1-Day Tour of Huchuy Qosqo
We have chosen the best route for our 1-day hiking trip to Huchuy Qosqo. The site can only be accessed on foot but the trek is not long. Our itinerary will be as follows:
- Pukamarca Pass
- Puma Punco
- Huchuy Qosqo
Our 1-day tour of Huchuy Qosqo is practically a full day itinerary involving about 12 kilometers of hiking. We will start early in the morning at 07:00 AM. We will head north towards the native town of Corao.
Hiking Through Some Breathtaking Views
Our first stop in the highlands in the north of Cusco city will be Patabamba. It is a small village sitting at 3,848 meters above sea level. The trailhead for Huchuy Qosqo lies in this small hub if Inca textile and weaving arts. Altitude will continuously increase as we hike forward.
We will cross the Quechua village of Sihua and head towards the Pukamarca Pass which stands high at 4,051 meters above sea level. This pass will bring us to the highest point of our trek in the Andean highlands before we trek downhill towards our destination. A 2-kilometer descent from the highest point of the pass will bring us to the village of the same name, Pumamarca community. This is where we will have lunch. Our hike in the Andean highlands might become your most memorable trek ever. It will let you gaze at the snow-capped mountains of the Urubamba mountain range and steal some breathtaking view of the stunning Sacred Valley below. You will get to see the best and untouched beauty of the Peruvian Andes along this hike.
Hiking the Great Inca Trail to Little Cusco
We will descend further to reach our next stop i.e. Puma Punku canyon. The Puma Punku canyon which refers to “the Puma Gate” will take us to the Great Inca Trail. From this point, we will hike a section of the original Inca Trail. This will take us the way to our premier destination for the day, Huchuy Qosqo. This ancient Inca site, reportedly built in 1420, sits on top of the Sacred Valley. It is perched at an elevation of 3,600 meters above sea level overviewing the snowcapped Urubamba range. The site is greatly impressive in its own right and enjoys some of the best views in the region as well. Huchuy Qosoq was largely destroyed during the Spanish invasion along with many other Inca settlements, especially military towns. However, ruins of the fallen buildings are still there and present a glorious sight. In these fine stone structures, ancient temples and vast terraces, you can feel the might of a once-great empire. The Little Cusco is known for Kallanka, a 40 meters long irrigation channel which is just another example of Inca engineering.
Onward to Lamay For the Return
After exploring the impressive ruins of the fallen town of Huchuy Qosqo, we will make a downhill hike. It will take us about two hours to reach the village of Lamay which is located 3000 meters above sea level. From here, we will take a bus ride down south to Cusco.
Huchuy Qosqo to Scred Valley:
$90 USD per person provided you are going in a group of 4 people.
Terms and conditions apply, and prices may vary accordingly in case you are travelling in more or less numbers, customized trips, trips including more sights, solo or with family.