Huchuy Qosqo

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A fantastic full day hike in the surroundings of Cusco, departing close from Chinchero. This hike is perfect for those looking to get away from the crowds.The appeal of Huchuy Qosqo hike is the combination of stunning Inca towers & fortresses, inca trails, rural villages, magnificent snowcapped mountains, exotic vegetation and an extraordinary ecological variety. The trail goes off-the-beaten- track. Over high passes of the Andes mountains and through the Sacred Valley of the Incas with unforgettable views of the great scenery and following through a mountain pass and finally reaching Huchuy Qosqo, an ancient Inca archaeological site perched on a cliff with stunning views over the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

We leave from Cusco at 7:00am in a private bus that takes us to Chinchero to then follow on to Tauca, a small Andean community that is the starting point of our trek. We start hiking uphill amidst a beautiful mountain scenery with presence of llamas, alpacas and lovely views of the Piuray Lagoon until we reach the only mountain pass of this program at 4500m/14760ft (2h). We then start descending along a restored Inca Trail for an approximated 1h towards the small Andean community of Pukamarca (4010m/13153ft). From there, we walk downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where we find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. This canyon boasts geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3600m/11808ft, where we arrive by early afternoon. Huchuy Qosqo is an Inca archaeological complex with imposing architecture that includes a large open ceremonial center, from which we enjoy a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the snow capped mountain range of the same name. While in the complex, we receive a guided tour, after which we continue our way to Lamay at 3000m/9840ft. Lamay is a town dedicated to agriculture and cattle raising. Later in the afternoon, our private transport drives us back to Cusco.

What is included:

Pre-departure briefing
Pick up from your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
Private bus to tauca
Private bus from lamay to cuzco
Entrances fees to huchuy qosqo
Professional English/spanish speaking tour guide
Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
Box-lunch
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

Not Included

Breakfast and dinner
Walking Poles (Can be rented from us / each pair US$ 5)
Tips

What to take

Day backpack, warm clothes (scarf, sweaters, rainjacket, gloves)
Walking boots.
Walking sticks (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)
Rain poncho
Sun hat + sunglasses.
Toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
Suncream
Extra money

PRICES

per person US$ 139.00 (minimum of 2 people)

Machu Picchu or Sacred Valley Extension:

1 Day trip From US$ 280.00 per person (depending on group size, Train class, etc).

2 Day 1 night Trip From US$ 335 per person (depending on group size, Train class, Hotel, etc).

Sacred Valley from US$ 70 per person (minimum of 2 people)

INFORMATION

A fantastic full day hike in the surroundings of Cusco, departing close from Chinchero. This hike is perfect for those looking to get away from the crowds.The appeal of Huchuy Qosqo hike is the combination of stunning Inca towers & fortresses, inca trails, rural villages, magnificent snowcapped mountains, exotic vegetation and an extraordinary ecological variety. The trail goes off-the-beaten- track. Over high passes of the Andes mountains and through the Sacred Valley of the Incas with unforgettable views of the great scenery and following through a mountain pass and finally reaching Huchuy Qosqo, an ancient Inca archaeological site perched on a cliff with stunning views over the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

ITINERARY

We leave from Cusco at 7:00am in a private bus that takes us to Chinchero to then follow on to Tauca, a small Andean community that is the starting point of our trek. We start hiking uphill amidst a beautiful mountain scenery with presence of llamas, alpacas and lovely views of the Piuray Lagoon until we reach the only mountain pass of this program at 4500m/14760ft (2h). We then start descending along a restored Inca Trail for an approximated 1h towards the small Andean community of Pukamarca (4010m/13153ft). From there, we walk downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where we find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. This canyon boasts geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3600m/11808ft, where we arrive by early afternoon. Huchuy Qosqo is an Inca archaeological complex with imposing architecture that includes a large open ceremonial center, from which we enjoy a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the snow capped mountain range of the same name. While in the complex, we receive a guided tour, after which we continue our way to Lamay at 3000m/9840ft. Lamay is a town dedicated to agriculture and cattle raising. Later in the afternoon, our private transport drives us back to Cusco.

IMPORTANT INFO

What is included:

Pre-departure briefing
Pick up from your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
Private bus to tauca
Private bus from lamay to cuzco
Entrances fees to huchuy qosqo
Professional English/spanish speaking tour guide
Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
Box-lunch
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

Not Included

Breakfast and dinner
Walking Poles (Can be rented from us / each pair US$ 5)
Tips

What to take

Day backpack, warm clothes (scarf, sweaters, rainjacket, gloves)
Walking boots.
Walking sticks (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)
Rain poncho
Sun hat + sunglasses.
Toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
Suncream
Extra money

PRICES

per person US$ 139.00 (minimum of 2 people)

Machu Picchu or Sacred Valley Extension:

1 Day trip From US$ 280.00 per person (depending on group size, Train class, etc).

2 Day 1 night Trip From US$ 335 per person (depending on group size, Train class, Hotel, etc).

Sacred Valley from US$ 70 per person (minimum of 2 people)

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