HUCHUY QOSQO TREK MACHU PICCHU
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 to Pumamarca
At 06:00 am pick up from your hotels, private vehicle for 25 minutes to Tambomachay located at 3700 masl. we start our hike walking at the ancient Inca Trail used by Quechua people to connect the Sacred Valley, Pisac and probably to Machu Picchu. From this point you can observe panoramic views of the Valley of Qorao, at this high Andean level we observe llamas and alpacas, At the left side on the path we can see ancient Incas terraces used by farmers. 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, you will see a beautifully green valleys stretching out as far as the eye can see, the trail takes us up over the second pass (4300 meters) and into high open country. Just reaching the top we can see the beautiful Lake Qoricocha, where we descend for 20 minutes to find our lunch, free time to rest. After lunch 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 we 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, our staff 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.
Meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner.
Day 2: HuchuyQosqo, Taucca, Chincheros ,Ollanta and train to AguasCalientes, Machupicchu.
Early wake up at 6:00 am, after breakfast we leave our campsite at 07:00 am (1 hour to walk to HuchuyQosqo) a soft walk to end the valley and we walk through 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. HuchuyQosqo 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 Chincheros then to Ollantaytambo, at 16:36 pm we board our train to Aguas Calientes. 2 hours of spectacular train ride with amazing views at both sides of the valleys with impressive snow capped mountains, several Inca constructions can be seen from your windows and the Urubamba river near the train. After we arrive to AguasCalientes our guide will take you to the Hostel where you are set for the night. There is an optional time to go to the hot springs to relax and good for muscles. At dinner time your guide will inform you all details about our plans for next morning to see Machu Picchu and optimize your visit at this wonderful and marvel place found in 1911.
Meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 3: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - Cusco
Early wake up at 04:00 am and after breakfast we need to wait at the Bus Terminal to get our bus. The first Bus to Machu Picchu depart at 5:30am, After 30 minutes of bus ride we are at the entrance of Machu
Picchu ready for our guided visit, 3 hours guided tour with our expert tour guide ,he will show and walk with you throught the most remarkable sectors areas, temples, residences, altars and he will offer a relevant history and archaeology informations. After the guided tour you will have extra time to explore by yourself, going to the sun gate “Inti-Punku”, or walking to the Inca Bridge. Then optional walk to Huayna Picchu mountain (2 Hrs) for later bookings when permits for this walk are sold out we have the walk to the mountain Machu Picchu instead. At 16.12 pm we board our train return to Ollantaytambo train station Private transport to Cusco.
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.)
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:
Pick-ups from your hotels at 06:00 am.
Tourist transportation to Tambomachay to starting point
English speaking guide and a chef.
2 people per tents (tents are comfortable + comfortable roll mattress.
Dining tent with tables,chairs and cooking equipment
Meals: 2 Breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 Dinners
Horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment)
6 Kg personal porterage service for your items (Duffle bag provided).
Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
Boiled water to fill in your bottle.
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
Private vehicle from Lamay to Ollantaytambo Train station.
Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
Arriving to Aguas Calientes transfer to the Hostel.(Double private room or Matrimonial room).
Early Breakfast and bus up to Machu Picchu citadel for a tour.
Entrance to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu.
Guided tour of Machu Picchu for 2 hrs approximately. Free time for extra walks
Bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
Train Tickets return to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
It Is Not Included:
We recommend to take:
Before booking the Huchuy Qosqo 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 or stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes.
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. paying by Pay pal. or direct deposits by wenster union.
acclimation Proceed: you to arrive in Cusco 1 or 2 days before Lares trek 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 Lares 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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