Inca Quarry Trail, The Best Trek of 4 Days to Machu Picchu (Peru)

The Inca Quarry Trail is a trek through the most beautiful Andean landscapes of Cusco. It is also known as the Cachicata Inca Trek. The name of Inca Quarry is due to the fact that this road takes us to the stone quarry, from where the Inca extracted the material to build their cities, fortresses and houses.

Inca's Quarry, Cachiccata

Inca's Quarry, Cachiccata

The Inca Quarry Trail trek also includes Machu Picchu, it is important to tell you that you do not get to Machu Picchu on foot, however you can opt for the option of combining the Inca Quarry Trail and the Inca Trail in our 5-day option.

This walk has few travelers, so you have an experience of tranquility and peace away from the city, ideal to find yourself and enjoy the wonderful Andean world of the Incas.

The “Chaski Road” (Chaski is the name of the Inca messengers who used these roads) is a great Trek option unknown by the other tour companies and also one of the 6 Alternative routes chosen by the National Geography to reach the mysterious Machu Pichu. You won't meet many people on the road but an incredible natural wealth, as well as wonderful Inca ruins (Perolniyoc) built at the top of the Socma community. We also have the best natural and cultural attractions along the walk, a very special area to feel in a paradise of nature. The magic that nature transmits to you is unique on the way of Inca quarry trail to Machu Picchu

Perolniyoc Ruins

Perolniyoc Ruins

The adventure begins (Check the itinerary of Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu) when we pick you up very early at your hotel in Cusco (If you are in another place, contact us beforehand.). Then we make the journey from Socma - Rayan. Here you can find Andean communities that live as the Incas did and you will see how they live.

The second day we visited the Sun Gate, a beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains of the Andes and then the stone quarry of the Incas. There we will sleep so you can enjoy the sunrise in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Sun Gate and Veronica Snow

Sun Gate and Veronica Snow

On the third day we will arrive in Ollantaytambo, and then go by train to Aguas Calientes. There you can take the opportunity to take a refreshing bath in the hotsprings of this town.

The next day we will visit Machu Picchu very early, so that in the afternoon we will return to Cusco and to your hotel.

The availability of entrances to Machu Picchu, can be reserved for the earliest time, however you can see that you have other possibilities, even until 10:00 am.

Remember that 48 hours before or less, we will give to you a briefing to explain the details of the Tour and to answer any questions you may have.


Map of Inca Quarry Trail Hike to Machu Picchu 4 Days

Map of the itinerary of our trek: Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu, 4 days. Click to expand de image or download de image in PDF.

Availability 2022 - 2023

The availability for Inca Quarry Trail is based on the tickets to Machu Picchu for the last day (4th day of itinerary). We recommend the first hour to visit Machu Picchu (6 am). You can change choose other hour, when you click in the calendar's title.

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Please contact Us for more information about this Alternative

Please contact Us for more information about this Alternative

DAY 1: Cusco – Socma – Rayan Community

Included today: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch.

After having breakfast at your Hotel, we will come yo get you at about 5:30am and leave Cusco to go to the mummy house in the Urubamba Valley. The construction was made by the Incas to honour the deads by making sacrifices and offering. This house is a good place for you to see and understand a bit more about the Incan culture.

We will then start walking to the Socma community located in a little valley full of animals and with an incredible nature wealth. We will also visit the Socma waterfalls and the Ruins of Perolniyuc.

  • Accomodation for today: Camp .
  • Min Altitude: 3100 m. / 9976 ft.
  • Max Altitude: 3700 m. / 12140 ft.
  • Distance to walk for today: 8 Km. / 4.97 mi.
  • Weather Sensation: Warm.
  • Difficulty of this day: 3.
  • Time Statics for this day: Start and End Time: 05:30 am to 06:00 pm, Total enjoying hours for today: 12:30 hours, Total Walking Time: 07:00 hours,

DAY 2: Rayan – Sun Gate – Inca Quarry

Included today: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch.

You will wake up in the morning with a beautiful sunrise and an incredible view over the Mountains, and then take a delicious breakfafst to get loads of energy before starting the day. We will walk for 3 hours to go to the top of the Charcahuallya mountains and stay for a while for you to rest and take pictures. We will then go down for 30 minutes to get lunch.

After enjoying your food, the adventure will continue with a 2 hours walk until Cachiccata, also know as the “Buena Negra”. The last 2 hours won’t be hard as we will go mostly downhill to reach the campsite, which is close to the Sun’s door. There, you will see the beautiful Veronica Mountain, also called Wakayhuilka located in the Sacred valley. 

