Inca Quarry Trail 1 Day Hike

Activity Type
Hiking, Archaeology & Cultural Adventures
Physical Grading
Service Level
Upgraded Comfort
Group Size
Min 2 ppl, Max 8 ppl
1 Day

Starting From
$ 135.00 USD

Inca Quarry Trail 1 Day Hike

Inca Quarry Trail 1 Day Hike in Ollantaytambo

Inca Quarry Trail 1 Day Hike–If you are after a bit challenging day trek then this is the best option. This trail offers dramatic vistas of the Urubamba mountain range with its Veronica mountain (5,682 m/ 18,637 ft) at the background, the Sacred Valley at the bottom.

But, the highlight of this day trek is the Gate of the Sun (3,650 m/ 11,972 ft) located on a hilltop, a unique place with a snowcapped mountain at the background and perfect to shoot amazing photos of the mountain through the gate, this area is very well known for its rock quarry with remains of many cut rocks, a place where the Incan stonecutters worked cutting, molding and shaping the rocks for the construction of the sun temple in Ollantaytambo, and some ancient burials with skeletons inside are still seen today. Many parts of Sacred Valley are only now becoming open to the public and Inca Quarry trail is one of them. Even the locals were unaware of this great trail until a couple of years ago, as such, the area is still very much unexplored by tourists.

This hike requires a bit of experience in mountain trekking since the trail surface is dirt, rocky, with very steep sections. If you have planned to hike to Machu Picchu by Classic Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek, or other alternative trails, then this day hike is perfect for the acclimatization before your long trek starts, which will make you ready to rock on your next hike to Machu Picchu.

Since 2014 and since the very first day of our operation, Peru Summit Adventures has been blazing new ways of experiencing in Sacred Valley private hikes. Our trailblazing is just one reason we are a uniquely qualified local company to ensure you have a trip of a lifetime.

Hike Highlights  

  • Incan Quarry remains
  • The Gate of the Sun
  • Ancient Incan burials
  • Incan aqueducts
  • Agricultural Incan terraces
  • Dramatic vistas of the Urubamba mountain range.

The Inca Quarry Trail 1 day hike is officially operated by Peru Summit Adventures, a 100% local tour operator with headquarters in Cusco.

Trip Details for Inca Quarry Trail 1 Day Hike

Trail distance

  • 16 Km/ 9.94 miles.

Hiking time

  • 7 – 8 hours (depending on your fitness levels)

Physical Grading 

  • 1 2 4 5 6: Moderate to Demanding.


  • Hiking, Archaeology Adventures, Cultural Adventures.

Pick Up Location

  • From hotels in Cusco, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Ollantaytambo train station.

Drop-Off Location

  • Any hotel in Cusco, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Ollantaytambo train station, airport or another place, just let us know.

Group Size

  • Tours are personalized in private service, you decide the number of travelers in your group. Solo travelers are welcome to our trips as well.

Service Type

  • Premium/ Private Personalized Tours


At 7:00 am, you Peru Summit Adventures private guide comes at your hotel to pick you up, next, you will drive to the trailhead, which is located just close by to Ollantaytambo town at an elevation of 2,750 m/ 9,022 ft.

Once there, the day adventure starts, you will get into the trail, which is going up the mountainside until reaching the gate of the sun, as the trail is getting higher and higher it becomes harder and harder and the views become more and more impressive. After 2-hour hiking you will reach the Inca quarry zone, where the remains of cut rocks or carved rocks are still visible in the middle of shrubs, and the ancient burials are located in this area as well, once there you will explore the area with your private guide.

After this site, you will still hike up the mountain for 1 more hour to reach the Sungate (3,650 m/ 11,972 ft). Sungate is nestled on a hilltop whose door overlooks to the Veronica mountain (Wakaywillka Mt). The area is not properly researched yet, although it believed that the site was built to worship the gods of the mountain especially the veronica mountain and the sun god. Today, it is still visible some remains of water canals, walls, and Inca Trails. The highlight of this hike is the view of Veronica mountain through the gate of the sun, a great opportunity to shoot a perfect Peru postcard.

About midday we will take our packed lunch at a scenic spot with awesome vistas around. After exploring the area properly, we will return by the same trail to the trailhead, from where will take our private transportation to your hotel or other location.

Note on the Inca Quarry Trail Hike Itinerary

While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Inca Quarry Trail Hike Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, e.g, strikes, natural disasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.

What’s Included For Inca Quarry Trail 1 Day Hike


  • Private transportation with a professional driver.
  • All transfer service to pick up from your hotel and drop you off at your hotel or another different place like the train station in Ollantaytambo, or pick up from the train station. Just let us know.
  • Professional tour guide.
  • Picnic Lunch.


