Huchuy Qosqo to Machupicchu 3 Days-2 Nights

Starting from $ 580.00

Per person in group Service
Dificulty:
Moderate hike
Maximum Altitude:
4,100 meters / 13,451 feet
Minimum Altitude:
2,400 meters / 7,872 feet
Distances:
21 km / 13 miles
Group Size:
6-12 -16 max (Small)
Season:
Year round

OVERVIEW

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

HIGHLIGHTS

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.

CAMPING EQUIPMENT
Discover Pachamama uses only top quality equipment including tents, sleeping bags and liners, pillows, duffel bags, and dining tents handmade locally in Cusco, Peru.

FOOD
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.

PORTABLE TOLETS
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.

LUGGAGE STORAGE
Discover Pachamama offers free luggage storage of any extra bag or belongings you might need to leave behind during your journey.

EXTRAS

  • Small groups 6-16 people max.
  • Confirmed departures and personalized service.
  • Inca Trail Survivor T-shirt.
  • Special healthy snack consisting of dried fruits, nuts and fresh fruits native to Peru.

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.

ITINERARY

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

PRICE

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.

  • Inca Trail trek permits are limited every year (only 200 spots are offered daily) and there is a high demand for this trek.
  • HOW TO BOOK. – Permits for Inca Trail trek are getting fully bookED quickly. We strongly advise that you make a booking and pay a down payment as soon as possible. CHECK AVILABILLITY HERE and Register your details on Step 2, you will then generate a reservation code and pay a down payment on Step 3 with Visa or MC (US $500.00 per person) or pay through PayPal to: DISCOVER PACHAMAMA or info@discoverpachamama.com US $500.00 per person. See more directions on: Booking Information
  • Ticket for Huaynapicchu Mt.- (This hike will be closed from April 1st to 15th after 2016). If you would like to hike the Huaynapicchu mountain after the guided tour at Machupicchu, please let us know asap and add to your booking deposit, passes are also limited. The cost is USD $75 per person ($40 per person for students with ISIC card).

INCLUSIONS

Included

  • Pre-departure briefing at 6:30pm the night before at your hotel.
  • Private van or bus for the entire trip.
  • Permits and entrance fees for Lares, Salkantay and Machupicchu.
  • Professional and experienced guides.
  • Professional mountain chefs and assistants.
  • Full meals for the entire tour , including meals, happy hour (hot drinks) and snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten free, wheat free or special diets upon your request).
  • Boiled, filtered drinking water.
  • Horses to carry camping equipment, client tents, dinning and cooking tents, tables, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, dish ware, dinning utensils and food.
  • 7 kg personal porter service for your belongings.
  • Emergency First-aid kit, Oxygen assistance and satellite phone.
  • 2 person tents which are new and spacious (4 person EUREKA tents shared by only 2 people).
  • Sleeping bags, liners for sleeping bags, sleeping pads, pillows, heating bags
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent everyday.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand sanitizer.
  • Private portable toilet
  • Hot mug of coca tea in your tent every morning.
  • 2 hours guided tour in Machupicchu and extra time for yourself.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu and return back to Aguas Calientes.
  • Tourist Expedition train return to ollantaytambo and bus back to cusco.
  • Door to Door pick up and return hotel service.
  • Taxes and Fees.

Not Included

  • Single tent US $70
  • Trekking poles US $15 a pair
  • Energy snacks and energy drinks if desired
  • Last days lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Cash Tips for your guides, chefs, porters
  • Ticket for Huaynapicchu Mt. USD $75.00, USD $40.00 with ISIC student card.

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.

We recommend that you bring

  • Original passport and ISIC student card if applicable
  • Backpack 25 liters
  • Sturdy Hiking boots with good soles (Vibram Soles)
  • Warm clothes and trekking pants, not jeans
  • layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Flashlight or head lamp with extra batteries
  • Camera, extra film & batteries
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses
  • Thermals: wool socks: Gloves, scarf and wool hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent
  • A good rain jacket
  • Extra plastic bags especially in wet season and plastic garbage bags to line your back pack
  • Toilet paper, small towel, toothbrush and paste, personal medication, wet wipes, moisturizer, hand sanitizer
  • Swim clothes for the hot springs
  • Water bottle or water reservoir, water purifying tablets (optional)
  • Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, Tips for your crew
  • Trekking poles
  • For Your Duffel Bag – up to 7 kg – including sleeping bag, pad and pillow
  • 2-3 wicking t-shirts
  • 2-3 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of under garments
  • 4 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 fleece
  • 1 warm, down jacket
  • 1 rain jacket and pants
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • 1 head lamp
  • 1 waterproof gloves
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quick dry towel
  • Portable Battery charger for phone or camera
  • Various sized plastic bags (for organization, to keep things dry)

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