Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu
THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO VISIT THE HIDDEN HIKE TO MACHUPICCHU, FAMED FOR ITS DISTINCT BEAUTY, AND INTRIGUINGLY MYSTERIOUS BACKGROUND.
Starting point: Cuzco / Ending point: Cuzco
Mini Inca Canyon
This Great mini Andean Canyon, it a place where you can find a lot of panoramas views of the Inca sacred valley; the hike combines adventure on Andes with the ancient Inca trail built into a creek and having more contact with nature; this trip is a unique experience of unforgettable vacations.
The Trek 2 Machu Picchu Group propose a better choice hike, most tour agencies begin the trek from Tambomachay or another areas; which we had found it; that do you have to climb three Passes of mountains; being very difficult for most hiker because they are exposed most of the time on high mountains.
The Trek 2 Machu Picchu Group has created; a better option route to Huchuy Qosqo & Machupicchu, we include for visiting Uno Orqo (Inca altar) magical and energetic place of Pachamama finding three Andean animals of power carved on a giant rock (Condor, Puma, Snake) we have the choice to have a reverence to Pachamama with the sacred Coca leaves (Andean ideology) also we enjoy a moment of celebration with the Inca beer (called Chicha) and tasting it into an Inca/colonial home (At Yanahuara village); absolutely all this no one does it.
If you are skilled at hiking, if accessible by the route of Tambomachay and make this adventure.
PASSIONS: INKA HISTORY, AND LIGHT ANDES TREKKING & HIKING.
Summary of Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu
Day 1: Huchuy Qosqo Trek / Cuzco – Ccorcor to Huchuy Qosqo
- Early morning pick you up from your hotel
- Private transfer to the trailhead “Pascana”
- Experience; trekking around the mini Inca canyon and Inca Trail
- Accommodation near Huchuy Qosqo the base camp
- Walking Distance 14 km (8.68 miles) “Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu”
- Estimated duration 6 hours Hike
- Highest point Rumi Cruz PASS 4,230 m / 13,877.92 ft.
- Location: the Andes of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Difficulty Moderate to Challenging “Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu”
Day 2: Huchuy Qosqo Trek / Huchuy Qosqo Uno Orqo Incan Site to Aguas Calientes Village
- Breakfast at camp with the great view of the Valley
- Explore the Puma canyon
- Walking Distance 8 km / 4.9 miles
- Estimated duration 2 hours Hike
- Lunch at Huchuy Qosqo settlement
- Visit Uno Orqo (the Inca ritual stone)
- 50 minutes by car to Ollantaytambo train station
- PM Train service to Machu Picchu Pueblo
- Stay in a hostel “Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu”
- Difficulty challenging downhill
Day 3: Huchuy Qosqo Trek / Machu Picchu Tour
- Early breakfast at your hotel
- Bus, or hiking up to Machu Picchu (by bus 25 minutes, by foot 1.5 hours)
- 2 hours tour for exploring Machu Picchu with your guide, and then a free time for you
- Climb to Huayna Picchu (Optional – book in advance with us) 7 AM or 10 AM
- PM back by bus to Aguas Calientes village
- PM train back service from Machu Picchu train station to Ollantaytambo train station
- Train times: at 2:55 PM, 4:45 PM, or 6:45 PM depending on availability at Peru Rail / Inca rail
- PM or night transfer service from Ollantaytambo to Cuzco city by car
- Difficulty: Mountain Spirit Machu Picchu
Itinerary of Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu
Day 1: CCORCCOR TO HUCHUY QOSQO
The Adventure begins at 8:30am transferring you from Cuzco to Ccorccor “Cupper Alto” 3765 Masl / 12,352ft. (One hour by transport) Cupper Alto is next to Chinchero Village, and the Piuray lake (this Andean Lake provides fresh water to Cuzco city, using the Inca ancient channels of Water). We will leave Piuray and Ccorccor to start Hiking up to Challu Challu (half portion of the mountain “called also the fake Pass” where it is the electrician tower) 4,100 Masl/13,451ft. Challu Challu has natural view point of Piuray & Qoricocha lakes (the first hour of hike it is smoothly, and then challenging, path because the high altitude of the Andes) but with our spirits of adventure allows us, to reach the Pass perfectly (remote Andes experience).
