The hills above the Sacred Valley are filled with Inca sites and small communities that are rarely visited by tourists. Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu, offers the adventurous traveler a peek at one these rarely-visited sites, Huchuyqosqo, or Little Cusco, as well as the opportunity to hike and camp in the high Andes before continuing on to Machu Picchu.
The itinerary below is a sample. Hiking times are an average and will vary depending on the group. Additionally, lunch and camp sites may change to meet the needs of the group and conditions.
The day before your trip, your guide will meet you at your hotel for an in-depth briefing. This provides an opportunity to ask questions and do any last-minute shopping before leaving Cusco.
First thing in the morning we pick you up at your hotel drive a half hour to the trail head at Tambomachay where we will meet our wranglers and cook. We begin by ascending the mountain of Tambomachay, reaching the first pass after about 3 hours. Here we have a panoramic view of the city of Cusco and the surrounding mountains. After admiring the view, we continue uphill to another pass (4000m) where we can see the lakes of Yanacocha and Qoricocha. We continue for awhile before finally starting to descend to Huchuyqosqo (3000m). We camp near the site with stunning views of the Sacred Valley.
After breakfast, we spend the morning exploring the Inca site of Huchuyqosqo. We then hike about 3 hours downhill into the Sacred Valley, where we catch our private transportation Ollantaytambo, one of the best surviving Inca towns, complete with original walls, canals, and housing blocks. From Ollantaytambo, we take the train to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night in a hotel.
The day begins early as we catch one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu in time to watch the sunrise over the ancient city and the mountains. After enjoying the views, will have a two hour tour of the Machu Picchu. Afterwards, you have different options such as more time to explore the ruins, hike up Machu Picchu Mountain, hike up Huayna Picchu, go to the Temple of the Moon and Inca Bridge, or simply relax and soak in the atmosphere. In the afternoon we will return to Aguas Calientes to catch the train to return to Cusco.
For more information on trekking with Apu Andino, see Trekking with Apu Andino.
It is advised that trekkers acclimate by spending a few days at Cusco (3400m) or similar before attempting the trek. Additionally, weather and trail conditions can vary. Temperatures range from warm and humid to below freezing. Trekkers should be prepared for changes to the itinerary and to meet unexpected challenges with an open-mind and sense of adventure. Climbing Huayna Picchu is an excellent addition to a trip to Machu Picchu.
It offers superlative views, but is a steep climb that can take about three hours. Entrance to Huayna Picchu is limited and at scheduled times; visitors must sign up for a spot in advance. If you would like to consider doing the climb, it is important to book it in advance.
It is also possible to complete this trek in 2d/1n without the trip to Machu Picchu, and transportation can be arranged from the end of the trail back to Cusco or on to a location in the Sacred Valley.
Bookings of 4 people or more will get a US$20.00 discount per person or a free Day Apu Training Hike*.
*More details will be available if you are interested in talking advantage of this offer.