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4-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Short Inca Trail Combo

Combine two fascinating routes in this unique 4-day trek to Huchuy Qosqo and the Short Inca Trail.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

4 Days

Difficulty

7/10

Availability

March – January

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

4-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Short Inca Trail Combo Overview

Discover the allure of the ancient Inca civilization with our 4-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Short Inca Trail Combo. This journey weaves through the heart of the Peruvian Andes, offering an extraordinary blend of cultural history and natural beauty. Starting from Cusco, you’ll explore hidden Inca sites and end with the majestic Machu Picchu, each destination steeped in centuries of history and surrounded by breathtaking landscapes.

Immerse yourself in a trek that’s more than just a hike; it’s a voyage through time. Walk along forgotten trails, ascend to awe-inspiring vistas, and embrace the rich heritage of the Andes. Our experienced team ensures a journey filled with discovery and wonder, tailor-made for those who seek adventure, history, and the unforgettable spirit of the Inca trails.

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, Sacsayhuaman, Queullacocha Lake, Pucamarca, Huchuy Qosqo, Ollantaytambo, KM 104, Wiñaywayna, Sun Gate, Machu Picchu

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 05:00
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  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 05:00
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4-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Short Inca Trail

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 begins with a brief 25-minute drive from your hotel to Tambomachay, marking the starting point of the trail. Here, you’ll meet the core members of our expedition team: our exceptional chef and the adept horsemen in charge of our pack animals. The first leg of the hike, an approximately hour-and-a-half uphill trek, offers spectacular views of Cusco and its surrounding valleys, enriched by sights of landmarks such as Sacsayhuaman and Puca Pucara. Midway, you’ll encounter the stunning Queullacocha Lake, an ideal spot for a lunch break.

After lunch, prepare for a challenging 45-minute ascent leading to the day’s highest point, revealing panoramic vistas of glittering lagoons and majestic snow-capped peaks. The journey continues for another 3 hours, a mix of uphill and downhill paths, concluding in the tranquil village of Pucamarca. As night falls, enjoy a well-prepared meal and rest in the peaceful embrace of the Peruvian Andes.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5-6 hours, 12 km

Wake up in Pucamarca to a refreshing morning in the Andes. After enjoying a hearty breakfast prepared by our chef, embark on a descent to the ancient Huchuy Qosqo. This trek, lasting about 2 hours, offers a blend of natural beauty and cultural insights, leading you through varied landscapes to one of the lesser-known Inca sites. Huchuy Qosqo, perched above the Sacred Valley, provides stunning views and a chance to delve into Inca history.

After exploring the ruins, continue your journey downhill to Lamay. A scenic drive from Lamay brings you to the historic town of Ollantaytambo. Here, you can explore its unique Inca streets and architecture. The day ends with a restful night in a cozy hotel in Ollantaytambo, offering modern comforts within a setting rich in history.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 11 km

The day starts with an energizing breakfast in Ollantaytambo before you board a train to KM 104, marking the beginning of the Short Inca Trail. This part of your journey is a hike through lush, vibrant landscapes, past historical sites, and up to the impressive ruins of Wiñayhuayna. The trail from here meanders to the Sun Gate, Inti Punku, where the first mesmerizing views of Machu Picchu unfold, offering a moment filled with awe and excitement.

Your trek concludes in Aguas Calientes, a lively town nestled at the foot of Machu Picchu. Here, you can relax and reflect on the day’s experiences. Enjoy a well-deserved dinner in one of the local restaurants and spend the night in a comfortable hotel, preparing for the iconic visit to Machu Picchu the next morning.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 12 km

Rise early for a bus ride to the fabled Machu Picchu, timing your arrival to experience one of the world’s most iconic sunrises over the ancient citadel. A guided tour provides insight into the history and the architectural ingenuity of this Inca marvel. For those seeking an extra adventure, there’s the option to hike Huayna Picchu, offering a bird’s-eye view of the ruins and the surrounding lush landscapes.

In the afternoon, embark on your journey back to Ollantaytambo by train. From Ollantaytambo, a bus will take you back to Cusco, marking the end of your unforgettable 4-day trek through ancient Inca paths and the enchanting world of Machu Picchu. As you return, you’ll carry with you memories of the breathtaking views, historical insights, and the magic of the Peruvian Andes.

Accommodation: None (Tour ends)
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Leisurely walking, approx. 2-3 hours

Tour Highlights

4-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Short Inca Trail Combo Highlights

  • Tambomachay to Pucamarca: Trek from the ancient site of Tambomachay to the serene village of Pucamarca, experiencing a blend of cultural and natural wonders, including the majestic Queullacocha Lake.
  • Explore Huchuy Qosqo: Discover the lesser-known, yet fascinating Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo, nestled above the Sacred Valley with breathtaking views and rich history.
  • Ollantaytambo’s Rich History: Visit the historic town of Ollantaytambo, a living example of Inca city planning with its cobblestone streets and ancient ruins.
  • The Short Inca Trail: Embark on a segment of the famous Inca Trail from KM 104, passing through the lush landscapes and the remarkable site of Wiñaywayna.
  • Sun Gate and Machu Picchu: Witness the first magical view of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, an experience that captivates every traveler.
  • Guided Tour of Machu Picchu: Dive deep into the history of the iconic Machu Picchu with an expert-guided tour, revealing the mysteries and architectural marvels of this ancient Inca citadel.
  • Immersive Cultural Experience: Enjoy the warmth of Andean hospitality, savor local cuisine, and learn about the rich cultural heritage of the Incas.

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 or office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to the trailhead.
  • 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.
  • Horse support for carrying camping equipment and luggage up to Lamay.
  • Horse transport for 7 kg of your personal gear.
  • Muleteers to manage horses.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and tea).
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Entrance fees to Huchuy Qosqo, the Short Inca Trail, and Machu Picchu.
  • Transportation from Lamay to Ollantaytambo.
  • Accommodation: 1 night camping, 2 nights hotel stay.
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back, including the bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on Day 3.
  • Expedition Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Km 104 and return from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • 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 4 lunch and dinner.
  • Porter services for personal belongings on the Short Inca Trail: Full Porter (12kg) at US$75, Half Porter (6kg) at US$45.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 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 Ollantaytambo & 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.
  • Porter for Short Inca Trail: A porter will be available specifically for the Short Inca Trail segment, enhancing your trekking experience.
  • 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

720

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

750

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

800

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

990

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

1140

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

1360

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