Amazing view of the Veronica Glacier from the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) of the Inca Quarry Trail (Cachicata Trek).

Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu

4 Days & 3 Nights
Starting from US$600 per person
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Up to 10 People Group Size
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4,500 m / 14,764 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

The Historical Cachicata Inca Trek

Soqma - Perolniyoc - Racaypata - Sun Gate (Inti Punku) - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
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Camps & Hostel Accommodation
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Up to 10 People Group Size
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4,500 m / 14,764 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

If you’re looking to get away from the crowds and enjoy an off-the-beaten-path trek to Machu Picchu, then the Inca Quarry Trail is an excellent alternative. Over the years, it’s managed to stay off the list of traditional tourist routes. That doesn’t mean it’s any less exciting, though.

This route is perfect for those looking to delve further into the Inca’s history and see firsthand how life in the Andes is for the locals who live in remote regions. You’ll get up close and personal with small communities and witness their day-to-day lives. On this route, you’ll also see some unique Inca sites that very few people get to see, even those from Cusco!

The Inca Quarry was recently included in the top six Alternative Routes to Machu Picchu by National Geographic, making it an excellent trek to choose from.

Inca Quarry Trail (Cachicata Trek) to Machu Picchu 4 Days Map Day by Day (4D/3N) Inca Quarry Trail (Cachicata Trek) to Machu Picchu 4 Days Map
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Before You Go
  • Pricing
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  Overview

Escape the crowds and get off-the-beaten-path with our specially designed Inca Quarry Trail for history lovers and those who want to see what real life is like in the rural Andes. Our package is suitable whether you’re by yourself or in a group, and you’re guaranteed a real adventure!

The Inca Quarry Trail, also known as the Cachicata Trek or Chaski Trail, is one of the more recent routes to open up and is also one of the least crowded treks to Machu Picchu. This incredible trail will take you past tall waterfalls, Inca constructions, unforgettable views of the Andes, and beautiful jungle scenery.

Along the way, amidst the animated flora and fauna, you’ll stop off at Racaypata archaeological site and pass through various communities close to the Cachiqata quarry - the site the Incas took their stones from to build Ollantaytambo! In the quarry, you’ll be able to appreciate some rocks that were cut by the Incas and observe their fine skills.

After three days of trekking, enjoying nature, and seeing how locals live in the rural regions of Cusco, you’ll head to Aguas Calientes by train. This evening, you’ll spend the night in a comfortable hostel and enjoy a tasty dinner at one of the best restaurants in town.

On the fourth and final day, you’ll visit the magnificent and magical Inca city of Machu Picchu. You’ll be able to enjoy the site and learn all about its history from your local guide before exploring by yourself. On the last afternoon, it’ll be time to head back to Ollantaytambo by train and then to Cusco by private transport.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 01

    Cusco | Soqma - Perolniyoc - Racaypata - Rayan

    Your adventure begins as you head towards the Perolniyoc waterfall surrounded by gorgeous scenery. Bathe in the water before visiting Racaypata archaeological site. Spend the night at Rayan and observe the clear Andean night sky.

  • Day 02

    Rayan | Puccaqasa - Kuichiqasa pass - Sun Gate - Choquetacarpo

    Head to the first summit of the trek at Puccaqasa and then onto lunch. After, you’ll reach the highest point of the route, Kuichiqasa Pass. Head to the Sun Gate for some spectacular views before reaching our camp for dinner and rest.

  • Day 03

    Choquetacarpo | Cachicata - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

    Visit the Cachiqata quarries in the morning and enjoy a guided tour to observe stones cut to build Ollantaytambo. Have lunch in Ollantaytambo before catching the train to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy dinner in a top restaurant before going to be early.

  • Day 04

    Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

    Enjoy exploring the magical and mystical Machu Picchu on a 2-hour guided tour before exploring yourself. Head back to Aguas Calientes for lunch before getting a train to Ollantaytambo and then private transport back to your accommodation in Cusco.

What's it like

Highlights

  • Trek through the stunning Andean jungle landscapes and take in the astounding views.
  • See beautiful and unique flora and fauna to the zone and learn all about it.
  • Visit the quarry where the Incas got the stones to build Ollantaytambo from.
  • Understand how small communities live in such remote regions of the Andes and see them going about their daily lives.
  • Explore archaeological sites and uncover Inca secrets.
  • Take a grand tour of the mystical Machu Picchu before exploring by yourself.

