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Day 1: Driving to Patabamba village and Hike to Huchuy Qosqo
Day 2: Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Day 3: Visit Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco
Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu is an off the beaten path trek to Machu Picchu. Huchuy Qosqo Hike is incredibly beautiful. It takes you through pristine highland villages and canyons. You will also be hiking on the Original Inca Trail – Qhapaq Ñan.
Huchuy Qosqo Ruins nestle at 3650 metres (11980ft) above sea level. The hike is quite an easier and shorter hike when compared with Inca Trail or Salkantay Trek.
The whole trek is just 17 kilometres (4.34 miles) long. Also, there aren’t many high mountain passes. The highest point of the trek is at 4350 metres (14271 ft).
Huhcuy Qosqo in Quechua means little Cusco. It was a prominent site during the Inca civilization. This Inca site was built by the Inca Emperor Viracocha.
It served as a military and administrative centre. One of the unmissable sites here is the 40 metres long kallanka (great hall).
During the last days of Virachocha’s rule, he faced a revolt from the Chancha community. Fearing for his life, he handed over the throne to his son Pachacutec and took refuge in Huchuy Qosqo. Pchacutec in turn deposed the revolt and assumed the role of the ninth Inca Sapa.
Viracocha had a natural death. His mummified corpse was stored in Huchuy Qosqo. When the Spanish conquistadors under the leadership of Gonzalo Pizzaro looted Huchuy Qosqo in 1534, they burned the corpse of the former Inca emperor Viracocha.
We are licensed local tour operators based in the City of Cusco. We have an excellent team of local guides who are certified tourism professionals. They have plenty of knowledge about the traditions and history.
Accompanied by an English speaking local tour guide, you will be getting a detailed insight into the Inca history and Andean traditions.
Please note that Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu is a high altitude experience. We highly recommend that you spend at least 3-4 days in Cusco before the trek and acclimatise to avoid altitude sickness.
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Our epic Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu starts with a transfer from your hotel in Cusco at 0600 AM. We will embark on a one hour drive to a remote community called Patabamba. It nestles at 3800 metres (12467 ft).
Here we will be meeting our crew (chef and muleteers). Our local expert will brief you on the safety aspects of hiking in the Andes. We will begin the hike with a climb for two hours to the highest point of the Huchuy Qosqo hike, Apacheta Pass at 4200 metres above sea level (13779 ft.).
From the pass, you will have a panoramic view of the valley dotted with villages snuggled between snow-capped Andean peaks. After contemplating the view and a brief introduction to Andean mythology, we will begin our descent to the community of Pucamarca.
We will be hiking on the original Inca Trail (Qhapaq ñan). The route offers incredible views of canyons on one side and snow-capped peaks on the other. We will be stopping for lunch in Pucamarca.
After relishing a typical Andean meal, we will continue on the Inca Trail for another two hours to Huchuy Qosqo. The route houses much distinct flora and fauna. You will also get a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Once in the Huchuy Qosqo Complex, we will take a rest and explore the complex sector wise with our local travel expert.
Once you have had your fill of this alluring Inca complex, we will be hiking for 10 minutes to a local family house where we will be accommodating you in an private traditional room.
We will be serving dinner later in the evening.
After a hearty breakfast, we will once again visit the Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo. Our tour guide will be giving a tour of more sites in the complex. We will be visiting the remains of farming terraces, warehouses and water channels.
Once you have had your fill of this emblematic site, we will start hiking down the hill to the village of Lamay. It takes two hours with many switchbacks. We will be stopping for lunch in Lamay.
After relishing an Andean meal, we will be driving you to Ollantaytambo, the former administrative capital of the Incas. It is a beautiful village set amidst two hills, each home to Inca ruins.
Here we will be visiting the main Inca ruin where the battle of Ollantaytambo was fought in 1531. After a detailed tour of the complex, we will be stopping in a local restaurant for dinner.
After diner, we will be taking a tourist train to Aguas Calientes town. The train departs from Ollantaytambo in 1904. Once in Aguas Calientes, we will be accommodating you in ensuite hotel accommodation for the night.
An epic day of this three day Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu. After breakfast, we will be taking the tourist bus from Aguas Calientes to visit Machu Picchu. It is a 25 minute drive up the hill.
Once at the main entrance, our guide will assist you in passing through the security control Once inside, you will witness the golden rays of the morning sun beaming on the walls of Machu Picchu.
We will be giving you a two hours tour. We will be visiting the main square, remains of Royal Quarters, Farming terraces and more.
After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will be directing you to the respective trailhead.
Please note, that you will need permits to hike Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu. Entrance Tickets are often sold out months in advance. So if you intend to hike any of these, please let us know at the time of booking the tour.
Alternatively, you can hike to the Sun Gate. It is the point of entrance for those hiking the esteemed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. You will be getting a panoramic view of the citadel from the Sun gate. It is free to hike and needs no permit.
Once you have had the fill of history and captivating views, we will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes town. We will have a brief stop in Aguas Calientes so you can have lunch or explore the town.
In the evening, we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo village. Here we will be meeting our private transport for our drive back to Cusco. We will return to Cusco by 2100.