sacred valley of the incas in ollantaytambo


The Inca Quarry  trail is a great option of hiking for those who want to experience the nature, the Inca sites and getting a firsthand look of the country lifestyle in the Peruvian Andes. The Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people. The hike is 32 kilometers long in total and its highest point is at 4,450m/14600ft above sea level. In this Inca Quarry Trek we will spend the first two nights camping and the third night you will stay at a hotel in Aguas Calientes.The Inca Quarry trek is for sure one of the top Alternative treks to Machu Picchu, listed by National Geographic Magazine.

Basic Tour Information

Tour duration: 4 days

Travel Difficulty: challenging

Maximum altitude: 4450 m

Trek distance: 40 km


Reservation from $690

Day 1


Difficulty: challenging

Distance: 10 km

Altitude: 3200 m

We pick up you from your hotel at 4:00 am, we then drive through the Sacred Valley 1 hour and 40 minutes to arrive to the village of Soqma (3,205 m / 10,512 ft). Which is the beginning point of Cachicata trek, the horsemen will be waiting for us at this village ready for this adventure trek. To start the  Inca Quarry Trail from Soqma, we’ll gently make our way up following one of the side valleys, walking 1 hour and 30 minutes of hiking, we will stop at the waterfall of Perolniyoc; which is one of the nicest falls in the northern part of the Sacred Valley. We will continue  our hike for one more hour uphill to reach the archaeological site of Perolniyoc, located above the waterfall, after explore the ruins with our guide, we will walk for one hour to arrive to our lunch spot and camp ; we spend the night at Rayan campsite (3,700 meters/12,136 ft).

ruinas de perolniyoq
Day 2


Difficulty: challenging

Distance: 12 km

Altitude: 4450 m

After breakfast we will set off from the camp, 3 hours of slow hike will lead us to the highest pass of Cachicata trek called Puka kasa pass (4,450 m /14,600 ft), for many people this is the hardest section because the altitude but is the most spectacular day, we will see many snow-capped mountains and the Sacred Valley in the other side. Once we reach the mountain there will be a magical feeling of surviving one the highest passes on this mountain range.

Then we  walk downhill for 25 minutes to our lunch place. In the afternoon, we will hike for two more hours undulating trail with some ascents and descents. The last 25 minutes of this segment lead us uphill to the highest pass of the trek, Kuychi K’asa (4,457 m/ 14,619 ft). Then the trek goes downhill for 2 hours to the famous site the called Inti Punku, or the Sun Gate, where we will have a spectacular view of Veronica  Mountain (5,682 m/ 18,637 ft) and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will spend the night at Choquetacarpo which is 30 minutes downhill from Inti Punku (3,600m/ 11,808 ft).


inca quarry trail to machu picchu
Day 3


Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 12 km

Altitude: 3250 m

We will continue our Cachicata trek having an early breakfast and then walk down for one hour to arrive to Cachicata, the Inca Quarry (3,525 m/ 11,562 ft), the reason for the name Cachicata trek; where we will be able to walk around and observe all the stone works did by the Inca builders before to transport down to Ollantaytambo. Our guide will show us the remains of the unfinished stone work left by the Incas, because the invasion of the Spanish conquerors.

From the Cachiqata quarry we will descend for 3 hours until we arrive to Ollantaytambo (2,840 m / 9,315 ft.) our lunch place. In the afternoon we will have train connection to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night at the hotel. In the evening we will have dinner in one of the restaurants in the town.

inca quarry trail peru
Day 4


Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 6 km

Altitude: 2400 m

You will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a very early bus (5:30am).  The tour guide   will teach you about all the history of this mysterious and mystical place. We will visit the Sun Temple, Royal palace, Main Temple, Three Windows Temple and Sun Dial. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore on your own.

In the afternoon you will return to the train station in Aguas Calientes for the trip back to Ollantaytambo. Upon your arrival to the train station you will be transferred by car to Cusco.

