Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu

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, over high Andean passes, through the Sacred Valley of the Incas with its unforgettable scenic views, and visits both Moray and the Maras Salt Mines. It ends at the destination you have been anticipating, The New 7 Wonder of the World Machu Picchu! It is believed that the archeological site of Huchuy Qosqo was built during the reign of the eighth Inca Ruler, Wiracocha. Inca rulers acquired large royal estates to increase their power and wealth and that of their descendants who inherited the estates. Royal estates served also as elegant country palaces and, at times, fortresses to fend off rivals for power. Thus, the name Huchuy Qosqo, “Little Cusco”, was for a royal estate or government center modeled on the Inca capital.

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO – PATABAMBA – HUCHUY QOSQO

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 6am and you will drive 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 at the Inca ruins there. 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 us 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 dinner with our host family! This evening, we will enjoy the endless stars, uninterrupted by city lights, and our guide will teach us about the Inca constellations.

  • Meals: Picnic Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Homestay at a local family’s home with a proper toilet
  • Distance: 13kms/8 miles approximately
  • Difficulty:  Moderate

DAY 2: HUCHUY QOSCO – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES

We have a nice breakfast before our guided tour of the Huchuy Qosqo Inca City where you will explore incredible Inca buildings, sacred templesfarming terracesstorehouses 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 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 here the Inca researched the optimal growing conditions for their 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)Thousands of saltpans have been used for salt extraction since before Inca times. 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! It is a quite beautiful the array of salt ponds carved into the mountainside.

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.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • 2* Accommodation: Inti Punku Tambo or Wiracocha Inn Hotel
  • Distance: 7kms/4.3 miles approximately
  • Difficulty: Easy

DAY 3: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

We have an early breakfast before leaving our hotel to take the half hour shuttle bus up to Machu Picchu ruins. We will have a 2-hour guided tour which teaches us the history and secrets of this mysterious Inca ruin. Then, you have time to explore on your own, taking photos and the option to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or going up to the Sun Gate. When you are ready, you will head back down to Aguas Calientes to have a leisure lunch before returning to Cusco. The train will depart at 14:55 or 15:20 to Ollantaytambo where your driver will pick you up with our private van to be back at your hotel in Cusco by 7pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Difficulty: Easy

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE HUCHUY QOSQO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel
  • Briefing at our office the night before the trek
  • Transfer to and from your hotel for the trek
  • All transfers in our van only for Orange Nation Peru clients
  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance tickets to Moray, Salt Mines and Ollantaytambo
  • Entry to Huchuy Qosqo
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Homestay with local family
  • English-speaking professional tour guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • 2 Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Round trip train ticket (expedition service) from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco
  • Celebration dinner in Ollantaytambo
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom and room, hot shower, phone, storage, wifi and breakfast included
  • Rain ponchos

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE HUCHUY QOSQO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu –$75 USD
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain –$75 USD
  • Walking Poles –$7 USD
  • First breakfast and last lunch
  • Upgrade to Vista Dome Train –$57 USD (For the return to Cusco (Poroy) at 4:43pm).
  • Optional upgrade – Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the crew, and guide of ORANGE NATION

Price

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 PEOPLEPRICE
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!

DISCOUNTS

  • Under 18 years old: $30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $40 USD.  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Group of 5 or more: $30 USD. – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

EXTRAS

  • Optional Hotel upgrade
  • Upgrade to Vistadome train for the way back: $57 USD per person. (For the return to Poroy at 4:43pm )
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu –$75 USD
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain –$75 USD
  • Walking Poles –$7 USD
  • Hotel single supplement –$30 USD  2* solo traveler

ADDED VALUES  FOR FREE

  • OXYGEN TANK will be available along the trek
  • SMALL GROUP up to 8 people, usually around 2 to 6 hikers
  • ENGLISH SPEAKING guide
  • EARLY TRAIN for the way back to Cusco at 14:55 or 15:20
  • TOURS OF MORAY, SALT MINES AND OLLANTAYTAMBO

Important Info

Please read the following information carefully. It will help with your questions about our services and the Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu.

ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

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 ORANGE Nation outside the arrivals. 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

The Briefing will be the night before the trek at 6pm in our office which is located at Calle Santa Teresa  Nº383; 101 (first floor) we are next to SUBWAY sandwich shop. We share a lobby with the Casona Corrales Boutique Hotel.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

ABSOLUTELY! During the Lares trek to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are free.

QOSQO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

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:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality
  • 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.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

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 PAYPALyou need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address orangenationperu@gmail.com. 

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

  • According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need student cards). For example: if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
  • All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $30.
  • For children from the age of 2 to 11 the discount is $40.
  • Children under the age 2 are free.
  • All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.
  • Send us a copy at the time of booking

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

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 not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON HUCHUY QOSQO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

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 PeruPeruvian authorities will deny entry into Peru for travelers not meeting this requirement.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE HUCHUY QOSQO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

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 (JuneAugust) the places get warmer days but cold at night; Summer season (DecemberMarch) 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.

WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS ON HUCHUY QOSQO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

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.

Don’t do anything other than rest

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.

Stay hydrated

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.

Discovering coca

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.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?

The maximum group size is 8 people. Our groups are usually between 2-6 people. ORANGE NATION Peru specialises in SMALL and PRIVATE groups to provide a personalized service.

HIKING HUCHUY QOSQO TREK TO  MACHU PICCHU

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/14lbs. 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.

IS THE TREK DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT?

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.

ARE WE GOING TO BE DROPPED OFF AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE TREK?

OF COURSE!! Included in the package and on the last day we will drop you at your hotel! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley, we will drop you there too!

TIPPING

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 ORANGE Nation destinations. Of course you are free to tip as much as you feel appropriate, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip.

ARE WE SUSTAINABLE? 

Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tour operator that incorporates the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know, understand and respect the places and the indigenous people.

Packing list

WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING  THE HUCHUY QOSQO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • A lightweight, waterproof day pack with change of clothes (about a 30 liter size)
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and trekking pants (trousers)
  • Layers of clothes, include thermals, for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Head lamp with spare batteries
  • Camera with extra film and batteries
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses
  • Wool socks, gloves, scarf, wool hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent
  • Waterproof clothing or a rain poncho
  • Reusable water bottles (please do not bring disposable ones)
  • Personal medical kit
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips
  • Walking poles (rentable)
  • Favorite snacks
  • Toilet paper
  • Sandals or flip-flop
  • Swimming suit (optional for hot springs)
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