HUCHUY QOSQO TREK
This is easily the shortest of the treks and is best suited for those with a limited amount of time, but who would still like to do a bit of trekking before they see Machu Picchu with fantastic views of mountains and the Andes. It is the lowest in altitude (4350 meters) of the 3 alternative treks and also the shortest in distance (17 kilometers) but still sees some great examples of Inca Stairs and other Inca ruins along the way. As there are only 2 days of trekking, you will only camp for one night and then sleep in our Hotel on the next night. Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco) is situated above the Valley of Urubamba and offers very spectacular views over the mountain range Cordillera de Vilcanota. This trek is also a great way for you to enjoy a shorter trek that still includes Machu Picchu and Inca trails (with Inca stairs that are better than the Inca Trail). You will have one night camping in the wilderness and then the very next night will be spent a night in the beautiful town, Aguas Calientes”
Day 1: TAMBOMACHAY, PUCAMARCA
At 06:00 am Early pick up from your hotels, private vehicle for 25 minutes to Tambomachay located at 3700 masl. (for our mid day we have a 8 Km of moderate walk with a gradual climbing of 450 meters ; 4-5 Hrs till the lunch place) we start our hike walking at the ancient Inca Trail used by Inca people to connect with the Sacred Valley, Pisac and probably to Machupicchu at the XV century. From this point you can observe panoramic views of Cusco traditional neiborhoods as Santa Ana, Santiago, Puquin etc, and the Valley of Qorao, at this high Andean level we observe llamas and alpacas eating the andean grass named Ichu, small cactus and some bromelias bushes locally known as Puyas. At the left side on the path we can see ancient Incas terraces used by farmers in order to gain more potatoes farmings areas, A gentle walking down
to the trail as it curves sharply up-hill to reach a pass of near 4180 meters. Then we descend along the trail from top we gain the view to see Queullococha Lake, the trail takes us up over the second pass (4300 meters) and into high open country. Just reaching the top we can see another l Lake Qoricocha The Golden Lake in Quechua (Language of the Incas) where we descend for 20 minutes to find our lunch spot , free time to rest.
After lunch and time for rest , we continue another 300 meter to climb in 3 Hrs walk in a normal pace to reach the highest point 4380 masl, from this top it is easy to see Chincheros and the lake of Piuray and some snow sacred mountains as Salcantay, Veronica, (2 passes) then a 1.5 Hrs downhill walk to Pucamamarca our camping place. Here, we set up camp and enjoy our supper underneath the great starry sky. This community is located at 3,980 masl nearby there few houses that belong to the farmers. (8- 9 horas 16 kilometers of moderate walk).
Meals:L - D
Day 2: PUCAMARCA,HUCHUY QOSQO,TAUCCA,CHINCHEROS,CUSCO.
Early wake up at 6:00 am, after breakfast we leave our campsite at 07:00 am (1 hour to walk to Huchuy Qosqo) a soft walk to end the valley and we walk through Leon Punku a narrow canyon to see a recently restored trail with wooden bridges and some steps, a lot of of native trees and bushes , a panoramic views of Lamay Valley and Calca, the sacred river of the Incas, Willcamayo ; the walk is one hour to reach the Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo, recently restored by archaeolists, located at 3450 mals from this point it is clear to see many beautiful mountains as Chicon, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Waccaywilca and Veronica ancient Apus so respected and venerated by the locals which most of them are Incas- Quechuas descendents. We have a guided tour for 1.5 hours to visit and explore this interesting Inca complex. Huchuy Qosqo was originally an administrative and military center as Pisaq, with many constructions around, Inca buildings with perfect fine stones work, graneries structures called Collcas to store and preserve food, because it was an important agricultural center to produce corn. By 10:00 am we continue our hike for nearly 3-hours of gradually climb to Taucca Pass 4400 masl. After reaching the top we start our last gentle descend for 1 hour until our lunch place from here it is possible also to see the Piuray Lake. After lunch our private vehicle will transport us to returm to Cusco. If someone of the group do not feel well due altitude symtoms of physical problems we can descend for 2 hours to Lamay then return to Cusco.
Meals:B - L
VERY INPORTANT NOTE
Entrances Tickets to Machu Picchu - Huayna Picchu mountain and Machu Picchu –Machu Picchu mountain are limited, check the avality www.machupicchu.gob.pe
Please you must book and pay a deposit well in advance, so we can secure your spots. For high season (May to October, 5-4 months in advance.) (Low season (November to April, 3-2 months in advance.)
student price for people under the age of 24 without ISIC card you need to indicate in the comments section of the booking.
Horses will carry the heavy gear; you will hike carrying only your personal pack, sleeping bag and pad.
If you are considering bringing special photography equipment or other heavy accessories, or just simply don't want to carry anything, please request an additional horse (US$ 95) to carry your personal belongings, this way you will freely enjoy the hike. (This is highly recommended if you have never hiked over 10000 feet). Cooks handle all the kitchen chores.
It Is Included:
THIS PROGRAM INCLUDE:
Collection from your hotels at 06:45 am
Transfer in private vehicle to Tambomachay (starting point of the trek)
2 people per tents (tents are comfortable and spacious)
Comfortable roll mattres
Experienced english speaking guide
Meal: 2 lunch 1 dinner 1 breakfast
Dining tent with tables and chairs
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent
Horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment)
6 Kg personal porter for your items
Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
Boiled water to fill in your bottle (and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead)
Return in a private vehicle to Cusco.
It Is Not Included:
We recommend to take:
Before booking the Lares Trek, please read the following information carefully:
BE sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the date that you enter Peru.
Fill out the booking information. We will contact you as soon as possible (within 24 hours) to confirm your booking, accommodation and assist you in customizing a unique package.
Please specify if you would require the services of an extra horse for your personal belongings
Payment Proceed: We require a US$200 per person deposit for all treks. The remaining balance must be paid before the starting date of the trek. You can pay the balance requesting the agent in charge of your account an invoice to be paid online with credit card. You will proceed with your payments through our secure server. We accept all major credit card payments, including Visa, Pay pal. or direct deposits.
acclimation Proceed: you to arrive in Cusco 1 or 2 days before our departure date to ensure that you are well acclimatized to the high altitude.
Student discounts: If you are claiming a student discount you must email us a scanned copy of your ISIC Student card immediately after proceeding with the booking form. Only a valid ISIC card is acceptable. If you cannot provide us with a scanned copy of your ISIC card we will charge you the standard adult trek price. You must take the ISIC card with you on the Trek as it will be checked. Unfortunately no other forms of student id are acceptable. Children under 16 years old receive a US$20 discount. If you are claiming a child discount you must email us a scanned copy of your child's passport (page containing photo and date of birth) after proceeding with the booking form. If you cannot provide us with a scan of your child's passport we will charge you the standard adult trek price for your child.
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Cusco - Peru