Inca Quarry Trail
The Inca Quarry Trail will follow the original pathway of the Incas that were used to transport the big rocks to built the Incan village and temple of Ollantaytambo. There are many cut stones—known as “tired stones”—still prevail in the ancient quarry. They have never made it to the village. These carved stones were possibly abandoned, which makes the area even more enigmatic and fascinating.
That is not all, there are many burial stone towers that probably housed the rest of the stonecutters. The path winds up the hill, passing groups of stone houses to Inti Punku (Sun Gate). The Inca quarry trail let you enjoy the stunning views of Mt Veronica in the great Sacred valley of the Incas.
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Inca Quarry Trail Trek From Ollantaytambo 1 day
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.
Length: full day
Tour Type: Private Service
Meals: Box lunch
Activity: adventure & Cultural Tours
Hike the Quarry trail from Ollantaytambo.
Use the original Inca Trail built to transport the rocks.
Enjoy the snow Mountain of Veronica through the magnificent Sun Gate.
Prices are per person
The Inca Quarry trail Hike 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.
Inca Quarry Trail Includes:
- Professional English-speaking tour guide.
- Roundtrip private transportation.
- Box lunch.
- Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
Stone Quarry Trek Exclude:
- Emergency horse (upon request).
- Trekking poles (can be rented from us).
- Dinner and bottles of water.
- Travel /Health / Emergency insurance.
Bring for Machu Picchu Private Tours:
- Original passport.
- Rain jacket or poncho.
- Trekking boots (rather than sneakers).
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
- Sun block, minimum 30 SPF.
- Insect repellent.
- Bottle of water.
- Personal medical kit with prescriptions.
- Cash for tipping staff.