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Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu – 3 Days

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  • Large Group Service(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)Start Time: 06:00
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  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Difficulty: 6/10
  • Pick up: Hotel Cusco
  • Drop off: Hotel Cusco
  • Availability: Year Round
  • Tour type: Adventure

Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu - 3 Days

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:

Hotel Cusco.

Departure Time:

Pick up from your hotel (6:00am – 6:30am).


Day 1: Cusco – Qoricocha – Huchuy Qosqo

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).

Day 2: Huchuy Qosqo - Lamay - Aguas Calientes.

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.

Day 3: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco.

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.


Price Includes for Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu - 3 Days:

  • Pre trek Briefing (briefing at the hotel).
  • Pick up from your hotel on the morning of departure.
  • Transportation from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the hike by private car.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu (Huayna Picchu US$ 40 extra) and Huchuy Qosqo.
  • English / Quechua / Spanish professional guide speak.
  • Second tour guide over 12 people.
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent, which allows for greater comfort and storage of backpacks.
  • Thermarest air-inflate Comfortable sleeping Mattress.
  • Cook and assistance of the Cook.
  • Dining equipment, including portable chairs and tables.
  • Local food service in the campsites (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 snacks).
  • Vegetarian and free gluten food for no extra cost.
  • Daily tea service (weak up Coca tea and afternoon tea time or happy hour with full of popcorn, chocolate, coffee, and special snacks made by our cooks).
  • Water for Drinking: we will supply with filtered and boiled water, and your bottles will be filled at each mealtime. Please bring enough water for the first day only.
  • Single tents upon request with no extra cost.
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Horseman and horses. (they will carry our duffel bag of 7 kilos, including your sleeping bag, mattress, and clothes.).
  • Tourist Expeditions Train ticket from Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.
  • Private transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes (twin bed room with private bathroom and hot shower).
  • Insuranse policy of life for cooks and horsemen.
  • Visit Machupicchu on the last day (2 hours guided tour to explore the whole incan sites).
  • Local Shared transportation from Lamay to Ollantaytambo.

Price Excludes for Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu - 3 Days:

  • Extra expenses.
  • Lunch and dinner – Day 3.
  • Not detailed meals.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please).
  • Huayna Picchu entrance US$ 40 extra.
  • Entrance fee to Tambomachay
  • Sleeping bags (it can be rented from us for US$ 30 for the entire trip).
  • Waking sticks (it can be rented from us for US$ 20 for the entire trip).
  • Tips (optional).

Items to bring for Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu - 3 Days:

  • Original Passport.
  • Original Student Card (if you book as a student).
  • A travel insurance card is essential.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) or poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased for about $ 2 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breathe at night if you want to take them.
  • Warm clothes include jackets, fleeces, gloves, scarves, and knit / tour beanies. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Camera, films, and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from sun, rain, and cold.
  • Sunblock.
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We recommend bringing water purification tablets in case you pick up water from streams.
  • Your own kit with special medicines you may need, paracetamol, second skin blisters, etc.
  • Small towel.
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you think swimming in the hot springs).
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Eager and adventurous spirit to enjoy your hike.

Would you like Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu - 3 Days in a private service?

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:

  • Extra Horse to ride (1 day only).
  • Hotel 3 Stars (At Aguas Calientes Town).
  • North Face 4 season tents.
  • Entrance to climb Huaynapicchu Mountain.
  • Vistadome Train (First Class train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo).
  • Private Van from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Bus Round Trip (Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes).
  • Lunch in Machupicchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • 02 Waking Poles per Person.
  • 1 Duffel Bag to carry all your sleeping bags, self-inflating pad as well as clothes.
  • Tour Guide to explore Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu all day. And of course, we pay a little more to our Staff and Guide.


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.


(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)

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(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)

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(Group Size: Upon Request)

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Can I be picked up from the Sacred Valley?
Yes, let us know in advance to organize your pick-up time.

Why travel with Choquequirao Expeditions?
  • High quality services
  • Best price guarantee!
  • Local 100% Peruvian Tour operator (Based in Cusco).
  • We never pass you on to another operator or third party.
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed!
  • TripAdvisor recommended!
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Amazing hike! highly recommended.

January 17, 2022
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