The Huchuy Qosqo Trek Machupicchu 3/2 This trek is like no other in the Cusco region. It is a perfect option for people who prefer a slightly shorter trek at a lower altitude (the highest pass is 3,800 meters). While this trek is the shortest of the alternatives, it also has the most ruins to see along the way as well. What is really special about our version of this trek is the opportunity to stay at the home of a typical host family on the side of the mountain, overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas below you. Out the window of the room where you will stay, you will be able to see the sunrise over the beautiful Huchuy Qosqo ruins.
Day 1: Cusco – Patabamba – Huchuy Qosqo
We will begin the tour with an early morning pick up from your hotel, at 7:30am, to drive over to Patabamba (3800m). The day’s hike will start at this point, and will continue through Andean landscapes and over the Pukamarca Pass at 3,800m. We will hike along a path that leads to the Tauca town, where we encounter archaeological remains and wild crops, such as tarwi, and a large quantity of cactus. We continue on to the Pukamarca pass at 4200m, where we enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and immense mountains: Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and the San Juan snow peaks.
Continuing along the path, we will descend towards the beautiful, remote Andean pueblo Pukamarca at 4010m, where we stop and have a short break. Once back on the move, we will walk downhill to a mystical ancient path which will lead us to the Leon Punku Ravine. We will be led into a very narrow corridor, between some immense rock walls, where we will discover Incan remains and various Incan bridges and sets of stairs (some of the best examples of Incan stairs anywhere in the world). This canyon is absolutely magical and boasts geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3600m, where we will soon be arriving. Upon our arrival to the ruins in the evening, we will actually continue on past the ruins and to our accommodation for the night. We will have dinner and sleep in the typical home of a native of the area, just to the side of the Huchuy Qosqo ruins. (L / D)
Day 2: Huchuy Qosqo – Chinchero Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
After a delicious breakfast, there will be a guided tour of the Huchuy Qosqo Inca City, in which you will discover amazing Inca buildings, sacred temples, farming terraces, storehouses, water channels and an Inca reservoir. After you have had time to explore everything, we head downhill to Lamay for 2 hours. Our private van will take you to Urubamba, city where we will have lunch.
Afterwards we head to the archaeological site of MORAY also known as “The Greenhouses of the Incas,” which is a unique and fascinating site, built prior to the Incas. Different levels of terraces are carved into a huge bowl, part of which was further excavated by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates, depending on how deep into the bowl they were used by the Incas to discover the optimal growing conditions for their crops. After you have time to enjoy and explore the site, we continue driving towards the colonial town of Maras and to the Pre-Inca Salt Mine (Salineras). Thousands of saltpans have been used for salt extraction since before Inca times. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt laden water, which is diverted into saltpans and evaporated to produce a salt that is used now for both human and animal consumption. It is quite beautiful the array of saltpans carved around the area.
Then we continue our journey to Ollantaytambo where we will explore the stunning astronomical Inca City of Ollantaytambo. By late afternoon, we take the train to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night in a hotel.
hotels. (B / L/D)
Day 3: Machu Picchu – Cusco
After enjoying an early morning breakfast at your hotel, you will want to take the earliest bus up to Machu Picchu that you can. The first bus leaves at about 5:30 am and arrives to the ruins about 30 minutes later (though the line for the first bus starts a good deal earlier). You will be able to explore around the ruins yourself, or you can sign up to climb Huayna Picchu, before taking part in your 2 and a half hour guided tour of the site. Your guide will explain the rich history and architecture of this astounding site to you as he shows you around. Afterwards, you will have some more time to explore on your own, or to walk up Huayna Picchu, before descending back down the mountain to Aguas Calientes, to catch the afternoon train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco. (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: 2024
1 people : US$1100.00 per person
2 people : US$650.00 per person
4 people : US$600.00 per person
6 people : US$550.00 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).