Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu 3 Days
This tour is ideal for those who really want to be as far away as possible, in the middle of nowhere, with only the surrounding nature. The Huchuy Qosqo promenade allows camping in an area that is rarely seen by tourists. Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco) is situated above the Urubamba Valley and offers spectacular views of the Vilcanota Mountain Range. This walk is also a great way for you to enjoy a shorter walk that includes Machu Picchu and Inca trails (with stairs that are better than the Inca Trail). You will have one night camping in the desert, and one night in a hotel in the beautiful town of Aguas Calientes.
Overview of Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu
- Starting Altitude – 3800m / 12,467ft.
- Highest Altitude – 4299m / 14,107ft.
- Walking Distance – 18km / 11 miles
- Longest Day – Day 1, 11km / 6.9 miles
- Coldest Night – Day 1 around -2º celsius
- Overall Difficulty – Easy to Moderate.
- Season: All year round.
- Wet season: November to March.
- Private guide, porters, delicious camp kitchen prepared by your personal cook.
- A magnificent day in Machu Picchu, “The Lost City of the Incas” with a private guide.
- Impressive views of the snowy peaks of the Andes and the impressive ruins of the sites.
- We are a direct and official local tour operator based in Cusco, accredited by the Ministry of Tourism of Peru.
Advantages of booking with us.- The all-inclusive tour to HUCHUY QOSQO TREK 3 DAYS offers a safe and well-organized experience, transfer during the entire tour is in sprinter. The service also includes the tour guide service in English or Spanish.
EXCLUSIVE SERVICE COSTS: We operate this tour without joining other tourists from other agencies. We only serve our tourists. We know that traveling to Huchuy Qosqo demands time and money and that is why we want your experience of visiting Huchuy Qosqo Tour to exceed your expectations.
Our groups are made up of a minimum of 2 people maximum 8, if no more people are added to your group, we go out yes or yes (private service) without lowering the quality of service.
Huchuy Qosqo 3 Days – Detailed itinerary
We start the trip at 5:00 am from your hotel in Cusco. We will drive to Tambomachay just outside of Cusco our path leads us over high passes, and through valleys. The area is home to a wide variety of birds including Andean Geese, Partridges and even Condors around.
Our goal for today is to reach the Huchuyqosqo camp where we will spend the night. Along the way we will explore the area with beautiful views and some pre-Inca ruins. We will meet the Andean people of the Sacred Valley, here the people still keep the customs and traditions. Most of the villagers get their income from agriculture (potatoes) and grazing of llamas and alpacas. Since only a few tourists come here, people are always curious to see who has come to visit their village with open arms.
When we wake up early, for breakfast, then our guide will take us to the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo to give you all the information about the place, the most relevant events that happened there since the time of the Incas, with beautiful views and enough time for photos.
Here we can also appreciate flowers and native birds. It really feels like another world compared to the high pastures we have left behind. In total, the tour will take about 2 hours. In the afternoon we go down to the Sacred Valley to the village of Lamay where we take a bus to Ollantaytambo and then a train to Aguas Calientes.
Today one of your most desired dreams will come true because you will visit Machu Picchu, the fourth wonder of the world.
We recommend taking the first buses to see the Inca city without tourists, so you can enjoy full time and take good pictures. The tour with their expert leader will last 2 hours and a half; you will walk through all the places of interest and then, if you have reserved permission to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu mountain, you can climb on your own.
After all, take the bus to the city of Aguas Calientes so you can have lunch on your own. Then head to the train station to return to Poroy – Cusco, where our staff will be waiting to escort you to the hotel in Cusco.
- Departure of the Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy Cusco. 3:20 p.m.
- Altitude of Machu Picchu: 2450 meters
- Important. In the itinerary, the hours of the Train are subject to availability.
- Professional bilingual guide.
- Round trip ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
- Transfer from Cusco Hotel to Patabamba.
- Transfer from Chinchero to Ollantaytambo.
- Transfer from the Train Station in Ollantaytambo to Cusco Hotel.
- 1 night in large personal tents and inflatable mattress.
- 1 night in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom, hot water and breakfast included.
- Hot water every morning and night for washing purposes during hiking.
- Excellent Meals (2 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners).
- Lunch includes tortillas, tortillas, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking.
- Gentlemen with pack horses or mules (for camping equipment and up to 8kg of their personal belongings).
- Food shop.
- Sanitary services.
- Entrance to Machu Picchu.
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Entrance to Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes (consult: Optional).
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Mountain (consult: Optional).
We recommend to bring:
- Original passport (and * International Student Card (ISIC), if applicable)
- Travel insurance (highly recommended but not obligatory)
- Sleeping bag (can also be rented from us)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
- Hot jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- hat for the sun
- Sunscreen cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended)
- Insect repellent
- Reusable plastic or metal water container or a hydration package such as Camelbak
- Water (only for the first 4 hours of trekking, then we will provide you with previously boiled drinking water throughout the entire trek)
- Toiletries (including toilet paper)
- Personal Medication
- Torch with spare batteries (headlights are useful)
- Cash in local currency (Peruvian soles) for personal expenses and tips
- To make the trip from Huchuhy Qosqo to Machu Picchu, you must be in Cusco at least 2 days in advance to acclimatize.
