Walking Distance – 12 km / 7.46 miles
Starting point of the hike 3750m/12,300ft
Maximum Altitude: 4050 meters / 13,315 feet
Meals: Lunch, (Snack)
Hiking Hours: 6 to 7 Hours
This day hike is Ideal for: Couples, friends, families, students
We will pick you up from your accommodation at 7:00 a.m. and we will drive to the small village of Tauca located at 3750m/12,300ft above sea level. From there, we will begin our trek, appreciating the landscapes of typical Andean valleys rich in corn, potatoes, barley, quinoa and other Andean tubers. As we ascend at 4050m/13,315ft above sea level, the landscape will begin to change dramatically to that classic of high Andean savannah or Puna, with scant vegetation, mainly “ichu” or high altitude grass. The view over the Cordillera Vilcabamba peaks is spectacular and we will especially appreciate Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and San Juan snow peaks. Soon after, we will start our descent toward Huchuy Qosqo along a path that leads to the Ccauca ravine, where you will be able to see the archaeological remains of Huchuy Qosqo and wild crops, such as tarwi, and a large quantity of cacti. We will walk downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where you will find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. This canyon boasts geological formations Huchuy Qosqo surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo.
Huchuy Qosqo (“Little Cusco”) is a noteworthy Inca complex. It boasts very fine stonework in a large Kallanka (rectangular Hall), some residential and defensive quarters and interesting two-story buildings in stone and adobe. Huchuy Qosqo is located on a plateau, surrounded by Inca agricultural terracing and commanding superb views of the Vilcabamba range. After our visit of the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo, we will continue our hike, walking 2 and a half hours downhill to Lamay in the Sacred Valley. Once we reach Lamay, a car will transport us back to Cusco
US$50 per person
We require a minimum group size of just 2 people for this trip. During the last few years, we has always managed to meet the minimum group size for ALL of our departure dates and have never had to cancel any group departure due to group size.
If in the unlikely event that we do not reach the minimum required number of persons, we reserve the right to change your departure date.
What is included:
- Pick-up from your hotel and drop-off near the main square
- Guide fluent in English and Spanish
- Transportation to the start of the trail
- Lunch, snacks
- First aid including an emergency oxygen bottle
- Tip, for your chef, guide and driver
- Entrance fee to access to Inca Site (price for the entrance is 25 soles)
What you need to bring
- Long sleeved shirts
- Walking pants
- Polar or thermal clothing
- Sweater and Warm jacket
- Hiking boots
- Waterproof pants and jacket
- Wool gloves
- Wool socks
- Hat or cap for the sun
- Lip balm
Optional items to take:
- Hiking poles
Where is Huchuy Qosco located?
It is located 1 hours by car from Cusco, in Lamay’s district
When does the tour start and finish?
Since the location is only 1 hour away, we will start at 7.00 a.m. The tour will finish at 5:00 p.m.
Is lunch included?
Yes, you will receive a lunch box.
Is there a toilet on the bus?
No, however we can stop for toilet breaks.
What is the maximum altitude?
The maximum altitude we will reach is 4050 meters/13,315 feet
What will I do if I suffer from altitude sickness?
We will treat you accordingly. We carry oxygen cylinders and altitude tablets.