EXPLORE ...ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL INKA PATH TO HUCHUY QOSQO (SMALL CUSCO CITY) IN THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INKAS WITH SPECTACULAR VIEWS AND MEETING LOCAL PEOPLE...!
"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 camp in an area that is scarcely seen by tourists. Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco City) 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 have one night camping in the wilderness and then the very next night will be spent in Aguas Calientes pueblo.
A fantastic two-day trek in the surroundings of Cusco, departing from Tambomachay, located just 10 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 Machupicchu as an alternative to the saturated Inca Trail.
ITINERARY: 2 nigths before your trek you have an orientation with your Tour Guide in your hostal / hotel in Cusco City.
We begin our journey by departing Cusco, by car, in the direction of the Inca Site known as Tambomachay (3700 meters). >From here, we will begin trekking down the road as it curves sharply up-hill to reach a pass of near 4200 meters. We will continue to follow the trail down into the valley and towards the small community at the bottom. As we descend along the trail, you will see a beautifully green valley stretching out as far as the eye can see. The path we will see on its right slope leads to Pisac. Passing through the village and across a new bridge, the trail takes us up over the second pass (4300 meters) and into high open country. On the way, we will pass by the beautiful Lake Qoricocha (Golden Lake in Quechua). We'll continue along this rustic trail, eventually arriving at the highest point of the trek, 4350 meter, with its stellar views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Finally, we'll descend througth the Pucamarca community (4010 meters), arriving in the late afternoon to our camping site: Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco City). Here, we'll set up camp and enjoy the scenery of the Sacred Valley, watching different valleys ans mountains.
Huchuy Qosqo is perched above the Urubamba Valley, overlooking the little town of Lamay, which is a town dedicated to agriculture and raising cattle. Huchuy Qosqo was originally an administrative center like Pisac, and like Pisac, it also has Inca buildings made of stone and there is even one which has a great example of Inca style perfectly fitting stones. In the hillsides, we will also see some granaries because it was also an important agricultural center. Continuing along this now magnificent path, with Pitusiray looming above us, we will eventually pass an Inca stone and adobe gateway. This was / is the entrance to the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo for people who climbed up from the Urubamba Valley. Later in the afternoon, our private transport will drive us Ollantaytambo, where will catch the afternoon train to Aguas Calientes. Upon our arrival to Aguas Calientes. Then we are walking for 25 minutes to our Camping Site: Puente Ruinas (close to Urubamba River and Machu Picchu City).
On the third day of the tour, will wake up early and catch the bus up to Machu Picchu. Once there, we will have our 2 hour, guided portion of our Machu Picchu experience. Afterwards, we will then enjoy an additional 2 hours of free time, to explore on your own or walk up Huayna Picchu Mountain. Upon returning to Aguas Calientes, we will have lunch before coming back to Cusco in the afternoon.
- Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day
· $460 per person
Note: We include 7 kilos to carry
· Student Discount (with valid ISIC card) - $15
· Under 15 Discount - $15
· Under 7 Discount - $25
· Sleeping Bag (4 season) - $15 (Maximum size 1.95m / 6´4")
· Pair of Walking poles - $10
HUAYNA PICCHU: Only 400 people can climb this mountain so it needs to be booked in advanced and the price is $ 15. It is recommended to climb Huayna Picchu in the 10-11am time slot as otherwise you miss your guided tour. Contact the company at least one month in advance if you choose to hike this trail.
EXTRA NIGHT: If you want to stay longer at Machu Picchu then you can book an extra night at Aguas Calientes village. Just let us know that you plan to stay an extra night so we organize your return train for the next day. You can either organize your accommodation by yourself or we can assist with making bookings. If you were thinking of going back to Machu Picchu the next day then you will have to buy a new entrance fee to Machu Picchu and the bus tickets around $70.