You couldn’t ask for a better way to explore the majestic splendor that the Andes Mountains and rain forest have to offer than by taking the Huchuy Qosqo trek to Machu Picchu. As its name implies, this hike offers incredible panoramic views of Urubamba’s mountain range, the isolated Huchuy Qosqo complex, and the awe-inspiring Sacred Valley floor below it.
Huchuy Qosqo is located 400 meters – 1,312 feet above the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley. This fortress has to be classified as one of the “royal estates” of the Inca Pachacutec. These places were built for enjoyment and maybe for discussing state affairs.
This hiking adventure culminates with a full guided tour around the extraordinary complex of Machu Picchu.
The day before your tour departure, your guide will give you a briefing about to trek to Machu Picchu, he will also distribute the duffel bags where you will load your personal items.
Huchuy Qosqo trek to Machu Picchu starts at 8 AM. After a short meeting with your guide and driver, we will load your gear onto the van or bus and go for a 45-minute drive up to Tauca near Piuray Lake. There, we will meet with the horseman and meet the mules and horses.
The trail will begin at the end of the Tauca Village, and we will start up the first challenging section: the Urubamba Mountain Range. Throughout the hike, be sure to take in the 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 atop the highest mountain pass of Pumamarka (4,419 m – 14,500 ft), views of grassy mountains, hills and lagoons culminate the hardest section of the hiking trip.
After we leave the pass, we will follow a trail down from the Upper High Sierra. This is one of the steepest descents of the Machu Picchu hiking trip, so be prepared. This descent also has some of the most beautiful views include a forest of Queuña trees and into the gorge of the vertical walls of the Leon Punku ravine. The trail will become steeper as we descend below the ravine, but the views of a perfectly preserved Inca bridge and stairs will distract you.
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). After a short hike down, you will arrive 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 the views, while our cook will make a delicious dinner.
The best time to visit Huchuy Qosqo is as early as possible at your own pace or with a guide. Huchuy Qosqo is located about 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 most commonly marked by agricultural terraces and palaces meant as home for the Inca ruler and the nobles. Be sure to take a moment to enjoy the astonishing surroundings of Huchuy Qosqo: the mountains and 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 trek from Huchuy Qosqo begins with a descent towards La May, a small village located in the middle of the Sacred Valley where our private transportation will be waiting with a delicious lunch already prepared.
After loading the gear on the van, and after having said goodbye to our horseman and mules, we get on board for a 40-minute 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 an authentic dinner at a local restaurant.
*The traditional 4 or 5 day Inca trail t0 Machu Picchu is rapidly booked, we advise to book this treks with at list a year before. However, the 2 day Inca trail is’t so difficult to book, so you can extend you trekking vacations adding a 2 day Inca trail to your Huchuy Qosqo trek to Machu Picchu, contact us for more information.
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.
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.
A 3 stars hotel is included in our price rated with 4 to 5 points of five in TripAdvisor and Bookingcom. 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.
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.