Description

Huchuy Qosqo Hike (small Cusco) to Machu Picchu is perfect if you are looking for a one day walk in the mountains observing the beautiful landscapes and wildlife of the Urubamba Mountian Range in the Andes. Huchuy Qosqo Hike is one of the excellent and popular alternative treks to Machu Picchu. On this trek, you will see impressive Andean mountains, birds, creeks and sacred lakes, as well as the magnificent archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo. You will pass through different communities and have the opportunity to see their customs, agriculture, clothing, and language. On the Huchuy Qosqo Hike, you will visit the salt mines and the archaeological site of Moray as our group treks to Machu Picchu Mountain.

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huchuy qosqo

Useful Information

Altitude: 2050 – 4050 m. / 6725 – 13287 f.
Duration: 2 days / 1 night
Distance: 14 km
Level of difficulty: Normal (Easy)


DAY 1: CUSCO – PATABAMBA – HUCHUY QOSQO
We will begin the tour with an early morning pick up from your hotel, at 7:30 am, to drive right over to Patabamba (3800 m.). The day’s hike will start at this point, and will continue through Andean landscapes and over the Pukamarca Pass at 3,800m, we will hike along a path that leads to the Tauca town, where we encounter archaeological remains and wild crops, such as tarwi, and a large quantity of cactus. We continue on to the Pukamarca pass at 4200, where we may enjoy views of the Surrounding area, immense mountains, Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and San Juan snow peaks.
Continuing the path, we will descend towards the beautiful, remote Andean pueblo, Pukamarca at 4010m, where we stop and have a short break. As get back on the move, we will walk downhill into a mystical ancient path which will lead us to the Leon Punku Ravine. We will be led into a very narrow corridor, between some immense rock walls, where we will discover some Incan remains and various Inca bridges and sets of stairs (some of the best Inca Stairs anywhere). This canyon is absolutely magical and boasts geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3600m, where we will soon be arriving. Upon our arrival to the ruins in the evening, we will actually continue on past the ruins and to our accommodations for the night. We will have dinner and sleep in the typical home of a native of the area, just to the side of the Huchuy Qosqo ruins.


DAY 2: HUCHUY QOSQO- LAMAY-OLLANTAYTAMBO- AGUAS CALIENTES
Huchuy Qosqo is an Inca archaeological complex which is perched precariously on the side of a mountain with imposing architecture that includes a large open ceremonial center, from which we enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the snow capped mountain range of the same name. While in the complex, we will receive a guided tour as we make our way around the ruins after which we continue our way down the mountain, to Lamay at 3000m/ 9840 ft. Lamay is a town dedicated to agriculture and cattle raising. Later in the afternoon, our private transport drives us to Ollantaytambo, where we will board an afternoon train to Aguas Calientes. The train ride to get there is an absolutely gorgeous route, renowned the world round for its’ beauty. Upon our arrival to Aguas Calientes all passengers will be shown their respective hotels.


DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU- CUSCO
After enjoying an early morning breakfast at your hotel, you will want to take the earliest bus up to Machu Picchu that you can. The first bus leaves at about 5:30 am and arrives to the ruins about 30 minutes later (though the line for the first bus starts a good deal earlier). You will be able to explore around the ruins a bit (or you can sign up for Huayna Picchu) before taking part in your 2 and a half hour guided tour of the site , as your guide explains to you about the rich history and architecture as he shows you around. Afterwards, you will have some more time to explore on your own (or you can walk up Huayna Picchu), before descending back down the mountain to Aguas Calientes, to catch the afternoon train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco at about 5:05 (earlier for the Vista Dome)(subject to availability). We arrive to Poroy at approximately 8:00 pm. There will be an Andina Travel representative waiting there for you to bring you back to your hotel in Cusco

WHAT IS INCLUDED?
  • Pre-trek briefing with your tour guide.
  • All private transport.
  • Pick up from your hotel and private transport from Cusco to Patabamba (starting point of the trek).
  • English speaking professional guide.
  • Emergency horse (in case you want to ride for a while) First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Huchuy Qosqo entrance fees.
  • Transport from Lamay to Ollantaytambo.
  • Meals during trek.
  • Backpacker Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
  • Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Official guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Return Backpacker train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy or Ollanatytambo.
  • Transfer from Poroy or Ollanatytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
  • International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru, airport departure taxes (Approximate cost US$ 31.00 international flights, and US$ 7.40 for each domestic flight)
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items
  • Pre & post tour accommodation
  • Spending money – allow approximately US$ 35-50 per day to cover meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • Sleeping bag and breakfast on the first day

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING
  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • 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
  • Torch with spare batteries
Price per person:
  • This will depend on the amount of people coming to the Treks and to the kind of accommodation.
  • If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour, letting us know which date you wish to leave, and you must make your reservation a week ahead of time so that we can organize your tour.
  • If you wish to go with other people, we can let you know what dates are available and you can join an existing group. Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions.

OUR BOOKING POLICIES
Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable Deposits for TREKS and Short Tours
There is a $200 per person deposit needed to your trek/tour with Haku Travel. The deposit can be made through PayPal, which will incur a 5.5% PayPal merchant fee paid by the traveler or by a wire directly to our bank (Bank of America or Citibank) for free if you are a fellow account holder. All deposits are fully non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event that you need to cancel your trip, cancellation fees will be assessed as outlined below under Cancellation Policy. It is not possible to transfer your deposit to another person’s trek if cancelling, they will need to send in their own deposit.
Itineraries
If you are booking a full itinerary, including hotels, with Haku Travel, we will require 50% of the total value as a deposit. If you must CANCEL, refunds other than the non-refundable $200 deposit required for all tours, will be returned if your start date is more than 60 days away. Once you are within 60 days of your tour beginning, money will no longer be refundable.
Final Payment Terms
For all treks and small tours, final payment is due at least three days before your tour begins with Hatu Travel. This is normally paid directly in our office, but can be paid in advance by PayPal with a 5.5% fee or wire to Citibank. In the office we accept both US and Peruvian currency, any denomination but NO torn bills.
Cancellation Policy for Treks and Small Tours
Notification of cancellation must be made in writing to info@hakutravel.com. If you are within 8 weeks of your tour start date, further payment is needed as follows:
  • If you cancel 8 weeks or more days before departure: Cancellation fees equal the amount of your deposit.
  • 8 weeks to 4 weeks before departure: 60% of the total tour price is due.
  • 4 weeks to 5 days before departure: 80% of the total tour price is due.
  • 5 days to 36 hours: 90% of the total tour price is due.
  • 36 hours or less before departure: 100% of the total price is due.
We charge these fees because there are many expenses that Hahu Travel pays to set up these tours. There are no exceptions unfortunately, but if you need a letter for your insurance company to help recover some of the cost, we would be happy to supply one.
Inca Trail Permits
Inca Trail permits are 100% non-refundable, non-transferable. Permits are issued in the name and with the passport number of the trekker and cannot be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances.

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