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Tour Details

Experience the best of the lesser-known Inca Site, Huchuy Qosqo, and the legendary Short Inca Trail on this exclusive three days trek from Cusco with our English-speaking local tour guide.

The three days Huchuy Qosqo and Short Inca Trail begin with a hike to the little-known Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo in Peru. The name Huchuy Qosqo means “Little Cusco”. At 3600 meters above sea level (11811 ft) these Inca ruins were built as military and administrative centres during the reign of the Inca emperor Wiracocha.

Accompanied by an English-speaking local tour guide you will be getting an insight into the Inca’s History and Andean traditions on a guided tour of each site that we will be visiting. Most part of the trail to Huchuy Qosqo is dotted with imposing views of snow-capped Andean peaks.

As we will embark on the Short Inca Trail, you will witness a change in the topography as you will be in a tropical zone.

Please note that the Huchuy Qosqo and short Inca trek to Machu Picchu is a high-altitude experience. It is extremely important that you spend 2-3 days acclimatizing in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness.

Why hike Huchuy Qosqo and Short Inca Trail with Kuntur Peru?

Kuntur Peru is a fully locally owned tour company based in the city of Cusco. We are certified local guides with excellent knowledge of the Incas history and culture. As natives, our guides will be sharing some of the astonishing facts on this Huchuy Qosqo Trek and Short Inca Trail.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0400 AM

Price Includes

  • Cusco Hotel Transfer
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • Accommodation: 01 Night in Ollantaytambo and 01 Night in Aguas Calientes
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to the trailhead and back
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back
  • Entrance to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • First Aid Kit

Price Excludes

  • Optional Hike to Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Original Passport
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks and Water
  • Some Peruvian Soles in cash as emergency money

Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

Your Huchuy Qosqo Trek and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu experience begin with an 0400 AM pickup from your hotel in Cusco City. In our private transport, we will embark on a 30 minutes drive to a village called Ccorao and deviate on a dirt road for a 45-minute drive to the remote community of Patabamba.

We will begin the hike with an uphill hike to the highest point of the trek, Apacheta Pass at 4200 meters above sea level (13770 feet). We will be stopping here to soak in the imposing views of remote communities tucked under the snowcapped Andean peaks.

After a brief introduction to the local traditions, we will begin hiking down the hill through a Canyon and then through an original Inca Trail (Qhapaq Ñan) to Pucamarca. This is a beautiful Inca site that features remains of traditional houses.

Our local expert will be giving you a detailed tour of the complex. We will then continue hiking through more canyons to Huchuy Qosqo.

Unlike Machu Picchu, Huchuy Qosqo is less popular, so often you can expect to enjoy the site in complete solitude.

We will be giving you an immersive tour of the complex. The complex features different areas that played a vital role during the Inca civilization. You will also have the opportunity of spotting different Andean camelids, Alpacas, and Llamas.

Once you have had your fill of the complex, we will be hiking up to Tauca Pass (4400m/ 14435ft) and hiking down to Chinchero. Here we will be serving lunch while waiting for our transport.

We will embark on a scenic drive for a little over an hour through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Ollantaytambo. We will be accommodating you here in an ensuite hotel room for the night. 

Day 2Ollantaytambo - Km.104 - Aguas Calientes

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will be boarding a tourist train to our trailhead in Km.104. The place gets its name after its distance from Cusco. We will be traveling with staggering views of the Urubamba river snaking through the villages here.

Once in Km.104, your original passport will be verified against your permit. We will begin hiking the Short Inca Trail with a visit to a lesser-known Inca site, Chachabamba (2150m/7053ft).

The Inca complex houses a stone altar that the Incas used to worship their supreme deity, Inti (Sun God). Our local expert will be giving you a detailed tour of the complex.

After the tour, we will begin our hike up the hill through different native flora and fauna to Wiñay Wayna. In Quechua, the name signifies forever young. This is arguably the most beautiful Inca Site along the trail.

It is perched at 2650m/8694ft above sea level. The complex features remain of Inca houses and primarily farming terraces.

After touring the complex, we will be stopping at the campsite here for lunch. We will then hike for an hour through the dense tropical regions to Inti Punku or Sun Gate. Only those hiking the Inca Trail get to enter the citadel through here.

You will have plenty of time here to soak in the views of Machu Picchu citadel tucked amidst Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains. We will hike down the hill to the entrance of the citadel and embark on a 25 minutes bus ride down the hill to the town of Aguas Calientes. We will be accommodating you here in an ensuite hotel room for the night. 

Day 3Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

The highlight of your trip to Peru. Early in the morning, the hotel crew will be handing you a snack box. You will then be boarding a bus from Aguas Calientes to the entrance of Machu Picchu citadel. It takes 25 minutes to reach. Here our tour guide will assist you in clearing the security and entering the citadel. 

Once inside, you will be rewarded with a sight of the golden rays of the sun shimmering on the walls of the Incan citadel. Our guide will be giving you a detailed tour of the citadel for two hours. On this tour, you will be visiting some of the prime sites which will give you in-depth information about the citadel. 

After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you have booked to climb Machu Picchu mountain or Huayna Picchu mountain our guide will be directing you to the entrance. If you intend to hike one of these mountains do advise us at the time of booking. 

Once you have had your fill of the Inca citadel, you will be taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes. Here you will be boarding the train to Ollantaytambo. 

Our representative will be meeting you and will be transferring you back to your hotel in the city of Cusco. You will be reaching Cusco at approximately 09:00 PM.