  • Accomodation for today: Camp .
  • Min Altitude: 3600 m. / 11585 ft.
  • Max Altitude: 4457 m. / 14623 ft.
  • Distance to walk for today: 14 Km. / 8.7 mi.
  • Weather Sensation: Warm, Wind.
  • Difficulty of this day: 3.
  • Time Statics for this day: Start and End Time: 06:00 am to 06:00 pm, Total enjoying hours for today: 12:0 hours, Total Walking Time: 09:00 hours,

DAY 3: Inca Quarry – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Included today: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch.

After a great breakfast, we will go down for about an hour to reach the Inca Quarry of Cachiccata (3634m) to see what used to be the process of rock carving. We will then visit other Incan Tomb that represent the guardians of this impressive mountain.

The walk continues by going down for 2 hours to reach Ollantaytambo (2840m), where we will stop for lunch and take the train to Aguas Calientes. We will stay there overnight before leaving to Machupichu the next day.

  • Accomodation for today: Hotel .
  • Min Altitude: 2840 m. / 9139 ft.
  • Max Altitude: 3634 m. / 11923 ft.
  • Distance to walk for today: 7 Km. / 4.35 mi.
  • Weather Sensation: Warm.
  • Difficulty of this day: 1.
  • Time Statics for this day: Start and End Time: 02:52 am to 03:53 am, Total enjoying hours for today: 1:1 hours, Total Walking Time: 04:00 hours,

DAY 4: Pueblo Aguas Calientes Town – Machu Picchu

Included today: Breakfast.

We will have breakfast early in the hotel before leaving with the bus at 5:30 am to Machupichu. Our tour inside the ruins will last approximately 2 hours but you will have free time after to explore on your own. If you have tickets to visit Huaynapicchu you will be able to go then and if you don’t, there are places to visit without tickets like the Sun’s door and the impressive Inca bridge inside the city.

  • Time Statics for this day: Start and End Time: 05:30 am to 06:00 pm, Total enjoying hours for today: 12:30 hours, Total Walking Time: 00:00 hours,

Included in this Tour:

  • 4 Breakfasts/ 5 Lunches/ 5 Dinners.
  • Bathroom tent.
  • Bus from 0llantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Comfortable tent for 4 persons.
  • Cooks.
  • Dinning room tent.
  • Emergency horse.
  • Entrance ticket for Machu Pichu.
  • Horses carrying 8 kg of luggages per each person.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes town.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Mattresses.
  • Muleteers.
  • Oxygen tank.
  • Round train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Machu Pichu- machupicchu to ollantaytambo-cusco.
  • Tables and chairs.
  • Tourist guide fluent in English, Spanish and quechua.
  • Transport to bring you to the start of the trek.

Not Included

  • First Day Breakfast.
  • Lunch for the 4th day.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • Round bus ticket from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Pichu- machupicchu to aguas calientes town.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Tips for the Crew, cook and muleteers.
  • Wayna picchu mountain.

Extras for aditional fee

  • Drinking water.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Walking Sticks.

What to Bring

  • Camera.
  • Flashlight.
  • gloves.
  • Hat for the sun and for the cold.
  • Hiking shoes, trousers and jumpers.
  • Hiking sticks.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Original passport.
  • Raincoat.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Thermal clothing.

Our prices for this tour:

    * Note: A minimum travelers is required to run the trek, and there is a maximum of eight people per group.
    Number of People Price per person Book
    1 Person* Not available Book Now!
    2-4 Persons* USD$ 535.00 Book Now!
    5-6 persons* USD$ 515.00 Book Now!
    7-8 persons* USD$ 495.00 Book Now!

Disccount for this tour:

Students: Discount of $20, but you have to supply us with a copy of your ISIC card when you make the booking. Children up to 15 years of age will be charged as students, under the condition that you supply us with a copy of the passport at the time of booking time.

Departure for: 2024 - 2025

Departure dates 2021 2022

Every Day.


  • Camelbaks ( or water bottle).
  • comfortable Daypack.
  • comfortable hiking boots.
  • immigration card.
  • Original passport.
  • valid student card.

Gear inside your Daypacks

  • 2 Hiking pants.
  • 3 sets of hiking socks.
  • 4 Sets s-shirt.
  • Bug Spray.
  • Camera.
  • Fleece.
  • For your Duffel.
  • Handsanitizer.
  • headlamp essencial.
  • Music Iphone.
  • Personal backpack.
  • Personal Medications.
  • Quickday towel.
  • Rain Poncho.
  • sleeping bag recommend down bags for -10c at least.
  • Sunhat.
  • Sunscreen.

Our Reviews

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