Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu (2 days – 1 night)
Alternative Inca Trails to Machu Picchu
This trek is ideal for those passengers who really want to be far in the middle of nowhere with only nature surrounding them. Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco) is situated above the Valley of Urubamba and offers very spectacular views over the mountain range Cordillera de Vilcanota.
Day 01 – Huchuy Qosqo 2D-1N / Overnight – Aguas Calientes
Day 02 – Machu Picchu & Aguas Calientes Excursion
DAY 01 – CUSCO – TAUCA – HUCHUY QOSQO PASS – HUCHUY QOSQO – LAMAY – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
You will start driving from your hotel to the small Village of Tauca (3750m). 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 your pass at 4050m the landscape begins to change dramatically in that 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 San Juan snow peaks. Soon after the pass, you will start your descent towards 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 geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3650m.
Huchuy Qosqo (“Little Cuzco”) is a noteworthy Inca complex. It boasts very fine stonework in a large Kallanka (rectangular Hall), 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 catch our transport driving to Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is the place where we’ll continue by train to Aguas Calientes town. You will pass the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Meals Included: Lunch box and dinner
DAY 02 – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES – CUSCO
Early in the morning, we’ll go up on the first bus to visit Machu Picchu (2450m) at your own pace with your guide. After your free time descent to the village of Aguas Calientes at 2050m, where we’ll catch the train coming back to Ollantaytambo, where your vehicle will be expecting you to take you to your hotel in Cusco 3350m.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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