Huchuy Qosqo Trek 2 Days is a lesser known but an extremely interesting trek in Cusco. The name Huchuy Qosqo in Quechua means – Little Qosqo. It is an archaeological complex of Incas at 3600 metres above sea level.
Huchuy Qosqo was primarily used as a military and an administrative centre by Incas. It was built by the eighth emperor of Incas, Viracocha. The Incas did not practise the tax system. Instead, they controlled the land and labour.
With this practise, the Royal Incas acquired plenty of royal estates which enriched their wealth and those of their successors.
During the later days of Viracocha’s rule because of this system he faced revolt from Chancas. Fearing his life, he handed over the throne of Cusco to his son Pachacuti. In order to repress the revolt, Pachacuti dethroned his father and became the emperor of Incas.
Pachacuti took asylum in Huchuy Qosqo. Eventually when he died, his corpse was mummified and was stored in Huchuy Qosqo. The complex saw rapid development during Pachacuti’s rule. He built many farming terraces and aqueducts.
The Spanish troops, led by Gonzalo Pizzaro eventually conquered Huchuy Qosqo and torched the mummified corpse of Viracocha. The Spanish rulers then demolished the reservoirs built by Incas and built bigger ones which can be seen today.
One of the notable sites here are the Kallankas. It is a 40 metres long hall. The other impressive site is Qullas which in Quechua means storehouse.
The Incas stored crops like quinoas, potatoes, and dried meat here. It also features a traditional cold storage system called Conjeras.
Huchuy Qosqo 2 Days Trek offers an insight to the Incan archaeology. All the Inca sites here had a distinct use. Moreover, this high altitude alternative trek offers spectacular views of the Sacred Valley and Urubamba Mountain range.
You can also continue the Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu. Check out our detailed itinerary.
Huchuy Qosqo Trek 2 Days is one of the less popular treks in Cusco to visit Machu Picchu. Treks in Cusco, as an outdoor adventure company, has well experienced dedicated guides. Our guides are locals. They have an extensive knowledge on culture and history.
Please note that this is a high altitude trek with the highest point of the trek at 4200 metres above sea level. We recommend you to spend at-least 2-3 days to acclimatize in Cusco before the trek.
You may choose to experience our Cusco City Tour or Sacred Valley Tour while you are acclimatising to get an introduction to Incas history.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
At 0700 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you to Sacsayhuaman. Here we will be starting the Huchuy Qosqo Trek 2 Days. We will begin with a gradual climb to 4000 metres above sea level.
After reaching the top, you will have a spectacular view of the beautiful landscape. We will then be descending to Pucamarca village. The hike offers a wonderful view of Peruvian highland farms. Along the way, we will also be passing two picturesque lakes – Qori Cocha and Suyllo Cocha.
Here you will be able to spot Neotropic Cormorants, Andean gulls, Puna Teal, Mountain Caracaras and Speckled Teal. The trek also offers a closer contact with the Andean camelids – Alpacas and Llamas.
Later in the afternoon, we will be descending to Pucamarca Village. Here we will be camping for the night.
After a delicious local breakfast, we will be hiking for an hour and twenty minutes to Huchuy Qosqo. As we will be leaving the village of Pucamarca, we will be walking through a picturesque canyon with wooden bridges.
From here, you will get the first view of the Inca ruins of Huchuy Qosqo. It is barely a 20 minutes walk from here. Once we arrive in the complex, we will give you a guided tour of the complex.
You will understand the Inca culture and beliefs. After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the complex on your own.
We will then be hiking down the hill to Lamay. It will take around two hours.Here we will be boarding our private vehicle for our journey back to Cusco.
This tour was fantastic, it’s the best way to see Cusco. Our guide was warm, friendly and spoke proficient English, very clear and easy to understand. He gave my husband and I a full walk-through of the plan the day before our trip. He also gave us the bags to put our clothes and other personal items in, as well as advice on what to eat since we’d arrived that morning and were most definitely going to be feeling the altitude on the hike. Everyone was very nice and helpful, the food was delicious and there was no shortage of it – no matter your appetite.