CUSCO / QACHICATA QUARRY 8 DAYS / 7 NIGTHS

Code: TCQQ
Duration: 8 Days and 7 Nights
Departures: Every day, all year round

ITINERARY

DAY 01: Cusco

We will pick you up from Cusco airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the morning free to relax and slowly acclimatize. In the afternoon pick up from your hotel for a city and nearby inca site tour in a group basis. Leaving by vehicle to Sacsayhuaman, a vast fortress built on three platforms overlooking the city of Cusco. From here we continue to Kenko, a site of worship with a large rock carved into the shape of a Puma. The road continues uphill to Pucapucara and Tambomachay, a site with Inca baths. Return to Cusco, and visit the main sites around the Plaza de Armas,the cathedral that containing more than 400 paintings in cusqueña style, Sun Temple of Koricancha inside the Santo Domingo Church. Overnight in Cusco hotel, meals on your own.

DAY 02: Chinchero / Maras & Moray / Salt Mines

Today you’ll visit Chinchero to visit the Inca Ruins, the colonial Church and some weaving centers to witness the making of traditional weaving with natural dyes.Maras, the site of the remarkable and unusual Salinas, located in the heart of the Sacred Valley. This site consists of a huge number of watered terraces that collect salt by evaporation from the saline waters that gush from an underground stream. Built in a similar way to agricultural terraces seen throughout the Andes, the Salinas have been in use since pre-Columbian times. Visually, the shining, salt-encrusted terraces are extraordinary. Nearby Maras the most enigmatic Inca terraces at the site of Moray, a very unique arqueological site in the region, probably used for agricultural experimentation, consists of several enormous terraced circular depressions. In these natural formations, nature has created environmental conditions or microclimates that in modern time people need create in greenhouses or hothouses to get the same results.On the road we will stop to enjoy our box lunch with nice view.Back to Cusco and briefing for owe Qachicata trek.

DAY 03: Quillarumiyoc / Chiripawa

We pick you up at your hotel and transfer by bus west across the high Anta plain,following the road of the royal Inca Road which led from the capital toward the northen quarter of the empire.We stop first at the sacred inca shrine known as Quillarumiyoq (moonstone in the quechua language of the incas),one of the finest of the carved rock huacas in the vicinity of Cusco.We continue to our trailhead by the huarocondo River where is drains the western edge of the plain,and meet our trail crew,how arrive from nearby communities.We commence our trek a broad trail northward,above the west bank of the huarocondo River.After an easy two hour hike,we reach Huatta, a substantial pre inca fortress dominating the crest of the ridge at 3,855m.Archeologists currently excavating the site are revealing burials and accupation levels from the formative period( 2,500 year ago) on through the enormous fortifications of the 4th century Regional development period; a scattering of late period inca structures seems like an afterthought on the top of the highest hill. The side is classic: a defensible ridge with dominating three ways views along intersecting valleys.After lunch we continue in our way westward into the range,and camp at 3,750 m. next to a rural school in the hamlet of Chillipawa.(B.L.D.)

DAY 04: Chiripawa / Chancachuco

We climb gradually through fields and glades of the indigenous Chachacomo tree, in a landscape of pastures and small fields clingings to steep mountainsides.We climb to a small knoll at 4,400 m.for delicious, then continue up to the top Accoccasa pass where we enjoy breathtaking views to inmensive snowpeaks: the wayanays to our west, the Urubamba range to the north.We enjoy an aesy descent,to camp at 4,350 m. in the broad valley of Chancachuco, facing the glaciers of the Huayanay range.( B.L.D).

DAY 05: Chancachuco / Huayrapunku / Cachicata Quarry

We trek westward,gradually descending the high valley, to the headworks of a now abandoned Inca aqueduct which transported water from the Chancachuco valley north to supply the otherwise-arid north-facing slopes above Ollantaytambo. This aqueduct once transported water across a sheer cliff face high above the Silque River. While we descend through a flower-filled notch in the valley wall, on the mountainside above us we can glimpse traces of the original stonework,testimony to the extraordinary engineering in the proyect . we reach our final pass(3,940 m. ) and visit a spectacular ridge –top inca shrine called Huayrapunku ( Gate of the Wind), with an astonishing view towards Nevado veronica ( 5,682 m.)The site offers unsurpassed views to the terraces and temple site of the royal town of Ollantaytambo. After lunch we descended, past the curious inca administrative site of Llaqtallaqtayoc,to our camp on a broad terrace at 3,520 m. at the edge of the enormous Cachiqata quarry. Where we will have time to explore the intricate quarry workings, immense red granite building stones were carved onsite and then skidded down to the valley floor, across the river, and then up to the Sun Temple site on the far side of the valley. We explore the ramps and work platforms around the largest of the stones, cave with some mommies , that considered the protectors. Orchids and other flowers are abundant around the quarry site.( B.L.D)

DAY 06: Cachicata quarry / Ollantaytambo / Machupicchu

We descend on a broad Inca road down through the lower quarry zone, and stop at a key hilltop, from where the worked stones were skidded down the steep slope to the Vilcanota River below us. On the far bank, between the river and the Sun Temple, we can see several of these piedras cansadas (“Tired Stones”), which were abandoned half-way between quarry and temple. Chroniclers tell us that work on the temple site was suddenly halted when the Colla masons fled back toward their homes in the Lake Tiahuanaco area, just prior to the arrival of the Spanish invaders. We continue down, cross the river, and arrive finally at the famous Sun Temple in Ollantaytambo. We have time to explore the temple and the adjacent village, before catching a late afternoon train to Aguas Calientes. We check into a hotel for the night. (B.L.D).

DAY 07: Machupicchu / Cusco

We get up early to take the first bus to Machu Picchu. “ magnificence” is the only word to describe the scene and Machupicchu ruins, the “ lost city of the incas. Believed to be an Inca settlement built to control the economies of neighboring communities, it is associated with being theroyal state of Pachacuti, the great Inca who sparked the expansion of the empire.where you will have your official guide ( 2- 3 Hour ) walks you through the different sectors of the hill-top citadel, with astonishing views, telling you aspects of life here that will take you back in time. Lunch is included in Machu Picchu Village. Afternoon you will board the train( approx. 1.5hrs) back to Ollantaytambo station ,where a private vehicle will be waiting to transfer you by road to Cusco(approx.2 hrs)to check in to your hotel.B.L.
Optional: Climb up to waynapicchu mountain or machupicchu mountain. special permits are required and they are issued in limited quantities.

DAY 08: Cusco / Lima / Out

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima – or any other connecting destination. (B.)

Private service: Combined

IncludedNot IncludedWhat to Take
  • Hotels with breakfast
  • Tours mentioned
  • Entrance fees to cathedral, qoricancha, and archaeological
    sites
  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Meals detailed on the itinerary
  • Official guides
  • Standard class hotels in Cusco,Sacred Valley
  • Train ticket round trip from ollantaytambo to
    Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer sacred valley hotel / Ollantaytambo station/
    Cusco Hotel
  • Tourist transportation for all the services
  • Personalized assistance
  • Meals in the main cities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Extras
  • Taxes
  • Tips
  • Laundry services
  • Additional tours
  • Insurance
  • Airline tickets
  • Good Walking Shoes
  • Standard clothing used for travelling outdoor worldwide
  • Light Outdoors Gear
  • Rain protection gear, sun protection and insect repellent
  • Warmer clothes especially in the Months of May – July when temperature can vary
    from hot days to freezing nights. In the altitude, layered clothing systems are best
    for Peru’s diversity