Inca Quarry Trail Hike: 1-Day Historical Journey

Experience a slice of the ancient Inca world on this one-day hike along the historic Inca Quarry Trail, offering a blend of cultural insights and natural beauty.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

1 Day

Difficulty

5/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Begin your journey with a unique one-day hike along the Inca Quarry Trail, a path less traveled but brimming with historical significance and natural splendor. This excursion offers an intimate glimpse into the Incan empire’s heart, taking you through landscapes that have silently witnessed centuries of history. As you traverse this ancient trail, you’ll be following in the footsteps of a civilization renowned for its architectural genius and deep connection with nature. The hike is not just a physical endeavor but a journey back in time, unveiling the secrets of the Inca stonemasons and their enduring legacy.

This experience is designed for those who yearn to explore beyond the typical tourist paths, offering a blend of cultural insights and breathtaking Andean scenery. From the serene mountainside ascents to the historic Inca Quarry and the mystical Sungate, every moment of this hike presents an opportunity to connect with the past in a profound way. The trail’s relatively untouched state adds to its allure, making it a perfect choice for adventurers and history enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a curious traveler, this day trip from Cusco is an enriching expedition that promises to leave you with a deeper appreciation of the Incan empire and the natural wonders of Peru.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 7:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Inca Quarry, Sun Gate, Veronica Mountain Views
Price
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 07:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 07:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 07:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 07:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 07:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 07:00

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Your adventure begins at the break of dawn with a 7:00 am pickup from your hotel in Cusco. Accompanied by a guide versed in the region's history and geography, you're transported to the trailhead near Ollantaytambo. At an elevation of 2,750 meters (9,022 feet), this historic spot is where your journey into the ancient world of the Inca civilization begins.

As the trail ascends the mountainside, you'll experience changing landscapes and increasingly impressive vistas. This two-hour hike to the Inca quarry is both physically challenging and historically enriching. The area, rich in historical significance, is dotted with remnants of the Inca's architectural prowess. Intricately cut and carved rocks, nestled among shrubs, and ancient burial sites tell tales of a civilization long gone. Your guide will lead you through these historical relics, offering insights and answering questions, enhancing your connection to the past.

The hike continues for another hour up the mountain, culminating at the Sungate (Inti Punku) at 3,650 meters (11,972 feet). This hilltop site, believed to be a sacred place for worshiping the mountain gods and the sun, offers a stunning view of Veronica Mountain (Wakaywillka Mt) through its ancient doorway. Here, amidst the remnants of water canals, walls, and Inca trails, you'll have a perfect opportunity to capture the essence of Peru in your memories and photographs.

Around midday, enjoy a packed lunch at a scenic spot, where the beauty of the Andes envelops you, allowing a moment of tranquility and reflection. After thoroughly exploring the area, you descend the same trail back to the trailhead. From there, your private transportation takes you back to your hotel or another location in Cusco, concluding a day filled with adventure, history, and panoramic views.

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Tour Highlights

  • Exclusive Exploration of the Inca Quarry: Discover the lesser-known Inca Quarry, a site showcasing the skill and ingenuity of Inca stonemasons. Witness the unworked stones and partially carved boulders that offer a unique perspective on Incan construction techniques.

  • Scenic Hike through Varied Landscapes: Experience the beauty of the Andean countryside as you hike through diverse terrains, including lush valleys, mountainous regions, and traditional agricultural fields, each offering its own unique vista and charm.

  • The Majestic Sungate (Inti Punku): Reach the Sungate, an ancient structure perched on a high vantage point, providing breathtaking panoramic views of the Veronica Mountain and the surrounding valleys – a perfect spot for contemplation and photography.

  • Rich Historical Insights: Gain in-depth knowledge from your expert guide about the Incan empire, their architectural prowess, and their deep connection with nature. Understand the historical significance of the places you visit, adding depth to your hiking experience.

  • Close Proximity to Ollantaytambo: Start and end your hike near Ollantaytambo, a living Incan town, allowing you to observe and appreciate the fusion of ancient Incan and contemporary Peruvian cultures.

  • Intimate Group Experience: Enjoy a more personal and immersive experience with a small group size, ensuring individual attention from your guide and a chance to deeply engage with the trail’s natural and historical aspects.

  • Photographic Opportunities: The trail offers numerous opportunities for photography enthusiasts, from capturing the intricate details of the Inca Quarry to the awe-inspiring landscapes and the historical Sungate.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

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In line with our commitment to your convenience, Peru Tripper accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

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In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Peru Tripper adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 1-Day Inca Quarry Trail Hike. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 1-Day Inca Quarry Trail Hike, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Remember that you’ll need to carry everything you bring.
  • Organize Your Pack: Use packing cubes or ziplock bags to keep your gear organized and easy to find.
  • Prepare for the Weather: The weather can change quickly, so pack for all conditions. Always have a rain jacket or poncho handy.
  • Secure Your Valuables: Keep your passport, money, and other valuables secure and on you at all times.
  • Layer Up: Dressing in layers is key. It allows you to quickly adapt to changing temperatures.
  • Waterproof Everything: Ensure that your pack is waterproof or that you have a rain cover. Keep all electronics and important documents in waterproof bags.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider using eco-friendly products and always take your trash with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need previous hiking experience for this trek?

While previous hiking experience is beneficial, it is not mandatory. The trek is designed to be enjoyable for individuals with a moderate level of fitness. However, be prepared for some challenging uphill sections.

Are permits required for this trail?

Unlike the Inca Trail, the Quarry Trail does not require special permits. However, entry fees to specific sites are included in your package.

Will there be access to restrooms during the trek?

Facilities are limited once we start the trek. We recommend using the restrooms at the starting point before we begin. Please be prepared to use nature’s facilities if necessary, and always practice leave-no-trace principles.

Can children participate in this hike?

Yes, children can participate, but we recommend this hike for those who are at least 10 years old and have a good level of fitness. Parental guidance and supervision are required.

How far in advance do I need to book the hike?

We recommend booking the hike at least a few weeks in advance, especially during peak season, to ensure availability. Last-minute bookings may be possible, but they are subject to availability.

Are vegetarian or vegan meal options available?

Yes, please inform us in advance, and we’ll ensure that vegetarian or vegan meal options are available for you during the tour.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

Are there any additional costs I should be aware of?

While most costs are covered in the package, you might consider bringing extra money for personal expenses such as souvenirs, additional snacks, or tips for the guide and staff.

Is the trail crowded?

The Inca Quarry Trail is less traveled compared to the classic Inca Trail, offering a more secluded and intimate experience with nature and the ancient ruins.

How environmentally friendly is the hike?

We are committed to sustainable and eco-friendly practices. We ensure that our activities do not harm the environment and encourage participants to follow leave-no-trace principles to preserve the natural beauty of the trail.

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