|US$ 220||Price per person based on 2 people. Only offered in private service. Airfares not included.|
|Destination:||Cusco - Huchuy Qosqo|
If you don’t have time for one of our longer treks, but still want to experience the freedom of an Inca Trek first hand, we recommend the fantastic and challenging Huchuy Quosqo Trek in the vicinity of Cusco. This is a perfect complement to traditional sightseeing tours as it allows travelers to enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery that surrounds Cusco as well as amazing views of the Sacred Valley.
Huchuy Qosqo (or “Little Cusco”) is located north of Cusco, and lies at an elevation of 3600 meters (11,800 feet), above the 3000-meter high town of Lamay and the Sacred Valley. The site received its name in the 20th century; previously it had been known as Kakya Qawani. Pedro de Cieza de León, in his Second Chronicle of Peru, claimed that the palaces found in Huchuy Qosqo were built by Viracocha, the Eighth Inca. Amongst the many buildings — some stone, some adobe — is a kallanka (great hall) that is 40m long. There is also an Inca-built irrigation channel, lined with stones for about 800m, that provides water to the site.
Hucuy Qosqo is inaccessible by public road. The two main access points by foot are from Lamay — 3 hours up a steep set of switchbacks — or from Tauca, Peru — about 3 hours, with a pass at 4400m, then mostly downhill, and with the opportunity to visit some other ruins. The 2 day route from Tauca to Lamay is described in Peter Frost’s “Exploring the Cusco”. Two-day hikes or horseback trips to Huchuy Qosqo are also available.
Full Day Trek (duration: 6-7 hours)
Pick up from the lobby of your hotel and transfer to Chinchero and then to Tauca, a small Andean community, that is the starting point of your trek. You will start hiking uphill surrounded by beautiful mountains, with the presence of llamas, alpacas, and lovely views of the Piuray Lagoon until you reach the only mountain pass at 4500m/14760ft. You will then descend along a restored Inca Trail for approximately 01 hour towards the small Andean community of Pukamarca (4010m/13153ft). From there, you will 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 there by early afternoon.
Huchuy Qosqo is an Inca archaeological complex with imposing architecture that includes a large open ceremonial center, from which you will enjoy a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the snow capped mountain range of the same name. While in the complex, you will receive a guided tour, after which you will continue your way to Lamay at 3000m/9840ft. Lamay is a town dedicated to agriculture and cattle raising. Later in the afternoon, you will be transferred to your hotel in Cusco.
Level of Difficulty: Medium to challenging
|Only offered in Private Service||Trek Price per Person|
|1 Traveler||US$ 415|
|2 Travelers||US$ 220|
|3 Travelers||US$ 160|
|4 -5 Travelers||US$ 125|
|6 to 8 Travelers||US$ 100|
|9 to more Travelers||US$ 80|
NOTE: Includes transportation, adventure guide, boxed lunch, emergency horse and entrance ticket.
|Included in Tour Price||Not included in Tour Price|
|Boxed lunch according to itinerary||International and domestic flights|
|Guided excursion in English in private service||Visas required for entry to Peru|
|Intermediate transfers||Airport taxes for international and domestic flights|
|Entrance ticket to Huchuy Qosqo||Drinks and tips|
|Emergency horse and wrangler||Hotel accommodation and tours in Cusco|