If your plan is to spend time out in nature, practice yoga in front of beautiful waterfalls and mountains overlooking the Sacred Valley Lakes, and learn the history of our country, then this is the trip you should take.
The Quarry trek is the best alternative if you’re planning to hike a non-crowded “off the beaten track” route. The trail was built by the Incas 500 years ago and is still being used today by local communities to trade.
Hiking the Inca Quarry you will enjoy amazing views, secluded waterfalls, Peru’s greatest cultural past, and experience modern Incan community’s customs.
- Free airport Pick up and drop off
- Travel Assistance 24/7 for any questions or recommendations
- Yoga & meditation sessions once a day with the most amazing views
- Live history shows: our new way to teach you Inca history full of
- Fun Spiritual ceremonies performed by our Andean healers
- Cooking lessons and PACHAMANCA demonstration
- Enjoy our hot showers after a long day of the hike
- Learn and interact with our native Tour Guides and Yoga Instructors
- Meet our multicultural team including women Porters and Chefs
- We promote gender equality and Women´s empowerment
- 2% of the price you pay goes to support our Social Projects
Day 1: Cusco – Racca – Soqma – Qorimarca
Departure will be from your hotel around 5:00 am and drive to the sacred valley until the community of Racca; on the way we will be able to see the petroglyphs of Pachar and the Inca shrine of Ñaupa Iglesia, a place where we will have an energizing Yoga session followed by a spiritual ceremony performed by our Shaman. After breakfast, it’s a 2-hour uphill hike to the village of Soccma, where lunch is waiting. The second part of your trek is a 3-hour hike uphill to Perolniyoc; which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Cusco with its drop of 328 feet down the rock. We then arrive at Q’orimarca, a beautiful archeological site and spend the night in the surroundings.
Day 2: Qorimarca – Inti Punku – Choquetacarpo
We wake you up early in the morning with a cup of coffee in your tent and find the perfect place for our Yoga session surrounded by historical buildings and a waterfall. After breakfast, there will be a 4-hour uphill hike to Charkahuaylla (4.450 m/14.599 ft) the highest point of this trek. Once we reach the summit, our guide will perform a traditional offering ceremony to the mountain Apus. We will enjoy lunch at the banks of a beautiful lake and will later start climbing our second and last mountain; Buena Negra (4.370 m/14.300 ft). When we reach the summit, we will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the Sacred Valley making this trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As we continue our downhill hike for 2 more hours to Intipunku (sun gate), this is one of the most breathtaking places overlooking straight to the Veronica mountain, the perfect place for a quick meditation session to connect with nature. Our campsite is just a few minutes down, called Choquetacarpo (3.600 m/11.811 ft) right in the middle of the Inca Quarry Trail.
Day 3: Choquetacarpo – Kachiccata Quarry – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
When waking up in this extraordinary place while facing the sunrise, makes this day a perfect day- to make it even more unreal you will have the best Yoga session at an extraordinary place facing the biggest mountains of Peru. Today it is all downhill hikes, with our first stop at the Cachiccata Quarry; the biggest Quarry in the Inca empire. This quarry was abandoned together with Machu Picchu and many other Incan sites due to the Spanish invasion. We will stop for lunch and interact with local villagers at the Cachiccata community, where our private bus will be waiting to take us to Ollantaytambo to explore the City and have dinner in a local restaurant. We will later take the train to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night.
Day 4: Machu Picchu (Lost City of the Incas)
In our final day, we will get up very early in the morning in order to prepare for Machu Picchu and take the bus. Once we arrive, we will climb to the Upper part of Machu Picchu where we will find a nice quiet place to have a solo time watching the sunrise. Your guide will take you on a 2 to 3-hour comprehensive trip of the city before leaving you in Machu Picchu to explore on your own or climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (must be booked as far in advance as possible). Your guide will explain how to take the bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes for lunch and take the train and bus back to Cusco.
|Trip Dates||This trip is available all year round||Best time to visit Machu Picchu is from April to October|
|Arrival/Departure Location||Cusco, Peru|
|Included||Transfer in and out from the airport – hotel
Pre-departure briefing the night before at 6.30pm
Pick up and drop off from your hotel
All transportation from the beginning to the end
Personal porter for your personal staff up to 7kgs
Porters to carry food and equipment
Chef to prepare all meals
Horse, horsemen and emergency horse
Professional Native tour guides
Second guide for groups of 8+
|Andean Yoga Instructor
All meals included in our tours except last day lunch in Machu Picchu
4 man tents for every 2 people
One night hotel at Aguas Calientes
Entrance ticket to all places we visit
Medical kit in all our tours
Expedition train round Trip
|Not Included||Sleeping bag: $20 to rent
Inflatable air mattress: $15 to rent
Trekking poles (pair): $15 to rent
|Tips for our staff: Trexperience ensures all staff are fairly paid and therefore tipping is optional and at your own discretion
Travel Insurance: Highly recommended for all hikers
Lunch on the last day
All hikers need a warm sleeping bag for camping during the trek. We recommend a sleeping bag that keeps you warm during temperatures as low as -10C. Air mattresses and trekking poles are optional but recommended. If you don’t want to bring all these bulky items from home, you can rent them from us.
