Huchuy Qosqo Trek

Huchuy Qosqo Trek

This amazing Andean Trek takes you to the lovely trek to the lesser-known Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo.

Explore HUCHUY QOSQO TREK

This site is situated on a plateau with stunning views overlooking the Sacred valley and the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba range.

The name Huchuy Qosqo means ‘little Cusco’ in the Quechua language. It’s an archaeological site north of Cusco that was a military and administrative centre to the Incas. Many believe the Spanish gave it this name as it resembled the city of Cusco a little.

You’ll explore this unique site as you enjoy a spectacular view over the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Along the hike you’ll see some wonderful views and experience Andean life in the mountains.

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Huchuy Qosqo Trek Travel Guide

Before You Go, What You Should Know

Huchuy Qosqo Trek Highlights

  • Enjoy stunning landscapes and spectacular views.
  • Explore the rarely visited site of Huchuy Qosqo.
  • Take in the surrounded snowy mountain peaks.
  • Witness daily life in Andean communities.
  • Escape the city for some peace and quiet.

What to Expect on the Trail

Here’s a small guide regarding what to expect on the trek to help you better understand if it’s a good option for you or not.

Small Andean Villages

Along the route you’ll see some small communities that give you an excellent insight into what life is like high up in the hills.

Visit a Rarely Visited Site

The actual archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo isn’t frequented by many visitors. It’s a great option for those who love an off the beaten path hike and to not be surrounded by many other tourists.

Beautiful Views

There’s no doubt that the Andes has a lot to offer in regards to spectacular landscapes, and the Huchuy Qosqo trek is no different. In fact, it offers some of the best as you get a great view over the Sacred Valley from up high.

Learn More About the Incas

This hike is a great opportunity to learn more about the Incas and their way of life. It’s perfect for history lovers.

Where is Huchuy Qosqo?

Huchuy Qosqo archaeological site sits high up in the Sacred Valley of the Incas above the small town of Lamay (2,800 masl / 9,186 fasl). It’s about one and a half hours from the city of Cusco. Its altitude is 3,650 masl / 11,800 fasl.

Difficulty Level

This trek is one of the easier ones in the Cusco region. It doesn’t ascend and descend as much as others and most of the terrain is in a relatively good state. However, you’ll still have the challenge of the altitude, so make sure to pace yourself.

Packing List for the Huchuy Qosqo

To make sure you have everything you need for the hike, take a look at our packing list.

  • Sunblock, hat, and sunglasses for the strong Andean sun
  • Warm clothes for the evenings
  • Thin layers that you can take off and put on easily
  • Hiking boots or shoes
  • Walking poles
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking socks
  • Water bottle (not plastic)
  • Snacks
  • Cash in small denominations
  • Waterproofs or poncho
  • Good quality camera
  • Passport
  • Personal medication

Huchuy Qosqo Tips

Now for some tips to make sure everything goes smoothly.

  • Make sure you go on hikes back home in the few weeks leading up to your trip to be physically prepared.
  • In addition, start a daily exercise and stretching routine.
  • Get to Cusco a few days before you set off on the hike to make sure you’re properly acclimated.
  • Take it easy upon arrival in Cusco. Don’t drink alcohol and make sure you eat lightly. It’s also a good idea not to overexert yourself in the first couple of days.
  • The sun can be very strong this high up, so make sure you use the right protection and stay hydrated along the walk.
  • Go at your own pace. If you;re part of a bigger group, you don’t all need to walk at the same speed. Walking faster than you’re able to will tire you out quicker and can make you feel ill.

Recommendations

To have a carefree vacation and hike, take into consideration our recommendations for the Huchuy Qosqo trek.

Book Ahead

To avoid being let down upon arrival, book in advance. This will make sure that your tour operator has guides available. It will also save you worrying about having to find a space last minute when trying to enjoy your vacation.

Be Prepared

Take our advice and hike and exercise back home so you’re ready. Make sure you’re prepared for the altitude by speaking to your doctor back home and asking about the possibility of medication to help. Also make use of the coping methods available in Cusco including coca tea and oxygen.

Pack Lightly

Use our packing list to ensure you have everything you need, but don’t pack any more than that. You’ll be carrying your own bag, so don’t want it to weigh you down throughout the day.

Get Insured

Travel insurance is a must when hiking in Cusco. Health care is expensive if you need it and you won’t be able to go on treks if you can’t prove you have it.

Extra Snacks

Even though you’ll be well fed on the trip, it’s a good idea to have some extra energy boosting snacks in case you need them along the way. This could be anything from nuts and dried fruits to your favourite chocolate bar.

Travel Information

  • Highlights
  • What to Expect?
  • Where is Huchuy Qosqo?
  • Difficulty Level
  • Packing List for the Huchuy Qosqo
  • Huchuy Qosqo Tips
  • Recommendations
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