Inca trail to Machu picchu 2020


  • Pre-departure briefing 1 or 2 days before the trek
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
  • Horseman’s and horses to carry our camping and kitchen equipment
  • English Speaking Professional Guide
  • 4 Season tents, with capacity of 4 persons, but used only by 2
  • Sleeping pad
  • 04 breakfasts, 04 lunches, 04 dinners
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train from Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from the Train Station to Cusco
  • One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes Hotel
  • One way bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu

What is not included in the Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Sleeping bag : you can rent in our office $ 20 usd
  • Walking poles : posible to rent  $ 15 usd
  • Lunch at Aguas Calientes on the last day.
  • Tips (Cook, horseman and guide)
  • Travel insurance
  • Huaynapicchu Mountain $ 30 usd

Note: if you want to climb up to Wayna Picchu, we kindly suggest you to book  in advance, because the spaces are limited for any additional information contact us.


What you need to take for Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu

  • Original Passport is required for Cachicata trek
  • Walking boots are suggested for Cachicata trek
  • Waterproof jacket,pants / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Flash light
  • Spare batteries


Inca Trail Expeditions has developed a great diversity of Treks in the city of Cusco. This is how we offer the alternative treks to Machupicchu, if in case you could not get a space for the classic Inca trail of 2020. In the same way we organize the best treks in the Vilcanota mountain range like the Lares trek. Hiking to the Ausangate mountain, Choquequirao. All our activities are guaranteed, because we work with small groups and guides well trained in safety, and quality of service. Our chefs prepare the best gourmet food in Peru, with the freshest ingredients in the region. And the camping equipment are of the best outdoor brands.


The Cusco has the best options in 1 day tours. We present the adventure tours as the hill of colors, lagoon humantay. And also the traditional tours of the Sacred Valley.


The Inca trail tours one of the most famous worldwide. Come and enjoy its scenic and cultural beauty. Our company works with this trek for more than 10 years. Our services are highly specialized in the quality of services. That is why we work with small groups. All the camping equipment we use has the best quality standard. All our chefs are very well trained to provide you with the best gourmet service on the Inca Trail 2020. This year we are taking reservations for the 2020 Inca Trail. Book early and do not miss this great adventure, in the land of the Incas. The Inca trail tours to Machu Picchu is one of the best walks in the world. Our company is highly recommended by all our hikers who made the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. All our staff is very well trained on the Inca trail hike.


Manu Jungle Tours: The majesty of the biosphere of the Manu National Park has no comparison with another. This beautiful wildlife refuge is very close to the City of Cusco. Inca Trail Expeditions offers you the best experience of visits to the Amazon jungle. We work with the best local guides, who teach them all the secrets of this jungle, so we work with small groups. Our accommodations have private rooms with all basic services. They are built inside the jungle. During the different walks in the jungle you can learn medicinal plants workers, observe some species of mammals, such as monkeys, jaguars, capybaras and a variety of butterflies and reptiles. Our company works sustainably with the environment, leaving no trace of pollution.  


Machu Pichu Tours: You plan to visit the wonderful citadel of Machu Picchu. We offer the best service and attention on your trip to Machu Picchu, our company works with the best staff to create an unforgettable experience. We work in small groups and in the best hotels in Aguas Calientes. Come and discover Peru's past. For two days you can discover two of the most magical places on the planet, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu. You will visit the incredible archaeological park of Ollantaytambo and take the train to Aguas Calientes, which crosses a unique landscape. The next day, you can see the sunrise in Machu Picchu, which is considered one of the most fascinating scenes in Peru, and then we will take a guided tour of the citadel. Machu Picchu Tours Inca trail expeditions Peru.

Why book with us


Inca Trail Expeditions strives in the best service to all our clients. You will take the Best memories of our city of Cusco.


The food is one of the most important things on the trek, we bring balance, and nutritive food along the trail, most of our meals are buffet with.


We are proud to contribute to the care and protection of the environment, in all our trails, we leave the environment without waste.


Our staff are very committed to their work, we are passionate about working with you and show you the rich history and tradition of the Incas.


In all the tours and walks offered by our company, we always think in your comfort, we work do best camping equipment.


Ease to make your reservation with our sales department you can, secure your tour, design your trip to your suit whit the best budget.