Why Travel with us

  Itinerary
Day 01

Cusco | Soqma - Perolniyoc - Racaypata - Rayan

Highlight of the day: Bathing in the Perolniyoc waterfall and visiting Racaypata archaeological site.

Refreshing Waterfalls and Inca History

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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8 km / 4.97 mi Walking Distance
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5-6 hours Walking Time
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3,000 m / 9,843 ft Starting Elevation
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3,000 m / 9,843 ft Minimum Elevation
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3,700 m / 12,139 ft Highest Elevation
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3,700 m / 12,139 ft Campsite Elevation

Start your adventure when we collect you early in the morning from your accommodation. We’ll take you to the starting point of the trek to meet your team before you begin a 3 to 4-hour hike to the Perolniyoc waterfall. Along the way, you’ll pass wonderful scenery and the small town of Soqma, where farmer’s fields will surround you. You’ll have time to bathe in the waterfall to cool down once you get there.

Afterward, you’ll keep going until we reach Racaypata archaeological site. Your guide will give you an exciting history lesson, and you’ll be able to take in the beautiful landscape before enjoying a delicious lunch prepared by our team. You’ll then continue to our camp at Rayan to relax and enjoy the Andean night sky with constellations and shooting stars while you wait for dinner. Spend the night in a comfortable tent and rest until morning.

Your adventure begins today bright and early when we collect you from your accommodation in the morning and drive for one and a half hours to the starting point of our trek. Our private transport is extremely comfortable, and we’ll provide you with blankets in case you want to get a little more sleep on the journey.

Once we arrive at the starting point, and after enjoying a great breakfast, you’ll meet the cooks and horseman and get to know your team. Then, we’ll begin our hike with a 3 to 4 hour stretch to the pretty Perolniyoc waterfall. On the way, we’ll pass through the little town of Soqma and be surrounded by corn, potato, and quinoa fields. After you’ve had time to enjoy the beautiful valley landscape, you’ll get the chance to cool off or shower in the waterfall.

When you feel refreshed, we’ll continue to the Racaypata archaeological site, which was built on a cliff and boasts spectacular views of the surrounding valley. All our guides are experts in Inca history so that you can expect a quality history lesson! We’ll also have our lunch there, and you’ll get to try the exquisite food prepared by our team in the middle of the mountains.

The afternoon is relatively relaxing as we ascend for one more hour to reach our campsite at Rayan (3,700 m / 12,139 ft). You’ll be able to rest for the remainder of the day and wander around the area before a tasty dinner. While you wait for your food, take the opportunity to observe the clear Andean night sky. You’ll see constellations and shooting stars before heading to the comfort of your tent to wind down for the night.

Day 02

Rayan | Puccaqasa - Kuichiqasa pass - Sun Gate - Choquetacarpo

Highlight of the day: Observing the incredible views from the Sun Gate.

Stunning Views and Astounding Landscapes

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty
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13 km / 8.08 mi Walking Distance
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8-9 hours Walking Time
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3,600 m / 11,811 ft Minimum Elevation
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4,500 m / 14,764 ft Highest Elevation
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3,600 m / 11,811 ft Campsite Elevation

After breakfast, you’ll be off early to the first summit, Puccaqasa. Take some time to enjoy the stunning views of the Sacred Valley before you continue onto the lunch spot. Once we’re full, we’ll continue to the highest point of the route at Kuichiqasa Pass.

Next, we’ll head to the Sun Gate to see the wonderful landscape of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Veronica glacier in the distance. Finally, we’ll head down to our campsite in the Choquetacarpo sector to have dinner and sleep.

After an energizing breakfast, we’ll head uphill for 3 hours to the first summit of the hike at Puccaqasa (4,400 m / 14,436 ft). You’ll get the most incredible views of the Sacred Valley from here, and, of course, it’s the perfect spot to get some amazing photos.

Later, we’ll descend for around 25 minutes to our lunch spot for a well-deserved meal. Recharge your energies with some more incredible food from our cooks before continuing with a 2-hour up and down hike. On the last 20 minutes of this stretch, you’ll head up to the highest point of the whole trek, the Kuychicassa Pass (4,500 m / 14,764 ft). You can expect some more wonderful landscapes from this height and observe snowy glaciers.

