|Level||Demanding, good physical condition required.|
|Duration||6 - 7 hours hiking|
|Location||Ollantaytambo – Sacred Valley|
|Description||Spectacular hike to the lytic workshop and quarry of Ollantaytambo. Andean valley and snow peaks views.|
|Departure||Every day. All year round|
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 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 begins at the Inca Bridge over the Vilcanota River.
Our hike stars going up an Inca trail through terraces and tombs, until we reach the base of one of the most important mountains of the area, the Apu Buena Negra, a granite geological formation. Here is located the quarry the Incas used to get material to build 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 Veronica 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 of 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 ends at “El Rancho” which is located in the nice community of Cachiccata . The houses of this community where built on stone foundations, using adobes (mud bricks) to build houses of only one or two floors all of them 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.