You’ll find a lot of different treks in the Sacred Valley.
- The most famous one is the Inca Trail, which you have to book well in advance.
- The Salkantay trek is a well known alternative.
- The Choquequirao trek goes to the so called sister city of Machu Picchu.
- Another alternative is the adventurous “Inca Jungle Trail”
We did an alternative trek in the Sacred Valley, sometimes referred to as the “Cachicata trek” or “Inca Quarry trek”.
Detailed GPS track
To my knowledge, no map or GPS track was available. You can find it by clicking the image below.
We did this trek without a guide, which appeared to be very uncommon. The locals haven’t seen many foreigners, not everybody speaks Spanish.
The trek starts at Pachar, from where there are no collectivos and very little transport whatsoever to Socma (also written Soqma). You’ll see the Catarata (waterfall) Perolniyoc, which is really nice, and not touristic since the remoteness of it. Above the waterfall lays an even more astonishing fortress. From there it’s a short way to Rayan, where you can put up your tent. It’s a small community, there’s no hostels or anything, it’s not allowed to start a fire and there’s mountain water from which we drank without any problems.
From there we actually took a wrong path, but I tried to find the correct one and put it in the GPS track. Feedback is appreciated. There’s campsites near Cachicata where you can spend the second night. The third day is limited to a short descent, after which you can visit Ollantaytambo (also called Ollanta) or take the train to Aguas Calientes for Machu Picchu.