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.
The Inca Quarry Trail 1 day hike is officially operated by Peru Summit Adventures, a 100% local tour operator with headquarters in Cusco.
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MODERATE – DEMANDING, Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity. Certain days might have more challenging physical activities with full-day hikes (6-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 2,400 feet). 2-day to 3-day trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 13,000 feet are in this category.
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While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Inca Quarry Trail 1 Day Hike. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, eg, strikes, natural disasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.
Min 2 ppl, Max 8 ppl
Minimum of 02 people is needed to depart. Family groups, couple travelers, friends, or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our trips. Price is per person, which is based on two people who might share a room/tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services as well as semi-private service; however, if you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.
No, the number of people to visit this place is not limited yet, the entrance ticket can be purchased at the main checkpoint (the entrance ticket is included); thus you could book this day tour even with a couple of days in advance.
Please allow a minimum of 1 day in Cusco before your hike begins to Inca Quarry Trail. At the same time, this hike is perfect to get acclimated before starting any multi-day hike like the Inca Trail or Salkantay Trek.
Why experience the Inca Quarry Trail 1 Day Hike
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.
- Incan Quarry remains
- The Gate of the Sun
- Ancient Incan burials
- Incan aqueducts
- Agricultural Incan terraces
- Dramatic vistas of the Urubamba mountain range.
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 Itinerary
Although we do our very best possible to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for several reasons beyond our control, including strikes, weather, natural disasters, and terrain conditions. On some occasions, these conditions may demand us to deviate from our original schedule, in which case we will provide the best available alternative options. And we’ll make a great experience of it!
Included on The 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.
No Included on The Inca Quarry Trail 1 Day Hike
- Extra expenses.
- Tipping (expected but not compulsory your appreciation)
Prices & Dates
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Note on Prices
Trip Payment Schedule
- At time of reservation: 30% of the total balance.
- 60 days prior to departure: Balance should be paid fully, or once upon your arrival in Cusco the other 70% of final balance must be paid fully.
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule
- Minimum fee (Tour permit fee): $25 per person
- 61-90 days prior to departure: 30% of trip cost
- 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
- 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
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From hotels in Cusco, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Ollantaytambo train station.
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Designed for those who have some experience in trekking.
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