HUCHUY QOSQO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 3D/2N
From $525 per person
The Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu, spanning 3 days and 2 nights, is a compact yet captivating journey. This trek leads you through the serene Peruvian highlands, offering stunning vistas and a deep dive into Inca history. The highlight is reaching Huchuy Qosqo, a lesser-known Inca archaeological site with well-preserved structures. As you hike, you’ll witness the tranquil beauty of the Sacred Valley and have opportunities to connect with local Quechua communities. The expedition concludes with a visit to Machu Picchu, providing a wonderful blend of nature, culture, and history in a condensed format, making it an ideal option for those with limited time.
Day 1: Cusco – Patabamba – Huchuy Qosqo
We will begin the tour with an early morning pick up at 7:30 a.m. from your hotel, to drive right over to Patabamba (3800m). The day’s hike will start there and will continue through Andean landscapes and over the Pukamarca Pass (4,200m). We will carry on along a path that leads to the town of Tauca where we will find archaeological remains and wild crops such as tarwi, and a large number of cacti.
Following the path, we will descend towards the beautiful, remote Andean town, Pukamarca at 4010m, where we may enjoy views of the surrounding area, immense mountains, and snowy peaks of Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and San Juan. After a short break, we will continue downhill on a mystical ancient path which will lead us to the Leon Punku Ravine. Passing through a narrow crevice between immense rock walls, we will visit some Inkan remains: various Inka bridges and sets of stairs (some of the best Inka stairs anywhere). This canyon is absolutely magical, with various geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river flow to Huchuy Qosqo (3600m). We will later continue on to Huchuy Qosqo, where we will set up camp for the evening.
Day 2: HuchuyQosqo – Lamay – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Huchuy Qosqo is an Inkan archaeological complex which is perched precariously on the side of a mountain with imposing architecture that includes a large, open ceremonial center, from which there’s an amazing, panoramic view of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the Vilconata snow-capped mountain range. While in the complex, we will receive a guided tour, and afterwards we will climb down the steep mountainside* to Lamay (3000m / 9840 ft.), a town dedicated to agriculture and cattle raising. Later in the afternoon, we’ll take private transport to Ollantaytambo and board an afternoon train to Aguas Calientes. The train ride to Aguas Calientes is an absolutely gorgeous route, renowned around the world for its beauty. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes all clients will be shown to their respective hotels.
*please note, this descent is very steep and the path is full of gravel. We recommend taking it slow and using trekking poles for support.
Day 3: Machu Picchu – Cusco
After enjoying an early morning breakfast at your hotel, you will want to take the earliest bus up to Machu Picchu that you can. The first bus leaves at around 5:30 a.m., though the queue starts much earlier, and the journey is about 30 minutes. You will be able to explore the ruins a bit, or climb Huayna Picchu (if you booked in advance) before taking part in our 2.5-hour guided tour of the site. Afterwards, you will have some more time to explore on your own, before returning to Aguas Calientes to catch the afternoon train back to Cusco, at around 5:05 p.m. or earlier for the Vista Dome, but it is subject to availability. We’ll arrive in Poroy at approximately 8:00 p.m. and meet an agency representative who will take you back to your hotel in Cusco.
- Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to Patabamba (starting point of the trek)
- Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
- Transport from Lamay to Ollantaytambo
- Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, vegetarian options are available)
- Horsemen and mules, for all camping equipment and client’s luggage (up to 10kg)
- Coca tea is served every morning in your tent
- Boiled water after breakfast, to refill your water bottles (1 liter per person)
- Snacks each morning
- Hot drinks such as coca tea, black tea and coffee in the afternoon
- Emergency horse
- Backpacker Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Return shuttle bus ticket: Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Entrance fees to Huchuy Qosqo and Machu Picchu
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Expedition train ticket: Aguas Calientes to Poroy
- Transfer from Poroy train station to your hotel in Cusco
- First Aid Kit and oxygen bottle
- Breakfast on Day 1 and meals in Aguas Calientes.
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking poles
- Extra night in Aguas Calientes
- Travel Insurance – we strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance for the duration of your trip
What you should bring
- Original Passport and migration card
- ISIC card (isic.org) if applicable (must be submitted at the time of booking)
- Backpack and daypack with rain cover
- Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
- Clothing for warm and cold climates e.g. lightweight pants, thermal layers
- Rain gear: jacket, poncho, pants
- Trekking shoes/boots
- Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs)
- Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater
- Long and short-sleeved polos/T-Shirts
- Woolen hat
- Bathing suit for the hot springs
- Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses, insect repellent
- Personal medical kit and medication
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper
- Small towel
- Water bottle (recommended 1 liter)
- Trekking poles (can be rented from us)
- Headlamp with spare batteries (very important)
- Some snacks such as chocolate bars and dried fruit
- Camera and extra batteries
- Extra money for drinks, souvenirs, tips etc. (soles or dollars)
Private service price
- 2 people USD$ 525.00 per person
- 3 people USD$ 485.00 per person
- 4 people USD$ 465.00 per person
- 5+ people USD$ 450.00 per person
- Student Discount: USD $20.00 (requires green ISIC Card)
- Under 18’s Discount: USD $20.00
Optional extras NOT included (need to book in advance)
- Sleeping Bag USD $15.00
- Pair of trekking poles USD $10.00
- Climbing Machu Picchu Mountain: USD $70.00
- Climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain: USD $70.00
- Vistadome Train: Aguas Calientes – Cusco: USD $50.00
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Hello! I’m Brissy Luz, thanks for visiting our website. Ever since i was a little girl i was interested spreading the Inca culture and history. I studied tourist administration and worked in different fields of tourism due to which i know very well the needs of our tourists. I decided to create COCA LIFE ADVENTURE with the aim of offering unforgetable experiences to those who visit us.