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Huchuy Qosqo and Machu Picchu Trek 2 days / 1 nights

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Trip Overview

This tour is filled with activities and is perfect for those who want to see the best of the Sacred Valley before taking a train to visit the world famous Machu Picchu. This tour is not as difficult as many of the other treks to Machu Picchu, we will only walk for 10 km in total. This combination makes this tour perfect for families with children or travellers on a tight time schedule.

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Summary

Huchuy Qosqo is a high archaeological complex, located about (3350m/10,990ft) above sea level in the Sacred Valley. Since this place has a beautiful view across the entire Sacred Valley, we will be able to see the majestic Pitusiray and Chicco glaciers and the town of Calca along your journey in the Sacred Valley.

Places visited on the first day:

Moray
Salinas de Maras
Cuper Village
Yanacocha and Qellococha (Yellow Lake and Black Lake).
Pucamarca indigenous community
Inca architectural complex of Huch’uyQosqo
Lamay village
Ollantaytambo
Aguas Calientes

Place visited in the second day:

A full day visit to Machu Picchu

We require a minimum of 2 people to depart. With 2 people, we can guarantee you a departure on your desired date.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco- Huchuyqosqo- Aguas Calientes.

We will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 a.m. and travel by car to Moray and Salinas, ancient Incan archaeolocial sites were you will have a walking tour. We will then continue by car to the village of Cuper, located at (3750m/12,300ft), the beginning of your trek. From here, we will walk for 3 hours through some very beautiful landscapes, lagoons, and indigenous communities until we arrive at the archaeolocial complex of Huch’uyQosqo. Once we arrive, we will stop for half an hour and enjoy a packed lunch. After lunch, you will have a walking tour of this amazing Incan site.

We will spend an hour exploring Huch’uyQosqo before we 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 to the town of Ollantaytambo.

In Ollantaytambo, we will catch a 7:00 p.m. train to the town of Aguas Calientes. Depending on your preferances, you can have dinner in Ollantaytambo or later at a restaurant in the town of Aguas Calientes. Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes, we will transfer you to your hostel (this can also be upgraded to a hotel if you wish). In the evening, you will discuss with your guide what time you wish to wake up in the morning.

Day 2: Aguas Caliente- Machu Picchu- Cusco.

After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from your hostel/hotel and lead you to the bus station where you will board a bus to Machu Picchu. At Machu Picchu, you will have a 2 hour walking tour of this mysterious city, followed by free time for your own exploration of the site. In this time you may also choose to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain if you have reserved a spot.

Once you have completed your tour of Machu Picchu, you will take the bus to Aguas Calientes where you can stop for lunch. Finally, after an amazing journey, you will go to the train station to take the train for your return trip to Cusco.

Price

Price: US $385 per person.

Prices are the same for private or group treks!

We offer a discount of US $20 to students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and to children under the age of 16 years old. Scanned copies of your ISIC card or child’s passport must be provided at the time of payment of the deposit for the trek in order to qualify for the discount. International Youth Travel Cards (IYTC) or other forms of student identity are not accepted.

Please note: Our tour service begins and ends at your hotel in Cusco.

Storage during your Inca Trail : Most of our trekkers leave their belongings that they do not want to bring on the trek in the hostel they were previously staying in. These hostels/hotels usually have a secure, locked room where you can store your belongings. If you do not trust your hostel, we would be more than happy to store your belongings for you.

Train for the end of your Trek

The most common departure times that we book for our tourists is 2:30 p.m. or the 2:55 p.m. train.

The 2:30 p.m. train will arrive in Ollantaytambo train station at 4:05 p.m.,and the 2:55 train will arrive a bit later at 4:30 p.m. You will be picked up by your driver outside of the train station. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it so that there is no confusion. If you do not see the driver initially, just wait for them outside of the train station. Once the driver has picked you up, you will travel for 1 1/2 hours in a van before you arrive back at your hotel/hostel. Arrival time in Cusco is approximately 6:30 p.m., or 7:00 p.m.

You may also choose to update your train ticket to the Vistadome train, for an extra cost of (US $60).

Important: We guarantee these early Expedition departures, as per the itinerary, only if you book your tours 2 months in advance. Otherwise, we may be forced to offer Expedition train that departs at 6:45 p.m. only.

