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Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu

Huchuy Qosqo, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu
Duration 2 days - 1 nights
Travel Style Adventure, hike, History
Difficulty Moderate
Group size Min 2 - Max 8

Embark on a journey with 69 Explorer as we tackle the awe-inspiring Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu 2 days. A hidden gem offering a blend of natural beauty and wonder. This remarkable two-day adventure will weave through the Sacred Valley’s heart. On this trek you’ll get the chance to immerse yourself in the Andean landscapes and the legacy of Inca civilization.

As we set out, the anticipation will build for the high-altitude challenge that awaits. We’ll traverse a path less traveled, where we will explore the storied past of the Inca. With each step, we will draw closer to the archeological site of Huchuy Qosqo meaning “little Cusco” in Quechua. Perched majestically above the Sacred Valley, Huchuy Cusco is the former estate of the Incan Emperor Viracocha.

The trail starts at scenic point nestled in the Andean Mountains. Here, weather conditions will be our guide, dictating the rhythm of our ascent. We will be well-prepared, carrying our travel insurance documents alongside our essential trekking gear.

Our journey will include a captivating 30 minutes exploration of the village of Lamay. A very unique cultural experience that will enrich our understanding of the local heritage. We’ll absorb the stories and traditions that have been passed down through generations. Ascending further, we will reach the Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo, offering a window into the past. Here, history will unfold before our eyes, revealing secrets of ancient civilizations.

As the second day dawns, we will find ourselves descending towards one of the world’s wonders, Machu Picchu. Throughout this adventure, we will be enveloped by the dynamic weather conditions that characterize the high-altitude terrain. Rest assured, we will equip ourselves with the knowledge and gear to embrace whatever the skies may unveil.

Together, we will cherish the moments of tranquility and the bonds forged along this ancient path. When we conclude our Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu with 69 Explorer, our spirits will be as elevated as the peaks we’ve climbed. Carrying with us sights and landscapes etched into our memories.

From US$ 397

95% of travelers recommend this experience

Important information


  • Transportation: We will arrange for transportation from your hotel to the starting point of the trek at the village of Tauca. At the conclusion of our trek, we will also provide transport from Ollantaytambo back to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Professional Guides: Experienced and knowledgeable guides will lead the way. They offer insights into the rich history and cultural significance of the sites we will visit.
  • Machu Picchu Entrance Fee: Admission to the Machu Picchu site is included.
  • Huayna Picchu Permit: For those who have opted for this additional hike, the permit for Huayna Picchu is included. However is subject to availability and advance booking.
  • Accommodation: Comfortable hotel accommodations in Aguas Calientes will be arranged, allowing for rest and relaxation before exploring Machu Picchu.
  • Meals: We will provide meals as outlined in the itinerary. Typically they include breakfast on the second day and dinner on the first day. 
  • Train Tickets: The journey includes train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back. The ride offers scenic views of the Urubamba River and the surrounding landscapes.
  • Bus Tickets: Round-trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu will also be provided.
  • Briefing: Before we set out, we will hold a comprehensive pre-trek briefing. This is designed to prepare you for the journey ahead and to answer any questions you may have.
  • Entry to Huchuy Qosqo: Entrance to the lesser-known but equally fascinating Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo is included. This site allows us to explore its unique stonework and history.


  • Lunches and Some Dinners: While you will enjoy certain meals together, lunches and some dinners are not included. This provides the freedom to explore local cuisine according to personal preference.
  • Travel Insurance: You must secure our own travel insurance. It’s important to choose a policy that covers high-altitude trekking and potential medical evacuation.
  • Sleeping Bags and Hiking Poles: Trekking equipment such as sleeping bags and hiking poles are not provided. You will need to bring our own or rent them before the trek begins.
  • Tips for Guides and Staff: Tips for our hardworking guides, cooks, and porters are not included. While not mandatory, tipping is a welcomed gesture to show appreciation for their service.
  • Personal Gear and Clothing: You will be responsible for your own trekking gear and appropriate clothing.
  • Snacks and Water: While meals are provided, you should bring our own snacks and water for the trail.
  • Additional Activities: Any activities outside of the scheduled itinerary, including the hot springs in Aguas Calientes or other sightseeing ventures, are not included.
  • Extra Porter: Additional costs for more porters.
  • Single Supplement: For those preferring a single room, there may be an additional charge for a single supplement, depending on availability.
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: There’s an additional cost if you choose to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes.
  • Train Upgrades: Train upgrades to the more luxury trains are not included.

