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Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu

Trip Styles

TREKKING, ADVENTURE

Duration:

3 Days / 2 Nights

Altitude:

4350 masl. / 14271 ft.

Activity Level:

Moderate
Huchuy Qosqo Trek 3 Days Details

Huchuy Qosqo Hike (small Cusco) to Machu Picchu is perfect if you are looking for a one day walk in the mountains observing the beautiful landscapes and wildlife of the Urubamba Mountian Range in the Andes. Huchuy Qosqo Hike is one of the excellent and popular alternative treks to Machu Picchu. On this trek, you will see impressive Andean mountains, birds, creeks and sacred lakes, as well as the magnificent archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo. You will pass through different communities and have the opportunity to see their customs, agriculture, clothing, and language.

  • Accommodation:
    1 Day Camp, 1 Day Hostel
  • Departures Day:
    Daily Departures.
  • Max People:
    12 people
  • Languages:
    English - Spanish
  • Starts:
    Pick up at Cusco: 4:30 AM
  • Ends:
    Drop-off at Cusco: 9:45 PM
Itinerary Huchuy Qosqo Trek 3 Days

Day 1CUSCO - TAMBOMACHAY - PUCAMARCA

Huchuy Qosqo trek & Machu Picchu begins when we’ll pick you up from your hotel at 07:00 a.m and drive you to Tambomachay (3,800 masl) an Inca temple of the water cult which has ceremonial fountains. From here, we will be going to start hiking through the Puna landscapes and over the Sicllaccasa Pass (4,020 masl). On the other side of the pass, we will hike along a trail that leads to Ccauca Ravine and admire archaeological remains and wild crops such as quinua.

We’ll continue on to Queulloca Pass (4,185 masl) where we will enjoy views of a lake with the same name and the snow-capped mountains of Veronica, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, and Chicon. Continuing the trek, we will pass Queullococha Lake where we could see huallatas, ducks, and small fish.

Then, we’ll climb towards the Challu Challu pass (4220m). Later, we’re gonna ascend to the fourth pass at Rumicruz (4,230 masl), to enjoy the Vilcanota Mountain Range. At this point, we will have lunch before continuing to an Inca stone quarry (4,220 masl), the place where the rocks were extracted to build Huchuy Qosqo. Finally, we will descend to the Pucamarca Community (4,010 masl) where we will set up the campsite and have dinner.

  • Shuttle to Tambomachay:
    30 Minutes by bus from Cusco
  • Hiking distance:
    14 Km. / 8.6 mile.
  • Hiking time:
    6½ to 7 hour approximately.
  • Climate:
    hot in the day and cold in the night.
  • Accommodation:
    Camping.
  • Meals:
    Lunch, Dinner.
  • Difficulty Levels:
    Moderate 3 of 5
  • Maximum Altitude:
    4350 masl. / 14271 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude:
    3700 masl. / 12139 ft.

Day 2PUCAMARCA - HUCHUY QOSQO - LAMAY - AGUAS CALIENTES

Early in the morning, we will leave the camp and walk downhill to the Leon Punku Ravine where we will find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. Then, we will hike to Huchuy Qosqo (3,600 masl) which was an important center in the time of the Incas. From this place, we will be able to admire the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Sacred River from above. Once we arrive at Huchuy Qosqo, we will have a guided tour for two hours approximately; the tour will end about lunch time.

After that, we will continue the trek to Lamay (2,800 masl) where our transport will wait for us and travel one hour to the train station of Ollantaytambo and take the train to the picturesque town of “Aguas Calientes/Hot Waters”; the train ride will be two hours through the Sacred Valley surrounded by stunning mountain scenery.

Once we arrive to the town of “Aguas Calientes town” we will have accommodation in the hotel; in the evening, you could go to relax to the natural thermal bath and be ready for the next day.

  • Hiking distance:
    12 Km. / 7.4 mile.
  • Hiking time:
    5½ to 6 hour approximately.
  • Climate:
    hot in the day and warm in the night.
  • Accommodation:
    Hostel in Aguas Calientes town.
  • Meals:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Difficulty Levels:
    Moderate 3 of 5
  • Maximum Altitude:
    3800 masl / 12467 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude:
    2040 masl / 6692 ft.

Day 3HIKING & EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

Today we arrive at the long-awaited finale of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu! We will wake up early after a refreshing night at our hostel to beat the crowds to the top of Machu Picchu and enjoy its serenity in the soft morning light. The Machu Picchu entrance check point is open from 06:00 AM until 17:00 PM. We will hike up to Machupicchu (a bus ride is optional for $12.00) and enter the hidden Royal Citadel of the Incas. Here we will have a 2-hour guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields. Be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas which was so far ahead of their time and still partially a mystery today! Without having modern tools or even steel and iron to work with, the people who built this city were genius in organizing this community in a sustainable and beautiful way on the side of a mountain, even bringing water in canals through its streets for the people to use. When a Peruvian guide showed this site to Hiram Bingham, it was almost unrecognizable, covered in thick vegetation and in a state of disrepair. It has since been cleaned and restored and is now protected and treasured by the world at large!

After this tour, you are free to climb up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (Be sure to book in advance to get tickets for these!). Each mountain takes approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Another lower-impact option for which you do not need an extra ticket is to trek to the Sun Gate, the main entrance from the Inca Trail (this takes about 2 or 2.5 hours round-trip). Another option is walking to see the Incan Bridge. You will be able to stay and enjoy this magical city for more than 7 hours before hiking back down to Aguas Calientes for the train ride at 18:20 hrs (subject to availability) to Ollantaytambo. A private bus will pick up our group and drop you off at your hotel in Cusco at about 21:30 hrs. Rest your feet and your body now, but we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come!.

  • Distance Travelled:
    6 Km. / 3.7 mile
  • Hiking time:
    3 to 4 hours approximately.
  • Machu Picchu guided tour:
    2½ hour.
  • Climate:
    tropical warm.
  • Meals:
    Breakfast.
  • Difficulty Levels:
    Moderate 1 of 5
  • Maximum Altitude:
    2429 masl / 7972 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude:
    2040 masl / 6692 ft.
  • Shuttle to Cusco:
    3 hours by train and bus from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
Includes Huchuy Qosqo Trek 3 Days
Include:
  • Pre-trek briefing with your tour guide.
  • All private transport.
  • Pick up from your hotel and private transport from Cusco to Patabamba (starting point of the trek).
  • English speaking professional guide.
  • Emergency horse (in case you want to ride for a while) First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Huchuy Qosqo entrance fees.
  • Transport from Lamay to Ollantaytambo.
  • Meals during trek.
  • Backpacker Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
  • Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
Not Included:
  • International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru, airport departure taxes (Approximate cost US$ 31.00 international flights, and US$ 7.40 for each domestic flight)
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items
  • Pre & post tour accommodation
  • Spending money – allow approximately US$ 35-50 per day to cover meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
Huchuy Qosqo Packing List:
  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Original passport
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)
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