Huchuy Qosqo Trek

Huchuy Qosqo Trek

Great option for parties with children, this is a very easy trek that is also incredibly beautiful. Enjoy Machu Picchu in addition to the ruins at Huchuy Qosqo, which are hundreds of years older than Machu Picchu!
Activity Level: 2  | Duration: 3 days, 2 nights | Group Size: 2-16 | Price: $605

Overview

Huchuy Qosqo is an Inca archaeological site north of Cusco. Its name translates to "Little Cusco" in Quechua. The ruins are located in a stunning location in the that overlooks the Sacred Valley.

You will spend a full day on an easy hike through the Sacred Valley to reach this 900 year old site. Huchuy Qosqo is only accessible by foot, making it a truly special and secluded location. Enjoy camping right next to this site.

The morning of the second day will be spent touring this lost city, which was built sometime between 1,000 and 1,200 CE and likely served as a royal estate. 

In the afternoon of Day 2 you will take a train from nearby Ollanytambao to Aguas Calientes, which is the town right below Machu Picchu. On Day 3 you receive a professional guided tour of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World before taking a train back to Cusco. 

Trip Highlights

  • Professionally guided tour of several Inca Archeological Sites
  • Explore Huchuy Qosqo, centuries older than Machu Picchu
  • Wildlife present throughout the trek
  • Enjoy a private campsite, only accessible to Kusa Treks
  • Multiple micro-climates, including mountains, cloud and rain forests
  • Best multi-day hike option for families with children

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Scenery
  • Wildlife
  • Historical Experiences

Accommodations

  • Kusa Treks camp for 1 night
  • 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes for 1 night

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

TRANSPORTATION
All transportation for the trek. This includes: 
   - Pickup from your hotel in Cusco in a private van
   - Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes 
   - Bus ticket to Machu Picchu
   - Train ticket back to Cusco 
   - Private van pickup from train station and drop-off at your hotel in Cusco
FOOD
All food is provided. In fact, we'll be hiking with a professional chef! Our chef and his staff will cook you some of the best meals you've ever eaten, and they'll do it in the middle of the Andes. Please notify our staff of any food allergies or restrictions and we will ensure that the food is prepared properly.

NOTE: All of the meals prepared by our chef are made with locally sourced, organic ingredients. 
WATER
Your guides will supply all of the water you'll need on the trek. The water will first be boiled, then filtered and then cooled. You will need to bring a container for the water (Camelback, Nalgene, etc.), we recommend carrying at least 2L of water. Your water containers will be refilled at each meal.

Please ensure that your water containers are filled when you leave the hotel on Day 1 to begin the trek. Our staff will provide clean water for the rest of the trek. 

NOTE: As a company that strives for 100% sustainability, we highly encourage our clients to bring "permanent" water containers made of metal or hard plastic. We discourage the use of cheap plastic water bottles that can be harmful to the Peruvian environment.
PROFESSIONAL GUIDES
Kusa Treks strives for greatness and this begins and ends with our people. All of our Lead and Assistant Guides are locals to this region and studied Tourism and/or Archaeology in University. They are all fluent in English and are passionate about their work. Trust me when I say, there is no better person to be on a trip with than a Kusa Treks guide, you will be in incredible hands.
PERMITS & TICKETS
Once you pay the trip deposit, we will purchase your hiking permits as well as your entrance tickets for Machu Picchu.

The government issues this permit in your name, under your passport number, and for a specific time-frame; they cannot be changed once confirmed, which is why the initial deposit is non-refundable after 24 hours.

We will also secure your train ticket back to Cusco at this time.
MEDICAL EMERGENCY
Alright, emergency sounds a bit dramatic. However, you can be confident in your Lead Guide and his staff. All of Kusa Trek's guides receive extensive First Aid training from a qualified and licensed physician, and we conduct mandatory review/training sessions twice a year.

Your Lead Guide will carry a Hiking First Aid kit (including oxygen), and should the need arise we will get you off of the trail and to a medical facility as quickly and comfortably as possible. *We have never had to evacuate a hiker.*

Note: Please bring whatever personal medication, such as prescriptions, that you know you will need. Our staff will be prepared with a general emergency kit, but personal medication is your responsibly. 
SUPPORT STAFF
In addition to your incredible guides this trek requires a support staff including: chef, assistant chef, horse master and porters. We started Kusa Treks for several reasons, one of which was to provide living-wage jobs for local Peruvians.

