A fantastic two-day trek in the surroundings of Cusco, departing from Chinchero, located just 45 minutes from Cusco, leading to Huchuy Qosqo, an ancient Inca archaeological site perched on a cliff with stunning views over the Sacred Valley of the Incas, crossing mountain passes, Andean communities and offering a large array of local flora and fauna. An excellent and less-beaten hike that can be complemented with a visit to Machu Picchu as an alternative to the saturated Inca Trail. This trek is ideal for those passengers who really want to be far in the middle of nowhere with only nature surrounding them as they were a local home and to be feed by the organic products that they cultivated that is scarcely seen by tourists. Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco) is situated above the Valley of Urubamba and offers very spectacular views over the mountain range Cordillera de Vilcanota. This trek is also a great way for you to enjoy a shorter trek that still includes Machu Picchu and Inca trails (with Inca stairs that are better than the Inca Trail). You will sleep in the wilderness and then the very next night will be spent in our Hotel in the beautiful pueblo Aguas Calientes”.
Be part of the local families in the middle of the Andes.
Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco)
Day 1: Chinchero to Huchuy Qosqo
At 07:00 am pick up from your hotels, private vehicle for 1 hour to Chinchero located at 3700 m.s.n.m. We continue our trip nearby the like Piuray, where is located the community Tauca and start the gentle hike for nearly 3-hours of gradually up to the Pass at 4400m.s.n.m. We start our hike walking at the ancient Inca Trail used by Quechua people to connect the Sacred Valley, Pisac and probably to Machu Picchu at the XV century. From this point, you can observe panoramic of the plateau views of high Andean level we observe llamas and alpacas eating the Andean grass named Ichu, small cactus, and some bromelia bushes locally known as Puyas. At the left side on the path, we can see ancient Incas terraces used by farmers. Then we descend along the trail, you will see a beautiful green valley’s stretching out as far as the eye can see. (1 hour to walk to Huchuy Qosqo) a soft walk to end the valley and we walk through a narrow canyon to see a recently restored trail with wooden bridges and some steps, a lot of native trees and bushes, a panoramic views of Lamay Valley and Calca, the sacred river of the Incas, Willcamayo ; from that point the walk is one hour to reach the Inca site of HuchuyQosqo, recently restored by archaeologists, located at 3600m.s.n.m. from this point it is clear to see many beautiful mountains as Chicon, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Waccaywilca and Veronica ancient Apus so respected and venerated by the locals, which most of them are Incas- Quechuas descendent. At the end of that beautiful day will be sleep in a local house and feed by an organic product that local farmer produced.
Meals: Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: local house.
Maximum Altitude: 4400 m.a.s.l.
Minimum Altitude: 3600 m.a.s.l.
Distance Travelled: 12 km.
Approximate Walking Time: 4- 5 hours
Day 2: HuchuyQosqo, Ollanta and train to Aguas Calientes, Machupicchu
Early wake up at 6:00 am, after breakfast we leave our beautiful local house at 07:00 am. We explore again the beautiful archeological Huchuy Qosqo was originally an administrative and military center place, with many constructions around, Inca buildings with perfect fine stones work, granaries structures called Collcas to store and preserve food, because it was an important agricultural center to produce corn, after that we continue descent to the town Lamay famous by the typical dish ¨guinea pig on stick¨, where our transport will escort to us to the town Ollantaytambo if the time permits we will explore the life Inka city. After that we will take a train to de town of Aguas Calientes, 2 hours of spectacular train ride with amazing views at both sides of the valleys with impressive snowcapped mountains, several Inca constructions can be seen from your windows and the Urubamba River near the train. After we arrive to Aguas Calientes our guide will take you to our Hostel. At dinner time your guide gives a full briefing for the most important day.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch.
Accommodation: 1 night in a hotel.
Maximum Altitude: 3,600 m.a.s.l.
Minimum Altitude: 2,000 m.a.s.l.
Distance Travelled: kms
Day 3: fully explorer the sacred city of the Incas ¨Machu Picchu¨
You will star in the morning taking a bus for 30 minutes and to enjoy the sun race in the Sacred City of Machu Picchu and optimize your visit at this wonderful and marvel place found in 1911. And in the afternoon take the train back to Cusco. With our expert tour guide, he will show and walk with you through the most remarkable sectors areas, temples, residences, altars and he will offer a relevant history and archaeology informations. After the guided tour you will have extra time to explore by yourself, going to the sun gate “Inti-Punku”, or walking to the Inca Bridge. Then optional walk to Huayna Picchu mountain (2 Hrs) for later bookings when permits for this walk are sold out we have the walk to the mountain Machu Picchu instead. ( 3 Hrs)
Maximum Altitude: 2400 m.a.s.l.
Minimum Altitude: 2000 m.a.s.l.
Distance Travelled: 5 kms
Approximate Walking Time: 4 hours