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Cachicata Quarries

This Full Day trek to the Cachicata Quarries resides in an area of the Sacred Valley in the district of Ollantaytambo, also known as the “living Inca city.” This beautiful walk visits some of the lesser-known places outside of busy Ollantaytambo, starting with the outer-laying terraces of the main construction that is the entire village itself. To reach the quarry we will first cross the Urubamba River on the Inka-bridge, and observe how ancient foundations still serve to this day for a modern structure to be laid across. Following the river, we will ascend to the first natural spring, with its terraces and Inka “swimming” pools, which were actually used for irrigation. After about an hour we will start to see “tired stones,” or the stones that never made it to their final destination. After passing the second natural spring, we will enter the main area of the quarry where stones were extracted for the construction of the temples in the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo. The views here of Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley beyond are phenomenal.

From here it is possible to appreciate some vantage points that reveal some of the secrets held by Ollantaytambo that can only be seen from above, such as the pyramid of Paqariqtampu and the imposing snow-capped mountains. Those who decide to undertake this cultural journey will experience the ancestral spirit of the Incas and with the energy of the Andes in their hearts.

WE OFFER DAILY DEPARTURES.

We will start the day picking you up from your hotel for our trip of approximately 1 hour and a half to reach the city of Ollantaytambo where we begin our walk. The trail will take us upwards approximately 4 to 5 hours round trip, depending on the pace of walking. As we ascend, the panoramas of the Sacred Valley and massive mountains beyond open up into an amazing birds-eye view. We will observe the paths where the stones were moved and the many blocks that remained unfinished.

We will also observe the “Chullpas,” or small tomb constructions that were built for the purpose of housing mummies, considered to be guardian spirits for the people living and working in the area. About midday we will rest and enjoy our pack lunch. After taking in the views and as many photographs as possible, we will begin the descent to Ollantaytambo. Our transport will be waiting for us to take us back to the imperial city of Cusco, or to lodge in Ollantaytambo if you prefer.

Maximum Altitude: 2,792 masl / 9,160 feet.

INCLUDED:

  • Private transportation (tourist bus)
  • English-speaking Tour Guide
  • Box Lunch

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Tips
  • Water
  • Walking Sticks
  • Snack

Private Group Service:
Price in US Dollars per Reservation:

  • one Person: USD 150.00
  • 2-3 People: USD 90.00 per person.
  • 4-6 People: USD 60.00 per person
  • 7-+ People: USD 45.00 per person

THINGS TO BRING:

  • Sun hat.
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended).
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho.
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera and films.

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