2-Day Huchuy Qosqo and Short Inca Trail: Quick Adventure Getaway

Explore the less-visited Huchuy Qosqo ruins and experience the Short Inca Trail, all in two days.

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Cusco, Peru


2 Days




March - January

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Embark on a captivating 2-day journey that combines the serene Huchuy Qosqo ruins with the exhilarating Short Inca Trail. This trek is an ideal choice for adventurers seeking to explore the heart of the Inca civilization in a limited timeframe. Starting with a scenic drive from Cusco to Sihua, the trail takes you through stunning Andean landscapes to the lesser-known Huchuy Qosqo ruins. Here, you’ll be immersed in the tranquility and beauty of the Andes, uncovering the mysteries of these ancient ruins against the picturesque backdrop of the Sacred Valley.

The adventure continues with the Short Inca Trail on the second day, leading to the majestic Machu Picchu. This part of the trek offers a rich tapestry of natural beauty, historical sites, and breathtaking vistas. The experience culminates with an exploration of Machu Picchu, where the grandeur of this ancient wonder is revealed. This compact trek not only showcases the iconic Inca citadel but also provides a deeper connection with the journey that leads to it, promising an unforgettable and enriching experience.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 5:00 AM - 5:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Huchuy Qosqo, Lamay, Ollantaytambo, Km 104, Short Inca Trail, Machu Picchu
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 05:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 05:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 05:00
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  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 05:00
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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Embark on an enchanting journey that begins with a sunrise departure from Cusco, heading towards the uncharted trails leading to Huchuy Qosqo. As you travel to Sihua, the gateway to your trek, witness the Andean sunrise painting the skies, heralding a day of exploration and discovery.

The trek from Sihua unveils a path less trodden, winding through the Andean wilderness and leading you to the secluded splendor of Huchuy Qosqo. This ancient site, lesser-known yet equally captivating, offers a unique perspective on Incan architecture and civilization. Our knowledgeable guides will unravel the mysteries of this hidden Inca treasure, enriching your understanding of this ancient culture.

After immersing yourself in the tranquility of Huchuy Qosqo, descend to Lamay, a journey that affords stunning vistas of the Sacred Valley's diverse landscape. From Lamay, a short drive brings you to the enchanting town of Ollantaytambo, where you'll spend the night amidst its rich historical ambiance, preparing for the next day's adventure on the Inca Trail.

Accommodation: Overnight stay in Ollantaytambo
Meals: Boxed lunch during the hike and dinner in Ollantaytambo
Hiking: Approx. 6 hours, 15 km

Daybreak on your second day heralds a journey on the revered Short Inca Trail. After breakfast in Ollantaytambo, a scenic train ride to KM 104 marks the beginning of your trail walk. This part of the Inca Trail, often overshadowed by its longer counterpart, is a hidden gem bursting with natural beauty and historical sites.

As you embark on the trail, you'll be provided with a specially prepared boxed lunch, ideal for a mid-hike break at the enchanting Wiñayhuayna. Here, amidst ancient terraces and lush greenery, you'll have a moment to reflect on the journey and enjoy your meal in one of the most picturesque settings along the trail.

The path to Machu Picchu is a tapestry of breathtaking scenery, Incan ruins, and diverse ecosystems. As you approach the iconic citadel, the anticipation builds until you are finally greeted by the awe-inspiring sight of Machu Picchu. Explore this wonder with our expert guides, who will share insights and stories, bringing the ruins to life.

Your adventure culminates with a descent to Aguas Calientes and a reflective lunch. The return to Cusco includes a train ride to Ollantaytambo and a drive back, each mile retracing the steps of the Incas and concluding your remarkable journey through time and nature.

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch
Hiking: Exploration of Machu Picchu

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Tour Highlights

  • Hike to Huchuy Qosqo: Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Andes with a serene 6-hour hike to the less-visited ruins of Huchuy Qosqo, where history and nature blend seamlessly.

  • Exploration of Huchuy Qosqo Ruins: Delve deep into Inca history with a guided exploration of Huchuy Qosqo, an ancient site offering panoramic views of the Sacred Valley.

  • Descent to the Village of Lamay: Experience a change in perspective with a descent to Lamay, showcasing the valley’s sprawling beauty.

