HUCHUY QOSQO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU $545 USD Per Person
Trekking Discovering The Ancient Inca Culture In 3 Days - 2 Nights
A fantastic two-day trek in the surroundings of Cusco
, departing from Tambomachay, located just 10 minutes from Cusco
, leading to Huchuy Qosqo, an ancient Inca archaeological site perched on a cliff over the Sacred valley of the Incas, crossing mountain passes, Andean communities and offering a large array of local flora and fauna. An excellent and less-beaten hike that can be complemented with a visit to Machu Picchu
such as an alternative treks to the saturated Inca Trail
HUCHUY QOSQO TREK ITINERARY
DAY 1: CUSCO - TAMBOMACHAY - PUMAMARCA
Early morning pick up from hotel at 7:30AM and drive to Tambomachay (3800m), an archaeological complex situated in the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park. Tambomachay is comprised of a series of ceremonial water fountains, which are thought to have been dedicated to a water cult. The day's hike will start at this point, and will continue through puna landscapes and over the Sicllaccasa pass at 4020m/13186ft. Down the other side, we hike along a path that leads to the Ccauca ravine, where we encounter archaeological remains and wild crops, such as tarwi, and a large quantity of cacti. We continue on to the Queullococha pass at 4185m/13727ft, where we may enjoy views of the lake with the same name. Surrounding the area in spectacular views stand the Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and San Juan snow peaks. Continuing the path, we walk past the Queullococha Lake, where we may see huallatas, ducks and small fish, to then climb towards the Challu Challu pass at 4220m/13842ft. From this point, we observe the Chinchero planes and the Piuray and Qoricocha lagoons. We then ascend towards the fourth pass at Rumicruz at 4230m/13874ft and enjoy a panoramic view of the Qoricocha and the Vilcanota snowcapped range. Here we rest and eat lunch. We then make our way to the Inca rock quarry at 4220m/13842ft, which was the place from where the rocks were extracted to build Huchuy Qosqo. Finally, we descend towards the Pucamarca community at 4010m/13153ft, where we arrive in the late afternoon. Here we dine and camp through the night (L - D).
DAY 2: PUMAMARCA - HUCHUY QOSQO - OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN
We leave camp at around 8AM and walk downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where we find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. This canyon boasts geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3600m/11808ft, where we arrive by mid-morning. Huchuy Qosqo is an Inca archaeological complex with imposing architecture that includes a large open ceremonial center, from which we enjoy a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the snow capped mountain range of the same name. Descend to Lamay at 3000m/9840ft. Lamay is a town dedicated to agriculture and cattle raising. At 2PM transfer to Ollantaytambo to have lunch and visit the famous fortress located on the slope of the mountain. Late afternoon (5:15pm) we catch our train to Aguas Calientes and stay in comfortable hotel with private bath and hot shower (B - L - D).
DAY 3: AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
At 5:30AM breakfast in the hotel and then transfer the bus station we will board the first bus to sanctuary of Machu Picchu (2400m). The guided visit will last three hours or more according your request. Then you'll have plenty of time to take photos of Machu Picchu
and Huayna Picchu, if you like to climb to Wayna Picchu requires minimum 2 hours up and down. At mentioned time we will go back to Aguas Calientes to have lunch and then train back to Cusco (4 hours) (B - L).
HUCHUY QOSQO TREK INCLUDES
- Official English speaking guide (two guides for groups over 8 people)
- Transfer from Cusco to Tambomachay private van (starting point of the trek)
- Entrance to Huchuy Qosqo archaeological site
- Entrance to Machu Picchu ruins (one day)
- Permit to climb the Wayna Picchu Mountain (day 3)
- Porters or horses to carry food and camping equipment
- Experienced cook
- Cooking equipment
- Teatime every day (coffee, tea, popcorn, biscuit)
- 4 capacity tent (four season tent) - 2 persons per tent with plenty space for backpacks (Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field)
- Double inflatable sleeping mattress for excellent comfort
- One pillow per person, only if your request
- All meals on the trail (2 breakfasts - 2 lunches - 2 dinners)
- Water supply (boiled) after every dinner or breakfast
- 1 Nigh of hotel in Aguas Calientes (The hotel is rated as 3stars with private bath and hot shower and next day breakfast)
- Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes town (day 2 – Backpacker train)
- Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Backpacker train)
- Bus from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes village (Not all tour operators include this service)
- Dining tent with camp tables and chairs
- Kitchen tent with plenty of room for comfortable dinners
- Emergency horse in case someone is tired or sick with altitude sickness
- Personal horse to carry your personal items (Private Service only)
- Accommodation and meals for our camp staff
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle for any participant and our camp staff
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|TOUR SCHEDULE & COST 2014
(Except in the rain season between December to March)
|HUCHUY QOSQO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU $545 USD Per Person
Trekking Discovering The Ancient Inca Culture In 3 Days - 2 Nights
|Backpacker Service (Join a group)
1 to more paticipants $545 USD each one
Private Service (Private guide/van)
2 participants $725 USD each one
3-4 paticipants $670 USD each one
5 to more participants $625 USD each one
|Discount: $5 USD of discount for South American Explorers Club Members
Discount 3%: Tour Operators or Travel Agencies Only
Students: $5 USD of discount only with valid green ISIC card
|Organized Groups: We offer private and any time departure
|Group size: 8-12 participants per guide
|BOOK HERE: We highly recommended to book your permit prior you arrive to Peru
All prices stated above are subject to change.
