This trek is ideal for those people who really want to be far in the middle of nowhere with only nature surrounding them. Huchuy Qosqo is situated above the Valley of Urubamba and offers spectacular views over the mountain range Cordillera de Vilcanota.
ITINERARY: DURATION: 2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT
DISTANCE: 14 KM
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: NORMAL (EASY)
MEALS: LUNCH, DINNER AND SNAKCS
- Day 1: Cusco - Tauca - Huchuy Qosqo Pass – Huchuy Qosqo Ruins - Lamay – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
- Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco Meals: Breakfast And Lunch
Day 01: Cusco - Tauca - Huchuy Qosqo Pass – Huchuy Qosqo Ruins - Lamay – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
You will start driving from your hotel to the small Village of Tauca, (3750m) the beginning of your trek will be on level terrain, and the landscape will be that of typical Andean valleys rich in corn, potatoes, barley, quinoa and other Andean tubers. As you ascend towards your pass at 4050m, the landscape begins to change dramatically to that classic of high Andean savannah or Puna, with scant vegetation, mainly “ichu” or high altitude grass. The views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba peaks are spectacular: Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and San Juan snow peaks. Soon after the pass you will start your descent toward the Huchuy Qosqo plains hiking along a path that leads to the Ccauca ravine, where you will be able to see archaeological remains and wild crops, such as tarwi, and a large quantity of cacti. You will walk downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where you will find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. This canyon boasts geological formationsHuchuy Qosqo surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3650 m. Huchuy Qosqo (“Little Cuzco”) is a Noteworthy Inca complex. It boasts very fine stonework in a large Kallanka (rectangular Hall), some residential and defensive quarters and interesting two-story buildings in stone and adobe. Huchuy Qosqo is located on a plateau, surrounded by Inca agricultural terracing and commanding superb views of the Vilcabamba range. After wards we’ll go downhill to Lamay at 2900m where we’ll catch our transport driving to Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is the place where we’ll continue by train to Aguas Calientes town. Overnight in hotel.
Day 02: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Early in the morning we’ll go up in the first bus to visit Machu Picchu 2450m at your own pace with your guide. After your free time descent to the village of Aguas Calientes at 2050m, we’ll catch the train coming back to Ollantaytambo, where your vehicle will be expecting you to take you to your hotel in Cusco 3350m.
- Private transportation, from the hotel to the Trail head
- All meals marked as B,L,D
- Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
- Entrance fee to Huchuy Qosqo
- Ticket of the train Ollantaytambo –Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (round trip).
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
- One way bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Hostel in Aguas Calientes
- First-aid including emergency oxygen bottle
- First breakfast
- Optional tips to staff.
- Extra expenses
What do I need to bring?
- Small backpack with rain shelter (20 or 30 litters is well enough).
- Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
- Trekking shoes.
- Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
- Woolen or synthetic socksand a sweater.
- Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
- Rainponcho and a hat.
- Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
- Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel and toilet paper.
- Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
- Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
- Original passport, original ISIC student card (In case you are student) and extra money in soles.