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Huchuy Qosqo Trek To Machu Picchu 3 Days

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  • We are a local company located in the heart of Peru, Cusco, the imperial city of the Incas. We have for you the most fair prices, since we are an operating Agency that counts with professional and experienced local guides in long walks and expeditions all over Peru. If you are booking a tour with us you are generating work and helping the poorest villages and children, as we are the only agency that supports native peoples.
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    This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in Private groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

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    Activity Level 1Trip Length: 3 Days - 2 Nights
    Departure: Cusco
    Availability: Daily Departures
    Group Size: 12 PER GROUP
    Trip Styles: Hiking
    Max Altitude: 4150 M. / 13615 FT.
    Lodging Type: Camps & Hostel
    Activity Level 3Difficulty Moderate
    Tour Description

    Huchuy Qosqo Trek 3 Days

    The Huchuy Qosco trek is like taking a step back in time, although hard to believe it is so close to Cusco! From its beginning, this trek takes you off the typical tourist route. You will walk along ancient pathways and visit local communities where you will be immersed in the local culture. On your 2nd day, you will visit the little known site of Huchuy Qosco, a pre-Inca site which was incorporated into the Inca empire early on when they came to power. This site offers an interesting mix of pre-Inca and Inca architecture and is set in a beautiful location overlooking the Sacred Valley.

    The Huchuy Qosco trek offers a view of Cusco that few will ever see, incorporating culture and beautiful scenery packed into just 3 days. It’s ideal for those with not have a lot of extra time on their hands. This is a unique experience that you won’t regret undertaking!

    Tour Itinerary

    DAY 1Cusco - Tambomachay - Qoricocha Lake - Patabamba Community!

    We will pick you up from your hotel at around 6:30 AM and take you up to Tambomachay (3700 MASL – 12139 FASL) in the Sacsayhuaman Park. This is where we will begin our trek. From here, we will head up the mountainside for about 2 hours until we reach our first pass for the day (4100 MASL – 13451 FASL).
    From here you will be able to enjoy the views of several Inca sites and Cusco spread below you. After a well deserved rest, we will descend in to the next valley where we will visit a small village called Quesser Grande before heading back up the opposite side of the valley again for 2 hours to reach our second pass (4300 MASL – 14107 FASL).
    From here we will descend to Lake Qoricocha (Golden Water) and follow the edge of the lake around to reach the path which will take us to our first night’s camp at Patabamba village (3848 MASL – 12795 FASL). This last leg will take us about 2 hours.

    • Meals: Lunch and dinner.
    • Accommodation:  Camp
    • Difficulty:  Moderate
    • Walking Distance:  9 miles
    • Minimum elevation:  3600 m / 11808 ft
    • Highest elevation:  4200 m / 13779 ft
    • Places of interest:  Qenqo, Lake Qoricocha, Huchuy Qosqo.

    DAY 2Patabamba | Huchuyqosqo – Lamay – Aguas Calientes

    This trail will first take you to the little village of Sihua and then up to the Pukamarca pass (4150 MASL – 13615 FASL) which overlooks the village with the same name. Here, you will have a splendid viewpoint of the Urubamba mountain range and the Sacred Valley.
    After reaching the top of the pass, there is a 2km/0.6 mile (approximately 30 minute) downhill hike to the Pumamarka Community for lunch.

    After this, you will continue your trek to the Puma Puncu canyon ( “the puma door” ). From here, you will hike along an original Incan trail, which has been restored as part of the Qapacñan project. This trail will lead you to the isolated and mysterious Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo (“the little Cusco’’) perched above the Sacred Valley of the Incas at 3600 MASL/11811 FASL.
    Once in the site, your guide will walk you through and show you all the site’s amazing Inca buildings like sacred temples, storehouses, Inca terraces for agriculture and the Inca reservoir used to store water during the dry season.

    After your guided tour of the site, we will begin our 2-hour walk downhill to the village of Lamay (2800 MASL – 9186 FASL) in the Sacred Valley where we will get a bus to take us to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, we take a train to Aguas Calientes (the village below Machu Picchu) where we will spend the night in a hostel.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    • Accommodation:  Hostel
    • Difficulty:  Moderate
    • Walking Distance:  1.5 miles
    • Minimum elevation:  3000 m / 9840 ft
    • Highest elevation:  3600 m / 11808 ft
    • Places of interest:  Huchuy Qosqo and Ollantaytambo.

    DAY 3The Most Important Day – Machu Picchu! - Cusco

    Today’s Highlights: Your excitement for our rendezvous at Machu Picchu will rise as we are hiking early in the morning through the forest to reach the site before most other tourists – even the Inca Trail trekkers!! You will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint. Your group will learn about this mystical place in a two-hour guided tour of the ruins.
    Afterwards, you can opt to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain (if you have pre-booked tickets) or walk to the Sun Gate (without extra tickets).

