This place was dedicated to the wrought and extraction of the stones that were used for the construction of Ollantaytambo and many enclosures bordering. This place is located nine kilometers from the Inca town of Ollantaytambo and has three groups of quarries: Molle Pucro, Sirkusirkuyoc (it was the largest of the three), shows evidence of having been in full operation when the Spaniards entered this zone.
And finally Kantirayoq or Cacchicata, where another type of extraction of minerals and precious stones was practiced. The visitor will be able to observe the great work done when moving the gigantic stones to build the enclosures of Ollantaytambo. We can find the so-called “Tired Stones” that stayed during the trip to Ollantaytambo and in some parts of the town.
OLLANTAYTAMBO - CACHICCATA
Starting the walk at the Inca Bridge, on arrival at the entrance of Ollantaytambo village, we will cross the river of Vilcanota and follow it to get to Choquekillca, the veneration place of the Lord of Choquekillca. We will then continue along the Inca trail of Capac Ñan, along the routes which in the past were used for transporting the stones.
On the edge of the route, we can see some of the Tired Stones which have been affected by thunder, lightening and the force of the wind, and which appear to have rested in the same spot since being left by Inca hands. From there, we will follow the trail of the tired stones to get to Simapucyo, a sector with very well preserved Incan terraces. We will then begin our accent towards the Tamboccasa Lookout (2820 masl.), where we will enjoy a panoramic view of the valley, and the pyramid of Paqaritampu. Afterwards, we will descend to Cachiccata where we will visit the community school.
Here we will have the opportunity to take part into an intercultural exchange with the children; to understand the world from a present-day perspective, and see the practices of the community from grandparents to grandchildren. As part of this experience, the children will speak to us in their native language, Quechua, and will perform a folkloric dance demonstrating their daily customs. Following this, we will also show and teach part of our culture to the children. After lunch, we will be able to visit sustainable development projects in the community, accompanied by those in charge. Over-night in Cachiccata’s camping, “Las Chullpas de Cachiccata”.
CACHICCATA – CUSCO
After the lunch, we will walk up to the temple of Veronica before crossing the different Andean ecological layers and arriving to Cachiccata’s quarries, one of the most culturally interesting spot of our route. There, we will have the opportunity to observe some workshops that will illustrate the processes of extraction, sculpture and stones transport, as well as the whole art of carving stones.
Transfer of private first class: Cusco / Ollantaytambo Cachiccata / Ollantaytambo
Food per person (2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, 1 tea, 1snack)
Support Team Group: Guide bilingual
Mules and horses for transportation in emergencies and Llamas
Overnight camping services hot shower, dining, kitchen, place for bonfire
Transportation of waste to Cusco
Camping equipment: tents (Passenger), mattress, kitchen implements
First aid kit with oxygen
Water for canteens
Tips for all support staff
Drink extra travel
Original passport (student + ISIC card valid)
Hat or cap
Medium back pack for the way
Rain coat or ponchos
Bottle of water
Sun blocker with high protection factor
Additional storage memory