Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days Experience, A Real Off The Beaten Track to Machu Picchu!
Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days–Peru Summit Adventures has been exploring Cusco for 10 years, and we know this magical realm at the “uttermost ends of the earth” like no other company! Our signature journey to both the Highlands and Cloud Forest sides of the Andes range explores the secluded mountains of Urubamba Range and Vilcabamba range along the Urubamba Valley, and the stupendous granite-and-forest realms of Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
Our 4-day Quarry Trail Trek to Machu Picchu is a dramatic one (with a bit of a challenge!), but well rewarded with exhilarating days on the trail, spectacular mountainside campsites, and views of ice-draped summits and glaciers at every turn. On our magnificent trek, you’ll circle the mountain, crossing several Incan archaeological sites with near-constant panoramas of towering Andean giants, including Wakaywillka (Veronica). Our ultimate destination to explore is Machu Picchu a unique place on the earth perched high above the Urubamba Range
At trek’s end, our optional extension to hike Montaña (Mountain) Machu Picchu (10,125′) offers dazzling 360-degree views into the heart of the Cordillera Urubamba.
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This Inca Quarry Trail Trek is officially operated by Peru Summit Adventures, a 100% local tour operator based in Cusco.
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STRENUOUS: Designed for experienced active travelers in excellent physical condition. Full-day hikes (6-9 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 ft) on many hikes. 4-day to 6-day trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 14,500 ft are in this category with some exposed sections.
Hiking, Camping, Archaeology & Cultural Adventures
While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days. 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.
Pro 4-season tents in Black Diamond and North Face with Pro Sleeping pads in Therma-Rest and pillows, tents are roomy and cozy designed for 3 people but used only for 2 guests. Our hotel in Machu Picchu town is the Inti Punku Suites & Hotels (or a similar hotel) a lovely hotel for pleasant rest.
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.
Yes. To protect MACHU PICCHU, the number of people allowed a day is limited to 4500 (spaces may vary depending on new regulations). That is why you should reserve your space as soon as possible. Spaces can be filled up three to four months in advance. Spaces fill more quickly in the high tourist season, from May to September.
Please allow a minimum of 2 days in Cusco city before your hike begins to Inca Quarry Trek Machu Picchu 4 Days.
Why experience the Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days
Since 2014 and since the very first day of our operation, Peru Summit Adventures has been blazing new trails, new ways of experiencing in Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days. Our trailblazing is just one reason we are a uniquely qualified local company to ensure you have a trip of a lifetime.
- Explore Incan archaeological remains along the trail with a private Trek Leader.
- Travel & Trek with someone who hiked the Inca Trail for over 300 times, Salkantay Trek for over 200 times, Choquequirao Trek for over 150 times, Ausangate Trek for over 100 times, Lares Trek for over 50 times, Inca Quarry Trail Trek for over 50 times, being at Machu Picchu for over 600 times.
- Experience our perfectly designed trek in the Urubamba Range to Machu Picchu
- Spectacular campsites by incredible views of glacier-clad peaks.
- Exploration at Cachicata, the main Incan Quarry, that was used for the city buildings in Ollantaytambo.
- Savor panoramic views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba Valley) from atop breathtaking passes.
- Full service camping, including a comfortable dining tent.
- Spend the last day at ethereal Machu Picchu, “Lost City of the Incas” with a private guide.
- Optional hike to the Machu Picchu Montaña (mountain).
- Direct & official local tour operator with headquarter in Cusco, accredited by the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism.
We head out to Soqma Village 10,512 ft, early in the morning, by driving for about 1 hour and 45 minutes, which is the trailhead to start our hiking. At this point we’ll meet up our horses and muleteers, get ready our hiking gears, and we’ll have our breakfast, after enjoying the breakfast we’ll start hiking up following a small valley to Perolniyoq a small Incan site perched atop the mountain, but previously we’ll see a nice waterfall, a perfect place to shoot some pictures. Once our arrival to the Incan site, you’ll have an explanation about the history of this site by our Trek Leader. We will then continue to our lunch spot and the first camp site for about 1 hour where we’ll enjoy a just prepared lunch, which comes with starter, soup, main course, dessert, tea (coca), in our dining tent overlooking to a great scenery around. Lunch and breakfast included.
- Hiking Time: 5 – 6 hours
- Hiking Distance: 4.97 miles / 8 km
- Physical Rating: Moderate
A great breakfast makes us ready for today’s adventure, right after having our early breakfast we’ll follow the trail up to first pass called Pukaqasa 14,366′ for about 3 hours. We’ll have the first dramatic vistas from atop the Urubamba Valley and snow-clad mountains in further directions.
Next, hiking downhill for about 30 minutes from the pass, we’ll get our lunch spot. After lunch, we’ll hike up on the trail that winds up to the highest point on the whole trail called Kuichikasa 14,596′ a place with stunning views in every direction. After a while, we’ll hike downhill for about 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach an Incan jewel which is the Gate of the Sun, INTIPUNKU in Quechua language with near-constant vistas of Wakaywillka snowcapped mountain in the Urubamba range, hiking 30 more minutes from Inti Punku we’ll reach our next camp site called Choquetakarpo at 11,874′, all meals included.
