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Intipunku Kachicata Full Day Hike

Cusco, Intipunku, Cachicata

  • Time Full Day
  • Tour Type Hiking
  • Altitude 2700 m.s.n.m.
  • Place Cusco
  • Difficulty Easy
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Trip Description

Intipunku, also known as the Sun Gate, is a place where the Incas built a structure to honor and thank the sun god. This activity is aimed at people who like to hike and experience new cultures, since along the way it is possible to interact with some of the local inhabitants.

During the hike you will cross the Urubamba River, which allows you to appreciate a panoramic view of the Ollantaytambo Valley, as well as Mount Veronica and the Vilcanota Mountain Range. It is a moderate and spectacular hike.

Short itinerary

  • At 6:00 am, you will be picked up at your hotel.
  • Then, you will be transferred to the district of Ollantaytambo, which will last approximately two hours.
  • At 8:00 am, you will have breakfast in Ollantaytambo, followed by a hike to Intipunku and Cachicata, which will last about 3 hours.
  • At 12:00 pm, we will stop for lunch at the Cachicata quarry.
  • We will start the return of the hike, which will last approximately 2 hours.
  • We will return to Cusco.

Complete Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco – Abra Málaga – Santa Maria – Santa teresa

This exciting tour begins with pick up at your hotel in Cusco at 6:00 am. From there, we will transfer by private transportation to the Ollantaytambo district, a journey that takes approximately 2 hours. Once there, we will stop for a delicious energetic breakfast and get ready for the trek.

We will begin the challenging but amazing hike around 9:00 a.m., ascending for about 2 hours until we reach the Cachicata quarry, which is the largest quarry that supplied the construction of temples and palaces of the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. In this place, we will also be able to observe the tombs or “chullpas” that were built to house mummies, as well as the ramps that the Incas used to transport the stones. After this, we will enjoy a box lunch in this beautiful place.

Then, we will continue walking for approximately 1 hour until we reach the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), from where you can see the entire Sacred Valley and the imposing Nevado Veronica. This place is considered magical and mystical, so we recommend enjoying it to the fullest.

Finally, we will return to the community of Cachicata, descending for about 2 hours to where our private transportation will be waiting to take us back to Ollantaytambo and then to the city of Cusco, where the service will conclude with the transfer to your hotel.


What is included:

  • Private transportation.
  • Pick up from your hotel.
  • Breakfast.
  • Box lunch.
  • Specialized guide (bilingual)
  • First aid kit. 03 Breakfast, 03 Lunches, 03 Dinners.

Not included:

  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Horses


What to bring

  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • Comfortable pants
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Reusable plastic or metal water container or camel bags.
  • Personal medications
  • Camera



Intipunku Kachicata Hike


Minimum 02 people

Tour Summary

  • Pick up at the hotel
  • Drive to Ollantaytambo
  • Intipunku and Cachicata hike
  • Return to Cusco

What is included in the tour

  • Private transportation.
  • Pick up from your hotel.
  • Breakfast.
  • Box lunch.
  • Specialized guide (bilingual)
  • First aid kit. 03 Breakfast, 03 Lunches, 03 Dinners.

Important note:

Differential prices for students, children, infants.


Frequently Asked Questions from Travelers

What is the best time to travel to Cusco?

The best time to travel to Cusco is during the dry season, which runs from May to October. During this period, the weather is generally dry and sunny, with daytime temperatures ranging from 18°C to 22°C. Nights can be quite cold, with temperatures dropping to around 5°C, especially in June and July

The rainy season in Cusco runs from November to March, and during this period you can expect regular rains, especially in January and February. Rainfall can be heavy and can cause disruptions to transportation and tourist activities.

Keep in mind that, although the dry season is the best time to visit Cusco in terms of weather, it is also the busiest time in terms of tourism.

What is the weather like in Cusco?

The climate in Cusco varies according to the time of the year.

  • The dry season (April to October): During this time, the weather in Cusco is generally dry and sunny, with temperatures ranging between 18°C and 20°C. Nights can be cold, with temperatures dropping as low as 5°C. This is the best time to visit Cusco, as weather conditions are ideal for exploring the city and outdoor activities such as hiking and trekking.
  • Rainy season (November to March): During this season, Cusco experiences frequent rainfall and cooler temperatures, with an average temperature of 16°C. Nights can be cooler, with temperatures dropping as low as 3°C. Rainfall can be quite intense and prolonged, which can make outdoor activities difficult.

It is important to keep in mind that the weather in Cusco can be unpredictable, even during the dry season. It is advisable to wear appropriate clothing for the weather and be prepared for sudden changes in temperature and rain.

What to bring on my trip to Cusco?

If you are planning a trip to Cusco, there are some important items you should take with you to make sure you are comfortable and prepared for any situation. Some of the items you might consider bringing are:

  1. Appropriate clothing: Due to the variability of the climate in Cusco, it is important that you bring clothing suitable for different weather conditions. Include warm clothes for cold nights, comfortable clothes for walking, and comfortable, sturdy shoes for exploring the ruins and trails.
  2. Sunscreen: Cusco’s altitude means that the sun can be very strong during the day, so it is important to bring sunscreen to protect your skin.
  3. Water bottle: The altitude can also cause dehydration, so it is important to stay hydrated.
  4. Medications: If you take any medications regularly, make sure you bring enough for your trip. It is also a good idea to bring some basic medications for headaches, upset stomachs and colds.
  5. Cash: Although most places in Cusco accept credit cards, it is advisable to carry cash in Peruvian soles for shopping in local markets, paying for cabs and tipping.
  6. Plug adapter: If you are coming from another country, you may need a plug adapter for electrical outlets in Peru.
  7. Camera: Cusco is a beautiful place with many interesting landscapes and tourist attractions, so you will want to capture many memories in photos or videos.


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