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 routes 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 their 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 Huchuy Qosqo hike 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 Trekking to Huchuy Qosqo is also a great way for you to enjoy a shorter trail 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 the Hotel in the beautiful pueblo, Aguas Calientes”
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 the 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 of our Huchuy Qosqo hike 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 the 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).
Early wake up at 6:00 am, after breakfast we leave our campsite at 07:00 am (1 hour to walk to Huchuy Qosqo) 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 Huchuy Qosqo, recently restored by archeologists, 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 descendants. 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 this Huchuy Qosqo Hike for nearly 2-hours down hill with direction to Lamay town to have lunch, after lunch our vehicle will transport us to Ollantaytambo, at 16:30 pm we board the 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 your 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 Machu Picchu and optimize your visit at this wonderful and marvel place found in 1911.
Early wake up at 04:00 am and after breakfast we need to wait at the Bus Terminal to get the bus. The first Bus to Machu Picchu depart at 5:30 am After 30 minutes of bus ride we are at the entrance of Machu picchu 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 services 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 .
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