HUCHUY QOSQO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU (3 Days, 2 Nights)
Huchuy Qosqo is an archeological site near Cusco and Machu Picchu. The trek to Huchuy Qosqo and subsequently on to Machu Picchu is one of our easier and visually breathtaking treks. It's ideal for families and those who want a taste of hiking, but not necessarily the entire meal.
DURATION: 3 Days, 2 Nights
TYPE: Camping and hotel, tents and hotel accommodations are provided
DIFFICULTY: 2 - Some hiking, may include gentle inclines and declines. Preparation is optional.
- Great option for parties traveling with younger children that still want a taste of hiking
- Professionally guided tour of Machu Picchu
- One of the most visually stunning hikes that we offer, incredible scenery throughout the entire trip
- Explore the Inca Huchuy Qosqo ruins, which are 100 years older than Machu Picchu
TRANSPORTATION: All transportation is included. However, if you would like to take the Vistadome train back to Cusco after the trek, rather than the "normal" train, tickets are an additional $70.
FOOD & Water: All of your water, meals and snacks are provided. Please notify our staff of any food allergies or restrictions and we will ensure that the food is prepared property.
PROFESSIONAL GUIDES: Kusa Treks strives for greatness and this starts and ends with our people. All of our trek leaders are locals to this region and studied Tourism and/or Archeology in University. They are all fluent in English and are passionate about their work. Trust me when I say, there is no better person to be on the Trail with than a Kusa Treks guide, you are in incredible hands.
PERMITS & TICKETS: Once you pay the trip deposit we will purchase your permits and tickets Machu Picchu. The government issues permits in your name, under your passport number and for a specific timeframe; they cannot be changed once confirmed, which is why the initial deposit is non-refundable. We will also secure your train and bus tickets.
TENT & HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: This trek has 1 night of camping and 1 night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, which is the town directly below Machu Picchu. Our hotel will be a 2-star hotel, similar to the Casa Andina.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
HIKING EQUIPMENT: To complete this trek, you will need a sleeping bag, some type of air mattress (ThermaRest), and walking poles (with rubber tips). If you do not wish to purchase or travel with these items, we have high quality equipment you can rent:
- Sleeping Bag: $25
- Inflatable Air Mattress: $15
- Trekking Poles (2): $20
HOTEL UPGRADE: If you would like to upgrade your hotel, you may do so, Kusa Treks will cover the initial cost, however you will be responsible for the difference in price.
HUAYNA PICCHU (Wayna Picchu): Huayna Picchu is the pointy, tall mountain in the background of all the pictures of Machu Picchu. Tickets to climb it are available for travelers who wish to hike up an ancient staircase to the top of Machu Picchu's sister mountain. Hiking to the top of it provides adventurers with incredible, unique views of Machu Picchu. This secondary hike will have a 1-hour ascent, 15 minutes to take selfies and high-five at the top of the mountain, and then a 45-minute descent. FYI, the ascent and descent are pretty steep, but totally worth it! Price: $35/person
NOTE: tickets to ascend Huayna Picchu are limited, and are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.
VISTA DOME TRAIN: On the way back from Machu Picchu to Cusco, we will book tickets on a "regular" train. However, there is a company that offers a train ride in a "Vista Dome Train" through the Sacred Valley. This train has glass walls and a glass ceiling, which provide panoramic views of the surrounding beautiful Andes mountain-side. Tickets include in-trip meals and entertainment. Price: $65/ticket.
DAY 1: THE START OF OUR JOURNEY, some hiking and superb views
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Max Altitude: 13,615ft. (4,150m)
- Min Altitude: 11,811ft. (3,600m)
- Distance Hiked: ~7.5 miles (12 km)
- Ascent: 1,804ft. (550m)
- Walking Time: 6-7 hours
Our adventure starts early, we'll pick you up from your hotel at 6AM in Kusa Treks private transportation (nothing but the best for you!). Our drive is only 20 minutes outside of Cusco, we'll stop at an ancient Incan archeological site called Puka Pukara. After touring these ruins we'll jump on the trail and start hiking up a gentle climb for 1-2 hours, until we reach the first pass, which has incredible views of two valleys below us! Your guide will explain the history of how the Incas arrived to this area and how they were able to settle in this mountainous environment.
