Day 1: Ollantaytambo - Cachiccata Quarry Hike Tour
A spectacular full day hike to the granite quarry of Ollantaytambo featuring views of the Sacred Valley and snowy Andean peaks
Early this morning, you will depart your hotel and drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the way, you can admire the imposing Urubamba range, along with potato fields belonging to the town of Chinchero. The route continues through the Sacred Valley, passing through Urubamba, the most important province of the valley, heading then towards Ollantaytambo. Your hike will begin at the Inca Bridge over the Vilcanota River, on an Inca Trail that passes through terraces and tombs, until reaching the base of one of the most important mountains of the area, the Apu Buena Negra. An important quarry is located here, from which the Incas derived materials to build the fortress at Ollantaytambo. Your guide will explain the process of how the Incas worked and transported these giant stones. In fact, the same trail you hiked was used to move the massive rocks to the build the fortress. The quarry site provides spectacular view of Mt. Verónica as well as the Pakaritampu Pyramid and the town of Ollantaytambo. You will have a chance to rest and enjoy lunch, after which you will continue hiking. It's all downhill from here! Descend to the Sacred Valley, ending your hike at "El Rancho" in the Cachicatta Community. The houses in the village were built on stone foundations, using adobe bricks with straw roofs. Your driver will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley.
This trip is approximately 6-7 hours of hiking, and requires good physical condition.
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Kate was great to work with in the planning stage. She was prompt, helpful, and efficient. Our tour guide, Edwin, was knowledgeable and passionate. We were very happy to have traveled with Adventure Life, it made the trip easy and a true pleasure. We could concentrate on enjoying the experience rather than the details of travel.