3 Day Huchuy Qosco Trek

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This hike is perfect for those looking to get away from the crowds. The Huchuy Qosqo hike is the combination of stunning Inca towers & fortresses, 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 ending at one of the world’s wonders: the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

Day 1 Cusco – Pukamarca

Early morning pick up from hotel at 7:30 am and drive to Tambomachay (3800 m.), an archaeological complex situated in the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park. Tambomachay is comprised of a series of ceremonial water fountains, which are thought to have been dedicated to a water cult. The day’s hike will start at this point, and will continue through puna landscapes and over the Sicllaccasa pass at 4020m/13186ft. Down the other side, we hike along a path that leads to the Ccauca ravine, where we encounter archaeological remains and wild crops, such as tarwi, and a large quantity of cacti. We continue on to the Queullococha pass at 4185m/13727ft, where we may enjoy views of the lake with the same name. Surrounding the area in spectacular views stand the Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and San Juan snow peaks. Continuing the path, we walk past the Queullococha Lake, where we may see huallatas, ducks and small fish, to then climb towards the Challu Challu pass at 4220m/13842ft. From this point, we observe the Chinchero plains and the Piuray and Qoricocha lagoons. We then ascend towards the fourth pass at Rumicruz at 4230m/13874ft and enjoy a panoramic view of the Qoricocha and the Vilcanota snow capped range. Here we rest and eat lunch. We then make our way to the Inca rock quarry at 4220m/13842ft, which was the place from where the rocks were extracted to build Huchuy Qosqo. Finally, we descend towards the Pucamarca community at 4010m/13153ft, where we arrive in the late afternoon. Here we dine and camp through the night.

Day 2 Pukamarca – Huchuy Qosqo – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

We leave camp at around 8.00 am, and 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 mid morning. 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 until lunchtime, 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 to Ollantaytambo (train station) where we will take our train to Aguas Calientes town.

Tonight we will stay at aguas calientes town (2000m / 6374ft.).

Day 3: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Waking up early we’ll take the first bus to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.

What is included:

Transfer from the airport to your hotel (please specify arrival time and flight number)
Pre-departure briefing
Pick up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
Transportation by bus to Tambomachay (starting point of the trek)
transportation from Lamay to Ollantaytambo(train station)
Bus tickets Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
2Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (round trip)
Transfer from ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco
Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
Entrance fees to Huchuy Qosco
Professional English/spanish speaking tour guide
Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
Chef and cooking equipment
Campsite fees
One pillow per person
First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room
Mules and horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen, 7 kgs of your personal items.
Emergency horse every 6 persons
Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards (boiled water every morning and night)
2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Afternoon Snacks and 2 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
Dining tent with tables and chairs
4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
Sleeping mattress

Not Included

Sleeping Bag,Walking Poles and Air Mattress (Can be rented from us)
Personal tent for solo travelers (Can be rented from us)
Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain
Lunch on Day 3
Tips

Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

What to take:

Original Passport
ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
Walking boots
Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
Warm jacket
Hat and gloves
T-shirts
Comfortable Trousers
Sun hat
Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
Insect repellant
Toiletries and hand sanitiser
Personal medication
Camera and film
Torch with spare batteries

PRICES:

2 people US$ 655 per person
3 people US$ 595 per person
4 people US$ 575 per person
5 people US$ 540 perperson
6+people US$ 495 per person

Important:

Prices includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules

price depends on number of people in your group (more pay or pay less).

