Grand Huchuy Qosqo – Machupicchu Expedition 3D / 2N
This expedition is like taking a step back in time, although hard to believe it is so close to Cusco! From its beginning, this path takes you off the typical tourist route. You will hike along ancient pathways and visit local communities where you will be immersed in the local culture. Once we arrive to the site, we´ll have one of the most wonderful views of the sacred valley and the mountains around. By the day three, we visit Machupicchu, the seven wonders of the modern world.
Day 1. Cusco – Tambomachay – Qoricocha lake – Patabamba village
We will pick you up from your hotel at around 6:30 AM and take you up to Tambomachay site (3700 masl – 12139 ft.) in the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park. This is where we will begin our expedition. From here, we will head up the mountainside for about 2 hours until we reach our first pass for the day (4100 masl – 13451 ft.), where you will be able to enjoy all the views from. After a well-deserved break, we will descend in to the next valley where we will visit a small village called Quesser Grande before heading back up the opposite side of the valley again and reach our second pass (4300 masl – 14107 ft.). From here we will descend to Qoricocha lake (Golden lake) and follow the edge of the lake around to reach the path which will take us to our first night’s camp at Patabamba village (3848 masl – 12795 ft.).
Day 2. Patabamba – Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay – Aguas Calientes
Today´s trail takes us to the little village of Sihua and then up to the Pukamarca pass (4150 masl – 13615 ft.) which overlooks the village with the same name. Here, you will have a splendid view of the Urubamba mountain range and the Sacred Valley. After reaching the top of the pass, there is a 2km/0.6 mile (approximately 30 minute) downhill hike to the Pumamarka Community for lunch.
In the afternoon, we continue our expedition to the Puma Punku canyon (“the puma gate”) and hike along the original Inka Trail, which has been restored as part of the Qapaq-ñan project. This trail will lead us to the isolated and mysterious Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo (“the little Cusco’’) nestled above the Sacred Valley of the Incas at 3600 masl – 11811 ft. After your guided tour of the site, we descend for about two hours to the village of Lamay (2800 masl – 9186 ft.) in the Sacred Valley where we will get a bus and drive to Ollantaytambo. From here, we take a train to Aguas Calientes (the village below Machu Picchu) be ready for the next day.
Day 3. Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco
Your excitement for our rendezvous at Machu Picchu will rise as we are driving early in the morning through the forest to reach the site before most other tourists – even the Inca Trail trekkers!! You will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint. Your group will learn about this mystical place in a two-hour guided tour of the ruins. Afterwards, you can opt to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain (if you have pre-booked tickets) or walk to the Sun Gate (without extra tickets). Lunch in Aguas Calientes and in the afternoon, we take the train back to Cusco.
- Transport from/to Cusco
- Bus ticket from/to Aguas Calientes
- Experienced Bilingual Outdoor/Guide
- Accommodation (Tent and hotel)
- Duffle bag
- All food included (except the first breakfast and last dinner)
- Entrance ticket to Machupicchu and Huchuy Qosqo.
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking poles
- Travel Insurance
- Tips for the staff (optional)
- Acclimatization is necessary in Cusco, two days before starting the tour. For a good acclimatization it is necessary to rest as much as possible, eat little, drink plenty of liquid; especially the mate de coca that has medicinal properties. Adequate acclimatization prevents affecting the “soroche” or altitude sickness, which could cause numerous health problems.
- Do not drink alcoholic drinks before the expedition.