3-Day Huchuy Qosqo and Short Inca Trail: Extensive Exploration

Delve deeper into the Huchuy Qosqo ruins and enjoy the highlights of the Short Inca Trail.

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Cusco, Peru


3 Days




March - January

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Embark on a 3-day adventure that blends the serene exploration of Huchuy Qosqo with the iconic Short Inca Trail, offering a deeper immersion into the Inca civilization. Starting with a journey through the Andean landscapes to the less-visited Huchuy Qosqo ruins, the trek allows for a peaceful yet profound exploration of these ancient sites, against the picturesque backdrop of the Sacred Valley.

This extended trek continues with the renowned Short Inca Trail, leading to the majestic Machu Picchu over two days. The additional time enriches the experience, allowing for a more leisurely exploration of the trail’s natural beauty and historical wonders. The journey culminates with a comprehensive visit to Machu Picchu, ensuring a memorable and in-depth exploration of this ancient wonder, revealing its grandeur and the enduring legacy of the Inca empire.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 5:00 AM - 5:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 6:00 PM - 7:00 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
  • Deluxe 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.

Your adventure begins with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco. Feel the anticipation build as you're transported on a scenic drive to Sihua, the starting point of your trek. The journey to Huchuy Qosqo is an enriching experience, taking you through stunning Andean landscapes and offering a serene and introspective hiking experience.

Upon reaching Huchuy Qosqo, you'll be immersed in the tranquility of these ancient ruins. Our guides will share the site's rich history, providing insights into the Inca civilization. After exploring the ruins, you'll descend to the village of Lamay and continue to Ollantaytambo. This town, known for its well-preserved Incan architecture, provides a perfect setting to relax and spend the night.

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

The day starts with a breakfast in Ollantaytambo before boarding a train to KM 104, the start of the Short Inca Trail. This part of your journey is marked by a hike through lush landscapes, historic sites, and the impressive Wiñayhuayna. The trail then leads you to the Sun Gate, where Machu Picchu first comes into view, offering a moment of awe and excitement.

Your arrival in Aguas Calientes marks the end of the day's trek. This lively town offers a chance to unwind and enjoy a well-deserved dinner. Spend the night in a comfortable hotel, resting up for your visit to Machu Picchu the following morning.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfats, Boxed lunch on the trail and dinner in Aguas Calientes
Hiking: Approx. 6 hours, 15 km

Rise early for a bus ride to Machu Picchu, timing your visit to catch one of the most iconic sunrises in the world. A guided tour of this ancient Inca citadel will reveal its history and the ingenuity of its builders. Optionally, extend your exploration with a hike to Huayna Picchu for a bird's-eye view of the ruins.

In the afternoon, journey back to Ollantaytambo by train, followed by a bus ride to Cusco. As your 3-day adventure concludes, you'll return with memories of an in-depth exploration of the Inca trails and the majesty of Machu Picchu.

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast in Aguas Calientes
Hiking: Exploration of Machu Picchu with guided narratives

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Tour Highlights

  • Scenic Andean Drive: Begin with a picturesque drive from Cusco to Sihua, showcasing the stunning Andean landscapes.

  • Huchuy Qosqo Exploration: Trek to and explore the serene and less-visited Huchuy Qosqo ruins, offering a unique glimpse into Incan history.

  • Overnight Stay in Ollantaytambo: Experience the charm of Ollantaytambo, an ancient town with rich Incan heritage and architecture.

  • Journey Along the Short Inca Trail: Embark on the renowned Short Inca Trail from KM 104, hiking through diverse natural landscapes and past significant archaeological sites.

  • Wiñayhuayna Visit: Discover the enchanting Wiñayhuayna, an impressive Inca site along the trail, showcasing terraces and ruins.

  • First View from Sun Gate: Witness the first breathtaking view of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, a moment of awe and excitement.

  • Machu Picchu Guided Tour: Explore the iconic Machu Picchu with a detailed guided tour, delving into its rich history and architectural marvels.

  • Return Journey through the Sacred Valley: Conclude your trek with a scenic train ride back to Ollantaytambo and a comfortable drive to Cusco.


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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 3-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Short Inca Trail Trek. 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 & Short Inca Trail Trek, 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 difficulty level of the trek?

The trek is considered moderate in difficulty. It involves approximately 6 hours of hiking per day over varied terrain, including some steep sections and high altitudes.

Do I need previous hiking experience?

While previous hiking experience is beneficial, it’s not mandatory. However, a good level of fitness is recommended to comfortably complete the trek.

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.

How difficult is the Short Inca Trail compared to the classic Inca Trail?

The Short Inca Trail is less strenuous and shorter than the classic Inca Trail. It’s an excellent option for those who have less time or prefer a slightly less challenging trek.

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