Huchuy Qosqo Trek + Short Inca Trail 4D/3N
We are excited to offer this new multi-day itinerary combining one of the lesser known, but most scenic treks in the area (Huchuy Qosqo) with a short, but memorable trek on the Short Inca Trail (part of the world renowned, and much travelled Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu).
This itinerary has many highlights, many of which we’ll mention here, but perhaps one of its biggest advantages is that it doesn’t require permits in advance. Current restrictions and the increasing number of travelers visiting Peru each year means that booking a trek on the Classic Inca Trail is becoming more difficult, often requiring you to book more than a year in advance. Not so with this route. Since there are no limitations on the number of persons that can hike the Huchuy Qosqo trail, your adventure in the Andes and your visit to the iconic Machu Picchu can often be booked last minute (though we don’t suggest leaving it too late…just in case!)
Our adventure begins on the Huchuy Qosqo trail. Gradually gaining altitude our route leads us through remote mountain villages, past lazy Llamas and cheeky Alpacas roaming freely on the mountainside, across golden grasslands and beneath dramatic snow-capped mountain peaks. Far away from the normal tourist routes, you may feel like you’ve stepped back in time as we meet the local indigenous people in their rural villages and experience some of the real culture of the Peruvian Andes.
You will walk along the footpaths built by the ancient pilgrims on the Inca Trail. Once the main route connecting the heart of the Inca Empire in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, the route brings us to the spectacular Huchuy Qosqo complex.
Perfectly positioned to stand as a lookout across the beautiful Sacred Valley, Huchuy Qosqo sits at an elevation of 3,600 m (11,800 ft) above the town of Lamay. This archaeological remnant of pre-Inca and Inca architecture is a fascinating testament to the engineering knowledge and technical capability that existed in those ancient times.
We spend our second night in the vibrant Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo. With its eclectic mix of ancient architecture, Artesan crafts and bustling restaurants and cafes it is a fascinating contrast to our time in the mountains, and you will have plenty of time to explore. We will have arranged your accomodation in a quality local hotel, allowing you a good night´s rest before we begin the second half of our journey, on the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Whilst our time on this trail is short, it provides access to some of the most iconic views in the area. Taking the same steps walked by the Inca Pilgrims, we will pass the ancient settlements used by travelers for respite ahead of their (and your) final destination.
Your first glimpses of this sacred centre of Incan culture are simply unforgettable, and we have plenty of time on the trail to make sure you capture those memories forever. Crossing the Sacred Valley, we arrive at the magnificent Inti Punku, or Sun Gate. From here, breathless and elated, we make our final descent to the jewel in the Peruvian Crown, and one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. Welcome to Machu Picchu!
We spend our last night in the busy town of Aguas Calientes. Gathering together for a spectacular group dinner we prepare ourselves for the grand finale; our tour of the site that is on “Bucket Lists” the world over! Rising early to hopefully catch the spectacular sunrise over the Andes (we unfortunately can’t book the weather) you will have a full guided tour of this magnificent Citadel, and plenty of time to take those iconic photgraphs!
- Day 1 — Cusco – Qoricocha – Huchuy Qosqo
- Day 2 – Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay – Ollantaytambo
- Day 3 – Ollantaytambo – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu
- Day 4 – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
- We provide a full pre-trek briefing at our office in Cusco. This gives you the chance to ask questions about the trek itinerary and is when you will also be given your duffle bag so that you can pack your gear for the trek. Briefings are generally scheduled for the morning of the day before your trek starts. If your trek begins on a Monday then the briefing will be scheduled for the Saturday before.Please take this timing into consideration when booking your travel plans to Cusco, ensuring you arrive in time for the briefing.
What is Included?
- Pre-Departure Briefing at our office
- Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Tambomachay (start of trek)
- Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
- High quality, 4-person tent for every 2 people (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
- Inflatable Mattress and pillow (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
- Kitchen tent (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
- Dining tent with tables and chairs (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
- Toilet tent (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
- Professional Chef and assistant chef (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
- Wranglers and horses to carry all equipment (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
- Horse to transport up to 7 kg of your personal gear (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
- Duffle bag for your personal gear (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
- Emergency horse on the Huchuy Qosqo trek (in case we need it!)
- Three breakfasts, two lunches, one box lunch and three dinners
- Hot water for washing twice daily (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
- Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
- Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
- Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy or Ollantaytambo.
- Private van transportation from Poroy or Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo (double occupancy)
- Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Entrance to Huchuy Qosqo
- Entrance to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail
What is not included?
- Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
- Trekking poles (can be rented from us
- Huayna Picchu ticket (can be purchased for an extra US $75 per person)
- Day 1 Breakfast
- Day 4 Lunch in Aguas Calientes
- Tips for the trek crew (tipping optional and guidelines provided)
- Travel /Health / Emergency insurance
We recommend that you bring?
- Original passport (nb. if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking you MUST bring both)
- Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
- Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
- Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
- Sun block (factor 35+ recommended)
- Head lamp + batteries*
- Sunglasses and sun hat
- Camera + batteries*
- Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us) MUST have rubber tips
- Insect repellent – 15% DEET
- Snacks (while your crew will prepare the most amazing meals, everyone’s energy needs are different, particularly at altitude, and so you should pack some suitable snacks to make sure you are always fully energised)
* nb. batteries run down faster at high altitudes
- Hiking poles – US $10.00 (pair)
- Sleeping bag – US $10.00
- Vistadome train – USD 50
- Hiram Bingham train– USD 380
- Belmond sanctuary lodge (5-star hotel) – USD 490 Per person
- Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – USD 245 Per person
- Tierra viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – USD 50 Per person
- Private Tent – US$30.00
Departure/Return LocationLima, Perú
IncludedProfessional licensed guide fluent in English
Not Includedprivate van to trailhead at km 82
Day 1: Cusco – Qoricocha – Huchuy Qosqo
- Meals: Lunch/Dinner
- Accommodations: Camping
- Distance covered: 14 km (9 miles)
- Lowest elevation: 3,600 m/ 11,808 ft
- Highest elevation: 4,200 m/ 13,779 ft
- Approximate walking time: 7 to 8 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Sights: Inca Ruins, Lake Qoricocha, Huchuy Qosqo Complex
Day 2: Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay – Ollantaytambo
- Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
- Accommodations: Hotel
- Lowest elevation: 3,000 m/ 9,840 ft
- Highest elevation: 3,600 m/ 11,808 ft
- Distance covered: 3 km (1.5 miles)
- Approximate walking time: 2 to 3 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Sights: Inca ruins, Ollantaytambo
Day 3: Ollantaytambo – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu
- Meals: Breafast/Box Lunch / Dinner
- Accommodations: Hotel
- Lowest elevation: 2,040 m / 6,691 ft
- Highest elevation: 2,720 m / 8,920 ft
- Distance to walk: 13 km / 8 miles
- Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours
- Sights: Inca ruins, Chachabamba, Wiñay Huayna & Sun Gate
Day 4: Machu Picchu Tour – Return train to Cusco
- Meals: Breafast
- Lowest elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
- Highest elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft
- Sites: Machu Picchu
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