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Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu is an off the beaten track experience. Unlike most other treks, this three days tour is not so popular yet. It however offers a unique experience to its trekkers.
The complex was once a royal estate of the eight Inca ruler, Viracocha. Unlike the rest, the Incan emperors did not impose tax on the income of the residents. They rather controlled the labour and land. This was the reason why Incan emperors acquired many royal estates.
This helped them to become more powerful and rich. The royal estate of Huchuy Qosqo also served as the fortress to keep away the enemy. The name in Quechua means Little Cusco.
Later the emperor Viracocha faced a revolt from the Chancha tribe. He took asylum in Huchuy Qosqo and let his son, Pachacutec control Cusco. Pachacutec however, came to an agreement with Chanchas and put down his father. He then became the emperor of Incas.
He then expanded Huchuy Qosqo between 1420 and 1530. When the Spanish took over Cusco, the infamous conquistador Gonzalo Pizarro looted the site and burnt the mummy of Viracocha.
Huchuy Qosqo site has many stone and adobe buildings. However the most notable among them is the Kallanka (great hall). It is 40 metres long.
When the Spanish gained control of the site in the 1500s, they used it as farmland. They demolished the small reservoirs which Incas built and constructed larger reservoirs which can be seen today.
The site also features a storage system called Qolqas or Collcas. This was used especially to store dried meats, crops like potatoes, corn and quinoa. Here there is also a notable cold storage system called Conjeras.
The complex is a part of the Andes. It experiences two types of seasons – dry season and wet season. It is highly recommended to experience the trek during the dry season – April to November.
This is a high altitude trek. We highly recommend you to spend at least 3 days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then we will drive you to Tambomachay. From here we will begin with a two hours uphill hike towards the first pass of the trek. The route offers a beautiful view of the Andes.
We will then stop for lunch. After lunch, we will be hiking further to the highest point of Huchuy Qosqo Trek at 4300 metres above sea level. From here we will be hiking down the hill to our campsite in Pumamarca village.
Here we will have dinner and will be camping for the night.
We will be waking you up to a freshly cooked breakfast. Then we will hike down the hill to the archaeological complex of Huchuy Qosqo. Here our tour guide will give you a detailed tour of the site.
Then we will descend to the village of Lamay in the Sacred Valley of Incas. Here we will be stopping for lunch. After lunch, we will be taking our private transport to Ollantaytambo train station.
You will then be boarding the train to Aguas Calientes. This is the base camp of Machu Picchu. We will be accommodating you in an ensuite hotel room for the night.
Rise and Shine! We will be taking an early morning bus up to Machu Picchu citadel. Here our guide will be assisting you to enter the citadel. Then we will give you a two hours guided tour of Machu Picchu.
On this tour you will be visiting the main square, remains of Inca temples, farming terraces, ceremonial sites and more. After the tour you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own.
If you intend to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will direct you to the entrance. Please note you must book your entrance tickets in advance. Alternatively you can hike to Sun gate. It is the entrance to Machu Picchu for those on Inca Trail.
You will get a spectacular view of the citadel from Sun Gate. It is a two hours walk to and fro. Then you will be taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes town. Here we will give you some free time so you can have lunch (not included).
Later that evening, you will be boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will be meeting you at the train station and will be transferring you back to your hotel in Cusco.