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Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machupicchu 3D/2N

Huchuy Qosqo Trek

This Huchuy Qosqo Trek is best suited for those with a limited amount of time, but who would still like to do a bit of trekking before they see Machu Picchu. It is the lowest in altitude (4350 meters) of the 3 alternative treks and also the shortest in distance (17 kilometers) but still sees some great examples of Inca Stairs and other Inca ruins along the way. As there are only 2 days trek to Machu Picchu, you will only camp for one night and then sleep in our Hotel on the next night. This Huchuy Qosqo trek is also available in 1 or 2 day versions as well (without Machu Picchu). Huchuy Qosqo

“This trek is ideal for those passengers who really want to be far in the middle of nowhere with only nature surrounding them as they camp in an area that is scarcely seen by tourists. Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco) is situated above the Valley of Urubamba and offers very spectacular views over the mountain range Cordillera de Vilcanota. This Huchuy Cusco is also a great way for you to enjoy a shorter trek that still includes Machu Picchu and Inca trails (with Inca stairs that are better than the Inca Trail). You will have one night camping in the wilderness and then the very next night will be spent in our Hotel in the beautiful pueblo, Aguas Calientes”


Huchuy Qosqo Trek Overview

Day 1: Tambomachay – Pumamarca camp.

  • Meals : Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation : Camping 4010 masl
  • Max. Altitude : 4350masl
  • Min. Altitude : 3700masl
  • Dist. Travelled : 14km
  • Walking Time : 3700masl

Day 2: Huchuy Qosqo – Taucca – Chinchero – Ollantaytambo train station – Aguas Calientes town.

  • Breakfast: Lunch Dinner
  • Hostel: Aguas Calientes town
  • Max. Altitude : 4450masl
  • Min. Altitude : 3900masl
  • Dis. Travelled : 12 kms
  • Walking Time : 5-6 hours

Day 3: Aguas  Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco city.

  • Meals : Breakfast


Detailed itinerary for Huchuy Qosqo Trek

Day 1: Tambomachay – Pumamarca camp.

At 06:00 am Early pick up from your hotels, private vehicle for 25 minutes to Tambomachay located at 3700 masl. (for our mid day we have a 8 Km of moderate walk with a gradual climbing of 450 meters ; 4-5 hrs until the lunch place) we start our Huchuy Qosqo Trek walking at the ancient Inca Trail used by Inca people to connect with the Sacred Valley, Pisac and probably to Machupicchu at the XV century.

From this point you can observe panoramic views of Cusco traditional neiborhoods as Santa Ana, Santiago, Puquin etc, and the Valley of Qorao, at this high Andean level we observe llamas and alpacas eating the andean grass named Ichu, small cactus and some bromelias bushes locally known as Puyas. At the left side on the path we can see ancient Incas terraces used by farmers in order to gain more potatoes farmings areas, a gentle walking down to the trail as it curves sharply up-hill to reach a pass of near 4180 meters.

Then we descend along the trail, you will see a beautifully green valleys stretching out as far as the eye can see, the trail takes us up over the second pass (4300 meters) and into high open country. Just reaching the top we can see the beautiful Lake Qoricocha (Golden Lake in Quechua) where we descend for 20 minutes to find our lunch spot , free time to rest.

After lunch and time for rest , we continue another 300 meter to climb in 3 Hrs walk in a normal pace to reach the highest point 4380 masl, from this top it is easy to see Chincheros and the lake of Piuray and some snow sacred mountains as Salcantay, Veronica, (2 passes) then a 1.5 Hrs. downhill walk to Pucamamarca our camping place. Here, we set up camp and enjoy our supper underneath the great starry sky. This community is located at 3,980 masl nearby there few houses that belong to the farmers. (8- 9 horas 16 kilometers of moderate walk).

  • Meals   : Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation              : Camping 4010 masl
  • Max. Altitude    : 4350masl
  • Min. Altitude     : 3700masl
  • Dist. Travelled   : 14km
  • Walking Time    : 3700masl

Day 2: Huchuy Qosqo – Taucca – Chinchero – Ollantaytambo train station – Aguas Calientes town.

Early wake up at 6:00 am, after breakfast we leave our campsite at 07:00 am (1 hour to walk to HuchuyQosqo) a soft walk to end the valley and we walk through a narrow canyon to see a recently restored trail with wooden bridges and some steps, a lot of of native trees and bushes, a panoramic views of Lamay Valley and Calca, the sacred river of the Incas, Willcamayo ; the walk is one hour to reach the Inca site of HuchuyQosqo, recently restored by archaeolists, located at 3450 mals from this point it is clear to see many beautiful mountains as Chicon, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Waccaywilca and Veronica ancient Apus so respected and venerated by the locals which most of them are Incas- Quechuas descendents. We have a guided tour for 1.5 hours to visit and explore this interesting Inca complex.

