Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu (2N/3D)

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Tour Details

Huchuy Qosqo, also known as the Little Cusco, is an archaeological site situated north of Cuzco, Peru.

Originally serving as an administrative and military center near Pisaq, it boasts intriguing constructions in its surrounding area.

One can marvel at Inca structures characterized by meticulous stonework, including Collcas—grain-storage facilities designed to store and preserve food, reflecting its significance as a key agricultural hub for corn production.

Its Quechua name, translating to Little Cusco, signifies its association with the renowned city. Positioned at an elevation of 3650 meters (11,800 feet), it towers above the town of Lamay and the Sacred Valley, which lies at an altitude of 3000 meters.

The site acquired its present name in the 20th century, having been previously known as Kakya Qawani. According to Pedro de Cieza de León’s Second Chronicle of Peru, Viracocha, the Eighth Inca, is credited with constructing the palaces on the site.

A partial view of the archaeological center denominated Huchuy Qosqo.

Amidst various structures, constructed with both stone and adobe, is a notable kallanka—a grand hall measuring 40 meters in length.

The site features a remarkable Inca-built irrigation channel stretching approximately 800 meters, providing water to the area. Notably, Huchuy Qosqo is not accessible by public road.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

06:00 AM

Price Includes

  • Transport
  • Meals
  • Bi-lingual guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen cans

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping bags, you might get them rented from us US$ 5 per day
  • Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot Springs in Aguas Calientes
  • Travel Insurance and things of a personal nature – laundry and telephone calls, personal taxis, souvenirs etc.

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees

Please Note: We offer hotel pickups and drop offs only to our guests who are staying within the historic centre of Cusco. If you are staying out of our pick-up zone, we will co-ordinate a pick-up point and time with you and it is solely your responsibility to be there on time.

Itinerary

Day 1CUSCO - TAMBOMACHAY - QORICOCHA LAKE - PATABAMBA COMMUNITY

We will collect you from your hotel approximately at 6:30 AM and transport you to Tambomachay (3700 MASL – 12139 FASL) within Sacsayhuaman Park, signaling the commencement of our trek.

A sector in Tambomachay that leads to the path to Huchuy Qosqo.

Subsequently, we’ll ascend the mountainside for roughly 2 hours until reaching our initial pass of the day (4100 MASL – 13451 FASL). At this point, panoramic views of various Inca sites and the city of Cuzco unfolding below will be at your disposal.

Following a well-earned break, we’ll descend into the adjacent valley, exploring a small village named Quesser Grande, before retracing our steps up the opposite side of the valley for another 2 hours to attain our second pass (4300 MASL – 14107 FASL). Descending thereafter to Lake Qoricocha (Golden Water), we’ll trace the lake’s periphery to connect with the trail guiding us to the initial night’s encampment at Patabamba village (3848 MASL – 12795 FASL). This final stretch will encompass approximately 2 hours.

Day 2PATABAMBA | HUCHUYQOSQO – LAMAY – AGUAS CALIENTES

This route will initially guide you to the quaint village of Sihua and then ascend to the Pukamarca pass (4150 MASL – 13615 FASL), providing a scenic overlook of the village bearing the same name. At this vantage point, you’ll enjoy a splendid view of the Urubamba mountain range and the Sacred Valley. Following the summit, a 2km/0.6-mile (approximately 30-minute) downhill trek awaits, leading you to the Pumamarka Community for lunch.

Pukamarka's archaeological site.

Continuing your journey, you’ll proceed to the Puma Puncu canyon (“the puma door”). Following an original Incan trail, restored as part of the Qapacñan project, you’ll traverse to the secluded and enigmatic Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo (“the little Cusco”), perched above the Sacred Valley of the Incas at 3600 MASL/11811 FASL. Once on the site, your guide will guide you through and showcase the remarkable Inca buildings, including sacred temples, storage facilities, Inca terraces for agriculture, and the Inca reservoir used for water storage during the dry season.

Huchuy Qosqo was property of the eighth Inca, Viracocha Inca.
Huchuy Qosqo was property of the eighth Inca, Viracocha Inca.

After your guided exploration of the site, we will embark on a 2-hour downhill walk to the village of Lamay (2800 MASL – 9186 FASL) in the Sacred Valley, from where we’ll catch a bus to Ollantaytambo. Subsequently, we’ll take a train to Aguas Calientes (the village below Machu Picchu), where we’ll spend the night in a hostel.

Day 3THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY – MACHU PICCHU

Today’s Highlights: Anticipation will build as we embark on an early morning hike through the forest, aiming to reach Machu Picchu ahead of the crowds, including Inca Trail trekkers. This unique opportunity allows ample time to explore the breathtaking World Wonder and witness a spectacular sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime vantage point.

During a two-hour guided tour, your group will delve into the mystical history of the ruins. Following this, you have the option to ascend Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain (with pre-booked tickets) or stroll to the Sun Gate without additional charges.

The climax of our trek unfolds today at Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Rising early after a rejuvenating night at our hostel, we aim to beat the crowds, reaching the summit before 17:00 PM, when the Machu Picchu entrance check point closes.

A happy Machu Picchu's visitor about to enter in the park itself.

Whether opting for a hike or a bus ride (optional at $12.00), we’ll enter the concealed Royal Citadel of the Incas.

A two-hour guided tour will lead us through this ancient city, exploring temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and farming fields. Marvel at the ingenious engineering of the Incas, a mystery that still partially eludes us today.

Despite lacking modern tools, steel, or iron, the inhabitants organized this community sustainably on a mountainside, channeling water through canals. Initially overgrown and in disrepair when shown to Hiram Bingham, it has been meticulously cleaned, restored, and is now globally cherished and protected.

Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu’s Mt?

Post-tour, you’re free to ascend Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (book tickets in advance), each requiring approximately a 3-hour round-trip hike.

Alternatively, opt for a lower-impact trek to the Sun Gate, the main entrance from the Inca Trail (a 2 or 2.5-hour round-trip).

Exploring the Incan Bridge is another option. You’ll have over 7 hours to relish the enchanting city before descending to Aguas Calientes for a 16:22 hrs train ride (subject to availability) to Ollantaytambo.

Ollantaytambo's market boasts several original souvenirs from your trip to Machu Picchu!

Our group will be picked up by a private bus and dropped off at your Cusco hotel around 20:00 hrs. Rest your weary feet and body now, but rest assured, your heart will continue soaring for weeks and years to come!

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