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Huchuy Qosqo + Patabamba Trek

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Duration
2 Days / 1 Night
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Price
from US$200
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Max. Altitude
4150 m / 13616 ft
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Group Size
Up to 12 people
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Accommodation
Lodge & Camp
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Difficulty
Mild
  • 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.

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Tambomachay, Qoricocha Lake, Patabamba Community, Huchuy Qosqo, Lamay
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On this hike, the views are spectacular. Salkantay Trekking arranges the Huchuy Qosqo 2 day trek on a private basis only.
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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
  • Enquire Now
  Overview

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

    Cusco

  • 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.
  Itinerary
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

Patabamba 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
  Inclusions

What Is Included?

  • High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure briefing

    You will meet your tour leader 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 horses. The meeting will be at 5:00 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. Our guides are chosen for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploring, and a desire to share in the experience. 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.

  • Camping Equipment

    Salkantay Trekking uses the best equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Every two people will share Eureka Timberline tents or Mountain Hard Wear Tents with capacity for four people. Also, you’ll have a spacious dining tent where you can enjoy your food without problems.

  • 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.

  • Meals

  • Meals: 1 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, and 1 Dinner

    Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets(Vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost ), so let us know if you have any particular restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing.

  • Water

    From the first lunch to the last breakfast, Salkantay Trekking will provide you with all the water you need. We will provide boiled water, filtered, and cooled. You need to bring a camel bag or an empty bottle. We recommend a capacity of 2 liters. You’ll be able to fill your bottles during each meal.

  • Wake up tea

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

  • Tea time or Happy Hour

    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

    Before starting your trekking, our tour leader will provide you a Cloth bag with 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.

  • Products for hygiene

    You will be provided with a small towel before each meal to clean your hands.

  • Transportation

  • Transport

    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.

  • 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).

  • Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entrance ticket to Huchuy Qosqo

  • 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 small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress, a cover to protect your backpack on the road, and a rain poncho.

  • 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.

  • Extra and important Equipment:

    All our travelers need a sleeping bag to camp. Inflatable mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional but highly recommended. If you do not have them, don’t worry; in our Huchuy Qosqo Trek is included.

What Is Not Included?

  • Travel Insurance

  • Tips for our staff

    Tips are usual on any excursion. 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.

  • Day 2: Last Dinner

  • 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.

  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.

Pickups:

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.

  Pricing

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
    US$200
    per person
  • Pre-payment
    US$100
    (Required)
  • Balance
    US$100
  • This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Online Payment Huchuy Qosqo + Patabamba Trek 2 Days

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Please, after your deposit, send us the transfer number to sales@salkantaytrekking.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:  $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

  Enquire Now

Thank you for your interest in having an adventure travel experience in Peru curated by Salkantay Trekking. Please take a moment to complete our short form, so one our friendly Adventure Consultants could provide you all the information for your trip of a lifetime in Peru.

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Trip Details

Huchuy Qosqo & Patabamba 2D
14 years and above
Below 14 years
7 + 3 =
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) 958191179 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.

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Feel free to reach us via email at sales@salkantaytrekking.com or by calling us directly at +51 958 191 179

Triunfo Street 392, office 212, 2nd floor - Main Square of Cusco, Peru

Monday - Friday
9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

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!

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The food is one of the most important things on the trek, we bring balance and nutritive food along the trail.

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