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Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu

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Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu

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03 Day – Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu

  • Qenko
  • Tambomachay
  • Huchuy Qosqo
  • Machu Picchu

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 to Machu Picchu. Come and Join us!!

03D

Duration 03D / 02N

16,470ft.

MAX. ALTITUDE 16,470ft.

Tent & Hotel

ACCOMMODATION Tent & Hotel

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LEVEL Challenging

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE HUCHUY QOSQO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

  • Explore the highest point of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visit a local community, and have a guided tour of the little known Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo.
  • The 03 day Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu is a beautiful hike, and it is a pleasant and not too challenging option that combines nature, and the visit to Huchuy Qosqo Archaeological Site made by the Incas.
  • Immerse yourself into the 03 day Huchuy Qosqo Trek that will take 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.
  • Huchuy Qosqo means “Small Cusco”, this Inca Site is situated at 3,600m (11,811 ft) above sea level, and since this place you will get stunning views of the Sacred Valley.

Highlights

03 Day – Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu

Experience the 03 day Huchuy Qosqo Trek, the shortest and easiest alternative trek to Machu Picchu, an excellent option for visitors who do not have much time to explore the land of the Incas.

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Overview 3 day Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu:

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DAY 1: CUSCO – TAMBOMACHAY – QENKO

  • Starting Elevation – 3350 m. / 10990 feet.
  • Highest Elevation – 5020 m, / 16470 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – 3600 m, / 11811 feet.
  • Difficulty: Challenging
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DAY 2: QENKO – HUCHUY QOSQO – LAMAY – AGUAS CALIENTES

  • Starting Elevation – 3600 m, / 11811 feet.
  • Highest Elevation – 4000 m, / 13123 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – 2050 m, / 6725 feet.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU!

  • Activity Overview: Private Tour in Machu Picchu with optional hike “Huayna Picchu” or “Machu Picchu Mountain”
  • Activity Level: Easy

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO - TAMBOMACHAY - QENKO

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Firstly, our Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu starts 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. Similarly, With large expanses of grasslands and sizeable lakes, the area is home to a wide variety of birds. As a result, including Andean Geese, Partridges, and Lapwings as well as a variety of birds of prey, all of which are regularly spotted throughout the day.

Then, 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. Certainly, 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.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 3,600 m / 11,811 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,300 m / 14,107 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 3,600 m / 11,811 ft
  • Walking Distance: 12km / 7.46 mi
  • Walking time: 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Formidable
  • Weather: Cold and windy
  • Meals: Lunch and dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Camping in Qenqo
DAY 2: QENKO - HUCHUY QOSQO - LAMAY - AGUAS CALIENTES

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Certainly, today has two main focuses, learning about the customs and culture of the Andean people and a visit to the Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo Peru. So, 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 about them. However, they don’t get many visitors in this area and are always interested in finding out about you. After the visit, you’ll have the opportunity to give any gifts you’ve brought to the local people and also to buy some of the locally made.

After that, we’ll make our way to Huchuy Qosqo. The route follows an original Inca Trail that leads us down a beautiful, secluded valley that is filled with native plants, flowers, and birds. Above all, it 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 Qosqo and after a break to rest and take in the views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Consequently, you’ll have a guided tour of the site to learn about the Inca people and their culture. In the afternoon, we head down into the Sacred Valley to the village of Lamay where we take a bus to Ollantaytambo and then a train to Aguas Calientes.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2,7500 m / 8,950 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,000 m / 13,123 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 2,050 m / 6,725 ft
  • Walking Distance: 20km / 12.42 mi
  • Walking time: 8 hours
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather: Warm, Cold and windy
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Camping in Aguas Calientes
DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU!

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Most importantly, we’ll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. Then, we’ll have a 2-hour guided tour of the place during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most critical areas of the citadel. After that, you’ll have extra time to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain if you have the permits. Subsequently, In the afternoon, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2,050 m / 6,571 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,350 m / 10,990 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:
  • Walking Distance: 2km / 1.25 mi
  • Walking time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation:

What's Included?