- Hiking Time: 8 – 9 hours
- Hiking Distance: 9.32 miles / 15 km
- Physical Rating: Moderate, Strenuous
Today’s adventure gets us to Cachicata for about 45 minutes by the downhill section of the trail. Cachicata a main Incan rock quarry located 5 miles away from Ollantaytambo, it was a place where the ancient Incan stone-cutters carved, polished the rocks to build the Temple of the Sun in Ollantaytambo, at this place our Trek Leader will deliver a great history about this place. After the place exploration, we’ll continue hiking down to the Sacred Valley of the Incas for 2 hours and 30 minutes where Ollantaytambo town is located. Today we’ll have our last lunch at a restaurant in Ollantaytambo town, as well as you will have a chance to explore the cobblestone streets of this town before taking the train to Machu Picchu pueblo. In the afternoon, we’ll take our train to Aguas Calientes Town (Machu Picchu Pueblo) upon our arrival we’ll make our check-in at the hotel. All meals included, except dinner, for a good choice of the restaurant get some recommendations from your Trek Leader.
- Hiking Time: 3 – 4 hours
- Hiking Distance: 4.97 miles / 8 km
- Physical Rating: Moderate
A full morning exploration of Machu Picchu affords us the luxury of exploring at a leisurely pace while learning more about the Inca culture and the latest theories behind the construction of this marvelous complex. We have an early breakfast and head up to the ruins by shuttle bus before the morning tourist train arrives in order to fully enjoy the peace and solitude of this mystical place. Our knowledgeable Leader leads us on a fascinating tour, recapping Machu Picchu’s rediscovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and explaining the significance of the various structures that cover the grounds. We then have the chance to indulge ourselves with a hike to the dramatic viewpoint of Intipunku (the Sun’s Gateway), or a variety of other intriguing possibilities including an easy walk to an ancient Inca drawbridge or more vigorous hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain based on permit availability both peaks loom above the ruins. Of course, we can also choose to independently continue our exploration of the main site and daydream about what life must have been like here centuries ago. We catch the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and from there take the bus back to Cusco, arriving at hotel at about 7:00 p.m. The day concludes with our Leader joining us for a final celebration dinner at a traditional local restaurant. Only breakfast included, the rest of meals don’t include.
Hiking Optional Huayna Picchu / Machu Picchu Montaña. Hike may be unguided and is steep with some exposure. Permits are limited to 400 spaces a day. An alternative optional hike may be available if Huayna Picchu permits cannot be obtained.
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 Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days
- Private transport from your hotel to the start of the trail.
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
- One night hotel*** in Machupicchu town.
- Bus tickets up and down in Machupicchu town, the day of guided tour.
- Round trip train ticket.
- Camping Equipment Black Diamond / North Face 4 season tent (04 people tent for 02 people).
- Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
- Private transport from the train station to hotel in Cusco.
- Trek Leader for the whole trail and Machu Picchu.
- First-Aid Kits, Oxygen tank.
- Meals: Breakfast (3), lunch (3), dinner (2), and snacks, with option for vegetarians, gluten free, lactose free.
- A professional Quechua chef who grew up in the countryside.
- Horses and muleteers to carry your personal gears.
- Air sleeping pad (Therma-Rest mattresses) and Pillow.
- Duffle bag, where to put your 16 pounds of personal items.
- Outdoor toilet tent.
No Included on The Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days
- Sleeping bags, you might get them rented from us US$ 5 per day.
- Hiking poles, you might get them rented from us US$5 per day a pair of poles, Black Diamond or Leki brand.
- Breakfast on day 1, hotels always provide breakfast.
- Last dinner on 3rd day.
- Last lunch on 4th day.
- Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot springs in Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes).
- Travel Insurance.
- Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.
- International or internal airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Detailed Itinerary, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).
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Note on Prices
- A personal porter included to carry your 8kg / 16 pounds personal items.
Prices are quoted in US Dollars and all payments must be made in US Dollars. To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of full-paying participants on the trip, our trips are based on semi-private service with a limit to 8 participants in a group. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy for tents in the trail.
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 (hike permit fee): $110 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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- Original passport and some copies.
- Travel insurance and some copies.
- Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
- Backpack to carry your things.
- Phone and Camera charger and adapter.
- Torch or headlamps.
- Deet or mosquito repellent (recommendable 30% deet).
- Hiking poles (or you can rent one pair from us).
- Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
- Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
- Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
- Sunblock and sunglasses.
- Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
- Hiking trousers.
- Ear Plugs.
- Hands sanitizer
- Thermal underwear.
- Hiking socks.
- Water bottle or canteen.
- American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
- Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime
- Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
- Credit or debit card.
- Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Diamox (Acetozolamide), Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen), Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).
Whats the Trip Like
Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55º – 75º F with evenings cooling down into the 40º and 50º. Much of this itinerary takes place in the mountains, where weather can change very quickly and evening temperatures regularly drop into the 30º and 40º. As our treks are planned during the “dry season”, days are typically clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds occasionally building and leading to small amounts of rainfall, and morning temperatures usually range from 35º and 45º with some frost on the tents, and frosty plains in some locations. While April and November departures may experience slightly higher amounts of rainfall, all-day rain is unusual. We will be hiking over multiple mountain passes which are over 14,104 ft, so should you be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.
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