You’ll be heading downhill again afterward to the Inti Punku or Sun Gate archaeological site (3,900 m / 12,795 ft). You’ll learn a little about the site while you take in spectacular views of La Veronica glacier (5,682 m / 18,642 ft) and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which you’ll likely visit at some point during your time in Cusco.

Finally, there’ll be a 30-minute descent to our campsite in the Choquetacarpo sector (3,600 m / 11,811 ft). You can now rest for the evening and enjoy another tasty meal before heading to bed.

Day 03

Choquetacarpo | Cachicata - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

Highlight of the day: Explore the incredible Cachicata quarry and witness the Inca’s fantastic craftsmanship.

Quarry Visit and Understanding Inca History

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Hostel Accommodation
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Moderate Difficulty
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10 km / 6,213 mi Walking Distance
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4 hours Walking Time
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2,040 m / 6,693 ft Minimum Elevation
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3,600 m / 11,811 ft Highest Elevation
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2,040 m / 6,693 ft Accommodation Elevation

After breakfast, we’ll head up to the Cachicata quarries for a guided tour and to observe the impressive stones cut by the Incas to build Ollantaytambo. It’s amazing to see the fine skills that the Incas had with so few materials. Then, we’ll make our way to Ollantaytambo for some lunch and then catch the train to Aguas Calientes. Along the way, you’ll see wonderful scenery everywhere you look.

Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes, you’ll check into your hotel and be able to rest. If you have energy, you can explore the town or head to the hot springs to relax. In the evening, we’ll go to one of the top restaurants for dinner before going to bed early. You need to be up before dawn tomorrow.

Just like every other morning, you’ll be greeted with a delicious and filling breakfast to get you going. We’ll then begin our 1-hour descent to the Cachicata quarries (3,520 m / 11,549 ft), where the stones were taken from to build Ollantaytambo. Inside the site, you’ll enjoy a guided tour to learn more about the place and observe the cut stone blocks whose transportation was interrupted by the arrival of the Spanish. It’s fascinating to see the perfect cuts that the Incas were able to create with simple materials.

After, we’ll descend from the quarry for 3 hours until we get to the quaint town of Ollantaytambo (2,792 m / 9,160 ft), where we’ll have lunch. Once we’ve finished, we’ll head to the train station to board the Expedition service to Aguas Calientes (2,040 m / 6,693 ft). Along the tracks, you’ll be able to observe the beautiful scenery of the Sacred Valley up close as you travel beside the Urubamba River. You’ll need your camera ready to take some great snaps!

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you’ll check-in at your hostel to rest before dinner if you feel tired. If you still have some energy, you can explore the small town or head to hot springs, which are the perfect place to relax your tired muscles after three days of walking. In the evening, we’ll enjoy dinner in one of the top restaurants before going to bed early because you’ll be up before sunrise to see Machu Picchu.

Day 04

Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Exploring and touring one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu.

The Magical, Mystical Machu Picchu Awaits

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Breakfast Meals
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Easy Difficulty
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2-5 hours exploring Activity Duration
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2,430 m / 7,972 ft Machu Picchu Site Elevation
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2,720 m / 8,924 ft Huayna Picchu Mountain Elevation
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3,000 m / 9,843 ft Machu Picchu Mountain Elevation
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Moderate to Challenging / 2-4 hours Optional Activities (Difficulty - Duration)

You’ll need to wake up bright and early to beat the crowds at Machu Picchu. You’ll catch a bus up to enter at 6:00 am and watch the sunrise. Your guide will take you on a 2-hour tour of all the important areas of Machu Picchu before you have a few more hours to explore for yourself.

Around midday, you’ll have to head back to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy lunch in a restaurant of your choice before heading to the train station to board your train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private transport will take you back to your accommodation in Cusco to put your feet up and rest.

The big day has arrived! Make sure you’re up very early to beat the crowds at Machu Picchu. We’ll board a bus in Aguas Calientes at 5:30 am to reach the sanctuary at 6 am. Once inside, you’ll be able to see the golden morning sunrise over the incredible citadel. Take in the impressive views before you enjoy a 2-hour guided tour with your local expert. You’ll visit all the must-see sites before having 4 or 5 more hours to explore by yourself.

