cachiccata quarry hike


  • 7 HOURS



  • Level : Demanding. Good physical condition required
  • Duration : 7--8 hours hiking
  • Location : Ollantaytambo – Sacred Valley
  • Season : All year round
  • Departure : Every day upon request

Spectacular hike to the lytic workshop and quarry of Ollantaytambo.Spectaculars Andean valley and snow peaks views.


Early in the morning, we will you pick you up from your hotel and head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the way, we will admire the imposing Urubamba range, along with potato fields belonging to the town of Chinchero. The route continues to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, driving through Urubamba, the most important province of the valley, heading then towards Ollantaytambo. Our hike willbegin at the Inca Bridge over the Vilcanota River. Our hike starts going up an Inca trail through terraces and tombs, until reaching the base of one of the most important mountains of the area, the Apu Buena Negra, a granite geological formation. Here a quarry is located from where the Incas used to get material to build the Ollantaytambo fortress, you will receive explanation about the process of working and transporting stones; in fact, on our way up, we will follow the very same path used to move massive rocks of several tons down to the fortress of Ollantaytambo. From the quarry of Cachiccata we will have an impressive view of the Verónica Mountain, one of the most important in the Urubamba range, as well as a great view of the Pakaritampu pyramid, based on the agricultural terraces, and the town of Ollantaytambo and its fortress. Here we will enjoy our box lunch, followed by our descent while we admire breathtaking views in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and its beautiful typical little houses, and its green corn fields, crossed and irrigated by the sacred river of the Incas. The hike end at “El Rancho” in the nice community of Cachiccata’s The houses in this community were built on stone foundations, using adobes (mud bricks) to build houses of only one or two stories high, all with roofs made of straw. Transportation will wait for us in the community of Cachiccata, to take us to our hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, or straight to the train station where we will take the train to Machu Picchu or just back to your hotel.

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