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Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu (4 Days)

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Inca Quarry Tour Details

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

Cachicata trail is impressive route on offer in Cusco state of Peru, based on the sacred valley of the Incas Pachar and Ollantaytambo. The Inca quarry trail takes you through beautiful waterfall, spectacular views and Inca ruins to the most beautiful city of the Incas; Machu Picchu. (Hiking tips to Machpicchu).

This alternative trek to MachuPicchu is for trekkers who like hiking without crowds as well for adventurers that enjoy the nature, specially for all the intellectual traveler that always travel with Peruvian organic healthy food. Explore the Andes with us, unique in Cuzco with healthy products on treks to Machu Picchu.

The spectacular views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas is only seen on Cachicata trekking.

Inca Quarry Trail

Our 4 Day Inca Quarry or Cachicata in Quechua trail to Machu Picchu is an ancient path used by the Inkas. On this alternative trek, you get to enjoy the amazing views of Sacred valley, Inka Quarry, Sun gate, Ollantaytambo and this unique hike ends in Machu Picchu. You can see Happy Gringo’s reputation on TripAdvisor.

Before to book the  four day trek to Machu Picchu, we highly you to read this important article – the Machu Picchu Altitude Sickness – So that you can come very well prepared to conquer the Andes Mountains; while you experience the altitude 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
  • 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 leave Cusco very early in the morning to the starting point of the hike Socma located in the sacred valley of the Incas, the hike for today is uphill to arrive the beautiful waterfall then you get to visit the impressive Inca ruins Inka Raqay, where you get a spectacular views, mountains, valleys from this place. After exploring the ruins you have 1 hour to climb up to the lunch place where you spend the first night, Rayan village.

Day 2Rayan village - Cachicata Quarry

After breakfast, we have the longest day of the journey and to conquer the highest point of Cachicata trek 4440 m – 14,564 ft. Today you hike three hours before lunch, after lunch four more hours to get the second campsite Cachicata quarry. During the day you get to see amazing snow-capped Andes mountains, amazing views of the sacred valley of the Incas where Ollantaytambo is, Llama shepherds, etc. The day is for you!

Day 3Cachicata - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes town

After organic breakfast, you will explore the quarries of Cachicata which is right in front of Ollantaytambo ruins, in this walking tour we see a variety of interesting features, therefore Cachicata is an intensive quarry that the Incas used to build Ollantaytambo ruins, we get to see several large buildings, burial houses (Chullpas) and there is cave with Inca mummies still in spot.

After the walking tour of the site, continue our way down the mountain following the original ramps that was used for transporting the carved stones to Ollantaytambo, then arriving to the Inca town in the afternoon to take the train to Aguas Calientes town

Day 4Machu Picchu the wonder of PERU

After breakfast in the hotel, we will take the first bus to Machu Picchu to visit. We will have a 2 hour guided tour of the citadel, during this walking tour you will explore the most important temples of the lost city of the Incas. After the guide tour you have the chance to explore the site on your own and late in the afternoon take the train to Ollantaytambo, where you will continue by bus to Cusco in order to leave in your hotel.