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Huchuy Qosqo Trek 1 Day

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The Huchuy Qosqo trek is one of the shortest but no less interesting treks in the surroundings of the capital of the Incas, the city of Cusco.

Huchuy Qosqo whose name comes from the Quechua language that means the small Cusco elevated 3,600 m, in the peasant community of the same name, its construction is attributed to the eighth Inca Wiracocha for his residence; archaeological group located on the Urubamba river basin (Vilcanota) to the north of the city of Cusco, from where you can see the Sacred Valley, the current town of Calca and the imposing snowy Pitusiray. Very beautiful walking or hiking route where you can appreciate and visit peasant communities and archaeological centers along the route. Recommended for visitors who have limited time but would like to take a short excursion in the Peruvian Andes.



  • DURATION: 1Day
  • TYPE OF SERVICE: Adventure and culture
  • MEALS: 1 (breakfast, box lunch)
  • WALKING DISTANCE: 16 km / 9.9419376 miles
  • MINIMUM HEIGHT: 2,000 m. / 6,561,798 feet
  • MAXIMUM HEIGHT: 4,200 m./13,799,527 ft
  • TEMPERATURE: Minimum -3 ° C (20.5 ° F) / maximum. 26 ° C (78.8 ° F)
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate


Day 1: Patabamba-Huchuyqosqo-Lamay

Pick up from the hotel at 5:00 am, we travel by car for a time of 60 minutes to the community of Patabamba, where we will have our breakfast and then start our walk, this will be a day full of scenic and cultural experiences, we will pass by the small town of Sihuas and we continue along a path bordering one of the imposing mountains, to later be welcomed by the balcony of the valley, a name acquired for its location, from we can have impressive views of the Sacred Valley of the Inca, a place that thanks to the fertility of their lands were economic support in ancient times. Today, an area with the highest production of white corn or corn for export, we continue walking and ascend to the Pukamarca pass (4200 m / 13,799,527 feet) that dominates the town with the same name and opens our way to the beautiful Leon canyon Punku, prelude to our destiny. In this place we will take a short rest and taste a box lunch and then continue along an original Inca trail, which has been restored as part of the Qapacñan Project. This trail will take you to the isolated and mysterious Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo (little Cusco) perched on a small plateau above the Sacred Valley of the Incas at 3600m / 11,811.02364ft. Once at the site, our guide will show you all the incredible Inca buildings on the site, such as sacred temples, warehouses, terraces used in agriculture, and the Inca reservoir used to store water during the dry season.

After a guided tour, we will begin our 1.30 hour walk downhill to the town of Lamay in the Sacred Valley where our transport awaits us that will take us back to the hotel in the city of Cusco, travel time 1 hour.

  • Food: Breakfast / lunch (box lunch).
  • Distance to walk: 16 km
  • Approximate walking time: 7 or 8 hours aprox.

Places of interest: Leon Punku Canyon and Huchuy Qosqo Inca ruins



  • Professional, bilingual tour guide (English and Spanish).
  • Assistant guide (for groups of more than 9 hikers)
  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Entrance tickets to Huchuy Qosqo and Machu Picchu
  • Transportation: Cusco- Patabamba and Lamay – Cusco.
  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch (box lunch).
  • 1 horse in case of emergencies
  • Emergency oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Vegetarian food available at no additional cost!
  • Dinner
  • Walking sticks (you can rent at the company)
  • Tips for the guide and support staff




  • Original passport (the same one I used to make the reservation)
  • Medium backpack (it has to be very comfortable to carry all your belongings for the day; 30 liters or more)
  • Sleep noise blocker
  • Waterproof clothing and rain poncho
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Walking sticks with rubber bands on the tip (you can buy them at the beginning of the walk)
  • Warm clothes for the nights such as a jacket, gloves, a scarf and a wool cap.
  • Adventure pants.
  • Shirts and polo shirts (preferably with long sleeves)
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and mosquito repellent
  • light sandals or slippers.
  • Personal medications
  • Toilet paper, towel, etc.
  • Extra money



Huchuy Qosqo is located in the peasant community of the same name, the Huchuy Qosqo route is very beautiful; walking its trails will allow you to visit some Andean communities, archaeological centers and enjoy beautiful landscapes. Many people take advantage of visiting Huchuy Qosqo on their trip to the lost citadel of the Incas Machu Picchu.


 The weather in this region is unpredictable, where it can change frequently at any time of the year, having all the seasons of the year in a single day with very cold, wind, snow, rain and sun. Hikers should be prepared with the proper gear and be prepared for varying weather conditions throughout the day. However, the Cusco region has 2 marked seasons, the rainy season (September-April) and the dry season (May-August).

According to its abrupt geography and its variable relief full of deep valleys along the walk we will have a variable temperature during the 1 day of walking.


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