Huchuy Qosqo Trek 3D/2N
Qoricocha Lake – Quenco – Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
Day 1: CUSCO – GOLDEN LAKE – QUENCCO.
We pick you up from your hotel at 6.00 am by car and take you to the Inca site called Puca Pucara (3700msnm), which is only 20 minutes from the city of Cusco. We begin hiking gently uphill for 1.5 hours to get to the first pass (4100 msnm), from where we have a spectacular views over two valleys. To your right you will see the capital of the Incas, Cusco, with stunning mountains surrounding it. Your guide will tell you about how and from where the Incas arrived to this area and also about the conquest of the Spaniard. There are two Inca sites at the bottom of the valley and on your left, there is beautiful landscape of grass-covered mountains and farmlands. From the pass we follow along the side of the valley, making our way towards the top of the valley. It´s about a 45 minute walk to the top end of the valley, once we get there, we´ll cross a small stream that divides the valley and then begin making our way up to our lunchspot at Queullacocha Lake. The scenery at the lake is quite barren, this whole area is a high plain between the mountains and is covered with a tough Andean grass called Ichu. In this area it is possible to see a wide variety of birdlife, such as Andean Geese, Lapwings, Partridges and a variety of birds of prey.
After our lunch stop we´ll carry on to our campsite for the night at the village of Quenco. Making our way over the top of one of the ridges we´ll descend towards Qoricocha Lake (Golden Lake) and loop around it. It´s about a 2 and a half hour walk to the village, where we´ll be greeted by groups of children and adults, happy to meet and welcome us to their community. After we´ve settled in and had a steaming cup of mate de coca, we´ll visit one of the local families to learn about their way of life. If you have brought any gifts with you, then you hand them over to the family now. After visiting the family we´ll have some free time to relax and your guide will teach you more about the Andean way of life. If you are interested in taking home gifts or souvenirs of the Andes, there is a good opportunity to find them here.
Distance walked: 14 km
Day 2: QUENCCO – HUCHUYQOSQO – LAMAY – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
You will be awoken with a hot coca tea and when you are ready we will enjoy a tasty breakfast. From Quencco we begin our walk to the Inca site of Huchuy Qosco. It´s about 2 hours walking before we reach a stretch of original Inca trail, just below the village of Pumamarca. Along the way we´ll pass by many local people, caring for their llamas. This is one of the main industries of the people at this altitude, as the terrain is perfect for it. Once we reach the Inca trail, the scenery really changes going from the high mountaintop to a secluded valley. This valley is beautiful and is full of lush vegetation, there are many small birds that can be seen including a variety of hummingbirds, which are fed by the many flowers that grow here. As we make our way down the valley we will be able to see snow capped mountains above us and the famous Urubamba mountain range. There’s plenty of time to take lots of photos.
Little by little we will be making our way towards the main site. As we approach we´ll pass through an adobe Inca gate way and finally arrive to the magnificent Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo (Little Cusco 3600 msnm), which is perched above one of the sacred valley of the Incas. Here you will see amazing Inca buildings like religious houses, store houses, Inca terraces for agriculture and an Inca reservoir, used to deposit water for the dry season. Your guide will take you on a tour of the site and he is an expert in the history of the Incas, so he will explain and teach you about everything. Afterwards you will have time to explore the site by yourself before we have lunch. From here we will begin our walk downhill to the Sacred Valley, it takes about 2 hours to get to the village of Lamay (2 800msnm) on the Urubamba River, where the bus will be waiting to take us to Ollantaytambo. We will have dinner in a restauraunt here, before taking the 7.pm train with your guide to Aguas Calientes. We will get set up in our hotel and be able to rest, hot showers are available.
Distance walked: 17 km.
Day 3: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS
CALIENTES – CUSCO
Reaching Machu Picchu is the most important part of our trip and we will give you the option how you want to arrive to this sacred site. You can either walk up the stairs for 1hr 20 minutes at 4.00 am or you can take the first bus at 5.30 am, which takes 25 minutes. We need to wake up early in order to arrive early to Machu Picchu, to see the sunrise over this beautiful place (if the weather is allowing). Once we enter you will have a guided tour around the area for 2 hours. Then you will be free with the options of climbing Huaynapicchu (this is a separate entrance ticket and costs $25 per person) or the Sun Gate. Both have breathtaking views, but make sure there is plenty of time to explore Machu Picchu. After you have taken in all of Macchu Picchu, you will return to Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch with your guide. Then board the afternoon train (usually at 3.pm) to Ollantaytambo where you will board a bus and return to Cusco at approximately 6.30pm.
INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED
- Hotel pick up
- Private transportation to the beginning of the trail (the Inca site Puca Pucara)
- Professional bilingual tour guide
- 4 man tent per 2 people (very comfortable)
- Foam mattress for sleeping
- Buffet meals and snacks
- Boiled drinking water
- Extra water for washing purposes and hot water in your bottle to sleep
- A chef and porters to look after you
- Entrance fee to Macchu Picchu
- Entrance fee to Huchuy Qosqo Inca site
- Bus transportation from Lamay to Ollantaytambo
- Tourist train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and return
- One way bus ticket (to or from Machu Picchu)
- Transfer back to Cusco
- Hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes
- Tour guide in Machu Picchu
- Taxes included
- Sleeping bag (available to rent)
- Walking stick (available to rent)
- Final lunch at Aguas Calientes
WHAT TO BRING
- Original passport (passport you used for booking must be used)
- Valid Student ISIC card (at the time of booking and must be presented at Machu Picchu)
- Good backpack or daypack
- Good sleeping bag
- Warm clothes including layers for variable temperatures, especially at night
- Rain jacket plus rain poncho
- Thermals (woolen socks and woolen hat for the evenings and mornings)
- Hiking boots
- Take about 3 t-shirts (new one for Machu Picchu to look great for your photos)
- Walking poles
- Flash light (head lamps are necessary)
- Camera including extra film and batteries
- Sun protection (sunscreen, sun hat, sun glasses)
- Mosquito repellent.
- Toiletries, toilet paper and a towel
- Personal medical kit
- Extra money for souvenirs, extra food and drink and optional tips