- Wear appropriate clothing for the hike.
- Drink infusion of coca leaves that will help you acclimatize better.
- Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu of USD $ 10.00.
- 1 extra horse (up to 14 kilos) to help with personal equipment load at USD $ 115.00. An extra horse can be shared between two people.
- Additional mattresses: USD $ 15.00.
- Additional tent: USD $ 25.00.
- Sleeping bag: USD $ 18.00 per person.
- Sticks x 01: USD $ 8.00 per person.
- Vistadome Service: USD $ 50.00.
- If you would like to extend your stay in Aguas Calientes (the town just below Machu Picchu), please contact us for hotel prices.)
Huchuy Qosqo is the most important archaeological site in the Urubamba River valley, after Ollantaytambo and Pisac. Its archeological remains are impressive, although today the conservation of the site is little deteriorated due to antiquity.
It was built and preferred place of the eighth Inca ruler, Wiraqocha. From where it conquered the towns of the sacred valley. This Inca town was connected to the network of the famous Inca road to Machupicchu and the Amazon Rainforest and in 1540 was used by the Spanish as a farm.
Today, Huchuy Qosqo is a beautiful tourist circuit of 2 days and 3 days with connection to the Inca city of Machu Picchu. The tour takes place along an original Inca trail that articulates all the Inca villages of the sacred valley and the Amazon jungle. Today, the Inca descendants of Chinchero, Taucca and Sacred Valley continue to use this trail to make the interchange of their products Chinchero potatoes and white corn from Sacred Valley.
If you do this walk, you will have excellent panoramic views of the Andes and the valley of the Urubamba River (sacred river in Inca time). You will also have the option to visit a native community to see the Inca weaving process.
Highly recommended for those who travel with their family (Children) and do this trek with the team of Machu Picchu Andes Tours – Matours, specialists in hiking.
Where is Huchuy Qosqo?
Huchuy Qosqo is located in the peasant community of the same name, a little less than 5 km from the city of Calca in the department of Cusco, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas; exactly on a summit at 570 m. above the Urubamba river basin (Vilcanota).
The route of Huchuy Qosqo is very beautiful; to cross its footpaths will allow you to visit some Andean communities, archaeological centers and to enjoy beautiful landscapes. Many people take the opportunity to visit Huchuy Qosqo on their way to Machu Picchu.
What does Huchuy Qosqo mean?
Huchuy Qosqo means “Little Cusco”, but it also has other names; one would be Qaqyaxaqixawana and another Qaqyaqhawana, this means “from where the rays are observed”; and without a doubt it is a good name since being 800 meters above the Sacred Valley of the Incas, gives you the opportunity to see the dramatic spectacle of lights and sound, at the moment in which rays and thunders descend from the sky to crash against the ground. Others say that the site was probably known in Inca times as “Caquia Jaquijahuana”.
Huchuy Qosqo Archaeological Complex (Qaqyaqawana)
The enclosure located in Huchuy Qosqo, is called Qaqyaqawana; a Quechua name that refers to the place where you look at the lightning. This archaeological site is located in the upper third of the mountain called Qaqya (thunder), and exhibits one of the most impressive works of topographical modification through the use of terraces, modulating the edges of precipices and vertical ravines over the Vilcanota Valley, culminating in platforms that were used as ceremonial esplanades, around which can still be found standing, several architectural structures made of stone and adobe. Materials used and worked with great criteria, achieving a fine finish.
In addition, the structures of the enclosure are distributed in such a way that they resemble it architecturally to the city of Cusco; it is for this reason that at the beginning of the XX century it receives the name of Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco).
One of the most outstanding characteristics of this archeological site is the use of lithic material combined with adobe and mud. This demonstrates the knowledge and mastery of different construction materials, used with high technology, especially adobe, the walls built of this material, centuries old, even defy the strong climatic inclemency of the area, seismic movements and of course the passage of time.
What to see in Huchuy Qosqo (Qaqyaqawana)?
Here is a list of what you can see in Huchuy Qosqo; at the moment you do not need a ticket, or pay to enter Huchuy Qosqo.
A structure of three levels (floors), the first two in the form of regular polyhedrons, and the last plant made of adobe. The enclosure is of rectangular form and of enormous architectural invoice.
A long rectangular building made of adobe on an eminent platform, this building has a large number of doors facing the valley.
You will find many other smaller, scattered enclosures, most of which are in a poor state of repair. Very close to these ruins, you will find an Inca trail oriented to Cusco, an Inca trail oriented to Cusco. Also some small loose enclosures like outposts and surveillance located at the edge of the precipice, with the purpose of having the greater possible visual field, of the valley.
- This hike departures every day of the year.
- Pre payment per person: 50% of the payment per person
- Balance: 50% before departure. – Terms and Conditions –
PERSON PER PERSON
- 2 Persons. $ 520.00
- 3 – 4 Persons: $ 450.00
- 5 – 7 persons: $ 420.00
- 8 – More Persons: $ 400.00