Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu is a lesser known trek from Cusco. The archaeological complex of Huchuy Qosqo Cusco played an important role during the rule of the Inca empire. Huchuy Qosqo Trek 2 Days is the shortest trek to Machu Picchu.
Earlier it was called Kakya Qawani, in the 20th century it was named Huchuy Qosqo.
Huchuy Qosqo in Quechua means Little Cusco. It was built as a royal estate by the eighth Inca emperor Viracocha. The Incas did not practise the tax system, instead they imposed something called Mitma. Under this system they controlled the land and labour.
This helped the Inca rulers to acquire more lands and pass down in the line of succession. Later during his rule, Emperor Viracocha faced a revolt from the Cancha people. Fearing his life, he took asylum in Huchuy Qosqo and handed the throne to his son, Pachacutec.
Pachacutec in turn put down the revolt and dethroned his father and became the new Inca emperor. Huchuy Qosqo Peru saw rapid development under Pachacutec’s rule.
The Inca site nestles on a hilltop overlooking the Sacred Valley of Incas. Huchuy Qosqo Trek 2 Days is less popular as compared to Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek. Because of this, it is less crowded and you will mostly have the sites to yourself.
Huchuy Qosqo Trek 2 Days also gives you an insight to the life of the Andean community living in the high altitude villages. They have preserved their customs and traditions and continue to converse in Quechua.
You will also get to see many Andean Camelids – Llamas and Alpacas.
This is a high altitude trek. It is highly recommended that you spend a few days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness.
Huchuy Qosqo is a part of the Peruvian Andes. It is subject to two seasons – dry season and rainy season. It is best to experience this three day trip during the dry season – between March and November.
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Cusco Airport Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 0700 AM. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you through the Sacred Valley of Incas to Tauca. It is a small indian community. This is the starting point of our trek.
We will begin with an uphill hike amidst the snow capped mountain surrounded by Llamas and Alpacas. You will also have a beautiful view of Piuray lagoon at a distance. We will then descend towards the León Punku ravine, where we find remains of an Inca bridge
This canyon has geological formations and is surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that lead the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3600m / 11808ft. We will arrive in the afternoon.
We will then continue the full day trek to the archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo. Our professional guide will be giving you a tour of the complex. Once you have had your fill of the site, we will descend to the village of Lamay.
From Lamay, we will be taking a transport to Ollantaytambo. We will be accommodating you in an ensuite hotel room here for the night instead of a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
After relishing an early morning breakfast, we will be taking a train to Aguas Calientes. On arrival, we will transfer you to the bus terminal. Here you will be boarding a bus to Machu Picchu citadel. It is a 30 minute ride.
Once at the entrance of the citadel, our representative will be meeting you and will be assisting you in entering the citadel.
As you will be walking into the citadel, the clouds would be clearing by as the golden rays of the sun would shimmer on the walls of the citadel.
Our local expert will be giving you a guided tour of the citadel for two hours. During the trip, you will be visiting some of the important parts of the citadel like the ceremonial centre, main plaza, house of the priests and more.
After the full day tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you have booked to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our tour guide will be directing you to the respective trail head.
After you finish your visit to Machu Picchu, you will be taking a bus back down to Aguas Calientes town. Here we will be stopping for lunch at a local restaurant.
Later in the evening, we will be taking the train back to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will be meeting you and will transfer you back to the hotel in Cusco.