Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu 3 Days

NOV 2021 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 550 USD pp
Trip Type Walking & Treking
Difficulty Level Challenging/Tough
Group Size 2-8 people
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Huchuy Qosqo is an archaeological site of the Incas located at an altitude of 3,600 meters above sea level, Calca province, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This archaeological complex is one of the most important in Cusco due to its architectural level, after Ollantaytambo and Pisac. One of the main attractions of Huchuy Qosqo, is a building with three floors or levels; the first two are made of finely carved stone and the third level is made of adobe and although it has lacked a roof for a long time, it is so resistant that it has stood for more than 500 years. In Huchuy Qosqo you can see an esplanade on the side of an abyss where you can see Inca constructions, terraces, rooms with up to two floors, canals and everything looks spectacular because they are built on platforms.
During this walk, we will be able to appreciate the signs of the Inca constructions; some Inca stairs and small doors with Inca decorations until reaching the Wonder of Huchuy Qosqo. Which is located on the mountains of the Sacred Valley of the Incas; Also, from this point you can appreciate the impressive panoramic view of the entire Cordillera del Vilcanota with its imposing snow-capped peaks.

If you are a person who doesn’t like crowds and enjoys to be surrounded by pure nature instead of a group, this is the hike for you. The groups tend to be very small or it may even just be you. You also rarely see others along the way. It’s perfect for some peace and quiet while walking.

Along the route, you will also pass through small villages where you’ll often see locals who will say hello to you. They are very friendly people and it’s an experience that a lot of visitors don’t get. It’s perfect for witnessing the day to day lives of those who live up in the hills.


  • Briefing at our office the day before the trekking departure
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
  • All transfers in our van only for Andean Path Trek clients
  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance ticket to Inkarry Museum
  • Entry to Huchuy Qosqo
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Homestay with local family
  • English speaking experienced professional tour guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (one way)
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Round trip train ticket  from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom


  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu
  • Walking Poles
  • First breakfast and last day  lunch
  • Optional upgrade for your hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for your guide and the crew
  • Huchuy Qosqo or Little Cusco From here you can take beautiful views of the other side of the valley, it is possible to appreciate snowfalls of exuberant beauty like the snowy Pitusiray and at the bottom of this privileged view of beautiful villages.
  • Discover with the guide the fascinating history that this wonderful place keeps under its impressive building, is located in the upper third of a mountain and exhibits one of the most impressive works of topographic modification through the use of andenería, modulating the edges of cliffs and ravines vertical over the Vilcanota Valley,
  • Connect with the natural environment abundant in plants, animals, streams and lagoons that you will find on the trail.
  • Get involved with the traditions and customs of the surrounding towns.
  • A short route little visited with platforms, esplanades, patios, squares, buildings of different magnitude that will take you to the lost city of the Machu Picchu Incas.

The archeological center of Huchuy Qosqo, is located in the upper part of the Sacred Valley from here you can enjoy a splendid view of the Vilcanota river and its surroundings. Explore and discover its ascending trails that reach a height of 3,900 meters / 12,7953 feet until you descend to 2400 meters / 7874,016 feet. It includes a challenging 22-kilometer walk where physical condition demands a lot due to the constant variations and unevenness that the route has, it is recommended prior to your arrival to be accustomed to long walks, practice demanding sports so that the body is adapted to the constants changes, its acclimatization is also important to avoid the altitude sickness of the areas with greater height, at the end of the tour you will have the satisfaction of reaching the lost city of the Machu Picchu Incas that receives it with its impressive buildings, aqueducts, squares Incas and a culture that transcends time.

  • Local family  Homestay, 01 night
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes, 01 night


Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 4200 m
Hiking Distance 14 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

Your Andean adventure begins at 6 am when we pick you up at your hotel and then we drive in our private transport to the village of Patabamba (3,800m/12,467ft), only 1 hour from Cusco. Once we arrive, we put our backpacks on and get ready to start a gentle hike uphill for the next 3 hours to get to the highest point of the trek (4,200m/13,779ft). From there, we have fantastic views of the surrounding snow capped mountains and valleys. We descend towards the village of Pucamarca, upon arrival, lunch prepared by our chef will be waiting for you, and spend time at the Inca ruins there. 

