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Huchuy Qosqo & Inca Trail 4D/3N

Huchuy Qosqo & Inca Trail 4 days and 3 nights

This is easily the shortest of the treks and is best suited for those with a limited amount of time, but who would still like to do a bit of trekking before they see Machu Picchu with fantastic views of mountains and the Andes. It is the lowest in altitude (4350 meters) of the three alternative treks and also the shortest in distance (17 kilometers) but still sees some great examples of Inca Stairs of inka trail and other Inca ruins along the way. Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco) is situated above the sacred Valley of incas and offers very spectacular views over the mountain range Cordillera de Vilcanota. This trek is also a great way for you to enjoy a shorter trek that, and then you do the inka trail to Machupicchu.

Day 1: Cusco – Patabamba – Huchuy Qosqo.

At 06:00 am pick up from your hotels, private van for 35 minutes to Patabamba located at 3500 masl. (for our mid-day we have a 8 Km of moderate walk with a gradual climbing of 450 meters,4-5 Hrs until the lunchspaghettiplace of pumamarca) we start our hike walking at the ancient Inca Trail used by Quechua people to connect the Sacred Valley, huchuy qosqo and probably to Machupicchu at the XV century. From this point you can observe panoramic views of Pisaq and Coya town at this high Andean level we observe llamas and alpacas eating the andean grass named Ichu, small cactus and some bromelias bushes locally known as Puyas. At the left side on the path we can see ancient Incas terraces used by farmers. A gentle walking down to the trail as it curves sharply up-hill to reach a pass of near 4180 meters. Then we descend along the trail, you will see a beautifully green valleys stretching out as far as the eye can see, the trail takes us up over the second pass (4000 meters) and we can appreciate all the sacred valley. We will have a campsite at Huchuy Qosqo archeological site.

Day 2: Huchuyqosqo – Ollantaytambo – km 104 (inka trail star point) – Machupicchu:

Early wake up at 5:00 am, after breakfast we leave our campsite at 05:30 am and we go down about an hour or an half hour to the village of Lamay, an then we take our transportation to Ollantaytambo about one hour. After we were going to get ouw train to km 104, where begin our trek passing the first check point. Afterwards we initiate a moderate climbing for three hours to the magnificent archaeological site of Winyhuana (2,650m/8747ft), once here we may enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba canyon, stunning Inca sites and the connection of the traditional four day Inca Trail. After time to enjoy this beautiful sight, we continue our hike towards the Sun Gate (2,730mts/9,007ft), from here we will have the first spectacular view of Machu picchu in all its brilliance and majestic monumentality. Afterwards we walk downhill for one hour to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Then we will take our bus to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hotel.

  • Meals: Lunchspaghetti& Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Inti Punku hotel (or similar)
  • Difficulty: Moderate.

Day 3: Aguas calientes - Machupicchu - Cusco:

We will have breakfast and then take the first bus (5:30 am) up to Machu Picchu. A walking tour (2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you have energy, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft)! (It takes about 45 minutes to reach the top.) You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunchspaghettiand be given your train tickets back to Cusco (Bus transfer from Ollantaytambo). The train usually leaves between 2:30 pm and 6pm depending on Peru Rail’s allocations and availability (to be confirmed). If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu. You can also go to the thermal springs in town - a real treat after finishing this Short Inca Trail Trek.

NOTE: It is no longer possible to stay a night on the short inca trail 2 days, 1 night. All people on this tour spend the night in Aguas Calientes, the town nearest Machu Picchu.

  • Meal: only Breakfast
  • Difficulty: Easy.
  • Huayna Picchu
  • There is a new regulation for climbing this mountain.

Tickets for this mountain need to be booked well in advance; there are two time sessions: 7 - 8am or 10 “ 11am “ this also needs to be specified when booking the trip.Please note: if you get the permits for the 7am start you will probably have to miss the Machu Picchu guided tour.

  • Water (We will provide you with boiled and filtered cold water during the trek after lunchspaghettion the first day).
  • You will need to bring a container to carry your water in. Also, you need to ensure that you pack a sufficient amount of water for the first half-day of the trek
  • 8 kg /17 lb luggage allowance to be carried by our mule (you will trek only with your day pack which is way more confortable than carrying a big bag!)
  • Horse (to carry tents and cooking equipment)
  • Dining and kitchen tents
  • First aid kit including an emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Emergency horse you may ride on if the altitude effects your ability to complete the trek
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes double or triple rooms, private bathrooms, hot showers, wifi, and storage while you visit Machu Picchu.
  • Round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes on Day 2
  • Breatfast in Aguas Caliente in your hotel on Day 3
  • Expeditons train from Ollantaytambo to km 104.
  • Entrance to Inka trail.
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Pick up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure.
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9
  • Machu Picchu entrance fees
  • Private bus to the start of the trail
  • Two-person tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
  • Sleeping mattress(pad)
  • Meals cooked by an experienced chef: breakfasts, lunchspaghetties, dinners, and snacks!
  • Delicious food rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
  • All our food is prepared from organic vegetables and fresh ingredients
Not Included
  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Lunchspaghettiin Aguas Calientes on the final day
  • Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
  • Sleeping bags. These can be rented in our office head expeditions peru for the entire trek (US $20). Every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use
  • Tips for the guide, cooks, and horse man.
Packing List
  • Original passport
  • For students: ISIC card
  • Insurance card/certificate
  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • 2- t-shirts
  • 2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
  • Long underwear for sleeping/thermal underwear
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water and/or water purification tablets
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • Camera, extra film & batteries
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Extra money for tips/snacks/beer. (We recommend for any emergency)
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