The Huchuy Qosqo trek takes you to a combination of amazing Inca ruins, secluded indigenous villages, incredible snow-capped mountains and exotic vegetation of different types and varieties. The trail goes off the beaten track and gives you a deeper understanding of the rich history and culture of the region. You’ll explore ancient Inca ruins, including the fascinating site of Huchuy Qosqo, Moray, and the Inca salt mines. At night you’ll have the opportunity to stargaze and learn about Incan constelations. Most importantly, you will arrive at Machu Picchu, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the iconic archealogical site. With its diverse range of experiences, our trekking adventure is the perfect way to explore the wonders of Machu Picchu and the surrounding region.
For the Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu, your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 6am and will transport you in our private transport to the village of Patabamba (3,800m/12,467ft), only 1 hour from Cusco. Once we arrive, we start our first hike uphill for the next 3 hours to get to the highest point of the trek (4,200m/13,779ft). From there, we have amazing views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains and valleys. We head down to the village of Pucamarca and spend time exploring the impressive Inca ruins. Then, we follow the original Inca trail into the Inca city of Huchuy Qosqo where we have time to explore before hiking to our guesthouse. Our guide will introduce you to your host family who will show you your room for the night, where you will have incredible views of the surrounding areas and the Inca city. In the afternoon, we will enjoy afternoon tea, and later have a delectable dinner with your host family! Later in the evening, we will enjoy the endless stars, uninterrupted by city lights, and our guide will educate us all about the Inca constellations.
We have a nice breakfast before our guided tour of the Huchuy Qosqo Inca City where you will explore incredible Inca buildings, sacred temples, farming terraces, storehouses and water system. After you have had time to see everything, we walk downhill for 2 hours to Lamay. Our private van will take us to Urubamba, where we will have a delicious buffet lunch.
Next, we head to the ancient site of Moray, which is a unique site built prior to the Incas for experimental farming. It has different levels of terraces carved into a huge bowl, much like an amphitheater below ground. Each terrace has a different temperature, depending on how deep it is in the basin. Archeologists theorize that this site was used top research the optimal growing conditions of crops. After you have time to explore the site, we continue driving towards the colonial town of Maras and to the Pre-Inca Salt Mines (Salineras). The saltpans and their methods have been passed down from generation to generation, and the traditional methods are still being used today. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt laden water, which flows into over 3,000 ponds and evaporates to produce salt. This is one of the few places in the world where you can find naturally pink salt! You get the opportunity to witness the beautiful array of salt ponds carved into the mountainside and possibly see the locals harvesting their hard earned product!
Then, we continue to Ollantaytambo, where we will explore the quaint and authentic Inca City of Ollantaytambo. In the afternoon, we will take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in our hotel.
After an early breakfast at your hotel, we are ready to get an early bus at 5:30am up to Machu Picchu just in time to witness the sunrise. It is a truly mystical site out of history and not something you’ll want to miss! After enjoying the sunrise your guide will provide a guided tour of Machu Picchu, which takes around two hours. You will see many of the most important parts of Machu Picchu Citadel during your tour. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the most relevant areas of Machu Picchu and gain insights into how it divides into three sectors: agricultural, residential, and religious.
After the tour, those people that have booked in advance for the extra hike up Huayna Picchu will have time to hike it on their own. When they have had their fill of the incredible views of Machu Picchu, a bus back down to Aguas Calientes will be waiting. Upon arriving at Aguas Calientes lunch is waiting with numerous restaurants to choose from (lunch not included). Depending on your train departure time, there may be some time for shopping, or sightseeing.
The Expedition train will take you back to Ollantaytambo at 2:55pm or 3:20pm, following the spectacular Urubamba River. Close to Aguas Calientes, the canyon is narrow and the river has many beautiful sections of whitewater. Keep an eye out, and you might even glimpse Wiñay Wayna high on the steep canyon wall! Back at Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private van. You can expect to arrive at your hotel about 7:00pm.
The Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu can be done any day that is best for you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 trekkers!
|No. OF PEOPLE
|2 to 8 people
|$ 477 USD per person
All inclusive package, hiking, cultural tour, homestay in the community with locals, plus Machu Picchu. We include all of the entrance tickets!
Please read the following information carefully. It will help with your questions about our services and the Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu.
