Huchuy Qosqo + Patabamba Trek

Huchuy Qosqo + Patabamba Trek

2 Days / 1 Night
from US$180
Max. Altitude
4150 m / 13616 ft
Group Size
Up to 12 people
Lodge & Camp
  • Tambomachay
  • Qoricocha Lake
  • Patabamba Community
  • Huchuy Qosqo
  • Lamay

Huchuy Qosqo + Patabamba Trek 2 Days

A fantastic two-day trek in the surroundings of Cusco traveling from Tambomachay, located just 20 minutes from Cusco, to Huchuy Qosqo, an ancient Inca archaeological site perched on a cliff with stunning views over the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Tambomachay, Qoricocha Lake, Patabamba Community, Huchuy Qosqo, Lamay
On this hike, the views are spectacular. Salkantay Trekking arranges the Huchuy Qosqo 2 day trek on a private basis only.
The highlight of this trek is the Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo, meaning ‘Little Cusco’ in Quechua, which can only be reached on foot.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Before You Go
  • Pricing

The trail crosses mountain passes and Andean communities, offering a view of a large array of local flora and fauna. This is an excellent hike off the beaten path that can be complemented with a visit to Cusco and as an alternative to the saturated Inca Trail.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 0

    Pre-Departure Briefing


  • Day 1

    Enjoy the Andean Wildlife and Scenery Across Mountains and Lakes

    Tambomachay Qoricocha Lake Patabamaba Community

  • Day 2

    Explore the Fascinating Site of Huchuy Qosqo

    Huchuy Qosqo Lamay

Why Take the Huchuy Qosqo + Patabamba Trek?

  • On this hike, the views are spectacular. Salkantay Trekking arranges the Huchuy Qosqo 2 day trek on a private basis only.
  • The Huchuy Qosqo Trek is a short two day, one night, camping trek that takes you through diverse terrain, from high altitude plains to fertile agricultural corn and potato fields.
  • The highlight of this trek is the Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo, meaning ‘Little Cusco’ in Quechua, which can only be reached on foot.
Day 1

Enjoy the Andean Wildlife and Scenery Across Mountains and Lakes

Tambomachay Qoricocha Lake Patabamaba Community

Early morning pick up from your hotel in Cusco will be at 7:30 AM. We will drive to Tambomachay (3800 MASL – 12467 FASL), an archaeological complex situated in the Saqsaywaman Archaeological Park. The day's hike will start at this point and will continue through puna landscapes and over the Sicllaccasa pass at 4100 MASL/13186 FASL, where we will have spectacular views of two valleys. You will see the capital of the Incas, Cusco, with stunning mountains surrounding it to your right. From the pass, we will follow the valley's side, making our way toward the top to cross over to the other side. It's about a 45-minute walk to the top end of the valley. Once we get there, we will cross a small stream that divides the valley and makes our way to our lunch spot at Qoricocha Lake. The lake's scenery is quite barren because the whole area is a high puna between the mountains and is covered with tough, Andean grass called Ichu. It may be possible to see various birdlife, such as Andean geese, lapwings, and partridges, among others. After lunch, we will continue to our campsite in the village of Patabamba.

We will make our way to the top of one of the ridges and, as we descend, loop around Qoricocha Lake (Golden Lake). It is about two and a half-hour walk to the village where we will be greeted by groups of locals who are always happy to welcome us into their community! After we have settled in and had a steaming cup of coca tea, we will visit one of the local families to learn about their lives. If you have brought any gifts with you, you can share them with the family. After visiting the family, we will have time to relax, and your tour guide will teach you more about the Andean way of life.

  • Meals: Lunch and dinner.
  • Difficulty:  Easy - Moderate
  • Walking Distance:  8.7 miles
  • Minimum elevation:  3600 m / 11808 ft
  • Highest elevation:  4100 m / 13186 ft
Day 2

Explore the Fascinating Site of Huchuy Qosqo

Huchuy Qosqo Lamay

This trail will first take you to the little village of Sihua and then up to the Pukamarca pass (4150 MASL – 13615 FASL), which overlooks the village with the same name. Here, you will have a splendid view of the Urubamba mountain range and the Sacred Valley. After reaching the top of the pass, there is a 2km/0.6 mile (approximately 30 minutes) downhill hike to the Pumamarka Community for lunch.

