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Cachicata Trek is a less known trek. It is an off the beaten track experience.
During the reign of Pachacutec, Incan empire saw a rapid development of infrastructure. Machu Picchu and Choquequirao are a prime example of this. Ollantaytambo was the administrative centre to Incas. The village houses some of the alluring stoneworks in the whole Sacred Valley. Our one day Cachicata Trek takes you right to the source of it, the massive stone quarry of Incas.
On this one day Cachicata Trek, retracing the path of Incas which they took to transport the stones from the quarry to Ollantaytambo, we will reach Cachicata Quarry. It is an impressive site. Here you will notice some remains of finely carved pink granite stones scattered around. They pieces of stones are testament to the major stone work in Ollantaytambo which was never realised.
You will also be able to hike up to the Sungate (Intipunku). From here you will get an enchanting view of the snowcapped peak of Mount Veronica.
This is a lifetime experience that many trekkers are still unaware of.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
At 0800 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will drive you to Ollantaytambo. It will be a 3 hours drive along the scenic route of Sacred Valley of Incas.
Upon reaching Ollantaytambo, we will get some refreshments to sustain during the trek. We will then follow the main road to a small bridge that crosses the Urubamba river. Cachicata Trek experience begins here.
From here we will hike up the hill for almost two and a half hours. We will be climbing from 2800 metres to 3900 metres above sea level. Cachicata houses two quarries. Along the way we will be visiting the small colony which was once home to the architects and people who worked in the quarry.
Depending on how well we progress, we will stop for lunch at a lower or upper quarry. Optionally, you can hike a further 450 metres on switch backs to Intipunku (Sungate).
The view from here is simply out-worldly. From here, we will descend along the same way we went up back to the car park in Ollantaytambo. From here, we will be driving you back to Cusco.