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    1 Day
    Cusco
    Huchuy Qosqo
    Min Age : 14+
    Max People : 20
    Overview

    Huchuy Qosqo, which means “small Cusco” in the Inca Quechua language, is located north of the city of Cusco in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Scholars believe it was an administrative and military center near the archaeological site of Pisac. Inside the archaeological site, you can visit intricately carved stone structures that were used as storehouses for potatoes and especially corn, which was the most important food produced by the Incas for consumption.

    During this hike, you’ll enjoy stunning landscapes and wildlife, as well as a glimpse into ancient cultures. You’ll also walk along a path made of Andean straw, which is the essential food for llamas and alpacas that roam freely in the area.

    This trekking option to Huchuy Qosqo will take you through an impressive route that passes through communities and hills until you reach the archaeological site. There, on a plateau, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the peaks of the Vilcabamba mountain range, which includes some of the most important snow-capped peaks.

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    INTRODUCTION

    Huchuy Qosqo, which means “small Cusco” in the Inca Quechua language, is located north of the city of Cusco in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Scholars believe it was an administrative and military center near the archaeological site of Pisac. Inside the archaeological site, you can visit intricately carved stone structures that were used as storehouses for potatoes and especially corn, which was the most important food produced by the Incas for consumption.

    During this hike, you’ll enjoy stunning landscapes and wildlife, as well as a glimpse into ancient cultures. You’ll also walk along a path made of Andean straw, which is the essential food for llamas and alpacas that roam freely in the area.

    This trekking option to Huchuy Qosqo will take you through an impressive route that passes through communities and hills until you reach the archaeological site. There, on a plateau, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the peaks of the Vilcabamba mountain range, which includes some of the most important snow-capped peaks.

    DETAILED ITINERARY

    Day 1: Cusco – Qorao – Patabamba Community – Qoricocha Lagoon – Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay (Sacred Valley) – Cusco.

    We will pick you up from your hotel at 6:00 am in our private transportation and head towards the community of Patabamba (3,850m/12,631ft), followed by a 15-minute drive to the Qoricocha Lagoon (4,050m/13,287ft) where we will start our hike. Along the way, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the entire landscape of mountains and Andean communities.

    Upon arriving at the starting point of the hike, we will begin walking uphill towards the Apacheta pass (4,200m/13,780ft), the highest point of our hike. You’ll have the opportunity to take many pictures and our guide will explain the significance of the mountains to our ancestors in the past and the people of the area today. We’ll then descend for 2 hours on a restored Inca trail until we reach the community of Pukamarca, where we’ll have a short rest. Next, we’ll continue our journey through a beautiful valley and the impressive canyon of Puma Punku (the door of the Puma) along a restored Inca trail to the archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo (3,650m/11,811ft) – known as ‘little Cusco’ – which is situated above the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your guide will show you all the impressive Inca constructions such as storehouses, temples, terraces for agricultural activity, and the water reservoir used to store water during times of drought. This is a significant and impressive place where you’ll learn a lot about Inca culture.

    After the guided tour with your guide, you’ll enjoy a box lunch before taking a short break. We’ll then start descending on a zigzagging path that will take us 2 hours to reach the village of Lamay (2,941m/9,649ft) located next to the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley. Our private transportation will be waiting for us to take us back to your hotel in Cusco city. You’ll have the evening to yourself to have dinner and rest.

    Meals: Box lunch

    Hiking time: 6-7 hours

    Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

    Hiking distance: 13km/8.08miles Maximum altitude: 4,200m/13,780ft

    Starting altitude: 4,050m/13,287ft

    WHAT IS INCLUDED:
    • Briefing before the start of the hike: Your guide will provide you with information about the entire Huchuy Qosqo tour route the night before.
    • Professional tour guide: Knowledgeable about history, first aid, and bilingual.
    • First aid kit and oxygen tank: Carried by your guide in case of emergency.
    • 24/7 customer service
    • Meals: 1 lunch
    • Transportation:
    • Day 1: Transfer from Cusco to the trailhead and pick up from Lamay and transfer to Cusco city.
    • Permits and entrance fees:
    • Entrance ticket to the Huchuy Qosqo circuit.
    WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
    • Dinner
    • Personal insurance
    • Tips for our staff
    WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

    VERY IMPORTANT:

    • Backpack (the smaller, the better). Water container: We recommend containers such as aluminum bottles, with enough capacity for at least 2 liters.
    • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)
    • 1 T-shirt
    • 1 windbreaker
    • 1 warm jacket: It gets very cold in the morning, so a down jacket is preferable.
    • 1 sun hat
    • 1 woolen hat
    • Waterproof gloves (even ski gloves will do)
    • Raincoat / rain poncho
    • Battery charger: There are no places to plug in during the hike.

    TOILETRIES:

    • Sunscreen
    • Facial moisturizer
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toilet paper
    • Personal medication
    • Personal first aid kit

    How many days of acclimatization do I need before starting the trek?

    We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least 2 days before starting the HuchuyQosqo trek to acclimate to the altitude and avoid possible altitude sickness. To help you adjust to the altitude, we offer tours around the city of Cusco such as CITY TOUR, SACRED VALLEY, MARAS MORAY, MARAS SALT MINES, and WALKING TOUR.

    Season:

    The Huchuy Qosqo trek can be done any month of the year, except for the rainy season from December to March.

    Briefing:

    A briefing meeting will be held one night before the start of the trek to provide you with information about the HuchuyQosqo trek. The meeting will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you are unable to attend, please contact us by email to arrange a meeting with your guide at another time or date.

    Note:

    You will need to bring a backpack to carry your personal items such as sunscreen, water, rain gear, sunglasses, etc.

    Strikes / Demonstrations:

    Strikes and demonstrations are common in Peru and can disrupt our tours. In such cases, roads can be blocked and trains can be stopped. We will ensure that your trek continues as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the start date. In some circumstances, tours may need to be cancelled, but our operations department will coordinate with you in these situations. Your safety is our top priority.

    Items Ordered:

    Each client is responsible for their items throughout the tour. Please be careful where you leave your belongings and remember to pick up all items from our mobility vehicles, stores, restaurants, etc. Other hikers or teams may pick up your belongings without knowing who the owner is.

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