We will pick you up from the Cusco airport and take you to your hotel in Cusco. Please let us know your flight details at least 14 days before arrival. Our representative will be holding an orange sign reading SAM CORPORATION outside of the arrivals terminal. You must exit the terminal to find our representative as they cannot enter. (Please let us know if your hotel is in the Sacred Valley so we can make the necessary arrangments).
The Briefing will be the night before the trek at 6pm in our office which is located at Garcilaso Street 210 , Office Nº:213 (2nd Floor) in the la CASA DEL ABUELO shopping center.
ABSOLUTELY! During the Lares trek to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are free.
FIRST, to book your Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here – BOOK NOW.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an Huchuy Qosqo Trek Machu Picchu entraces and train without the following information:
SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person in order to purchase a permit for the Lares trek Machu Picchu. You can make you deposit by clicking on the PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.
It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many ATMs within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address firstname.lastname@example.org to complete the payment.
Yes, but with some restrictions. Once the tickets for Machu Picchu have been bought, the government does not permit any changes, so we can’t change any departure dates. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date. If you cancel your Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu, the deposit is non-refundable!
DEFINITELY! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu, other entrances and reservations. In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us a COPY of your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it with a COPY when you get your new passport, for a fee of $25 USD per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.
If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or get on the train.
Remember to check your current passport to make sure it doesn’t expire within 6 months of your arrival to Peru!!! The Government of Peru is enforcing the existing law that requires all foreign travelers to have a passport valid for a minimum of six months past the time of entry into Peru. Peruvian authorities will deny entry into Peru for travelers not meeting this requirement.
The weather is very unpredictable and usually is divided in two big seasons: dry and wet. As the zone of Cusco forms part the Peruvian Andes, the dry season is considered from May to November mostly sunny days, with minimum percentage of rain or bad days. But the rainy season usually is from December to April with hail storms, snowy, cloudy days and not much visibility on the mountains. During the winter season (June– August) the places get warmer days but cold at night; Summer season (December– March) usually the trail gets wet, muddy and difficult to walk. Travelers visiting Cusco should be prepared for the quick change of temperatures and climates even in winter, but much more in summer season. Due to the global warming the weather conditions in the Andes is becoming very changeable and very unstable. It can be very cold at the high altitudes of this trek.
For some visitors, the first hours in Cusco can be summarized as: shortness of breath, a discomfort in the body, dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract soroche, quechua for high-altitude sickness.
If you travel from Lima to Cusco, the effect can be immediate. This lack of oxygen, scientifically known as hypoxia, begins to manifest itself at 7,874 ft (2,399 m) above sea level. That’s why right after landing in Cusco, visitors can feel fatigued and have difficulty walking. It is advisable to take it really easy on the first day and, if possible, rest the first few hours to help the body acclimatize to the altitude.
How do people feel after a night of drinking? Thirsty. That’s how you’ll feel when you arrive in Cusco. As already stated, the body dehydrates quickly in high altitudes. It is recommended you drink lots of water before and during your trip to Cusco. Also, avoid heavy meals since your stomach takes longer to digest food at high altitudes. A diet of low proteins and high carbs is advisable.
No one knew better the effects of high altitude than indigenous peoples. Coca is the best natural medicine to combat altitude sickness. It was even considered sacred because of its curative powers and is still used in the same way now as it was in the time of the Incas. It contains iron, vitamins A, B1, B2 and calcium, among other nutrients. Coca makes it easier for your bloodstream to absorb oxygen, suppresses hunger, combats fatigue, headaches and can ease your stomach. Try drinking coca tea, which is found in the lobbies of most hotels in Cusco.
The maximum group size is 8 people. Our groups are usually between 2-6 people. SAM CORPORATIONS specialises in SMALL and PRIVATE groups to provide a personalized service.
You will be given a SMALL DUFFEL BAG the night before the Trek to pack your clothes for the next 3 days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/15lbs. Your pack horse will carry your duffel bag, food and camping gear. PLEASE NOTE that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day as the horses will always be ahead of the group. You will need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. A 30 to 40L backpack is sufficient.
The Hucuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu is a 20 km/12 hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude is 4,200m/13,779ft. The Trail is easy to moderate. You have to be moderately fit. In preparation: try walking 15kms a day or go to the fitness club in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3,350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.
OF COURSE!! Included in the package and on the last day we will drop you off at your hotel! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley, we will drop you off there too!
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires them to give excellent service and is a large part of the tourism industry across many SAM CORPORATIONS destinations. Of course you are free to tip as much as your budget will allow, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip.
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