Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

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Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

4 Days Starting and ending in Cusco

Visiting: Rayanniyoc - Taray, Choquequirao Archaeological Park, Aguas Calientes, Cusco

Tour operator:

Bamba Travel

Tour code:

10041

Specialist Group:

18-30 Somethings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 16

Physical rating:

Mildly Challenging

Age range:

18-90

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact Bamba Travel with any specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:

English
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Tour Overview

Make your way to Machu Picchu on this newly discovered and less crowded route. This 4-day trek will offer you amazing scenery with waterfalls and Inca ruins as well as the chance to pass by a beautiful remote Sun Gate and visit breathtaking archaeological sites en route to Ollantaytambo.

Highlights

  • Trek through amazing scenery with waterfalls and ruins

  • Enjoy stunning panoramic views of breathtaking valleys

  • Experience a unique Inca Sun Gate and Machu Picchu

  • Witness the work of the Incas at the Cachicata Quarry

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cuzco-Rayanniyoc, Peru

Location: Rayanniyoc - Taray

Accommodation: Camp

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Leave Cuzco for Rafca, trek from Socma through Perolniyoc to Rayanniyoc (L/D)

We will pick you up around 6:00 - 6:15 am from your Cuzco accommodation, and drive towards the town of Rafca (2800m). Then we continue driving for another 30 minutes until we arrive at the village of Socma (3000m), the starting point of our trek. There, we meet the muleteer that will join us during the hike. After a short break and packing our things, we will begin trekking towards the Inca site of Perolniyoc (3200m). After about 2 hours and a half, we will reach Perolniyoc for lunch, and visit the beautiful waterfall as well as the archaeological ruins that lie at the top of the valley. We will go on for another 30 minutes until we arrive at Rayan-Niyoc (3,600m). Here we will get settled in and have dinner, then camp overnight in a cold climate.

Day 2: Rayanniyoc-Choquetacarpo, Peru

Location: Choquequirao Archaeological Park

Accommodation: Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rayanniyoc-Inti Punku - Choquetacarpo (B/L/D)
Wake early today for a hearty breakfast before a challenging trek to reach our first high pass of the trek, located at 4,400 meters above sea level with breathtaking mountain vistas. This area is still cultivated by the local people despite the high altitudes and we will see local people caring for their fields. After walking about 4 hours, we will reach the pass, stopping to take in the panorama and catching our breath. We will stop at a camp for lunch around 4,300m and then continue hiking to reach a second high pass of 4,500m, the highest point of the trek.  Enjoy spectacular views of the valley below before heading down for about 3 hours to a site the Incas called Inti Punku (meaning Sun Gate), which also offers imposing views over the valley and the Veronica mountain rising over the horizon. Soon after, we will arrive at Choquetacarpo (3600m), our second camp of the trek. Get settled in, have dinner and camp overnight.

Day 3: Choquetacarpo-Aguas Calientes, Peru

Location: Aguas Calientes

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trek from Choquetacarpo to Cachicata Inca Quarry & Ollantaytambo, train to Aguas Calientes (B/L/D)
Today we will have breakfast at camp and then continue our descent to the Inca quarry of  Cachicata (3820m), where we can witness the work of the Incas. It was the quarry used by the Incas for the construction of Ollantaytambo and there are various points of interest including several large buildings, quarried stones left half finished and abandoned throughout the site, chullpas (burial houses) and a cave with Inca mummies still in place. After exploring this site, we’ll continue our way down the mountain for about 3 hours until the small town of Ollantaytambo, the ending point of this challenging and fascinating trek. From there, take the train to Aguas Calientes. You will be met by your guide at the train station to take you to your hotel and give you the indications for the next day. Check in to your hotel, have dinner and enjoy a well-deserved rest tonight.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes-Cuzco, Peru

