Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days
Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days–Peru Summit 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 trek 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.
Join us for the adventure of a lifetime – give us a call at +51 984 464 391 or shoot us an email at email@example.com to learn more or book your spot today!
This trip is officially operated by Peru Summit, a 100% local tour operator based in Cusco.
- Explore Incan archaeological remains along the trail with a private Trek Leader.
- 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 based in Cusco, managed by locals.
Group Size: We need a minimum of 02 people to depart. Family groups, friend travelers, couple travelers or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our adventure to Machu Picchu. Prices are per person which are based on two people who might share a room/tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services; however, you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.
The Smallest Groups en Route—Averaging Just 4 Travelers!
Could you imagine trying to hike silently along an isolated trail, carefully not disturbing shy wildlife, with 10 or 20 other travelers? Or walking on a remote area to explore the pristine wilderness with dozens of other tourists at your side? We know meaningful nature encounters must be undertaken in small groups. That’s why our trips come with an average of just four travelers, by far the smallest groups in the tourism industry across the country. This not only guarantees you more personal close-up wildlife experience, but a less-impact presence on the earth’s brittle natural places we love.
Besides, Machu Picchu offers one of the world’s most spellbinding travel experiences. But it’s also a world-renowned destination, and touring the site in a big group with multitudes of tourists shoving for photos, and competing to hear the guide, your once in a lifetime visit to this World Heritage Site may lose its magic. Our Machu Picchu Trips are scheduled with an average of just four travelers, allowing for a deeper exploration of the lost city of the Incas, with our Local Experts / Tour Leaders.
We Deliver on Our Promises
We are very confident the quality of our journeys will get your expectations and that you will savor the best possible of cultural travel experience, nature travel experience, and adventure travel experience if you are dissatisfied, we’ll happily give you credit for an extra trip or for a future journey. It’s, to our knowledge, the best guarantee in the travel business!
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Grading: 1 2 3 4 5 6
STRENUOUS: Full-day hikes (6-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many hikes. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 14,500 feet are in this category.
Activities: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures.
Accommodations: 4 season Black Diamond tents designed for 4 people which are used only for 2 people, come with sleeping pads “Therma-Rest”, and Pillows.
– 3 star Hotel in Aguas Calientes Town / Machu Picchu Town.
Important Note: While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, e.g, strikes, natural desasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company
Price: From US$ 700/ 4 Days.
- A personal porter included to carry your 8kg / 16 pounds personal items.
The price is subject to a hotel in Machupicchu town on a double occupancy or tiple bed in a room in case of families or friends; however, you want to have four-star or five-star hotel we would provide you that class hotel, so you would add the difference to the total balance. Besides the price is based on two-person. Whether you would like to take a private service, our service would increase in US$350 with two-person, US$300 with three-person, US$250 with four-person or more, these prices are applied to each person. We need a minimum of two people to run the tour. We guarantee that your tour will be limited to a maximum of 12 people. To ensure a private tour with us, our price increases US$350 with two-person, US$300 with three-person, US$250 with four-person or more, these prices are applied to each person.
The Best Fare For The Best Trip
We don’t believe any other tour companies make comparable trips when you take into account our unique itineraries and signature itineraries, impressive locations, small groups and quality Trek Leaders / Tour Leaders. But, should you come across a similar itinerary or matching itinerary of our quality at a cheaper price, even within 45 days after booking with us, we will happily refund the difference. It’s how we deliver our promise.
You Book, You Go…Don’t Worry… We Won’t Cancel!
While other tour companies generally cancel their trips due to low participation of travelers or pass their travelers to other big groups tour operators, we guarantee that we will never cancel a trip because of low signing-up or participation for the departure date neither get our travelers to other tour operators! This makes to our travelers the assurance and peace of mind to know their travel plans are insured and guaranteed.
Request a Quote: We can customize this private trek just for you. Any detail can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and other destinations. Call us at +51 984 464 391 or request a quote, Here.
Limited Spaces: NO, the Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu is not regulated yet by the peruvian goverment; thus you could book in one month in advance that way to organize the tour, whether you would like to climd up the keen Wayna Picchu mountain, please let us know at the moment you are booking the tour( tickets for Wayna Picchu is limited, 400 tickets a day).
Day 1. Cusco – Socma – Perolniqyoc – Rayan
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. All meals included.
Hiking Time: 5 – 6 hours
Hiking Distance: 4.97 miles / 8 km
Physical Rating: Moderate
Day 2. Rayan – Gate of the Sun (Inti Punku) – Choquetakarpo
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: 8.07 miles / 13 km
Physical Rating: Moderate, Strenuous
Day 3. Choquetakarpo – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu Town
Today’s adventure gets us to Cachicata for about 1 hour 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 3 hours where Ollantaytambo is located. Today we’ll have our last lunch outskirts of Ollantaytambo town. In the afternoon, we’ll take our train to Aguas Calientes Town (Machu Picchu Town) upon our arrival we’ll make our Check-In at hotel. All meals included, exept dinner, for a good choice of the restaurant get some recommendations from your Trek Leader.
Hiking Time: 4 – 5 hours
Hiking Distance: 6.83 miles / 11 km
Physical Rating: Moderate
Day 4. Machu Picchu Guided Tour – Back to Cusco
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!
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.
What’s Included in Inca Quarry Trek
– 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 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 (4), lunch (4), dinner (3), 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. Where you’ll pack as max amount 18 pounds.
– Sleeping pad (Therma-Rest mattresses) and Pillow.
– Duffle bag.
– Outdoor toilet tent.
– Emergency horse, that will be staying with us during the hike to upload our personal day gears or ride.
What’s Not Included in Inca Quarry Trek
– 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.
– 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.).
Suggested Reading List
We have created a custom comprehensive listing of Inca Quarry and Peru travel books for this trip.
– Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies.
– Travel insurance (and some copies).
– Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
– Backpack (rucksack) to carry your things.
– Phone, power bank battery, 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.
– 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.
– Hands sanitizer.
– Crédit or debit card.
– Luggage Tags and Locks.
– Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
– Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Acetazolamide (Diamox), Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).