The Huchuy Qosqo trek will share with you the stunning views of snow-capped mountains, local communities, extraordinary vegetation and Archeological sites 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 with unforgettable views of incredible scenery. Ending at one of the wonders of the world: Machu Picchu.
Cusco – Huchuy Qosqo – Ollantaytambo – Machupicchu
You visit some of Cusco´s off the beaten track destinations which is Huchuy Qosqo trek! and 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 right before to take the 7 pm. Train to Aguas Calientes where we check-in in our hotel and enjoying a hot shower.
We had two great days and now another important day. We will have breakfast in your hotel then we will go to take the first bus (5:30 am.) toward Machupicchu, after 30 minutes by bus we go into Machupicchu archeological park to enjoy of the sunrise and after taking the first pictures we start with our private tour, 2 hours exploring the lost city of the Incas, in case you booked Waynapicchu Mountain or Machupicchu mountain your guide will take you to the entrance and will explain you about it. When you are ready, you take the bus back to Aguas Calientes, in the afternoon you will take a 2 hours’ train back to Ollantaytambo station where our private van will take you to Cusco and arrive at your hotel in the evening.
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.
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