This is one of the best alternative hike to Machu Picchu combined with the traditional 2 Day Inca trail, departing from Tambomachay, located just 10 minutes from Cusco, leading to Huchuy Qosqo, an ancient Inca archaeological site perched on a cliff over the Sacred valley of the Incas, crossing mountain passes, Andean communities and offering a large array of local flora and fauna. An excellent and less-beaten hike that can be complemented with a visit to Machu Picchu such as an alternative treks to the saturated Inca Trail.
The Huchuy qosqo trek is a fantastic trek, frequently used as training before of after the famous Inca trail trek, and altitude acclimatizing trek, the huchuy qosqo trek, is a captivating trek with nice landscapes of valleys and mountains with fascinating background. The legacy of the Inca culture, through this magnificent archeological site called huchuy qosqo, which in Quechua means “Little Cusco. Huchuy qosqo trek is quiet fascinating trek, that enable tours around cusco, to go in huchuy qosqo trek, you only need 1 or 02 days, giving you many advantages, being trained for other larger hikes, enjoy nature, 01 night camping on the sacred valley mountain, the trek toward huchuy qosqo, is also excellent for people who loves nature, but can´t stay out many days.
In this way carrying out cultural Tourism, combined with adventure, this circuit is full with natural attraction that grants to visitors a sensation of adventure, huchuy qosqo trek, leads by gradual uphill section, and after couple hours the trail tends better, also downhill steps are found in this trek, a great small canyon waits, and a portrait tipe village called pukamarca is a in the way, near huchuy qosqo you will find inca building, also along this huchuy qosqo trek the imposing geography of the andes will last ever in your mind….THE HUCHUY QOSQO trek as some of our treks presents lagoons that will get all your attention. For those llama lovers, the huchu qosqo trek gives opportunity to see many llamas and alpacas in its usual habitat. Even though it appears to be in a populated area, you soon will discover the true wildness of the Andes. Notice as well that the huchuy qosqo trek is considered as an intermediate challenge trek. Join us and enjoy the huchuy qosqo trek with Inka Challenge Peru.
We take small groups, why?
The principal reason to take small groups to Machu Picchu, is to provide personalized service, in a small group is easy to keep walking together and enjoy the nature of the Inca trail, there is a possibility to make friend and share experiences, interacting more closely with each other. Whereas, in larger groups from (10 – 16) people it trend to split into factions. Moreover, in larger groups tends to be a sizeable difference “often over onehour in a section of the trail” between the fastest andslowest member, what makes more difficult for the guides, cooks and porters to make their effective labors. In small groups, people are more likely to arrive at roughly the same time to hear the guide’s explanations. Also our porters are given the same food as the tourists. In larger groups agencies often provide inferior food for the porters. Smallgroups require less space in campsites and this enables the guide to select better locations. In small groups the guide, cook and porters have a more intimate relationship with the tourists and are better able to meet individual needs and attend to environmental issues such as waste disposal, contamination, etc. as the group will be together more of the time. Because of these reason in our standard service we take small groups, only in a group of friends and delegations we manage larger group. So choose small group.
What are the benefits of doing a private tour?
One of the main reasons why the private option is sought after is because you do not need to worry about which dates we have departures set for or if our departures have enough space…Your only concern is whether or not there are permits available…You can choose almost any date that you want if permits are available… In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel….The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the foods that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask at South Adventure Peru Tours how you can arrange your own private tour.
Day01: Cusco, Chinchero, Pumahuanca (Starting point of hike) L&D
After your delicious breakfast at your Hotel, pick up from hotel at 6:00am and drive to Tambomachay (3800m), an archaeological complex situated in the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park. Tambomachay is comprised of a series of ceremonial water fountains, which are thought to have been dedicated to a water cult. The day’s hike will start at this point, and will continue through puna landscapes and over the Sicllaccasa pass at 4020m/13186ft. Down the other side, we hike along a path that leads to the Ccauca ravine, where we encounter archaeological remains and wild crops, such as tarwi, and a large quantity of cacti. We continue on to the Queullococha pass at 4185m/13727ft, where we may enjoy views of the lake with the same name. Surrounding the area in spectacular views stand the Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and San Juan snow peaks. Continuing the path, we walk past the Queullococha Lake, where we may see huallatas, ducks and small fish, to then climb towards the Challu Challu pass at 4220m/13842ft. From this point, we observe the Chinchero planes and the Piuray and Qoricocha lagoons. We then ascend towards the fourth pass at Rumicruz at 4230m/13874ft and enjoy a panoramic view of the Qoricocha and the Vilcanota snow capped range. Here we rest and eat lunch. We then make our way to the Inca rock quarry at 4220m/13842ft, which was the place from where the rocks were extracted to build Huchuy Qosqo. Finally, we descend towards the Pucamarca community at 4010m/13153ft, where we arrive in the late afternoon. Here we dine and camp through the night.
