Type: Trek and traditional tour.
Distance: 14 km. Duration: 2 days/ 1 night. Altitude: 3650 – 4300 m. / 11975 – 14107 ft. Level Difficulty: Normal (Easy).
Inca Trail alternative: yes, this is an excellent option.
Departure Dates: any day with two people. We offer affordably priced tours for 2 people so that you can depart when it suits you best. Wet Season trek, Suitable for December, January or February (depending on weather conditions).
Group Size: Maximum group size 12.
Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 Dinner.
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 of Vilcanota.
You will have one night camping in the wilderness.
Huchuy Qosqo complex lies perched over the Sacred Valley of the Incas and after Pisac and Ollantaytambo; it´s the largest Inca archaeological center of the Valley.
This construction is earlier than Pisac and Ollantaytambo, since it was built by the Inca Trail of Peru. When the Chancas, the Incas rival people threaten Cusco in 1438, The Inca abandons the capital and took refuge in this Palace, Huchuy Qosqo or small Cusco.
During the Spanish conquest, Gonzalo Pizarro found on the site of Huchuy Qosqo an Inca Mummy and ordered to burn it. The descendants of the Inca recovered the ashes and retained it in a ballot box that was discovered in the years after.
This Inca site can be reached by foot; we can give you the opportunity to discover this wonderful place showing you two options of small treks without any kind of difficulty.
One will take you to the discovery of several archeological sites and typical villages of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the other one takes you to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu like ending point before coming back to Cusco.
We are going begin our journey by departing Cusco, by car, in direction of the Inca Site known as Chinchero (3760 m.). From here, we will begin our trekking up the road as it curves sharply up hill to reach a pass of near 4200 m.
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 m.) and into high open country.
On the way, we will pass by the beautiful Qoricocha Lake (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 Qosqo (3650 m), where we will arrive in the late afternoon.
Here, we will set up camp and enjoy our supper underneath the great starry sky.
Climate: Moderate warm.
Hiking time: 6 hours.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
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 mine and Chinchero where we will visit the Inca’s sites and also the colonial town.
We will be back in Cusco at around 18:00 hrs.
Climate: Moderate warm.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.