After this, you will continue your trek to the Puma Puncu canyon ("the puma door"). From here, you will hike along an original Incan trail, which has been 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 3600 MASL/11811 FASL. Once in the place, your guide will walk you through and show you all the site's unique Inca buildings like sacred temples, storehouses, Inca terraces for agriculture, and the Inca reservoir used to store water during the dry season.

After your guided tour of the site, we will begin our 2-hour walk downhill to Lamay's village (2800 MASL – 9186 FASL) by the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley; a bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch (Plus snack)
  • Difficulty:  Easy - Moderate
  • Walking Distance:  7.46 miles
  • Minimum elevation:  3848 m / 12624 ft
  • Highest elevation:  4150 m / 13615 ft

What Is Included?

  • High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure briefing

    You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our porters. The meeting will be at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.

  • Experienced Guide

    All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. Also, they speak English. As good cusqueños, they feel a great commitment to transmit the knowledge they have inherited from their grandparents. They are very friendly and professional. They’ll make sure you are safe and happy.

  • Medical 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 emergency situations (altitude sickness, traveller’s diarrhoea, 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.

  • 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.

  • Satellite phones:

    Our main priority will always be the tranquillity of our clients. While all of our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps you feel more secure. Each Salkantay Trekking guides has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to call anywhere in the world. You can also use it even if it’s not an emergency.

  • Transport:

    You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel by private transportation to patabamba, the starting point of the trek.

  • Personal accommodation in private campsites:

    Like our ancestors, we are very considerate of the Pachamama (Mother Earth). Therefore, our campsites and lodges are adapted to the environment to avoid generating negative impacts.

  • Camping equipment:

    Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs, and cooking equipment (all carried by the horses).

  • 1 Duffle Bag:

    You can put your personal luggage, up to 7 kgs (15.4 lbs), including your sleeping bag, in this bag to be carried by our horses.

  • Cargo Mules:

    On days 1 and 2, cargo mules carry the all camping equipment and your allowance of personal baggage (7 kgs/15.4 lbs). On days 3 and 4, your luggage will be carried by car or train to your destination.

  • Trekking Cook:

    A chef specialized in cooking on the trail, with an assistant, will prepare all of your delicious meals along the journey to replenish your energy. You will never go hungry!

  • Meals:

    1 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinners (Vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost)

  • Wake up tea:

    Every morning at the campsite, you will woken up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.

  • Tea time daily:

    Every afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide popcorn, biscuits, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you will not have to wait until dinner to relax, warm up, and enjoy a bite to eat!

  • Snacks on the trail daily:

    Our snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, caramels, etc. We will give this snack to you at the beginning of each day in your cloth bag.

  • One cloth snack bag per person:

    To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we will give you a cloth bag for your snacks.

What Is Not Included?

  • Travel Insurance

  • Tips for our staff

    Tips are usual 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. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the porters and chefs together.

  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management

    Landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.

  • Personal clothing and gear

  • Sleeping bag rent:

    US $5.00 per day. You can rent one from our company if you do not have your own. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect from temperatures as low as -18ºC (0ºF). They are mummy form and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.

  • Personal clothing and gear

  • Walking Sticks:

    You can rent a set from our company if you would like.

  • Day 1: Breakfast

  Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about trekking Salkantay in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

Has another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you asap!

Briefing or informative meeting

All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the Salkantay Trekking offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.

Duffel bag or canvas case:

ou’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.

A maximum of 5 kg is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.

Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Storing your luggage at our Office.

Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you are not going to 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 all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.


Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, 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:

Group tours are made up of different types of people. 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, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.

Strikes and demonstrations:

Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent 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 excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects:

You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.


The Huchuy Qosqo + Patabamba Trek 2 days can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.

  • Group Price

  • Huchuy Qosqo Route to Machu Picchu Group
  • 2020 Land Cost
    per person
  • Pre-payment
  • Balance
  • This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Online Payment Huchuy Qosqo + Patabamba Trek 2 Days

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Private Tour - 2020 Land Cost

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

  • 2 Trekkers: US$500 per person
  • 3 Trekkers: US$450 per person
  • 4 Trekkers: US$400 per person
  • 5 Trekkers: US$350 per person
  • 6 Trekkers: US$300 per person
  • 7 Trekkers: US$200 per person
  • 8 or more Trekkers: $180 per person

If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Salkantay Adventure:

  • Rainbow Mountain:  $100  $80
  • Sacred Valley:  $100  $80
  • City Tour:  $20

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information

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