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You couldn’t ask for a greater way to explore the majestic splendor that the Andes and rain forest has to offer than by taking the Huchuy Qosqo to Machu Picchu hiking. As its name implies, this hike offers incredibly panoramic views of Urubamba’s mountain range, the isolated Huchuy Qosqo complex, and of the awe-inspiring Sacred valley floor below.
Huchuy Qosqo is located 400 meters – 1312 feet above the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley. This fortress supposedly has to be classified as one of the “royal estates” of the Inca Pachacutec. These places were build for enjoyment and maybe for discussing state affairs.
This hiking adventure culminates with a full guided tour around the extraordinary complex of Machu Picchu.
Huchuy Qosqo to Machu Picchu hiking begins at 8 am. Shortly after meeting with your guide and driver, we load your gear onto a van/bus and board for a 40 km (25 miles) and 45 minutes drive up to Tauca near Piuray lake.
At the lake, we will meet the horseman and the mules/horses.
The trail begins at the end of the road of Tauca village and the first challenging section as we ascend up to the Urubamba mountain range. During the hike, we’ll enjoy amazing vistas of the mountains and Andean villages as we pass archaeological remains and colorfully dressed children and women looking after llamas and alpaca herds. Far a top the highest mountain pass of Pumamarka (4419 m – 14,500 ft), views of grassy mountains, hills and lagoons culminates the hardest section of the hiking trip.
Soon we leave the pass and follow a trail down from the upper high sierra. This is one of the steepest descents of our Machu Picchu hiking, so be ready for the hike. The descent leads us through a forest of Queuña trees and into the gorge of the vertical walls of the Leon Punku ravine. The trail becomes a little steeper as you descend down below the ravine, onto a gurgling stream that will take us to some perfectly preserved Inca bridge and stairs. After hiking for one more hour, the trail rapidly opens up, offering views of the Vilcanota mountain range at (3,600 m – 11,811 ft.), to finally, after a short hike down, arriving to the camp site, a grassy clearing surrounded by mountains with vistas of Huchuy Qosqo complex. After setting up the camp, we can relax and enjoy, while our cook will make a delicious dinner.
Meals included: (1 breakfast – 1 lunch – 1 dinner).
Hiking distance: 9.46 km – 5.87 miles / 6 to 7 hours
Highest pass: Pumamarka 4419 m – 14,500 ft.
Camping facilities: Tents, sleeping pads and portable camping toilet. No showers and no shopping facilities.
The perfect time to visit Huchuy Qosqo is early in the morning at your own pace or with your guide. Huchuy Qosqo is located 400 meters above the Sacred Valley. Historians say that the great Inca king Pachacutec built this fortress possibly as a holiday or royal retreat. A royal estate was commonly constituted by agricultural terraces and palaces meant as home for the Inca ruler and the nobles. Take a moment to enjoy the astonishing surroundings of Huchuy Qosqo: mountains, the Sacred Valley with the Vilcanota River running through. As soon as we have fully enjoyed this place, we will have breakfast before we pack everything and continue on with our Machu Picchu hiking.
The hike from Huchuy Qosqo begins with a descent towards La May, a small village located in the middle of the Sacred Valley where our private transport will be waiting with a delicious lunch ready for us.
After loading the gear on the van, and after having said goodbye to our horseman and mules, we get on board for a 40 minutes drive to Ollantaytambo to catch our train to Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu, where we’ll spend the night. After a nice warm shower at the hotel in Aguas Calientes, you will meet with your guide for a lovely dinner at a local restaurant.
Hotel in Aguas Calientes: La Casita de la Luz – upgrade your hotel category for U$30 per person.
Hiking distance: 4 km – 2.48 miles / 6 to 7 hours.
Highest altitude: Huchuy Qosqo 3,600 m – 11,811 ft.
Hotel facilities: Hotel with private bathrooms and showers.
Meals included: 1 breakfast – 1 lunch.
Our final Machu Picchu hiking tour offer a spectacular end to our days together. Beginning at Aguas Calientes bus station, we start our day with an early 25 minutes shuttle ascending across the jungle before arriving to the end of the road. At 2430 meters – 7942 feet, Machu Picchu is one of the 7 new wonders of the world, the forgotten city of the Incas.
Your guide will lead you around and give you a thorough introduction to the history of this impressive complex.
The Inca complex of Machu Picchu is commonly described as a royal estate of the Inca ruler Topa Inca Yupanqui – Pachacutec. The ancient builders of Machu Picchu didn’t have the advantage of the wheel, iron, or any written language. The construction of this incredibly well-planned complex with its extraordinary structures in this remote and isolated mountainous setting, without the regular tools of modern day life, is a true wonder, almost a mystery.
The Machu Picchu hiking trip gives the opportunity to hike Huayna Picchu (the highest peak behind Machu Picchu – please note that booking in advance is necessary), the other option is hiking Montaña or Inti Punku.
After the guided tour around Machu Picchu, there will be time to walk around, take pictures and to simply enjoy the amazing surroundings.
Depending on the time of departure, we meet with the rest of the group at Aguas Calientes train station and begin the journey back to Ollantaytambo or Cusco.
Meals Included: 1 breakfast.
Hiking distance: 3 km – 1.86 miles / 3 to 4 hours.
Highest altitude: Machu Picchu 2430 meters 7972 feet.
Private transport from hotel to the starting point and back to the hotel after the tour ends, train tickets from and to Aguas Calientes (small town below Machu Picchu), bilingual guides, horses as porters, horsemen to look after the horses, extra horse in case of emergency, kitchen tent, dinner and toilet tents, first aid kit, mattress to sleep on, all camping gear, hotel in Aguas Calientes the last night, meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches , 1 dinner, entrance fee to Machu Picchu, bus ticket to Aguas Calientes, transfers.
Sleeping bag (may rent in our office for $ 4 a day), lunch on the last day, entrance fees to hot springs, bus tickets en stead of hiking Machu Picchu on the last day and tips.
Personal porter: You can hire an extra porter for U$30 to help you carrying up your personal belongies such a sleeping bag, rain coat, etc.
The trip prices are based on double hotel rooms and lodges.
If you like to have your own private room, you need to pay extra to cover the price of the room. A 3 stars hotel is included in our price.
Rupa Wasi hotel is our first choice, if there is not available spaces, Terrazzas del Inca or Casita de Luz will be our next options.
Hotel 4 and 5 stars are available, please contact us to upgrade your hotel category.
Flexible. Our group departures are guarantee with a minimum of 2 people.
Season: All year round.
Graduated from the National University of San Antonio Abad, Cesar is one of our main guides. He is expert in MTB, River Rafting, Inca Trail and cultural tours.
Erika is the operations manager, she organizes, book, confirm and make all the arrangements making your vacation unforgettable.
Ylda Tupayachi is the Accounting Manager. With more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry, she is a key for our clients happiness.