- Patabamba Community
- Qoricocha Lake
- Huchuy Qosqo
One day trek to Huchuy Qosqo
Huchuy Qosqo, the Little Cusco, is an archeological site north of Cuzco, Peru; it was initially an administrative and military center around Pisaq, with many thought-provoking constructions in the surrounding vicinity. You may also observe Inca buildings with delicate, perfect stonework & grain-storage structures called Collcas to store and preserve food because it was an important agricultural center to produce corn.
Before You Go
Discover this fantastic hike with the best and direct Tour Operators based in Cusco.
The Huchuy Qosqo Trek takes you to the lovely trek to the lesser-known Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo. This site is situated on a plateau with stunning views overlooking the Sacred Valley and the Vilcabamba range's snow-capped peaks.
This hike offers a great combination of beauty and contrasts in scenery, wildlife, and ancient cultures. It takes you through beautiful highland forests and meadows covered with fresh straw where the herds of Llamas and Alpacas walk freely through it.
Itinerary at a Glance
Cusco | Ccorao - Patabamba Community - Qoricocha Lake - Huchuy Qosqo - Cusco
We'll stop by your hotel to pick you at 7:00 am; the day starts by driving to the small town of Corao, around 30 minutes from Cusco, before branching off the road into the high Andes and the tiny village of Patabamba at 3848 MASL/12624 FASL. We will then continue for another 15 minutes to Qoricocha lake, the starting point of our trek.
We'll ascend 45 minutes to the Apacheta pass, which is the highest point of our trek (4,200 masl / 13,779 fasl). From here, what remains for us on the day is downhill. For 2 hours, we'll cross Pukamarca ancient community, fertile valleys, and a grand Puma Puncu canyon ("the puma door"). From here, you will hike along an original Incan trail, which has been restored as part of the Qapacñan project. This trail will lead you to the isolated and mysterious Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo ("the little Cusco") perched above the Sacred Valley of the Incas at 3600 MASL/11811 FASL. Once in the place, your guide will walk you through and show you all the site's impressive Inca buildings like sacred temples, storehouses, Inca terraces for agriculture, and the Inca reservoir used to store water during the dry season.
After your guided tour of the site, we will begin our 2-hour walk downhill to Lamay's village (2,800 meters) by the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley; here will be waiting for us, our Andean chef, to serve you a delicious buffet lunch. After lunch and a short rest, we will take our private car to transfer you to the Cusco hotel.
- Meals: Breakfast & Lunch (Plus Snack)
- Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
- Walking Distance: 6.21 miles
- Starting Elevation: 4000 m / 13123 ft
- Highest Elevation: 4150 m / 13615 ft
What Is Included?
High Quality Service & Safety
You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our porters. The meeting will be at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.
All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. Also, they speak English. As good cusqueños, they feel a great commitment to transmit the knowledge they have inherited from their grandparents. They are very friendly and professional. They’ll make sure you are safe and happy.
All Cusco Expeditions guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergency situations (altitude sickness, traveller’s diarrhoea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.
Customer Service 24/7
We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication and preparation with the agency leading up to your trek.
Collection from your hotel in the morning and private transport to Patabamba, the starting point of the trek
Private transport from Lamay to Cusco, including drop-off at your hotel
Huchuy Qosqo entrance fee
Boxed lunch - Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
First-aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle
What Is Not Included?
Tips for our staff
Tips are usual on any excursion. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the porters and chefs together.
Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
Landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.
Personal clothing and gear
We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.
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Briefing or informative meeting
All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the Cusco Expeditions offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.
Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)
The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.
It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.
Storing your luggage at our Office.
Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.
Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.
Cusco Expeditions can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.
Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.
Strikes and demonstrations:
Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.
You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.
The Huchuy Qosqo Trek can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trip in February because rainy season & maintenance.
2020 Land Cost
- This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.
Private Tour - 2020 Land Cost
Private tours are available and priced by party size.
- 2 Trekkers: US$220 per person
- 3 Trekkers: US$200 per person
- 4 Trekkers: US$180 per person
- 5 Trekkers: US$160 per person
- 6 Trekkers: US$140 per person
- 7 Trekkers: US$120 per person
- 8 or more Trekkers: $100 per person
If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.
Extensions & Offers
There are several extensions you can include to your Adventure:
- Rainbow Mountain: $100 $80
- Sacred Valley: $100 $80
- City Tour: $20
Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information
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