This trek is ideal for those who really want to feel that they are in the middle of nowhere with only nature surrounding them. Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco) is situated above the Valley of Urubamba and offers spectacular views over the mountain range Cordillera de Vilcanota.
Altitude: 2050 – 4050 m. / 6725 – 13287 f.
Duration: 2 days / 1 night
Distance: 14 km
Level of difficulty: Normal (Easy)
Day 1: Cusco – Tauca – Huchuy Qosqo Pass – Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
After being picked up at your hotel, we will drive to the small Village of Tauca (3750m), where your trek starts. The beginning of your trek will be on level terrain and the landscape will be that of typical Andean valleys rich in corn, potatoes, barley, quinoa and other Andean tubers. As you ascend towards the Huchuy Qosqo pass at 4050m, the landscape begins to change dramatically to that classic of high Andean savannah or Puna, with scant vegetation, mainly “ichu” or high altitude grass. The views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba peaks are spectacular: Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and the San Juan snow peaks can be seen. Soon after the pass you will start your descent toward the Huchuy Qosqo plains, hiking along a path that leads to the Ccauca ravine, where you will be able to see archaeological remains and wild crops, such as tarwi, and a large quantity of cacti. You will walk downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where you will find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. This canyon boasts impressive geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3650 m. Huchuy Qosqo (“Little Cusco”) is a noteworthy Inca complex. It boasts very fine stonework in a large Kallanka (rectangular hall), as well as some residential and defensive quarters and interesting two-story buildings in stone and adobe. Huchuy Qosqo is located on a plateau, surrounded by Inca agricultural terracing and commanding superb views of the Vilcabamba range. Afterwards we’ll go downhill to Lamay at 2900m where we’ll be transferred to Ollantaytambo. From there we’ll catch our train to Aguas Calientes. Overnight in hotel. (L / D)
Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
At 5am we’ll have breakfast and half hour later board the first tourist bus to arrive to Machu Picchu so that we are the first visitors inside the Machu Picchu archaeological site. There, you will have a complete guided tour of this spectacular and mystical place. The guided tour includes a walk through the different sections, such as the urban sector, the agriculture sector and the religions zone. You will also have the option to climb to Huayna Picchu (Young Mountain), a hike that takes about 2 hours round trip. From the summit you will have the best panoramic view for photos of the entirety of Machu Picchu and of the deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca city. If you don’t choose to climb Huayna Picchu, you will have free time to explore on your own. Then we will board the tourist bus to return to Aguas Calientes. Lunch will be in the town of Aguas Calientes and at around 4pm we will aboard the backpacker train to Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) or straight to Cusco and from here a private van will drop us to the hotel in Cusco at about 8:30pm. (B)
* People who want to visit Huayna Picchu must let us know as soon as they can, because according to new rules, there is a limit of people (400) per day that can climb it.
– 1st Turn 07:00 am : 200 people.
– 2nd Turn 10:00 am : 200 people.
What is included?
- Private transportation, to and from your hotel transport
- All meals marked as B,L,D
- Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
- Entrance fee to Huchuy Qosqo
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
- Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Hostel in Aguas Calientes
- First-aid including emergency oxygen bottle
What is not included?
- Any meals not specified
- Travel insurance
- Hot springs entrance
We recommend that you bring:
- Small backpack with rain shelter (30 or 40 liters is big enough).
- Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket
- Trekking shoes
- Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs)
- Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater
- Long- and short-sleeved polos/T-Shirts.
- Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
- Insect repellent
- Disinfecting alcohol and gel
- Toilet paper
- Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries
- Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit
- Original passport, original ISIC student card (if applicable) and extra money
Considering an extra night in Aguas Calientes? We can change the date of your train ticket to the following day. Hotel and other costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. Please also note that your entry ticket to Machu Picchu is valid for one day only, if you wish to visit the ruins on a second consecutive day you will need to purchase another ticket.
Aguas Calientes Extra Day Upgrade Package (optional)
With hikes that trek the traditional Inca Trail, the standard package has clients returning to Cusco at the end of the trek, and they don’t spend a night in Aguas Calientes. This package provides clients the opportunity to stay in Aguas Calientes for an extra night, visit Machu Picchu for a second day and then return to Cusco by the comfortable Vistadome train.
- Cost: $195 per person on twin share basis. This price doesn’t change depending on the number of people in the group.
- Second day’s entry to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, valued at $75
- Bus up and down to ruins on extra day, valued at $24
- 1 night in a 3 star hotel, like Killa Inn Plaza Andina. These are nice hotels, well decorated, and clean.
- With limited eating choices at Machu Picchu hunger tends to send clients to Aguas Calientes; by including the buffet lunch we find that clients can visit Machu Picchu early, then go to the buffet to try lots of different Peruvian (and Western) dishes, rest and go back for a second look at Machu Picchu.
- Return in Vistadome train rather than Expedition train, which gives you the opportunity for a more varied timetable and to return in a nicer train, with big windows in the roof.
** Please contact us for a price for the same package but with 2 star accomodation and return in Expedition Train service **
Explanation of services: 2022
Joing a group sign-up and save costs
1perosn : US$650.00 Person
- 2 people : US$600.00 per person
- 4 people : US$500.00 per person
- 6 people : US$550.00 per person
STUDENT DISCOUNT: $35 off per personStudent Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to [email protected]
- Under 15 years will pay as student: US$35.00
- Under 7 years Discount: US$50.00
ADDITIONAL ITEMS:As you see in our Additional Items under Trip Overview, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huaynapicchu: $75 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Sacred Valley Tour:
City Tour: $
Maras Moray Tour:
Please, note that from December 1st 2018 on, the government of Peru will not allow disposable plastic bottles anymore on the Inca trail and in Machu Picchu. Everyone doing the Inca Trail or entering Machu Picchu will need to carry a reusable bottle. If you are hiking the Inca Trail, we strongly recommend to bring your Camel Back and canteens