The Huchuy Qosqo trek to Machu Picchu remains off the beaten path and has fantastic scenery. You will have stunning views of local mountain villages, encounter many animals such as llamas and alpacas, observe dramatic mountain peaks and various local flora and fauna. You will meet the local people in rural villages and have a first-hand look at life in the high Peruvian Andes and walk along the footpaths of the ancients on the Inca Trail.
The signature archeological site of this trek is Huchuy Qosqo (3,600 m/11,800 ft). We will arrive at this site on Day 1 and camp there. A comprehensive tour will occur on the morning of Day 2. This site provides a picturesque environment to see examples of the master architect of the Incas. The view of the Sacred Valley and Urubamba Mountain range will take your breath away from this location.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (6:00am – 6:30am).
We will pick you up early from your hotel and drive for 30 minutes to the Inca site of Tambomachay (3,700 m/ 12,139 ft). Along the way, we will pass Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, and Puca Pucara. Tambomachay is the trailhead for this trek and where we will meet the remainder of our team – the horses, muleteers, and chef. We will pack our gear onto the horses and start the trek.
We begin by hiking uphill for two hours until we reach the first pass of our trek (4,100 m/13,451 ft). During this portion of the hike, Cusco and the surrounding mountains have gorgeous views. After an additional 30 minutes, we will arrive at Lake Qoricocha. This spectacular location is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious lunch.
After lunch, we ascend for 35 minutes to the second pass and highest point of our Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu (4,200 m/13,779 ft). From here, the remainder of the day´s trek is downhill. During this approximately 4 hour segment, we will go through scenic valleys, a grand canyon, and hike on a portion of the original Inca Trail. Our campsite for the night is on one of the terraces of the Huchuy Qosqo Inca site (3,600 m/ 11,808 ft).
We will wake up early to have a fantastic breakfast at our camp. After breakfast, we will have an extensive tour of the Huchuy Qosqo archeological site.
After our tour, we will hike downhill for 2 to 3 hours to Lamay (3,000 m/ 9,840 ft). In Lamay, we will have lunch. After lunch, our van will be waiting to drive us to Ollantaytambo (2,840 m / 9,315 ft), where we can do a short walking tour of the town.
From Ollantaytambo, we will catch a nice train to Aguas Calientes. When we arrive, you will check in to your hotel room. The natural hot springs in town are a great way to spend a late afternoon/early evening if time is available before dinner. Dinner will be at a great local restaurant.
You will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a very early bus (5:30 a.m.) along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Once there, you will be given a 2-hour walking tour of the site.
If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain, you will begin the hike at 10 a.m. If you are not climbing the mountain, you will have free time to explore the site, hike to the Sun Gate, or hike to the Inca Bridge before returning to Aguas Calientes by bus.
Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you will travel by private van to Cusco, and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket.
We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.
All of our private services include additional items such as:
We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.
We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.
We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Can I be picked up from the Sacred Valley?
Yes, let us know in advance to organize your pick-up time.
Amazing hike! highly recommended.