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2-Day Huchuy Qosqo Trek

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2 Days
Availability : Jan 17’ - Dec 17’
Cusco
Huchuy Qosqo
Min Age : 7+
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 and camp 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. It is Viracocha´s legendary path of retreat that we walk to this site.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1:  Cusco – Tambomachay – Huchuy Qosqo

Day 2:  Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay

Inclusions:

  • Transport: Cusco hotel - Tambomachay.
  • Tourist Guide (bilingual).
  • Cook.
  • Driver.
  • Food (1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, boxed lunch 2nd day).
  • Entrance fee to Huchuy Qosqo.
  • Camping area at Huchuy Qosqo.

Not included:

  • Sleeping bag.
  • Snacks and water during the trek
  • Call
  • Extra Expenses
  • Tips

You should bring:

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or a rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for more comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including a jacket and fleece. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping. 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.
Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Tambomachay - Huchuy Qosqo

We pick you up from your hotel at 07:00 am and transfer to the trailhead at Tambomachay (3800m) 20 minutes away. This is an Inca temple of water worship where ceremonies were performed. From here, we will begin walking through a Puna landscape (high and dry, with stunted vegetation), to pass by Sicllaccasa (around 4020m). Continuing our path, we’ll climb up to Ccauca Barranco, from where we can admire archaeological remains and wild plants such as quinoa. We will next come across another plain, called Queulloca (4185m), where we can take in the view of a lake of the same name and the nearby glaciers of Veronica, Pitusiray, Sawasiray and Chicón. Continuing onwards, we will pass by Lake Queullococha and observe the geese, ducks and small fish there. We soon come across another lake bearing the name of Challu Challu (4220m). We next ascend Rumicruz (4230m) to enjoy the sweeping views of the Cordillera Vilcanota mountain range. At this point we have lunch before continuing on to an Inca stone quarry (4220m), from where the blocks were taken to construct Huchuy Qosqo. Finally, we descend to the community of Pucamarca (4010m) where we camp, have dinner and spend the night.

Day 2Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay

We’ll take a tour of the archaeological site after breakfast and then descend 800m over 2 hours to arrive at the town of Lamay. Here we´ll wait for transportation to take us back to Cusco and the end of our adventure.

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