Huchuy Qosqo 3D/2N
Up to 8 people
Van, Train, Bus
The trail leaves the beaten path, over high Andean passes, through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting Moray and the Maras Salt Mines. It ends in one of the 7 wonders of the world: Machu Picchu. The attractive Huchuy Qosqo is the combination of impressive Inca ruins, isolated rural indigenous villages, magnificent snow-capped mountains and exotic vegetation. The name Huchuy Qosqo, “Little Cusco” was for a royal farm or government center.
Archaeologists believe that the Huchuy Qosqo archaeological site was built during the reign of the eighth Inca ruler, Viracocha. The Inca rulers acquired large royal properties to increase their power and wealth and their descendants inherited the properties. The royal estates also served as elegant country palaces and sometimes as fortresses to defend themselves from rivals for power.
DAY 1: CUSCO – PATABAMBA – HUCHUY QOSQO
We pick you up at your hotel at 6 am and then we drive in our private transport to the village of Patabamba (3,800m/12,467ft), only 1 hour from Cusco. Once we arrive, we put our backpacks on and get ready to start a gentle hike uphill for the next 3 hours to get to the highest point of the trek (4,200m/13,779ft). From there, we have fantastic views of the surrounding snow capped mountains and valleys. We descend towards the village of Pucamarca and spend time at the Inca ruins there. From there, we follow the original Inca trail into the Inca city of Huchuy Qosqo. There, we have time to explore the city and then we head to our homestay. Here, your guide will introduce you to the local family who will show you to your room for the night and the bathroom with a proper toilet. You will see 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.
- Meals: Picnic lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
- Accommodation: Homestay at a local family’s home with a proper toilet
- Distance: 13kms/8 miles approximately
- Difficulty: Moderate
DAY 2: HUCHUY Q’OSCO – OLLANTAYTAMBO – 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.
Afterwards, we head to the archaeological site of Moray also known as “The Greenhouses of the Incas,” which is a unique and fascinating site, built prior to the Incas. Different levels of terraces are carved into a huge bowl, part of which was further excavated by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates, depending on how deep into the bowl they were used by the Incas to discover the optimal growing conditions for their crops. After you, have time to enjoy and explore the site, we continue driving towards the colonial town of Maras and to the Pre-Inca Salt Mine (Salineras). Thousands of saltpans have been used for salt extraction since before Inca times. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt laden water, which is diverted into saltpans and evaporated to produce a salt that is used now for both human and animal consumption. It is quite beautiful the array of saltpans carved around the area.
Then, we continue our journey to Ollantaytambo where we will explore the stunning astronomical Inca City of Ollantaytambo. By late afternoon, we take the 19:04 train to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night in a hotel.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
- Accommodation: Intipunku Machu Picchu or Wiracocha Inn Hotel
- Distance: 7kms/4.3 miles approximately
- Difficulty: Easy
DAY 3: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
This is the day you’ve been waiting for! 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. On your private tour, your guide will expertly direct you through the enigmatic ruins and its most important sites. You will see the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Sun Dial, Quarry, the House of the Inka, the urban areas, agricultural terraces and many different types of architecture. 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 Expedition train to Ollantaytambo which departs at 14:55pm and connect with a private van to take us back to Cusco by 7pm.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Difficulty: Easy.
WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR HUCHUY QOSQO 3D/2N?
- Transfer by private bus: Cusco – Tambomachay.
- Bilingual Professional Guide (English and Spanish).
- Services of horses.
- Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner (vegetarian option).
- 1 night in a hostel in Aguas Calientes.
- Admission to Machu Picchu.
- Return ticket Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo.
- Transportation Ollantaytambo – Cusco.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THE HUCHUY QOSQO 3D/2N?
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu.
- Entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain.
- Walking Poles.
- First breakfast and last lunch.
- Upgrade to Vista Dome Train.
- Optional upgrade – Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
- Optional Hotel upgrade.
- Upgrade to Vistadome train: $67 USD per person. (Return Only).
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu –$75 USD.
- Entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain –$75 USD.
- Walking Poles -$15 USD.
- Single Supplement -$30 USD 2* single traveler.
**Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are optional treks within Machu Picchu Citadel which do not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.
PRICE – $ 517 USD per person:
All inclusive package, hiking, cultural tour, homestay in the community with locals, Machu Picchu. We include the entrance tickets to the Salt mines, Moray and Ollantaytambo Inca Ruins.
- 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
- Under 18 years old: $30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Under 11 years old: $40 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Group of 5 or more: $30 USD. – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.