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Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu from Cusco, is the shortest trek. It is ideal for those with a short time in Peru but want to do a bit of trekking before reaching Machu Picchu. It is the lowest trek in altitude at 4350 meters. Comparing to other treks from Cusco to Machu Picchu, Huchuy Qosqo trek to Machu Picchu is the shortest trek with just 17 kilometers.
The trek offers views of some great examples of Inca Stairs and other Inca ruins along the way. As there are only two days of trekking, you will only camp for one night and then sleep in our Hotel on the next night.
Huchuy Qosqo was a prominent landmark during Inca civilization. This Inca site was a military and an administrative centre. The 40 metres long, kallanka great hall is an impressive part of the site.
This trek is perfect for those who really want to be in the middle of nowhere with only nature surrounding them as they camp in an area that is scarcely seen by tourists. The archeological site of Huchuy Qosqo Ruins (small Cusco in Quechua) nestles above the Valley of Urubamba and offers very spectacular views of the snow capped peaks of Vilcanota Mountain Range.
The three day hike is also a great way for you to enjoy a shorter trek that still includes Machu Picchu and Inca trails (with Inca stairs that are better than the Inca Trail). You will also get an insight to the life of the high Andean communities. You will have one night camping in the wilderness and then the very next night will be spent in our Hotel Viajeros in, Aguas Calientes.
At Treks In Cusco, we have specialised local experts who have extensive knowledge. As an outdoor adventure tour operator, our guides are also trained on first aid.
Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the high altitudes trek in Cusco. We highly recommend you to spend at-least 3-4 days acclimatising in Cusco to prevent altitude sickness.
We operate the trek both as private and in small group.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
At 0600 AM, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. We will then drive for an hour in our private transport to Patabamba village. It is the starting point of Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu, at (3,800m/12,467ft).
Here we will start our gradual uphill hike for three hours. We will be reaching the highest point of the trek at (4,200m/13,779ft). You will get a captivating view of the snowcapped peaks and valley from here.
Then we will start our descend to Pucamarca. It is an Andean village and home to Inca ruins. Here you will have the chance to meet local people. The local family here preserve their traditions and customs.
After the tour, we will be on the original Inca trail to Huchuy Qosqo ruins. After the tour, we will be camping in the nearby camping area under the sky full of brilliant stars.
After breakfast at 0700 AM, we will start trekking to Huchuy Qosqo archeological site. It will be an hours hike. It is a soft and relaxed walk through a narrow canyon. We will see a recently restored trail with wooden bridges and some steps. You will also see plenty of native trees and bushes and see a panoramic view of town of Lamay and Calca.
Once in Huchuy Qosqo, you will have a guided tour.
By ten in the morning, we will will continue our hike gradually for another three hours to Taucca Pass at 4400 metres. We will start the last downhill hike from here. It would be for an hour until we will be reaching our camp for lunch. You will be able to see Piuray lake from here.
After lunch, we will be travelling in our private vehicle from Chinchero or village of Lamay and onward to Ollantaytambo. At 0430 in the evening, you will be boarding the train to Aguas Calientes town. Once in Aguas Calientes, you will be escorted to your hotel. Later, you will have some free time. You can go to the hot springs.
We will then meet for dinner where our guide will be meeting you and will be briefing you on the following day’s plan where you will be visiting Machu Picchu.
We will be taking a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. It takes 35-45 minutes. We will be among the first group to enter the citadel. After witnessing the sunrise, you will be having a complete guided tour of two hours. Later you can walk around and explore the corners of the Incan masterpiece.
Alternatively you can hike to Sun Gate or Inca Bridge.
At around 0100 in the afternoon, we will be taking a bus back to the town of Aguas Calientes town where we will be stopping for lunch. After lunch, we will be taking a train back to Ollantaytambo from where our representative will be meeting you and will be transferring you to Cusco.
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