Huchuy Qosqo 3D/2N
Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machupichu 3D / 2N
- 1 night camping and 1 night is spent in a hostel in Aguas Calientes town.
- Length: 18 km.
- Difficulty: fairly easy (depends on your fitness level).
- Landscape: typical Andean from valleys to grasslands with great mountains views.
- Inca sites: 2 (you will also walk on Inca trails!).
- Temperature: varied from 22ºC to 0ºC
- Coldest night: The first (minus – 2ºC).
- Highest point: 3800 meters.
- Longest day: 1st (about 10km – 5 hours walk more or less)
- Recommendation: needs to be normal fit and maybe acclimatization is advisable (3 to 4 days before tour) ask to your doctor for Diamox.
This trek is fantastic if you have only a few days to complete the Inca trail or you are looking for a suitable trek with your family and children. You will be able to walk and enjoy the Inca trail and experience the real Andes in a short time. There will also be many opportunities to learn about the local traditions as we pass through local communities and to gain spectacular views of the Sacred Valley from many vantage points.
Day 1 .- Cusco – Golden Lake – Quencco.
We pick you up from your hotel at 6.00 am by car and take you to the Inca site called Puca Pucara (3700msnm) which is only 20 minutes from the city ofhuchuy-qosqo-uchuy-qosqo-trek-trekking-sacred-valley-of-the-incas Cusco. We begin hiking gently uphill for 1.5 hours to get to the first pass (4100 msnm) from where we have a spectacular views of two valleys. To your right you will see the capital of the incas, Cusco, with stunning mountains surrounding it. Your guide will tell you about how and where the Incas arrived to this area and also about the conquest of the Spaniards. There are two Inca sites at the bottom of the valley and on your left, there is beautiful landscape of grass-covered mountains and farmlands. From the pass we follow the side of the valley along making our way towards the top of the valley so as to cross to the other side. It´s about a 45 minute walk to the top end of the valley, once we get there we´ll cross a small stream that divides the valley and then begin making our way up to our lunchspot at Queullacocha Lake. The scenery at the lake is quite barren, this whole area is a high plain between the mountains and is covered with a tough Andean grass called Ichu. In this area it is possible to see a wide variety of birdlife such as Andean Geese, Lapwings, Partridges and a variety of birds of prey.
After our lunch stop we´ll carry on to our campsite for the night at the village of Quencco. Making our way over the top of one of the ridges we´ll descend towards Qoricocha Lake (Golden Lake) and loop around it. It´s about a 2 and a half hour walk to the village where we´ll be greeted by groups of children and adults, happy to meet and welcome us to their community. After we´ve settled in and had a steaming cup of mate de coca we´ll visit one of the local families to learn about their way of life, if you have brought any gifts with you then you hand them over to the family now. After visiting the family we´ll have some free time to relax and your guide will teach you more about the Andean way of life. If you are interested in taking home gifts or souvenirs of the Andes, there is a good opportunity to find them here
Distance walked: 14 km
Day 2 .- Quencco – Huchuyqosqo – Lamay- Ollantaytambo- Aguas Calientes.
You will be awoken with a hot coca tea and when you are ready we will enjoy a tasty breakfast. From Quencco we begin our walk to the Inca site of Huchuy Qosco. It´s about 2 hours walking before we reach a stretch of original Inca trail, just below the village of Pumamarca. Along the way we´ll pass by many local people caring for their llamas, this is one of the main industries of the people at this altitude as the terrain is perfect for it. Once we reach the Inca Trail the scenery really changes going from the high mountaintop to a secluded valley. This valley is beautiful and is full of lush vegetation, there are many small birds that can be seen including a variety of hummingbirds that feed off the many flowers that grow here. As we make our way down the valley we will be able to see snow capped mountains above us and the famous Urubamba mountain range. There will be ample time to take advantage of the many picturesque photos on offer.
Little by little we will be making our way towards the main site, as we approach we´ll pass through an adobe Inca gate way and finally arrive to the magnificent Inca site of HUCHUYQOSQO ( LITLE CUSCO 3600 msnm) which is perched above one of the sacred valley of the incas. Here, you will see amazing Inca buildings like religious houses, store houses, Inca terraces for agriculture and Inca reservoir used to deposit water in the dry season. Your guide will take you on a tour of the site and is an expert in the history of the Incas, so he will explain and teach you about everything. Afterwards you will have time to explore the site by yourself before we have lunch. From here we will begin our walk downhill to the Sacred Valley, it takes about 2 hours to get to the village of LAMAY (2 800msnm) on the Urubamba River where the bus will be waiting to take us to Ollantaytambo. We will have dinner in a restauraunt here before taking the 7.pm train with your guide to Aguas Calientes. We will get set up in our hotel and be able to rest, hot showers are available. Walking distance 7 km.
Day 3 .- Machu Picchu- Hot Water – Cusco
Reaching Machu Picchu is the most important part of our trip and we will give you the option of how you want to arrive to this sacred site. You can either walk up the stairs for 1hr 20 minutes at 4.00am or you can take the first bus at 5.30 am, which takes 25 minutes. We need to wake up early in order to arrive early to Machu Picchu to see the sunrise over this beautiful place (weather allowing) and once we enter you will have a guided tour around the area for 2 hours. Then you will be free with the options of climbing huaynapicchu or the Sun Gate. Both have breathtaking views but make sure there is plenty of time to explore machupicchu. After you have taken in all of Macchupicchu, you will return to Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch with your guide. Then board the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo where you will board a bus and return to Cusco at approximately 6.35pm. to Ollantaytambo- Cusco.
- Professional, bilingual Tour Guide.
- Assistant Guide (for groups of 9 or more people).
- Collection from hotel (for groups of less than 9 people).
- Entrance fee to Huchuy Qosqo and Machu Picchu.
- Transportation – bus to start of trail, bus Lamay-Ollantaytambo and train back (Backpacker service to Ollantaytambo) and bus to Cusco.
- 1 nights’ accommodation in Aguas Calientes.
- Return bus trip – Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu / Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- (You need to bring water for the first morning then we will provide you with drinking – previously boiled – water).
- 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 afternoon snacks, 2 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day
- Dining tent with tables and chairs.
- 4-man tent for 2 people.
- Sleeping mattress.
- 1 horse in case of emergencies.
- Oxygen bottle.
- First Aid kit.
- Vegetarian food on request at no extra cost!
Optional services (not included):
- Hire of sleeping bag.
- Walking stick.
- Single Tent supplement
- Price: depends on number of people in your group:.
Equipment you need to take:
- Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
- Travel Insurance is essential
- Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
- Personal medication
- Camera and films
- Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
Optional items to take:
- Walking stick (with rubber tip)
- Plasters and bandages
- Extra money
- Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)