  • Extra expenses.
  • Tipping (expected but not compulsory your appreciation)


  • 2 travelers: USD 175 per person.
  • 3 travelers: USD 150 per person.
  • 4+ travelers: USD 135 per person.

Items to Bring to This Hike

  • Backpack to carry your things.
  • Camera
  • Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
  • Sunblock and sunglasses.
  • Water bottle or canteen.
  • American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
  • Sun hat.
  • Credit or debit card.

Trek Leaders or Guides Are Part of the Core of Peru Summit Adventures and Your Perfect Local Companion

The perfect custom-made private tours, adventure tours, or expeditions don’t just happen. It takes a team of talented, knowledgeable, passionate, and experienced professionals to bring it all together and possible. Our team of Peru Summit Adventures Leaders is comprised of local trip veterans, seasoned tour veterans with rich backgrounds on history, archaeology, culture, cuisine, geology, biology, and more.

With the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the travel industry, our Trip Leaders safely deliver your trip-of-a-lifetime to maximize your Peru journeys and adventures every step of the way. Our Tour/Trek Leaders have worked extensively in the Peru isolated mountains, archaeological sites, hiking the Inca Trail (at least 150 times), Amazon jungle, and being at Machu Picchu for over 400 times at least, this guarantees your trip a unique and memorable experience.

What Makes Us Different!… Here’s, Why You Should Book With Us!

Making a choice of your right travel company/ tour operator is the most important decision you will make as you make your plans for a long-anticipated dreamed adventure. At first glance, some companies may seem cheaper. However, when you research a little deeper, you will see why traveling with Peru Summit Adventures assures that you will have the most memorable travel experience possible. In fact, we guarantee it, our TripAdvisor reviews say that.

Making genuine and sustainable itineraries often translate to real costs, with a host of responsible travel practices that underpin our prices, here are the reasons why you should go with us!

1. We Focus on Details

Little insignificant details make all the difference to get a successful trip and an unforgettable experience, that’s the point where our tailor-made trip specialists and destination experts work intensely. No stone is left unturned in our quest to deliver exceptional private tours, trekking tours, and expeditions in Peru. With us, it’s all about you and your traveling mates too, for sure! We take your wants, needs, time constraints, budgets, and personal travel style into account to deliver experiences that are far from standard.

2. Our Safety Record is Flawless

Safety is at the core of everything we do at Peru Summit Adventures. There is nothing that we take more seriously. Put away your concerns and start enjoying the trip of your life knowing that you are on safe and sound hands. Peru Summit Adventures is a registered trademark and a licensed company by the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism (MINCETUR).

3. Knowledge and Expertise

What an awesome to travel with someone who is from the same destination, a professional expert, it’s how you get the first-hand information. Our Peru Summit Adventures staff are friendly, funny, with deep knowledge on the route and destination, and great storytellers. We love what we do and it’s obvious. A simple concept, yes, but it makes all the difference. The team at Peru Summit Adventures all live and breathe the trip, experience, adventure, (you’ll see this when you arrive!). We love what we do, and it’s obvious. From the moment you arrive, you’ll feel the buzz and excitement that Peru Summit Adventures offers.

4. We are Local Entrepreneurs, A Family Enterprise (we are not a gringo company)

Probably you will see that most of the tour operators mention it on their websites that are local tour companies, however, if you research a little deeper you will find out that’s not true, they might be although half of the operation is done from here and another half abroad, they even have NorthAmerican phone number or European phone numbers, which is a clue to find out, we are not against the foreigner companies or half foreign companies, what we are against is that they lie.

In Cusco exist just few truly local tour operators. If you did not know, foreign companies come to Peru to get rich without paying a General Sales Tax or Tax Contribution to our country. If you did not know that, according to the United Nations, for every US $100 spent on a tour in a developing country or foreign travel companies, only $5 stays in the local economy. Normally, almost all of the money flows back to large companies operating outside the destination countries. As we are a local family enterprise, we guarantee that your travel expenditures will support the local economy, and improve the lives of Peruvians through contributing to general sales tax.

5. Responsible Travel

Be a responsible traveller! Let’s make this world a better place for everyone and for everyone that lives in it! The natural environments that we travel to are fragile and abundant with beautiful culture and traditions that are often reliant on tourism. We have a responsibility as travelers to minimize the impact of our presence, protect what is delicate, and leave a positive influence everywhere we can.

As a locally owned and based Peruvian tour company, we integrate these practices into our in-country operations we are aiming for a style of travel that makes the world a better place for everyone, and for everyone that lives in it. Since our very first days as a tour operator, responsible business has been at the heart of what we do. Peru Summit Adventures is committed not just to treading lightly, but to making a real difference by helping and investing in local communities, education initiatives, environmental conservation projects. These values are not more than just words, they are ingrained in the culture and philosophy of our crew, daily operations of Peru Summit Adventures trips, and at our office too.

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