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Huchuy Qosqo 2 Day Hike

Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu 2 Days and 1 Night

Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu PicchuJoin our 2 day Huchuy Qosqo trek to Machu Picchu!

Of course, the main purpose of many visitors to Peru is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. But since culture is what you are after, what would you say if seeing the popular Inca ruins comes with the chance to appreciate even more of the rich Inca remains, which means Huchuy Qosqo Peru.

The name “Huchuy” means “little”, therefore Chinchero Huchuy Qosqo can be translated as “little Cusco”. These intriguing remains are located north from Cusco, overlooking the Sacred Valley. Thus, after you enjoy walking through a canyon, you will be able to admire the Sacred Valley from a beautiful viewpoint, after passing through the Inca gate.

This would be another enriching experience, which just adds to the thrill of all the cultural discoveries you will make on this occasion.

In case you have never heard about these lovely Inca remains, we can tell you they were built as a royal estate for the Inca emperor Viracocha, in 1420.

It was a way of portraying his wealth. Later on, when he was dethroned by his son and a revolt was started against him, he retreated on this property. This is where he lived until his death, when he was mummified and put to rest. There is no way to see his remains though, as the Spanish conquistador burned them.

One of the most important parts of the ruins is a Kallanka (great hall), which is about 40 meters long.

What makes visiting Huchuy Qosqo more adventurous is the fact that it is not accessible by vehicle, but only by a undemanding hike, which makes seeing it even more rewarding.

Also, if you enjoy a peaceful and serene place, this is for you, as you will not find big groups of tourists around here. Further on, we explain our adventure from Huchuy Qosqo ruins to Machu Picchu, which will include 2 days and 1 night. This is an excellent alternative to the well known Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

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Day 1: Cusco – Patabamba – Huchuy Qosqo – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Day one of the Huchuy Qosqo Hike to Machu Picchu starts by being picked up at your hotel at 6:30 am and go on a 1-and-a-half-hour ride out of Cusco to the Huchuy Qosqo trailhead, through a mountainous region towards Sihuas village. After leaving the village, we will do a one – hour hike to the pass, located at an altitude of 4070 meters/13350 feet.

Once we reach the pass, we will take the opportunity to fill our batteries by having a snack and also enjoy the amazing views that this place has to offer. Afterwards, we will begin a 20-minute descent to a well– preserved Inca trail. This lovely path will lead us to a canyon, where you will be pleasantly surprised by a rushing stream flowing at the bottom.

Once here, we can already start taking in the remains of the Inca culture, as you will be able to appreciate the typical Inca architecture and terraces and, last but not least, an Inca gate.

Then we will go deeper in the canyon until we reach an astonishing viewpoint of the Sacred Valley. As we go along this path around the mountain, we will begin to see the Huchuy Qosqo terraces.

We will experience the eerie feeling of passing through the Inca gate, in order to reach the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo, located at an altitude of 3865 meters/12,680 feet.

By this time, it will be lunchtime, so we will find a comfortable spot to rest and have the lunchbox lunch, and then we will have the chance to hear the guide talk about this site that was where the Inca king found refuge from his enemies, during the Cusco attacks.

Once we finish our food, the guide will take us on a full Huchuy Qosqo Tour ruins while he gives us more details and you will be able to take pictures of the most important spots on the site.

Once we are all ready to go, we will begin our descent to the bottom of the valley to Lamay situated at 2990 meters/9800 feet which will see us walking through a dirt road for a total of about 1 and a half hours.

As we reach the end of our Huchuy Qosqo day hike, the vehicle will be waiting to take us to Ollantaytambo. There we will start a train ride of 1 and a half hours with the final destination being Aguas Calientes.

  • Distance: 14 km/ 9 miles
  • Meals: 1 box lunch and 1 dinner
  • Approximate walking time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

In the morning, you will have breakfast at the hotel, before taking the bus on a curvy fascinating ride towards Machu Picchu. As we make our way up to the historical sacred site of Machu Picchu, we will be blessed to see the sun rising over this special place, towered by the Andes Mountains.

Our local specialist guides are extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about sharing this knowledge with you. You will hear a lot about the history and legends of Machu Picchu. This way, the tour of 2 hours will make you relive the exciting and fascinating Inca times and feel the city as it once was.

Surely, you will have plenty of time to take photos of the most interesting parts of the site and of the llamas that usually roam in the background.

But the guide will not be talking all the time and you will have the chance to take photos on your own, before you will get back to Aguas Calientes by bus.

Once we arrive in Aguas Calientes, we will hop on the train to Poroy or Ollantaytambo. From Poroy or Ollantaytambo we will take you in our vehicle to your hotel in Cusco. The time of your arrival back in Cusco depends on your train ticket time, but will generally be between 8– 9pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast


What is Included?

  • Professional English-speaking guide. Additional guide for groups over 8 people
  • Pre-trek briefing at your hotel in Cusco.
  • Transportation from your hotel to the trailhead
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on day 2.
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy or to Ollantaytambo.
  • Transport by private vehicle from Ollantaytambo or Poroy train station to Cusco.
  • Admission Ticket to Huchuy Qosqo and Machu Picchu Archaeological site.
  • One-night accommodation in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • 1 box lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast
  • Private guided walking tour of Machu Picchu

What is not included?

  • Hiking poles (can be rented from us)
  • Breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 2
  • Tip for your guide
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain permit
  • Travel insurance

We recommend that you bring?

  • Backpack (if not waterproof bring waterproof backpack cover or a poncho that will cover your backpack)
  • Original passport
  • Sturdy Hiking boots
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain poncho or a good rain jacket
  • Toiletries / small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs (optional)



Group: $500
Private: $560
2 days / 1 Night


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