Inca Quarry trek to Machu Picchu 4 days


Min: 3300m/10,827ft. Max: 4500m/14,764 ft.


4 days

Physical Level


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Group Size

Min 2 people, Max 12 people

Best Season

April to October


Ditch the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary with our Inca Quarry Trek—an off-the-beaten-path journey that promises not just breathtaking Sacred Valley views but a deep dive into the Inca civilization’s stonecraft secrets! As you traverse ancient trails, you won’t just witness Inca sites; you’ll stand amidst the awe-inspiring Inca quarry, unraveling the mystery of how these ingenious builders extracted and transported colossal stones to their destined marvels. It’s not just a trek; it’s a captivating narrative etched in stone.

getting to the sungate


The Inca quarry 4-day Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the newest alternative trekking routes in the Cusco region. Close to Ollantaytambo town, the Inca quarry trek takes you along the incredible Socma waterfall, the Rayaniyuc Inca ruins, and the beautiful scenery of the Sacred Valley and the mountains surrounding the valley. One of the most fascinating places here is the Inca quarry from where the Incas took stones to build the Ollantaytambo Inca site.

the highlights of the Inca quarry tr

The highlight of this trip is Cachicata, the quarry that supplied the stones used in the construction of Ollantaytambo here we can see some tombs, chullpas, and well-preserved Inca buildings, this is one of the most interesting sites in the Cusco region because here you will see and understand how Incas split and transported stones.

Highlights include the Socma waterfall, ancient Inca sites, panoramic views of the Sacred Valley, the Cachiccata Quarry, and a visit to Ollantaytambo. Participants witness local culture, diverse landscapes, and Inca architectural marvels.


  • Day 01 Cusco – Soccma – Rayaniyuc
  • Day 02 Rayanniyuc –  Pukapujio pass – Puarry pass – Cachiccata quarry
  • Day 03 Cachiccata quarry – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu pueblo
  • Day 04 Machu Picchu – Cusco


  • START ALTITUDE: 3300m / 10,827ft
  • MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 4500m / 14,764ft
  • TOTAL DISTANCE: 32 km/ 20 miles
  • DIFFICULTY: easy to moderate
  • TYPE OF TRIP: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture
  • GOOD FOR: Those who enjoy hiking and are in moderate shape
  • DURATION: 4 days
  • HIGHT SEASON: April to September

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What to Bring?

  • Original Passport.
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount).
  • Walking boots.
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho.
  • Warm jacket.
  • Hat and gloves.
  • T-shirts.
  • Comfortable Trousers.
  • Sun hat.
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher).
  • Insect repellant.
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
  • Personal medication.
  • Camera.
  • Torch with spare batteries.
  • First aid kit.


640 USD per person

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What is the Inca Quarry Trek and why is unique?

The Inca Quarry Trek is an alternative route to Machu Picchu, passing through the stunning Sacred Valley and culminating at the Cachiccata Quarry. Unlike other treks, it offers a unique insight into Inca stone extraction and transportation techniques.

How difficult is the trek?

The trek is rated as moderate, suitable for those in good physical condition. Daily hiking durations vary, with the longest being around 9 hours on Day 2. Regular exercise and a reasonable fitness level are recommended.

What is the best time to embark on the Inca Quarry Trek?

The high season, from April to September, is ideal for trekking due to favorable weather conditions. However, the trek is available year-round, with slightly different experiences during the rainy season.

What camping facilities are provided during the trek?

Adventure in Peru provides comfortable tents for participants, offering a restful night’s sleep amid the breathtaking landscapes.

Are there opportunities to interact with local communities along the trek?

Yes, the trek includes encounters with local families, providing a glimpse into their daily lives and traditions.

Is Machu Picchu the final destination, and how is the visit organized?

Yes, Machu Picchu is the ultimate destination. The visit includes a guided tour of the citadel, Participants have the option to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain if pre-booked.


Travel Guide

have you missed the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu no worries this alternative trek has it all and most importantly you can finish at Machu Picchu.

Book the Alternative trek to Machu Picchu where you will witness Inca sites, the Inca quarry, and an incredible view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.







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