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Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu 3 Days

Created with Sketch. Huchuy Qosqo, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru.
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3D/2N

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10 people

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Overview

Huchuy Qosqo Trek is easily the shortest trek in Peru and the best suited for those with a limited time, but who would still like to do a bit of trekking before explore Machu Picchu.  Huchuy Qosqo is an Inca archaeological site located to the north of the city of Cusco; its name is Quechua for “Little Cuzco.” It lies at an elevation of 3,600 meters (11,800 feet), above the 3,000-meter high town of Lamay and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

The Huchuy Qosqo Trek goes to the remote areas of Cusco and it’s a newly opened trekking routes located in the northern of Cusco city. The trek adorns various beautiful peaks like Sawasiray, Pitusiray, La veronica and Chicon; it’s also the pilgrimage route and believed that the father of the Inca Pachacutec (Inca wiracocha) Build here his palace an temple which were used to be as close as possible from the mother nature.

This Huchuy Qosqo Trek is one of the most favorite short trekking destinations in Cusco region for its wide ranges of scenic views all along the ways.  It’s a life time dream of passionate hikers as the quest provides an opportunity to witness a beautiful mountain range from a close. The trials to the enthralling place are comprised of climbs and descend that traverse lush low land, alpine forests, rivers, picturesque communities, Inca temple and palace.

The route on the trek is loaded with the panoramic views of majestic mountains range adding glitters to the splendid beauty of the region. Huchuy Qosqo Trek takes you to explore the treasure of the Andes in a short time, it’s perfect for people who don´t want to spend much time in the mountains but still want to feel the charm of the Andes.

On this trek, we will see splendid landscapes and learn about Incas history. You will visit Huchuy Qosqo a popular Incan built in the highest part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It has stunning mountain scenery and fertile places to farm various agricultural products; at the end we will explore Machu Picchu.

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    Activities: Trekking Adventure
    Shuttle to Tambomachay: 1½ hour by bus from Cusco.
    Difficulty Levels: 3 of 5
    Maximum Altitude: 4350 masl. / 14271 ft.
    Accommodation: 1 Day Hostel, 1 Day Camping
    Optional Activities: Horse Reading, Hotspring.
    Locations: Huchuy Qosqo, Ollantaytambo, Machupicchu.
    Departures Day: Daily Departures.
    Starts: Pick up at your accommodation in Cusco around 5:00 AM
    Ends: Drop-off at Cusco around 22:15 PM

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco — Tambomachay — Pucamarca.
Huchuy Qosqo trek & Machu Picchu begins when we’ll pick you up from your hotel at 07:00 a.m and drive you to Tambomachay (3,800 masl) an Inca temple of the water cult which has ceremonial fountains. From here, we will be going to start hiking through the Puna landscapes and over the Sicllaccasa Pass (4,020 masl). On the other side of the pass, we will hike along a trail that leads to Ccauca Ravine and admire archaeological remains and wild crops such as quinua.

We’ll continue on to Queulloca Pass (4,185 masl) where we will enjoy views of a lake with the same name and the snow-capped mountains of Veronica, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, and Chicon. Continuing the trek, we will pass Queullococha Lake where we could see huallatas, ducks, and small fish.

Then, we’ll climb towards the Challu Challu pass (4220m). Later, we’re gonna ascend to the fourth pass at Rumicruz (4,230 masl), to enjoy the Vilcanota Mountain Range. At this point, we will have lunch before continuing to an Inca stone quarry (4,220 masl), the place where the rocks were extracted to build Huchuy Qosqo. Finally, we will descend to the Pucamarca Community (4,010 masl) where we will set up the campsite and have dinner.

Hiking distance: 14 Km. / 8.6 mile.
Hiking time: 6½ to 7 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and cold in the night.
Acomodation: Camping.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 4350 masl. / 14271 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3700 masl. / 12139 ft.
Day 2: Pucamarca — Huchuy Qosqo — Lamay — “Aguas Calientes Town”.
Early in the morning, we will leave the camp and walk downhill to the Leon Punku Ravine where we will find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. Then, we will hike to Huchuy Qosqo (3,600 masl) which was an important center in the time of the Incas. From this place, we will be able to admire the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Sacred River from above. Once we arrive at Huchuy Qosqo, we will have a guided tour for two hours approximately; the tour will end about lunch time.