Now will be the perfect time to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain if you have pre-booked tickets. If not, you can hike up to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) or Inca Bridge free of charge. From all these places, you get a great view over the fortress.

A little after midday, it’ll be time to make your way down to Aguas Calientes. You’ll have a bit of time to grab some lunch in a restaurant of your choice before catching a train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private transport will collect you and take you to your accommodation in Cusco. You’ll be able to put your feet up and reflect on your fantastic adventure. We’re sure your heart will be soaring with the magic of the Incas for weeks, months, even years to come!

  Inclusions

At Salkantay Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details, so you don’t miss anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

What Is Included?

High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure Briefing

    You’ll meet your trekking guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. There, we’ll provide you with the duffle bags, which our team will carry. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.

  • Experienced Tour Guide

    English and spanish speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route, including leading your group in ancient ceremonies! He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!

  • Private Camping Equipment

    You’ll have spacious dining and kitchen tents where you can enjoy your food without problems. In addition, tables, chairs, and cooking equipment (all carried by our horses).

  • Portable Travel Toilet
  • One Duffle Bag

    On the trek, you can carry your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15.4 lb (this weight includes your sleeping bag).

  • Medical Kit or First AID Kit

    All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers' diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

  • Extras Included in our Service

    We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a cover to protect your backpack on the road and a rain poncho.

  • Customer Service 24/7

    We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication with Salkantay Trekking leading up to your trek.

  • Satellite Phone

    Our main priority will always be the tranquillity of our clients. All of our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains; however, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps you feel more secure. For this reason, each Salkantay Trekking guide has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to call anywhere in the world.

Accommodation

  • Lodging in Campsites

    We have a series of campsites that offer you true comfort. Besides that, just like our ancestors, we have a profound link of affection and respect for our Mother Earth. Because of this, we are insistent that our campsites don’t generate any negative environmental impact. Remember that the accommodations are double and shared.

  • Best Camping Tents

    Salkantay Trekking uses the best equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Every 2 people will share Eureka Timberline or Mountain Hard Wear tents with a capacity for 4 people.

  • Comfortable Hostel in Aguas Calientes

    The last night of this trek is spent in a hostel in Aguas Calientes with a double or triple room, private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, breakfast, and luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu.

Meals

  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, and 3 Dinners

    Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets (vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost), so let us know if you have any particular allergies or restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks.

  • Water on the trail

    We’ll provide you boiled, filtered, and cooled water during your hike, from your first lunch to your last breakfast. For this, you need to bring a camel bag or an empty bottle (we recommend a capacity of 2 liters).

  • Wake up tea

    Every morning at the campsite, you'll be woken up with a cup of hot coca tea. Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.

  • Tea Time or Happy Hour

    Every afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide you popcorn, biscuits/cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won't have to wait until dinner to relax, warm-up, and enjoy a bite to eat!

  • Snacks on the trail daily

    Before starting your trekking, your tour guide will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, cookies, chocolate, caramels, etc. Every morning, we’ll refill it so that you can enjoy your snacks during the walk.

  • One cloth snack bag per person

    To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we'll give you a cloth bag for your snacks.

  • Products for hygiene

    You’ll be provided with a small towel and soap before each meal to clean your hands.

Transportation

  • Private Transport
    • Day 1: You'll be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel in our private transportation to Soqma, the trek's starting point.
    • Day 4: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Train Tickets
    • Day 3: From Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
    • Day 4: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • One-Way Consettur Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Day 4)
  • Personal Belongings Transportation

    On days 1,2, and 3, cargo mules will carry all the camping equipment and your baggage allowance (7 kg / 15.4 lb). Muleteers will be responsible for your duffle bag and personal items.

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entry Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site

What Is Not Included?

  • Extras and important equipment

    All our travelers need a sleeping bag to camp. Inflatable mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional but highly recommended. If you do not have them, don’t worry, you can rent them with Salkantay Trekking.

    • Sleeping bag: US$ 20.00
    • Inflatable mattress: US$ 20.00
    • Walking poles (pair): US$ 20.00
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain

    You can climb the famous mountain you always see in the photos behind the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It’s 45 minutes uphill, and coming back down can be scary if you fear heights. You can take this excursion once your guided tour to Machu Picchu ends. The permit must be issued at least one month in advance due to high demand. Consider that there could be changes to protect your integrity, mainly due to weather conditions.