We have some lovely views over the snow-capped peaks, above the Sacred Valley of the Incas; then continuing our hike the path it is steady uphill (it is much better, and gentle rolling ups and downs) enjoying the scenery with great views, and a gorgeous sky; we will reach Rumi Cruz Pass 4,230 Masl /13,874ft. (Congratulations Trek 2 Machu Picchus Hiker to the highest point of trip, and at this point we are a little bit more higher, than the usual Inca trail) during the trek, we can appreciate llamas & Alpacas, and a few Andean women checking on their animals as they are walking with their hand spools, and spinning (Alpaca wool). From the Pass, the Inca trail, it is original towards the camp; descending, we can find a few houses with their gardens of potatoes. Later on still down through a short and narrow canyon; Leon Punku ravine, place where we can find some Inca remains and Inca bridges; this Canyon boasts geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders. The Inca trail & the Andean creek goes directly to Huchuy Qosqo 3600 Masl / 11,808 ft. This it is the best portion of the hike!
We camp near the ruins; our cook prepare an ideal dinner for high altitudes with a soup of vegetables, salads, juice, coca tea or cup of coffee (We promote healthy and taste food using fresh and organic products).
- Accommodation: Near Huchuy Qosqo the base camp
- Total distance: 14 km (8.68 miles)
- Estimated duration: 6 hours Hike
- Highest point: Rumi Cruz PASS 4,230 m / 13,877.92 ft.
- Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging “Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu”
Day 2: HUCHUY QOSQO TO AGUAS CALIENTES VILLAGE
Hike from Huchuy Qosqo to Lamay Village & Uno Orqo Temple This Morning we are awakening with the sun light which it is coming behind the sacred and magic mountains, after our breakfast we have a tour exploring Huchuy Qosqo; this Incan temple has imposing architecture that includes a large open Ceremonial Center. Then we have to hike down; a fairly steep trail with many switchbacks towards Urubamba River; place where we are going to find a settlement called Lamay and their people are dedicated to agriculture and cattle rising 2950 Masl / 9,678 ft. (hiking poles is very recommendable). Near the river we have our last lunch, around 12:30pm we transfer you to Uno Orqo (Inca Waka “Altar”) located in the middle of the Sacred Valley of the Incas; this place is dedicated to some Inca animals of the Andean culture (Puma and snake shapes) Uno Orqo has a circular Inca room made of mud mortar, this location is a quiet area which we fill the energy of Pachamama. Then we have the choice for visiting the Chicheria (Andean Bar) at Yanahuara village. A little celebration of hike with the ancestral Inka Beer made of fermented corn and also we have the opportunity to recognize how it is a traditional house with Guinea pig “Cuy”.
Around 4:30pm we have to board the train service to Aguas Calientes Village.
- Accommodation: Aguas Calientes Overnight
- Total distance: 8 km (4.9 miles)
- Estimated duration: 2 hours Hike
- Difficulty: Challenging downhill “Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu”
Day 3: MACHU PICCHU TOUR
Incan Citadel around the Cloud Forest
Very early in the morning; we have to board the tourist shared bus towards Machu Picchu. The Guide tour begins at the natural viewpoint of Casa del Vigilante (Inca Guard house). Place where you will be having the best views of Machu Picchu in all its glory. The guided tour takes three hours for recognizing most of the places are compounding this wonderful Inca citadel, after all the explanation you have a free time to stroll around some Inca places. Later on; in the afternoon we have to return to Aguas Calientes to board our train service to Ollantaytambo Village, then by transport to Cuzco City (1 hour and half by train & 1 hour and forty minutes by transport).
