HUCHUY QOSQO is a beautiful trek through the Sacred Valley of The Incas. It is a shorter hike and a bit easier for those with limited time. It is also a less traveled hike, so likely we will not see a lot of other people. Great for families who want a taste of hiking or anyone new to hiking.
Tour of Type: Trekking with 1 night camping in tents and 1 night in a hotel
Highlights: Exploring the Sacred Valley, historical sites and MACHUPICCHU
Season: Year round
Maximum Altitude: 4,100 meters / 13,451 feet
Minimum Altitude: 2,400 meters / 7,872 feet
Distances: 21 km / 13 miles
Considered: A Moderate hike
Family Owned Company! Discover Pachamama is owned and operated by Jose and Marizol Soto who were both Born in Peru and currently live in Cusco, Peru. They have a strong passion and love for their country and culture and they want to share it. They are also passionate about the empowerment of women throughout Peru. They are both experienced guides who have over 20 years’ experience hiking the Inca Trail. Here at Discover Pachamama our focus is our guests and you will be treated like part of our family. They both understand that operating a tour company is not simple about taking travelers on a route from point A to point B. It is the journey that allows you to learn and experience firsthand the local traditions and culture all while soaking in the incredible views along the way and possibly a journey of self-discovery. Jose and Marizol aim to fulfill their dreams of sharing the natural beauty and history of Peru with travelers from all around the world. We realize this could be a once in lifetime experience for some of you and we want to make sure you have the best experience. Jose and Marizol are surrounded by a team of experienced, knowledgeable, bilingual guides and trained chefs and amazing porters who our their family.
Discover Pachamama uses only top quality equipment including tents, sleeping bags and liners, pillows, duffel bags, and dining tents handmade locally in Cusco, Peru.
While you are with Discover Pachamama you will eat like a king and queen. Our professional chefs have continued training to provide exceptional food along your journey. Our food is prepared with fresh ingredients and products that are purchased at our local markets. Our service includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals include soups, main courses, desserts, fresh fruits and vegetables, and hot drinks, we also provide fresh drinking water daily. We are also prepared for any dietary restrictions including vegan, vegetarian, diabetics or any other restrictions you might have. Just let us know and we will take care of any concerns you might have.
FIRST AID, OXYGEN TANK, SATELLITE PHONE
Here at Discover Pachamama our guides are all trained in first aid and rescue scenarios which are updated every 2 years. We carry an extensive first aid kit, oxygen tanks, a pulse oximeter and we also carry a satellite phone in the small chance of an emergency.
Discover Pachamama provides a portable environmentally friendly toilet at each of our camp sites for the private use of our guests. We also provide hand wash station, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer.
DOOR TO DOOR SERVICE
Discover Pachamama offers door to door service to all of our guests. We will pick you up at your accommodation at the start of your journey and drop you back off at the conclusion of our trip.
Discover Pachamama offers free luggage storage of any extra bag or belongings you might need to leave behind during your journey.
WEATHER CONSIDERATIONS / GOOD TIME FOR THE ADVENTURE
We have two seasons in Cusco to consider. We have the Dry Season April/October and the Rainy Season November/March.
The Dry Season is characterized by blue skies and slightly breezy with day time temperatures 55 to 65 Fahrenheit and night time temperatures 35 to 40 Fahrenheit.
The Rainy season is characterized by possible cloudy skies and possible rain showers with day time temperatures 55 to 60 Fahrenheit and night time temperatures 40 to 45 Fahrenheit.
We will pick you up from your hotel at 6:00am in a private van. We will then have a short 20 minute drive from Cusco to an archeological site called PUCA PUCARA (3,700 meters/12,139 feet). This is where we will begin our hike, but first we will enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by our chef. The hike will start with a gentle uphill for 1 1/2 hours until we will reach our first pass QOSQO (4,100 meters/13,451 feet). From here we will see stunning views of green valleys and huge mountains. Here will have our first mug of hot coca tea and your guide with give you some history about the Incas. We will then continue from the pass with gradual terrain along the side of the valley for about 3 1/2 hours, this was used as a short cut to the sacred valley. We will have the chance to see alpacas, llamas, birds, along with beautiful mountains and scenery. At the end of the valley we will arrive at a small lake QUEULLACOCHE. Our team will be waiting for us with hot drinks and hot water in buckets to wash our hands. Our chef will have a delicious lunch prepared for us. The scenery at this lake is quite dry and is covered with tough Andean grass. It may be possible to see a variety of bird life, such as Andean Geese, Partridges, Lapwings, Andean fickler and many more species. After our lunch we will walk for 45 minutes up a steep climb to our second pass QUEULLACOCHE (4,100 meters/13,451 feet). We will then continue with a gradual up and down for about 2 more hours seeing in the distance one of the biggest lakes near to Cusco (THE GOLDEN LAKE) until we reach our third pass HUCHUY QOSQO (4,100 meters/13,451 feet). We will then head down for about 1 hour and connect with part of the original Inca trail. As we descend, we will see beautiful sedimentary mountains, streams of water and a lot mountain ranges which are part of the heart of the Andes. Eventually we will reach our camp site in an old village named PUMA MARKA (3,533 meters/11,591 feet). At camp everything will be ready for you, your tents will be set up and waiting for you so you can change your clothes, wash up and take a brief siesta or enjoy happy hour consisting of tea, popcorn and snacks. The chefs will be busy preparing dinner which will be served at about 7:00pm. In between happy hour and dinner we will discuss the itinerary for the next day. After dinner we will head to our tents for some much needed rest.
Meals include: breakfast – lunch – tea time & happy hour – dinner.
Accommodations include: camping in eureka tents, sleeping bags and liners, sleeping pads, pillows, heating bags for sleeping, portable toilets.
