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Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu is a two days trek from Cusco. If you are looking for a short and off the beaten track alternative trek to Machu Picchu, then this is the one.
Huchuy Qosqo in Quechua means “Little Cusco”. It is an archeological complex that nestles at 3650 metres above the sea level. Huchuy Qosqo Trek will take you to this interesting historic sites amidst the jaw dropping sight of the Andes.
The eighth ruler of Inca Viracocha built Huchuy Qosqo as his royal estate and named it Kakya Qawani. The Incas never imposed taxes on the income of its citizens. They in-turn, controlled the land and workforce. This helped the Incan emperors to gain control of many royal estates which grew their power and control.
Later, towards the end of Viracocha’s reign, he faced attacks from Chanchas. To safeguard himself, he took refuge in Huchuy Qosqo and handed over the rule of Cusco to his son, Pachacuti. Pachacuti, in -turn settled the conflict with Canchas and dethroned his father.
Huchuy Qosqo, saw a rapid and massive expansion during the reign of Pachacuti. This however did not last long. Upon Spanish invasion, the whole site was looted under the leadership of Gonzalo Pizzaro. They even ended up burning the mummified corpse of Viracocha.
The Spanish rulers converted the whole site as a farm. They demolished many Incan architecture to build a large reservoir. The remains of this reservoir can be seen today.
Before reaching the Huchuy Qosqo, you will be crossing through recently refurbished store houses named Qolqas. The Incas used this place to store their crops such as quinoa, maize among others. It has two levels and here you will also be seeing “conjeras” which was a cooling system them.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 0600 in the morning. After picking up, we will be travelling to Chinchero and onward to Tauca. Tauca is the starting point of Huchuy Qosqo trek. From here, we will be walking up the hill through a spectacular Andean landscape. On the way you will get to see Andean farmlands and Andean camelids, Alpacas and Llamas grazing. We will be hiking up the hill till we will reach the pass at 4500 metres above the sea level.
You will be getting an enchanting view from the pass.
We will then commence our descend for about an hour and a half to Huchuy Qosqo. Here you will be having a guided tour of Huchuy Qosqo where you will be familiarised to different sites of the archeological complex.
After the tour, we will stop for lunch. Then we will start descending to Lamay. At Lamay we will be meeting our transport which will transfer you to Ollantaytambo train station. Upon reaching Ollantaytambo, our representative will be meeting you and will be walking you to your hotel. You will be accommodate in an ensuite hotel room.
Early in the morning, you will be taking a bus from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu citadel. Our local expert will be giving you a two hours guided tour of Machu Picchu citadel. This tour will give you a better insight of the life of Incas and how each areas of the renowned citadel played an important role in their daily life. After the tour, you will be having some free time to walk around the citadel.
Later you can take a bus back to Aguas Calientes town. You can stop for lunch at one of the local restaurants (not included). You will be then boarding a train from Aguas Calientes town to Ollantaytambo. At Ollantaytambo train station, our representative will be meeting you and will be organising your transfer to Cusco.
This was my first time in Cuzco, absolutely without a doubt, it was the best experience, everything was easy and accessible very well organized. 100% recommended all very professional