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Huchuy Qosqo Trek 2 Days

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Huchuy Qosqo Trek  2 Days

Huchuy Qosqo Trek 2 Days

23 reviews

Overview

Huchuy Qosqo and Sacred Valley, This hike is ideal for travelers who really want to be in the middle of nowhere and surrounded only by nature while camping in an area rarely visited by tourists. Huchuy Qosqo (little Cusco) is located above the Urubamba Valley and offers spectacular views of the Cordillera de Vilcanota mountain range. The 2-day Huchuy Qosqo Trek & Sacred Valley tour is a perfect mix of adventure and cultural discovery. From trekking on ancient trails to exploring the historical sites of the Sacred Valley, this trip offers an intimate encounter with the heart of the Andean world and the legacy of the Inca civilization.

Highlights

  • Huchuy Qosqo Trek: Begin your trek to Huchuy Qosqo, hiking through diverse landscapes, including high mountain passes and picturesque Andean villages.
  • Ancient Incan Ruins: Arrive at the Huchuy Qosqo archaeological site, perched high in the Andes, and explore the well-preserved ruins, gaining insights into Incan history and architecture.
  • Cultural Encounters: Interact with local communities along the trek, experiencing the warmth and hospitality of the Andean people.
  • Andean Scenery: Marvel at the stunning Andean scenery, with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and pristine alpine lakes.
  • Pisac Archaeological Site: Begin your journey exploring the impressive ruins of Pisac, with its terraced fields, temples, and panoramic views of the Sacred Valley.
  • Pisac Market: Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors and cultural richness of the Pisac market, where local artisans showcase their crafts and traditional products.
  • Moray Agricultural Terraces:Visit the mysterious circular terraces of Moray, believed to have been an Incan agricultural laboratory, showcasing innovative farming techniques.
  • Maras Salt Mines: Witness the unique Maras salt mines, a network of terraced pools where locals extract salt using ancient methods dating back to the Inca era.
  • Ollantaytambo Fortress :Explore the formidable Ollantaytambo Fortress, an Incan archaeological site with well-preserved structures, terraces, and strategic military features.

Trip Details

  1. Day 1: Huchuy Qosqo TrekMorning:
    • Begin your journey with a scenic drive to the Sacred Valley, surrounded by picturesque mountains and traditional Andean villages.
    • Start the Huchuy Qosqo Trek, a less-traveled route that offers stunning views of the Sacred Valley and its terraced landscapes.

    Afternoon:

    • Trek through diverse terrain, from open fields to highland plateaus, with the majestic Andes as your backdrop.
    • Arrive at the Huchuy Qosqo archaeological site, an ancient Inca complex perched high above the Sacred Valley. Explore the well-preserved ruins and absorb the historical significance of this hidden gem.

    Evening:

    • Settle into your comfortable campsite, surrounded by the tranquility of the Andean wilderness.
    • Enjoy a delicious, locally inspired dinner, prepared by your knowledgeable trekking team.

    Day 2: Sacred Valley Exploration

    Morning:

    • Wake up to breathtaking mountain views and a hearty breakfast, preparing for a day of exploration in the Sacred Valley.
    • Visit the vibrant Pisac Market, where indigenous artisans showcase their crafts, textiles, and traditional products.

    Afternoon:

    • Explore the archaeological site of Pisac, featuring terraced fields, ceremonial centers, and panoramic views of the valley.
    • Continue to Ollantaytambo, a living Inca town with well-preserved architecture and a rich history. Marvel at the massive stone terraces and ancient temples.

    Evening:

    • Return to Cusco, concluding your 2-day journey through the Huchuy Qosqo Trek and Sacred Valley.
    • Reflect on the cultural and natural wonders experienced, with memories of ancient Inca sites and the stunning landscapes of the Andes.

Itinerary

Day 1: Chinchero – Pucamarca – Huchuy Qosqo

We begin our journey by departing Cusco, by car, in the direction of the Inca Site known as Chinchero (3760 meters). From here, we will begin trekking up the road as it curves sharply up-hill to reach a pass of near 4200 meters. We will continue to follow the trail down into the valley and towards the small community at the bottom.

As we descend along the trail, you will see a beautifully green valley stretching out as far as the eye can see. Passing through the village, the trail takes us up over the second pass (4300 meters) and into high open country.

On the way, we will pass by the beautiful Lake Qoricocha (Golden Lake in Quechua). We will continue along this rustic trail, with its stellar views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Finally, we will descend towards the Huchuy Qoso (3650 meters), where we will arrive in the late afternoon. Here, we will set up camp and enjoy our supper underneath the great starry sky.

  • Hiking time: 6 hours
  • Include: Lunch and dinner

Day 2 : Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay – Maras Moray – Salt Mine

Huchuy Qosqo is perched above the Urubamba Valley, overlooking the little town of Lamay, which is a town dedicated to agriculture and raising cattle. Huchuy Qosqo was originally an administrative center, where the Incas buildings had made of stone and adobe, which has a great example of Inca style perfectly fitting stones.

Continuing along this magnificent path, with Pitusiray looming above us, we will eventually pass an Inca stone and adobe gateway. This was the entrance to the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo for people who climbed up from the Urubamba Valley.

Our private transport will pick us up from Lamay drove to Maras Moray, Salt mines and Chinchero where we will visit the Inca’s sites and the colonial town. We will be back in Cusco at around 6pm.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Included

  • Transfer in private transport from your hotel to Chinchero (starting point of the trek)
  • Private transport from Lamay to Maras Moray, Salt Mine and Cusco
  • Personal tents: 2 people
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • Meals
  • Cook and cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Porters or horses (Carrying the tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Entrance fee to Huchuy Qosqo
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Entrance to Maras Moray, Salt Mine and Chinchero
  • Cold boiled water during the all trek.

No Included

  • Breakfast at the first and dinner at the last day
  • Sleeping bag

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 soles.

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