Exchange rate $1 USD = S/. 3.02 (rate may vary daily).
Every night keep everything locked up in your tents to prevent any problems with robberies.
Daily departures are available all year, except every February. The Inca Trail
is close for maintenance.
With this service, we provide a private official tour guide and assistant to make your trip as comfortable as possible and you can explore much more every ruins in the old Inca trail and Machu Pichu complex.
MAKING A TREK BOOKING
Prior to making a reservation with PERU ADVENTURE TOURS
it is important to read through our Inca Trail FQA`s (Frequently Asked Questions), there you will find answer any queries that you may have about this trek.
Inca Trail Faqs
- Optional entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes ($3 USD last day)
- 2 soles for towel to use in the hot spring
- Alcoholic drinks
- Last lunch in Machu Picchu is not included
- Porters to carry your personal items (see below)
- Sleeping Bag can be hired in our local office in Cusco $5 USD per day
- Breakfast on the first day before to be collected from your hotel, if your hotel don't offer early breakfast service, we stop at Ollantaytambo village to have breakfast for additional cost
- Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes before the train back to Cusco
- Tips for guide and camp staff
- Optional night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged easily
This site is operated by PERU ADVENTURE TOURS a legally constituted company to the Peruvian government, which operates from offices in Arequipa and Cusco in Peru.
In accordance with the relevant statutory provisions referred in Peru Tourism law, its regulations, its decrees and other legislation applicable in both the country and abroad are issued these general conditions and responsibility as outlined below, which govern the provision of services on the one hand between the passenger or user of services "CLIENT", by other hand the "TRAVEL AGENCY" by the other hand the entities of the service providers such as airlines, hotels, restaurants, transport, guides and other tourism-related services and in connection with this contract.
For more information about full information of terms and conditions CLICK HERE
STAY AN EXTRA NIGHT AT AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN
Stay an extra night at Aguas Calientes?
Yes, if you want to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes after Inca Trail Trek
this can easily be arranged. We will purchase your train ticket to return to Cusco the following day. You need to let us know at the time of making the trek reservation so we can reserve your train tickets in advance. Obviously if you stay an extra night then you will have to pay for your accommodation.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
- Backpack 65Lt
- Sleeping bag -15ºC (can be hired from our office for $5 USD per day)
- Rain jacket or poncho (December - April)
- Strong comfortable and waterproof footwear
- One complete change of clothing (you can afford to carry more changes of clothing if you hire personal porters, see options below)
- Sweater and jacket (something warm)
- Bottle of water and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco)
- Flashlight and batteries
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
- Sun block (sun protection cream)
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, etc
- Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
- Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at Aguas Calientes after the trek)
- You also need to bring your original passport on the trail
- Walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order to walk inside Machu Picchu).
PORTERS to carry up to 12Kg ($95 USD per day) for the full duration of the tour from Cusco to Calca. Regarding porters who carry personal items. You will need to carry with you a daypack with your Camera, bottle of water, snacks, a fleece or something warm and a poncho in case of rain (unlikely in dry season but as a precaution) and anything you will need before lunch as porters do not walk alongside you. Your bag will be waiting for you in your tent at campsites.
Best to put everything up to 12kgs in one backpack for the porter so that you don't have 2 large backpacks in your tent. We can provide you with a big rice sack that is not heavy but also not water proof so use plastic bags around your gear. The porters have large ponchos to cover them and the bag.
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