We employee individuals passionate about Peru's culture and nature and who want to share their incredible country with our clients. You will be absolutely amazed at how hard these people work to provide you with an incredible trip.

NOTE: A personal porter is included in the price of this trip, your porter will carry 7kg (15.4lbs.) of your personal items during the hike. Each additional 1kg is $15 USD. 
EQUIPMENT
Your tents are provided, they are comfortable, roomy and cozy. We provide a 4-man tent for every 2 people (unless otherwise specified). The price of this trek also includes one night in a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes on Night 2. Sleep well chicos!

We also provide a foam sleeping mat throughout the trek. 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

EQUIPMENT
We have high quality equipment available for rental during this trek. If you choose not to rent these items, you will be responsible for providing them. 
   - Sleeping Bag: $20
   - Inflatable Air Mattress (Therm-a-Rest): $10
   - Trekking Poles (2): $15
   - Personal Tent: $30
   - Hiking Backpack: $15

NOTE: These rental prices are good for the duration of the entire trek. 
HUYANA PICCHU PERMIT
Huayna Picchu is the pointy, tall mountain in the background of all the pictures of Machu Picchu. Tickets to climb it are available for travelers who wish to hike up an ancient staircase to the top of Machu Picchu's sister mountain.

Hiking to the top of it provides adventurers with incredible, unique views of Machu Picchu. This secondary hike will have a 1-hour ascent, 15 minutes to take selfies and high-five at the top of the mountain, and then a 45-minute descent.

The ascent and descent are pretty steep, but totally worth it!

Price: $35USD per person

NOTE: Tickets to ascend Huayna Picchu are limited, and are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. We cannot guarantee permit availability less than 6 months before a trip start date. 
VISTA DOME TRAIN
For your trip back from Machu Picchu to Cusco, we will book tickets on a "regular" train called the Expedition Train. However, there are several train upgrade options available, the most popular of which is known as the "Vista Dome Train".

The Vista Dome train has glass walls and a glass ceiling, which provide panoramic views of the surrounding beautiful Andes mountain-side. Tickets include in-trip meals and entertainment.

Price: $70 USD per ticket
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
The Lares & Inca Trail Trek begins and ends in Cusco, Peru, you are responsible for getting to Cusco. 

We do offer a flight booking service, the price for international flights will depend on origin city, time of travel and preferred class of cabin. If you are interested in having us book your flights, please inform our team at the time of booking. 
HOTEL(S) IN CUSCO
We include accommodations you will need for the 3 days and 2 nights of this trek. We highly recommend that you arrive to Cusco at least 2 full days before starting a trek to ensure proper acclimation to the high elevation.

You are responsible for booking your own hotels in Cusco before and after the trek. Here is a list of our recommendations. 

As with flights, we do offer a hotel booking service, the price for hotels in Cusco will depend on your preferred class of hotel. If you are interested in having us book your hotels, please inform our team at the time of booking.

Pricing:

GROUP TOUR PRICE: $605
A "group tour" means you will be paired with other people.

PRIVATE TREK PRICES:
A "private trek" is just your group and our guides. 
2 - 3 People: $715
4 - 6 People: $675
7 - 9 People: $630
9+ People: $605

PRICES ARE PER PERSON AND IN U.S. DOLLARS ($)

NOTE: We require a minimum of 2 people to guarantee a trip start date. 

Solo Traveler? We require a minimum of 2 people to guarantee a trip start date. For solo travelers, we will do everything possible to pair you with an existing group on, or close to, your preferred start date. In the event that we do not have a group doing your desired trip during the dates you are available, we can find a “partner company” to pair you with. Also, please note that single supplement charge may apply. 

Huchuy qosqo TREK Itinerary 

High Level Itinerary:

DAY 1: The Start Of Your Journey, Some Hiking And Superb Views.

Pick up from your hotel in Cusco at 6AM. 30 minute drive drive to Trail Head. 6-7 hours of hiking through beautiful scenery to our first campsite.