Location: Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast

Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cuzco (B)
Waking up early, we will take the bus to Machu Picchu first thing in the morning, entering the site as it opens. You will go on a 2-hour tour with your guide, during which you’ll learn about the Incas and the history of Machu Picchu. Enjoy some free time after the tour to walk around the site, take some pictures, and/or do the optional hike up to Huayna Picchu (must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance). Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and board the train to Ollantaytambo. Take a bus transfer back to Cuzco where you will be dropped off late in the day at the Plaza San Francisco. Please make your own way to the accommodation of your choice.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    3 nights Accommodation
    2N camping
    1N in a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes

  • Transport

    Accommodation pick-up, all tour transport
    Cuzco accommodation pick-up
    All transportation during tours

  • Meals

    3B / 3L / 3D

  • Activities

    Hikking Adventure
    4 days Inca Quarry trek to Machu Picchu

  • Guides

    Professional English-speaking guide on trek Machu Picchu tour

  • Extras

    Briefing, entry, equipment, assistance
    Pre-departure briefing
    Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu archaeological site
    Foam sleeping mat
    Equipment:
    Tents (2 people will share a tent)
    Basic sleeping pad
    Shared camping equipment,
    Dinner tent, kitchen tent, tables and chairs, table settings
    First aid kit & emergency oxygen bottle
    Horsemen and horses to carry tents, food, cooking and camping equipment plus a total of 5 kilos

What's Not Included

  • Breakfast day 1, Lunch day 4

  • Trekking poles( available for rent in Cuzco)

  • Guide for bus and train transfers (these portions are on your own)

  • Optional Machu Picchu mountain hike (200 soles) must be booked at least 1 week in advance

  • Cuzco accommodation drop-off

  • Personal expenses

  • Travel insurance

  • Tips (guide, horseman, cook)

  • Optional Huayna Picchu trek (200 soles) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent in Cuzco)

Mode of Transport

All tour transport is included, starting with an accommodation pick-up in Cuzco, followed by trekking, and ending with a train ride to Aguas Calientes.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are there any optional activities available during the tour?

    Yes, there are optional hikes to Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountain. These must be booked at least 2 weeks and 1 week in advance, respectively, and each costs 200 soles.

  • Is there a guide provided for the entire duration of the tour?

    A professional English-speaking guide is provided for the trek and the Machu Picchu tour. However, there is no guide for the bus and train transfers.

  • What kind of accommodation is provided during the trek?

    The tour includes 2 nights of camping and 1 night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.

  • What equipment is necessary for the trek and is it available for rent?

    You will need a sleeping bag and trekking poles, which are available for rent in Cuzco.

  • What kind of meals are provided during the trek?

    The tour includes 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners. However, breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 4 are not included.

  • What are some of the key sites visited during the trek?

    Key sites include the Inca site of Perolniyoc, the Inti Punku (Sun Gate), and the Cachicata Inca Quarry.

  • What is the highest altitude reached during the trek?

    The highest point of the trek is at 4,500 meters above sea level.

  • What happens on the last day of the tour?

    On the last day, you will explore Machu Picchu with a 2-hour guided tour, have some free time, and then return to Cuzco where you will be dropped off at Plaza San Francisco.

  • Is there an age limit?

    No! Most of our bamba travellers fall between the ages of 18 - 35, but everyone is young at heart and welcome to come experience the world with us! If you are between the ages of 18 and 118, we invite you to travel with bamba and have the time of your life! Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Most of our trips cater to the adventurous independent traveller. In fact, many of our travellers arrive on their own and quickly find that they easily meet like-minded people along the way at their hostels, on transportation, or during activities.

  • Do I need travel insurance?

    We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip, especially when travelling in developing countries. Bamba does not include travel insurance of any type.Your current medical insurance may cover part of your trip, so it is important for you to become familiar with your current coverage. We recommend purchasing additional travel insurance that provides coverage for medical emergencies, emergency evacuation and repatriation, lost or stolen items and unforeseen cancellations. If you plan to participate in activities such as white-water rafting, trekking, sand-buggy rides, etc please make sure they are included in your policy.

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