If you are interested in any of the additional extras listed below and would like further guidance or information then please contact us:
- Huayna Picchu Mountain: Tickets need to be booked in advance and cost an additional $75 per person
- Machu Picchu Mountain: Tickets need to be booked in advance and cost an additional $75 per person
- Additional Night in Aguas Calientes: $50
- Vistadome Train Upgrade: $55
- Valid, original Passport (a copy will not be accepted)
- Valid, Student Card (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given to you on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Hiking boots (light, comfortable and broken in)
- A good quality daypack (light, small and comfortable)
- Water storage for at least 2 liters; either a camel bag or water bottle(s)
For your backpacks:
Below is a list of items that we highly recommend you keep with you at all times in your personal backpack. Remember you will be carrying this with you every day of the trek so we recommend you bring a good quality daypack which is both light and comfortable. It is important to note that due to local regulations, your backpack should not exceed 25L. All larger backpacks cannot be taken into Machu Picchu and will need to be stored outside the gates.
- Hat and sunglasses Rain gear
- Warm layers (fleece / long sleeved tops)
- Sun cream, bug spray
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper
- Personal medication
- Band-aids, moleskin
- Camera, extra batteries
- Head Torch
- Extra snacks, power bars, chocolate
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
Additional items for your duffel bags:
Trexperience will provide you with a duffel bag in which you can pack any items that you won’t need to keep with you during the day. Our porters will carry this bag for you throughout the trek. Please note this bag should weigh a maximum of 7 kg including the weight of your sleeping bag and air mattress (if you bring/rent one). When rented from us these two items weigh approximately 3.5 kg. During the Inca Trek you will travel through different temperatures as you climb/descend, it can also be cold at night when at the campsite. Therefore layers work best!
- Some light, comfortable shoes for the camp
- Warm jacket, hat and gloves
- 2-3 t-shirts (wicking t-shirts are best)
- 1-2 hiking pants/trousers
- 4 sets of undergarments
- 4 sets of hiking socks
- 1 Fleece
- 1 Warm, down jacket for the coldest nights
- Quick dry towel
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Face moisturizer
- Power bank/battery charger
- Plastic bags to keep wet or muddy clothes separate
About TreXperience Peru
TreXperience Peru is a 100% local tour operator that aims to maximize the positive effects of tourism on local communities and the environment. They do this by hiring local staff (including porters, chefs, guides, suppliers) and involving them in a sustainable business model that benefits everyone. Additionally, they organize activities that support the development of local communities and promote environmental conservation. These include cultural exchanges, volunteering, direct donations, and clean-up campaigns. Their go by the “leave no trace” philosophy in every single place that they visit and encourage each and every one of their staff, guides, and guests to follow these principles in order to preserve all those magical places in Peru.
Why TOV loves TreXperience Peru
Better Treatment to their Porters: TreXperience Peru understands that in order to ensure 100% guest satisfaction, it is essential for them to take a good care of their workers, who will, in turn, take good care of the customers. During your hike, they will provide you with the best tour guides and chefs, but it is the porters who are more often forgotten. Porters are the backbone of their business and for so many years they have been fighting for better treatment and working conditions.
”This is a personal battle says the founder of Trexperience Peru – I started out as a porter and my father was a porter before me. Working as a porter on the Inca Trail helped me to study, travel around the world, and start my own company. Therefore, Trexperience Peru pledges a number of commitments to our porters:
- To provide a homestay in Cusco for those porters that travel from far away, leaving their families behind, to earn some extra income.
- To provide all meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the least we can do given their tireless work and contribution to our company.
- To provide all porters with proper, high-quality equipment including warm jackets, t-shirts, hiking boots, pants, back support, comfortable backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and this year we started to provide a basic insurance to cover against accidents.
- We always make an effort to work with the poorest communities in which individuals have the greatest need for a job or extra income. These include Lares, Ocongate, and Paucartambo. These are farming communities and the opportunity to work as a porter allows families to offer a better future for their children by putting them through education.”
Environmental Commitment and Projects: They are extremely proud to work with local communities and to help protect the environment; they love the places they visit and are dedicated to preserving them.
To ensure this, Trexperience has partnered with other companies to build a greenhouse in the community of Parompampa; located 2 hours from Cusco. They are growing vegetables and native trees and they encourage you to come and visit us!
Some of the vegetables they grow in their greenhouse are: spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, beets , carrots, chives, and mint They then invite members from local villages to take one of each and plant them back in their communities. They also provide them with some basic farming training to ensure it is a successful and sustainable program.
Native trees such as Tara, Queuña, Molle, Chachacoma, Aguaymanto, and Retama: When you plant a new tree, you create new life. Trees help to remove carbon dioxide from the environment, attract native birds and help to maintain a clean water supply. They are working extremely hard to grow new trees that will later be donated to local communities. They also organize a group of volunteers to go and plant them.
Safety and Security: Safety and security is their absolute top priority. They have an excellent record in terms of safety throughout the operation of all their treks. Their team of professional guides has undertaken training with the AHA (American Heart Association) as well as NOLS Wilderness medicine.
Guides carry a first aid kit for basic medical problems and oxygen with them at all times. They are very experienced in dealing with common issues associated with the altitude or the environment and know how to make you feel better. In the extremely rare case that something unexpected happens and you no longer feel you can complete the trek, your guide will figure out the safest and quickest way to get you to the nearest clinic.
You will never be left alone and you will have a member of the team to escort you every step of the way until you are safe with a doctor. When you are feeling up to it, they will make sure that you still have the chance to visit Machu Picchu and re-connect with your group, traveling comfortably by train.