Huchuy Qosqo 2D

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Duration: 2 days / 1 night
Availability : Every Day.
Depart: Tambomachay
Destination: Lamay
Max People : 12

About Huchuy Qosqo

Hike from Cusco across the Sacred Valley to the Huchuy Qosqo ruins, a surprising hidden gem. Perfect for those who want to hike while in Cusco, but don’t have a lot of time. This is a quick escape into Andean wilderness for those who want a short Cusco hike.

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One of the easiest hikes in Cusco (though, watch your knees on the downhill switchbacks at the end!), it’s hard to believe this hidden gem is not more crowded with hikers. Despite being so close to Cusco, you will feel like you’ve left all of civilization behind as you stroll through pastoral landscapes and pass magical waterfalls, while the gorgeous Sacred Valley unfolds before you. 

Huchuy Qosqo itself is a lovely Incan ruins which means “small Cusco” in Quechua. It was originally built as a royal estate overlooking the stunning Sacred Valley. Probably built by the 8th Inca Emperor Wiracocha in the early 1400s, it is believed to have already been abandoned by the time the Spanish arrived in Peru.

This trek starts with a stop at Tambomachay, one of the four ruins that surround the city of Cusco, and ends in Lamay in the Sacred Valley, before returning by car to Cusco. Want to be extra adventurous? Lamay is famous for its roast guinea pig – a local delicacy! Ask your guide to stop and let you try some on the ride home. Time permitting, you also have a chance to stop in Pisac, famous for its market, or Awanacancha, where you can get up close and personal with the locals – alpacas, llamas and vicunas! – and learn a bit about the Andean textile tradition.

Hike Huchuy Qosqo to Machu Picchu!
The 2 day Huchuy Qosqo hike ends in the Sacred Valley. If you want to take a short hike to Machu Picchu, check out our Huchuy Qosqo 3 day trek. Travel from Lamay to Aguas Calientes following the Huchuy Qosqo hike and enjoy a splendid day at Machu Picchu on Day 3, before returning to Cusco in the evening.

Interested? Read this review of the Huchuy Qosqo hike to Machu Picchu!

Huchuy Qosqo Highlights

  • A short 2 day hike from Tambomachay down to the Sacred Valley
  • Pass pastoral landscapes and magical waterfalls as you hike to Huchuy Qosqo ruins
  • One of the easiest hikes in Cusco and a great rainy season trek
Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people


3 people


4-6 people


9-12 people


High quality personalized experience

Unique, off-the-beaten track routes

Experienced staff

Verified sustainability practices

$20 of every trek donated to Threads of Peru

Important Details About Huchuy Qosqo

What is Included?


  • Tent: 2 people in a 4-person tent, allowing for greater comfort and backpack storage!
  • Basic foam mattress. If you would like greater comfort during the trek we can rent you an inflatable mattress. See Optional Extras & Upgrades below.
  • Toilet tent


  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs, and kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
  • Cook and cooking equipment, plus assistants for larger groups.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary. Our professional cooks prepare a combination of traditional Peruvian and Western cuisine. Talk to your Travel Consultant during the booking process if you have certain preferences! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. When served, salads are washed in boiled water.
  • Boiled water to drink on the hike (which you can carry in your own reusable water bottle)
  • Filtered water provided during the drive on the first day
  • Lunch on the last day


  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of your 2D Huchuy Qosqo trek departure
  • Private transport from Cusco to the trailhead and return at the end of the trek

Trekking Team

  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide, plus an assistant guide for groups over 8
  • Horses and horsemen, who carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 8kg/17lbs per person).
  • Tents, sleeping bags and mattresses for our staff to sleep in, plus a budget for their meals


  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if you are a little slower

Additional inclusions

  • Pre-trek briefing
  • Entry fee to Huchuy Qosqo

What is Not Included?


  • Breakfast on the first morning
  • Dinner on the last night


  • Sleeping bags. Available for rent if you don’t have one with you.
  • Additional horses for your personal luggage or to ride


  • Tips for the guide, cook and muleteers
  • Flights to/from Cusco
  • Travel Insurance

Optional Extras & Upgrades

We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trek and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.

