Huchuy Qosqo Hike
Huchuy Qosqo Hike is a new 2D/1N trekking tour that Cusi Travel offers in Cusco, Peru. We do the hike to Huchuy Qosqo on the first day and it is 14 km or 9 miles. It will take you through the beautiful Andes Mountains, quaint Andean farming villages, and ancient Inca sites. Every corner boasts new views of the Sacred Valley and great photo opportunities high in the mountains. This hike is perfect for those who want to avoid large groups of people yet still want a unique hike on a real Inca Trail through important Inca sites before arriving at Machu Picchu!
We will start the day early by picking you up from your hotel in Cusco and will drive for about an hour into the Sacred Valley, where we will pass through farming communities and learn about local agriculture. Our private driver will drive your group and your guide up through the mountains to a small Andean village called Patabamba where you will be dropped off and begin your hike. After passing through the village you will start to climb the mountain with agricultural terraces on each side. Early in the morning allows for cooler weather and great views of the sun coming over the Andes to the east. After a few hours you will reach the city of Sihuas. This quaint Andean village is high up on the mountain. The friendly locals will wave at you and occasionally come up and talk to you. Your guide will teach you some Quechua phrases like wayki (male to male) or ñañay (female to female greeting) that you can use to communicate with the locals. Your guide speaks fluent English, Spanish, and Quechua thus feel free to ask him anything! We suggest bringing coca leaves that you can chew to help your body with the altitude and also to give to the locals. Coca leaves are important in their culture and it shows a sign of respect and friendship to give them to the local Quechua people. They will certainly appreciate them! Children in the area also like candies and cookies so if you have any extra, they will be very happy! This is not mandatory but it is a fun way to engage in the local culture.
After leaving Sihuas, the ascent to the peak of the mountain begins. This is the hardest and last incline of the voyage but the view is incredible and definitely worth it! At the top we find llamas and alpacas grazing and we can stop for a snack. After this, we begin our decent to Huchuy Qosqo for lunch. This part of the voyage takes us down through an amazing canyon using ancient Inca trails. The guide will explain Inca history and Peruvian geography while we descend. After about 45 minutes to an hour depending on your pace, we will arrive in Huchuy Qosqo and have lunch. We will bring the lunch so let us know if you have any preferences or food allergies! Huchuy Qosqo is a lesser known ruin in the valley. It is somewhat mysterious but the name means “Small Cusco.” You will walk through the ruins and can take pictures of Inca architecture while your guide explains the history of the place. The Spanish tried to destroy this special place but fortunately the ruins still exist and you can see many of the original walls. This will give you a great insight of how the ancient Quechuas lived in these beautiful mountains. The Inca King used this location as a point of refugee over 500 years ago. Thus this site has great importance and is filled with rich history. It stands as a testament to some of the most interesting and final days of the Inca empire.
After a descriptive and interesting tour, you will begin your decent to the bottom of the valley to the city of Lamay. This will take a few hours, depending on your pace. After getting through the steep parts, the decent becomes easier and more gradual. This is one of the places where sturdy hiking shoes and walking sticks may come in handy due to the gravel and sharp grades. After arriving in Lamay, our driver will take you to Ollantataymbo, about an hour away, where you can eat dinner and catch your train to Aguas Calientes later. The next day you will be at your dream location Machu Picchu for another amazing tour and incredible experience! Cusi Travel will take care of all the logistics upon booking!
This tour is designed for people who want to avoid large crowds yet want to see incredible Inca ruins. It is considered a moderate hike which can also be great for families. Photographers will be very pleased on this tour because the views change so rapidly throughout the hike and include stunning shots of the Andes Mountains. The adventurist will love the feeling of being on top of the world and able to see miles and miles of mountains in the distant horizon.
If you are interested in this tour, you can find more information on our Huchuy Qosqo page. If you have questions about this hike or our services, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to providing you with this tour or any other!
By Tyler Reveille