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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 Cusco is an Incan 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 descendants. 

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 region 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 Peru Trek

Huchuy Qosqo Peru 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 first day starts at the Inca archaeological site of 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 2:

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 town of Lamay on the Urubamba River. There, you will catch a bus to Ollantaytambo before taking a train to Aguas Calientes.

Day 3:

On Day Three of Huchuy Qosqo Tour, is where you’ll finally see the highlight of your trip to Peru, Machu Picchu. At Machu Picchu Tours & Treks, we organise 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.

Do take a moment to check our review on Trip Advisor

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0430 AM

Price Includes

  • 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)
  • First Aid Kit

Price Excludes

  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Sleeping Bag USD 20
  • Walking Stick USD 8
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day

Huchuy Qosqo Peru Trek - Packing list

  • 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)
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Supportive footwear (Trekking footwear, recommend waterproof)
  • Water storage for at least 2 litres; either a camel bag or water bottle
  • Headlamp / flashlight
  • Sun hat/ cap
  • Cash (For water, snacks, tipping)
  • Protect & hydrate sunscreen lotion (factor 60 or 70+ is recommendable)
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medication
  • Hand-sanitizer
  • Camera fully charged & extra batteries (batteries drain quicker in the cold)
Useful Info
  • Level of difficulty: Easy - Moderate
  • Accommodation: 3 Star hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Consideration: Entrance fee required
  • Tour availability: Daily departure with minimum 2 people
  • 1 or 2 days Acclimatization is Recommended
  • Service offered: Group service, Private Service and Luxury Service
  • To climb Huayna Picchu mountain you need to book in advance

Day 1Cusco - 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 2Quencco - Huchuy Qosco - Aguas Calientes

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 and the Cusco region. 

We continue to hike by descending for an hour and a half to the village 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 wondrous site of Machu Picchu.

Day 3Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu Cusco

Today we hop on a bus and make the journey (30 minutes drive approx.) to visit Machu Picchu, The lost city of the Incas.

Our tour 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 for exploring Machu Picchu on your own.

If you have booked to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will direct you to the trail head. 

Alternatively you can hike to Inti Punku or Sun Gate. This is the point of entrance to the citadel to those on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

After the full day tour of Machu Picchu, we will depart Aguas Calientes to board the train at 2:30pm (depending on availability) to Ollantaytambo train station. Here our representative will be meeting you and will be driving you back to Cusco. We will arrive at Cusco City at roughly 7:00 p.m.