4-Day Huchuy Qosqo and Short Inca Trail: Ultimate Trek Combo

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

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

4 Days

Difficulty

7/10

Availability

March - January

Tour type

Adventure

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

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Tour 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.

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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 4-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Short Inca Trail Combo. 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 4-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Short Inca Trail Combo, 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.

What fitness level is required for this trek?

The trek is considered moderate to challenging. It is suitable for active travelers who are comfortable with walking for several hours on consecutive days. Prior hiking experience and good physical fitness are recommended.

Are there age restrictions for the trek?

While there are no strict age limits, the trek is generally not recommended for children under 12 or adults over 65 due to its physical demands. However, each case can be evaluated individually.

How are the hotels for overnight stays selected?

For the Standard package, comfortable and well-located hotels are chosen to ensure a good rest. The Deluxe package offers accommodation in carefully selected 3-star hotels for enhanced comfort.

Do I need previous hiking experience?

While previous hiking experience is helpful, it’s not mandatory. However, being in good physical condition and having some familiarity with outdoor walking or hiking will enhance your experience.

How far in advance should I book the trek?

We recommend booking several months in advance, especially during peak season (May to September), as permits for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu can sell out quickly.

What kind of weather can I expect during the trek?

The weather can vary significantly, from warm and sunny to cold and rainy, depending on the season. We advise preparing for all types of weather and dressing in layers.

What happens to my luggage if I don't hire a porter for the Short Inca Trail?

If you choose not to hire a porter, your main luggage will be safely stored and transported back to Cusco. It will be returned to you at your hotel on the final day of your trek. This way, you can hike with just a daypack, carrying only what you need for the trail.

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.

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.

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

Depending on your package, you’ll either take the Expedition or the Vistadome train. Both offer comfortable seating and beautiful views of the landscape.

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

The Expedition train offers standard services with comfortable seating, while the Vistadome train provides an upgraded experience with panoramic windows, more space, and sometimes entertainment on board.

Do I need to bring my passport for the trek?

Yes, your passport is required for entry to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. Ensure it’s valid for the duration of your trip.

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

Huayna Picchu is a steeper and shorter hike, offering close-up views of Machu Picchu ruins. Machu Picchu Mountain is a longer, less steep hike with panoramic views of the entire site and surrounding mountains.

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