Day02: Pumamarca – Huchuy Qosqo – Ollantaytambo & spend the night here (B-L&D)
Early in the morning, we leave camp at around 9am and walk downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where we find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. This canyon boasts geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3600m/11808ft, where we arrive by mid morning. Huchuy Qosqo is an Inca archaeological complex with imposing architecture that includes a large open ceremonial center, from which we enjoy a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the snow capped mountain range of the same name. Descend to Lamay at 3000m/9840ft. Lamay is a town dedicated to agriculture and cattle raising. Around 1 to 2 pm transfer to Urubamba to enjoy the buffet lunch (Vegetarin optional) after lunch, the tour continues towards Ollantaytambo, an archaeological site that the Incas built as a fort and includes a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: Araqama Ayllu, the religious and worship zone, and Qosqo Ayllu, the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions due to the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a Living-Inca-Town, since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs. Afterwards, you will be dropped of at the Hotel Tunupa Lodge or Hotel El Albergue with additional Upgrade cost.
Day03: 2D/1N Inca Trail – Urubamba – Km104 – Aguas Calientes by INKA RAIL Overnight at the Hotel La Cabaña or Hatun Inti Boutique (B-Box lunch and D)
After your breakfast, our tour guide will pick you up from your Hotel to transfer you to Ollantaytambo train Station for a train journey of just over one hour till kilometer 104 (starting point of our trek). As soon as we arrive to this point , we will cross a bridge to the check point and show your passports and student cards ( If is applicable ) then we will start a soft walk into the other side of the Vilcanota River the trail heads off to the right towards the ruins of Chachabamba. After a visit this impressive Inca ruins with buildings on stone, we`ll continue the trail road most of it on stone steps, heads south and begin climbing the mountain, great views around of the high jungle area and mountains, before entering the cloud forest. Then the trail leaves the forest and goes west while continuing the uphill hike in open grassland. After hiking in the sun for about three hours, the trail descends into a shaded forest. This is where trekkers can enjoy a beautiful waterfall. After leaving the waterfall and forest, trekkers will arrive at the lower part of the incredible ruins of Wiñay Huayna, steps to climb to reach the superior edifications described as temples. We will have plenty of time for a guided exploration sorted by our experienced guide and time to explore and pictures in our own. By the time we arrive to this complex it won’t be crowded, because most trekkers headed to the Sun gate and Machu Picchu. It is recommended that you start the trek with at least 2 liters of water. After lunch in Wiñay Huayna ruins we continue through a cloud forest full of bromeliads, orchids and fern trees. You will walk the last part of the original trail with amazing features stone steps and tambos, resting places, and climb the 60 steps before arriving to the Inti Punku or “Sun`s Gate”. From this point you will be able to contemplate and observe this marvelous place, last 45 minutes to be on front of this wonder, where you can feel an inner peace. Spend a short time for pictures and views then we prepare our mind for the next early morning, time to take a bus for 30 minutes to Aguas Calientes town. Hot springs pools are optional or just free time to chill out at this small village. Spend the night at the Hotel La Cabaña or similar one.
Day04: Private Guided tour to the WONDER of the world “Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu”, Cusco (B)
This day, is one of the most important and interesting days during your whole trip, you will be picked up from your Hotel very early (BEFORE the BIRDS SING) our guide will meet you at your hotel between 4:30 to 5:00am to aboard the first touristic and shared bus to drop off you at the main door where you have to show your original PASSPORTS and ISIC Cards ( If applicable ) at the check point , and then try to be the first visitors inside of the wonder of the world Machu Picchu and the archaeological sites you will have complete guided tour during 2 to 3 hours of this spectacular mystical place. The GUIDED tour basically includes walk through the different sections such as: The Urban sector, the agriculture sector, and the religions zone was used by the Inca Culture. After the guided tour in Machu Picchu, you will have free time to explore by yourself, walk at your own space, a lot of selfies and to meet other tourists into the sanctuary. According with the time and to your physical conditions, you can coordinate with the tour guide to climb to HUAYNA PICCHU or Machu Picchu Mountain from where you can have the best panoramic view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca Citadel. Do not forget that this entrances, must be booked in advance and pay US$ 65 extra. Afternoon and depending on your train schedule back to Cusco, you will have to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco. After the guided tour, our guide will give you all the instructions for your bus down and train back to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Poroy station, you will be meeting again by our staff and then transfer back to your Hotel (Own arrangement)
Our Short trip Includes:
- Briefing night before of your hike into our office by our English speaking guide
- Assistance by English speaking staff from the beginning till your return.
