Huchuy Qosqo, known in Quechua language as ‘Little Cusco’, is a beautiful archeological site in the Sacred Valley region of Cusco. Originally the military and administrative centre for the Incan civilization, it was home to prominent figures. Believed to have been built by the 8th king Viracocha, this site holds a special place for many local people today. Watching over important towns, such as Pisac, the fascinating construction is a focal point of Peruvian architecture. The perfect stonework is famous and the ‘Colqas’ that were used to store and preserve food are still prominent today. Huchuy Qosqo sits at around 3,650m (11,800ft) above the town of Lamay. The hike to this lesser known site is normally used as a means of acclimatization for tourists, but by no means is the route any less beautiful than others. This full day adventure will take you up steep mountain surfaces, past stunning lakes and down a part of the original Inca Trail. You may meet local farmers and alpaca, with the opportunity to practice your knowledge of the Quechua language. You will be provided with a hearty lunch by the lake before making the final stretch this ancient site which is known for being drowned in beautiful golden sunlight.
- Type: Cultural, landscape, and adventure tour.
- Length: 1 day.
- Difficulty: Moderate.
- Maximum altitude: 4,200 m.
- Group size: 2-9 participants.
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You will be collected at 6:30a.m from your accommodation and set off toward Tambomachay, an Incan archaeological center thought to be dedicated to the worship of water. From here you will begin the hike, climbing for roughly 3 hours until Abra Sicllajasa. This point will give you breathtaking views of Cusco mountain range. You will come across plenty of Ichu (a straw common in the Andean highlands), used by the Incas to construct bridges and houses. As you continue your hike through these golden Ichu fileds, you will encounter llamas, alpacas, and regional birds. Upon reaching Qeullacocha Lake there will be time for a rest before continuing on to the final leg of the ascent and arrivial at the highest point of the hike: Abra De Rumicruz (4,200m).
From here you can enjoy a view of the Piuray lakes, the village of Chincheros, and the gorgeous natural landscape unique to this spot, all while refueling with a hearty lunch. After a rest, we begin our descent down a party of the original Inca trail to the town of Pucamarca. This path will lead us over an Incan bridge and a small canyon, to arrive finally at Huchuy Qosqo. After a guided tour of the site, you will continue taking in incredible views of the Sacred Valley during our two-hour descent to Lamay. From Lamay you will take private transportation back to Cusco. This journey takes around 50minutes.
- Hotel Pick-up.
- Transportation CUSCO – TAMBOMACHAY.
- Transportation LAMAY – CUSCO.
- Professional guide- fluent in English.
- Entrance ticket to HUCHUY QOSQO.
- First-aid kit.
- Beverages such as water.
- Phone calls.
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WE RECOMMEND TO BRING:
- Strong shoes for hiking.
- Rain jacket or poncho.
- Two (2) liters of water.
- Extra money in soles.
- Standard Backpack.
- Toilet paper.
DOCUMENTS TO CARRY WITH YOU
- Original Passports.
- Immigration card.
- Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount).