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1-Day Huchuy Qosqo Trek

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950
Full Day
Availability : Jan 17’ - Dec 17’
Cusco
Huchuy Qosqo
Min Age : -
Max People : 14
Overview

The hills above the Sacred Valley are filled with Inca sites and small communities that are rarely visited by tourists. The Huchuy Qosqo Trek offers the adventurous traveler a peek at one these rarely-visited sites, Huchuy Qosqo (“Little Cusco”), as well as the opportunity to hike in the high Andes. Legend holds that a century before the Spanish invasion, the Inca Emperor Viracocha and his retinue retreated to Huchuy Qosqo when the Inca capital city of Cusco was attacked by their fierce rivals, the Chancas tribe. Viracocha left the defense of the city to his son, Pachacutec, who repelled the invaders and went on to become famous as the Inca Emperor who vastly expanded the Empire and built its most important sites, including Machu Picchu.

Inclusions:

  • Box lunch
  • Professional guide

Not included:

  • Transportation .
  • Huchuy Qosqo entrance fee.
  • Emergency horse.
Itinerary

Full dayTrek to Huchuy Qosqo

Pick up from your hotel at 7:30am, transfer to Chinchero and then to the trailhead at Tauca, a small Andean community. You will start hiking uphill surrounded by beautiful mountains, with the presence of llamas, alpacas, and lovely views of Lake Piuray until you reach the only mountain pass at 4500m/14760ft. You will then descend along a restored Inca Trail for approximately one hour towards the small Andean community of Pukamarca (4010m/13153ft). From there, you will walk downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where you will find the remains of an Inca bridge and trail. This canyon boasts geological formations surrounded by massive stones and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3600m/11808ft. You will arrive there by early afternoon.
Huchuy Qosqo is an Inca archaeological complex with impressive architecture plus a large open ceremonial center; from here you will enjoy a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the snowcapped mountain range of the same name. While in the complex, you will receive a guided tour and afterwards continue to Lamay at 3000m/9840ft. Lamay is a town dedicated to agriculture and cattle raising. Later in the afternoon, you will be transferred to your hotel in Cusco. Full Day Trek (duration: 6-7 hours)
This trek runs at high altitude and temperatures may easily drop below freezing in the evening and at night. Bring enough clothes to be able to layer appropriately for this climate.

Optional Services to Rent:

* An extra horse to carry your personal items: $25 USD per day – up to 15 kilograms (33lb). A horse can carry up to 15 kg, which should be enough for 2 people, leaving you with just a small daypack to carry. An extra horse to carry you is $30 USD per day.*

* Hiking Poles or Walking Sticks $8 USD per pole per day

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