Inca Quarry Trail To Machu Picchu

About this activity:

"Unveiling Ancient Wonders: The 7-Day Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu - A Journey Through History, Culture, and Natural Splendor"
Embark on a 7-day odyssey along the Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu, immersing in history, vibrant culture, and the stunning landscape of Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Offering an uncrowded path to the iconic Machu Picchu, the Inca Quarry Trail unveils terraces, waterfalls, ancient ruins, and the enigmatic Intipunku. Journey through Andean highlands, marvel at Maras Moray's agricultural marvels, and witness the captivating Maras salt pans. Guided insights into local traditions enrich this expedition, with lunch at a local eatery before returning to Cusco.

Tour details:

The Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu is a 7-days Peru tour through ancient history, living culture and the magnificent landscape of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Inca Quarry’s proximity to Machu Picchu makes trekking around it an attractive alternative to the oversubscribed Inca Trail. Inca Quarry is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in this trek will appreciate the terraces, the waterfall, Incas ruins, Andean terraces, Intipunku (Sun gate), original Inca trail and stone quarries. During this hike, you will enjoy the nature of the Andean highlands and the enigmatic Inca path.

Full Itinerary: Inca Quarry Trail To Machu Picchu

On the first day, Welcome to Cusco city. Meeting point at the Hotel at 3pm where our Local guide is going to meet you to brief about the inca quarry trek, please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. After the briefing explore the ‘Walking city center’, the difference is that in this tour, you visit the places that are accessible by foot, so we will visit San Pedro market, the main square, the 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square.

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night).
  • Included Activities: Cusco – Orientation Walk.
  • Optional Activities: Cusco: Full Boleto Turistico Pass (access to 16 archaeological sites, transport & guides not included) – USD 50.00 per person. Cusco: Half Boleto Turistico Pass (access to selected archaeological sites, transport & guides not included) – USD 27.00 per person. Cusco: Cathedral Entrance Fee – USD 10.00 per person. Cusco: Coricancha Temple entrance fee – USD 6.00 per person. Cusco: Cooking Class – USD45.00. Cusco: Pre-Colombian Museum – USD 8.00 per person. Cusco: Inca Museum – USD 4.00 per person. Cusco: Machu Picchu Museum & Botanical Garden – USD 8.00 per person.
  • Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

Important Information: Cusco is located at 3’350 masl (11’000 fts) you should be acclimatized at least 2 days. As this tour doesn’t involve much time in Cusco, this will also give you a chance to choose some of the optional places available. The closer places to Cusco for stay and acclimatized are on Sacred Valley at 2’800 masl (9’186 fts) Please ask for our Hotel offers on the Sacred Valley.

Make an early start today and drive to Choquequilla, a small ceremonial place where Incas worshipped the moon. Drive to the starting point of the inca quarry trail, Rafq’a, and meet the horsemen who join us on the hike. After an hour’s walk, reach the small community of Socma. Carry on to the Perolniyoc cascade lookout, an opportunity to stop for photos and a food break.

Continue to the campsite, which is 3700 meters above sea level. You should reach the campsite around lunchtime. After lunch, set off to explore the Q’orimarca archaeological site, which once served as a checkpoint to the Incas.

  • Accommodation: Campsite (1 night).
  • Meals Included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.

This is the most challenging and rewarding day of the inca quarry trek to machu picchu. A three-hour walk takes us to the top of the first pass of Puccaqasa (approximately 4,370 meters high). After enjoying picturesque views of the valley, it’s a short walk before stopping for lunch.

Afterwards, make the two-hour hike to Kuychicassa, the highest pass of the trek at 4,450 meters. From here, descend to the sacred site the Incas called Intipunku (Sun Gate), with views of the Nevado Veronica mountain. Head to the campsite, only a stone’s throw away and at 3,600 meters.

  • Accommodation: Campsite (1 night).
  • Meals Included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.

Today’s hike will all be downhill.

The first stop is the incomplete Kachiqata quarry, where the Incas were intercepted by the Spanish. Around midday, come to the end of the trek. Explore the cobbled streets of Ollantaytambo before taking the short train journey to Aguas Calientes. This is where you’ll meet up with the travellers in your group who didn’t hike.

Visiting the natural hot springs in town is a soothing way to spend the late afternoon. Spend the night in a comfortable hotel before tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu.

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night).
  • Meals Included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.

Visiting Machu Picchu:

According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only and once the guided visit commences exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted.

Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted.

For all routes after taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, it’s time to return to Cusco for a Pisco sour. Your evening is then free for the last night of your adventure.


  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night).
  • Meals Included: Breakfast.
  • Optional Activities:
    Mountain Wayna Picchu USD 99.00 per person.
    Mountain Machu Picchu USD 99.00 per person.

Important Information:

The inca quarry trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people. The hike is 26 kilometres long in total and its highest pass is at 4450 metres above sea level.

Throughout the trek, horses will carry your gear and camping equipment. The first two nights are spent camping and the third night you will stay at a simple hotel.

Double tents (twin-share) and foam camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals.

Here, the Incas built concentric agricultural terraces, forming a 150-meter-deep amphitheater, with each level reproducing the temperatures found in different parts of the Inca empire, enabling the Incas to develop new crop strains and increase yields.

From Moray, it is a short drive to Maras. The saltpans of Maras have been exploited since pre-Inca times. This series pools constructed to evaporate the salt water produced by a subterranean stream offer visitors a uniquely photogenic sight, with their flat, white surfaces contrasting with the surrounding green, vertical scenery.