HUCHUY QOSQO TREK 3 DAY INCLUDES:

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BRIEFING

  • 1 or 2 days prior to the trek you will have a briefing, where you will meet your guide to receive key details about the 3-day Huchuy qosqo trek.
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PROFESSIONAL AND TRAINED STAFF

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Professional Cook.
  • Muleteers (Will carry cooking and camping equipment, and your personal luggage)
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EQUIPMENT

  • EUREKA and DOITE camping equipment (4-man tent for every 2 trekkers).
  • The dining tent is well equipped.
  • Duffle bag (duffle bag for your belongings).
  • Inflatable ” Thermares or Rei sleeping Mattress (you need to carry ).
  • Inflatable pillow (you need to carry).
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EMERGENCY KIT

  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen bottles
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PERMITS AND ENTRANCE

  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu (Circuit 2)
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ACCOMMODATION

  • 1 nights in comfortable and spacious tents
  • 1 night in a hotel of 3 stars in Aguas Calientes
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FOOD AND WATER

  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Afternoon Snacks, and 2 Dinners.
  • If you have a dietary request (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free, etc) or allergy please advise us upon booking and reconfirm the day of our briefing.
  • Wake-up tea: Every morning our staff will bring tea to your tent.
  • Boiled water for the trekking (day 1 is on your own) – bring a camelback or a bottle to refill with water.
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TRANSPORT

  • Door-to-door service. Pick-up from your hotel located around the historic center of Cusco.
  • Train Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (Round Trip) (Expedition (Peru Rail) or Voyager (Inca Rail))
  • Consettur Bus (Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes – round trip)
  • Return transport to Cusco
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OTHER

  • A mule will carry your personal items up to 7 kilos (including the sleeping bag + mattress: 2kgs and a half)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us).
  • Trekking poles (Can be hired from us).
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 3.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$ 85.00
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance (We highly recommend insurance for your entire trip).

Packing List

PACKING LIST FOR THE HUCHUY QOSQO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU:

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ESSENTIALS

  • Original Passport
  • Valid Student Card (if you booked as a student)
  • Water storage: Water bottles or Camelbaks are recommended.
  • Money in cash (Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sun hat
  • Snacks
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CLOTHES

Horses will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 2.5 kg.

  • 2 wicking t-shirts
  • 1 hiking pants
  • 2 sets of undergarments & hiking socks
  • Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • Wool hat
  • 1 Fleece
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Quickdry towel.
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EQUIPMENT

  • Sleeping bag (rent from us)
  • Trekking poles (rent from us)
  • Battery Charger (power bank)
  • Plastic bags (to keep clean)
  • Duffle bag (we will provide you)
  • Good daypack (smaller is great)
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RECOMMENDED

  • Face moisturizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band-aids, moleskin, etc.
  • Camara
  • Earplugs
  • Rain gear
  • Flashlight

Prices

HUCHUY QOSQO TREK RUNS AS A PRIVATE SERVICE

NUMBER OF PAXS PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
*02 people US$ 540.00
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*03 people US$ 475.00
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*04 people US$ 475.00
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*05 people US$ 440.00
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06 people US$ 440.00
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7-8 People US$ 420.00
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****Daily Departure with at least 02 people****

Discounts Huchuy Qosqo 3 days:

  • Under 18 years old: US$ 25:00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years old): US$ 25:00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. Similarly, For those using a university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the map at the booking. Likewise, For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. So, Please send all to info@inkayniperutours.com. More Information about STUDENT CARD.

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATE FOR HUCHUY QOSQO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU:

Above all, we offer daily departures with at least 02 people. Our tour can leave any day of the week, 12 months a year.

DEPARTURE TIME:

Certainly, we depart from Cusco around 05:00 am or 05:30 am to start the Huchuy Qosqo trek. Moreover, it will depend on the location of your hotel in Cusco.

FAQS?

Is the Huchuy Qosqo Trek difficult? Do I need to be in good physical condition?

All our treks (Inca Trail, Salkantay, Ausangate, Lares, etc) are moderately difficult, lengthy, and traverse rough mountain terrain. We kindly recommend that if you plan to conquer any of these routes Machu Picchu travel to be in relatively good physical condition, plus acclimatization.

How far in advance should I acclimatize for Huchuy Qosqo 3 days?

This means arriving in Cusco at least 02 days prior to your trek departure to adjust to the altitude. During the last two months leading up to your Huchuy Qosqo trek, we suggest a regular and moderate exercise routine to improve endurance and stamina. We wish for you to have the best experience possible!

Are vegetarian, vegan, and other special diet needs available?

Of course! Without any additional costs! When you make your reservation, please inform us of any dietary needs or requirements, including allergies!

That is to say, Vegetarian foods will be absent from all meats, chicken, or fish. We will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.

What will the meals be like during the 03 Day Huchuy Qosqo Trek?

