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Huchuy Qosqo Peru Trek to Machu Picchu

Huchuy Qosqo Peru Trek to Machu Picchu

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Activite type

Cultural

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Group Size

min 2 / max 10

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Max Altitude

2430 m / 7932 ft

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Activity Level

Easy

Huchuy Qosqo Peru Trek – OVERVIEW

Unlike Salkantay Trek or Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Huchuy Qosqo Peru Trek to Machu Picchu is not as popular. Having mentioned that, this trek offers the best off the beaten track experience.

Huchuy Qosqo which in Quechua means little Qosqo is an Inca ruin perched on a hill top over the Sacred Valley of Incas. This was a royal estate of the eighth emperor of the Inca empire, Viracocha. 

The Incas did not impose a tax system instead they controlled the land and labour. This allowed the Incan emperors to obtain a large amount of wealth and power which was inherited by their descendents. 

Later during Viracocha’s rule, he faced revolt from the Chanca people. He took refuge in Huchuy Qosqo and handed over the throne of Cusco to his son, Pachacuti. Pachacuti in turn, dethroned his father and took over his throne. 

On his death, Viracocha’s mummified corpse was stored in Huchuy Qosqo. When the Spanish troops led by Gonzalo Pizarro looted the site, they burnt the mummy of Viracocha. 

Huchuy Qosqo Trek is one of the most beautiful treks. Though ideal for families or a group of friends with a taste for a hiking adventure, this trek offers gorgeous scenery and fantastic stops along the way with an insight to the local culture. 

This is a high altitude trek. It is highly recommended to spend at least 4 days in Cusco City  before the trek to avoid altitude sickness.  The highest point of the trek is at 3650 metres above sea level. 

Huchuy Qosqo is a part of the Peruvian Andes. It is subject to two seasons, dry season and rainy season. Since most of the trek is through dirt roads, it could get slippery during monsoon.

We offer this experience both as a private tour or as a small group tour.

What to Expect?

Your Day One trek starts at the Inca site Tambomachay which is only twenty minutes from the Inca capital Cusco. As you hike, you’ll be surrounded by a stunning landscape and historic Inca sites. 

You’ll break for lunch in Quencco, and then after a loop around Qoricocha Lake and a two-and-a-half-hour hike to the nearest village, you can relax with the local villagers and learn about Andean life.

Day Two starts in Quencco, and you’ll journey to Huchuy Qosqo. You’ll see the ancient Inca Trail and the village of Pumamarca. On this hike, you’ll see lush vegetation and exotic wildlife along with the snow-capped mountains of the Urubamba Mountain Range. 

You and others will pass through the Inca gateway before arriving at Huchuy Qosqo, which sits above the Sacred Valley of the Incas. 

Here, you’ll be greeted by ancient Inca buildings, sacred temples, storehouses, and Inca terraces for their agriculture and the Inca reservoir. After some time there, your trek will continue down to the Sacred Valley toward the cities of Lamay on the Urubamba River. There, you will catch a bus to Ollantaytambo before taking a train to Aguas Calientes.

On Day Three of Huchuy Qosqo Tour, is where you’ll finally see Machu Picchu. At Machu Picchu Tours & Treks, we organize everything, and that includes getting you your bus  and train tickets in advance, so you don’t have to worry about transportation back to Cusco. 

Times vary so that it will depend on your request for the trip. Once you get to the Inca citadel, you’ll get a comprehensive tour of the ancient ruins. You’ll have time to wander on your own. After you’ve had your fill of this ancient world wonder, you’ll return to Aguas Calientes for lunch then off to Ollantaytambo by train. 

After the three day tour, we’ll take you back to Cusco by bus for an easy return from an exciting trip.

