Huchuy Qosqo: A Short Hike to the Stunning Little Cusco


Peru is a dream destination for adventure seekers and Huchuy Qosqo is one of the best locations to visit during Peru visit. Huchuy Qosqo archeological site is located in the north of Cusco. In Quechua language Qosqo means Cusco, this name was given in the 20th century by the Quechuan locals. It is believed that the Huchuy Qosqo citadel was made for the Incan Emperor in 1420. The starting point for Huchuy Qosqo ruins hiking is the village Lamay.  The starting point for Huchuy Qosco namely Lamay village takes 1-hour from Cusco city. We offer the best tours in the supervision of the best company and experienced staff that will excite you a lot and make your trip memorable. Huchuy Qosqo ruins are located in an unbelievably beautiful place.

The remains of Huchuy Qosqo

The majestic remains have preserved the military infrastructure of the Incan Empire. Huchuy Qosqo derived its name from the Quechua language that means “Little Cusco”. The eight Incan emperors ordered the construction of the complex. Huchuy Qosqo has served as military and administrative base for Pisaq which was an important strategic point in the sacred valley. Today it hosts the leftovers of those majestic architectures engineered by the skilled Incan architects. The trail leading to Huchuy Qosqo holds a different beauty as it provides an amazing opportunity to cherish the breathtaking views of Wilkabama range and South Valley during hiking. Huchuy Qosqo is a complex architectural structure from where we can have a good observation of Sacred valley.

Huchuy Qosqo Itinerary

We have drafted a nice trek route for our 1-Day hiking trip. The trek isn’t that difficult so it could easily be accessed by foot. Following is the itinerary.

  • Corao
  • Patambamba
  • Pukamarca Pass
  • Puma Punku or puma gate
  • Huchuy Qosqo
  • Lamay


We have beautifully designed an effective and practical full-day itinerary including a total 12 kilometers hike. We will start this hiking tour at 6 Am. After an hour van ride we will reach Patabamba which is the place where we will have our breakfast.

Hiking through Inca Trail to Huchuy Qosqo

After having our breakfast and 1-hour van ride we will start our hiking. During our Huchuy Qosqo hike, our first stop will be the highlands in the north of Cusco city namely Patabamba. It is a small beautiful village sitting at an altitude of 4,051 meters and 13290 feet. This small town is a hub of Inca textiles and weaving. As we move further the height will keep on increasing.

We will cross the Quechua village of Sihua and head towards the Punkamarca pass which has an altitude of 4051 meters, 13290 feet above sea level. It will be the highest point of our trek beyond that we will start descending towards our way to our destination, the Huchuy Qosqo. After 2 kilometres descend from the highest point of our trek we will reach to the inhabitation of the Pukamarca community. We will have lunch over here. Huchuy Qosqo hike in Andean mountain might become the memorable most hike of our lives. On our way to trek, we will have a chance to gaze at the snow-capped peaks of Urubamba Mountain and Sacred Valley below. During Huchuy Qosqo hike we will have a chance to explore the untouched beauty of Peruvian Andes.

Huchuy Qosqo via Inca Trail

We will make further descent to reach our next destination Puma Punku canyon. Puma Punku Canyon refers to “The Puma Gate” that will take us to the great Inca trail. From this point, we are going to trek on the real Inca trail and now this will take to our main destination of the day. This ancient Inca site was built in 1420 on the top of the sacred valley. The altitude of Huchuy Qosqo is 3600 meters, 11811 meters above sea level. Due to the specific geographical local, this site presents the extravagant most view of its surroundings, in fact, produce the best view of the entire region.

During the Spanish invasion, many military instalments were destroyed including Huchuy Qosqo as it was also one of the military fortifications but the ruins are still standing there presenting a splendid sight. In these tough stone structures, you can feel the might of the once-great empire. The little Qosco is also known for 40 meters long irrigation channel namely Kallanka which is yet another example of Incan engineering.

Village of Lamay
Village of Lamay

Onward to Lamay For the Return

After having an amazing exploring session of the remains of the fallen town we will make a downhill hike to reach a village namely Lamay. It will take us around 2 hours to reach to Lamay from where we will grab our busses and transport and head back to hotels in Cusco city or sacred valley.

What’s Included?

Out one-day hiking trip will including the following facilities.

  • Experienced and well trained professional guides having a good awareness of the area.
  • Private transport.
  • Guides having good English and Spanish language proficiency.
  • Tickets to archaeological sites.
  • Lunch and snacks.
  • Personalized small groups.

Word for Travelers

Travellers must wear proper clothes to properly enjoy the tour. The hike isn’t that physically demanding still travellers are supposed to wear proper clothes and footwear to comfort the ankles. Travellers should have plenty of water to keep and dehydrated and fresh. Take a good sunscreen with yourself because it helps against harsh sun. They should carry raincoats if visiting in the rainy season. Our team will try their level best to make this trip memorable and provide the best of the trekking tour to the travelers.