Cachicata trek – Inca Quarry Trek To Machu Picchu, 5 days

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The Cachicata Trek is a new route we offer within the Cusco region. The trek will give us the opportunity to admire; impressive waterfalls, Inca ruins and the beautiful countryside.

The end this point, we’ll visit the Inca site of Cachicata, the quarry that supplied the stones used in the construction of Ollantaytambo.  Additionally you’ll have the opportunity to view mummies, Chullpas (caves) and well-preserved Inca buildings, this is one of the most interesting sites in the Cusco region.

CAUTION: Please allow a minimum of two (02) days to acclimate before considering to begin your adventure package to Machu Picchu.

DEPARTURE TIME Early in the morning.


Whats included
• Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
• Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
• Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soqma
• Four-person tent for every 2 people.
• Inflatable Mattress
• Kitchen tent
• Dining tent with tables and chairs
• Toilet tent
• Chef
• Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
• Horse to transport 8 kg of your personal gear
• Duffle bag for your personal gear
• Emergency horse in case we need it
• Four breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
• Hot water for washing.
• Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
• Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
• Expedition train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
• Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
• One night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
• Entrance to Machu Picchu
• Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

Not included
• Tips: Guide, Cook, Horseman.
• Water on Day 1
• Energy snacks will be very useful such as chocolate bars, dried fruits
• Breakfast on Day 1, Dinner on Day 8, Lunch on Day 9
• $ 25 Waynapicchu Mountain (walk to top without a guide, the trail is well marked).
• $ 40 Sleeping bag rental
• $ 40 Trekking poles
• Single ten 40 $
You should bring
• A good day pack: such as Eagle Creek Afar Backpack (Appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings.)
• Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if applicable)
• Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required
• Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
• 3 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans), 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray before the trip.
• Layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
• 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit. A rain jacket can be helpful, because there are rainy days even in the dry season!
• 1 warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves, scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
• 4 pairs of underwear, 6 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) It is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both really heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well as the weather is variable, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or too hot.
• 4 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
• 1 good sleeping bag liner which is super lightweight and easy to pack. This definitely does its job!
• Travel-size tissues and wet wipes–The air is cold and damp, so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone seems to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. Also, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key.
• Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
• Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
• Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on, so bringing some anti-itch ointment could be helpful.
• Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelback
• Water (Only for first day of the hike, as we will provide you with water throughout the rest of the hike).
• Camera and film
• A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
• Bandages or moleskin
• Flip flops to change into at night. Your toes will thank you!
• Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste/floss, shampoo/conditioner, brush/comb, Vaseline (great for potential blisters on the feet), feminine hygiene products, deodorant, nail clippers/file/tweezers, spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, contact lenses and supplies, hand sanitizer etc. Pack what you need, but pack light.
• Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach) because some people get an upset stomach on the trek. Also, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be helpful to help with aches and pains after 8-10 hours of hiking each day.
• Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
• Something to read in the evenings
• Extra money for drinks, tips in soles for cooks, horsemen, guides. (USD$60-70).
• Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220)

Packing list
As a Professional Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffle bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.
• 2 t-shirts
• 2 hiking pants at least
• 4 sets of undergarments
• 3 sets of hiking socks
• Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
• Couple Fleece/ Thermals
• Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º Celcious.
• Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
• Comfortable shoes for camp
• Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
• Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
• Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
• Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them.
• Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -10 – This can be rented from us



Tour begins by taking you (by bus) towards the Anta Plateau, continuing our route to the “Camino Real Inca”. We will have a stop-off at the Incan sacred shrine known as “Quillarumiq” (Native Quechua Language), which means “Moonstone”. One of the best carved stone “Huacas – Sacred Places” in the vicinity of Cuzco. We’ll continue our journey along the Huarocondo River, which drains from the Western edge of the plains. Continuing Northbound, hiking on a wide path, above the West Bank of the Huarocondo River.

After a 2 hour hike, we will reach Huatta. An important Pre-Incan fortress overshadowing the crest of a hill (3,855 m/12,645 ft). Stopping for lunch, we’ll redirect our way West-bound to our camp at (3,750 m) next to a rural school in the village of “Chiripahua”.


