4-Day Inca Quarry Trek To Machu Picchu - Cusco

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 4 Days
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    04:00 AM
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    Traveler pickup is offered
    *Please note that there is a mandatory pre-departure briefing at our Cuzco Headquarters one day prior to departure at 6 PM. You will receive detailed information on your .. read more
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Embark on this recently discovered route which some consider to be an alternative Inca Trail. See stunning waterfalls and witness intriguing Inca engineering marvels at the Cachicata quarry. Visit breathtaking archaeological sites en route to Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu.

-Trek through amazing scenery with waterfalls and ruins
-Enjoy stunning panoramic views of breathtaking valleys
-Experience a unique Inca Sun Gate and Machu Picchu
-Witness the work of the Incas at the Cachicata Quarry


  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Vegetarian meal option available

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Day 1: Cusco - Rafca - Socma - Perolniyoc - Rayanniyoc
You will be picked up at around 5am 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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3x Breakfast

3x Dinner

3x Lunch

Accommodation included: 3 nights

Pre-departure briefing

Cuzco Accommodation Pickup

Van Transfer from Cuzco to Huarocondo/Socma

Round Trip Train Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

Round Trip Tourist Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu

Bus Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cuzco

Camping Accommodation during trek (including basic sleeping mattress & tent for 2 people)

1-night 3* Hotel Accommodation in Aguas Calientes

Professional English Speaking Guide on trek & Machu Picchu tour

Meals: 3B/3L/3D

Cook: In charge of meal preparation

Horsemen and Horses to carry tents, food, cooking and camping equipment plus a total of 5 kilos for each trekker. (This includes 2.5 kilos for your sleeping bag & mattress plus 2.5 kilos of personal items.

Equipment: Tents (2 people will share a tent), Basic sleeping pad, Shared camping equipment, Dinner tent, Kitchen tent, tables and chairs, table settings

First aid kit & Emergency Oxygen Bottle

Small group experience; Max 15, Avg 4


Breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 4

Sleeping Bag (Available for rent in Cuzco)

Trekking Poles (Available for rent in Cuzco)

Guide for bus and train transfers (these portions are on your own)

Optional Huayna Picchu Trek (at an extra cost) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance

Optional Machu Picchu Mountain Hike (at an extra cost) must be booked at least 1 week in advance

Tips (Please remember that tipping is 100% optional and depends entirely on the service you received. It is customary to give tips in Latin America, however it is NOT mandatory. If you do wish to give a tip, these are our recommended guidelines.) Guide: 40-60 soles per trekker Horsemen: 60-80 soles for each horseman from the whole group Cook: 150-200 soles for the cook from the whole group

Cuzco Accommodation Drop-off

Personal Expenses

Travel Insurance

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Not wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

As of June 11, 2022, all travelers over 18 years old must have three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. That means two regular doses plus a booster. Passengers from 12 to 17 years old must prove they are vaccinated with two doses. If they do not have a complete scheme, they must present the negative result of an RT-PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before boarding in their country of origin.

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

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  • 23-Aug-2021

    Me encantó el trek La comida muy saludable y deliciosa siempre con opción vegetariana El guía Vicente nos enseñó mucho acerca de la cultura Inca y se portó muy bien en todo el trek muy profesional y se le nota el amor por su cultura y por Machupicchu Los porteros siempre atentos y todo lo armaban rápido Fue muy agradable llegar de caminar por horas y tener comida caliente y carpas armadas sin mover un dedo Al llegar a Machupicchu fue un sueño cumplido Recomiendo éste trek con ésta empresa a cualquiera que esté interesado de verdad vale la pena! Tuve una hermosa experiencia en mi trek a Machupicchu me sentí tratada como una reina!

  • 27-Mar-2020

    Junior was an absolutely brilliant and helpful guide -very knowledgeable and his organisational skills excellent. He is a really nice guy as well and asset to Bamber. The chef and porters were also great as was the group dynamics-a truly enriching experience overall. Nick Black

  • 08-Mar-2020

    I did a 4 day / 3 night trek with Bamba. The Inca Trail was washed out because of rain so they offered me an alternate route (Inca Quarry trek) which was fantastic. I particularly liked it because of the lack of people. On day 2, we didn’t see anyone hiking. Diego was our guide and this guy is the real deal. I started peppering him with questions as soon as the trek started to test his Inca knowledge. I had read one book (last days of the Incas) before the trip and so I was obviously now an Inca expert. Turns out, Diego is a human encyclopedia when it comes to Inca history, Andean plants and animals, and many other subjects. He made the trek highly informative and comfortable for our group - always making sure we had everything we needed while hiking and once we reached camp. Can’t recommend him enough. Our chef, Victór, deserves a separate review altogether. That guy is fantastic and made us feel like we were dining in a 5 star restaurant while in the middle of the mountains. Only reason for 4 / 5 stars is because my temporary guide (not Diego) never showed up at the Machu Picchu checkpoint after I finished Huayna Picchu. I called Bamba and they sorted it out eventually, but I had to start 1 hour late.

  • 06-Mar-2020

    The food was OUTSTANDING! The porters were very helpful. Junior was excellent and the views were phenomenal!

  • 31-Dec-2019

    Vidal led our trip and was an amazing resource for information and knowledge. He was able to inform us about the history of the Inca trail and the region in general. He did a great job of making sure we were taken care of, safe and having fun. Victoriano was our cook and prepared some delicious food that kept us fueled throughout our journey. The porters worked so hard to make sure that lunch and dinner was transported ahead of us along with all of our equipment. Overall, it was an amazing trip shared with an amazing group led by amazing people. 100% recommended

  • 03-Dec-2019

    Exceeded my expectations. I’ve done treks in Colombia, New Zealand, and other amazing parts of the world. This one really stood out just because we were rewarded everyday with amazing views and of course the last day with Machu Picchu. Also, Victoriano was the best cook ever and shoutout to my man Chino (Vidal) for being a professional, fun, and helpful tour guide.

  • 16-Sep-2019

    Gute Organisation von Anfang bis zum Ende unseres Inka Treks. Unser Guide Anderson war organisiert, freundlich und sehr kompetent. Er wusste sehr viel über die Geschichte seines tollen Landes, die Inka und über alles was am Wegesrand wächst oder vorbeiläuft 🙃! Trotz der langen Wanderung wurde es mit ihm nie langweilig. Die Landschaft und die Stätten der Inka waren echt beeindruckend. Die Atmosphäre war immer wieder der Hammer, viele Fotos wurden geschossen... Ausrüstung war in einem tadellosen Zustand, sauber und wir mussten trotz der kalten Nächte nicht frieren. Ein Dankeschön auch an unseren Koch Victor und unseren horseman die sich gut um uns gekümmert haben. Muchas gracias, für die tolle Tour und die bleibenden Erinnerungen!!

  • 20-Aug-2019

    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.

  • 07-Aug-2019

    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 the campsites.

  • 25-Jun-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 are nice and we can camp under the galaxy for 2 nights!! The food are fresh and you will have plenty of times to take an afternoon nap. After 2 days of hike, finally we can recharge both physically by taking a shower in the hotel and all the electronic devices. Thanks the tour guide Cesar not just showed us the history along the Inca Trail, he also showed us around in AC town and the more info about Peru. His detailed explanation of Machu Picchu really helped me learnt a lot! Overall, it is a very good experience in Peru and thanks Bamba for the professionalism. Thanks Cesar and the chef, the horseman!!

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