3D/2N hike to Huchuy Qosqo & Machu picchu
Trekking Discovering The Ancient Inca Culture In 3 Days - 2 Nights
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The View of the Sacred Valley.- “This trek is ideal for those passengers who really want to be far in the middle of nowhere with only nature surrounding them as they camp in an area that is scarcely seen by tourists. Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco) is situated above the Valley of Urubamba and offers very spectacular views over the mountain range Cordillera de Vilcanota. This trek is also a great way for you to enjoy a shorter trek that still includes Machu Picchu and Inca trails (Distance: 20km )
Duration: 2 days trek + 1 day Machu Picchu // Best season to go: from April to November // Altitude: 3700 masl to 4400 masl
Day01: Tambomachay to Pumamarca.- We will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00am to begin our journey by private transport direction of the Inca Site known as Tambomachay (3700 meters). From here, we will begin trekking down the road as it curves sharply up-hill to reach a pass of near 4200 meters. We will continue to follow the trail down into the valley and towards the small community at the bottom. As we descend along the trail, you will see a beautifully green valley stretching out as far as the eye can see. The path we will see on its right slope leads to Pisac. Passing through the village and across a new bridge, the trail takes us up over the second pass (4300 meters) and into high open country. On the way, we will pass by the beautiful Lake Qoricocha (Golden Lake in Quechua). We’ll continue along this rustic trail, eventually arriving at the highest point of the trek, 4350 meter, with its stellar views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Finally, we’ll descend towards the Pucamarca community (4010 meters), where we’ll arrive in the late afternoon. Distance of walking prox. 13km Lunch, Dinner.
Day02: Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay – Aguas Calientes.- On the this day we leave Pucamarca early, the valley narrows to form a ravine where amazingly well maintained Inca staircases will lead us down to the magnificent citadel of Huchuy Qosqo. Huchuy Qosqo is perched above the Urubamba Valley, overlooking the little town of Lamay, which is a town dedicated to agriculture and raising cattle. Huchuy Qosqo was originally an administrative center like Pisac, and like Pisac, it also has Inca buildings made of stone. There is even one which has a great example of Inca style perfectly fitting stones. In the hillsides, we will also see some granaries because it was also an important agricultural center. Continuing along this now magnificent path, with Pitusiray looming above us, we will eventually pass an Inca stone and adobe gateway. This is the entrance to the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo for people who climbed up from the Urubamba Valley. We continue on down to Lamay where later in the afternoon, our private transport will drive us Ollantaytambo, ..Around 7pm aboard the train to Aguas Calientes, the bottom town of Machu Picchu. If time permit OPTIONAL visit the termal baths located next of town (US$4 for entrance). Overnight in a comfortable HOTEL with Private Bathroom, Hot Shower and Breakfast the next day ( Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner will be provided by South Adventure)
Day03: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu.- Cusco.-First Option: At 4:30am breakfast and begin of 2 hours climb to Machu Picchu archaeological site (2500m).Second Option:At 5am breakfast and half hour later aboard the first tourist bus to drop us to Machu Picchu main door, and to be the first visitors Inside Machu Picchu archaeological site you will have complete guided tour during 2 Hours of this spectacular and mystical place. The guided tour include walk through the different section such as the urban sector, the agriculture sector, and the religions zone was used by the Inca Culture.After to get 2 Hours guided tour in Machu Picchu you will have free time to explore by yourself. According with the time and your feeling you can coordinating with the tour guide climb to Huayna Picchu (Young Mountain) this climbing take around 1 hour to get the summit from where you can have the best panoramic view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca City. At according time descend to Machu Picchu and then free time to explorer on your own. At mentioned time aboard a tourist bus to descend to Aguas Calientes town.
Important: If you decide to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain you must need to know the limit number for visitors is not more than 400 tourists per day, the climbing depends of the weather conditions ( to climb to Haynapicchu , there is an extra cost US$13 per person and must be booked in advance ). At mentioned time aboard a tourist bus to descend to Aguas Calientes town. Then we travel by train to Ollantaytambo and then we catch the van to drop us to hotel in Cusco ( 2 Hours by train and 2 Hours by Van ) end of service.