Huchuy Qosqo or Litle Cusco was originally an administrative and military center as Pisaq, with many constructions around, Inca buildings with perfect fine stones work, graneries structures called Collcas to store and preserve food, because it was an important agricultural center to produce corn. By 10:00 am we continue our Huchuy Qosqo Trek for nearly 2-hours down hill with direction to Lamay town to have lunch, after lunch our private vehicle will transport us  to Ollantaytambo, at 16:30 pm we board our train to Aguas Calientes for  2 hours of spectacular train ride with amazing views at both sides of the valleys with impressive snow capped mountains, several Inca constructions can be seen from your windows and the Urubamba river near the train.

After we arrive to Aguas Calientes our guide will take you to our Hostel where you are set for the night. There is an optional time enjoy  the hot springs to relax and good for muscles. At dinner time your guide will inform you all details about our plans for next morning to see Machupicchu and optimize your visit at this wonderful and marvel place found in 1911.

  • Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes town
  • Max. Altitude    : 4450masl
  • Min. Altitude     : 3900masl
  • Dis. Travelled    : 12 kms
  • Walking Time    : 5-6 hours

Day 3: Aguas  Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco city.

Early wake up at 04:00 am and after breakfast we need to wait at the Bus Terminal to get our bus. The first Bus to Machupicchu depart at 5:30 am After 30 minutes of bus ride we are at the entrance of Machupicchu ready for our guided visit, 3 hours guided tour with our expert tour guide, he will show and walk with you throught the most remarkable sectors areas, temples, residences, altars and he will offer a relevant history and archaeology informations. After the guided tour you will have extra time to explore by yourself, going to the sun gate “Inti-Punku”

By 1:30 pm we board the bus down to Aguas Calientes for  Lunch. Then after lunch at 16.45 pm we board our train return to Poroy train station ( 25 minute near Cusco). Private transport to Cusco (end of our service at Plaza Regocijo or San Francisco), return time at 21.00 Hrs approx

In high season sometimes we offer the Train to Ollantaytambo and private transport to Cusco, return time at 21.00 hrs approx .

  • Meals   : Breakfast


This Huchuy Qosqo Trek Included:

  • Pick-up from your hotels from 5.25 to 05:45
  • Transfer in our company bus to Tambomachay Village (starting point of the trek)
  • 2 person per tent (new, spacious and comfortable)
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • Excellent recommended tour Guide (2 guides for groups over 12)
  • Meals: 2B / 2L / 2D  Tea time each afternoon
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Chef
  • Horses/mules to transport (tents, food, cooking equipment)
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning
  • Entrance ticket to Huchuy Qosco inca complex
  • Vistadome Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition Train returns from Aguas Calientes to Ollanta and private transport to Cusco
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu one way
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu, plenty of time to explore on your own
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes town double or triple accommodation
  • Porterage for 6 Kg per person.

What is not Included in our Machu Picchu Trek:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Breakfast first day
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Bus ticket down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes US$10 pp.
  • Optional Up-grade Vistadome train returns to Cusco instead Expedition train US$ 36 extra per person.

We recommend that you bring for Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Backpack or a daypack in case you booked a personal porterage
  • A warm and good Sleeping Bag (Minus 8ºC) – (Can be rented at our company office)
  • Hiking boots (sneakers or running shoes are not recommended)
  • Trekking poles
  • Warm clothes layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Flashlight with extra batteries necessary
  • Camera & Extra Film & Batteries / Charger
  • Sun Protection : Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses
  • Thermals, Wool Socks & Woolen Hat for cold nights
  • Gloves, Scarf
  • Insect Repellant for Valleys and Machupicchu
  • Rain Poncho / Good rain jacket
  • Toiletries, Toilet paper, small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Trekking pants or similar
  • Water bottle, Water purification tablets
  • Personal medical kit
  • Original passport and ISIC student card is applicable
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips to your staff.
Additional Options for this Huchuy Qosqo Trek:
  • Single tent for trail extra $35
  • Single room in Aguas Calientes extra $ 20
  • Down sleeping bag minus 8 degrees Celcius $ 20
  • 45 Lts Backpack $ 20
  • A pair of trekking poles $ 20
  • Ticket for Huaynapicchu $10 must be indicated at time of booking


  • Price: $ 550.00.00 per person.
  • 2 – 3: USD $ 700.00 per person.
  • 4 – 5: USD $ 650.00 per person.
  • 6 – +: USD $ 600.00 per  person.


  • Student Discount (with valid Student card) – $20


  • Sleeping Bag (4 season) – $25 (Maximum size 1.95m / 6´4″)
  • Pair of Walking poles – $25
  • Air Matress – $25
  • Single Tent Supplement US$75
  • Personal Mule (half) to carry 7kg of personal items US$90
  • Full Mule to carry 14kg of personal items US$180


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 Phone: (+51) 984813399

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