This Huchuy Qosqo trek to Machu Picchu is designed for those seeking to encompass a short hike with the opportunity to experience several alternative locations less populated by tourists. It is also a great opportunity to discover how people in the Andes of Peru live their daily lives.
Day 1: Cusco – Huchuyqosqo
The tour will begin at 7:30 am from where we will transport you to Patabamba (3800 masl) for the start of the hike.
We will continue through the beautiful Andean landscape towards the first pass, Pukamarka (4200 masl).
We shall then walk along the path which leads to a small typical Andean farming community by the name of Piri (4000 masl), we will continue on the Pukamarka Pass (4200 masl), from where, weather permitting, we will be able to enjoy the amazing view of snow peak mountains surrounding the area.
Continuing our hike we will descend towards a mystical ancient path that will lead us to a narrow canyon known as Leon Punko or ‘Gate of the lion’. It was named so because the river, flowing through the immense rock walls of the canyon, sounds like the constant roar of a lion.
This narrow canyon is absolutely magical and boasts beautiful geological formations.
Along this canyon you will discover a well preserved Inca trail and it possesses the most outstanding ancient staircases dating back to the Incas time. This trail through the canyon will lead you to the Inca city of Huchuiqosqo (3600 masl).
Upon your arrival at the ruins you will be taken to a typical home belonging to a local. Here you will dine in local cuisine and spend the night. You will have the opportunity to interact with the locals and hear their stories. Your guide will be on hand to translate.
The house sits alongside the Huchuiqosqo ruins, with a view of the spectacular ruins from your window. This typical house doesn’t have electricity but there are guinea pigs running around. What’s not to love?
Day 2: Huchuyqosqo – Aguas Calientes
With an early start you will have the opportunity to explore Huchuiqosqo.
This city is perched precariously on the side of a mountain, with incredible panoramic views of the sacred valley, Vilcanota river and the snow cape mountains surrounding the area. Huchuiqosqo is an Incan archaeological complex with imposing archaeological buildings that include large open ceremonial structures, water canals and temples. They were built with the most beautiful architecture style used by the Incas.
While in the complex you will explore this site on a guided tour. Then you will head down to the small town of Lamay (2900 masl). The town is situated in the Sacred Valley where its people farm and raise cattle.
In the afternoon, you will be transferred by private transport to Ollantaytambo train station where you will board a train to Machupicchu Pueblo, more commonly known as Aguas Calientes. The train ride is very scenic with outstanding views and intriguing ruins along the way. You will discover how in a 45 minute train ride, the vegetation changes from highland to rain forest vegetation. Upon your arrival to Machupicchu Pueblo, you will be accompanied to your selected hotel.
Day 3: Machupicchu – Cusco
At around 5:30 am, soon after breakfast, we will take the 30 minute bus trip up to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, then immediately begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around the complex, visit the impressive Inca Bridge, and walk up to the sun gate.
In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. From here we take the train back to the city of Cusco, where we arrive after nightfall.
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