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1: Cusco – Tambomachay – Quencco

  • Highest Altitude: Coriccocha Pass 4.150m / 13.615 ft
  • Walking/ Hiking Distance: Tambomachay to Quencco 14 km / 8.69 miles
  • Walking/ Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours approx.
  • Highlights:

Day 2:  Quencco – Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes Town

  • Highest Altitude: Siwar Pass 4.000 m / 13.123 ft
  • Walking/ Hiking Distance: Qencco to Lamay Village 7 km / 4.34 miles
  • Walking/ Hiking time: 4 hours approx.
  • Highlights:

Day 3: Aguas Calientes Town – Machu Picchu &  back to Cusco

  • Highest Altitude: Machu Picchu Site 2.430 m/ 7.972 ft
  • Walking/ Hiking Distance: No Trekking, but lots of walking around the Machu Picchu Site
  • Walking/ Hiking time: 2 hours approx.
  • Highlights: Machu Picchu Tour

Useful info

  • Level of difficulty: Easy – Moderate
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Aguas Calientes town (Machu Picchu Pueblo)
  • Consideration: Entrance fee required
  • Tour availability: Daily departures min 2 people
  • Weather: dry from May to October, wet from November to April
  • 1 or 2 days Acclimatization is Recommended
  • To climb Huayna Picchu mountain you need to book in advance
  • Service offered: Group service, Private Service and Luxury Service
  • Tour Operator: Machu Picchu Tours & Treks

HUCHUY QOSQO PERU TREK – DETAILS

ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco – Tambomachay – Quencco

We will pick you up at 6 am and make our way to Tambomachay (20 minutes from the city) where we begin our journey. The trek will run for 2 hrs ascending (13451 ft/4100 m) to the top, once we are at the top, we will have free time to take photos and admire the views. From there, we will descend down the mountains (around an hour and a half) and arrive to our spot for lunch with a variety of dishes for everyone to try!

After lunch we continue the trek with rough and possibly bumpy terrain (approx. 3 hours). Along the way, we will appreciate the path as we walk pass unique views until we reach the campsite locally known as Quencco (11811 ft/3600 m) to relax and rest for the next day.

Day 2:  Quencco – Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes Town

After a delicious breakfast, we begin the day hiking uphill (approx. An hour and a half) and then descend for another 2 hours until we reach our main point for lunch. Our lunch break will be very close to the archeological site of Huchuy Qosqo (11811 ft/3600m) with amazing views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas

We continue to hike by descending for an hour and a half to the town of Lamay where our transportation will be ready to move us to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, we will board the train to Aguas Calientes town. We will stay the night at one of our recommended hotels and the following day, we will explore the wonderous site of Machu Picchu.

Day 3: Aguas Calientes Town – Machu Picchu &  back to Cusco

Today we hop on a bus and make the journey (30 minutes drive approx.) to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Our guide will welcome you with a 2 hour guided tour and take you to the most important temples and enclosures Machu Picchu has to offer. After the tour, you will have free time to explore the citadel on your own.

In the afternoon, we will be departing Aguas Calientes to board the train at 2:30pm (depending on availability) and arrive to Cusco at roughly 7:00 p.m.

INCLUSIONS

Included

Pick up and drop off in your hotel.
Professional Tour Leader
Transportation – round trip train Tickets and bus to Cusco)
Entrance fee to Machu Picchu site
breakfast in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo)
Round trip bus Tickets
1 night at 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo)
Oxygen bottle
First Aid kit