Recommend to carry

  • Backpack: A sturdy and comfortable backpack with a supportive waist strap is crucial for carrying your personal items during the trek.
  • Sleeping Bag (25L 0r 30L): A high-quality sleeping bag suitable for temperatures below freezing ensures a warm night’s sleep at high altitudes.
  • Hiking Boots: Durable, waterproof hiking boots with good ankle support are necessary for the rugged terrain.
  • Water Bottle: Its recommended to bring your own refillable water bottle or a hydration bladder.
  • Water Purification Tablets: These can be helpful if you need to replenish your water from natural sources.
  • Weather-Appropriate Clothing: This includes moisture-wicking layers, thermal underwear, a warm jacket, rain gear, and a hat and gloves for the cold.
  • Sun Protection: High-SPF sunscreen, sunglasses, and a brimmed hat will protect you from UV radiation at high elevations.
  • Headlamp or Flashlight: Essential for early morning starts or late evening activities, with extra batteries.
  • Personal Medications: Bring any personal medications as well as a basic first aid kit for minor injuries.
  • Insect Repellent: To ward off mosquitoes and other insects, especially in the lower elevations and near Aguas Calientes.
  • Camera or Smartphone: For capturing the breathtaking scenery and memorable moments.
  • Portable Charger: Keep your electronic devices charged throughout the trek.
  • Snacks: Energy bars, trail mix, and other portable snacks will keep you fueled during long trekking days.
  • Toiletries and Personal Hygiene Items: Include biodegradable soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and wet wipes for a quick refresh.
  • Passport: You will need your passport for entrance to Machu Picchu and possibly at checkpoints along the trek.
  • Cash in Local Currency: For purchasing snacks, souvenirs, tips, and meals not included in the trek.
  • Trekking Poles: These can be very helpful for both the ascents and descents and are especially useful for reducing the impact on knees.
  • Reusable Plastic Bags: Useful for keeping your gear organized and dry.
  • Travel Insurance Documentation: Carry a copy of your travel insurance policy, which should cover high-altitude trekking.


On the first day of the unforgettable Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu, we will rise early, with the excitement of the trek ahead fueling our spirits. At 6 am, our journey will begin with a drive from your hotel to the quaint village of Tauca, situated at an elevation of 3,750 m (12,303 ft). This is where our feet will first meet the trail.

We will set a steady pace across level terrain, surrounded by the rich tapestry of Andean valleys. The land here is fertile, brimming with crops of corn, quinoa, potatoes, and a variety of Andean tubers, painting a vibrant picture of local agriculture.

As we ascend towards the pass at 4,050 m (13,287 ft), the landscape will transform before our eyes into the stark beauty of the High Andean Savannah, also known as Puna. The vegetation here is sparse, dominated by “ichu” or high altitude grass. The panoramic views we’ll encounter are nothing short of breathtaking, with the Vilcabamba Mountain range stretching out before us, adorned by the snow-capped peaks of Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon, and San Juan.

After reaching the pass, we will begin our descent to the Huchuy Qosqo plains, following a path that winds its way into the Cauca Ravine. Here, we’ll come across various archeological sites and have the chance to observe unique wild plants that were once harvested by the Inca for sustenance.

Our trek will then guide us downhill toward the Leon Punku ravine. We’ll discover remnants of an Inca bridge and trail with massive rocks and boulders guiding the stream towards Huchuy Qosqo at 3,650 m (11,975 ft).

