Inca Quarries
Inca Quarries
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Located on mountainside 700 meters above Ollantaytambo
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mark_SydNSW
Australia551 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Solo
The distance from the Ollantaytambo town square to the quarry is 6.5 km. It is an uphill walk and mostly a gentle slope. The quarry is a grey rocky area on the side of a hill with some shaped rocks and small circular buildings (the photos describe it better).

My timing was 90 minutes walking each way plus half an hour at the site. To get to the quarry from Ollantaytambo’s main square:
- go back along the road the buses use,
- after 1 km turn off and go south over the Inca bridge (you can see the bridge from the road), then
- head right (west) along the walking track – it goes past Ollantaytambo again but on the other side of the river. There are one or two signs to the quarry along the way.

It is also referred to as Cachiqata or Cachikata quarry.
Written April 17, 2012
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jutah
Salt Lake City, UT63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Family
This is a great hike to explore some unexcavated ruins. You don't need a guide (although we had one). Anyone in town can point you to the trailhead and it's fairly well marked. Views of the Veronica glacier are phenomenal. Continue past the quarry to an Inti Punku with great views (weather permitting).
Written August 19, 2014
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Anja G
Hollywood, FL125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Hiking to the Quarries is well worth the effort. You start at the beginning of Ollantaytambo (were you came in from Cusco) right were the street goes over into cobble stone. Walk down towards the river and cross the bridge. There is a sign which was a little confusing to us, but take the trail to the right (Not the one straight up the mountain). After a while you get two more signs telling you that you are on the right trail, but after that you are on your own. There is only one trail, but the quarries itself are a little hidden. So once you pass the granite boulders laying next to the hiking trail you will come to a little spring and an Incan water built right there. After that about 100 m to your left is a covered stand for the animals (there was lots of poop so I assume this is what it is for) Our hiking map said the quarries are to the left of the main trail and so we missed the entrance trail to the quarries which was right after that covered stand to the RIGHT. It is overgrown with grass and bushes but you are able to make it to the buildings. We missed this little trail and went to the left after that and hiked up the mountain for another 90 minutes before giving up and finding them on our return trip. The views you have of Ollantaytambo and Veronica mountain is amazing and alone worth the hike. We met three people the whole day and enjoyed being one with nature.
Written August 10, 2017
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Peru Eco Expeditions
Cusco, Peru66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
The hike to the Inca Quarries is on a very well-maintained trail (which is pretty rare in Peru). The trail offers stunning views of Ollantaytambo, the Urubamba River & the snowcapped Veronica Mountain. As beautiful as this trail is I have seen very few people hike it. If you continue past the old quarries you will end up at Inti Punku -which faces Veronica directly. From the bridge right before Ollantaytambo Town to Inti Punku is 8 KM one-way (16 KM round trip) and is a challenging hike, but well worth the views!!
Written April 10, 2017
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Christine S
New York City, NY97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
This hike is quite long. You will need to get an early start to be back by dark. Along the way you will pass beautiful farms, landscapes, Inca Pools, and stone chulpas (old burial structures) before reaching the quarries. As you look back and ahead, there will be breathtaking views of the Urubamba Valley and the lovely town of Ollantaytambo. We only hiked to the first quarry since we got a late start and didn't want to hike back in the dark.The second and third quarries are farther up and apparently there are caves there with skeletal remains. I can't vouch for this, but I heard it from some reliable sources. It's a great hike.
Written August 16, 2014
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Andy K
Las Vegas, NV9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
Want to hike the inca trail for 5-10 miles? Here is your chance. Easy to find trailhead outside of Ollantaytambo. Steady climb but not with all those stairs that are common in Peru. Great views of snow capped peaks and the ruins in Ollantaytambo. Go in the morning before it gets too hot.
Written August 26, 2013
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Mark
Paris, France237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Friends
We started out at 10:30 and were back in town by 3 o'clock for a late lunch. We only went part of the way, but saw the first quarry and more. We absolutely loved this hike. In March there are many interesting species of plants in flower and you go through quite a number of microclimates. Near the start of the trail there were fields of tall orange flowers in bloom by the river and many large hummingbirds racing around feeding and fighting for territory. Higher up there are cacti growing from the roofs of Incan (?) ruins and large blocks of stone on the path, left by Incan builders. The views are amazing. This walk was everything that I imagined hiking in the Andes would be and more. March was a perfect time for this. Other times of the year there probably won't be as many birds and flowers and it might be hot.
Written March 30, 2012
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Bernadette P
Berkeley, CA90 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The trail to pumamarca was much better than this. It didn’t help that my husband was walking so slowly we never seemed to get anywhere and that Veronica was shrouded in cloud. But traversing a treeless mountainside isn’t very exciting.
Written October 19, 2019
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Brittany_11_10
Los Angeles, CA1,719 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
I'm not sure we actually found the quarry (and the fact that I think that makes me think we didn't), but we were still rewarded with outstanding views of the Sacred Valley, the Urubamba River, the mountainside, and plenty of domestic animals (cows, horses, donkeys, and goats).

I won't even try to describe the route because, again, I'm not sure we "made it", but I'd say this little trek is more about the journey than the destination. I highly recommend strolling along this trail if you're looking for a fun, beautiful, and free activity to do while in Ollantaytambo.

The weather can change pretty quickly, so it's best to bring some options for clothing, including rain coats. Also bring some water, snacks, and sunscreen.
Written February 25, 2018
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sdmb51
Malmesbury, UK110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
You can walk from the town and as you climb you get fantastic views.The total walk takes 5/6 hours,but as you get close to the quarry you see pre cut blocks and some tombs.At the quarry are scattered blocks and even a cave with skeletons.If you are lucky you will see a Condor.You can take a shorter route down.
Written July 27, 2016
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