- Private transport Cusco – starting point – Lamay – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
- Buffet meals ( Optional: vegetarian food as free )
- English speaking guide ( Other languages, upon the request of our customers )
- Round train tickets Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cusco by Inka Rail OR Peru Rail
- Entrances to the 2 Day Inca Trail and must be booked in advance
- Entrance to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
- Bus tickets Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas calientes
- Private guided tour in Machu Picchu during 3 hours
- Personalized service in a private transport ( Full equipped )
- Horses to carry food and camping equipment only along the way.
- Experienced cook and Cooking equipment
- Teatime everyday (coffee, tea, popcorn, biscuit)
- 2 nights of camping along the Lares Trek
- 01 Night at the comfortable hotel in Aguas calientes
- 4 capacity tent – 2 persons per tent with plenty space
- Sleeping mattress and totally clean
- Water supply (boiled) after every dinner or breakfast time
- Dining tent with camp tables and chairs.
- Kitchen tent & Porters insurance
- Free first Aid kit and oxygen if is necessary for altitude sickness
- Peruvian taxes or IGV 18%
Our Short trip do NOT Includes:
- International and domestic airfares , local flights can be purchase upon customers request
- Entrance fee to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes which is 10 soles or $3
- Meals on Day 2 such as lunch and dinner
- Sleeping bag ( $ 20 for rent minus 15 degrees Celsius /(-15ºC) )
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña US$20
- Upgrade to Vistadome ( Luxury train ) US$ 95 for round trip Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cusco
- Alcoholic drinks and airport taxes
- Additional nights of accommodation but can be arranged according to your request
- Travel insurance if something happens during your trip
- Tip for the guide, cooks, and porters. It´s a tradition
- Guided tour to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña ( Additional cost $ 45 x 2 people )
- Extra horse for your personal items ( 9 Kilos $70 / 18 Kilos $170 )
- Tourist ticket to visit the complex of Ollantaytambo
What to Bring/ Carry:
- Original passport to be showed in the park control of Inca Trail & Machu Picchu (Day 4).
- Original and valid International Student Card (ISIC), only if you booked the trek as student.
- Hiking boots (waterproof)in the dry season only sneakers
- Long pants or slacks & Warm sleeping bag Minus 20ºC
- A Daypack (for your personal porters we provide a duffle bag)
- Long-sleeved shirts to prevent you from the sunburn.
- T-shirts and Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or cold conditions.
- Warm clothes , layers for variable temperature especially at night
- Sweaters and a jacket (something warm for the night).
- Gloves or Mittens, scarf, Wool socks, Woolen hat for cold nights.
- Rain wear or poncho for the rainy season December – April
- Camera with extra batteries and flash light , head torch and extra batteries
- Bottle of water, more bottle of water can be purchase at Aguas Calientes town.
- Snack (dried fruits, chocolates, etc).
- Insect repellent to protect you from mosquitoes along the Trail
- Hat and sun block to protect you from the sun.
- Personal toilette items and personal medical kit.
- 2 Liter water bottle, disposable plastic bottles are forbidden along the hike.
- Water purifying tablets optional, since we provide boiled water.
- Bathing clothes for the hot springs in Lares and Aguas Calientes.
- Extra money for drinks and tips , souvenirs in Soles
- First Aid kit (Band-Aids,cotton,bandages,alcohol,aspirin,tablets for stomach troubles, medicines to avoid altitude sickness)
- Big bottle of Oxygen for the highest mountain
- Day pack is good to bring to carry your camera, water, rain jacket.
- Swimsuit (On the last day there is possibilities to swim on the hot spring of Aguas Calientes – only if time permit).
Prices Valid for trips through December 201 7- 2018
From 2 to 4 people USD650 / From 4 to 6 USD635 / From 6 to 8 and UP USD595