Inca Quarry Trek – 4D/3N
With very few tourists, the Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the best kept secrets in alternative trekking options. It is a challenging trek designed for those who wish to see and experience different ecosystems with a wide variety of birds, flowers, and plants and for those wishing to experience the ancient culture in remote, small villages, hardly ever seen or visited by foreigners.
DAY 1 : CUSCO – MORAY – SALT MINE – SOQMA.
- We will pick you up from your hotel at 06:00 am. After a one hour drive, we will reach our first destination: the fascinating display of terraces in Moray.
- After we spend some time exploring these terraces, we will continue driving for 15 minutes to the famous salt mines in Maras. There, you will have the opportunity to walk through the mines that are still in use today and provide salt for the entire country.
- From there, we will drive to Soqma, (3200m) where lunch will be prepared by your professional chef and you will meet the staff of horsemen and porters.
- The team will take your bags and we will begin our trek with a steady three-hour, uphill climb to the nearby Inca site of Perolniyoc. After some time there, we will continue to climb for 30 minutes to our campsite where we will have dinner and enjoy the beautiful views.
Walking Distance: 10km/6 miles
Elevation: Walking from 3,200m/9,842ft to 3,700m/12139ft
Difficulty: Challenging, uphill
Weather: Cold in the morning, warm afternoon, windy
DAY 2: SOQMA INCA QUARRY DAY
- After waking up at 5:00am and enjoying a quick breakfast, we will start hiking up to the highest point of the trail (4,350 meter/15,255 ft). It is a tough, three-hour ascent to the magnificent Soqma Mountain summit. From there, we can see an imposing view of the majestic and sacred mountain, Wacaywillka (Veronica (Sacred Tear)). After walking for 15 more minutes, we will stop for lunch and a little rest.
- We will continue walking for 2 hours along the mountain crest until we reach the second summit. From there, we will start descending for 30 minutes on rocky switch backs. Then the path becomes more gentle for two more hours until we reach the campsite.
Walking Distance: 14 km/9miles
Elevation: 3700m/12139ft to 4450m/14600ft to 3600m/11811ft
Difficulty: Difficult, uphill most of the way. Steep switchbacks downhill.
Weather: Cold in the morning, warm afternoon, windy
DAY 3: INCA QUARRY -OLLANTAYTAMBO -AGUAS CALIENTES.
- After breakfast, we will descend through the Inca Quarry for approximately 3-4 hours until we reach the village of Ollantaytambo. There, we will have lunch before heading to the train station where we will ride for the final stretch of our journey to Aguas Calientes for dinner.
Walking Distance: 5km/3miles
Elevation: 3600m/11811ft to 2040m/6693ft
Difficulty: Easy, down hill.
Weather: Warm; chance of rain.
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
- Today is the highlight of the trek. We recommend waking up early to catch the first bus around 5:30am. After entering Machu Picchu, you will have a two-hour guided tour of the most important sites in the city.
- Following the tour, there will be free time to explore the site at your own pace or do any of the short alternative treks to the Inca Bridge or the Sungate. If you purchased a ticket in advance to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will complete those hikes at this time (tickets to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain are NOT included and must be purchased separately).
- At the designated time, your guide will meet you down in the village of Aguas Calientes to pick up your duffel bags from the hotel and take you to the train station for your ride back to Ollantaytambo. A private van will take you back to your hotel in Cuscso from the train station.
Walking distance: varied! You can spend as much time as you like exploring Machu Picchu city or taking an additional hike.
Difficulty: Moderate. Machu Picchu city is large and requires many trips up and down stairs to see it all.
Weather: Hot and humid (bring a lot of water and rain gear)
- Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
- Private transportation
- Private, English speaking guide
- All entrance fees
- Drop off at your hotel in Cusco
- All meals as specified in the itinerary (*dietary preferences can be honored with proper notice)
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Double occupancy. Single occupancy available for additional charge)
- Round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Round-trip train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
- Tent (Double occupancy. Single occupancy available for additional charge)
- Duffel bags to be carried by porters (up to 15pounds/7kilos per person)
- Sleeping mat
- Clean water at every meal stop
Breakfast – Day one
Lunch and Dinner – Day 4
Walking sticks (available for rent)
Sleeping bag (available for rent)
Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb (available for additional $30- must be purchased in advance)
Tips (please see our guide for tipping here)
Alcoholic beverages of any kind
Total Walking Distance: 30km/18miles
Elevation: Minimum: 2040m/6693ft Maximum: 4450m/14600ft
Difficulty: Challenging – uphills are very steep
Weather: Chilly and windy. Warm while walking; chance of rain.
Please Note: Price includes cost of the trek only. First Step Expeditions can reserve hotels and other tours for an additional fee.
2 People: $900/person
4 People: $695/person
6+ People: $610/person
Students with ISIC card have $30 discount
All prices based on double occupancy at three star hotels. Requests for alternative accommodations will be honored for an additional fee.
Walking sticks: $12
Sleeping bag: $30
Huayna Picchu OR Machu Picchu Mountain Climb: $30