Huchuy Qosqo Trek 2 Days is an off the beaten track experience that takes you to the lesser-known yet prominent Inca site, Huchuy Qosqo Cusco.
Nestled at 3650 metres above sea level high up in the Vilcabamba Mountain range, overlooking the 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 summer palace 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 Huchuy Cusco, they removed the mummified corpse and burnt it.
The archeological 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 Trek 2 Days is a high altitude experience. We highly recommend you to spend 3-4 days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness.
We highly recommend hiking the Huchuy Qosqo Trek 2 Days during the dry season – between March and November.
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Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu is also a popular alternative trek to the classic Inca Trail. On this three day experience, instead of returning to Cusco, you will be taking a train to Aguas Calientes from Ollantaytambo.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
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 20 minutes away from the city of Cusco. This is the starting point of Huchuy Qosqo Trek 2 Days.
We will begin the experience with two hours uphill hike to our first pass at 13451 ft/4100 m. From the summit of the ccauca ravine, you will get a panoramic view of the valley rimmed with the Urubamba mountain range. We will have free time to take photos and admire the spectacular views of Qoricocha 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).
After breakfast, we will begin hiking up the hill for almost an hour and a half. 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 and snow-capped Andean peaks.
After lunch, we will be giving you a guided tour of the Huchuy Qosqo Archaeological complex. 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 tour, we will descend for an hour and a half to the village of Lamay. Here we will be having lunch. After lunch, we will be taking the transport back to Cusco.
Did this two-day tour after visiting Machu Picchu and I have no qualms. It was exceptional from start to end. Thanks, John.