DAY 2: Nice, Easy Day Of Hiking With Sensational Views. Train To Aguas Calientes.

A nice day of hiking, we’ll spend our first couple of hours on part of the Inca Trail! Explore the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo today! In the afternoon, take a train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night in a hotel.

DAY 3: Tour Of Machu Picchu!

25-minute bus ride from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu Park. Two hour guided tour of the “Lost City”. Option for personal time at Machu Picchu or hike Huyana Picchu. Train ride back to Cusco, arrive in Cusco around 7PM.


Details For Each Day:

DAY 1: The Start Of Your Journey, Some Hiking And Superb Views.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude: 13,615ft. (4,150m)
  • Min Altitude: 11,811ft. (3,600m)
  • Distance Hiked: 7.8 miles (12 km)
  • Ascent: +1,804ft. (+550m)
  • Walking Time: 6-7 hours

Note: Our trekking times are approximate, and will vary depending on: weather conditions, group ability and other factors.

MORNING

Your adventure will start early, a Kusa Treks van will pick you up from your hotel at 6AM. The train head is only 30 minutes outside of Cusco, on the way you will stop at an ancient Inca archeological site called Puka Pukara. After touring these ruins you will jump on the trail and start the hike, which begins with a gentle climb for 1-2 hours. At the end of this initial climb, you will reach the first pass, which has incredible views of two valleys below! Your guide will explain the history of how the Incas arrived to this area and how they were able to settle in this mountainous environment.

After enjoying the views and taking pictures you will recommence the trek, you will have another 45 minutes uphill to reach the top of the valley. This portion of the hike is unbelievably gorgeous! There are rolling farmlands, mountainous passes, abundant wildlife and thousands of flowers.

Upon reaching the top of the valley, you will stop at the lunch spot for the day, which has incredible views of the valley stretching out below. This will be your first experience eating the delectable food prepared by our professional chef and his crew.

AFTERNOON

Following lunch you will have another 2-3 hours of hiking through more stunning scenery, including a loop around the Quriqucha Lake (Golden Lake). As you hike your guides will point out distinctive features of the landscape. The campsite for tonight is located within a local mountain community; whose inhabitants are cheerful and glad to welcome guests to their village.

Once settled in you will visit with the families, and learn about their way of life and how they flourish in this environment. Many of our guests choose to bring school supplies, toys and sports equipment to share with the children and people of the village.

EVENING

After spending time with these wonderful people, you can relax as you learn more historical facts from your guide, while enjoying a fabulous dinner prepared by the Kusa Treks chef. Later on in the evening, you will discover the Inca constellations stretching out in the incredible display of stars in the heavens above.


DAY 2: Nice, Easy Day Of Hiking With Sensational Views. Train To Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude: 13,123ft. (4,000m)
  • Min Altitude: 9,514ft. (2,900m)
  • Distance Hiked: 7.4 miles (12 km)
  • Walking Time: 4-5 hours
MORNING

The day will start early, with an invigorating cup of hot coca tea and a delicious warm breakfast. You will begin by walking 2 hours, after which you reach a stretch of the hike that is on the Inca Trail. You will hike on the Inca Trail for a 2-3 of miles, while passing several Llama shepherds and their herds.

The climate and scenery on the Inca Trail will turn from mountainous to rain and cloud forests with beautiful vegetation and hundreds of humming birds. Your guide will allow for plenty of stops, because the scenery is seriously some of the most beautiful on earth and you’re going to want to take pictures!

AFTERNOON

After 3 hours you will reach the ancient Inca ruins at Huchuy Qosqo. Enjoy a guided tour of these incredible ruins, which are hundreds of years older than Machu Picchu. After the official tour, you will have time to explore the ruins on your own. After exploring Huchuy Qosqo, you will enjoy another tasty lunch and continue hiking towards the Urubamba River.

You will hike down hill for about 2 hours to reach the Urubamba River where a van will be waiting to take you to Ollantaytambo, where you will eat dinner at a fabulous restaurant that serves elevated Peruvian cuisine.

EVENING

After dinner you will board a a train to Aguas Calientes, which is the town right below Machu Picchu. You will get to your hotel and enjoy a hot shower and rest for your life-changing visit to Machu Picchu the next day.