After enjoying the views and taking pictures we'll start back on our trek, we'll have another 45 minutes uphill to the top of the valley. This portion of the hike is unbelievably gorgeous! There are rolling farmlands, mountainous passes, abundant wildlife and thousands of flowers. After reaching the top of the valley, we'll stop at our lunch spot, which has incredible views of the valley below us. This will be your first experience eating the delectable food prepared by our Professional Chef and his crew, who will travel with us during our trek.
Following lunch we'll have another 2-3 hours of hiking through more stunning scenery, including a loop around Quriqucha Lake (Golden Lake). As we hike you'll guides will point out distinctive features of the landscape. Our campsite is located within a local mountain community; whose inhabitants our always cheerful and glad to welcome us to their village. Once we're settled in we'll visit with the families, and learn about their way of life and how they flourish in this environment. Many of our guests choose to bring school supplies, toys and sports equipment to share with the children and people of the village.
After spending time with these wonderful people, we'll relax and you'll learn more historical facts from your guide, while enjoying another fabulous dinner prepared by our chef. Later on in the evening, you can learn about the Incan constellations stretching out in the incredible display of stars in the heavens above.
Day 2: Nice and easy day of hiking with sensational views
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Max Altitude: 13,123ft. (4,000m)
- Min Altitude: 9,514ft. (2,900m)
- Distance Hiked: ~7.5 miles (12 km)
- Descent: 3,609ft. (1,100m)
- Walking Time: 4-5 hours
Our day will start early, with an invigorating cup of hot coca tea and a delicious warm breakfast. We'll begin by walking 2 hours when we'll actually reach a stretch of the hike that is on the Inca Trail. We'll hike on the Inca Trail for a couple of miles, while passing several Llama shepherds and their herds. The climate and scenary on the Inca Trail will turn from mountainous to rain and cloud forests with beautiful vegetation and hundreds of humming birds. We'll take plenty of stops, because the scenery is seriously some of the most beautiful on earth and you're going to want to take pictures!
We will then reach the ancient Inca ruins at Huchuy Qosqo. You'll enjoy a guided tour of these incredible ruins, which are over 100 years older than Machu Picchu. After the official tour, you'll have time to explore the ruins on your own. After exploring Huchuy Qosqo, we'll enjoy another tasty lunch and be on our way. We'll hike down hill for about 2 hours to the Urubamba River where a bus will be waiting to take us to Ollantaytambo, where we'll eat dinner at a fabulous restauarnt that serves elevated Peruvian cuisine.
After dinner we'll have a train ride to Aguas Calientes, the town right below Machu Picchu. We'll get to our hotel and enjoy a hot shower and rest for our life-changing visit to Machu Picchu tomorrow.
Day 3: Machu Picchu
It is entirely up to the group when you would like to start this exciting day! Today you will discover Machu Picchu, the world famous Sacred City of the Incas. The majority of travelers choose to wake up around 4:30AM, so that we can eat a quick breakfast and head over the bus station where we will catch the first bus from Aguas Calientes, drive 20 minutes to Machu Picchu, and arrive right when the gates open at 6AM as the sun is rising over the lost city. It is truly magical to experience a sunrise over these ruins, as the mists part and the city rises from the clouds stone by stone.
All of our guides have been to Machu Picchu well over 100 times and will lead you to the best places to view the ruins before the "crowds" arrive that day. Once the city begins to fill with more tourists we will start our walking, guided tour, which will start with impressive Temple of the Sun. We will see several iconic areas of Machu Picchu including: The Citadel, The Royal Tomb, the Main Plaza, the Condor Temple and much more. After the guided tour you will have plenty of time to explore the City of the Clouds on your own; those who have secured permits to climb Huayna Picchu will do that hike at this time. If you chose not to hike Huayna Picchu you can join your guide on an hour long walk on the Inca Trail up to the Sun Gate, where you will enjoy a spectacular view of Machu Picchu.
The bus back to Aguas Calientes will depart between 2:30-3:00PM, we will enjoy a lunch together before you head to the train station to go back to Cusco. We usually book the 4:20PM train back to Ollantaytambo, where our private van will be waiting for you to take you the remaining 2-3 hours back to Cusco.
NOTE: If you are interested in taking the Vista Dome train back to Cusco, please let us know at your time of booking.