We suggest being in Aguas Calientes at 4:00 pm to aboard the backpacker train leaves at 4:45pm or could be at 6:45pm, depending of the available tickets at Peru Rail so those trains can be arranged until Ollantaytambo or straight to Cusco and from here we will take you a private van to drop off to the hotel in Cusco (This day the breakfast is provided except Lunch and Dinner)
Our 3 Day Hike Includes:
- Official English speaking guide (two guides for groups over 8 people)
- Transfer from Cusco to Tambomachay private van (starting point of the trek)
- Entrance to Huchuy Qosqo archaeological site
- Entrance to Machu Picchu ruins (one day)
- Porters or horses to carry food and camping equipment
- Experienced cook
- Cooking equipment
- Teatime everyday (coffee, tea, popcorn, biscuit)
- 4 capacity tent- 2 persons per tent with plenty space for backpacks
- Sleeping mattress for excellent comfort
- All meals on the trail ( Vegetarian optional )
- Water supply (boiled) after every dinner or breakfast
- 1 Night of hotel in Aguas Calientes (The hotel is rated as 2stars with private bath and hot shower and next day breakfast)
- Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes town (day 2 – Backpacker train)
- Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Backpacker train)
- Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu except the down to Aguas Calientes village
- Dining tent with camp tables and chairs
- Kitchen tent with plenty of room for comfortable dinners
- Toilet tent and Porters insurance
- Emergency horse in case someone is tired or sick with altitude sickness
- Personal horse to carry your personal items (Private Service only)
- Accommodation and meals for our camp staff
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle for any participant and our camp staff
It does not Included:
- Optional entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes ($4.5 USD last day)
- 2 soles for towel to use in the hot spring
- Alcoholic drinks
- Porters to carry your personal items (see below)
- Sleeping Bag can be hired in our local office in Cusco $10 USD
- Breakfast on the first day before to be collected from your hotel
- Last lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes before the train back to Cusco
- Tips for guide and camp staff
- Optional EXTRA night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged easily
- Tourist ticket to enter the archaelogical site of Ollantaytambo ( 70 Soles )
What you need top Bring / Carry:
- Backpack 65Lt
- Sleeping bag -20ºC (can be hired from our office for $5 USD per day)
- Rain jacket or poncho (December - April)
- Strong comfortable and waterproof footwear
- One complete change of clothing
- Sweater and jacket (something warm)
- Bottle of water and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended)
- Flashlight and batteries
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
- Sun block (sun protection cream)
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, etc
- Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
- Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at Aguas Calientes after the trek)
- You also need to bring your original passport on the trail
- Walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order to walk inside Machu Picchu).
Important.- Every night keep everything locked up in your tents to prevent any problems with robberies.
Departure.-Daily departures are available all year, except every February. The Inca Trail is close for maintenance.
Private service.- With this service, we provide a private official tour guide and assistant to make your trip as comfortable as possible and you can explore much more every ruins in the old Inca trail and Machu Pichu complex.
Makking a trekking booking .- Prior to making a reservation with South Adventure Peru Tours it is important to read through our FQA`s (Frequently Asked Questions), there you will find answer any queries that you may have about this trek.
Stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes.- Stay an extra night at Aguas Calientes? Yes, if you want to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes after the hike this can easily be arranged. We will purchase your train ticket to return to Cusco the following day. You need to let us know at the time of making the trek reservation so we can reserve your train tickets in advance. Obviously if you stay an extra night then you will have to pay for your accommodation.
Extra Horse or Extra porter to carry all your personal stuff includingyour sleeping bag and Matt. to carry your personal stuff can be hired ( 9 Kilos for US$ 60 OR 18 Kilos for US$ 120 ) for the full duration of the tour from Cusco to Calca. Regarding porters who carry personal items. You will need to carry with you a daypack with your Camera, bottle of water, snacks, a fleece or something warm and a poncho in case of rain (unlikely in dry season but as a precaution) and anything you will need before lunch as porters do not walk alongside you. Your bag will be waiting for you in your tent at campsites... Best to put everything up to 12kgs in one backpack for the porter so that you don't have 2 large backpacks in your tent. We can provide you with a big rice sack that is not heavy but also not water proof so use plastic bags around your gear. The porters have large ponchos to cover them and the bag.