Included / Not Included

What is included:

  • Professional tour guide who is fluent in English
  • Private transport to Cuper on the first day of your trek
  • Box Lunch for the first day
  • Entrance fee to Huchuy Qosqo
  • Private transport from Lamay to Ollantaytambo
  • Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Breakfast on the second day in Aguas Calientes
  • Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Expedition Train from Aguas Caliantes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus transfer from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco

Not included:

  • Entrance fee for Moray and Salinas de Maras (17 Soles)
  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day
  • A ticket to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Please let us know if you would like to do this when you book the trek. Tickets to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain cost an extra (US $15) added to the trek price
  • Tips for the guide and drivers

What do you need to take?

  • Original passport (needed to enter Machu Picchu)
  • For students: Original ISIC card
  • Warm jacket
  • Rain gear (especially for December-March)
  • Water
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Extra money for lunch and shopping

Please Note: We offer a US $20 discount to students with an ISIC Student Card only.

FAQ

Is there a minimum group size? What happens if Inti Sun Trek does not meet the minimum size?.

We require a minimum of 2 people to depart on this trek. With 2 people, we can guarantee a departure for you on your desired date. However, if there are other people interested in the same trek on the same date, we will add them to your group. If there are no others interest, you will have a private tour.

Please Note: We will not combine you with another trekking company.

Is the Huchuy Qosqo Trek difficult? Do I need to be fit?
Not at all, although this Trek does require you to be moderately fit, since the first day is spent hiking.
Can I use trekking poles on the Huchuy Qosqo Trek day trek?

Yes. We highly recommend you bring trekking poles or walking sticks for this trek as they provide stability and support.
What time is the train to Agues Calientes on Day 1?.

On the first day of the tour, the train departs from Ollantaytambo train station at 7:00 p.m. and arrives in Aguas Calientas at approximately 8:30 p.m. You will be picked up by our driver to take you to Cusco outside of the train station. Our driver will be holding a sign with your name on it so that there will be no confusion. If you do not see the driver initially, just wait for him outside of the train station. Once the transfer has picked you up, he will take you to your hotel/hostel in Cusco.

What type of hostel does Inti Sun Trek use for Huchuy Qosqo Trek?.

At Inti Sun Trek, we always book through the Continental, El Tambo or Machu Picchu hostels, which offer private double rooms. These hostels offer comfortable beds, hot water for showering, WiFi, and breakfast.

NOTE: We guarantee these hostels will be reserved, as per the itinerary, only if you book your trek 2 months in advance. Otherwise, we may be forced to offer alternative accommodations.
Can I upgrade the hostal to a hotel in Aguas Calientes?.

Yes. Every traveller has their own expectations for accommodation and that is why we offer you the option to book your own hostel independently. The two hostels that Inti Sun Trek books are considered basic and so if you wish to upgrade to a hotel you need to:

1) Do this yourself or,

2) Ask Inti Sun Trek to do it for you.

If you wish to book a hostel independently, a US $15 discount is given per person off the tour price. You can use this money to pay for an alternative hostel.

Do we take the 5:30 a.m. bus to Machu Picchu on Day 2 of the trek?

Yes, you can take the 5:30 a.m. bus, or you many choose to hike for one and a half hours from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, by way of the famous stairs.

Important: You will recieve your return train tickets once your guide has finished your walking tour of Machu Picchu.

What time is the train back to Ollantaytumbo on Day 2?.

On the second day of the tour. The train departs from Ollantaytambo train station either at 14.55, or 16.45 pm. The train that is booked depends on availabilty and is confirmed at your briefing. There is an option to upgrade your train to the Vistadome train which is an extra $65 per person. Please let us know your preference at the time of booking. None of the trains go straight to Cusco.
How long will we be traveling before we return to Cusco?

You will be traveling for approximately 3 hours before you get back to Cusco. First, you will travel for 1 1/2 hours on a train until you arrive in Ollantaytambo train station. Then, you will be picked up by your driver outside of the train station. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it so that there will be no confusion. If you do not see the driver initially, just wait for him outside of the train station. Once the driver has picked you up, you will travel for another 1 1/2 hours in a van before you arrive back at your hotel/hostel. Arrival time in Cusco will depend on train availabilty. You will recieve your return train tickets once your guide has finished your walking tour of Machu Picchu.