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Huchuy Qosqo Peru Trek to Machu Picchu is a less explored yet prominent trek to Machu Picchu. It offers an insight into the rise of the Inca empire. Huchuy Qosqo means Little Cusco in Quechua. It was built during the reign of Viracocha as a Royal estate.
Later during his rule, he faced a revolt from the Chancha community. He handed over the throne of Cusco to his son Pachacutec and took asylum in Huchuy Qosqo Peru. Pachacutec in turn dethroned his father and assumed the power of the new Inca emperor.
On his death, Viracocha’s mummified corpse was stored here. When the Spanish conquistadors conquered Huchuy Qosqo, they burnt his corpse.
Huchuy Qosqo Ruins are situated above the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This trek takes you to Machu Picchu following the sacred valley all the way down to Aguas Calientes.
The 3-day tour of Huchuy Qosqo Peru is a really nice and not too challenging option that combines nature, the original Inca Trail, a Quechua community on the way, and a guided tour of the little-known Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo Cusco.
Taking you off the beaten track you get away from all the crowds of the better-known treks but still get to enjoy all the amazing things that the Huchuy Qosqo trail has to offer. The Huchuy Qosqo tour is perfect for those with a short time frame or who are looking for an easier trekking route to visit Machu Picchu.
This is a high-altitude experience and involves hikes at high altitudes. We highly recommend you to spend a few days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness.
Happy Gringo Tours is a fully locally owned tour operating company in Cusco. We have state-of-the-art campsites and camping and cooking equipment. We operate all the treks under the guidance of a local tour guide.
Our tour guides, as locals, have extensive knowledge about the culture and history. Most of them are mountaineers and have plenty of knowledge and experience on high-altitude treks and dealing with altitude sickness.
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Please note it is best to hike Huchuy Qosqo Day Hike during the dry season – between March and November.
If you just want to explore Huchuy Qosqo, then do take a look at our two-day tour from Cusco.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you to the start point of the trek, Tambomachay. You will begin a full day hike from here for two hours to the first mountain pass.
We will be reaching the top of Sacred Valley of Incas. From here you will get to see amazing views of the valley and Andes mountain range.
Before lunch, we will be hiking in total for 4 hours, to the highest peak of the hike 4300 m – 14,107 ft.
After that we will do a downhill hike for an hour to get to the campsite Pumamarca Andean village.
We will be waking you up to a freshly brewed coffee and an organic breakfast. From here, we will hike down the hill to visit Huchuy Qosqo ruins. We will give you a guided tour of the complex. Then we will descend to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
We will be stopping for lunch at the town of Lamay. After lunch, we will be taking a bus to Ollantaytambo. Then we will take a train to Aguas Calientes.
We will be accommodating you in an ensuite hotel room for the night.
Early in the morning, we will be taking a bus to Machu Picchu citadel. It will be a 30 minutes drive up the hill. Our guide will assist you in clearing the security control and entering the citadel.
Once inside the citadel, you will be rewarded with a spectacular sight of the citadel while the clouds clearing by and the golden rays of the sun shimmering on the walls of Machu Picchu.
We will be giving you a two hours guided tour. After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you have booked a half day trek to Huayna Picchu or hike to Machu Picchu mountains, our guide will be directing you to the trail head.
Alternatively, you can hike to Sun gate or Intipunku. This is the entrance to the citadel for those on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
After a full day tour of Machu Picchu, you will be taking a bus back to Aguas Calientes. Here we will be serving lunch at a local restaurant. At around 04:00 PM, we will be taking a train back to Ollantaytambo.
Our representative will be meeting you on arrival and will be transferring you back to your hotel in Cusco. We will be returning to Cusco by 09:30 PM.
This was the best experience on my South America trip. Undoubtedly, it was the best idea to hike this as it is less touristy. I had spectacular views of the village of Lamay and Qoriqocha Lake. Marko is a fantastic guide too.
Extremely thankful to Marco and the Happy Gringo team for such a wonderful trek.