancient Inca quarries of Cachicata. The quarries of Cachicata are located right in front of Ollantaytambo ruins. 

On this tour, you will see many interesting sites. Cachicata is an intensive quarry that the Incas used to build Ollantaytambo ruins. You will also see many Incan constructions and burial houses (Chullpas). 

Our guide will also give you a tour of the cave where Incan mummies are placed till date. We will be visiting the house of the architects who worked in the Inca Quarries and performed ceremonies. 

After touring the Cachicata, we will continue our way down the mountain’s original ramps that were used for transporting the carved stones to Ollantaytambo. We will then be reaching the iconic Incan village, Ollantaytambo. 

At Ollantaytambo, you will be taking a train to Aguas Calientes town.

Day 4Machu Picchu Cusco

Early in the morning, we will be taking a bus to Machu Picchu citadel. It will be a 30 minutes drive up the hill. Our tour guide will assist you in clearing the security control and entering the citadel. 

Once inside the citadel, you will be rewarded with a spectacular sight of the citadel while the clouds clearing by and the golden rays of the sun shimmering on the walls of Machu Picchu. 

We will be giving you a two hours guided tour of Machu Picchu. After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you have booked to hike Huayna Picchu or hike to Machu Picchu mountains, our guide will be directing you to the trail head. 

Alternatively, you can hike to Sun gate or Intipunku. This is a high plateau ruins. It is the entrance to the citadel for those on the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

After exploring Machu Picchu, you will be taking a bus back to Aguas Calientes. Here we will be serving lunch at a local restaurant. At around 04:00 PM, we will be taking a train to Ollantaytambo. 

Our representative will be meeting you on arrival and will be transferring you back to your hotel in Cusco. We will be returning to Cusco by 09:30 PM.

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Stella Arturio

Solo Traveller

Mind blowing experience with Marko as my guide. This was second to none. A very nice and professional tour company with exceptional service.

April 7, 2020

Rehana Nicoleman

Solo Traveller

Second to none, Marko and his team very very amazing and helpful. The organic food they offered on the trek was very nutritious and healthy. Totally recommended!

March 3, 2020