This is a fantastic 2-day trek to Huchuy Qosqo that enables you to hike from Cusco across to the Sacred Valley. Despite being situated in a populated area, you soon discover the true wildness of the Andes. This is a fantastic hike and Huchuy Qosqo itself (which means “small Cusco” in Quechua!) is an interesting archaeological site that is believed to have been abandoned by the time the Spanish arrived in Peru.
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Spectacular views of the Sacred Valley, interesting and little known archaeological ruins at Huchuy Qosqo, and a unique perspective on the Cusco-Sacred Valley area.
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We leave Cusco early and take private transport towards Tambo Machay. 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.
Total Walking Distance – 12km
Total Walking Time – 7h
Minimum Altitude – 3800mt / 12,467ft / Maximum Altitude – 4000m / 13,123 ft.
Altitude of camp – 3800mt / 12,467ft
Approx. night temperature – 5°C
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 1:30 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).
Total Walking Distance – 4km
Total Walking Time – 4h
Minimum Altitude – 3000mt / 9842ft / Maximum Altitude – 3800mt / 12,467ft.