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Huchuy Qosqo trek and the short Inca trail will share with you the stunning views of the Vilcanota mountain range with snow-capped mountains, local communities, extraordinary vegetation and Archeological sites specially located along the classic short Inca trail, this alternative is for those who love to travel in quiet places. The trail goes from the mountains reaching to high passes of the Andes and through the Sacred Valley of the Incas then connecting with the Inca trail, where absolutely you will enjoy beautiful Archaeological sites like Chachabamba, Wiñayhuayna and the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu.
Cusco – Huchuy Qosqo – Ollantaytambo – Short Inca Trail – Machupicchu
You hike some of Cusco´s off the beaten track destinations which is Huchuy Qosqo trek! and the short Inca Trail to Machupicchu!
We will meet at 6 am. in your hotel then we start driving to the small village of ‘Tambomachay’ (3,750m./12,303ft.) the beginning of our trek. after breakfast we take the path that the Incas took years ago, to link with important communities to trade different Andean products, it’s going to be a 4 hours hike upwards through the mountains with amazing views of valleys, where llamas and alpacas are grazing. By noon we reach to ‘Queullacocha’ our lunch spot. After enjoying our lunch and siesta time in the mountains we continue with great views of the mountains and snowcapped peaks. To get to our first campsite it will be over 3 hours along the Andean flat (uphill downhill) where local people still working with a big variety of potatoes and other Andean tubers. As we continue along the classic high Andean savannah or puna the views will be getting better with views of the Vilcanota mountain range with the snow-capped peaks of Pitusiray, Chicon and Veronica. Once we reach to our campsite by 5 pm. We find our tents already set to take a nap then we enjoy our tea time then dinner.
Today is a relatively easy and relaxing day, after our delicious breakfast we start to ascend toward the last pass ‘Siwar pass’ (4,000m./13,123ft.) On the way we will be able to see the flora of this place even cactus and the purple flowers of the tarwi also the typical andean grass or Ichu, right after the pass and Continuing downhill we will enjoy the natural formations of boulders and rocks, where also there are some remains of original Inca trails going through the narrow canyon with Inca bridges as well small Inca sites like Pucamarca, as we continue downhill the place will be changing with small micro climates full of lush vegetation and the different birds of the area specially hummingbirds as we continue along the Inca trail we reach to a big gateway which means we are in Huchuy Qosqo (little Cusco) located over (3,650m./11,975ft.). We will explore this Inca complex, we will see the very fine stonework in a large Kallanka (rectangular hall), sacred temples, some residential areas and defensive quarters, so many agricultural terraces and storehouses, absolutely here your guide will share with you the history of this place. Afterwards we will continue about 2 h. downhill to ‘Lamay’ at 2,900m/9,514ft. on the way going down we continue with the views of the proper sacred valley. Once in Lamay we enjoy our delicious lunch made by our trekking chef. Before taking the van to go to Ollantaytambo we have a small ceremony to say good bye to our trekking crew (chefs and horsemen) once we take the van we drive along 2 h. until Ollantaytambo, the place where we have dinner and we check-in in our hotel and enjoy a hot shower.
We enjoy an early breakfast in our hotel (by 5 am). We go to the train station where we will take the 6:10 train towards ‘Chachabamba’ or Kilometer 104 (2,100 m./6,890 ft.). Here we will have our first control point as well we will show our tickets and passports. After few minutes we go to the first archeological site known as ‘Chachabamba’, where we will have time to explore this beautiful place surrounded by the local green vegetation. Afterward we go uphill for along 4 hours until ‘Wiñaywayna’. On the way we will be able to enjoy the Urubamba valley and all its beauty with the sacred river at the bottom as well the first view of ‘Machupicchu mountain’, finally we reach to ‘Wiñaywayna’, 2,650m./8,700ft. (eternally young) another amazing Incan site, here we will have as well the option to explore this amazing Incan site as well your guide will continue explaining you the history of the Incas. Still 20 minutes to reach to the lunch spot and to the next control point (average time to stay there is 1:00 pm). from here we will join to the classic Inca trail path, afterwards one hour following the andean flat to reach to ‘Inti Punku’ or (Sun Gate), on this way still the green scenery with the sounds of the local birds are living in this national park, the spectacular views of the mountains and again the Urubamba river at the bottom. From the Sun Gate (2,720m./8,923ft.) we will have the first view of Machupicchu in all its majesty. Plenty time to enjoy the views! then 45 minutes downhill reaching directly to Machupicchu, exactly where we can take the classic postcard picture. Finally, by bus 30 minutes until Aguas Calientes (2,040 m./ 6,691 ft.) and check-in at your hotel.
Today we will wake up very early, due to is Machupicchu day!!! breakfast will be organized in your hotel and then we will walk 10 minutes until the bus stop and wait there until 5:30 am. when the buses start to go to Machupicchu archaeological park, is 30 minutes to reach there, then enjoy the sun rise (if weather allows).
We will have 2 hours a private walking tour. In case you have Machupicchu mountain or Waynapicchu mountain You will organize with your guide and he/she will take you to the gate where you will check in, then you continue on your own over 3 hours’ round trip.
Afterwards again by bus to Aguas Calientes, where your guide will be waiting for you in a local restaurant to enjoy the last lunch (this lunch is not included). You should be 30 minutes in advance at the train station and wait for the departure time, 2 hours by train till Ollantaytambo station then by our private van 2 more hours until Cusco directly to your hotel.
We recommend a small backpack 30L – 40L for hiking, Big backpack will not be allowed inside Machupicchu. Big ones can be stored outside citadel gate.
We will hand out to you a duffle bag at your briefing time and of course we will explain you what to put inside. Also include a porter wo will carry up your personal items to 7 kg. or 14 pounds including your sleeping bag and air mattress (these 2 items are 3.5 kg.)
Note: Beside the main briefing done the night before the trek. Your guide will explain you every night about the activities to do and what to bring in your backpacks next days.
Included in the Choquequirao trek
Accommodation and hotel:
Wranglers and horses: