Huchuy Qosqo Trek 2 Days
This trek is ideal for those who really want to be far-flung in the middle of nowhere with only nature surrounding. The Huchuy Qosqo trek allows you to camp in an area that is seldom seen by tourists. Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco) is situated above the Urubamba Valley and offers spectacular views over the Cordillera de Vilcanota mountain range. This trek is also a great way for you to enjoy a shorter trek that still includes Machu Picchu and the Inca trails (with Inca stairs that are better than the Inca Trail). You will have one night of camping in the wilderness and one night in a hostel in the beautiful pueblo of Aguas Calientes.
Day 1: Tambomachay to Pumamarca
We depart Cusco by car in the direction of the Inca site known as Tambomachay (3,700 m/12,139 ft). From here, we will begin trekking as the trail sharply curves uphill to reach a pass of approximately 4,200 m/13,779 ft. We will continue to follow the trail down into the valley and towards the small community at the bottom. As we descend along the trail, you will see a beautiful green valley stretching out as far as the eye can see. The path we will see on the right slope leads to Pisac. Passing through the village and across a new bridge, the trail takes us up over the second pass (4,300 m/14,107 ft) and into high open country. On the way, we will pass by the beautiful Lake Qoricocha (Golden Lake). We'll continue along this rustic trail and arrive at the highest point of the trek (4,350 m/14,271 ft) with stellar views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Finally, we'll descend towards the Pumamarca community (4,010 m/13,156 ft), where we'll arrive in the late afternoon. Here, we'll set up camp and enjoy our supper underneath the great starry sky.
Day 2: Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay – Aguas Calientes
Just below the village of Pumamarca, the valley narrows to form a ravine where an amazingly well-maintained Inca staircase will lead us down to the magnificent citadel of Huchuy Qosqo. Huchuy Qosqo is perched above the Urubamba Valley, overlooking the little town of Lamay, a town dedicated to agriculture and raising cattle. Huchuy Qosqo was originally an administrative center like Pisac. Huchuy Qosco also has Inca buildings made of stone, and there is even one that has a great example of perfectly-fitted Inca stones. In the hillsides, we will also see some granaries, as Huchuy Qosco was an important agricultural center. Continuing along this now magnificent path, with Pitusiray looming above us, we will eventually pass an Inca stone and adobe gateway. This is the entrance to the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo for people who climbed up from the Urubamba Valley. Later in the afternoon, our private transport will drive us to Ollantaytambo, where we will catch the afternoon train to Aguas Calientes. Upon our arrival to Aguas Calientes, we will check into our rooms and have free time for the rest of the night.
Day 3: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
On the third day of the tour, will wake up early and catch the local transport up to Machu Picchu. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide in Machu Picchu and afterwards you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2,720 m/8,923 ft). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top of Huayna Picchu. Upon returning to Aguas Calientes, you will have one last lunch before coming back to Cusco in the afternoon.
- Professional, bilingual (English and Spanish) tour guide
- Collection from your hotel on Day 1 to the start of the trail
- Spacious, personal tents
- Sleeping mat
- Hot water each morning and evening for washing purposes. With adequate advance notice, we can supply boiled water to you at lunchtime or to fill your water bottle or hydration pack.
- Excellent meals
- Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Machu Picchu entrance fee
- Transportation to and from Aguas Calientes
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
What You Need to Bring:
- Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC), if applicable)
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required)
- Sleeping bag (also can be rented from us)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended)
- Insect repellent
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelbak
- Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with previously-boiled drinking water throughout the trek)
- Toiletries (including toilet paper)
- Personal medication
- Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
- Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) for personal expenses and tips
- *To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC card. Please scan and email us a copy at the time of booking.
Optional Items to Bring:
- Walking sticks or trekking poles. Trekking poles used on the Inca Trail are required to have rubber tips.
- Bandages or moleskin
- Bathing suit for Aguas Calientes hot springs
- Entrance fee for Aguas Calientes hot springs
Optional Services (Not Included):
- Sleeping bag rental, $18
- Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch on Day 3
- Porter to carry up to 7 kilos, $30. Please indicate this request in your booking form, as we will need to staff an extra porter. 7 kilos includes a sleeping bag and sleeping mat (aprox. 3.5 kilos).
- Walking sticks, $8