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US$ 220Price per person based on 2 people. Only offered in private service. Airfares not included.
Duration:1 Day
Destination:Cusco - Huchuy Qosqo


If you don’t have time for the 4-day Inca Trail, but still want to experience the freedom of a hike in the Andes, we recommend the Huchuy Qosqo trek.  Enjoy a different side of Cusco, as you:

  • Hike through beautiful mountain scenery
  • Walk alongside llamas and alpacas
  • Visit off-the-radar Andean communities
  • Follow a restored Inca Trail
  • Experience amazing views of the Sacred Valley and the Piuray Lagoon
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Huchuy Qosqo Inca archeological complex

The Huchuy Qosqo (or “Little Cusco”) archeological complex is located north of Cusco, and lies at an elevation of 3600 meters (11,800 feet). It boasts imposing architecture with a large open ceremonial center, from which you can enjoy  panoramic views of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the snow-capped mountain range of the same name.

Among its many buildings — some stone, some adobe — there is a kallanka (great hall) that is 40m long. You’ll also find an impressive irrigation channel, lined with stones for about 800m, that still provides the site with water today.

Huchuy Qosqo is inaccessible by public road. The two main access points by foot are from Lamay or from Tauca — the starting point of this trek. Two-day hikes or horseback trips to Huchuy Qosqo are also available.


Full Day Trek (duration: 6-7 hours):
We pick you up from the lobby of your hotel and transfer you to Tauca, a small Andean community, that is the starting point of your trek. Begin your hike uphill surrounded by beautiful mountains, the presence of llamas and alpacas, and lovely views of the Piuray Lagoon. After you reach the only mountain pass at 4500m/14760ft, you will begin your descend along a restored Inca Trail. Continue for approximately 01 hour towards the small Andean community of Pukamarca (4010m/13153ft).

From there, walk downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where you will find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. This canyon boasts geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3600m/11808ft.  You will arrive at the site by early afternoon.

While at the complex, enjoy a guided tour. Afterwards, continue your way to the agricultural and cattle-raising town of Lamay at 3000m/9840ft. Later in the afternoon, you will be transferred to your hotel in Cusco.


Level of Difficulty: Medium to challenging

BLBoxed Lunch


Only offered in Private Service Trek Price per Person
1 TravelerUS$ 415
2 TravelersUS$ 220
3 TravelersUS$ 160
4 -5 TravelersUS$ 125
6 to 8 TravelersUS$ 100
9 to more TravelersUS$ 80

NOTE: Includes transportation, adventure guide, boxed lunch, emergency horse and entrance ticket.


Included in Tour PriceNot included in Tour Price
Boxed lunch according to itineraryInternational and domestic flights
Guided excursion in English in private serviceVisas required for entry to Peru
Intermediate transfersAirport taxes for international and domestic flights
Entrance ticket to Huchuy QosqoDrinks and tips
 Emergency horse and wranglerHotel accommodations and tours in Cusco



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