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Moonstone and Inca Quarry to Machu Picchu – Trek 5 Days

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 Moonstone Trek & Inca Quarry Trail to Machupicchu 5 D-4 N

The moonstone trek is one of the walk starting from the center of Cusco and heading to that place called Moonstone, which is located in the pampa in a rural village where you will appreciate the architecture. Indeed, you will see houses and terraces carved in rocks that were part of the agriculture at the time of the great genius who used to live in harmony with the nature.

During the walk, we will go through various local communities to finally arrive at a stone processing center, known as the pits of Ollantaytambo, which used to be one of the big temple in the Inca valley. We will then follow the famous stones along a path until the village of Ollantaytambo.

Trek Briefing

prior to the trek, you will be provided with extensive information. You will meet with your guide who will give you detailed information about the activities you will be engaging in and will clarify any existing concerns you may have


DAY  1    Cusco – Killarumiyoc – Chilliphahua

Breakfast/ Lunch / dinner

After your breakfast, our guide will come pick you up at your hotel with our touristic bus for a ride that will last about an hour. We will arrive at the pampa where you will appreciate the work of the Incas and the carved stones in the center of killarumiyuc. The Incas used to own this place for many reasons: its views, its position and its conection with the mother Earth.

We will then take a bus for 25 minutes to go to the village of Huarocondo, and start walking for about 2 hours to get to the Watta archaeological center (3700m), which is a pre-inca construction. Lunch will be taken after an other 20 minutes walk. The last 2 hours walk will lead us to our campsite in the Chillipahua valley (3700m).

  • Distance : 12km
  • Walking time : 8 hours
  • Low elevation : 3331m/ 10928 ft
  • High elevation : 3700m/ 12300 ft
  • Campsite : 3700m/ 12300 ft

Day 2   Chilliphahua – Chancachuco

Tent/ Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner

Warm coffee, nice food… You will be ready after a delicious breakfast to start your day which will be completely different than the previous one. Along the way, we will go through several local communities and have a look at their daily lives. You will see that it is as if the Incas have not left the place, the people there are still living following the traditions. We will then go further and further away from the civilization and be in the middle of coloured mountains at an elevation reaching 4400m. We will go to the top of a reddish mountain and appreciate the view over the other mountains around covered by snow, and finally head to our campsite, Chancachuco (4325m).

  • Distance : 7 km
  • Walking time : 8 hours
  • Low elevation : 3700m/ 12300 ft
  • High elevation : 4400m/ 13857 ft
  • Campsite : 4325 m / 13677 ft

DAY 3   Chancachuco – Cachiccta

Tent /Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner

Today we will go down little by little to a valley where you can appreciate the work of the Inca and their engineering. They knew how to bring the water from other far away places and how to use the earth to grow their own food like potatoes, quimua, quiwicha and corn. We will then keep going down to the Chilca Valley to get a wonderful view over the Veronica mountain, where no agencies and no tourist go because we created the route ourselves. After a 3 hours walk, we will be in front of the Inti Punku which is at the top of the “Buena Negra” mountain. Later on we will go down to the Inca pits where we will stay overnight at our campsite.

  • Distance : 8 km
  • Walking time : 9 hours
  • Low elevation : 3525 m
  • High elevation : 3940 m
  • Campsite : 3525 m

DAY 4  Cachiccata – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Tent /Breakfast /Box Lunch / Linner

After having breakfast we will go explore the Inca pits where we will discover and appreciate their stone carving, which is the only place to enjoy this type of work. The best architects of the time chose this place to convert it in a stone mine, where they were carved and then lifted down to Ollantaytambo. We can nowadays follow the same way and look at the stones left aside all along the path, which we will do in order to reach the village. There, you will have a 20 minutes guided tour to have a look at many Inca constructions before going to the train station and head to Aguas Calientes. We will have dinner together and stay overnight in a hotel.

  • Distance : 7 km
  • Walking time : 6 hours
  • Low elevation : 2792m
  • High elevation : 2040m
  • Accomodation: Hotel

DAY 5  Aguas Calientes Town– Machupicchu Ruins –Cusco

Hotel/ Breakfast

Breakfast will be taken early in order to take the bus and arrive at Machupichu before the rush. The tour with our guide inside the ruins will not last more than 2 hours, but you will have free time afterwards to explore the city on your own.

Later on, we will go back down to Aguas Calientes to take the train and go to Ollantaytambo. There, our bus will bring us back to Cusco and then directly to your hotel.


Included in Moonstone Trek

  • Tourist guide fluent in English, spanish and quechua
  • Transport to bring you to the start of the trek
  • Comfortable tent for 4 persons
  • Mattresses
  • Bathroom tent
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dinning room tent
  • Tables and chairs
  • Cooks
  • Muleteers
  • Horses carrying 8 kg of luggages per each person
  • Emergency horse
  • 4 breakfasts/ 5 lunches/ 5 dinners
  • Drinking water
  • Oxygen tank
  • Round train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Machu Pichu
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance ticket for Machu Pichu
  • bus ticket from aguas calientes to machupicchu-machupichu to aguas calientes

Not Included on The Moonstone Trek

  • Sleeping bag you can rent some directly at the agency  $15
  • Lunch for the 6 th day
  • Tips for the Crew, cook and muleteers
  • walking stick

What To Bring for Moonstone Trek

  • Original passport (it is to bring to Show at the check point)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera with external battery
  • Suncream
  • Hat for the sun and for the cold
  • Hiking sticks
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Flashlight
  • Hiking shoes, trousers and jumpers
  • gloves
  • wet wipes
  • toilet paper

Departures & Price

Departure dates 2019 – 2020
Every Day.

number of people                      prices per person

1-2 People                                    $ 620 USD Per Person

3-5 People                                    $ 600 USD Per Person

6-8 People                                    $ 585 USD Per Person

Note: A minimum of two people is required to run the trek, and there is a maximum of eight people per group.

students: discount of $20, but you have to supply us with a copy of your ISIC card when you make the booking. Children up to 15 years of age will be charged as students, under the condition that you supply us with a copy of the passport at the time of booking time.

Packing list


  • Original passport
  • valid student card (if booked as a student with machula expeditions)
  • immigration card  ( as you enter peru)
  • comfortable daypack ( hiking daypack)
  • camelbaks ( or water bottle)
  • comfortable hiking boots

Gear inside your daypacks

  • sunhat
  • rain poncho
  • fleece
  • music iphone
  • handsanitizer
  • camara
  • sunscreen
  • wet wipes
  • bug spray
  • personal medications
  • toilet paper ( plastic bag for waste
  • for your duffel
  • 2 hiking pants
  • 4 sets s-shirt
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • sets of undergarments
  • water proof jacket
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • headlamp  essencial
  • quickdry towel
  • sleeping bag recommend down bags for -10c at least
  • toothbrush and paste


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