Huchuy Qosqo trek to Machu Picchu, 3 days

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Huchuy Qosqo trek to Machupicchu is one of the more beautiful treks near Cusco.

Huchuy Qosqo translated into English is (“Small Cusco”), actually “Cusco”. This trek is impressive as you’ll see different sightseeing landscapes such as; snow-capped mountains, lagoons, and a variety of flora and fauna.  It’s one of the most original trails you can reconnoiter near Cusco.

And of course, you’ll see the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This trek lasts a total of 3 days and 2 nights from the Imperial City of Huchuy Qosqo to Mystical Lost City of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

CAUTION: Please allow a minimum of two (02) days to acclimate before considering to begin your adventure package to Machu Picchu.




What is included:
• Trek briefing with your Guide.
• Professional local Guide (on hike)
• Second tour guide for groups of 9+
• Private Transport and professional driver (to the starting point of hike “at Challacancha”)
• All entrance tickets and permits for Salcantay hike and Machu Picchu Park Salkantay Trek Price to Machu Picchu.
• Horses or mules and Indigenous horsemen to carry ((camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetables).
• 1 train Ticket Service from Machu Picchu pueblo to Ollantaytambo Village (Expedition Tourist Train)
• 2 bus Tickets from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu Park (round trip).
• Machupicchu guided tour (3 hrs) and extra time for you.
• Personal items to carry 8 kg/17 lb. (so you just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day).
• 3 nights camping
• Spacious tents / Sleeping mat.
• 1 night in a Hostel in Aguas Calientes. based on sharing a room; either double, matrimonial or triple depending on availability. Hotel brand rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers and Wi-Fi after the huchuy qosqo trek Price to Machu Picchu.
• We provide a duffle for personal items.
• One Cook
• Excellent Meals (4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners)
• Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all before rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request).
• Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, coco, biscuits, popcorn)
• Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking).
• Wake up coca tea in your tent.
• Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
• Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
• Cusco Journeys & Adventure uses walkie-talkies on all treks.
• Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
• All local taxes

What Is Not Included
 First breakfast & lunch on the last day
 Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets (US$25)
 Hot springs (S/ 15.00 soles)
 Sleeping bags
 Extra activities such as zip line and barbecues.
 Additional horses for extra personal luggage above that of the personal item allowance.
 Optional up – grades (train and hotel)
 Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide
What do you need to bring:
 1 good sleeping bag liner which is super lightweight and easy to pack. This definitely does its job!
 Travel-size tissues and wet wipes–The air is cold and damp, so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone A good day pack: such as Eagle Creek Afar Backpack (Appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings.)
 Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if applicable)
 Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required
 Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
 3 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans), 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray before the trip.
 Layers for variable temperatures especially at night
 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit. A rain jacket can be helpful, because there are rainy days even in the dry season!
 1 warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves, scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
 4 pairs of underwear, 6 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) It is nice to have a
 4 shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
 seems to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. Also, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key.
 Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
 Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
 Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on, so bringing some anti-itch ointment could be helpful.
 Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camel-back
 Water (Only for first day of the hike, as we will provide you with water throughout the rest of the hike).
 Camera and film
 A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
 Bandages or moleskin
 Flip flops to change into at night. Your toes will thank you!
 Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste/floss, shampoo/conditioner, brush/comb, Vaseline (great for potential blisters on the feet), feminine hygiene products, deodorant, nail clippers/file/tweezers, spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, contact lenses and supplies, hand sanitizer etc. Pack what you need, but pack light.
 Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach) because some people get an upset stomach on the trek. Also, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be helpful to help with aches and pains after 8-10 hours of hiking each day.
 Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
 Something to read in the evenings
 Extra money for drinks,
 Tips in soles for cooks, horsemen, guides.
 Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220



We begin the tour with an early morning pick-up at your hotel (7:30 am) and drive straight to Patabamba (3,800 m.), trailhead to start our trekking. At this point, we’ll continue through the Andean landscapes and over to the “Pukamarca Pass” (3,800 m.), hiking along a path that leads to the town of Tauca, where we come across the archaeological remains and natural crops, such as “Tarwi”, and an abundance of cactus. We continue onward to the Pukamarca Pass (Elev. 4200 m.), where we may take pleasure of the surrounding sceneries and huge mountains for instance; Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and San Juan.

Continuing along the path where we descend towards a lovely remote Andean town, “Pukamarca” (Elev. 4,010 m). Here we’ll stop for a short break.
As get moving, we will hike declining unto a mystical ancient path that leads us to the “Leon Punku” ravine. This will lead us unto a very narrow corridor, between some colossal rock walls, where we will discover some Incan remains and various primal bridges and Incan stairs (some of the best Inca Stairs anywhere) leading us to a Canyon.

This Canyon is absolutely magical and its’ geological formations are impressive (surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders) leading us directly to the river “Huchuy Qosqo” (Elev. 3600 m). Upon arriving to the ruins, we’ll have a brief historical account of the area and you’ll retire to your accommodations for the night. Includes dinner and sleep-over at a typical native homestay, along the side of the Huchuy Qosqo ruins.


  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Homestay in Huchuyqosqo
  • Highest Altitude: 4,200m.
  • Lowest Altitude: 3,500m
  • Hiking Distance: 13km approx.
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate.



Huchuy Qosqo is an Inca Archaeological Complex which is perched precariously on the side of a mountain with imposing architecture that includes a large open ceremonial center. At this point, you’ll enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the snow-capped mountain range.

At the Archaeological Complex, we will receive a guided tour as we make our way around the ruins. Next, we’ll make our way down the mountain to Lamay (3,000 m/ 9,840 ft.) Lamay is a town dedicated to agriculture and cattle raising. In the afternoon, we’ll be driven to Ollantaytambo, where we will board an afternoon train to Aguas Calientes. The train ride is absolutely gorgeous, enjoying the renowned geographical beauty of Peru’s landscape. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes all passengers will be shown to their respective accommodations.


  • Meals: Breakfast: Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Private hostel
  • Highest Altitude: 3500m
  • Lowest Altitude: 2040m
  • Hiking Distance: 8km approx.
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy


Day 3: Machu Picchu (The Sacred City Of The Incas) – Return to Cusco

Today is the most important day of your expedition and we’ll the make the most of it. We’ll start the day with a hearty breakfast (5:30 a.m.) before taking one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. The Hotel will have your bags prepared upon your return from the tour.

The bus ride takes 30 minutes to reach the top of Machu Picchu. Once you arrive, your guide will escort you to Machu Picchu. We will situate ourselves at a beautiful location to watch the sunrise and take photos. You’ll have 2 ½ hours with your Guide to lead you through the citadel of Machu Picchu, imparting onto you the history and culture of the Incas.

At the end of the tour, you will have time for your own exploration of the Citadel.

If you have reserved a visit to “HUAYNAPICHHU” (tickets $ 25.00 per person/limited to 400 per day – NOT INCLUDED), you’ll begin your hike at 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., please coordinate with the Trek Leader for your visit depending on Municipality’s programmed time.

Finishing our visit, we will return to our bus descending to Aguas Calientes arriving around 3:00 pm (as our train usually leaves at 4:20 p.m.). We’ll board the train back to Ollantaytambo for two hours, followed by a two hour drive to your hotel in Cusco.


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