This Huchuy Qosqo hike & 1 day Machu Picchu visit takes you from Cusco to the Sacred Valley passing by some impressive views and visiting the small site of Huchuy Qosqo. From here you will continue to Ollantaytambo for the train to Machu Picchu. This is a relatively new route that is not that often done so a great chance to enjoy the peace and quietness of the Andean highlands with few or no people around.
- 2 day hike with several high altitude climbs up to 4,300 meters above sea level
- 1 day hiking, last day Machu Picchu visit
- One night hotel overnight in Aguas Calientes
- 2nd day full day visit to Machu Picchu
- Huayna Picchu climb possible
- Transfer to Aguas Calientes by train
- Return to Cusco by train
Here is an overview of what the 2 day Huchuy Qosqo Trek looks like;
We leave Cusco at 7:00am in a private transport that takes us to Chinchero to then follow on to Tauca, a small Andean community that is the starting point of our trek. We start hiking uphill amidst beautiful mountain scenery with presence of llamas, alpacas and lovely views of the Piuray Lagoon until we reach the only mountain pass of this program at 4500m/14760ft (2h). We then start descending along a restored Inca Trail for an approximated 1h towards the small Andean community of Pukamarca (4010m/13153ft). From there, we walk downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where we find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. This canyon boasts geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3600m/11808ft, where we arrive by early afternoon. Huchuy Qosqo is an Inca archaeological complex with imposing architecture that includes a large open ceremonial center, from which we enjoy a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the snowcapped mountain range of the same name. While in the complex, we receive a guided tour, after which we continue our way to Lamay at 3000m/9840ft. Lamay is a town dedicated to agriculture and cattle raising. Later in the afternoon, our private transport drives us to Ollantaytambo. We estimated arrival time in the late evening to take a train to Aguas Calientes (overnight).
We wake up early and board a bus to Machupicchu where we begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around, climb up the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machupicchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it (please note that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day), or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. In the afternoon you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes where you will be met at the train station for your return train to Cusco. On arrival in Poroy or Ollantaytambo Station (depending on the service) you will be met and taken back to Cusco and your hotel.