After that, we will continue the trek to Lamay (2,800 masl) where our transport will wait for us and travel one hour to the train station of Ollantaytambo and take the train to the picturesque town of “Aguas Calientes/Hot Waters”; the train ride will be two hours through the Sacred Valley surrounded by stunning mountain scenery.

Once we arrive to the town of “Aguas Calientes town” we will have accommodation in the hotel; in the evening, you could go to relax to the natural thermal bath and be ready for the next day.

Hiking distance: 12 Km. / 7.4 mile.
Hiking time: 5½ to 6 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: Hostel in Aguas Calientes town.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 3800 masl / 12467 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2800 masl / 9186 ft.
Day 3: Hiking & Explore Machu Picchu — Cusco.
Today we arrive at the long-awaited finale of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu! We will wake up early after a refreshing night at our hostel to beat the crowds to the top of Machu Picchu and enjoy its serenity in the soft morning light. The Machu Picchu entrance check point is open from 06:00 AM until 17:00 PM. We will hike up to Machupicchu (a bus ride is optional for $12.00) and enter the hidden Royal Citadel of the Incas. Here we will have a 2-hour guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields. Be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas which was so far ahead of their time and still partially a mystery today! Without having modern tools or even steel and iron to work with, the people who built this city were genius in organizing this community in a sustainable and beautiful way on the side of a mountain, even bringing water in canals through its streets for the people to use. When a Peruvian guide showed this site to Hiram Bingham, it was almost unrecognizable, covered in thick vegetation and in a state of disrepair. It has since been cleaned and restored and is now protected and treasured by the world at large!

After this tour, you are free to climb up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (Be sure to book in advance to get tickets for these!). Each mountain takes approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Another lower-impact option for which you do not need an extra ticket is to trek to the Sun Gate, the main entrance from the Inca Trail (this takes about 2 or 2.5 hours round-trip). Another option is walking to see the Incan Bridge. You will be able to stay and enjoy this magical city for more than 7 hours before hiking back down to Aguas Calientes for the train ride at 18:20 hrs (subject to availability) to Ollantaytambo. A private bus will pick up our group and drop you off at your hotel in Cusco at about 21:30 hrs. Rest your feet and your body now, but we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come!

Distance Travelled: 6 Km. / 3.7 mile
Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours approximately.
Machu Picchu guided tour: 2½ hour.
Climate: tropical warm.
Shuttle to Cusco:3 hours by train and bus from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast.
Maximum Altitude: 2429 masl / 7972 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2040 masl / 6692 ft.

Include:

  • Collection from your hotels at approx. 05:45 am
  • Transfer in private vehicle to Tambomachay (starting point of the trek)
  • 2 people per tents (tents are comfortable and spacious)
  • Comfortable roll mattres or termal-rest
  • Experienced english speaking guide
  • Meal: 2 lunch 1 dinner 1 breakfast
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Meals: 2 Breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment)
  • 4 Kg personal porterage for your items (Duffle bag provided by toMachupicchu company)
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottle (and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead)
  • Private vehicle form Taucca or Lamay to Ollantaytambo
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (Expedition)
  • Reception at AguasCalientes and transfer to the Hostel
  • Accommodation in Double private room
  • Early bus up to Machupicchu from AguasCalientes
  • Admission fee for Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu on Day 3 and free time
  • Bus down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition Train return to Cusco or Train to Ollanta and bus to Cusco.

Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag.- can be rented in our office for US$ 20 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
  • Meals.- in “Aguas Calientes” town on the final day you must consider a bugged of US$ 15 to 30 in average restaurant.
  • Entrance fees to “Huaynapicchu” Mountain (US$30). Please advise at time of booking as the spaces are limited.
  • Tips.- for the staff.

