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    Inca Quarry Trail to Inca Trail

    Inca Quarry Trail to Inca Trail is located on the Sacred Valley of the Incas. During two day hike to Cachicata, you will enjoy the nature of the Andean highlands, the water fall, Incas ruins, Inca Mummies original, Andean Terraces, Intipunku (Sun gate), Inca Trail original and Inca stone quarries. two night camping.

    On the third day you will arrive to Ollantaytambo archeological village and take you by train to the starting point of this 2 day Inca Trail trek – Chachabamba, also called Km 104 (2,350 m). There, your Tour Guide gives you a briefing about the following Machu Picchu trek and after that, you cross the checking point of the Short Inca Trail. Contine the hike through a mixture of cacti vegetation and a cloud forest towards another Incan significant site – Wiñaywayna, then you will walk down to Aguas Calientes town and spend a night in the hotel. The last day you will visit the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ – Machu Picchu. Discover the lost Inca route to Machu Picchu and explore the beautiful landscapes and enigmatic sites, there are available along the year. Exception: one-month closing period of all Inca Trail routes in February.


    Tour Overview

    Sustainable Tourism: At Tierras Vivas, we are happy to promote and practice sustainable tourism by being eco-friendly and supporting local communities. We are again supporting Sernamp this Inca Trail with picking up trash and clearing the trail

    Crew: A Tierras Vivas Representative in Cusco, a professional bilingual Tour Guide, a Cook, a Muleteer on the Inca Quarry
    Accomodation: Campsites (2 nights), Hotel (1 night).
    Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 2x afternoon tea.
    Transportation: Transportation by private van, 2x train.
    Camping equipment: You can view our camping equipment. Please click here

    Quick Itinerary:

    Day 01: Cusco – Huarocondo – Pachar – Corimarca (L, D)
    Day 02: Corimarca – Inca Quarry Trail – Ollantaytambo (B, L, D)
    Day 03: Ollantaytambo – Km 104 (Inca Trail) – Aguas Calientes (B, L, D)
    Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco (B)

    Highlights of the Inca Quarry Trek to Inca Trail:

    • 2 day hike with professional guide, chef, muleteer and horses
    • 2 day hike to Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
    • Discover the Inca ruins and monuments
    • View the sun rise over Machu Picchu
    • Hike to original Inca Trail
    • Guided tour of Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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    Day 01: Cusco – Huarocondor – Pachar – Corimarca

    We drive from Cusco to Pachar located in the Sacred Valley, arrive Huaroncondor to trailhead, here we will meet with muleteer and horses and we will prepare the camping equipment, then we climb up the stairs and visit to Huarocondor terraces. continue the trek to Raphcca, 2,900 m.a.s.l (9,514ft.) From here we hike up the valley, along the route we appreciate inka terraces,  water channels, Quechua comunities and endemic flora and fauna. We follow an steep trail that eventually bring us to a tall waterfall where we can pause to refresh our body and mind. Walking further, we visit the little known Inka site of Corimarca, our first campsite.

    Day 02: Corimarca – Cachicata – Ollataytambo

    We climb across open meadows, reaching a zone of high altitude shrubland known as Puna, approaching the pass of Chancachuco 4,400 m.a.s.l (14,435ft). This part of the trek offers panoramic views of the highest peaks in Cusco region. Our route continues across a high plateau, we pass mountain lakes where we may see andean and wetland birds, descending to Qeuñacancha, 4080 m.a.s.l (13,385ft).

    We hike downhill following the trail until we join the Inka water channel which comes from Maracocha lake, from here we reach the temple call Intiwatana, which is located on the edge of the mountain called Apu Alambre, in front of the Veronica snow peak. Then we continue downhill to Choquetacarpo an archaeological site, which was most likely the residence of architects who managed the Inca quarries and performed ceremonies at Intipunku, after lunch we wend our way downward, exploring different sectors of one of the biggest Inka quarries, where massive carved blocks of pink rhyolite lie scattered in disarray. The quarried stones, testimony to a great building project that was never finished and were destined for the Inka site of Ollantaytambo. Spend a night in a Hotel in Ollantaytambo. Here we enjoy toilets, hot showers and a warmer climate.

    Day 03: Ollantaytambo – Km 104 (Inca Trail) – Aguas Calientes

    Wake up early to transfer you Ollantaytambo´s railway station. There, you get on a train and continue until Km 104, where a checking point of the Inca Trail is located. You pass through the point and start the Inca Trail Trekking! After about 2-3 hours, you reach the archaeological site of Chachabamba where you have lunch and a rest. Then a guided tour of the site follows. Afterwards, you continue through a mixture of cacti vegetation and a cloud forest towards another Incan significant site – Wiñay Wayna. But before we reach it, we enjoy a refresh in a local waterfall! Later on, you can admire the sunset above Machu Picchu when we get to the Sun´s Gate (Inti Punku) before entering the Inka citadel. However, today is too late to have a guided tour of this overwhelming Incan city so we descend slowly to Aguas Calientes Town enjoying beautiful surrounding scenery on the way! We spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes. 

    Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu

    After an early morning breakfast, we continue hiking the Inca Trail for about 2 hours up to the mysterious city of Machu Picchu that we enter for the early morning best photos opportunities. Then our Tour Guide shows us around the Incan city and explains us about its history and purposes. After the guided tour, we are given the opportunity to climb up for about 45 minutes to Huayna Picchu or to Machu Picchu Mountain (peaks above Machu Picchu serving to take some panoramic pictures of the Inka city). Then, we are given time off to spend and explore Machu Picchu on our own. The 2 day Inca Trail ends up with a train ride to Ollantaytambo, from where we are taken by van back to Cusco

    What is included on the Cachicata trek to Inca Trail?

    • Pre-trek briefing;
    • Early morning transfer by private bus to Huaroncondor – the initial point of the trek;
    • Accommodation: Campsites (1 night) and a Hotel (2 nights);
    • Entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu;
    • Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner and 2x afternoon hot beverages;
    • Professional bilingual Tour Guide;
    • Professional Cook;
    • Horseman;
    • Horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 7 kg of each passenger’s stuff;
    • Camping equipment: Eureka Mountain Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
    • Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress);
    • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
    • A blanket per person
    • A pillow
    • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings);
    • Rain Ponchos;
    • Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own);
    • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
    • A round trip by tourist train (Expedition Service) between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes;
    • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town;
    • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

    Not Included:

    • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day;
    • International and domestic flights nor airport departure taxes;
    • Travel insurance;
    • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain ($80) or Machu Picchu Mountain ($80);
    • A shuttle bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu ($ 12 – one way, $24 – a round trip);
    • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
    • Other extras not mentioned.

    Solo Traveler: Please note that if you have booked the “Solo Traveler” option for this tour, you receive your own single tent and a single room in Aguas Calientes.

    Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price!


    What to bring on a hike the Inca Trail Trek Cachicata?

    Luggage and backpacker for you trekking

    Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. The horses carry your luggage from Pachar (1st day) to Cachicata (2th day). 3 day hike, you will take your luggage by train to Aguas Calientes and you will hike to Inca Trail with our guide. You are expected to carry your own luggage (max 10 min). We recommend keeping the weight under 7 kg. You will need to carry clothes, sleeping bag.

    If very important your take best cover backpacker, because the weather in Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu is change every date, we can’t predict it raining or no. If you don’t have, we recommended putting your clothes, sleeping bag and other personal equipment inside the plastic bag.

    Appropriate clothing along this hike

    Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machu Picchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.

    Suggest Items

    • Passport original
    • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
    • Cash in soles no dollars
    • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
    • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
    • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
    • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
    • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
    • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
    • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
    • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
    • Sun block
    • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
    • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
    • Handkerchiefs
    • Toilet paper
    • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
    • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
    • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
    • Small towel
    • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
    • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites).

    Short Salkantay to Machu Picchu / 4 Days

    A trek quite similar to the legendary Inca Trail, this trail passes through the Salkantay mountain range and over the mountain itself, which is snow-capped and considered by many to have a spirit of its own. This trip offers the solitude necessary to connect directly with nature, with the flora and fauna of the multiple climates, the proximity of which is unique to this area of the country. The hike goes directly to Aguas Calientes, where travelers rest the night before Machu Picchu. While this journey does not pass through the Sun Gate, it offers a similar but much less commercialized path to the Lost City of the Incas.

    Salkantay Trail Machu Picchu

    Lares Trek to Machu Picchu / 4 Days

    This trek through the Lares Valley is an unforgettable experience that truly transports the traveler back in time, as the villages in this valley are relatively isolated from the outside world, which means that the cultures have been preserved. Locals hand-weave beautiful textiles and clothes, which are brightly dyed, also by hand, as it has been done for generations. This culturally immersive experience lasts for 3 days, until the train ride from Ollentaytambo to Aguas Calientes, where tired travelers rest a night before the early morning visit to the famous Incan city of Machu Picchu.

    Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

    Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu / 4 Days

    The Inca Trail offers a unique experience of the city of Machu Picchu, as it is only on this trip that travelers can enter the city through the Sun Gate (at sunrise, fittingly). There are also a multitude of other Incan sites to visit along the trail, which is a challenging 3 days of walking before the final day, spent exploring the legendary citadel. In high demand (and for good reason), it is important to book the Inca Trail trip well ahead of time, allowing at least a day for acclimation in Cusco before taking on this adventurous journey through the mountains and cloud jungles of the Andes, and back in time to the Incan Empire.

    Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    Choquequirao Trek / 4 Days

    This sister city of Machu Picchu is an underappreciated Incan city that is a 2 day trek out of the small town of Cachora. It boasts a proud history as a religious and cultural hub during the Incan empire, as well as the final fortress of resistance against the Spanish invaders. The hike travels through the Apurimac valley and over the churning river of the same name, and reaches the city early on the third day for a short tour before returning along the same route. Despite being such an important and beautiful site, Choquequirao is much less popular than Machu Picchu, which means that trips there are much easier to book and much more personalized to take.

    Choquequirao trek

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