From there, we follow a section of the original Inca trail into the Inca city of Huchuy Qosqo. There, we have time to explore the city and then we head to our homestay. Here, your guide will introduce you to the local family who will show you to your room for the night and the bathroom with a proper toilet. You will see all the amazing views of the surrounding areas and the Inca city.  By late afternoon, you will enjoy your tea, and later have dinner with your local family! In the evening, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the sky full of brilliant stars, far from the light pollution of any city and see the Inca constellations which your guide will show you.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2800 m
Hiking Distance 12 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

Today we get up early to enjoy the most beautiful sunrise in the mountains of the Sacred Valley. Then we will have a very nutritious breakfast prepared by our local family. Then we will make an offering to mother earth, and the Apus or sacred mountains that surround the Sacred Valley of the Incas, you will actively participate in the organization of this sacred ritual of the Incas, in the company of an Andean priest or Paqo. At 10 am we will begin to descend the hill, to the Lamay valley. Where our transport awaits us, with which we will visit the most sacred sanctuary of the Incas, it is the archaeological complex of Urco, a site of worship to water and origin of the Inca empire, we will also visit the Inkarry site museum, well known for exhibiting in its rooms the different cultures that occupied Peru. At noon we will have lunch in Urubamba, continuing with the tour we will arrive at the town of Ollantaytambo, where you can walk through its streets and houses of the Incas as they left it. At 4:36 pm, we take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we are going to spend the night today, in a comfortable hotel.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2400 m
Hiking Distance 6 km
Approximate walking time 4 hrs

This is the day you’ve been waiting for! After an early breakfast at your hotel, you’ll take one of the first busses up to Machu Picchu so that you can be there to witness the sunrise. It is a truly extraordinary site and not something you’ll want to miss! Your guide will give you the full tour, which takes about two hours. You will see all of the most important parts of Machu Picchu.

When you have had your fill of the exceptional views of Machu Picchu, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included).  Your train will depart at 14:55 or 15:20.The train will take you back to Ollantaytambo, following the spectacular Urubamba River, the canyon is narrow and the river has many beautiful sections of whitewater. Back at Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private vehicle. You can expect to arrive at your hotel by 19:00.


  • A lightweight, waterproof day pack with change of clothes (about a 30 liter size)
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and trekking pants (trousers)
  • Layers of clothes, include thermals, for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Head lamp with spare batteries
  • Camera with extra film and batteries
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses
  • Woollen socks, gloves, scarf, woollen hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent
  • Extra plastic bags, especially in the wet season
  • Waterproof clothing or a rain poncho
  • Water bottles
  • Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips
  • Walking poles (rentable)
  • Favorite snacks
  • Toilet paper
  • Sandals or flip-flop
  • Swimming suit (optional for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Original passport and university card if is applicable


  1. So, what can you expect on the Huchuy Qosqo trek?

It begins with a meandering uphill walk-through sloping hill, where you can see the remains of Incan terraces and aqueducts. As you climb, you’ll start to see beautiful cliffs and even some lakes. Finally, a steep but short push will take you over the mountain pass and on top of the world.

You’ll be rewarded for your hard work two hours into the Huchuy Qosqo trek with sweeping views of mountaintops and icy glaciers for miles. Continue on the path and you’ll soon begin your descent.

  1. The Briefing

Your briefing will take place the night before your trek. It will be held at our office ( 9:00 am to 17:00 pm), depending on your confirmation email details.  The office is located at Marques Street 250; office 02 (second floor).

  1. Can I Store my Luggage at your Office?

For security reasons we recommend to leave all your luggage at your hotel in Cusco. But if you don’t have any hotel in Cusco, you can leave your belongings in our travel office, and pick up at your return from Machu Picchu.

  1. How to book the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?

FIRST, to book your Huchuy Qosqo Trek Machu Picchu, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase an Huchuy Qosqo Trek Machu Picchu entrances and train without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of $200 USD per person in order to purchase a permit for Machu Picchu and Train Tickets.  You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.

  1. What about the Balance?

If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. There are many ATMS within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service fee, charged by VISA and PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address

  1. Can I refill my canteen of Water?

There are a few spots where you can fill travel filter water bottles along the way (especially on the descent) – if you don’t have these, ensure you bring sufficient supplies of water.

  1. May I change the departure date after the tickets have been bought?

Unfortunately, the answer is No. Once the tickets for Machu Picchu have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure dates. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date. If you cancel your Huchuy Qosqo Trek Machu Picchu, the deposit is not refundable at all!

