Discover new trails with our Huchuy Qosqo to Machu Picchu 2 days trek, where you can enjoy the Sacred Valley of the Incas from the highest point of the valley.
Travel with Andino Tours Peru, and live a unique experience visiting new trails that will connect you with Machu Picchu, the Wonder of the World.
Hike to Huchuy Qosqo 2 Days and 1 Night.
- Day 1: Cusco – Tauca – Huchuy Qosqo – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu Pueblo.
- Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco.
Sites to visit
- Tauca Community .
- Huchuy Qosqo Archaeological Center.
- Machu Picchu Town.
- Minimum duration of the trip: 4 Days.
- Maximum elevation is 4400 masl (13,260 feet).
- Difficulty: Moderate (3/5).
- Best season: All year.
- Overnight: Camp + hotel.
Hike to Huchuy Qosqo
According to the cornista Pedro de la Cieza, the archaeological center of Huchuy Qusqo dates between the year 1000 and 1400 AD. Huchuy Qosqo, also known as “little Cusco”, is located at an altitude of 3,650 meters above sea level (11,980 feet), with an impressive view of the Sacred Valley 3 kilometers above the city of Lamay. It was formerly known as Caquia Xaquixaguana or kakya Qawani, as it was known to the Incas. It is said to have been owned by the Inca emperor Viracocha in the 1420s.
Day 1: Cusco - Tauca - Huchuy Qosqo - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu Pueblo.
We will begin our 2 day trekking adventure from Huchuy Qosqo to Machu Picchu at 6 am, picking up guests from their hotel. We will head to the village of Tauca at 3750 meters above sea level from where we will start our hike to the pass located at 4050 meters above sea level. We will enjoy beautiful landscapes, fields of crops such as corn, quinoa, potatoes and other tubers.
We will be able to appreciate the Vilcabamba mountain range surrounded by snow-capped peaks, mountains and inter-Andean valleys, among which are the Nevados de la Veronica, Pitusiray and Chicon, continuing, we will descend to Huchuy Qosqo and walking along a path that leads us to the Cauca gorge.
We will continue the descent to Leon Punku, where we will find the remains of the Inca bridge of the river that will take us to Huchuy Qosqo located at 3650 meters above sea level. It is located on a plateau surrounded by Inca agricultural terraces and allows a magnificent view of the mountain range from the Vilcanota. Our guide will tell us the history of the archaeological center during the tour.
We will take a short break for lunch and then continue our descent to Lamay at 2900 meters above sea level, where our transportation will be waiting to take us to Ollantaytambo. There we will have dinner and wait for the departure of the train to Machu Picchu town, where we will stay at the selected hotel.
- Accommodation: Hotel Machu Picchu Pueblo
- Meals: Picnic, lunch and dinner.
- Walking time: 7 hours.
- Distance: 16 km / 10 miles.
Day 2: Machu Picchu Pueblo - Machu Picchu – Cusco.
We have a great day ahead of us, and we are sure you will remember it. After breakfast, we will visit “Machu Picchu”, the best you will experience in Peru. Together with our guide, we will board the bus that will transport us to the gate of the archaeological park, from where we will begin the tour of the Inca citadel.
From the Guardian’s house we will be able to enjoy all the grandeur of the Inca city of Machu Picchu, we will begin the descent where we will pass through the agricultural part and the most important points such as the Quarry, the Toreón, the 3 windows, the ceremonial table. The Inti Huatana, the ceremonial table and the temple of the Condor.
At the end of our visit we will return to Machu Picchu Pueblo where we can take advantage of the time for free activities until 30 minutes before the departure of the train that will take us to Ollantaytambo, where our transportation will be waiting for us to take us to the hotel in Cusco.
- Meals: Breakfast.
- Entrance tickets: Machu Picchu.
- Private transportation to and from your Hotel.
- All meals as indicated in the itinerary.
- Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
- Entrance fee to Huchuy Qosqo.
- Entrance to Machu Picchu.
- 2 Bus Tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes.
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu – 60 USD per person.
- Entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain – 60 USD per person.
- Walking sticks – 15 USD per person.
- First breakfast and last lunch.
- Upgrade to Vistadome train – 50 USD per person return only.
- Optional upgrade for your Hotel.
- Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters.
- Original passport (the same one that was used to book the trip).
- Medium backpack of 30 or 40 liters.
- Refillable water bottle or canteen.