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Huchuy Qosqo, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru.

Tour Map Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu 3 Days

FAQs

What Should I Bring for the Tour?
– Original passport
– For students: ISIC card
– Insurance card/certificate
– Walking stick ( Highly Recomemded )
– Hiking boots
– Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
– Warm jacket
– Hat and gloves
– 2-4 t-shirts
– 2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
– Long underwear for sleeping
– Hand sanitizer
– Comfortable trousers
– Sun hat or cap
– Sunscreen
– Insect repellent
– Water
– Toiletries/ Toilet paper
– Personal medication
– Camera
– Flashlight or headlamp
– Extra money for tips/snacks/beer.
How Difficult Is The Lares Trail?
This is very difficult to answer definitively, but if you are reasonably fit, then trekking is moderate but not challenge. Most treks are designed so that you walk a comfortable distance each day and still have enough power left for the next. It’s very important to acclimatized to the altitude, Lares Trail pass over an altitude of 4400m /14435ft
How Long Is The Lares Trek And How Many Hours Do We Hike Per A Day?
The entire Lares Trail is a distance of 39 kms (24.2miles); the beginning point is the Lares’s hot springs and the ending point is the town of Ollantaytambo. You’ll walk in 3 days. The first day is relatively easy and you’ll walk for 4 hours; the second day is probably the hardest day since we have to walk over the highest pass at 4400m /14435ft, the walking time is for 8 hours; the third day you’ll walk manly down for 5 hours passing waterfalls and picturesque communities; the last day we’ll explore Machu Picchu I the morning and in the afternoon we’ll return to Cusco.
What Is The Scenery Like On The Lares Trail?
Since the trekking takes you through the Andes, the Lares Trail provides stunning mountain scenery; several snow Peak Mountains, Waterfalls, ice-cold rivers, lagoons, meadows, farms, etc. What make this Trek so popular are the local Andean communities that the trail passes through. The Authentic weaving communities are one of the highlights. On this trail you also will explore Inca site where your trekking guide will take you in an informative tour.
Do I Need A Permits?
The Lares Trail does Not require permits as the Inca Trail, but it is important to reserve in advance do to the trip requires train tickets and entrance to Machu Picchu which once are limited.
Is Altitude Sickness Common? And How High Is The Lares Trail?
It’s impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. One or two days spent in Cuzco (3,400m/11154FT), taking it easy and drinking plenty of water is usually enough for most people; or you also can stay in other place at same altitude or higher.
The highest point you will reach while hiking the Lares Trek is 4400m / 14435ft. You will sleep at 3600m / 11811ft for one or two nights. The trail is climbing gradually up to the highest pass and you can step in any place you want, IT IS NOT like the Inca trail with several stone step and very steep
When Do We Reach Machu Picchu And How Much Time Do We Spend There?
We’ll reach Machu Picchu early in the morning on Day 4th; we’ll try to take the earliest bus from the town of Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (25 minutes); Once in Machu Picchu, Your Trekking guide will take you for an informative 2-3 hour tour, where you’ll visit the most important places of Machu Picchu and you’ll have enough time to take pictures. After the tour you will have a free time to explore along. When you finish All in Machu Picchu you’ll take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes where you can have your lunch in one of the restaurants.
Does The Porters Carry Our Luggage While On The Lares Trek?
No, llamas, pack mules and/or horses will be provided to carry your personal items in duffel bags that we’ll provide one night before the tour (During the briefing time). The duffel bags will be transported from camp to camp. You will still need to bring a day backpack (30lts) to carry any essentials you might want or need, such as water, snacks, camera, sweater, rain jacket.

