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Huchuy Qosqo to Machu Picchu

Huchuy Qosqo to Machu Picchu

Huchuy Qosqo, mystical archaeological center located in the upper part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Cusco, in the vicinity of the province of Calca. This interesting place is one of the most important in the Sacred Valley, as the chronicles tell that it was the favorite place of Wiracocha Inca emperor del Tahuantinsuyo. The set includes platforms, esplanades, squares, buildings of different magnitude and quality, as well as a pedestrian path.Huchuy Qosqois this type of building called "Kallanca" which consists of a large length, has many spouts towards the Valley. Scholars say that these enclosures had military and social uses, served as a shelter for the troops, and also for public ceremonies on rainy days. Finally, the place is very nice, it is possible to contemplate the beautiful landscape of the Sacred Valley, to go through each space , go up and down the terraces, enter each room and see every detail of the whole, all of which leads us to think of the great respect with which our elders built, without altering or damaging nature, merging rather his work into the environment , achieving harmony and unity.Explore Machu Picchu the millenarian Old Mountain for its name in quechua is the site of an ancient Inca city, in the Andes of Peru. Located at 2,430 meters (8,000 feet), a UNESCO World Heritage Site is often found as "The Lost City of the Incas", one of the best known symbols of the ancient Inca Empire, and is one of the famous and spectacular ruins in the world. In addition, it is one of the new wonders of the modern world, a visit to Peru without visit Machu Picchu, is an incomplete travel.Come with us and get to know the culture through these 3-day adventure tour.

Quick Itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco - Tambomachay - Patabamba and Siwas 

Day 2: Huchuy Qosco - Lamay - Aguas Calientes 

Day 3: Machu Picchu - Cusco

 

INTERESTING INFORMATION:


HUCHUY QOSQO TREK


SHORT HISTORY 

  • The meaning in Quechua of Huchuy Qosqo is small Cusco. In this citadel, surrounded by ichu, shrubs and queñua trees, its buildings, rooms, terraces and small buildings of up to two floors that he owns, are raised on polished stone and the walls end in mud pavers. In the surroundings there are some pools that look like pools Huchuy Qosqo was a fortress of domain and surveillance over the Sacred Valley and place of refuge of the Inca during the wars with the Chanca people. 

HIKING HUCHUY QOSQO TREK MACHU PICCHU 

  • The evening before you start your trek, you will prepare your pack with your most important clothes. During the trek, you need a day backpack enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc.

IS THE TREK DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT? 

  • The Huchuy Qosqo Trek Machu Picchu is a 20 km/12 hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude reached is 4,200m/13,779ft. The Trail is easy to moderate difficulty trek. You have to be moderately fit and take regular exercise. In preparation: try walking 15kms a day or go to the fitness club in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek. 

Useful Information:

  • Starting Altitude - 3800m / 12,467ft. 
  • Highest Altitude - 4300m / 14,107ft. 
  • Walking Distance - 18km / 11 miles 
  • Coldest Night -  around -2º celsius Overall 
  • Difficulty - Easy to Moderate. Season: All year round. 
  • Wet season: November to March and April.


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DAY 1: CUSCO - TAMBOMACHAY - PATABAMBA AND SIWAS

We start our tour, pick you up at your hotel at 5 am ; then we drive in our private transport to Tambomachay , to finally transport to the village of Patabamba (3800m/12,467ft), only 1 hour from Cusco. Once we arrive, we put our backpacks on and get ready to start a gentle hike uphill to get to the highest point of the trek (4,200m/13,779ft) Siwas. From there we have fantastic views of the surrounding snowcapped mountains and valleys. Here your guide will introduce you to the local family who will show you your room for the night with all the amazing views of the surrounding areas and the Inca city. By late afternoon, you will enjoy your tea, and later have dinner with your local family! In the evening, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the sky full of brilliant stars and see the Inca’s constellations which your guide will show you.  

  • Distance: 13kms/8 miles approximately 
  • Difficulty: Moderate.

 

DAY 2: Huchuy Qosqo - Lamay - Aguas Calientes

After a delicious breakfast, there will be a guided tour of the Huchuy Qosqo Inca City, in which you will discover amazing Inca buildings, sacred temples, farming terraces, storehouses, water channels and an Inca reservoir. After you have had time to explore everything, we head downhill to Lamay for 2 hours. Our private van will take you to Urubamba, city where we will have lunch. After you have time to enjoy and explore the site, we continue driving. Then we continue our journey to Ollantaytambo where we will explore the stunning astronomical Inca City of Ollantaytambo. By late afternoon, we take the train to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night in a hotel.  

  • Distance: 7kms/4.3 miles approximately 
  • Difficulty: Easy

 

Day 3: Machu Picchu - Cusco

After an early breakfast, we leave our hotel to take the bus for the journey up to Machu Picchu ruins. Once there we visit one of the most important mystic centers of the world: Machu Picchu. A 2 hour guided tour will take us into the history of this mysterious and charming ruin. Then you have plenty of time for further exploring, taking photos and the option to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or going up to the Sun Gate. After that, we head back to Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon, we take the return  train to Ollantaytambo and connect with a private van to take us back to Cusco .  

  • Difficulty: Easy.

 

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Briefing at your hotel  before the trekking departure. 
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning of the trek departure. 
  • All transfers in our private van.
  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu
  • Entry to Huchuy Qosqo 
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu. 
  • English speaking experienced professional tour guide. 
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request) 
  • 2 Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes 
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle. 
  • Round trip train ticket (expedition service) from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes 
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco. 
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom, hot shower, storage, wifi.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu – US$35. 
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain – US$30 
  • First breakfast and last lunch. 
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Tips 
  • Travel Insurance 
Please take note: Machu Picchu Mountain is different of Machu Picchu citadel (you have entry fee to Machu Picchu Citadel)

 

 

REMEMBER TO CARRY:

  • Original passport and ISIC card if is applicable.
  • Sturdy hiking boots. 
  • Warm clothes and trekking pants (trousers). 
  • Layers of clothes, include thermals, for variable temperatures especially at night.
  • Head lamp with spare batteries. 
  • Camera with extra film and batteries. 
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses. 
  • Woollen socks, gloves, scarf, woollen hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent. 
  • Extra plastic bags, especially in the wet season. 
  • Waterproof clothing or a rain poncho. 
  • Water bottles 
  • Personal medical kit
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips. 
  • Walking poles (rentable). 
  • Favorite snacks. 
  • Toilet paper. 
  • Sandals or flip-flop. 
  • Swimming suit (optional for hotsprings)

 

 

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