Upon arriving at Huchuy Qosqo, we will find ourselves amidst an impressive Inca complex set on a plateau with sweeping views. Our guide will share tales of the complex’s history and the Inca civilization that once thrived here, providing insights into the sophisticated stonework and architecture.

Concluding our exploration, we will venture downhill to the village of Lamay at 2,900 m (9,514 ft). From here, transportation will whisk us to Ollantaytambo, where we will enjoy a well-deserved dinner together. The day’s adventure will culminate with a train ride to Aguas Calientes, where we will check into our hotel.

Once settled, the evening will be yours to meander through the charming streets of Aguas Calientes. You might indulge in some shopping, or simply relax, reflecting on the day’s journey and anticipating the wonders that tomorrow holds on the Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu.

Key statistics for the 2-day trek include:

  • Distance covered: Approximately 17 kilometers (10.5 miles)
  • Highest altitude: 4,050 m (13,287 ft)
  • Lowest altitude: 2,900 m (9,514 ft)
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate, suitable for well-acclimated travelers

On the second day of our Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu we’ll wake up early for a day filled with wonder and exploration. After an early breakfast, we will catch one of the first buses up to the legendary Machu Picchu, arriving in time to witness the breathtaking sunrise over the ancient citadel.

As the sunrise illuminates the site, we will delve into a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. We will explore the significant sectors that reveal the ingenuity of Inca architecture: the agricultural terraces, residential areas, and the sacred religious spaces.

For those adventurers who have secured their spot for an extra hike in advance, the towering Huayna Picchu beckons. We will have time to ascend its paths and soak in the unparalleled views of Machu Picchu from above.

Once we have explored Machu Picchu, we’ll descend back to Aguas Calientes by bus. Here, we’ll enjoy lunch (not included) and, depending on the timing of our train departure, we may have the opportunity to engage in some shopping, sightseeing, or even a visit to the local museum or hot springs.

Our return journey will commence aboard the Expedition train, departing either at 2:55 pm or 3:20 pm. We will follow the meandering path of the spectacular Urubamba River, a route flanked by steep canyons and vibrant whitewater sections. From the train, if we cast our eyes up to the steep canyon walls, we may even catch a glimpse of the Wiñay Wayna ruins perched high above.

Upon arriving back at Ollantaytambo, our driver will be ready to greet us, escorting us back to Cusco in the comfort of our private vehicle. We will arrive at our hotel by approximately 7:00 pm, bringing our momentous Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu to a satisfying close, with hearts full and minds enriched by the profound experiences of the past two days.

Key statistics for the second day include:

  • Early morning ascent to Machu Picchu for sunrise viewing
  • Comprehensive two-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu Citadel
  • You must book the optional hike up Huayna Picchu in advance.
  • Scenic train ride along the Urubamba River with potential views of Wiñay Wayna
  • Expected arrival back at the hotel in Cusco by 7:00 pm
  • Level of difficulty for the day: Moderate, with optional strenuous hike to Huayna Picchu


Huchuy Qosqo, meaning “Little Cusco” in Quechua, is an Inca archaeological site north of Cusco, Peru. The trek to Huchuy Qosqo is an alternative hiking route that leads to Machu Picchu, offering unique landscapes and cultural experiences.

This is a one day trek that covers a distance of about 17 km (10.5 mi), and is considered moderate.

The trek offers diverse scenery including Andean mountains, traditional Quechua communities, and archaeological sites. The highlight is the Huchuy Qosqo ruins, which provide a glimpse into Incan history and architecture.

You do not need to hire a guide for the Huchuy Qosqo trek. However, hiring a guide is recommended for navigational assistance and to enrich the journey with historical and cultural insights.

The best time is during the dry season, from May to September, when trails are less muddy and views are clearer.

Essential items include good hiking boots, warm clothing, rain gear, a hat, sunscreen, a water purification system, and snacks.

After completing the Huchuy Qosqo Trek, hikers can connect to the Inca Trail or take a train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu.

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