    The ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 60.00 per person.

  • Machu Picchu Mountain

    Machu Picchu Mountain is another of the mountains that surround the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It offers less steep, wider, and visually less frightening trails than Huayna Picchu, and it takes 1.5 hours to reach the top. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can secure for you if we have time in advance.

    The ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 60.00 per person.

  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes and Dinner in Cusco (Day 4)
  • Personal Hiking Clothing and Gear
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff

    Tipping is the norm on any excursion to Machu Picchu. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the horsemen and chefs together.

  • Additional costs or delays beyond our control

    Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemia, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.

  Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you'll find speedy answers to all those questions you had about hiking in Peru with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services. Please read carefully the following information – it will help you with any questions you may have about our services.

Have another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap!

How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Trek?

It’s very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you adjust and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.

You might have already been in another area of Peru at a high altitude before arriving in Cusco. In that case, we still recommend you have a whole day in Cusco to rest, recover from your travel, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before departing for the trek.

Here some suggestions for activities to do in the Cusco vicinity before starting your adventure trek:

Briefing or Informative Meeting

All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Salkantay Trekking office.

Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full at most 7.30 pm one day before your departure (generally after the briefing).

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency at our office in Cusco. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Duffel Bag or Canvas Case

You’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. Our horses will carry them, and the horsemen will hand them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 60 x 24 x 22 cm (23.6 x 9.45 x 8.66 in).

A maximum of 7 kg / 15.4 lb is allowed for each duffel bag, including the weight of your sleeping bag, sleeping mat, clothes, and other personal items.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests

Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.

Cusco is an old city, meaning it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Return to Cusco

Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!

  • In Machu Picchu, you’ll board a bus that’ll take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes, you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo (or Poroy). Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 1:45 hours.
  • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Salkantay Trekking clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Cusco or directly to your hotel. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Cusco takes 1:30 hours.
  • In Cusco, depending on your hotel’s location, we’ll take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel.

Note: Your tour includes a One-Way Consettur Bus Ticket Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu, so you can choose to use it from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu or from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes. If you want a round-trip bus ticket, you’ll need to pay an extra of US$ 12.00.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport, tents, or restaurants. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.

  Pricing

The "Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.

2021 Land Cost

Group Price: US$ 600.00 per person.

Required Pre-payment: US$ 200.00 per person.

Balance (Cusco): US$ 400.00 (Commonly paid in Cusco after the briefing).

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 8%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of its service. This tax is just for online deposits so that you will pay the remaining in cash (the briefing day in Cusco) without charges.

Please, after your deposit, send us the transfer number to sales@salkantaytrekking.com; only after that, we'll be able to confirm your deposit and reservation.

Hostel

All the related treks to Machu Picchu end in or before Aguas Calientes, so you’ll spend the last night in a hostel in the village rather than camping (shared room included in the trek cost). If you’d like to upgrade your hostel or prefer a single room, please consider that there will be an additional cost.

Extras & Upgrades

There are complementary services and upgrades you can include in this trip.

  • Huayna Picchu:  US$ 60.00
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:  US$ 60.00
  • Single Room at Aguas Calientes:  US$ 30.00
  • Extra Night:  US$ 30.00
  • Vistadome Train:  US$ 75.00

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Peru Adventure.

  • Rainbow Mountain:  US$ 100.00  US$ 80.00
  • Sacred Valley:  US$ 60.00  US$ 50.00
  • City Tour:  US$ 30.00 US$ 20.00

Additional Items

There are additional items you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices.

  • Sleeping bag::  US$ 20.00
  • Inflattable mattress:  US$ 20.00
  • Walking poles (pair):  US$ 20.00

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed, we guarantee the price won’t increase, whatever the circumstances. So please, before booking, ensure you’ve read all our important tour information.

Student Discount

US$20.00 off

Student discounts apply to anyone 17-years-old or younger, and we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all documentation to sales@salkantaytrekking.com.

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Inca Quarry Trail 4D
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Remember |  One of our Travel Experts will contact you soon to confirm the availability of the trip you chose, give you more information, and/or provide you alternative options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 958 191 179 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.

Note |  Due to the rainy season and trail maintenance, we don't offer this trek during the whole month of february. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service!

Feel free to reach us via email at sales@salkantaytrekking.com or by calling us directly at (+51) 958 191 179

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

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