The Huchuy Qosqo Trek 2d/1n,This trek is ideal for those who really want to feel that they are in the middle of nowhere with only nature surrounding them. Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco) is situated above the Valley of Urubamba and offers spectacular views over the mountain range Cordillera de Vilcanota.
Day 1: Cusco – Tauca – Huchuy Qosqo Pass – Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
After being picked up at your hotel, we will drive to the small Village of Tauca (3750m), where your trek starts. The beginning of your trek will be on level terrain and the landscape will be that of typical Andean valleys rich in corn, potatoes, barley, quinoa and other Andean tubers. As you ascend towards the Huchuy Qosqo pass at 4050m, the landscape begins to change dramatically to that classic of high Andean savannah or Puna, with scant vegetation, mainly “ichu” or high altitude grass. The views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba peaks are spectacular: Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and the San Juan snow peaks can be seen. Soon after the pass you will start your descent toward the Huchuy Qosqo plains, hiking along a path that leads to the Ccauca ravine, where you will be able to see archaeological remains and wild crops, such as tarwi, and a large quantity of cacti. You will walk downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where you will find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. This canyon boasts impressive geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3650 m. Huchuy Qosqo (“Little Cusco”) is a noteworthy Inca complex. It boasts very fine stonework in a large Kallanka (rectangular hall), as well as some residential and defensive quarters and interesting two-story buildings in stone and adobe. Huchuy Qosqo is located on a plateau, surrounded by Inca agricultural terracing and commanding superb views of the Vilcabamba range. Afterwards we’ll go downhill to Lamay at 2900m where we’ll be transferred to Ollantaytambo. From there we’ll catch our train to Aguas Calientes. Overnight in hotel. (L / D)
Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
At 5am we’ll have breakfast and half hour later board the first tourist bus to arrive to Machu Picchu so that we are the first visitors inside the Machu Picchu archaeological site. There, you will have a complete guided tour of this spectacular and mystical place. The guided tour includes a walk through the different sections, such as the urban sector, the agriculture sector and the religions zone. You will also have the option to climb to Huayna Picchu (Young Mountain), a hike that takes about 2 hours round trip. From the summit you will have the best panoramic view for photos of the entirety of Machu Picchu and of the deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca city. If you don’t choose to climb Huayna Picchu, you will have free time to explore on your own. Then we will board the tourist bus to return to Aguas Calientes. Lunch will be in the town of Aguas Calientes and at around 4pm we will aboard the backpacker train to Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) or straight to Cusco and from here a private van will drop us to the hotel in Cusco at about 8:30pm. (B)
Private transportation, to and from your hotel transport
All meals marked as B,L,D
Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
Entrance fee to Huchuy Qosqo
Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
Hostel in Aguas Calientes
First-aid including emergency oxygen bottle
We recommend that you bring:
Small backpack with rain shelter (30 or 40 liters is big enough).
Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket
Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs)
Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater
Long- and short-sleeved polos/T-Shirts.
Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
Disinfecting alcohol and gel
Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries
Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit
Original passport, original ISIC student card (if applicable) and extra money
Explanation of services Price Per Person: 2023
1.-person : US$750.00 Person
2.- people : US$500.00 per person
4.- people : US$450.00 per person
6.- people : US$400.00 per person.
18 to 25 years old: $30 USD Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card is required at booking for government approval for discount.
Under 18 years old: $30 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Under 11 years old: $40 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Group of 5 or more: $30 USD – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.
Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
Air Mattress –$20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
Walking Poles -$20 USD per pair per trek (Professional poles that can be extended)
Personal tent- $35 USD – (Tent is for single trekkers only)
Vistadome Train Upgrade –$75 USD per person (Return Only)
Huayna Picchu Mountain –$75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
Machu Picchu Mountain – $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
Single supplement-$35 USD per night (for solo travellers with single room)
**Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are optional treks within Machu Picchu Citadel which do not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.
ADDED VALUES FOR FREE
TRANSFER – from the Airport to Hotel (Cusco Only)
DUFFEL BAG AND LINER BAGS – included in the trekking price!
BOILED WATER is included along the Inca Trail
OXYGEN TANK will be available along the trek
EMERGENCY HORSE is included in the price which can be ridden if you get tired or sick
PLASTIC RAIN poncho made by Inca Land Adventures is included.
TIPS FOR OUR PORTERS
IMPORTANT: Some of the reasons that our price may be higher than that of other agencies are the following:
We ALWAYS book the maximum number of porters possible (according to Inca Trail regulations) so that our porters are not overloaded.
Also, We are the only travel operator in Peru that supplies porters with proper tents, sleeping pads and adequate food for this type of activity.
We always we take care our hosremans and horses during our alternative treks so tiping it will be the seim as for the porters
Beware of this when booking they might be cheaper because of this!
2 people (minimum group size) should have a maximum of 7 porters and 16 people (max group size) should have 22 porters.
** Tips for porters, cooks or guides are optional and are NOT included in our price. However our advice is that you tip our staff based on their performance, service and knowledge. Our guidelines for tipping our staff is the following:
Each porter gets 100 Soles, each assistant cook 150 Soles, the Main Chef gets 300 Soles.make sure to tip more if your trip it is more than 5 days or if it is luxury treks
Assistant Tour guides can be tipped collectively by the members of the group, we suggest a 5% of the total cost of the tour.
Main guides are tipped on a one on one basis and based on their performance. Tour guides are professional people who spend a lot of time training in different other fields such archaelogy, history and WFA. We suggest people to consider tipping our guide a 10% to 15% of the value of your tour.
Train included in all tours is the Expedition train (to Ollanta). Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 2:55 PM and the 9:20 PM being the last train (high season June to September). We will organize the transport back to Cusco (by taxi or by bus).