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Huchuy Qosqo, Sacred Valley with Machupicchu 03 Days

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Huchuy Qosqo, Sacred Valley with Machupicchu 03 Days

Huchuy Qosqo, Sacred Valley with Machupicchu 03 Days

23 reviews


Huchuy Qosqo and Sacred Valley, This trek is ideal for those passengers who really want to be far in the middle of nowhere with only nature surrounding them as they camp in an area that is scarcely seen by tourists. Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco) is situated above the Valley of Urubamba and offers very spectacular views over the mountain range Cordillera de Vilcanota. You will have one night camping in the wilderness.


The archaeological center of Huchuy Qosqo is located on a high plateau in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and offers a spectacular view of the mountains as well as the river and villages below. This hike gives you the opportunity to walk through the mountains and Inca streams before arriving at this very impressive archaeological site that few travelers take the time to visit because it is so remote.

Trip Details

Day 01: Cusco – Tauca – Huchuyq – Qosqo – Pucara
Day 02: Pucara – Chichero – Maras – Moray – Machupicchu
Day 03: Machupicchu – Cusco


Day 01: Cusco – Tauca – Huchuyq – Qosqo – Pucara

We begin our trip picking you up from your hotel at 7 am to head towards tauca where we will meet up with our muleteer and emergency horse, from here we will walk about 05 hours approximately towards Huchuy Qosqo to the balcony of the Sacred Valley where we will have our lunch in a family home.

From there, we will descend towards Lamay where our car awaits us to take us to Pucara where we can rest up in a camping site set on a beautiful site while enjoying a satisfying and delicious traditional dish like the cuy, otherwise you can have a change of plate of the Indias with Quinoa soup that is typical of the region.

Day 02: Pucara – Chichero – Maras – Moray y Minas de sal – Machupicchu

After our breakfast, we will make a pit stop to observe the birds and especially the endemic hummingbird within our camp while also checking out the vegetation life from orchids to bromeliads.

After these observations, we will continue our path towards Maras to visit a colonial town famous and popular for its colonial lintels. We will then continue towards the Andean laboratory known as Moray and return to Maras where we begin a hike of about 2:30 hours towards the Sacred Valley passing through the Salt Mines.

Here we will learn about salt processing from Andean times, until we reach Urubamba where we will have a lunch buffet by the river´s border. In the afternoon we will reach Ollantaytambo to embark in our train at 16:30 and reach Machupicchu town of Aguas Calientes at 18:00 hours, where we can rest up prior to our dinner in the best restaurant of Indio feliz.

Included: Tourist bus, guide, lunch, dinner, train to Machupicchu and hotel in Aguas Calientes. Camping accommodation.

Not included: Breakast

Day 03: Machupicchu – Cusco

From very early we will visit the Inca city of Machupicchu with our guide who will give us an explanation in the sacred and religious places of Machupicchu as well as its agricultural settings. Afterwards we will have free time to climb the highest mountain known as Mountain of Machupicchu, we will have 02 hours with our guide and 04 hours free to go up and down the mountain, followed by our descent to Aguas Calientes and take our train in the afternoon and reach Cusco at about 20:00 hours.


  • All transportation
  • Entrances to tourist spots
  • Food: 02 Lunches, 02 dinners and 02 breakfast
  • Guide in either English or Spanish
  • Entry to Machupicchu
  • Bus up to Machupicchu and down to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition class train
  • Sleeping bags
  • Boiled water for the whole route
  • Emergency horse
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hotel 01 Night

No Included

  • Dinner


Beware of altitude sickness

Altitude sickness, acute mountain sickness or soroche occurs when we are at high altitude. As we lack oxygen, our body begins to react and we may feel nausea, dizziness, headache, dyspnea (choking or difficulty breathing) or lethargy (drowsiness, tiredness, deep sleepiness).

It is recommended that when you arrive in Cusco, you take one or two days to acclimatize and then visit Machu Picchu. As the city has an altitude of 3,399 meters above sea level, higher than Machu Picchu -which is at 2,430 meters above sea level- once you have acclimatized there, you should not have any problems with the altitude of the Inca citadel. You may suddenly feel that you can’t breathe very well, but the discomfort will be reduced. However, if you have respiratory or heart problems, it is best to visit your doctor before traveling to have a routine check-up and get some recommendations.

To prevent altitude sickness, hydrate yourself and avoid heavy meals, such as junk or fatty foods, since digestion is slower at altitude. You can eat small portions of carbohydrates, which are a source of energy. Also, avoid making a great physical effort and the excess of caffeine, tobacco and alcohol. When we are in a very high place, it is best to slow down, walk slowly, breathing deeply and without haste.

Do not forget to drink coca tea. It is a very popular natural remedy since the time of the Incas that helps prevent and alleviate altitude sickness. Also, there are some pills that can be bought without prescription and it is advisable to take them before starting to gain altitude.

Protect yourself from the weather

The weather in the city of Cusco is very changeable. There can be a radiant sun and, in minutes, a torrential rain appears. The temperature oscillates between 13 and 15°C, but in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where Machu Picchu is located, it is around 19°C. In general, the Cusco region has two seasons in the year: the rainy season and the dry season.

Book your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu in advance.

Although more visitors arrive during the dry season than in the rainy season, Machu Picchu is such an important tourist destination that it is advisable to buy your tickets in advance. Otherwise, it may happen that you arrive in Cusco and no longer find tickets to visit the Inca citadel.

When you go to Machu Picchu, it is recommended that you bring:
  • A small snack and water. Although it is forbidden to enter with food, you can hydrate yourself and eat an energy bar before starting the tour.
  • Tripod. If you are fond of photography, you will take the best pictures with the help of a tripod.
  • Waterproof clothing. No matter the time of the year, rains may appear.
  • Hat. If you go in spring (September) the weather will be wonderful, the landscapes will be greener and there will be fewer visitors than in high season (between May and August). But also, there will be more sun, so don’t forget to bring a hat or cap.
  • Coat. The nights are cold, so don’t forget your warmest clothes.
  • Taking these recommendations into account, you will enjoy your trip to the marvelous Inca citadel to the fullest. Don’t forget to tell me how it went!

What To Bring

  • Small backpack with rain shelter (30 or 40 litters is well enough).
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
  • Woolen or synthetic socksand a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
  • Rainponcho and a hat.
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol, gel, and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card (In case you are student) and extra money in sole


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