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Huchuy Qosqo 1 Day

Huchuy Qosqo the Little Cusco is an archeological site north of Cuzco, Peru it was originally an administrative and military center around Pisaq, with many though-provoking constructions in the surrounding vicinity. You may also observe Inca buildings with fine, perfect stonework & grain-storage structures called Collcas to store and preserve food, because it was an important agricultural center to produce corn. Its name is Quechua for Little Cusco and it is found at an elevation of 3650 meters (11,800 feet), above the 3000-meter high town of Lamay and the Sacred Valley

Style Trip
Classic Tour
Places to Visit
Tour Length
Daily Departures
Group Size
6 Persons to more
Physical Grade

This complex is the most important archaeological center in the Urubamba Valley, after Ollantaytambo and Pisac. The ruins are impressive, although the conservation of the site is lower than that of Ollantaytambo or Pisac, because they are older.

But unlike the aforementioned places Huchuy Qosqo has a peculiar architecture: the buildings have been built on bases of polished stone of fine finish, with clay plaster (they are the best preserved parts) and the highest floors are made of adobe.

Some Facts:

Maximum Altitude: 4437 msnm / 14557 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2938 masl / 9639 ft
Distance travelled: 14.60 km / 9.07 ml
Approximate walking time:07 hr

Duration: 1 day.

Difficulty:. This is a moderately difficult hike. No high steps to overcome but a high-altitude Inca Trail always having the impressive panorama of the Urubamba River Canyon. The average height is 3,400 meters above sea level.

PLACES TO VISIT: Chinchero – Piuray – Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay
AVAILABILITY: Every Day (Taking into account Climatological Factor)
TYPES OF GROUP: Private Only (Min. 2 per.) || Shared (Max. 15 per.)

Full Itinerary

Our tour will begin with a pick up from the hotel between 6:30 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. From 7:00 am the tour will begin. The first stop is the town of Chinchero, we can appreciate the extensive fields of crops, which have been cultivated since antiquity. We travel along the shores of the Piuray lagoon, towards the community of Tauca (3762 masl.) where our walk begins.

We follow a dirt track, with a gentle slope towards the Pucajasa pass (4393 masl), where we will have a spectacular view of the Urubamba mountain range. This pass is about 200 meters long. We begin our descent and find sections of the Inka Trail, and we can also appreciate radical changes in ecological levels.

We arrive at Huchuyqosqo (3688 masl), where we enjoy our snack trip. After a brief descent, we will begin our tour through the archaeological complex, then descend to the town of Lamay (2938 masl) where we will have our lunch. Then we will board our transport back to the city of Cusco. We will finish our tour at approximately 6:00 pm. In your hotel in Cusco.

What is included in this program:

  • Transportation Cusco – Siguas – Cusco.
  • Ticket to Huchuyqosqo
  • 01 Box lunch

What to bring:

  • A comfortable backpack
  • Hiking shoes
  • Long pants and short
  • Polo t-shirts
  • Warm jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat or cap
  • Waterproof Poncho
  • Canteen

This tour is available throughout the year and can be organized any day of the week.

Duration: approximately 9 hours.

Recomendations and packaging list

  • Small personal backpack.
  • Jacket for the cold.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Video and photo camera.
  • Chocolates and candies.
  • Wear walking shoes or tennis shoes
  • wear clothing according to the season (rain poncho, wind jacket)
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat for sunny days.
  • Medicine and/or articles for personal use.
  • One lightweight backpack or briefcase per person of 20 liters.
  • Camera or video camera.
  • Extra money in national currency
  • Comfortable trousers and long-sleeved shirts.
  • Sunglasses
  • Plastic bags for the waste produced by each one of you.
  • Original passports or personal documents (with which reservations were made / copies are not accepted).
  • Take with you the migration card with which you entered the country
  • Bring money in soles and not in dollars as the exchange rates are very low.

NOTE: If you are a student, you must carry your university card with the current date, whose benefit will have a discount of USD$20.00 American dollars.



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