The 2 day Huchuy Qosqo Hike route from Patabamba to Lamay is intended for those who have limited time but still wish to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the Cusco region. This 2 days hike to Huchuy Qosqo is a mix of low peak mountain range, Inca Ruins, Inca Trail and the incredible surrounding landscapes.
Huchuy Qosqo Hike is an archaeological site north of Cuzco, Peru. Its name is Quechua for “Little Cuzco.” It lies at an elevation of 3,600 m (11,800 ft), above the 3000 m high town of Lamay and the Sacred Valley.
The site received its name in the 20th century; previously it had been known as Kakya Qawani. Pedro de Cieza de León, in his Second Chronicle of Peru, claimed that the palaces were built by Viracocha, the Eighth Inca. Amongst a large number of buildings, some stone, some adobe, is a kallanka (great hall) which is 40m long. Providing water to the site is an Inca built irrigation channel, lined with stones for about 800 m.
Locations Visited: Huchuy Qosqo Tour of Archeological site
Trip Style: Trekking Tours
Group: min 2, max 10 persons
Physical Grading: Moderate
We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning before driving for 20 minutes to Tambomchay, which will be our start point of the hike. This hike combines beautiful views of local Quechua villages, deep valleys and scenic lakes. The trek will begin with a 3 hour uphill hike to Yancocha village where we will break for lunch. After lunch we continue climbing for another 40 minutes until we reach the Qory Cocha pass at 4050 m where we will break to take in the spectacular views of Lake Qory Cocha. We then begin our descent following undulating paths for another 3 hours until we reach the Inca site of Puca Raqay. We continue hiking past spectacular sights of Huchuy Qosqo Canyon, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and amazing snow capped peaks of the Urubamba mountain range. We then reach the Huchuy Qosqo Inca site which we will have the chance to explore before descending for another 2 hours until we reach Lamay village. From here we take a private transport bus to Ollantaytambo train station and then continue by train to Aguas Calientes Town. We will then enjoy a group dinner together before checking into our Hotels for the night.
Starting Altitude – 3800 m / 12,467 ft
Highest Altitude – 4300 m / 14,107 ft
Walking Distance – 20 km / 13 miles
Longest Day – Day 1, approximately 20km / 13 miles
Meal included – Breakfast –Lunch – Dinner
Overall Difficulty – Challenging
We wake early to catch a bus up to the Maccu Picchu Inca site where we will have the chance to enjoy sunrise and experience the wonder of Machu Picchu in the morning light. You will enjoy a two hour tour from a local guide around this astonishing archeological site and then enjoy some free time to explore it further by yourself. During this time you may also opt to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, the iconic mountain peak that overlooks the site of Machu Picchu or hike up Machu Picchu Mountain itself. After we will return to Machu Picchu Town by bus from where we catch our train to Ollantaytambo and then onwards by private bus back to Cusco.
Starting Altitude – 2100m / 8,467 ft
Highest Altitude -2400m / 9,107ft
Meal included – Breakfast
Accommodation – Hotel
Overall Difficulty – Easy