DISCOUNTS
18 to 25 years old: US$30 Information required on student GREEN ISIC card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
Under 18 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Under 11 years old: US$40 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Group of 5 or more: US$30 – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

Optional Extras:

Sleeping Bag US$15
Walking Pole US$5
Inflatable Mattress US$10
Single Tent Supplement US$25

Optional Extras (Need to book in advance):

Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: US$30.00 (Need to book in advance)
Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: US$35.00 (Need to book in advance)
Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: US$57.00 (Need to book in advance)
Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance)

INFORMATION

This hike is perfect for those looking to get away from the crowds. The Huchuy Qosqo hike is the combination of stunning Inca towers & fortresses, 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 ending at one of the world’s wonders: the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Cusco – Pukamarca

Early morning pick up from hotel at 7:30 am and drive to Tambomachay (3800 m.), an archaeological complex situated in the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park. Tambomachay is comprised of a series of ceremonial water fountains, which are thought to have been dedicated to a water cult. The day’s hike will start at this point, and will continue through puna landscapes and over the Sicllaccasa pass at 4020m/13186ft. Down the other side, we hike along a path that leads to the Ccauca ravine, where we encounter archaeological remains and wild crops, such as tarwi, and a large quantity of cacti. We continue on to the Queullococha pass at 4185m/13727ft, where we may enjoy views of the lake with the same name. Surrounding the area in spectacular views stand the Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and San Juan snow peaks. Continuing the path, we walk past the Queullococha Lake, where we may see huallatas, ducks and small fish, to then climb towards the Challu Challu pass at 4220m/13842ft. From this point, we observe the Chinchero plains and the Piuray and Qoricocha lagoons. We then ascend towards the fourth pass at Rumicruz at 4230m/13874ft and enjoy a panoramic view of the Qoricocha and the Vilcanota snow capped range. Here we rest and eat lunch. We then make our way to the Inca rock quarry at 4220m/13842ft, which was the place from where the rocks were extracted to build Huchuy Qosqo. Finally, we descend towards the Pucamarca community at 4010m/13153ft, where we arrive in the late afternoon. Here we dine and camp through the night.

Day 2 Pukamarca – Huchuy Qosqo – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

We leave camp at around 8.00 am, and 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 mid morning. 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 until lunchtime, 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 to Ollantaytambo (train station) where we will take our train to Aguas Calientes town.

Tonight we will stay at aguas calientes town (2000m / 6374ft.).

Day 3: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Waking up early we’ll take the first bus to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.

PRICE / IMPORTANT INFO

What is included:

Transfer from the airport to your hotel (please specify arrival time and flight number)
Pre-departure briefing
Pick up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
Transportation by bus to Tambomachay (starting point of the trek)
transportation from Lamay to Ollantaytambo(train station)
Bus tickets Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
2Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (round trip)
Transfer from ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco
Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
Entrance fees to Huchuy Qosco
Professional English/spanish speaking tour guide
Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
Chef and cooking equipment
Campsite fees
One pillow per person
First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room
Mules and horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen, 7 kgs of your personal items.
Emergency horse every 6 persons
Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards (boiled water every morning and night)
2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Afternoon Snacks and 2 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
Dining tent with tables and chairs
4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
Sleeping mattress

Not Included

Sleeping Bag,Walking Poles and Air Mattress (Can be rented from us)
Personal tent for solo travelers (Can be rented from us)
Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain
Lunch on Day 3
Tips

Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

What to take:

Original Passport
ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
Walking boots
Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
Warm jacket
Hat and gloves
T-shirts
Comfortable Trousers
Sun hat
Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
Insect repellant
Toiletries and hand sanitiser
Personal medication
Camera and film
Torch with spare batteries

PRICES:

2 people US$ 655 per person
3 people US$ 595 per person
4 people US$ 575 per person
5 people US$ 540 perperson
6+people US$ 495 per person

Important:

Prices includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules

price depends on number of people in your group (more pay or pay less).

DISCOUNTS
18 to 25 years old: US$30 Information required on student GREEN ISIC card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
Under 18 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Under 11 years old: US$40 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Group of 5 or more: US$30 – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

Optional Extras:

Sleeping Bag US$15
Walking Pole US$5
Inflatable Mattress US$10
Single Tent Supplement US$25

Optional Extras (Need to book in advance):

Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: US$30.00 (Need to book in advance)
Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: US$35.00 (Need to book in advance)
Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: US$57.00 (Need to book in advance)
Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance)

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