Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu – Cachicata Trail
Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu, locally known as Cachicata Trail is an off the beaten path experience near the Sacred Valley of Incas. It takes you to the remains of the largest stone quarry of Incas.
This is the lesser known yet the best alternative to Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.
Ollantaytambo, the former administrative capital of Incas saw rapid development under the rule of Pachacutec. Incas built many impressive stone architectures here.
All these stones were cut in the stone quarry in Cachicata. On this trek you will be retracing the path through which the Incas transported stones from the quarry to Ollantaytambo.
Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu takes you through some short path through the mountains in the south of Ollantaytambo. While doing this walk you will be delighted with fabulous views of the mountain range with its impressive variety of landscapes and ecological zones. You will be hiking on high snow landscapes typical of this region of Cusco.
Going up to a beautiful waterfall, camp here which is very close to some rarely visited Inca ruins. This place is also home to Inti Punku or Sun gate
The last day offers two alternative routes taken by the irrigation canal built by Incas. It is right across the valley and offers spectacular views of the high plateau.
We will also be visiting the residential area of the Inca architects and abandoned Inca Quarry of Cachicata.
Why Peruvian Highland Trek for Cachicata Trail?
Peruvian Highland Trek is a fully locally owned tour operating company based in Cusco. All our tour guides are locals. They have an extensive knowledge about trekking and local culture.
b is a high altitude experience. We highly recommend you to spend 3-4 days in Cusco before the trek to acclimate.
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DAY 1: Cusco- Raphcca – Corimarca
Early in the morning we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you along the Sacred Valley of Incas to Pachar.
We will then continue to Huarocondo Canyons. Here we will be hiking down a short path to the village of Raphcca. Here we will begin our hike through a lush valley through house local and farming terraces. You will be able to spot some distinct species of birds such as hummingbirds.
We will be stopping for lunch along a creek. After lunch, we will continue hiking on a steep path to a lesser known Inca ruins of Corimarca. It nestles on top of Soccma Valley.
From here, you will be able to see the canals built by Incas. It still functions today.
For the night, we will be camping near the Inca farming terraces.
DAY 2: Corimarca – Chancanchuco – Quenacancha
Our crew will be waking you to a hot cup of freshly brewed Peruvian coffee or one of our native infusions. We will then serve breakfast.
The second day of our Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu begins with a hike through open grasslands to Chancachuco (4400 m). On a clear day you will get a view of Mount Ausangate, Cordillera Qoyllority and Nevado Veronica (5750 m).
We will be continuing the trek through highland Andean farms. Here you will be able to spot Andean geese and ducks.
For the night we will be camping at our campsite in Quenacacnha (4080 m). (BLD).
DAY 3: Quenacancha – Phunkuyoc – Cachicata
As we will begin the hike, you will get a glimpse of the Andean Condors flying above the Chancanchuco Valley. We will then visit Punkuyuc Canal. From here you will get a spectacular view of Ollantaytambo.
We will continue hiking to Inti Punku or Sungate. From here, you will be able to see the snow capped peak of Mount Veronica.
For lunch we will be stopping near the ruins of Choquetacarpo.
After lunch, we will be hiking to the stone quarries in Cachicata. Here we will be giving you a guided tour of the complex.
Here you will be able to see remains of some finely cut pink marble stones scattered in a dismay. This is a testament to a massive unfinished project of Incas due to Spanish conquest.
For our last night of the Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu, we will be camping near the stone quarry of Cachicata. Here you will be able to enjoy the hot springs as we will be preparing for the tour of Machu Picchu the following day.
DAY 4: Cachicata – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Early in the morning, we will be taking a train to Aguas Calientes town. Here we will be boarding the bus to Machu Picchu citadel.
After the detailed two hours tour, you will have some free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own.
If you have booked to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, our guide will be directing you to the trail head.
Alternatively, you can hike to Sungate. You will have a spectacular view of Machu Picchu from here. This is the point through which those on the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu enter the citadel.
Once you have had your fill of this world wonder in South America, we will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes. Here you will be boarding the train to Ollantaytambo where our representative will be meeting you on arrival and will transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco.
Cachicata Trail Includes:
- Transport to the starting point of the train
- Camping equipment such as tents and mats
- Admission tickets, food according to itinerary
- First aid and oxygen
- Professional guide
- Train tickets Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Bus ticket Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu
- You can carry a water bottle and our chef will provide you boiled water to refill
Cachicata Trail Does Not Include:
- First Day Breakfast
- Last lunch day
- Sleeping bag
- Travel Insurance