Cachiccata trekking, 1 day in the sacred valley with extencion to Machu picchu
This trek is a good option for a 1 day hike around Cusco
For those who like to avoid the crowded routes like the Inca trail, and those who dont like to sleep in tent, or walk for many days, we have added a special day hike. You get to meet local people and pass by small villages.
It is possible to take the train to Aquas Calientes after trekking, to visit Machu Picchu on the second day.
Full Day Ollantaytambo – Cachiccata Quarry – Private Service
Level: Demanding. Good physical condition required
Duration: 6-7 hours
hiking Location: Ollantaytambo – Sacred Valley
Early in the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel and head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the way we will admire the beautiful Urubamba valley, 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 begins at the Inca Bridge over the Vilcanota River. Our hike starts at Ollantaytambo Inca bridge going up an Inca trail through terraces and tombs, until we reach the base of one of the most important mountains in the area “the Apu Buena Negra” a granite geological formation. This hike follows the original path the Incas used to bring the stones of Cachiccata quarry to build one of the most famous archaeological places of the Sacred Valle the Ollantaytambo fortress. At Cachiccata quarry we will get to appreciate remains of Inca tombs, finest stone works and ramps which were used to transport the stones to built Ollantaytambo. The guide will explain to you 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 Veronica Mountain, one of the most important in the Urubamba range, as well as a great view of the Pakaritampu pyramid. We will then visit the town of Ollantaytambo and its fortress. Here we will enjoy our box lunch. We will then start our descent while we admire breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley and its beautiful typical little houses, 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. The houses in this community are built on stone foundations, using adobes (mud bricks) to build one or two stories, all with roofs made of straw. Transportation will wait for us in the community of Cachiccata to take you to our hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, or straight to the train station where we would take the train to Machu Picchu.
NOTE: for people who want to hike more time, we will add the Intipunku section which is an Inca construction located at the top of the mountain, from here you will have spectacular views of the Inca trail and the valley to Machu Picchu; this hike will take 2 hours more, finishing at Cachiccata.
* Extra services not mentioned
* train tickets or Machu Picchu