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One of the lesser known yet imposing alternative treks, Huchuy Qosqo Trek 2 Days takes you to the lesser known Inca site, Huchuy Qosqo Peru. The name Huchuy Qosqo means “ Little Cusco”.
Huchuy Qosqo was once the military and administrative centre. The archaeological site nestles at 3600 metres above sea level (1181 feet). It was built as a Royal Estate by the Inca emperor Viracocha.
The Incas did not practise the tax system, instead, they took control of the land and the labour. This allowed them to acquire more properties where they built their Royal Estates.
However, during Viracocha’s rule, he faced a revolt from the Chancas. He was afraid for his life, he handed over the throne to his son Pachacuti and took asylum in Huchuy Qosqo. Pachacuti in turn deposed his father and assumed the role of the head of the Inca empire.
Eventually, Viracocha died in Huchuy Qosqo. His corpse was mummified and stored. When the Spanish conquistadors conquered Cusco, they found Viracocha’s mummified corpse and burnt it.
Huchuy Qosqo saw rapid development during the rule of Pachacuti. He built many aqueducts, and most of them are in use even today.
Unlike Inca Trail or Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, Huchuy Qosqo Peru Trek is a less popular trek for visiting Machu Picchu. Hence you won’t find many trekkers and mostly have the complex to yourself.
The best time to experience Huchuy Qosqo Trek is during the dry season, between March and November. Please note that this is a high-altitude experience. We highly recommend that you spend a few days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 0400 AM. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you to Patabamba. It is a small village at 3800 metres above sea level and serves as the starting point of the Huchuy Qosqo trek to Machu Picchu.
We will begin the trek with a climb to a pass of 4200 metres (13770 feet) above sea level. Once at the summit, we will have a short break. You will be able to get a captivating view of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range.
From here, we will be descending to Pucamarca village. The village is also home to ancient Inca ruins. You will have some time to meet and interact with the Andean communities here. They have preserved their age-old traditions and costumes and are untouched by modernity.
We will then be hiking on the original Inca Trail (Qhapaq Nan). The hike offers beautiful views of the canyons. You will see some native flora and fauna and also Llamas and Alpacas.
Once at the Inca site, you will be given a guided tour of the complex. After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the complex.
After the tour, we will continue the hike to the highest point of Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu, Tauca Pass at 4400 metres above sea level. From here, we will hike down the hill to our campsite for lunch.
After lunch, we will be meeting our driver in Chinchero and embark on a two hours drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Ollantaytambo. Here we will be boarding the tourist train to Aguas Calientes town.
At Aguas Calientes, we will be accommodating you in an ensuite basic hotel room. Later in the evening, we will be meeting for dinner.
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 of Machu Picchu citadel, 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 we recommend that you book in advance.
Alternatively, you can hike to the sun gate. It offers a spectacular view of the citadel. Sun Gate is the point of entry to the citadel for those on the Inca Trail. It takes around 45 minutes to get there.
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 return to Cusco at approximately 09:00 PM.