  • Overnight in Ollantaytambo: Rest and recharge in the historically rich town of Ollantaytambo, known for its well-preserved Inca architecture and vibrant local culture.

  • Short Inca Trail Trek: Embark on the iconic Short Inca Trail from KM 104, a journey through diverse ecosystems and past enchanting Inca sites.

  • Majestic Machu Picchu: Arrive at the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, the pinnacle of the trek, and explore this world-renowned ancient city with an expert guide.


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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances - Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Huaynas Expeditions will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Huaynas Expeditions does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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Special Discounts


  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 2-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Short Inca Trail Express. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 2-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Short Inca Trail Express, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

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Packing Tips

  • Pack Lightly: Remember, if you’re not opting for a porter, you’ll be carrying everything you pack. Make sure your backpack is comfortable and not overloaded.

  • Layering is Key: Weather in the Andes can be unpredictable. Dressing in layers allows you to easily adjust to changing conditions.

  • Stay Hydrated: The trek can be strenuous, so always have enough water with you. Refill your bottles when you have an opportunity.

  • Protect from Sun and Rain: Even on cloudy days, the sun in the Andes can be intense. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat are essential. Equally, rain showers can be sudden, so always have a rain jacket or poncho on hand.

  • Footwear Matters: Your feet will carry you through the journey, so invest in a good pair of hiking boots. Break them in before the trek to avoid blisters.

  • Leave No Trace: The Inca Trail is a treasure. Please carry all your trash with you and consider using biodegradable products to minimize environmental impact.

  • Stay Organized: Use packing cubes or zip-lock bags to categorize your items. This makes accessing what you need easier and keeps your belongings dry and clean.

  • Prepare for Altitude: Consider bringing altitude sickness tablets. It’s also advisable to spend a few days in Cusco before the trek to acclimatize.

  • Personal Valuables: Keep essential documents, money, and valuables in a secure and accessible place, like a money belt or neck pouch.

  • Enjoy the Experience: Last but not least, pack a positive attitude and a sense of adventure. This journey is not just about reaching the destination, but also about enjoying the path that leads you there.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the level of difficulty of the trek?

The trek is considered moderate in difficulty. It involves approximately 6 hours of hiking each day over varied terrain. While it’s manageable for most with a reasonable level of fitness, some prior preparation is recommended.

What should I pack for the trek?

Essential items include hiking boots, warm clothing, rain gear, a hat, sunscreen, a water bottle, and a personal first-aid kit. A detailed packing list will be provided during the pre-departure briefing.

Are there age restrictions for this trek?

The trek is generally suitable for ages 12 and above. However, minors should be accompanied by an adult and be comfortable with hiking long distances.

How do I book the trek and what are the payment terms?

You can book the trek through our website or contact us directly. A deposit is required to secure your booking, with the balance payable prior to the start of the trek. Detailed payment instructions and terms will be provided during the booking process.

How far in advance should I book the trek?

We recommend booking as early as possible, especially during peak season, to ensure availability. A few months in advance is typically sufficient.

What kind of weather can I expect during the trek?

The weather in the Andes can be unpredictable. You can expect cool temperatures in the mornings and evenings, warmer during the day, and occasional rain showers. Layered clothing is recommended.

What type of train will we take to and from the trek?

The standard package includes the Expedition Train for the journey to KM 104 and the return from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. The Deluxe package offers an upgrade to the Vistadome First-Class Train for enhanced comfort and views.

What is the difference between the Expedition and the Vistadome trains?

The Expedition Train is a comfortable, standard service with windows allowing you to enjoy the scenery. The Vistadome Train offers enhanced views through panoramic windows, more space, and often includes additional services like snacks and cultural entertainment.

How experienced are the tour guides?

All our guides are licensed professionals with years of experience in leading treks in the Andes. They are well-versed in local history, culture, and flora and fauna of the region.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

What should I pack in the duffel bag provided in the Deluxe package?

Pack essentials up to 7kg. This might include extra clothing, toiletries, and your boxed lunch. Remember, our porters will carry these for you.

Do I need to bring my passport for the trek?

Yes, a valid passport is required for entry to Machu Picchu and for train travel. Ensure it matches the details provided during booking.

What's the difference between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain hikes?

Both hikes offer unique perspectives of Machu Picchu. Huayna Picchu is steeper and shorter, while Machu Picchu Mountain is longer but offers broader panoramic views.

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