DAY 3: Tour of Machu Picchu!
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Max/Min Altitude: 7,972ft. (2,430m)
  • Distance Hiked: ~2 miles (walking around Machu Picchu)
  • Walking Time: 4-6 hours
MORNING

It is entirely up to you when you would like to start this exciting day! Today you will discover Machu Picchu, the world famous Sacred City of the Incas. The majority of travelers choose to wake up around 4:30AM, so that we can eat a quick breakfast and head over the bus station where we will attempt to catch the first bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. The drive to reach Machu Picchu Park is 25 minutes back the way you came the night before, uphill on a road full of switchbacks. The gates to Machu Picchu open at 6AM as the sun is rising over the lost city. It is truly magical to experience a sunrise over these ruins, as the mists part and the city rises from the clouds stone by stone.

Your official guided tour of Machu Picchu will begin at 8AM and end at 10:30AM if you have permits to climb Huyana Picchu or it will begin between 6 and 7AM and end between 9 and 10AM if you choose not to climb Huyana Picchu. All of our guides have been to Machu Picchu hundreds of times and know this site incredibly well! Your walking, guided tour will start with the impressive Temple of the Sun. You will see several iconic areas of Machu Picchu including: The Citadel, The Royal Tomb, the Main Plaza, the Condor Temple and much more.

NOTE: Due to new regulations (effective Jan 1. 2019), the paths that lead through Machu Picchu are all “one-way”, meaning you are not able to backtrack during your visit to Machu Picchu. Each visitor without a permit to climb Huyna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will have ~4 hours to spend inside the park and those with permits to climb either Huyana Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will have 6 total hours to spend inside the park (including the 2 hour climb).

AFTERNOON/EVENING

After touring Machu Picchu your guide will take you to the bus stop just outside the gates of Machu Picchu Park. You will take this bus for a third time to get back to to Aguas Calientes. Depending on your train departure time (see below), you will either need to head straight to the train station, or you can go to one of the many fantastic restaurants in Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included).

There are several train class options for the ride back to Cusco. The main two trains are the “Expedition Train” (included in the price) and the “Vista Dome Train” (additional $70 USD per ticket). We usually try to get tickets for a train leaving in the 15:00 (3PM) hour, which will have you back to your hotel in Cusco around 19:00 (7PM).

If you have a preference for departure/arrival time, and provide us with 4+ months notice, we are able to book tickets for the following departures:

Expedition Train

The Expedition Train is the “normal” train, with plenty of leg room and good sized windows, these train tickets  are included in price. All Expedition train tickets end at the Ollantaytambo train station, which is a 2 hour drive back to Cusco. When you arrive to the station, we will have private transportation arranged to take you back to your hotel in Cusco. The following are departure times for the Expedition train:

  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 14:55 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 16:31 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 18:30
  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 15:20 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 17:08 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 19:10
  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 16:22 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 18:10 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 20:10
  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 18:20 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 20:05 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 22:00

Vista Dome Train

The Vista Dome Train is an upgraded train, which provides entertainment and a meal. It also has a glass domed ceiling which provides better views of the Sacred Valley on your way from Aguas Calientes to Cusco. The Vista Dome train will end at either the Ollantaytambo station (2 hour drive to Cusco) or the Poroy station (30 minute drive to Cusco). The arrival station is based on the time the train leaves Aguas Calientes. These tickets are an additional $70 USD to upgrade.

The following are departure times for the Vista Dome to the Ollantaytambo Station:

  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 13:37 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 15:00 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 17:30 only available for those who do not do the Huyana Picchu hike
  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 15:48 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 17:29 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 19:29
  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 16:22 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 18:10 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 20:10
  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 17:23 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 19:02 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 21:00
  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 18:10 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 19:51 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 21:51

The following are departure times for the Vista Dome to the Poroy Station:

  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 16:43 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 20:23 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 21:00
  • Leave Aguas Calientes: 17:23 –> Arrive to Ollantaytambo station: 20:52 –> Arrive to hotel in Cusco: 21:30

NOTE: Train times depend on: the number of people in your group, the time of year of your trip and the class of train you prefer.