HUCHUY QOSQO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS MAIN FAQ
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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):
- Passport number
- OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
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.
- 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 email@example.com
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 !
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.