- Comfortable hiking boots.
- Warm clothing.
- Insect repellent.
- Raincoat or waterproof poncho.
- Waterproof gloves.
- Leisure footwear for camping.
- Quick dry towel.
- Portable battery charger.
- Personal hygiene items.
How to Get
ARRIVING IN CUSCO
Cusco has an airport for local or national flights. In order to get to Cusco, all travelers must disembark in Lima and go through migration, even if their flight to Cusco is on the same day and with the same airline.
WHICH ROUTE SHOULD I TAKE, BY AIR OR BY LAND?
The best travel option to Cusco is by Air. Currently, there are several airlines that provide the Lima-Cusco air transportation service, among which we can mention: LATAM, VIVA AIR, SKY AIRLINE, and STAR PERU. Of all of them, LATAM is the most recommended, due to the variety of schedules it handles.
The land travel option is also a good option, but you always have to look for the best options that offer adequate comfort for the trip. The trip by bus is 22 hours. If your trip is from Puno or Arequipa, you can take this option since the trip is usually cheaper and it is only about 12 hours of travel.
DEPOSIT FOR LUGGAGE
To be able to travel on domestic flights, you have to take into account the type of service contracted since there are rates where you can only get a maximum of 8 kilos of luggage. If you travel with more, make sure to hire it in advance and avoid setbacks when boarding.
If you have luggage, it can be left safely in the accommodation, or we can also provide you with a place of deposit at the Andino Tours Peru offices, but take into account the opening and closing hours of the office.
If you arrive before the Check In Time at the hotel, you can leave it totally free in the hotel deposit to be able to go out to carry out your activities or rest in the hotel lobby.
CUSCO HAS THE HIGHEST AVERAGE ELEVATION IN THE WORLD.
That is why people who travel at a lower level suffer from altitude sickness, “Soroche”. This is because at higher altitudes, less oxygen is contained than those who are at sea level, so the body works harder to get the oxygen it needs. That is why for long walks it is recommended to stay at least two days in Cusco.
Symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, sleep problems, loss of appetite, trouble breathing. Most of the time, the symptoms will be mild, but if they get worse, consult a doctor or contact our offices.
Coca tea is a recommended infusion for this disease, so within the accommodation it is always offered to counteract altitude sickness.
You must remember that you come to enjoy a trip through wonderful trails with people who will always be willing to help you, so you can relax and enjoy every moment.
THE WEATHER IN CUSCO
One of the big questions is how the weather is in Cusco. It is easy to get this information on the internet, but you also have to take into account that each season and during these times the climates are changing. The dry season in Cusco is from April to October, but there will always be a sudden rain with lightning and thunder.
It is always advisable to have the appropriate rain gear, such as rain ponchos or waterproof jackets, waterproof gloves, and suitable shoes that do not slip in the rain.
Each member of the Andino Tours Peru staff has received first aid training from a specialist doctor. Every year we carry out this mandatory training, and on each of our excursions you will have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (Traveler’s Diarrhea, scrapes, cuts, etc.) and, in fact, oxygen should not be lacking.
To protect your trip, the purchase of travel insurance is recommended. Having insurance before the trip is highly recommended. I have agreements with companies that provide this service that will make your trip more pleasant and peaceful in Peru.
For all our excursions, we have biodegradable soap, and all our garbage is returned to Cusco. Our staff is trained to take care of the environment. We use environmentally friendly chemical portable toilets.
We launched a program where for each traveler who reserves with us, we donate 10 trees that will be delivered to the communities of Mikaypata, Ninamarca, Huatoqto, and others, committing them to caring for the environment.
Why choose Andino Tours Peru
WHY ANDINO TOURS PERU?
We are a travel agency tour operator located in the city of Cusco, we have tourism professionals dedicated to quality service.
Our team is integrated by professionals with experience and responsibility to meet each of the requirements of our passengers and offer the best moments and unforgettable trips during their estimated travel time.
why travel ANDINO TOURS PERU?
Our company is legally constituted for more than 3 years in the market, we are registered in SUNARP and SUNAT, as regulatory authorities of commerce in Peru, as well as registered in the GERCETUR-CUSCO as tour operators and retail travel agency. We have also received the certification as Licensees of the PERU BRAND, and registered in PROMPERU and IPERU.
In order to provide the best service to our customers we are in constant search of certifications that endorse us as a travel agency 100% recommendable.