Huchuy Qosqo Trek
- The viewpoint of the sacred valley
Accommodation Grade: Not
Trek Grade: Easy - Moderate
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OUR AWARDSIn the tourism industry of Cusco, there are a vast number of achievements and awards used to recognize the best operators and service providers in the region. Among these exists the award for Tourism Quality in the region of Cusco, which is meant to recognize the very best in the tourism industry. Salkantay Trekking was proudly nominated for said award and later chosen as the Best Adventure Tourism Agency of the region of 2016. For more information on Our Awards
- Cusco, as Peru’s main tourist attraction, offers its visitors a rich and monumental historic legacy.
- Cusco holds various titles including World Heritage Site by UNESCO , Archaeological Capital of America Cusco , Cusco Historical Capital of Peru , Cusco Navel of the World
- The Inti Raymi or ‘’Sun Festival’’ is celebrated in Cusco
- During the Viceroyalty in Cusco, houses and imposing churches and convents with magnificent art pieces were built on top of Inca walls and foundations.
The Huchuy Qosqo Trek takes you to the lovely trek to the less-known Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo. This site is situated on a plateau with stunning views overlooking the Sacred valley and snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba range.
The day starts by driving to the small town of Corao around 30 minutes from Cuzco and before branching off the road into the high Andes and the tiny village of Patabamba at 3848m. It is at this location where the Huchuy Qosqo trailhead is located.
This trail will first take you to the little village of Sihua, then up to the Pukamarca pass (4150m), overlooks the village with the same name. Here, you will have a splendid viewpoint of the Urubamba mountain range and the Sacred Valley. After reaching the top of the pass there is a 2km (approximately 30 minutes) downhill hike to the Pumamarka Community for our lunch.
After, you will continue your trek to the Puma Puncu canyon ( “the puma door” ). From here on, you will hike along an original Inca trail, which has be restored as part of the Qapacñan project. This trail will lead you to the isolated and mysterious Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo (“the little Cusco’’) perched above the Sacred Valley of the Incas at 3600m.a.s.l. Once in the site, your guide will walk you through and show you all the site’s the amazing Inca buildings, like sacred temples, storehouses, Inca terraces for agriculture and the Inca reservoir used to store water in the dry season.
After your guided tour of the site, we will begin our 2-hour walk downhill to the village of Lamay (2,800 meters) by the Urumbamba River in the Sacred Valley, where a bus will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation in Cusco.
Walking Distance – 12 km / 7.46 miles
Starting point of the hike – 3848 meters / 12624 feet
Maximum Altitude: 4150 meters / 13615 feet
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch, (Snack)
Hiking Hours: 7 Hours
Is there any additional cost for Solo Travelers?
Yes, there is an additional cost for single travelers; make an inquiry about it.
Included & Not Included
What is Included?
- Pre-departure briefing
- Collection from your hotel in the morning and private transport to Patabamba, the starting point of the trek
- Huchuy Qosqo entrance fee
- English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups over 8 people)
- Boxed-lunch. Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Private transport from Lamay to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel
- 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit
- 1 Porter
- Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish
- Rain gear or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
- Extra T-shirt
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
- A jacket or fleece
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block
- Insect repellent
- Toilet paper
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
- Water container and water for the first morning
- Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Trail)
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Huchuy Qosqo - full day.
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