Cachicata Inca Quarry Trail 1D

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1 Day
Availability : Every Day.
Depart: Cusco
Destination: Inti Punku Sun Gate
Max People : 12

About the Cachicata Inca Quarry Trail 1D

Get really off the beaten path with this Inca quarry trail. Ollantaytambo boasts some of the most amazing stonework in the whole Sacred Valley, and this trek takes you right to the source – the ancient Inca stone quarry!


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We’ll follow much the same path as the Incas did, transporting stones from the quarry to the village. Some cut stones – known as “tired stones” – still remain in the quarry. Having never made it to town, these stones only add to the enigma of this fascinating Inca quarry trail!

There is also the option to hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) on this Inca quarry trail. You’ll enjoy stunning views of Mt Veronica as you hike to the Inca stone quarry and back.

Highest elevation reached: about 4000m

Total hiking time: 6-7 hours


Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people


3 people


4-6 people


7+ people


High quality personalized experience

Unique, off-the-beaten track routes

Experienced staff

Verified sustainability practices

$20 of every trek donated to Threads of Peru

Important Details About the Cachicata Inca Quarry Trail 1D

What is Included?


  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of Inca Quarry trail departure
  • Private transport to/from Cusco as described in the itinerary

Trekking Team

  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide


  • Box Lunch

What is Not Included?


  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Snacks and water


Optional Extras & Upgrades

When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire trip, not just the number of trekking days. Even though you won’t use the equipment on the final day it will still be ‘on the road’ and unavailable for others to use.

Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.

    • Light-weight aluminum walking stick. Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
    • Combine with a day trip to Machu Picchu
    • Combine with any trek for a complete Cusco Experience!

What to Pack

Cusco can experience every season in a single day, so you should be prepared for sun and rain, cold and hot weather! We recommend a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, sweater, rain gear or plastic poncho, winter hat or toque and gloves. In addition, you should bring:

    • A light day pack to carry your things
    • Your Boleto Turistico (Tourist ticket)
    • Water bottle and snacks
    • Money for snacks, souvenirs and tips

You can also see What To Bring for our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack for a trek in the Andes. For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru.

Available Discounts

  • 5% off a day tour listed price when you also book a 3-day or longer trek operated by Apus Peru
  • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11 years: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4 years: 75% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group, but will be charged 25% of the per person price based on final group size. For example, a group of 4 adults and one child under 4: adults will be charged the full price per person based on a group size of 4 and the child will be charged 25% of the per person price for a group of 4. Children under 3 will not be considered to occupy a seat on any train or bus, and instead must ride on a parent’s lap. Car seats, cribs and other baby needs may not be included and must be discussed in advance. For more information about travelling with infants and toddlers, please see this blog as well as the Age Requirements section of our Booking Conditions.

Remember that scans of the student card (for students) or passports (for children) need to accompany the booking in order to be eligible for the discount.

Trekkers Wanted

Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone!

Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Important Info

  • Each guide has their own preferred route and so the route you trek on this Inca Quarry trail might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
  • The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group, and the guide may change lunch spots depending on the progress of the group.
  • The Inca Quarry trail program is subject to change, due to weather and other unexpected circumstances

Ready to Book?

  • Does this trek sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.

Cachicata Inca Quarry Trail 1D Itinerary

We leave Cusco at 8 am in our private transport and drive for about 1.5-2 hours through the picturesque Sacred Valley until we reach Ollantaytambo, the only “living Inca village”. After stocking up on refreshments we will start our Inca Quarry trail hike by crossing the bridge just outside Ollantaytambo, and following a path along the Urubamba river on the opposite site.

From here we climb out of the valley for a good 2.5 hours, rising from 2800m to 3900m. There are 2 main Inca stone quarry sites, a lower one and a higher one. We can picnic with our boxed lunch at this point. Depending on how the group feels, we then have the option to carry on a further hour to see the Inti Punku Sun Gate at the top of the hill, climbing about 450m on switch-backs. 

From this highest point, we will return along the same Inca Quarry trail route, enjoying the spectacular scenery along the way. We will return to Cusco by car, arriving between 5pm and 6pm.

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Philip from Germany

Couple Traveller

The Cachicata Inca Quarry trail had an excellent, very enjoyable route; our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and the Inti Punku sungate was the highlight of the trip!

8 November, 2018

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