Equipment Available for Rent

  • Extra horse to carry luggage exceeding the allowed 8kg (17lbs) per person
  • Extra horse for you to ride, and horseman to lead it
  • Sleeping Bag suitable for -5˚C
  • Deluxe sleeping bag suitable for -15˚C
  • Light-weight aluminum walking stick. Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
  • Thermarest inflatable mattress
  • Thermarest inflatable pillow

Service Upgrades


  • When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire trip, not just the number of trekking days.
  • Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.
  • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

What to Pack

We recommend that you bring the following items with you:

  • A fleece or down jacket is an essential item at this elevation;
  • Hiking trousers with zip off shorts are a good idea, as day time temperatures can be quite warm, yet temperatures plummet as soon as the sun goes down. You can supplement these with leggings or thermals to wear underneath;
  • A rain poncho or waterproof jacket is also important. It can rain or even snow at certain times of the year!;
  • Water-resistant trekking boots are advisable. The trail on this hike can sometimes be muddy and wet, so we also recommend to bring extra socks!;
  • A warm sleeping bag, rated to -15°C (5°F). If you prefer, you can rent one from us;
  • A headlamp or torch;
  • A high factor (SPF) sunscreen, a sun cap and sunglasses. The sun can be really strong, especially in dry season. Sun protection is essential!;
  • A small daypack to carry your necessary items for each day’s hiking.

For our full packing list for treks in the Andes, see What to Bring.

Our blog How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru will also give you some great tips for how to get ready for your trek, before you even leave home.

Available Discounts

  • Students: USD $30 off, in certain circumstances. Please enquire for details about eligibility.
  • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11 years: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4 years: Free. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group. Car seats, cribs and other baby needs may not be included and must be discussed in advance. For more information about travelling with infants and toddlers, please see this blog as well as the Age Requirements section of our Booking Conditions.
  • 5% off a day tour listed price when you also book a 3-day or longer trek operated by Apus Peru

Trekkers Wanted

Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone!

Read more about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Important Info

  • Each guide has their own preferred route and so the route you trek might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
  • The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group, and the guide may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.
  • Remember that no trek in the Andes is easy. You still should be fit and prepared to hike in difficult conditions.

Ready to Book?

  • Does this trek sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.

2 Day Huchuy Qosqo Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Tambomachay - Pucamarca

    • Total Walking Distance: 12km
    • Total Walking Time: 7h
    • Minimum Altitude: 3800m (12,467 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 4000m (13,123 ft)
    • Altitude of camp: 3800m (12,467 ft)
    • Approx. night temperature: 5°C (41°F)

    We leave Cusco early and take private transport towards Tambomachay. After seeing the ruins from a distance, we start to hike, climbing steeply upwards from where we will have spectacular views over the city. Over the course of the day, we will cross four gentle passes, the highest of which is 4000m (13,123 ft). Along the way, we will pass pretty alpine lakes and pastoral landscapes with grazing alpacas and potato fields. Towards the end of the day, we connect with an ancient Inca trail which will lead us down to a village filled with stone houses with thatched roofs. We will camp at the small hamlet of Pucamarca for the night. 

Day 2Pucamarca - Huchuy Qosqo - Lamay - Cusco

    • Total Walking Distance: 4km
    • Total Walking Time: 4h
    • Minimum Altitude: 3000m (9,842 ft) / :b>Maximum Altitude: 3800m (12,467 ft)

    After breakfast, we continue our hike to Huchuy Qosqo, passing through a narrow but magical canyon and with wonderful views over the Sacred Valley on the other side. After about 1.5 more hours of walking we will arrive at the Huchuy Qosqo ruins, an infrequently visited ancient Inca site that translates as “Small Cusco”. We will have time to explore the ruins and ponder its role.

    From here we have a 2.5h steep and slippery descent into the Sacred Valley. We will have a late lunch in the typical and untouristed village of Lamay. From here, our private car will pick us up and return us to Cusco. If we have time, we can stop in Pisac on the way back, or Awanacancha, where you can pet camelids like alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas and learn about the region’s weaving traditions. (Please organize this with your guide).


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Taylor N. (USA)

Solo Traveller

Adriel is extremely experienced, he is a real native. His knowledge of plants & history & religion was amazing. I loved the trash cleanup & our guide’s local wisdom.

9 June, 2023

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