Most of our main meals are buffet-style, leaving you the option to avoid anything undesirable to you.

Certainly, If there are any food items or veggies that you cannot stomach, perhaps onions, tomatoes, mushrooms.. etc, upon your request we will ask our chef of Huchuy Qosqo trek to leave them out or separate this item.

We can also attend lactose-intolerant or gluten-intolerant diets. We cannot accept individuals with serious allergic or life-threatening reactions.

I have a food allergy. May I still participate?

Certainly, Every day we receive many clients with food allergies to nuts, wheat, etc. Please inform us in detail of your condition upon making your reservation.

Therefore, We kindly ask that you declare the severity of your reaction and any medication that you take in case of an emergency.

However, If your allergy is severe, we ask that you be accompanied by a friend or individual conscious and fully responsible of your situation and ready with any medication.

WE CAN NOT ACCEPT CLIENTS WITH LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

When must I arrive in Cusco or arrive at your office?

We require that all clients arrive in Cusco at least 48 hours before the start of your trek, although 03 nights before is ideal. Certainly, You must pay your remaining balance two days before your departure for your trek. This will ensure that all individuals are acclimatized and adjusted to the high altitude conditions to begin your trek comfortably. Please note that your remaining balance must be paid in cash in our office and cannot be paid before your arrival.

What are the office hours?

Certainly, Our office hours are Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm, 4:00pm – 8:00pm. (Please aim to arrive at 7:30 pm at the latest!)

Are hiking sticks or poles necessary?

For this trek more than any other, we do recommend hiking sticks, especially for those with any known knee problems. The poles will assist your balance and reduce the impact on your knees.

In addition, Inkayni Peru Tours will rent hiking sticks for $15

Where can I store my baggage that I don't need for the trail?

Any baggage that is not necessary for your trek may be stored in your hotel in Cusco (most hotels offer this service free of charge). However, In the case that your hotel may not provide this service, we will store your baggage safely in our office free of charge.

What is the weather like during the trek?

Most importantly, The best time for making the trek with good weather is between the months of April – October when there is minimal rainfall and clear skies. Therefore, The driest months are June – August, which is winter in the Andes.

When is the rainy season in Cusco?

In the same vein, January to March is summer in Peru, which means the rainy season for Cusco and especially the Huchuy Qosqo trek to Machu Picchu, which is located mostly in the tropical cloud forest.

Where should I be the morning of the start of my trek, and where will I finish at the end?

Certainly, We will pick you up from your hotel to begin your trek, and upon finishing, we will also leave you at your hotel.

I wish to have a train company or train option different from that which Inkayni Peru Tours offers, is this possible?

If you wish to change your train company or option (such as Vistadome de Peru Rail, to Ollantaytambo, or the whole route to Poroy), or your departure time, additional fees may apply. Therefore, You must speak with one of our sales agents to inquire about availability and the additional costs.

Extra Services?

SERVICE

PRICE

Hire of sleeping bag 5 season $20.00
Walking stick highly recommended! $10.00
Single supplement $50.00
Additional night at 3-star hotel $85.00

Why Inkayni?

Why book with Inkayni?

Inkayni Peru Tours is a local tour operator exceptionally recommended by its clients, guidebooks, forums, and others. Our principal objective is to provide the best service, achieve the maximum satisfaction of our customers, and assume the responsibility as guardians of Nature in all our undertakings.

  • Experienced and Professional Team: Get assistance and support from our team, a group of specialists highly qualified to organize your trek to Machu Picchu.
  • Eco-friendly Local Tour Operator: We respect and protect the environment and the local communities that we visit. We use biodegradable products, recycle waste, support local businesses, and donate to social projects.
  • Door-To-Door Service: Pick-up and drop-off are included at no additional cost from your hotel or Airbnb located mainly in the surrounding area of the Historic Center of Cusco.
  • Delicious Andean Fusion Food: During your expedition to Machu Picchu, taste delicious foods prepared by our highly recommended chefs for this kind of experience to Machu Picchu. If you have any dietary request or allergy let us know.
  • High-Quality Camping Equipment: Included kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs, portable private toilet, and comfortable 4 people Eureka Tent (2 people per tent).
  • Comfortable Sleeping Pads: Included double thickness foam sleeping mattress, and inflatable pillow.
  • Labor Welfare: We take care of all our staff, and fully comply with the salary and insurance of our porters, cooks, horsemen, and additional staff.

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