One-Day Adventure to Little Cusco
If you’re looking for an exciting day trip from Cusco that takes you off-the-beaten-path through beautiful Andean scenery, small communities, and to a fascinating archaeological site, we recommend the Huchuy Qosqo 1 Day hike. You’ll get to escape the busy city and spend the day among nature and learning all about the gorgeous surroundings and Inca history.
Huchuy Qosqo means “Little Cusco” and is a rarely visited but wonderful archeological site north of Cusco. Experts say that it was initially an administrative and military center near the Inca site of Pisac. Inside the archaeological park, you’ll get to observe Inca buildings with delicate, perfectly executed stonework & grain-storage buildings called Collcas that were used to store and preserve food, as it was also an important agricultural center to produce corn — an essential food source for the ancient culture.
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Join us on this glorious day trip through picturesque Andean landscapes to a unique and rarely visited archeological park. You can book this trip with us any day of the week and enjoy some peace and quiet in this tranquil route away from the city.
This hike offers a wonderful combination of natural beauty and contrasts in scenery, wildlife, and ancient cultures. It takes you through stunning highland forests and meadows covered with fresh straw, where the herds of llamas and alpacas walk freely and graze all day. You’ll pass through small communities and see how the locals go about their rural everyday life before descending to the archaeological park to explore.
The Huchuy Qosqo Trek takes you on the absolutely stunning route through the hills to the lesser-known Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo. This park is situated on a plateau with stunning views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Vilcabamba mountain range's snow-capped peaks. Inside, you’ll get to explore and earn all about the ancient culture of the Incas.
You don’t need to worry about anything on your day out as we take care of all the logistics and ensure you have all the food you need as well as organize your transport to and from the start and end points. You’ll be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who’s passionate about the region and its history and excited to share everything they know with you.
- Hike through the beautiful landscapes of the Andes and take in the most astounding views.
- Pass through small communities in the middle of the hills and see how they go about their daily lives away from the city.
- Enjoy an off-the-beaten-path hike to a rarely visited and unique archaeological site in Cusco.
- Learn all about the region and the history of the Incas.
- Explore the fascinating Huchuy Qosqo archaeological site in the company of your knowledgeable guide.
Cusco | Qorao - Patabamba Community - Qoricocha Lake - Huchuy Qosqo - Lamay (Sacred Valley) - Cusco
Highlight of the day: Descending into the fascinating Huchuy Qosqo archaeological site.
Hike Through the Beautiful Andes and Discover Ancient Secrets
We’ll pick you up from your accommodation to start our exciting day trip. You’ll drive through the stunning Andes to the starting point of your hike at the Qoricocha lake. You’ll have a nourishing breakfast there before ascending to the highest point of the trek, the Apacheta pass. From there, the rest of the hike will be downhill. We’ll pass through the Pukamarca community, the Puma Punku canyon, and even walk along a part of the original Inca Trail until we reach the unique and isolated Huchuy Qosqo.
Once you’re inside the park, your knowledgeable guide will take you around the constructions and tell you all about the history of the site. You’ll explore every inch before making your way down to the small own of Lamay in the Sacred Valley. From there, our private transport will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation in Cusco. Once in the city, you’ll have the evening to spend as you like.
Today our exciting adventure begins when we stop by your hotel to pick you up at 7:00 am. First off, we’ll be driving to the small town of Qorao (Ccorao or Corao), which is around 30 minutes from Cusco, before branching off on a small road into the high Andes and the tiny village of Patabamba at 3,850 m / 12,631 ft. We’ll then continue for another 15 minutes to Qoricocha lake (4,050 m / 13,287 ft), the starting point of our trek. Along the way, make sure you’re looking out the window as the Andean scenery is unmissable.
Once we reach the starting point, we’ll have breakfast next to the pretty lake and then ascend for 45 minutes to the Apacheta pass, the highest point of our day’s trek (4,200 m / 13,780 ft). From here, the rest of the hike is downhill for another 2 hours, so it’s not too difficult on your legs.
On our route, we'll arrive at the ancient community of Pukamarca first, where we’ll have a short break and then continue on our way through beautiful green valleys and the impressive Puma Punku canyon (“The Puma Gate”). From here, you’ll hike along an original section of the Inca trail, which has been restored as part of the Qhapaq Ñan project. The Inca Trail is one of the most well-renowned routes worldwide, so this is an exciting addition to your hike.
This trail will lead you to the isolated and mysterious Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo (“the little Cusco”) that sits perched above the Sacred Valley of the Incas at 3,600 m / 11,811 ft. When you arrive, your guide will walk you through the archaeological park and show you all the site's impressive Inca buildings, like sacred temples, storehouses, Inca terraces for agriculture, and the Inca reservoir used to store water during the dry season. It’s a really interesting place to visit and you’ll learn a lot about the Incas.