Our guide will explain how these ancient saltpans remain important to the local economy. After the tour, we will have lunch at a local restaurant, before returning to Cusco in our private vehicle in the late afternoon.

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night).
  • Meals Included: Breakfast/Lunch.

Day off.

Departure time.

Additional Information

  • Original passport.
  • Sleeping bag (or you can rent here).
  • Backpack to carry your things.
  • Trekking poles (or you can rent here).
  • Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Trekking shoes or light hiking boots, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals to be around campsite.
  • Camera and extra batteries.
  • Flashlight.
  • Rain jacket and plastic poncho (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
  • Comfortable hiking clothes.
  • Bug repellent.
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • Cap for the sun.
  • Warm clothes for the nighttime including thermals, warm hat, and gloves.
  • Travel towel.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Water bottle and about 1 liter of water minimum for the first day until lunch, and after every meal we will supply you with boiled water for the rest of the day.


Cancellation Policy:  60 days or more before the date of the start of services for the full refund: only the bank charges will not be refunded.

Huayna Picchu: If you are interested in climbing Huayna Picchu, the mountain overlooking Machu Picchu, there is an additional fee of $75 USD per person for us to buy your entrance ticket. Spaces are limited, for information about this hike, please contact us.

Hotel Upgrade: Included in this peru itinerary 7 days is one night at a comfortable Hotel* in Cusco and Aguas Calientes (Adventure house or similar depending on availability). However, if you would like to upgrade to a 3, 4, or 5 *star hotel, we offer the following prices and options: 3 Stars: $40.00 USD total for a double/matrimonial or single room (Hotel Ferre or La Cabaña). 4 Stars: $220.00 USD total for a double/matrimonial or $200.00 USD for a single room (Casa del Sol – includes dinner at the hotel restaurant). 5 Stars: $420.00 USD total for a double/matrimonial room or $320.00 USD for a single room (Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo or Sumaq Hotel – both include dinner at their restaurants). *Please note that all prices listed are for standard rooms and prices will vary for room upgrades. Also, all hotels and room types are subject to availability, and during holidays prices will increase. In addition, we work with many hotels in Aguas Calientes, so if there is a specific hotel not listed that you prefer, please let us know and we can provide you with a price.

Additional Night in Aguas Calientes: After inca quarry trek to machu picchu, some people prefer to spend the 5th night in Aguas Calientes instead of returning to Cusco right away. This can give you more time to enjoy the ruins of Machu Picchu, relax in the hot springs in Aguas Calientes, and in general not have to worry about the time. This option is also good for those who want to climb Huayna Picchu but want to have some time to rest after the hike, so you can return to Machu Picchu the next day to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. Please contact us for more information about options and prices.

Sleeping Bags: If you would like to rent a sleeping bag from us, the price is $25 USD per person in total for this inca quarry trail.

Trekking Poles: We recommend taking trekking poles on the hike especially when hiking downhill. If you would like to rent a pair for the whole hike, the price is $10 USD per person.

Private Tent: In our service we include Mountain tents that are 2-person tents. However, if you would like to reserve a private tent the price is $40 USD

Vistadome Train: Our price includes a return train ticket in the Expedition train, however, if you would like to upgrade to the Vistadome train the price is an additional $50 USD per person.

  • Destination: Peru
  • Style: Classic
  • Theme: Walking & Trekking
  • Code: IQTM
  • Physical level: Moderate to difficult, very important fitness level
  • Recommended Age: Min 15
  • Group size: Min 2, Max 8
  • This journey into the realm of the last Incas is a unique experience.
  • You will visit isolated villages where life has changed very little since Inca times, experiencing the lives of communities dedicated to growing their crops.
  • Connect your heart with the energy of the mountains and glaciers while you travel through the gorgeous Sacred Valley.
  • Explore many kinds of ecological zones throughout the inca quarry trek and a huge variety of flora and fauna.
  • Make the best of your time visiting a World Heritage Site situated on a spectacular mountain ridge.
  • At Natourandes, our unique local knowledge and decades of experience mean we can offer travelers from all of the world the very best trekking and hiking experiences in Cusco and Peru.
  • Especially good for hike lovers, the trail offers many historical ruins as well.
  • Altitude sickness is most common at elevations above 6,500’/1,900m and results from the body adjusting to a decreased amount of oxygen. Symptoms can include lightheadedness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration. It is important at least two days of acclimatization in Cusco or the surroundings before start the Trip.
  • The inca quarry trek everyday is a challenge 8 hours of walking per day makes the difference. Please bring comfortable footwear suitable for hiking. See the ‘What to Bring’ section of the trip notes for more information.

Additional Prices

FAQs Inca Quarry Trail To Machu Picchu


  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners.
  • Transport: Agency transportation, Taxi, Train.
  • Accommodation: Most of our trips do not have a single supplement, the accommodation is on a twin or triple share basis and, if you are travelling on your own, you will be sharing a room with another Natourandes traveller of the same sex if there is availability. Solo travellers should only pay the extra charge if they request their own private room during the tour. Camping with basic facilities (3 nights), Hotel (3 nights).
  • Included activities
    Cusco - Orientation Walk.
    Inca quarry trek.

Not included

  • Flight tickets.
  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the four day.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Trekking poles.
  • Extra horse to help carry your personal gear (can be hired).
  • Tips for guide, chef, and porters.

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