Do you know that 500 individuals per day hike the Inca Path?
That’s fairly lots of people.
Now, we’re not judging however we DO need to let you understand about an alternate hike Intrepid affords known as the Quarry Path. A path the place you gained’t bump right into a single different vacationer. A path that’s sooner or later shorter than the Inca Path (so that you spend the night time in a resort, not a tent, earlier than arriving at Machu Picchu). And a path that boasts each the next altitude and even extra spectacular mountain surroundings than the basic route. Oh, and did we point out it doesn’t require a pesky allow both?
It was precisely these causes that led me to choosing the Quarry Path over the Inca one on a latest Intrepid journey to Peru. And though I really like phrases a lot I actually write for a dwelling, I’ve acquired to let you know one thing: phrases. simply. don’t. do. it. justice.
So, right here’s what the 3-day hike was like, in (unedited!) image kind:
Quarry Path day 1
A day of getting acclimatised to the altitude and attending to grips with the near-constant, picture-perfect mountain views. Highlights embrace mountain climbing proper by a waterfall and dazzling valley views from a reconstructed Incan wreck.
Ollantaytambo, the beginning level for the hike
Lush greenery, because the path begins
Moments of peace and wonder
Stopping by a rural college to study Peru’s college system
The path will get a contact more difficult…
A ravishing bonus: visiting a waterfall
There’s all the time time for a crew photograph
Incan ruins from afar
Hike break on the ruins
Taking within the views and getting nearer to camp
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Time for a siesta!
The majestic eating tent
Getting comfy, and by no means tiring of the views
Group photograph with Intrepid’s wonderful guides, cooks and horsemen
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Quarry Path day 2
The longest day and one with PLENTY of uphill parts, that is equal elements difficult and totally unimaginable. Not solely will you move altitudes greater than ones on the Inca Path, you’ll even be trekking via ever-changing landscapes and passing jaw-dropping mountain vistas.
Early wake-up name however a tasty breakfast
Charming early morning gentle
Chilly morning, earlier than the solar comes out
Mountaineering day two in full swing
The ascent continues, however seeing the lunch eating tent helps!
Coca tea is a continuing companion on the path
Trek information Edwind busy being the perfect trek information ever
It’s onerous to take a nasty photograph with landscapes like these
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Kuychicassa, the best move of the trek, at 4450 meters
The descent begins
The Peruvian Andes by no means lose their magic
A superbly abandoned highway resulting in camp
Evening two of tenting is faultless
A hearty, home-cooked rooster dinner
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Quarry Path day 3
Although it’s day that’s dedicated to downhill, there’s nonetheless loads of surprises in retailer earlier than the two-hour post-hike prepare trip to Machu Picchu. Be taught why the path will get its identify at Kachiqata Quarry (a rock quarry that the Incas by no means accomplished throughout the Spanish conquest), and benefit from the beautiful descent again into Ollantaytambo.
After breakfast it’s time to say goodbyes to the proficient cooks
Prepping for a half-day of downhill
There’s loads of time to discover Kachiqata quarry
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Intrepid chief Edwind telling the group concerning the historical quarry
Lastly getting nearer to hike finish level, Ollantaytambo
Made it again to Ollantaytambo! Now time for the prepare to Machu Picchu
Helpful extra studying:
-All the things it’s good to pack for the hike to Machu Picchu
-What it’s like taking the prepare to Machu Picchu
-Tips on how to profit from underneath 1 day at Machu Picchu
-A Lima metropolis information
-A Cusco metropolis information
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