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3-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Machu Picchu Adventure

A thrilling 3-day adventure combining the less-visited Huchuy Qosqo ruins and the iconic Machu Picchu.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

3 Days

Difficulty

7/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

3-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Machu Picchu Adventure Overview

Dive into a realm where nature’s grandeur meets ancient tales on this unforgettable three-day trek. Begin with the lesser-trodden paths of Tambomachay, where every footstep resonates with stories from times long past. As you meander through the Andean landscapes, from serene alpine lakes to tranquil villages like Pucamarca, you’ll be enveloped by a world that seamlessly fuses the wild beauty of nature with centuries-old human heritage.

The pinnacle of this journey is the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. Gazing upon this architectural marvel, nestled amidst the verdant embrace of the mountains, you’ll be transported to the vibrant world of the Incas. This citadel, a symbol of resilience and innovation, beckons travelers to discover its many secrets. Answer its call, and let this Andean adventure etch memories that will last a lifetime.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 5:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Queullacocha Lake, Huchuy Qosqo, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, 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
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 05:00
  • 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.

Day 1: From Cusco to Pucamarca Village via Tambomachay

Your adventure commences with a short 25-minute drive from your hotel, bringing you to the trail’s starting point at Tambomachay. Here, the cornerstone of our expedition team eagerly awaits: our culinary genius—the chef, and the skilled horsemen who oversee our pack animals.

Embarking on the initial hike, which spans roughly an hour and a half uphill, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of Cusco and its majestic valleys, interspersed with iconic landmarks like Sacsayhuaman and Puca Pucara. The pathway then reveals the pristine Queullacocha Lake—a high-altitude gem where we’ll take a pause for lunch.

Post-lunch, a challenging 45-minute ascent takes us to the day’s zenith, unveiling a horizon dotted with shimmering lagoons and commanding snow-capped peaks. The subsequent 3-hour trek, a blend of uphill and downhill paths, culminates in the serene village of Pucamarca. As the evening shades draw in, relish a delectable meal and surrender to a tranquil night’s sleep, nestled amidst the Peruvian Andes.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 14 km

As the first light of dawn filters into the village, the aroma of coca tea stirs the camp, signaling the start of a day filled with exploration. After a hearty breakfast, our trail beckons, leading us through the heart of Huchuy Qosqo.

The morning’s journey, approximately 2 hours of diverse terrains, offers glimpses of the Sacred Valley’s expansive beauty and the diligent local populace tending to their llamas. As we approach the ancient remnants of the Inca Trail near Pucamarca, the path unfolds, revealing the stunning canyon of Huchuy Qosqo, brimming with lush vegetation and the distant echoes of hummingbirds.

Stepping through an ancient adobe Inca gateway, the grandeur of Huchuy Qosqo unfurls before you. This hidden gem of the Incas, perched majestically above the Sacred Valley, whispers tales of sacred temples, age-old plazas, and intricate water channels.

After a journey through time, a delightful lunch awaits, curated by our chef. The afternoon sees a 2-hour descent to Lamay, followed by a drive to the historical heart of Ollantaytambo. If time permits, the town’s ancient stone pathways beckon for exploration. As dusk sets in, a train journey to Aguas Calientes offers a moment of respite, with the evening concluding in the comfort of a local hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6 hours, 8 km

The final day promises a spectacle like no other. An early morning ascent, aboard one of the first buses, winds through the path to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. If timed perfectly, the golden rays of sunrise paint a surreal picture over the iconic citadel.

With the ancient city bathed in the morning glow, a comprehensive 2-3 hour guided tour delves deep into the mysteries of this architectural marvel. Marvel at the ingenious design, the balance of nature and construction, and the tales of a civilization long past.

For those with an adventurous spirit, an optional trek to either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain awaits (advance booking required). Post exploration, the journey back to Aguas Calientes offers a moment for reflection and a meal (not included). The afternoon sees you aboard a train back to Ollantaytambo, with our transport ready to whisk you back to the comforts of your hotel in Cusco by evening.

