3-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Machu Picchu: Dual Ancient Wonders

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

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

3 Days

Difficulty

7/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

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 - 5:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 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
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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.

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.

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Tour 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.

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Payment Terms

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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Discounts

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 3-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Machu Picchu Adventure. 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 3-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Machu Picchu Adventure, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

We’ll supply the duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing with your guide, held 1-2 nights prior to the tour’s start. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the bag and pack efficiently.

The briefing covers essential trek details, such as itinerary, safety guidelines, and last-minute updates. It’s an excellent chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

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.

By following these packing guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your trekking adventure. We look forward to guiding you on this exciting journey!

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

Can I store my luggage at the Huaynas Expeditions office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Huaynas Expeditions offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

What measures does Huaynas Expeditions take to ensure the safety of trekkers during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We prioritize the health and safety of our clients and staff. We closely follow the guidelines and recommendations provided by local and international health authorities, implementing measures such as regular sanitization of equipment, health checks for staff, and providing handwashing facilities at campsites.

How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

Is there an age limit for this trek?

There’s no strict age limit, but the trek might be challenging for very young children or elderly individuals. If you have concerns, please consult with us and your physician.

Are there any additional expenses I should be aware of?

While major expenses are covered, you might want to bring extra money for personal expenses, tips, and any meals not included in the itinerary.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

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.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

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.

How difficult is the trek?

The trek is of moderate difficulty. While no prior trekking experience is required, a good level of fitness will help in navigating the terrains and altitude.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek is accessible year-round. However, the dry season, from May to September, offers clearer skies and a lower chance of rain.

Do I need to tip the trek crew?

While tipping is optional, it’s a kind gesture to show appreciation for the services provided by the guide, chef, and other team members.

Do I need to carry my luggage throughout the trek?

No, pack animals or porters will carry camping equipment and food. You’ll only need to carry a day pack with your essentials.

What's the terrain like? Do we need special trekking shoes?

The terrain varies from flat paths to uphill climbs and descending trails. Good quality trekking shoes with ankle support are recommended.

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