Not included

Walking sticks
Wayna Picchu Entrance ticket
Tips for your crew
Travel insurance

Huchuy Qosqo Peru Trek – Packing list

Essentials
  • Essential: Original Passport ( Same as used at time of booking for permits)
  • Student Card (if you are a student and have booked in advance to qualify for the discount)
  • Backpack / Daypack (With a supportive hip belt)
  • Supportive footwear (Trekking footwear, recommend waterproof)
  • Walking sticks or poles
  • Water storage for at least 2 liters; either a camel bag or water bottle(s)
In your Daypack
  • Original Passport
  • Student Card
  • Water
  • Cash (For water, snacks, tipping )
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • Sun hat or cap & bandana or similar (Sun, rain and cold)
  • sunglasses
  • Protect & hydrate sunscreen lotion (factor 60 or 70+ is recommendable )
  • Insect repellent
  • First aid + digestive meds, ibuprofen
  • Headlamp / flashlight
  • Walking sticks
  • Camera fully charged ( Batteries drain quicker in the cold)
In your duffle bag
  • Sleeping bag (Some nights can drop below freezing)
  • 3 sets of long sleeve shirts (Lightweight & protection from sun)
  • 2 or 3 sets of pants (Zip off pants are ideal in changing weather conditions)
  • Undergarment & socks (Synthetic recommended)
  • Thermal clothing is recommended for evening /sleepwear
  • Sandal or sneaker (Campsite use)
  • Power bank (Electronic outlets are not available until after the trail )
  • Toiletries: toothpaste, Brush, lip balm and personal hand towel

HUCHUY QOSQO PERU TREK – ESSENTIAL INFO

Pre-talk

At Machu Picchu Tours & Treks, a representative will organize a simple meeting the night before your tour or trek starts. During this meeting, you meet fellow adventures or tourists and gain valuable information regarding all aspects of your trip. If you do arrive late, your Machu Picchu Tours representative will leave you a message regarding the time and meeting details for the next morning.

Laggage storage

All extra luggage can be left safely in Cusco at your hotel or the Machu Picchu Tours & Treks office depot while you enjoy your tour or trek. We’ll take them from you on the morning of your journey and return them once you’re back in Cusco. Make sure your bags are appropriately identified, so it’s easy to locate them.

Baggage restrictions

Please note any type of bag or bagged when visiting Machu Picchu. A bag can be no bigger than 40cm, or 157 inches high X 35cm or 14 inches wide X 20cm or 8 inches deep as anything bigger won’t be permitted into the citadel. There is storage near the citadel. Even if your bags are already tagged with ID tags, please use any Machu Picchu Tours & Treks luggage tags. This makes it easier for Machu Picchu Tours & Treks staff to find and manage your luggage for you.

HUCHUY QOSQO PERU TREK – FAQs

How to Book a Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu?

  1. When booking your Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu, you’ll need to fill out our booking form by clicking on the BOOK NOW link on Inca Trail Tours’ homepage. Be ready to supply the following information for each participant in your group. Keep in mind that we can’t purchase the entrance into Machu Picchu or the train without this information.
    1. Personal Information (Full name as it appears on your passport)
    2. Gender
    3. Passport Number
    4. Date of Birth (D.O.B.) example: dd/mm/yyyy
    5. Nationality
    6. Date of Passport Expiration. This date must be valid for at least six months past the time of travel. 
  2. There is a required USD$300.00 per person for us to purchase the train tickets and entrance into Machu Picchu. Click on the VISA, Western Union, or the PAYPAL links on our booking page. Once we receive the deposit and details, we can then book your permits. Once we have those in our hands, we’ll send you the invoice and confirmation that everything is ready to go. All start dates, once they’re confirmed, are guaranteed.

Do I need My Original Passport for my Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu?

Yes! Please bring your original passport. It must be the same passport number information you sent us when you booked your entrance into Machu Picchu, train ticket(s), and other entrances or reservations. The site rangers will check your passport when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also do the same before you board.

If you do happen to renew your passport, you can send us your old passport information to secure your permit. Once you get the new one, we change it for a nominal USD$10 fee per person. Keep in mind, and we need an old copy of your passport and the new one to make any changes. Before you make any changes, keep your old one.

Note: If you don’t want to pay this fee, bring both passports to Peru. You can enter Peru with your most recent passport but will need to show both to be allowed entrance into Machu Picchu or on the train. If you don’t have both, then you won’t be allowed access. This is a strict policy that must always be adhered to.

HUCHUY QOSQO PERU TREK – PICTURES

$600 USD
Contries: Perú stay: 3D/2N

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