Inca Quarries

Horseback Trip to the Inca Quarries (“Las Canterras”)

 

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This is our most popular horseback tour Ollantaytambo, and with good reason !

The route is fairly easy and thus ideal for beginners and experts alike. This horseback riding trip leaves Ollantaytambo from the Incan village of Cacchicata and climbs up to “Las Canterras”  (The Quarries, in Spanish)  otherwise known as the Inca Workshop, where the Incas mined and carved the stones needed to build the massive Ollantaytambo fortress.  There is currently no charge to enter The Quarries, and there are very few other people typically at the site.

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It is close to Ollantaytambo and makes a great half day excursion and a good place for a picnic. There is lots of green grass and silence you can’t help but enjoy yourself on this horseback tour! The trip involves a gradual climb on a narrow trail while on horseback and is about 9 kilometers or 5 miles round-trip. We leave at 9:00 am and it takes three to four hours round-trip, including whatever time you spend in the workshop site, which for most people is about a half an one hour. Expect great views of Ollantaytambo and the sacred mountain of “Wakaywilka”, which looms over Machu Picchu itself.It is close to Ollantaytambo and makes a great half day excursion and a good place for a picnic.

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It is close to Ollantaytambo and makes a great half day excursion and a good place for a picnic. There is lots of green grass and silence you can’t help but enjoy yourself! The trip involves a gradual climb on a narrow trail while on horseback and is about 9 kilometers or 5 miles round-trip. We leave at 9:00 am and it takes three to four hours round-trip, including whatever time you spend in the workshop site, which for most people is about a half an one hour. Expect great views of Ollantaytambo and the sacred mountain of “Wakaywilka”, which looms over Machu Picchu itself.

 

Trip cost is $79 per person with guide and box lunch included, minimum 2 people

Please note that horse helmets are typically not used or available in Peru; if you wish to wear a helmet please bring one along.