  1. Do I need my Original Passport on Huchuy Qosqo Trek To Machu Picchu?

Yes! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your Huchuy Qosqo Trek, other entrances and reservations.  In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 USD per person.  We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.

If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you.  You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or the train.  If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or get on the train.

  1. What is the Weather Like on the Huchuy Qosqo Trek To Machu Picchu?

The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend that you plan to always dress in layers to facilitate adjusting to the quickly changing weather conditions. We highly recommend you bring some warm clothes and good rain gear in your day backpack. Take plenty of layers. Because of the huge changes in altitude, you’ll go from pretty chilly to very warm. Be sure to use sunscreen. Even if the sun is hidden behind clouds for duration the hike you can get burned your skin. Remember the UV radiation is extreme in the Mountains of Peru.

  1. What about altitude sickness on Huchuy Qosqo trek to Machu Picchu?

In general, if you exercise regularly and spend 2 to 3 days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley for acclimatization to the altitude, you may be just fine.

The recommended medicine for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN IF NEEDED; our guides are trained to treat you  for Altitude Sickness. For more detailed information on Altitude Sickness click this link: Altitude Sickness.

  1. Is the Huchuy Qosqo Trek difficult, do I need to be fit?

Whilst this is not a difficult hike, it’s not the easiest either. It is super long at 7+ hours, sections are at relatively high altitude, and the downhill parts can be tough on the knees. The Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu is a 20 km/12 hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude reached is (4,200m/13,779ft).  The trail is an easy to moderately difficult trek. For this reason, we really wouldn’t recommend attempting it unless you’re well acclimatized (read more on how to avoid altitude sickness) of pretty decent fitness, and have hiking experience. You have to be moderately fit and be used to regular exercise.

In preparation: try walking 15kms a day or go to the fitness club in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3,350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.

  1. What happens if I am unable to finish the Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu?

In the unlikely scenario that you are unable to finish the Huchuy Qosqo Trek due to a health issue, Andean Path Trek will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.

Generally, those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if they recover quickly, they then continue the journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to original plan.

  1. Are we going to be dropped off at our hotel after the trek?

Absolutely!! Included in the package and on the last day we will drop you at your hotel! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!   If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, for sure we will pick you up there !

  1. At what time is the train departure?

It will depend on the train availability (high season it could book out) but the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco from the train. Therefore, you we usually book the train at 14:55 or 15:20.

  1. Tipping

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Andean Path Trek destinations. Of course, you are free to tip as much as you feel appropriate, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

  1. Are we sustainable?

Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator for that we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.

  1. How big is the Group?

A typical group size is 2 to 8 Persons, with one tour guide, and 01 cook, 01 porter. We organize this tour since minimum 02 persons.

  1. How long I will visit Machu Picchu?

According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only and once the guided visit commences exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted.

Visiting Machu Picchu:

– Tickets are only valid only for one entry, that means that travellers cannot leave the site and re-enter as in the past.

– Once travellers begin on a chosen circuit they cannot walk backwards and once they finish the circuit they must leave the site. They cannot explore afterwards.

– It will be mandatory to have a official Machu Picchu guide, all our tour guides  are allowed.

  1. How much in cash do I bring?

We recommend at least 400 soles in small bills much better, it will be spending according your personal extra cost along the trail, or buy some local handicrafts. Sometimes we will require also to pay if you will be evacuated, in case you are unable to continue the trek.

  1. You can provide me a specific diet option?

Yes , when you make your reservation for the Huchuy Qosqo Trek, please send us your specific diet option, and we will take care of all your meals along the trail.


The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.

JANUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
FEBUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
MARCH Warm - Heavy Rain
APRIL Warm - Light Rain
OCTOBER Hot - Warm
NOVEMBER Warm - Light Rain
DECEMBER Warm - Heavy Rain


NOV 2021 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 550 USD Per Person
Tour for 2 - 4 person $ 550USD Per Person
Tour for 5 person $ 520USD Per Person
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There is something magical about artisanal farming in the Andes. The rich soils and unique climate give products an otherwise unattainable flavor. Our chefs serve local and international food. With unparalleled views of the fabulous Andean Mountains, amid the highland forests from your table, you’ll enjoy delicious gourmet food and new spins on classic Peruvian favorites. We use only local produce and fresh ingredients.
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We work with certified guides, the latest high-tech equipment and satellite communication, to guarantee your safety every step on the trail. Each year we do the course of rescue and first aid with all our hiking team (guides, cooks, horsemen, drivers). The course is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
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