3 Day Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu

Highlights

Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu it is a 3 days and it is a pleasant and not too challenging option that combines nature, original Inca Trails, a community visit and a guided tour of the little known Inca site of Huchuy Qosco. Taking you off the beaten paths and all the crowds of the more popular treks, yet still immersing fully into all the amazing things Peru has to offer. The Huchuy Qosco trek is perfect for those with a short time frame, an alternative non-commercial option, or who are just looking for an easier trekking route.

DAY 1: CUSCO – TAMBOMACHAY – QENKO

DAY 2: QENKO – HUCHUY QOSCO – LAMAY – AGUAS CALIENTES

DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU!

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO – TAMBOMACHAY – QENKO

Starting from the Inca site of Tambomachay just outside of Cusco our path leads us over high passes, through valleys and small communities and past beautiful mountain lakes. With large expanses of grasslands and sizeable lakes, the area is home to a wide variety of birds including Andean Geese, Partridges and Lapwings as well as a variety of birds of prey, all of which are regularly spotted throughout the day.

Our goal for today is the village of Qenko located close to Lake Qoricocha (Golden Lake). Qenko is a traditional Andean community; located high above Cusco and the Sacred Valley the people here still maintain the customs and traditions of ages past and the majority of villagers gain their income from herding llamas and alpacas. As only a few tourists come this way the people are always intrigued to see who has come to visit their village and to welcome them with open arms.

Lodging: Campsite

DAY 2: QENKO – HUCHUY QOSCO – LAMAY – AGUAS CALIENTES

Today has two main focuses, learning about the customs and culture of the Andean people and a visit to the Inca site of Huchuy Qosco. Waking up early we’ll be taken by our guide to one of the houses where we’ll get to meet a local family. The people are incredibly welcoming and are just as eager to learn about you as you are of them; they don’t get many visitors in this area and are always interested to find out about you. After the visit you’ll have the opportunity to give any gifts you’ve brought for the local people and also to buy some of the locally made.

Following the visit we’ll make our way to Huchuy Qosco. The route follows an original Inca Trail that leads us down a beautiful, secluded valley that is filled with native plants, flowers and birds. It really feels like another world compared to the high grasslands we’ve left behind. In total it takes about two and a half hours to reach Huchuy Qosco and after a break to rest and take in the views of the Sacred Valley you’ll have a guided tour of the site to learn about the Inca people and their culture. In the afternoon we head down in to the Sacred Valley to the village of Lamay where we take a bus to Ollantaytambo and then a train to Aguas Calientes.

Lodging: Hatun Samay Hotel *** or similar

DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU!

Waking up early we’ll take the first bus up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens its doors. 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´s Included

INCLUDED:

  • Pre-Trekking briefing (02 Day or 01 Day before the trek, in your Hotel).
  • Professional bilingual tour guide.
  • Assistant tour guide for groups of 9+.
  • Chef.
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 15 lbs/ 07kg of your personal items.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation from your hotel to the start of trail.
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco.
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
  • 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.
  • EUREKA / DOITE – Comfortable and very spacious 4 man tent (one tent is used by two people).
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes, Day 2.
  • Inflatable ” Thermares or Rei sleeping Mattress (you need to carry ).
  • Oxygen bottle.
  • First aid kit.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip).

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us).
  • Breakfast on Day 1, lunch Day 4.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain.
  • Tips.

THINGS TO BRING:

  • 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

THIS TOUR RUNS ONLY AS A PRIVATE SERVICE.

****Daily Departure with at least 2 people****

NUMBER OF PAXSPRICE PER PERSONACTION
2 PeopleUS$ 540
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3 PeopleUS$ 475
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4 PeopleUS$ 475
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5 PeopleUS$ 440
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6 PeopleUS$ 440
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7-8 PeopleUS$ 420
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Discounts:

  • Student Discount: US$25 (Requires valid green “ISIC” Card to qualify).
  • Under 18′s Discount: US$25

Departure Dates & Timetable

Departure date:

  • Daily departures with at least 02 people. Our tour can leave any day of the week, 12 months a year.

Departure time:

  • 08:00 am or 08:30 am (according to your preference)

FAQS?

Is the trek difficult? Do I need to be in good physical condition?
Are vegetarian, vegan, and/or other special diet needs available?
I have a food allergy. May I still participate?
When must I arrive in cusco or arrive to your office?
Are hiking sticks or poles necessary?
Where can I store my baggage that I dont need for the trail?
What is the weather like during the trek?
Where do I have to be the morning of the start of my trek and where will I finish at the end?
I wish to have a train company or train option different to that which Inkayni Peru Tours offers, is this possible?

 








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