Maximum Altitude: 4,100 meters / 13,451 feet
Minimum Altitude: 3,533 meters / 11,591 feet
Distances: 14 km / 8.7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate, Gradual up and down
Time of hiking: 8 hours
Today we will wake you up at 6:00am with a mug of coca tea. We will have breakfast exactly 1 hour after your wake up leaving you time to pack your belongings for the day. At 7:00am we will begin our day. Today we will see beautiful high mountains landscapes, lush valleys and wildlife while hiking along part of the original Inca trail. It will be about 2 hours until we reach the main gate of the archeological site HUCHUY QOSQO or SMALL CUSCO (3,600 meters/11,811 feet). From this high point you will see gorgeous views of the whole sacred valley and the village of LAMAY, great opportunity for photos. At this site your guide will share with you the historical significance of this sacred citadel and some background of the Incas. From here we will hike down for about 2 hours or 700 meters to the Sacred Valley of LAMAY (2,800 meters/9,186 feet). Eventually we will arrive at our lunch spot, Our team will be waiting for us with hot drinks and hot water in buckets to wash our hands. Our chef will have a delicious lunch prepared for us. After lunch we will have a ceremony with our team as this will be the time they head home and it will be the last time we see them. We will say good bye, say thank you and offer gratuities to them for all of their hard work along the way. We will then take our private van for about 1 hour to OLLANTAYTAMBO village. Upon arrival we will take a tour of the store house granaries, it will be a 1 hour hike uphill. Your guide will give you the history of the granaries, you will have some time to explore and then we will head back down for 30 minutes to town. You will then have some free time to explore the town and the local market to purchase gifts and snacks for next day. At 5:00pm we will have dinner at a restaurant in OLLANTAYTAMBO. At 6:55pm we will take a 2 hour train ride to AGUAS CALIENTES. We will arrive in town about 9:00pm. You will be shown to your hotel where you can get some much needed rest for your early wake up to visit MACHUPICCHU.
Today we will visit MACHUPICCHU, a magical and spiritual place and one of the Seven Wonders of The World. You will have to wake up early today to meet your guide in the hotel lobby for breakfast at 5:00am, please bring your luggage so it can be stored in the hotel while you visit MACHPICCHU. In 2019 the government changed the rules for visitors to MACHUPICCHU, with less people now being allowed in and the permitted stay being shorter. So to make the most of our time and to fully enjoy this once in a lifetime experience, we will start our tour by taking an early bus so we can be one of the first groups into MACHUPICCHU from AGUAS CALIENTES. Upon arrival we will go through the checkpoint showing our passports and then passing into MACHUPICCCHU. Here we will have a 3 hour guided tour through the different sectors of MACHUPICCHU such as the urban sector, religious sector, and agricultural sector. This will be a walking tour, not a hike. Plenty of time to enjoy the sites and take photos and take in the history as your guide gives you all the details of MACHUPICCHU. If you have reserved tickets to hike HUAYNAPICCHO, you will proceed there after the walking tour. After the tour we will head back to AGUAS CALIENTES by bus. You will have time for lunch and to check out the town before we will take a train back to Cusco. Usually the train we take will be leaving at 2:55pm, but this will depend on your schedule. The train will take us to OLLANTAYTAMBO and we will then take a private bus back to your hotel in Cusco dropping you off at around 7:30pm.
Meals include: Breakfast
Maximum Altitude: 2,700 meters / 8,856 feet
Minimum Altitude: 2,400 meters / 7,872 feet
Difficulty: Walking tour
2 paxs $ 690 per person
3 paxs $ 640 per person
4 paxs + $ 580 per person
All our tours are priced in US Dollar.
Private tours are available and priced according to group size
Student Discount: $25 off per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a University Student Card our under 17-years-old, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount.
Huayna Pichhu is the mountain that stands next to MachuPicchu. It is a 45 minute steep hike to the top and a 30 minute steep hike back down. It can be quite steep if you are scared of heights. You would do this hike after your walking tour of MachuPicchu. The cost of this is $75.00 and reservations must be made in advance. We don’t want to discourage you from doing this hike, it is beautiful. However please keep in mind your fitness level, this hike will take place after 3 days of hiking on the Inca Trail and an early morning wake up on this day. Also there will be no refunds given because of weather or you deciding not to do this hike on the final day.
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Traveling to Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley with Marizol was an incredible experience. After much research I knew I wanted the opportunity to visit both, but without the mediocre breakfast and lunch stops most groups offer. I also wanted to maximize my time hiking the Red Valley and to return to Cuzco early enough for lunch there. A private guide was definitely the way to go to fulfill all of those goals. And Going through Marizol was the best decision.
Thanks to Jose from Discover Pachamama, my friends and I had an incredible experience in Peru. He knows the Sacred Valley region like the back of his hand and he created a trek specifically to suit our needs, wants, and schedule…
Jose went above and beyond to make sure we had a good time on our trip to Peru. Besides being a reliable and knowledgeable guide, he was very thoughtful about our experience. When the night got cold, he provided hot water bags, and when we started feeling the altitude, he was ready with pills. That attention to detail, along with the great food from our Trek Chef and the convenience of having horses carry the heavy items made the Trek an incredible experience.
José was an excellent guide during my 10 day trip to Peru. He had a wealth of knowledge about the history of the sites and a deep respect for the land and culture. We toured the city of Cusco, the sacred valley, a 4 day Inca trail to Machu Picchu, and Rainbow mountain. It was a whirlwind trip and not only was his guidance top notch, but having the opportunity to talk on the trail about life experiences was what makes his guidance above and beyond.
My friend and I had a phenomenal experience with Jose as our guide for the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu. He’s knowledgeable, approachable, and skilled at what he does. I also loved that it’s a local Peruvian-owned business. You can feel good about spending your money with them.