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Huchuy Qosqo 3D/2N

Huchuy Qosqo 3D/2N

Trip Overview

Tour Type:
03 Days Tour.
Consideration:
Please remember comfortable shoes – lots of walking around.
Duration:
3 days/ 2 night.
Level:
Easy/ moderate by Andean standards. Still involves several hours of climbing.
Departure Dates:
any day with two people. We offer affordably priced tours for 2 people so that you can depart when it suits you best.
Highlight:
Close to Cusco and yet a million miles away from civilization, Huchuy Qosqo and Machu Picchu.
Location:
Departs Tambomachay, about 15 minutes out of Cusco city.

Highlights

The 3 day 2 nights Huchuy Qosco trek is a really nice and not too challenging option that combines espectaculr mountain views, original Inca Trails a community visit and a guided tour of the little known Inca site of Huchuy Qosco which is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Taking you off the beaten track you get away from the all the crowds of the better known treks but still get to enjoy all the amazing things Peru has to offer. The Huchuy Qosco trek is perfect for those with a short time frame or who are looking for an easier trekking route.

Tour Plan

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Day 1: Cusco to 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 snowcapped 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 Pucamarka community at 4010m/13153ft, where we arrive in the late afternoon. Here we dine and camp through the night.

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Day 2: Pukamarca to Huchuy Qosqo and back to Cusco

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 snowcapped 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. 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.

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Day 3: Machu Picchu Full Day

Waking up early we’ll take the first bus back up 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

This tour only as a private service

Daily Departure with at least 2 people.
Number of Pax Price per Person
02 People $ 800.00
03 People $ 695.00
04 People $ 650.00
06 People $ 600.00
08 People $ 550.00

Available Discounts (these discounts are not cumulative):

Students: US$ 25.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please beware that Youth Travel Cards are not valid).
Teenagers: US$ 15.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).
Children: US$ 35.00 (up to 10 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).
Children: Please visit our Make a Booking page.

Included:

Pre trek briefing.
Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco.
3 Star Hotel on Day 2.
Return bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
Transport from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the trek in private car
Entry fee to Huchuy Qosqo.
English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 6 people).
Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
Mattress.
Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups).
Toilet tent.
Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water.
Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items and sleeping bag (up to 7 kg/15lbs per person).
1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower.
Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals.
Tents for our staff to sleep in.
First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
Private transport from Lamay to Cusco
Lunch on the last day is included in this itinerary.

Not Included:

Breakfast on the first morning.
Dinner on the last night.
Sleeping bags – If you haven’t got a sleeping bag or you don’t want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you, then we have sleeping bags for hire.
Tips for the guide, cook and porters.
Additional horses for passenger’s luggage.

Packing List

You should bring:

A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature.
Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/took. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
It gets hot in the Sacred Valley, you should also be prepared for hot conditions on this trek.
Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you).
Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries.
Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
Sun block.
After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
Toilet paper, pack in & pack out.
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
Small towel or sarong.
Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs ).
Cash – sufficient for tips and souvenirs, or any drinks or snacks you might want to buy along the way.
Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day).
Binoculars (if you have them).

Optional Extras

We can hire the following to you – please contact your Travel Consultant / or our booking forms for the current rates.
Extra mule to carry YOUR things.
Extra riding mule and muleteer to lead it.
Sleeping Bag suitable for – 10deg.
Deluxe Sleeping Bag suitable for -15deg.
Walking stick lightweight aluminum – Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
Single tent supplement (if you don"t want to share a tent).

Add Extra Services (optional)

Huayna Picchu climbing (USD 50 per person).
Machu Picchu climbing (USD 40 per person).
Extra night in Aguas Calientes (from USD 80 single).

HIRE POLICY

When calculating costs for hire of walking stick, sleeping bag, calculate using the length of the tour. Even though you won"t use the equipment on the final day it will still be "on the road" and "occupied".
If you hire equipment and break it – you are responsible for price of replacement /or repair. (Please do the right thing!).

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