This trek is ideal for those who really want to be far-flung in the middle of nowhere with only nature surrounding. The Huchuy Qosqo trek allows you to camp in an area that is seldom seen by tourists. Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco) is situated above the Urubamba Valley and offers spectacular views over the Cordillera de Vilcanota mountain range. This trek is also a great way for you to enjoy a shorter trek that still includes Machu Picchu and the Inca trails (with Inca stairs that are better than the Inca Trail). You will have one night of camping in the wilderness and one night in a hostel in the beautiful town of Aguas Calientes.
Day 1: Cusco – Patabamba – Huchuyqosqo
Early morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the small village of Patabamba (3800m) where our wranglers and group of lamas and mules are waiting. We load the mules up with our gear and start our walk through the high valleys to Pucamarca reaching our first pass at 4200mtr (13,779ft). Along the way we have fantastic views of the surrounding snow capped mountains and we pass some high mountains lakes. After the lunch we continue our afternoon hike visiting different Inca monuments while passing fine Inca stairs before reaching Huchuy Qosqo where our team will be setting up our tents and preparing our dinner. Overnight at the camp
Day 2: Huchuy Qosqo – Chinchero – Aguas Calientes
After a guided visit of the site Huchuy Qosqo we will continue our hike to the small town of Chinchero taking in some breathtaking views and arriving around noon. We then visit a local home for traditional weaving demonstrations where we will also be served lunch. Later in the afternoon, our private transport will drive us to Ollantaytambo, where we will catch the afternoon train to Aguas Calientes. Upon our arrival to Aguas Calientes, we will check into our rooms and have free time for the rest of the night.
Day 3: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
On the third day of the tour, will wake up early and catch the local transport up to Machu Picchu. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide in Machu Picchu and afterwards you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy and bought the ticket, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2,720 m/8,923 ft). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top of Huayna Picchu. Upon returning to Aguas Calientes, you will have one last lunch before coming back to Cusco in the afternoon.
- Professional, bilingual tour guide.
- Round trip Train Ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
- Transfer from Cusco Hotel, to Patabamba.
- Transfer from Chinchero, to Ollantaytambo.
- Transfer from Train Station in Ollantaytambo to Cusco Hotel.
- 1 night in spacious personal tents and inflatable mattress.
- 1 night in Aguas Calientes with private bath, hot water and breakfast included..
- Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes while hiking.
- Excellent Meals (2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner).
- Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking.
- Horsemen with packhorse or mules(for carring camping equipment and up to 8kg of your personal belongings).
- Dinning tent.
- sanitary services.
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Entrance fee to Hot Springs at Aguas Calientes (consult: Optionals).
- Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Mountain (consult: Optionals).
We recommend you bring:
- Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC), if applicable)
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required)
- Sleeping bag (also can be rented from us)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended)
- Insect repellent
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelbak
- Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with previously-boiled drinking water throughout the trek)
- Toiletries (including toilet paper)
- Personal medication
- Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
- Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) for personal expenses and tips