The Inca Quarry Trail from Ollantaytambo in one day is a new route that visits the ancient stone quarry and the Sungate. The Quarry Trail of the incas was used to transport the rocks to built the Inca City of Ollantaytambo. There are many cut stones—known as “tired stones”—still remain in the ancient Inca Quarry. They have never made it to the sacred valley of the incas. These carved stones were possibly abandoned, which makes the area even more enigmatic and fascinating to visit.
The Inca Quarry Trail also shows the burial stone towers that probably housed the rest of the ancient stonecutters. The path winds up the hill, passing groups of stone houses to Inti Punku (Sun Gate). Delight yourself as you enjoy the remote Inca ruins and the spectacular Andean views. Most importantly, the Inca Quarry Trail is the newest and the least crowded route that begins and ends in Ollantaytambo. And can connect to Machu Pichu by train at night.
We will pick you up from the hotel in Cusco at 6:00 am on our private transport and drive for about 1.5 hours to Ollantaytambo. We will take a scenic journey through the plains or Chinchero and get down to the Sacred Valley until we reach Ollantaytambo, known as the “living Inca village”. After getting ready and buying our bottles of water, we will begin our Inca Quarry trail hike.
We will have the chance to cross over the ancient Inca Bridge, and hike up the original trail up the hill enjoying the valley from the opposite direction. There are a few groups of houses along the way and some tired stones that can be used as benches to get some rest. After 3 hours of hike, we can finally see the first stone quarry. There are 2 Inca stone quarry sites, a lower one and a higher one. Our hike continues for 30 more minutes to reach the second stone quarry, where we can have our boxed lunch with a great view of the valley.
The last one hour of the Inca Quarry trail is even steeper but it will be worth the climb to the top. Upon arrival at the summit, one can celebrate and enjoy the stunning views of the sacred valley mountain range. The mysterious Inti Punku or Sun Gate is at the top of the hill and let you see the spectacular view of Veronica Mountain through the gate. You will have plenty of time to take pictures and also hold a small ceremony to the Mountain Gods.
Finally, we will take the same Inca Quarry trail route, enjoying the amazing sceneries on the way back to Ollantaytambo. We will return to Cusco in our private vehicle, arriving around 6 pm.
The Inca Quarry trail is perfect for friends, couples, and families because you can leave any date you wish. With our premium tours, you can also set your pace to maximize your experience. You do not have to wait for anyone the quarry trek starts with only 02 passengers.
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Length: Full Day
Tour Type: Private Service
USD $: 145.00
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