Cachicata to Machu Picchu

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From the highest pass on this trail, some the most beautiful snow-capped mountains of the Sacred Valley are visible. This route leads us through a range of ecological and bio geographical zones, therefore a wide variety of scenery. The descent is intense but worth it for the view of the Fortress of Ollantaytambo from its quarry. A fascinating journey that enables us to learn about the local history and nature of the lands and people we pass through.

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Trek Duration

Four days


Machu Picchu

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Trek Difficulty



Quechua Treks Peru

Suitable For

< 18 year olds, 18-39 year olds, 40-49 year olds, 50-59 year olds, 60+ year olds, Families

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Quechua Treks offers a high quality service on outdoor adventures in Peru. We focus on the small details and creating once in a life time experiences.

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Day 1
Cusco to Pacchar-Socma-Corimarca

Heading away from Cusco toward the Sacred Valley; we take the road to the Pacchar Valley, which is close to Ollantaytambo town. After approximately 2 hours we arrive at the starting point of our trek, the village Soqma. Nestled within this charming mountain valley, Soqma consists of a school and a scattering of small houses. We set off on the ascent and after climbing close to Perolniyoq waterfall we will visit Corimarca, this Inca ruin is very close to our campsite.

Maximum Altitude: 3630m / 11909ft
Minimum Altitude: 2900m / 9514ft
Distance travelled: 3km / 1.86ml
Approximate walking time: 4 hours
Meals: L, D, snacks

Day 2

This is one of the most outstanding days of the trek. A hard climb but very worthwhile. After a delicious breakfast, we will start the hike up to the high Puna grassland where we reach the mountain pass. A 360° view will leave us breathless and amazed as we see all the sacred snowcapped mountains around us; Veronica, Pachatusan, Ausangate, Chicon, Pumahuanca and the colorful fields of Chinchero. This magnificent place will provide us with all the energy and motivation we need to continue our day. Lunch will be served next to a stunning lagoon that provides water to the water channel that we will follow, a good example of the impressive Inca hydraulic system. This water channel will take us to our campsite.

Maximum Altitude: 3630m / 11909ft
Minimum Altitude: 4490m / 14730ft
Distance travelled: 10km / 6.21ml
Approximate Walking time: 7 hours
Meals: B, L, D. Snacks

Day 3
Chancachuco-Cachicata-Community Camp

An early start today will take us to the Sun gate or Inti Punku. This is a spectacular Inca construction, not just because of the work that they did here in such an isolated location, but also for the vista. Again the Incas chose a place where they had views of some of their sacred mountain protectors, Veronica and Choquetacarpo. The hike down takes us through the quarry of Ollantaytambo, where we will see remains of rocks that the Incas were working on, which destined for Ollantaytambo temple. Along the descent we will also find Chullpas or mausoleums. The trail continues downhill all the way to the Cachicata community where we will spend the night. A good nights rest is a great idea in preparation for Machu Picchu the next morning.

Maximum Altitude: 4455m / 14616ft
Minimum Altitude: 2792m / 9160ft
Distance travelled: 10km
Approximate Walking time: 7 hours
Meals: B, L, D. Snacks

Day 4
Train to Aguas Calientes

After breakfast we will meet our private transportation that will take us to Ollantaytambo station to board the train to Aguas Calientes.
As the train travels along, the valley turns into a canyon and the scenery alters, as the cloud forests begin to appear, on our approach to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. We will disembark the train at Aguas Calientes.

Accompanied by our guide, we take a 25 minute bus ride to the sanctuary of Machupicchu (2400m / 7874ft). Our guide will lead us in an exploration and discovery of the many curious corners within the enigmatic Citadel. The guided tour will have an average duration of 2 hours. Afterwards, you will still have some time to visit other places that you did not see with your guide. For example, heading west from the center of Machu Picchu, the Inca bridge is a 30 minute / 2 Km or so walk along a narrow path. If you feel like an uphill challenge, you have the option to climb the infamous mountain of Huayna Picchu.

It is important to mention that to climb this mountain, you need to buy a separate ticket in advance. Please confirm that you want to make this climb at the time of making your booking with us. There are only 1 entrance time that suits our train schedule, 10 in the morning. The trail consists of many steep narrow steps (not recommended for people who suffer vertigo), the height of the mountain is 2700m / 8858ft (the climb is 300 m.)
At the end of our visit we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then board the train to return to Ollantaytambo where our private transport will be waiting to take us back to the city of Cusco.


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What’s Included

  • Briefing one day before the trek.
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning of the trek departure.
  • 3 nutritious meals per day (vegetarian options available).
  • Drinking water along the trek.
  • Bilingual guide (Assistant Guide for groups over 6 passengers).
  • Chef (assistant chef for larger groups).
  • Quadruple tents to be used by two people, allowing more comfort and more space to store backpacks.
  • Mules (for equipment and personal items) and muleteers.
  • Inflatable mattresses.
  • Sleeping liner and pillow.
  • Saddled horse in case of emergencies or if you are making very little progress (this horse is with the group at all times).
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle.
  • Kitchen tent and dining tent with camp tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Duffel bags (up to 7Kg/15lbs per person). These are provided by your guide at your briefing.
  • Train tickets to Aguas Calientes..
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and vice versa.
  • Dinner and lunch in Aguas Calientes.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu (if you want to visit the mountain of Huayna Picchu add USD15, please advise at booking).
  • Train ticket to Ollantaytambo and transfer to Cusco.

What’s Excluded

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Entrance to the hot springs.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain. (USD15 extra)
  • Sleeping bag. If you don’t want to bring your own, you can hire this from us.
  • Tips for guides and field staff.

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Quechua Treks offers a high quality service on outdoor adventures in Peru. We focus on the small details and creating once in a life time experiences.

Tour Details

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  • Booking Type
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  • Duration
    4 Days
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  • Maximum Altitude
    4455 Meters
  • Trek Difficulty

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