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Huchuy Qosqo Hike – Huchuy Qosqo Trek

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Tour Details

Huchuy Qosqo Hike is an off-the-beaten-track experience that takes you to the lesser-known yet prominent Inca site, Huchuy Qosqo Peru

Huchuy Qosqo Peru

Nestled at 3650 metres above sea level high up in the Vilcabamba Mountain range, overlooking the Sacred Valley’s village of Lamay. Huchuy Qosqo in Quechua means Little Cusco. The archaeological complex was built by the Inca emperor Viracocha. 

During the Inca civilization, they did not practise the regular tax system. Instead, they controlled the land and labour. This allowed them to acquire more land and pass it down in the line of succession. 

Huchuy Qosqo was used as a royal estate by Viracocha. During the last days of his rule, he faced a revolt from Cancha People. Fearing his life, he handed over the throne of Cusco to his son, Pachacutec and took asylum in Huchuy Qosqo. 

Pachacutec in turn deposed the conflict and took over the role of the new Inca Sapa (Inca Emperor). On Viracocha’s death, his mummified corpse was stored in Huchuy Qosqo. When the Spanish invaded South America. They found Huchuy Cusco, they removed the mummified corpse and burnt it. 

The archaeological site saw a massive expansion under Pachacutec’s rule. He built many farming terraces and built a storage place called Qolqas. The farmers stored the dried meat and other grains like Quinoa and beans here. 

Huchuy Qosqo Hike is a high-altitude experience. It involves hikes through high mountain passes. We highly recommend you spend 3-4 days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness.

The Andean weather condition is quite unpredictable. We highly recommend hiking the trek during the dry season – between March and November. 

Do take a moment to check our reviews on Tripadvisor.

Huchuy Qosqo Trek:

Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu is also a popular alternative trek to the classic Inca Trail. On this three-day tour, instead of returning to Cusco, you will be taking a train to Aguas Calientes from Ollantaytambo.

Here’s a detailed introduction to Huchuy Qosqo Trek Peru

Reasons to hike Huchuy Qosqo Trek with us:

We are a fully locally owned tour operating company in the Cusco region. All our guides are locals with a passion for history and are fluent in English. They are also trained in first aid and providing assistance in case of altitude sickness.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0600 AM

Price Includes

  • Cusco Hotel Transfer
  • Round trip transport
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • 01 Night camping with all essential camping equipments

Price Excludes

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Protect & hydrate sunscreen lotion (factor 60 or 70+ is recommendable)
  • Supportive footwear (Trekking footwear, recommend waterproof)
  • Cash (For water, snacks, tipping)
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Hiking boots

Day 1Cusco - Quenqqo - Tambomachay

At 0600 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you to Tambomachay. It is 30 minutes away from the city of Cusco. This is the starting point of the trek. 

We will begin the experience with two hours uphill hike to our first pass at 13451 ft/4100 m. From the summit of the Cauca ravine, you will get a panoramic view of the valley rimmed by the Urubamba mountain range. 

You will have plenty of time to soak in the serenity and enchanting views of the highland Qoriccohca Lake. 

Once you have had your fill of this view, we will descend to the lunch camp. It normally takes three hours. 

After relishing a local Andean meal, we will be hiking through some beautiful terrains to our campsite in Quencco (11811 ft/3600 m). We will be camping near the village so you will get an insight into their traditions and customs as well.

Day 2Quencco - Pucamarca - Huchuy Qosqo - Cusco

After breakfast and a hot cup of coca tea, we will begin with a full-day hike. We will be hiking up the hill to the highest point of the trek, Apacheta Pass at 4200m/13779ft. for almost an hour and a half. 

From the summit, you will get staggering views of the valley and Qoricocha Lake. We will have a brief stop here to soak in the view and have some snacks. 

Once you have had your fill of the views, we will gradually start descending on the original Inca Trail, Qhapaq ñan. The route is dotted with canyons and some lesser-known Inca sites like Pucamarca. 

Our tour guide will be giving you an insight into this historic trail and the prominence of the Inca ruins that we will be hiking through along the way. 

We will then descend for two hours to our lunch camp. Our lunch camp is closer to the archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo at 1811 ft/ 3600 meters. 

From here, you will get a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the town of Lamay tucked amidst the snow-capped Andean peaks. 

After lunch, we will be giving you a guided tour of the Huchuy Qosqo ruins. We will be visiting some of the prominent sites. Our local tour guide will walk you through the ancient Inca buildings, sacred temples, storehouses, and Inca terraces for their agriculture and the Inca reservoir. 

After the full day trip, we will descend for an hour and 45 minutes to the village of Lamay. Here we will be having lunch. After lunch, we will be taking the transport back to Cusco.

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eli m

Solo Traveller

we were alone while visiting this place, so this made it extra magical. really a trip back in time!!

November 23, 2021

Irwine Shaun

Solo Traveller

Did this two-day tour after visiting Machu Picchu and I have no qualms. It was exceptional from start to end. Thanks, John.

February 6, 2020

María Elena T

Solo Traveller

This was amazing! You have to be on shape to do this. We started walking at 8am and finished at 5pm. The guide is very important. We had a great one.
If you decide to do this, don´t forget to bring the appropriate gear, plenty of water and a raincoat.
There is so much to explore in Cuzco.

April 27, 2016