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INTREPID QUARRY TRAIL

Cachicata trail better known as Inca Quarry Trail is one of the ancient quarries used by pre Inca and Inca civilizations to build the vast settlement of Ollantaytambo!!! But, did you know its real importance to the ancient Tahuantinsuyo? Know more about this incredible and unique Inca Quarry Peru!!! 

 

The Inca Quarry was the principal source of large quantities of pink granite, the main element of the Inca buildings as Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman, among many others. Inca Trails relics of stonemasons are located 12kms from Ollantaytambo. The view of Ollantaytambo from the quarries is just spectacular and during the trek you can see many large stones that never made the long journey down to the village. It was also a trade route for the Incas. Cachicata is a tin and remote village that can impress you with is simplest but imposing way.

 

The Cachicata Trek is a great alternative to the famed Inca Trail hike. The Inca Quarry Trail was built by the Incas and used for hundreds of years to access local communities and transport your things. This trail is not as well known as the classic Inca Trail, so expect far fewer crowds and a more serene Peru trekking experience. This hiking adventure not only visits Peru's cultural past, but also explores modern Incan communities and customs. The trail takes us through secluded waterfalls, ancient terraces and exotic wildlife, all the while delivering fantastic views of the Sacred Valley and Peru's commanding snow-capped mountains. Visit local families and explore the active quarry. Every step brings a new look into Inca culture.

 

Know more about the Intrepid Quarry Trail with Us!!!

 

Ollantaytambo: 

 

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Inca Quarry to Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo:

Did you know...??

  • Ollantaytambo has 150 steps that separate the upper part of the slope and the perfect carving of the stones is observed, with great similarity to those of Tipón and South Valley in Cusco.
  • It is made of granite, in which the wall of the Six Monoliths stood erect and joined by sheets of stones (whose function was to act as a buffer in case of earthquakes). This building was intended to be destined to have an extraordinary, original structure, that is, with nothing comparable anywhere else.
  • The pink granite was brought from the stone quarry which is about 4 km away, on the other side of the sacred valley, on the upper part of the southwest side of the mountains. The rock was carved partially in the quarries, and taken to the bottom of the valley.

How to get?

 

On your own:

The first thing is to go from the city of Cusco in a car or bus to Ollantaytambo (approximately 2 hours), once in the plaza of Ollantaytambo you will start the walk: from the Main Square of Ollantaytambo take the Main Street towards Cusco street, until you reach to the track, there instead of turning to the left where the stone street ends, continue straight ahead along the path until you reach the Inca bridge. Cross it and walk to the right. After a 15 - 20 minute hike, take a slope to the left at the fork, signposted by a rock painted with "Las Canteras" and yeah!! you are at The Inca Quarry way!! In 20 minutes, agricultural platforms and foundations of old buildings will come into view. Follow the right trail and ignore other roads that cross. The trail will merge with a larger path. Continue through the side of the mountain on this main road to the Lowe quarry, indicated by small stone foundations on top of boulders. (Minutes before arriving at the quarry, the path passes through an irrigation canal, the last opportunity to cool off). The first quarry is located 2 hours after leaving the Main Square. Just after passing this quarry, continue on a smaller path on the left. Follow a series of zigzags to the hillside for 45 minutes or an hour. Soon after, the second much larger quarry will be visible to the left. The small fields to the right are a great place to camp. As a reference, a rock in the middle of the quarry painted with "National Institute of Culture".

 

Hiring a tour operator:

 

Definitely the safest and most recommendable option would be this, because they take care of the transfer to this archaeological zone in better way and resolve any inconvenience that may exist, they are responsible for transport, guide, refreshments, etc.

What attractions do you have to see?

 

It has three groups of quarries:

  • Molle Pucro, the most accessible and popular quarry.
  • Sirkusirkuyoc (it was the largest of the three), shows evidence of having been in full operation when the Spaniards entered this area.
  • Kantirayoq or Cacchicata, where another type of extraction of minerals and precious stones was practiced.
  • We will also visit the slopes of Cachiccata, the pyramid of Paqariqtampu and the imposing surrounding snow-capped mountains.
  • We can find the "Tired Stones" that were left during the trip to Ollantaytambo and in some parts of the town.
  • In the same way we can observe the great work they did when moving the giant stones to build the Ollantaytambo enclosures.
  • This place is also known for the Intipunku (cover of the Sun), considered a sacred place of spiritual retreat since ancient times, where you can feel the energy of the Apus (spirits of the mountains) and recharge yourself with positive energies in the heights of the Sacred Valley.

When is the best time to go?

 

If you want to beat most of the crowds (not that the Quarry Trail ever gets really busy), pick a shoulder season. May or October are good months. Peak time is the same as the Inca Trail, June, July and August. Weather here will be great, but you will be fighting for photo space at Machu Picchu. The difference is, you will have had the Andes to yourself for the last few days.

 

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