Huchuy Qosqo Trek 3 days and 2 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 3 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. As there are only 2 days of trekking, you will only camp for one night and then sleep in Hotel on the next night. This trek is ideal for those passengers who really want to be far in the middle of nowhere with only nature surrounding them as they camp in an area that is scarcely seen by tourists. 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 still includes Machu Picchu and Inca trails
At 06:00 am pick up from your hotels, private van for 25 minutes to Tambomachay located at 3700 masl. (for our mid day we have a 8 Km of moderate walk with a gradual climbing of 450 meters,4-5 Hrs till the lunch place) 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 Cusco traditional neiborhoods as Santa Ana, Santiago, Puquin ,the Valley of Qorao, 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 (4300 meters) and into high open country. Just reaching the top we can see the beautiful Lake Qoricocha (Golden Lake in Quechua) where we descend for 20 minutes to find our lunch spot , free time to rest. After lunch we continue another 200 meter to climb in 3 Hrs walk in a normal pace to reach the highest point 4380 masl, from this top we see Chincheros and the lake of Piuray and some snow sacred mountains as Salcantay, Veronica, (2 passes) then a 45 minutes downhill walk to Pucamamarca our camping place. Here, our staff set up camp and enjoy our supper underneath the great starry sky. This community is located at 3,980 masl nearby there few houses that belong to the farmers. (8- 9 horas 16 kilometers of moderate walk).
- Meals: Lunch Dinner
- Accommodation: Camping 4010 masl
- Maximum Altitude: 4350masl
- Minimum Altitude: 3700masl
- Distance Travelled: 14 km
- Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours
Early wake up at 6:00 am, after breakfast we leave our campsite at 07:00 am (1 hour to walk to HuchuyQosqo) a soft walk to end the valley and we walk through a narrow canyon to see a recently restored trail with wooden bridges and some steps, a lot of of native trees and bushes , a panoramic views of Lamay Valley and Calca, the sacred river of the Incas, Willcamayo ; the walk is one hour to reach the Inca site of HuchuyQosqo, recently restored by archaeolists, located at 3450 mals from this point it is clear to see many beautiful mountains as Chicon, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Waccaywilca and Veronica ancient Apus so respected and venerated by the locals which most of them are Incas- Quechuas descendents. We have a guided tour for 1.5 hours to visit and explore this interesting Inca complex. HuchuyQosqo was originally an administrative and military center as Pisaq, with many constructions around, Inca buildings with perfect fine stones work, graneries structures called Collcas to store and preserve food, because it was an important agricultural center to produce corn. After that we head down in to the Sacred Valley to the village of Lamay where we will have lunch and we take a bus to Ollantaytambo and then a train to Aguas Calientes.
- Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
- Accommodation: Hotel (samay) or similar
- Maximum Altitude: 3400
- Minimum Altitude: 2900masl
- Distance Travelled: 8 km
- Approximate Walking Time: 2.30 hours
Early wake up at 04:00 am and after breakfast we need to wait at the Bus Terminal to get our bus. The first Bus to Machupicchu depart at 5:30am After 30 minutes of bus ride we are at the entrance of Machu Picchu ready for our guided visit, 2 hours guided tour with our expert tour guide ,he will show and walk with you through the most remarkable sectors areas, temples, residences palaces, altars and he will offer a relevant history and archaeology informations. After the guided tour you will have extra time to explore by yourself, going to the sun gate Inti-Punku, or walking to the Inca Bridge. Then optional walk to Huayna Picchu mountain (2 Hrs) for later bookings when permits for this walk are sold out we have the walk to the mountain Machupicchu instead. ( 2.5 Hrs) In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Difficulty: Easy