Discover Archeological Sites And Inca Ruins In The Sacred Valley While Hiking To Machu Picchu
Visit the ancient temple of Choquequilla (Ñaupa Iglesia) that was used by the Incas to worship the moon and sun
Pass through the ancient checkpoint of Q’orimarcs, which rests above a waterfall that overlooks the Urubamba mountain range
Explore the sun gate ruin of Inti Punku that was built to honour the god of sun and offers spectacular views of the Sacred Valley and the snow-capped mountain ‘Veronica
Discover the Kachiqata Quarry, located in the Urubamba Valley, which is home to the ruins of an Inca rock quarry that was used to build the town of Ollantaytambo
Complete the Inca Quarry trail by walking through the cobblestone lanes in the impressive ancient town of Ollantaytambo that sits beside the Urumba River
Spend the final day at the Lost Citadel of Machu Picchu
If you are traveling to Cusco from anywhere outside of Peru, you will have to transit through Lima. Lima has direct connections with major cities in the USA and Canada through Delta, United, American, LATAM, Air Canada and with Europe through KLM, Air France, British Airways, Iberia and LATAM. From …
If you are traveling to Cusco from anywhere outside of Peru, you will have to transit through Lima. Lima has direct connections with major cities in the USA and Canada through Delta, United, American, LATAM, Air Canada and with Europe through KLM, Air France, British Airways, Iberia and LATAM. From other Latin American countries, LATAM and Avianca offer good connections. Cusco is very well connected with Lima by air with ~40 daily flights operated by LATAM and Sky Airlines Peru. The flight takes ~90 minutes and is typically priced at USD ~60.
An Airport Express bus (typical fare USD ~8 one way) connects Lima city centre with Jorge Chávez Airport in regular intervals, from 06:00 to 22:00 hours. Taxis cost USD ~15 one way. From Cusco airport to city centre, taxis are the best option (typical fare USD 3.5 - 5). We recommend established cab companies only. Lima to Cusco by bus is not a good option as it’s a long (~1100km), mountainous route and takes ~24 hours. From Arequippa you can take a bus to Cusco which typically takes 10.5 hours to cover ~512km and the fare is in the range of USD 15-30.
The Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu is unique for its route that leads through impressive archeological sites such as the check point of Q’orimarca, the sun gate called Inti Punku, the Kachiqata Quarry that supplied rocks to for building Ollantaytambo, and the ancient Inca town of Ollantaytambo. This trek explores both the natural beauty of the Sacred Valley and Urubamba Valley while allowing hikers to learn about the ancient Inca civilization through remarkable ruins.
Before departing on the Inca Quarry Trail, things that should be considered are the altitude, packing, and weather. This route to Machu Picchu reaches very high altitudes and prior to trekking this trail hikers should take precaution to acclimatize to the altitude in the city of Cusco. When packing for this adventure it is important to be prepared for the diverse weather that can be encountered in the Peruvian Andes. Bring very warm clothing, especially because this trek requires hikers to camp for the first two nights. During the day pack light exercise clothing that can easily be layered or taken off.
At present Cusco is a safe city with limited or no criminal activities. Local population is generally friendly and police are cordial to deal with. It is however recommended that you keep your belongings safe. - Police: Tourist Police of Peru, known as DIRTUR (Directorate of Tourism and Ecology) is located in the Túpac Amaru square in the Wanchaq district of Cusco - Emergency Numbers: Emergency Central – 105, Fire Station – 116, Medical Emergencies – 117 - Hospitals (Attention for accidents and sickness, general practice intern and all emergencies) Antonio Lorena Hospital Address: Plazoleta Belén 1358. Emergency: Telephone: 22-6511. Telephones: 22-6511 / 22-9616 / 24-5218. Hospital Regional Del Cusco Address: Av. de la Cultura s/n. Emergency: Telephone: 22-3691 Telephones: 51-84-227661 / 23-1131 - Medical Clinics (for sickness, certain emergencies and accidents) Essalud Clinic - Add: Av. Anselmo Alvarez s/n, Ph: 51-84-234724 Clinic Centro Médico Pardo - Add: Av. de la Cultura 710, Ph: 62-4186 Clinic Cusco - Add: Av. Los Inkas 1012, Emergency: 65-0162 / 22-3190, Ph: 51-84-240645 Clinic Panamericana - Add: Av. de la Infancia 508 - Wanchaq, Emergency: 65-1888, Ph: 51-84-249494 Clinic Paredes - Add: Lechugal Street 405, Ph: 51-84-225265
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