The duffle bags provided for your personal belongings which will transported by Pac animal from camp to camp during the Lares Trail.
How Cold Does It Get On The Lares Trail (Will I Need To Bring Hats And Mitts)?
Yes, it will be cold spatially the second day. The high altitude means it can get quite chilly, especially during the Andean winter (May – September) when the temperature can drop to below zero degrees (Celsius) at night. It can still be cool at other times of the year and so we recommend bringing thermal underwear and a warm sleeping bag. You can purchase warm, inexpensive and locally made hand-woven hats and gloves in Cusco.
What Type Of Accommodation Is Used On The Lares Trail?
During the Lares Trek to Machupicchu we’ll use camping tents for 2 nights and one night hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes. The tents are a 4-people capacity tent which will be provided for only two people of the same-sex (if you are solo traveller). Trekkers will be served a bowl of hot water (and a hot drink) in their tents during morning hours.
What Type Of Food Will We Get On The Lares Trek?
Our cooks prepare excellent high-energy meals appropriate for a trek of this nature. The menu usually includes pasta, rice, chicken, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other breakfast foods. Vegetarian alternatives are available upon request at the time of booking.
When is the Best Time to hike Lares Trek?
The best time to hike Lares Trek to Machupicchu is during the dry season (April to September). During these months the views are splendid, the camping sites are dry and nice, the trail is particularly quiet, and weather is often very pleasant.

Trekking the Lares Trail is the third most popular trek to Machu Picchu, after the Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek, so during the height of the peak season the trail can be busy. That being said, there are so many variations on the Lares Trail that in general the routes never feel over-crowded.
However, in the last years the weather is unpredictable, instead of dry season we are having rain, and it is difficult to predict the weather spatially in the Andes, so we highly recommended being prepared all the time for sun cold and rain, we‘ll provide always the best quality equipment for your comfort and our staff always will decide the best places where to set up the camps.

Important info
For Lares Trek to Machupicchu, the night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office or in your hotel at either 6 or 7pm (exact time will be confirmed on arrival to Cusco).
All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you’ve booked you can be sure you’re going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.
We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.
Is LARES TREK for me?
Have you missed out on doing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? Do not miss out on adventure!!… Come and see four-day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.

This may at first seem totally devastating but there are some Alternative treks to Machu Picchu such as this which do not require the same permits and so are available. The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is not just a perfect alternative if you miss out on Inca trail permits but many people choose this trek instead of Inca trail for its cultural aspect of visiting remote Andean villages on and off the beaten track style trek.

Where the Inca trail has become a bit too popular Lares Trek to Machu Picchu still has moments when you are the only people to be gazing over the stunning lanscape from a high mountain pass. At Lares Trek to Machu Picchu will be most probably be some alpacas accompanying you during your hike. There are less Inca archaeological sites along the trail itself until you get Machu Picchu but if you like awesome scenery and the popular history then Lares trek is for you.
Huayna Picchu VS Machu Picchu Montaña
Many people ask about Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Montaña and few people know the difference about this 2 climbing hike mountains in Machu Picchu.

Huayna picchu: It is located at the northeast area and it is famous because since the summit you can enjoy a beautiful landscape and Machu Picchu.

huaynapicchu have a steep road and people arrive to the summit in approximately 45 minutes hike up. In the summit you can enjoy and take picture for not longer then 20 minutes. This is because huaynaPicchu pick do not have a big space and not to of people can login there.

if you plan hike up to Huayna Picchu You need to book in advance . it cost 25 American dollars per person.

Huayna Picchu altitude: 2789 masl.

Montaña Machu Picchu: It is the taller Mountain. You need at list 3:30 hours to enjoy the hike up to this Montaña. This mountain ofer different altitudes view of Machu Picchu and also a amazing panoramic view of all machu picchu, Aguas calientes, hidroelectrica and others areas around.

In the summit you can spend longer time. this is because not lot of people go to this mountain yet because the new accest it is.

if you plan hike up to Montaña, You need to book in advance . it cost 25 American dollars per person.

Montaña altitude: 3240 masl.

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  • Sleeping Bag & Walking Sticks ⇨$30,00
  • Pachamanca Lunch ⇨$100,00
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  • Buffet Lunch in Machu Picchu ⇨$35,00
  • Bus Up and Down ⇨$25,00
  • Vistadome Train 360º | Return ⇨$40,00
  • Private Service ⇨$250,00
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