After your guided tour, we’ll enjoy our delicious box lunch and after a short rest we have to begin our 2-hour descent to the village of Lamay (2,941 m / 9,649 ft) that’s next to the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley. From there, we’ll take you on our private transport to your accommodation in Cusco. You’ll have plenty of time this evening to get some rest and head out for dinner.
Why Travel with us
At Salkantay Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details, so you don’t miss anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.
What Is Included?
High Quality Service & Safety
You’ll meet your trekking guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.
Experienced Tour Guide
English and spanish speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route, including leading your group in ancient ceremonies! He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!
Medical Kit or First AID Kit
All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers' diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.
Extras Included in our Service
We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a pair of Walking Sticks (or Trekking Poles) with rubber tips .
Customer Service 24/7
We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication and preparation with the agency leading up to your trek.
Breakfast and Box Lunch
Snacks and water
Before starting your trekking, your tour guide will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, cookies, chocolate, caramels, etc. In addition, you'll receive a bottle of water.
One cloth snack bag per person
To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we'll give you a cloth bag for your snacks.
All your transportation is included in this package. We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the starting point of the trek. Once you complete the tour, we will take you back to the door of your hotel.
Permits & Entrance Tickets
Entry Ticket to Huchuy Qosqo Archaeological Site
What Is Not Included?
Personal Hiking Clothing
Tips for our staff
Tipping is the norm on any excursion to Machu Picchu. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do.
Additional costs or delays beyond our control
Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemia, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.
Here we leave you with a brief list of extras that you can enjoy during this package.
Huayna Picchu Mountain
Huayna Picchu is the mountain behind Machu Picchu and which can be climbed in 45 minutes. Although this excursion is up to you, our guide will take you to the place of entry. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can assure for you if we have enough time in advance.
Your entry ticket will be purchased to coincide with the dates of your excursion on the Inca Trail. The entry can be done in two shifts: from 7:00 am to 8:00 am or from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. We buy the tickets in the second shift so that our clients can fully enjoy their guided tour of Machu Picchu. Remember, the shifts only indicate the time of entry. You can go up and down Huayna Picchu without haste.
The ticket for Huayna Picchu costs US$ 75.00 per person.
Machu Picchu Mountain
Machu Picchu Mountain is another of the mountains that surround the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It offers even more incredible views than Huayna Picchu, but it takes 1.5 hours to reach the top. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can assure for you if we have time in advance.
The excursion entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain is open in two shifts as well, the first from 7:00 am to 8:00 am, and the second from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.
The ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain costs US$ 75.00 per person.
All our tours include the PeruRail Expedition train. This train leaves Aguas Calientes at 4:22 pm. The Vistadome train is a higher category service that offers more comfortable seats, a panoramic design that will allow you to see through the roof, as well as an entertainment show on board. The Vistadome train leaves Aguas Calientes at 4:43 pm and goes to Ollantaytambo train station. From there, we’ll take you on our transport to your hotel in Cusco.
You can access this service for an additional payment of US$ 75.00 per person.
We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you'll find speedy answers to all those questions you had about hiking in Peru with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services. Please read carefully the following information – it will help you with any questions you may have about our services.
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How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Trek?
It is very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek. We do recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you become acclimatized and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.
Suppose you have already been in another area of Peru at a high altitude before arriving in Cusco. In that case, we still recommend you have a whole day in Cusco to rest, recover from your travel, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before departing for the trek.
Here some suggestions for activities to do in the Cusco vicinity before starting your adventure trek:
Briefing or Informative Meeting
All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Salkantay Trekking office.
Can I store my luggage at your office?
Of course! During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.
Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.
Pick up of guests
Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.
Cusco is an old city, meaning it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.
Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.
Strikes and demonstrations
Strikes and demonstrations are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.
Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport, tents, or restaurants. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.
The "Huchuy Qosqo Full-Day Hike" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.
2021 Land Cost
Group Price: US$ 100.00 per person
This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.
Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 8%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of its service. This tax is just for online deposits so that you will pay the remaining in cash (the briefing day in Cusco) without charges.
Please, after your deposit, send us the transfer number to email@example.com; only after that, we'll be able to confirm your deposit and reservation.
Extensions & Offers
There are several extensions you can include to your Salkantay Adventure.
- Rainbow Mountain: US$ 100.00 US$ 80.00
- Sacred Valley: US$ 60.00 US$ 50.00
- City Tour: US$ 30.00 US$ 20.00
Once your booking has been confirmed, we guarantee the price won’t increase, whatever the circumstances. So please, before booking, ensure you’ve read all our important tour information.
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Remember | One of our Travel Experts will contact you soon to confirm the availability of the trip you chose, give you more information, and/or provide you alternative options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 958 191 179 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.
Note | Due to the rainy season and trail maintenance, we don't offer this trek during the whole month of february. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service!