- Highest point: Machu Picchu 2400 m / 7,874 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy
Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu Included
- The Huchuy Qosqo to Machupicchu Trail.
- Trek briefing with your Guide.
- Professional local Guide (on trek and Machu Picchu tour).
- Second tour guide for groups of 9+.
- Private Transportation and professional driver (all transfers).
- 1 night camping
- 1 night Hostel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom, hot water and breakfast / Upgrade to Hotel at extra cost.
- All entrance tickets to the attractions.
- 2 train Tickets Service from Ollantaytambo to Machupicchu pueblo (Expedition Tourist Train).
- 2 bus Tickets from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu Park.
- Machupicchu Guided Tour.
- Spacious tent and sleeping mat.
- We can supply boiled water to fill your hydration pack.
- Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs/ Chef and cooking equipment.
- Horses or mules and Horsemen to carry tents, food, cooking equipment.
- Per person 7 kg / 15 to carry personal items (so you just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day).
- Excellent meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner).
- Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all before rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request).
- Tea time dinner (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn).
- Trek 2 Machu Picchu uses walkie-talkies on all treks
- Oxygen Tank & First aid kit.
- All local taxes.
Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu Does Not Included
- Water on Day 1 “Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu”
- Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
- Breakfast on Day 1, Dinner on Day 2, Lunch on Day 3
- Tips: Guide, Cook, Horseman.
For the Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu Bring
- A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack –appropriate packs (to carry your personal belongings).
- Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” it is applicable).
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required).
- Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support).
- 2 pairs of Trekking pants “not jeans”, 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough, please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray the clothes before the trip.
- Layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
- 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as – 5 degrees Celsius / 41 degrees Fahrenheit, the rain jacket can be helpful, because there are raining days (even if we are in dry season!).
- 1 warm / winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/ gloves / scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
- 3 pairs of underwear, 4 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) it is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both really heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well, the weather is all over the place, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or overheating.
- 2 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts.
- 1 Good sleeping bag liner, it is super lightweight and easy to pack, definitely does its job!.
- Travel-size tissues and wet wipes–The air is cold and damp, so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone seems to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. Also, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key.
- Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
- Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
- Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on.
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camel back.
- Water (only on first day hike, then we will provide you throughout the hike).
- Camera and film.
- A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries.
- Bandages or moleskin.
- Flip flips to change into at night – your toes will thank you!.
- Toiletries: Toothbrush, Toothpaste/Floss, Shampoo/conditioner, Brush/comb, Vaseline (for feet great for potential blisters), Feminine hygiene products, Deodorant, Nail clippers/file/tweezers, Spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, or contact lenses and supplies, Hand sanitizer etc.–which you need, but pack light.
- Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach, some people get an upset stomach at one on the trek, with 8-10 hours of hiking each day, you need to
- get over whatever the day throws at you quickly, so bring some meds.), etc.
- Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes.
- Something to read in the evenings.
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips to your staff.
The Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu 4d; Private Service Prices
2 people: US$ 550 price per person
3 people: US$ 495 price per person
4 people: US$ 430 price per person
5 people+: US$ 395 price per person
Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
La Cabana: +$40 US pp shared (+$110 for a single)
Casa Andina: +$40 US pp shared ($110 for a single)
Waynapicchu: +$15 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): +$65 per person
Vistadome Train (Round Trip): +$100 per person
The Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu Optional Items:
Sleeping bag US $10
Walking pole US $5
Inflatable mattress US $10
Single tent supplement US $ 15
Extra 7kg/15 lb. of personal items US $40
TRAIN TIMES: On the second day you will be taking the 2:55 PM, 4.36 PM or 7:00 PM train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
All tours WILL NOT BE CONFIRMED without a completed booking form and deposit sent to Trek 2 Machu Picchu. All deposits are $200 per person and are non-refundable. We accept payments through PayPal and should be sent to email@example.com We will email you, your booking invoice and confirmation once your details and deposit are received.