HUCHUY QOSQO TREK/FULL DAY HIKE
The Huchuy Qosqo Trek full-day tour allows you to see the grandeur of the Peruvian Andes. While the Inca Trail and other multi-day walks are well-known in South America, our full-day trip provides a unique chance to get away from the city and reconnect with nature.
Huchuy Qosqo, which means “Little Cusco” in Quechua, is situated at a height of 3,650 meters (11,800 feet), above the town of Lamay and the Sacred Valley. This breathtaking trail can only be reached on foot and offers panoramic views of the Sacred Valley and the spectacular snowcapped mountain range of Urubamba.
The Huchuy Qosqo Trek is ideal for those looking for a tough trekking journey. The climb ascends to the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo, where you can learn about the area’s intriguing history before descending a series of switchbacks to Lamay village, which marks the finish of your journey.
If you have more time, you may combine this walk with a visit to Machu Picchu, giving your Peruvian journey even more depth. With our Huchuy Qosqo Trek Full-Day Tour, you can immerse yourself in the region’s breathtaking scenery and rich history.
Full Itinerary of The Huchuy Qosqo 1-Day Hike
After being picked up from your hotel early in the morning, you will travel over winding hills towards the Sacred Valley until you reach the Piuray Lagoon, which is situated near the town of Chinchero.
The 8 to 9-hour journey will begin in the adjacent village of Tauca. As you begin your hike, you will be greeted with a beautiful view of the sun’s early morning rays on Mount Veronica, gently lighting up the whole Vilcabamba Range.
You will gradually ascend to the Pucajasa Pass, where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the mountain range that surrounds the Sacred Valley. The pass crossing is around 200 meters long and situated at an elevation of nearly 14,000 feet (4393 meters).
From here, you’ll start to descend and witness pieces of an Inca route. The scenery will vary as you descend into lower heights. You will stop for a brief lunch and snack when you get to Huchuyqosqo, which is situated at 12,099 feet (3688 meters).
After a short rest, you will begin to explore this archeological complex, which features well-preserved ruins with double jamb doorways, 3-story houses, and mixed stone and adobe constructions that sprawl across the mountain top and are surrounded by spectacular views of the surrounding mountain terrain.
Following your exploration of Huchuy Qosqo, you will hike over open land before descending down a steep route into the town of Lamay. You will meet your transport here and begin your journey back to Cusco, arriving at your accommodation in the late afternoon or early evening.
9.07 miles (14.60 kilometers)
14,557 feet (4437 meters) is the highest point reached.
Gradient: Moderate to Difficult
Included for the Huchuy Qosqo Trek.
Private transportation from and to Cusco
Professional English-speaking guide
What to Bring on the Huchuy Qosqo Trek
No matter when you go to Huchuy Qosqo, you’ll need to bring a few things with you. Here are some things to bring:
- You will need your original passport to go to Machu Picchu.
- You can carry your things on the trail with a small backpack or a large daypack.
- Even during the summer, the nights in the Andes can be cool.
- A sweater or light jacket for the hike and a winter coat for the night.
- hiking boots or shoes that fit well and have been worn in. Huchuy Qosqo’s ruins are spread out over a large area, so you’ll have to walk a lot. Shoes that are sturdy and comfortable are a must.
- Depending on the weather, warm socks and extra layers of clothing can be added or taken off.
- A hat and sunglasses to keep the sun off your face.
- Protection from the sun: UV rays are strong at high altitudes, so bring sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses.
- Insect repellent, wet wipes
- A first-aid kit with bandages, antiseptic wipes, painkillers, and other things.
- A flashlight or headlamp for walking at night or getting up early in the morning.
- To stay hydrated on long days of hiking, bring water bottles or something like a Camelbak.
- If you plan to hike during meal times, bring snacks and food for lunch.
- Snacks: Huchuy Qosqo doesn’t have any restaurants, so if you get hungry, you’ll need to bring your own snacks. Bring some granola bars or other snacks that are easy to carry.
- Extra money for tips, souvenirs, and drinks.
How much is for the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?
The price depends on the size of the group; please feel free to contact us.