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4-Day Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu

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    Day 1: Cusco - Rafca - Socma - Perolniyoc - Rayanniyoc
    You will be picked up at around 6am and drive towards the town of Rafca (2800 meters). The drive will continue 30 more minutes until reaching the village of Socma which is the starting point of the trek. After a short break and packing everything, you will begin hiking towards the Inca site of Perolniyoc (3200m). Once there, you'll have lunch and visit the beautiful waterfall and the archaeological ruins lying at the top of the valley. You'll hike for 30 more minutes until you arrive at Rayan-Niyoc (3,600m).
    Day 2: Rayanniyoc - Inti Punku - Choquetacarpo
    After a hearty breakfast, you will start your trek to the first high pass located at 4,400 meters above sea level and offering breathtaking mountain views. After walking about 4 hours, you will reach this point. You will stop at a camp for lunch and then continue hiking to reach a second high pass at an altitude of 4,500 meters (the highest point of the trek). Take in the spectacular views of the valley and then head down for about 3 hours to a site the Incas called Inti Punku (meaning Sun Gate). You will arrive at Choquetacarpo (3600m), your second camp of the trek.
    Day 3: Choquetacarpo - Cachicata Inca Quarry - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
    After breakfast at the camp, you'll descend to the Inca Quarry of Cachicata (3820m). This quarry was used by the Incas for the construction of Ollantaytambo and there are various points of interest including several large buildings, quarried stones left that are half finished and abandoned throughout the site, chullpas (burial houses) and a cave with Inca mummies. After exploring this site, you'll head down the mountain for about 3 hours until the town of Ollantaytambo. This is the ending point of this challenging and fascinating trek. From there, you'll take the train to Aguas Calientes, check in at the hotel and enjoy some well-deserved rest.
    Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
    Early in the morning, you will take the bus to Machu Picchu and enter the site as it opens. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour and learn about the Incas and the history of this citadel. Then, you have free time to walk around the site, take some pictures, and/or do the optional hike up to Huayna Picchu. In the afternoon, you will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes where you will board the train to Ollantaytambo. Then, you'll board a bus back to Cusco where you will be dropped off at Plaza San Francisco.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    Excellent food, fantastic guide and magnificent experience. It's definately worth getting the complete package for convenience and highly suggest arranging the blow up mattresses rather than the standard. Small difference can make for a more comfortable sleep.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank LucenaDeakin
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Amazing hike to Machu Picchu. Our guide, Vidal, did a great job introducing us to the history of the inkas and encouraging us on the breathtaking but demanding trek. Excellent four-course dinner by our cook, Victor, and the rest og the sraff preparing everything at...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Hannebach
    Reviewed June 25, 2019

    We are a young couple from Hong Kong. We joined the Bamba experience and thanks Cesar took us for the 4 days 3 nights adventure through the Inca Quarry Trail. The trek is not too difficult when compared with the classic one but the views...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank watkatz
    Reviewed May 17, 2019 via mobile

    This Trek up to Machu Picchu was a tough but unforgettable experience. Views were spectacular, especially the mountains and night sky. Our guide, Percy Gonza, was excellent. He made sure safety was a priority, was extremely knowledgeable in the history and culture of the Inka...More

    Thank debbiwall
    Reviewed May 8, 2019 via mobile

    Really enjoyed 4 days Inca Trail with my best Giude Nico. 2nights camping and 2nd night with burn fire in the evening. 3rd night at the hotel at Aguas Calientes was also pretty good. 3rd day lunch and night dinner was also good at the...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Autumn C
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