  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hiking Distance: 10 km/ 6.2 miles
  • Est Hiking Time: 7 hours “Moonstone trek Machu Picchu Trip”
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate



We will continue our gradual ascent through the cultivated fields and the countryside of Chachacomo, enjoying the landscape of pastures and small farm fields that cling to the steep slopes.

We will most likely find an Andean families residing in their adobe and straw homes. There is a scarcity of water in the area. Consequently, you’ll observe the importance of communal water sharing for their traditional crops. Traveling through Chachacoma, you’ll constantly be allured to the beautiful mountain ranges. As we continue our ascent to an elevation of 4,400 meters, we will break and enjoy a delicious lunch. After lunch, we continue to escalating while enjoying breathtaking views of immense snow-capped peaks: from the “Huayanay” and to the North Urubamba Valley.

We will continue with a smooth descent to camp, at 4 350 meters, observing the broad Valley of Chancachuco, and the glaciers of the Cordillera de Huayanay.


  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Hiking Distance: 12 km/ 7.4 miles
  • Est. Hiking time: 9 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Arduous “All day”



We continue our trek West-bound, gradually descending through the valley, we will be able to appreciate some aqueducts built by the Incas that are now abandoned. These aqueducts once transported the water through a huge wall, off the cliff and into the river Silque.
As we continue our descent, we will be immersed in waist-high flowers through the valley. Also, here we will get a glimpse of the original Incan stone constructions, testimony of extraordinary engineering.

Lastly, we will visit the spectacular Inca sanctuary called “Huayrapunku” (“Wind Gate” – 3,940 m/12,923 ft.), with a stunning view of the snow-capped mountain named “Veronica” (5,682 m/18,642 ft.) directly across the valley. In this Incan spot, we can appreciate the unsurpassed views of the Incan terraces and value the citadel of Ollantaytambo, more than 4,000 feet below us. Ollantaytambo was built in the 15th century by Emperor Inca Pachacutec, the city was an important administrative and religious center. Continuing our descent, we’ll reach the quarry of Cachicata at a height of 3,525 m.

In the afternoon, discover the operations of the main Incan rock quarry, Cachicata, located 5 miles away from Ollantaytambo, it was a place where the ancient Incan stone-cutters carved and polished the rocks to build the Temple of the Sun in Ollantaytambo. Here we’ll explore the ramps and platforms in the vicinity. We’ll also admire the many flora and fauna that are abundant throughout the quarry.

Details of the trek

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Hiking Distance: 9 km/ 5 miles
  • Est. Hiking time: 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate



After breakfast, we continue our descent along a wide Inca trail through the quarry area. We’ll arrive to an area where the Inca stones were carried to cross the river Vilcanota. On the other side, between the river and the Temple of the Sun, we can see several of these “tired stones”, which were abandoned halfway between the quarry and the temple.

Chroniclers state that the work on temple stopped suddenly when the Colla Masons fled back to their homes near Lake Tiahuanaco, just before the arrival of the Spanish. We will continue our trek descending until we cross the river to finally reach the famous temple of the Sun in Ollantaytambo. You’ll have time to explore the temple and the traditional village, before getting on the afternoon train that will take you to Aguas Calientes, where you’ll be able to freshen up and rest at your hotel.

Details of the trek

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Hiking Distance: 9 km/ 5 miles
  • Est. Hiking time: 4 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate to easy



After a scrumptious breakfast, we will board the bus transporting us to the Majestic Lost City of the Incas, “Machu Picchu”. Your tour guide will impart the history of this mystical place. We will have the opportunity to visit the “Temple of the Sun”, the “Royal Palace”, the “Main Temple”, the “Temple of the Three Windows” and the “Sun Dial”. Here, we promise an unforgettable experience. After your guided tour, you’ll have free time to do your own exploring.

  • If you have reserved your visit to “Huaynapicchu” (tickets limited to 400 per day – NOT INCLUDED), will have to coordinate with the Tour Guide for your visit depending on the programmed time.

There are many more activities that you can do. These activities are optional (not included with package) for example: The “Puerta del Sol” (2 hours hike up and down), where you will appreciate the Inca city from a different view point.

In the afternoon, we catch the train to reach the City of Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival to Ollantaytambo, we will have transportation waiting to drive you to your hotel in Cusco.


  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lowest Altitude: 2,040 m / 6.691 ft
  • Highest Altitude: 2,440 m / 8,052 ft


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