Accommodation: Return to Cusco
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Exploration of Machu Picchu with guided narratives.

Tour Highlights

3-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Machu Picchu Adventure Highlights

  • Tambomachay Start: Begin your journey at the historic site of Tambomachay, setting the tone for an authentic Andean experience.
  • Stunning Panoramas: Enjoy unparalleled views of Cusco and the surrounding valleys, punctuated by landmarks like Sacsayhuaman and Puca Pucara.
  • Queullacocha Lake: Witness the untouched beauty of this high-altitude gem, offering serene moments of reflection.
  • Inca Trail Remnants: Traverse sections of the original Inca Trail near Pucamarca, walking the paths of ancient travelers.
  • Huchuy Qosqo Exploration: Delve deep into this lesser-known Incan site, perched majestically above the Sacred Valley, and uncover its many archaeological wonders.
  • Machu Picchu Sunrise: Experience the ethereal beauty of Machu Picchu bathed in the golden hues of dawn, a sight that’s sure to leave an indelible mark on your memory.
  • Guided Citadel Tour: Discover the intricate details, stories, and secrets of Machu Picchu, guided by an expert who brings the citadel’s history to life.
  • Optional Mountain Treks: For the adventurous at heart, scale either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, adding another layer of thrill to the journey.
  • Aguas Calientes: Enjoy the quaint ambiance of this town, the gateway to Machu Picchu, with its vibrant markets and thermal baths.
  • Cultural Immersion: Interact with local communities, witnessing traditional Andean lifestyles and practices, offering a genuine connection to the region’s heritage.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to trailhead.
  • Transport from Lamay to Ollantaytambo train station.
  • 4-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Professional chef and assistant chef.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water for water bottle refills.
  • Horses to carry all equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.).
  • Horse to transport 7 kg of your personal gear.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Entrance tickets to Huchuy Qosqo and Machu Picchu.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Aguas Calientes (twin bedroom with private facilities).
  • Round-trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 1 breakfast.
  • Day 3 lunch and dinner.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 80 extra per person).
  • Tips for tour guides, chefs, and support staff are not included and are at your discretion.

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Emergency Horse & Handler: An extra horse and a trained handler provide added safety on the trail.
  • 3-Star Aguas Calientes Hotel: Rest and recharge in a carefully selected 3-star hotel.
  • North Face Four-Season Tents: State-of-the-art, weather-resistant tents for ultimate outdoor comfort.
  • Mountain Climbing Permits: Choose between Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Vistadome First-Class Train: Enjoy scenic travel from Aguas Calientes with panoramic windows offering spectacular views.
  • Private Van to Cusco: Enjoy a direct, comfortable transfer to Cusco post-trek.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience at either Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleep well with one premium sleeping bag per person.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Personal Duffel Bag: Use a durable duffel bag to conveniently carry your personal gear, including the sleeping bag and self-inflating pads.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

620

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

650

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

700

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

980

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

1200

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

1390

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

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.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

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.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

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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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport & student ID (if applicable).
  • Light day pack with clothes for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots & extra socks.
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf, beanie, and thermals for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Torch/flashlight & spare batteries.
  • Camera, film & batteries.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (20% DEET minimum, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen & water for the first morning.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel/sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks/poles.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

We’ll provide a returnable duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing, held 1-2 nights before your tour. Familiarize yourself with the bag, pack efficiently, and get essential trek details, safety guidelines, and updates. It’s a great chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Our Packing Tips:

  • Adhere to the 7 kg weight limit: Keep the weight of your personal items in the duffle bag within the 7 kg limit to maintain a manageable load for the horses.
  • Place non-essential items in the duffle bag: Store items you won’t need during the day, like extra clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags, in the duffle bag to lighten your day pack.
  • Label your duffle bag: Add a luggage tag or other identification to your duffle bag to prevent mix-ups with other trekkers’ bags.
  • Keep valuables in your day pack: Store passports, cameras, cash, and other valuable items in your day pack for added security and easy access.

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