Huchuy Qosqo Trek 3 Days

Altitude

Min: 3750m/12,467 ft. Max: 4300m/ 14,107ft.

Duration

3 days

Physical Level

Moderate

Tour Type

Hiking

Group Size

Min 2 people, Max 12 people

Best Season

April to October

Description

Huchuy Qosqo was built at a strategic place above the sacred valley of the Incas in the middle of the mountain this place a residence of one of the Inca kings, nowadays this tour is captivating for hikers who want to do a day hike or 2 days depending their physical level and the most important this incredible trek can be combined with the new wonder Machu Picchu.

The Huchuy Qosqo trek offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural exploration, and Inca history. From the challenging ascents to the rewarding descents, trekkers are treated to an unforgettable Andean adventure

Huchuy Qosqo trek 3 days

Overview

Huchuy Qosqo trek to Machu Picchu follows the original Inca trail that connects Cusco with the sacred valley of the Incas and this tour combines stunning landscapes, Inca sites, amazing views of the snowcapped mountains, and spectacular views of the Sacred Valley—all of this in just a two days hike. Most important, this Huchuy Qosqo trek is peaceful, and not crowded. Our tour ends at the new wonder of the world Machu Picchu!

Huchuy Qosqo

Is a town located in Lamay at an elevation of 3,550 meters above sea level on a small plateau on the mountain slope. From here you have a beautiful view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where the local people nowadays grow the biggest corn in the world.

Huchuy Qosqo Incan site was built by Wiracocha a small important citadel, the original name was Jaqui Ccahuana this name was changed in colonial times to Huchuy Qosqo (little Cusco) due to its similarity to Cusco City, this little citadel played a very important role in the Chanca invasion, the Chancas where warrior people and the keen decided to abandon Cusco City in order to be saved in Huchuy Qosqo, in this time of period they enhanced the buildings.

This hike is recommended for people who want to have an easy to moderate hike in the Andes of Peru. Personally, I like the smooth ascending path to reach the Summit and the mini canyon with the spectacular Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo and arrive at Machu Picchu. One of these citadels must be visited if you are planning a trip to Cusco Peru.

TOUR BY DAY:

  • DAY 01 CUSCO – TAMBO MACHAY – HUCHUY QOSQO
  • DAY 02 HUCHUY QOSQO – LAMAY – OLLANTAYTAMBO – MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO
  • DAY 03 MACHU PICCHU CITADEL – BACK TO CUSCO

Overview:

  • Starting Altitude – 3750m / 12,467ft.
  • Highest Altitude – 4300m / 14,107ft.
  • Walking Distance – 18km / 11 miles
  • Longest Day – Day 1, approximately 10km / 6.2 miles
  • Coldest Night – Day 1 around -2º Celsius
  • Overall Difficulty – Easy to Moderate.
  • Season: All year round.
  • Wet season: November to March and April.
  • GROUP SIZE: 8 people
  • DURATION: 3 days

what's it like

Itinerary

Inclusions

What to Bring?

  • Original Passport.
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount).
  • Walking boots.
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho.
  • Warm jacket.
  • Hat and gloves.
  • T-shirts.
  • Comfortable Trousers.
  • Sun hat.
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher).
  • Insect repellant.
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
  • Personal medication.
  • Camera.
  • Torch with spare batteries.
  • First aid kit

Pricing

520 USD per person

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FAQs

Can I do the Huchuy Qosqo trek in one day?

Yes, you can! but it will be a very challenging day you can start this hike from Tambomachay and finish at Lamat town then back to Cusco or continue to Ollantaytambo by bus.

Can I do just the Huchuy Qosqo Hike without Machu Picchu?

yes, this trek can be done itself it is recommended to take a 2-day tour with camping next to the Inca site and enjoy the sunrise then decent to Sacred Valley and come back to Cusco.

Where does it start the Huchuy Qosqo trek?

There are different starting points on the famous from Tambomachay close to Cusco which is considered the longest route.

starting from Chinchero Cuper village

from Qorao Village

 

 

 

 

Travel Guide

Tambo Machay: Begin your trek at Tambo Machay, exploring the small Inca site with remarkable stonework and trapezoidal niches.

Andean Landscapes: Experience a diverse range of landscapes, from steep ascents to plateaus, encountering llamas, alpacas, lakes, and potato farms.

Huchuy Qosqo: Reach the awe-inspiring Huchuy Qosqo, an ancient Inca site perched with a panoramic view of the sacred valley. Explore the site with your knowledgeable guide.

Descend to Lamay: Descend for approximately two hours to Lamay, known for its guinea pig delicacies. Enjoy a delicious lunch and bid farewell to the trekking team.

Train to Machu Picchu Pueblo: Board a train in Ollantaytambo for a scenic two-hour ride to Machu Picchu Pueblo. Take this time to relax and absorb the breathtaking landscapes.

Hotel Stay: Arrive in Machu Picchu Pueblo, check into your hotel, and unwind. The evening offers a chance to dine at a local restaurant and rest before the Machu Picchu exploration.

Practical Tips:

Attire: Wear comfortable trekking attire suitable for changing weather conditions. Sturdy hiking boots are recommended.

Altitude: Prior acclimatization in Cusco is advised due to varying altitudes.

Camping Gear: While camping equipment is provided, personal items like sleeping bags can be brought along.

Meals: Enjoy nutritious meals during the trek, including a variety of local flavors.

Photography: Capture the stunning landscapes but request permission before photographing locals.

Machu Picchu Exploration: Prepare for an early exploration of Machu Picchu the next day.

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