    Today we arrive at the long-awaited finale of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu! We will wake up early after a refreshing night at our hostel to beat the crowds to the top of Machu Picchu and enjoy its serenity in the soft morning light.
    The Machu Picchu entrance check point is open from 06:00 AM until 17:00 PM. We will hike up to Machupicchu (a bus ride is optional for $12.00) and enter the hidden Royal Citadel of the Incas. Here we will have a 2-hour guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields.
    Be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas which was so far ahead of their time and still partially a mystery today! Without having modern tools or even steel and iron to work with, the people who built this city were genius in organizing this community in a sustainable and beautiful way on the side of a mountain, even bringing water in canals through its streets for the people to use. When a Peruvian guide showed this site to Hiram Bingham, it was almost unrecognizable, covered in thick vegetation and in a state of disrepair. It has since been cleaned and restored and is now protected and treasured by the world at large!

    Optional: going to Huayna Picchu has an additional cost

    After this tour, you are free to climb up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (Be sure to book in advance to get tickets for these!). Each mountain takes approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Another lower-impact option for which you do not need an extra ticket is to trek to the Sun Gate, the main entrance from the Inca Trail (this takes about 2 or 2.5 hours round-trip). Another option is walking to see the Incan Bridge.
    You will be able to stay and enjoy this magical city for more than 7 hours before hiking back down to Aguas Calientes for the train ride at 16:22 hrs (subject to availability) to Ollantaytambo. A private bus will pick up our group and drop you off at your hotel in Cusco at about 20:00 hrs. Rest your feet and your body now, but we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come!

    • Meals: Breakfast.
    • Difficulty:  Moderate
    • Minimum elevation:  2040 m / 6691 ft
    • Highest Elevation:  2440 m / 8052 ft
    Additional Trip Info
    Inclusions
    Packing List
    Before You Go
    What Is Included?
    What is included in the Huchuy Qosqo Trek 3 Days?
    • Sleeping bag
    • trekking stick
    • Extra oxygen
    • First Aid kit
    • One foamy sleeping pad per person
    • Inflatable Mattress
    • Tea time = Happy Hour: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the cooks will let on the dining table pop-corn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
    • Professional tourist guide, bilingual (English and Spanish)
    • Assistant guide (for groups of more than 9 trekkers)
    • Pick-up from your hotel
    • Entrance tickets to Huchuy Qosqo  and Machu Picchu
    • Transportation: bus to the trailhead, bus from Lamay to Ollantaytambo, train (Backpacker service) to Ollantaytambo, and bus  back Cusco to your hotel
    • 1 night of accomodation in a hostel in Aguas Calientes
    • Bus ticket round-trip: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu / Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
    • Boiled water safe for drinking while trekking (bring your water for the first morning)
    • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 tea times, 2 dinners, and snacks to eat during the day while trekking
    • Dining/Kitchen tent, tables, and chairs
    • Chef to prepare all meals while trekking
    • Tents: 2 people in each 4-person tent
    • Foam camping mattress
    • 1 horse in case of emergencies
    • Emergency oxygen bottle
    • First aid kit
    • Vegetarian food available at no extra cost!
    What Is Not Included?
    • Travel Insurance
    • Tips for our staff
    • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
    • Personal clothing and gear
    • Original Passport
    • Walking boots
    • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
    • Warm jacket
    • Hat and gloves
    • T-shirts
    • Comfortable trousers
    • Sun hat
    • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
    • Insect repellant
    • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
    • Personal medication
    • Camera and film with extra batteries
    • Torch with spare batteries
    • Daypack

    Information Before leaving for the Huchuy Qosqo Trek 3 Days

    We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about Huchuy Qosqo Trek 3 Days in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

    Has another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you asap!

    Briefing or informative meeting

    All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the Peru Hike offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.

    Duffel bag or canvas case:

    ou’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.

    A maximum of 5 kg is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.

    Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

    The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.

    It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

    Storing your luggage at our Office.

    Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

    Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

    Pickups:

    Peru Hike can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

    Return to Cusco:

    Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!

    • In Machu Picchu you’ll board a bus that will take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to your arrival.
    • In Aguas Calientes you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 2 hours.
    • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Peru Hike clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Plaza San Francisco, in Cusco. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Plaza San Francisco takes 2 hours.
    • In San Francisco, depending on your hotel’s location, we will take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel in Cusco.

    Group tours:

    Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.

    Strikes and demonstrations:

    Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

    Lost objects:

    You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.

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    Kate!

    Family Traveller

    Thanks for the special time I had with my young daughter Chelsey, 12 years old. We wanted a little adventure, moderate level of trek and a chance to truly meet the local people. This trek was perfect, with a home stay, a couple of days of hiking and of course Machu Picchu. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Huchuy Qosqo ruins, (little Cusco) but most of all our stay with our family IRENE (highly recommended) the first evening. They were so warm and really did their best to make us feel welcome. Our guide helped us with introductions. My daughter loved it. The second day in Sacred Valley with the Salt Mines & Moray were an incredible sight and so beautiful. Of course, Machu Picchu met all of our expectations, and our guide was so good at answering our questions with great English. Chelsey could not leave the Llamas alone. They were so fun for her to pet. We had just the right amount of hiking, fun with a real Inca family and Machu Picchu.
    Once again thank you Peru Hike for making our trip so unforgatable!

    3 May, 2021
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