This route by archaeological studies mentions that it is an Inca road that went to the northeast. If we continue this section, it is connecting to the Urubamba valley, and it also connects Pisaq to Paucartambo and also leads Maras, chincheros towards the traditional Inca trail.

It is therefore that this route has a long history in terms of communication routes that the Incas used, Huchuy Qosqo was a small town where approximately 50 people lived; as it was also a control of entry to the citadel and had the same function as Pikillacta for its construction in terms of excess income.

Trip Summary


This Huchuy Qosqo hike & 1 day Machu Picchu visit takes you from Cusco to the Sacred Valley passing by some impressive views and visiting the small site of Huchuy Qosqo. From here you will continue to Ollantaytambo for the train to Machu Picchu. This is a relatively new route that is not that often done so a great chance to enjoy the peace and quietness of the Andean highlands with few or no people around.

  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • All necessary equipment included
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Travel Details

This Huchuy Qosqo Trek is ideal for those passengers who really want to be far in the middle of nowhere with only nature surrounding them.  Huchuy Qosqo Trek is situated above the Valley of Urubamba and offers spectacular views over the mountain range Cordillera de Vilcanota.

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

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The Huchuy Qosqo trek follows the route of the Incas and goes through one of the most beautiful areas in the Sacred Valley.

Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco) is situated above the Valley of Urubamba and offers very spectacular views over the mountain range Cordillera de Vilcanota.

We left the hotel in Cusco very early and then headed to the Sacred Valley, reaching the district of Qorao where we took another section of the dirt road through the community of Chitapampa and finally arriving at Patabamba, where we started our walk through Q’enqo communities ( 3800m / 12467f) and Siwa from where we can appreciate the Sacred Valley of the Incas until reaching the highest point called the Pukamarca Pass (4000m / 13123f) known in the region as puna; to then descend and reach the community of the same name. After lunch, everything is to descend passing through 3 Inka bridges and where you can also see part of the Inka road until you reach Huchuy Qosqo (3650m / 11974f), where our camp is also. When arriving in the afternoon, visit the archaeological site.

The walk of this day starts very early at 7:00 am to start another day of walking leaving the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in the morning our path is uphill until we reach a false pass, from where we have the road tilted up arrive at the pass of Queuña Sondor After reaching the pass it is to descend through a lagoon called Quellococha where will be our lunch and then continue to the community of Tauk’a (Laguna de Piuray), where our walk ends and where we will take our transport and return to Cusco, where our trip ends.

  • Private transportation, to and from your hotel transport
  • All meals marked as B,L,D
  • Private Guide throughout
  • Entrance fee to Huchuy Qosqo
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Buses go up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu, Continental or similar)
  • First-aid including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Entrance fee for Moray and Salinas de Maras (17 Soles)
  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day
  • A ticket to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Please let us know if you would like to do this when you book the trek. Tickets to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain cost an extra (US $15) added to the trek price
  • Tips for the guide and drivers
  • Original passport (needed to enter Machu Picchu)
  • For students: Original ISIC card
  • Warm jacket
  • Rain gear (especially for December-March)
  • Water
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Extra money for lunch and shopping

Please Note: We offer a US $20 discount to students with an ISIC Student Card only.

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