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Cachicata Trek is an off-the-beaten-track one-day trail in Cusco. It takes you to the largest Inca Quarry. This trail is full of history and nature. It is one of those trails that is not so popular yet.
Ollantaytambo, the well-known village in the Sacred Valley of Incas was also an administrative center of Incas. When Pachacutec (Pachacuti) was the emperor of Inca, he ordered the construction of many sites including Machu Picchu and Choquequirao.
He also did a rapid development in Ollantaytambo. The village demonstrates some of the impressive stone works of Incas in the whole of Sacred Valley. The stones that were used for the construction were carved in Cachicata. The trail takes you right to the source of it.
In fact, the Incas also had plans to build more sites in Ollantaytambo but due to the Spanish invasion, they had to let go of the project. These finely carved pink marble stones known as cut stones are left scattered in the quarry which can be seen even today.
On this one-day Cachicata Trek, you will be retracing the footsteps of Incas on the path they took to transport these stones from the Quarry to Ollantaytambo.
Furthermore, you can also visit the picturesque site, Inti Puku or the Sun Gate. It is 450 meters above the quarry.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
At 0800 in the morning we will be pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then we will embark in our private transport to Ollantaytambo. The journey will be along the Sacred Valley of Incas.
Once in Ollantaytambo, we will cross a small bridge and following the course of Urubamba river, we will begin the trail. In 2.5 hours we will be reaching 3000m from 2800m. We will be stopping at the site which once was home to the workers of the Quarry. Then we will be visiting the Quarry itself.
If you can, then we will continue further to see Inti Punku (Sungate). It offers a spectacular view of the snow capped peak of Veronica .
After this, we will start descending back the same way. From Ollantaytambo we will be driving you back to Cusco. We will be reaching Cusco at around 0600 PM.
The Cachicata quarry was the place from where the Incas transported stones to Ollantaytambo. In fact, the Cachicata quarry still has some stones that the Incas abandoned while leaving the town of Ollantaytambo during the Spanish invasion. You will see some beautifully cut stones, that is, tired stones that are still in the quarry.