Huchuy Qosqo Trek & Sacred Valley 2 Days

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2 Days – 1 Night

Max Guests: 8

Max. Altitude: 2050 – 4050m

Act. Level: Moderate

Overview

This trek is ideal for those passengers who really want to be far in the middle of nowhere with only nature surrounding them as they camp or stay at home family in an area that is scarcely seen by tourists.  Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco) is situated above the Valley of Urubamba and offers very spectacular views over the mountain range Cordillera de Vilcanota.  You will have one night camping in the wilderness.

Huchuy Qosqo Trek & Sacred Valley 2 Days

Huchuy Qosqo and Sacred Valley 2 Days Itinerary

Altitude: 3650 – 4300 m. / 11975 – 14107 f.
Duration: 2 days / 1 night
Distance: 14 km
Level of difficulty: Normal (easy)

1st Day: Chinchero (Valley of Cuper) – Pucamarca – Huchuy Qosqo

We begin our journey by departing Cusco, by car, in the direction of the Inca Site known as Chinchero (3760 meters). From here, we will begin trekking up the road as it curves sharply up-hill to reach a pass of near 4200 meters. We will continue to follow the trail down into the valley and towards the small community at the bottom. As we descend along the trail, you will see a beautifully green valley stretching out as far as the eye can see.

Passing through the village, the trail takes us up over the second pass (4300 meters) and into high open country. On the way, we will pass by the beautiful Lake Qoricocha (Golden Lake in Quechua). We’ll continue along this rustic trail, with its stellar views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

Finally, we’ll descend towards the Huchuy Qoso (3650 meters), where we’ll arrive in the late afternoon. Here, we’ll set up camp or stay at home family and enjoy our supper underneath the great starry sky.

Hiking time: 6 hours
Lunch and dinner: included

2nd Day:Huchuy Qosqo - Lamay – Maras Moray – Salt Mine

Huchuy Qosqo is perched above the Urubamba Valley, overlooking the little town of Lamay, which is a town dedicated to agriculture and raising cattle. Huchuy Qosqo was originally an administrative center, where the Incas buildings had made of stone and adobe which has a great example of Inca style perfectly fitting stones.

Continuing along this magnificent path, with Pitusiray looming above us, we will eventually pass an Inca stone and adobe gateway. This was the entrance to the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo for people who climbed up from the Urubamba Valley.

Our private transport will pick us up from Lamay drove to Maras Moray, Salt mine and Chinchero where we will visit the Inca’s sites and also the colonial town. We’ll be back in Cusco at around 6pm. 
Breakfast and lunch included.

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Inclusions

Includes

  • Transfer in private transport from your hotel to Chinchero (starting point of the trek)
  • Private transport from Lamay to Maras Moray, Salt Mine and Cusco
  • Home stay or personal tents for 2 persons
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • Meals
  • Cook and cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Porters or horses (Carrying the tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Entrance fee to Huchuy Qosqo
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Entrance to Maras Moray and Salt Mine and Chinchero

Not included:

  • Breakfast at the first and dinner at the last day
  • Sleeping bag

Notes:

(1) From Chinchero to Lamay we are accompanied by porters or horsemen and mules that will carry all camping equipment.

(2) Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.

Travel Info

Briefings

All briefings are done at our office at 7:00 PM one or two nights before your trek. If you are unable to make this time, you need to coordinate another time with a member of the Xtreme Tourbulencia office team. Briefings are approximately 40 minutes long.

Pickups

Xtreme Tourbulencia is one of the only companies to pick you up directly from your hotel. As long as your hotel is in the center of Cusco city, we will coordinate this pickup based on a time that your guide will discuss at the briefing. Pick up times may vary 30 – 45 minutes based on traffic conditions and previous pickups.

Cusco is an old city with cobblestoned streets and very narrow passageways. Smaller hotels and Airbnbs are often located on streets that cars can´t pass through.

They also are frequently on hillsides with long steep climbs, making it difficult to carry luggage. We highly recommend that you book accommodations with better access. We have a list of hotels that are all comfortable with easy access to pick up and drop off.

Huaynapicchu/Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu is most beautiful when seen from above, which is why hiking one of the mountains next to the ruins is very popular to do after your tour.

Huaynapicchu is the most popular and must be booked in advance since it sells out very quickly. This hike takes approximately 1 hour to the top, and another 45 minutes back down. Tickets are sold in time sessions stating when you can start this hike. The first session is from 7-8 AM, and the 2nd session is from 10-11 AM.

Again, this refers to the timeframe when you can start your hike. We usually book the second session so you can enjoy your tour with your guide first. You will do this hike on your own, but your guide will show you where to begin.

Machu Picchu Mountain is a bit longer and a bit less popular. It takes 2 hours to the top and another 1 hours to the bottom. Again there are two time windows – from 7-8 AM and 9-10 AM and we usually purchase the second time window. 4 Day treks, the Trekkers CAN NOT do this hike and enjoy a tour of the ruins. Time will not allow for this.

Hiking either mountain will allow you to have some extra time at the ruins once you complete, as listed above.

Machu Picchu Entrance Times

ENTRY SCHEDULE

Entry time to Machupicchu (*)Grace period during months of regular visitor demand (**)Grace period during months of high visitor demand (from June 1 to
October 15 and December 30 and 31) (**)
06:00 amUntil 06:30 amUntil 06:45 am
07:00 amUntil 07:30 amUntil 07:45 am
08:00 amUntil 08:30 amUntil 08:45 am
09:00 amUntil 09:30 amUntil 09:45 am
10:00 amUntil 10:30 amUntil 10:45 am
11:00 amUntil 11:30 amUntil 11:45 am
12:00 pmUntil 12:30 pmUntil 12:45 pm
01:00 pmUntil 01:30 pmUntil 01:45 pm
02:00 pmUntil 02:30 pmUntil 02:45 pm
03:00 pmUntil 03:30 pmUntil 03:45 pm

* Entry time at the main gate of the Inca city of Machupicchu.

** Entry at the control points of Machupicchu, Waynapicchu, and
Huchuypicchu mountains does not have a grace period.

Health Concerns

You must be honest with your guide about any health conditions or concerns you might have. While our guides are not medical professionals, they do have first aid training. We also work with a clinic in Cusco that can help assist our team.

You are responsible for assessing whether a Tour is suitable for you. You should consult your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in any planned activities. You should seek your physician’s advice on vaccinations and medical precautions.

Xtreme TourBulencia will not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level, and medical requirements.

If you develop extreme altitude sickness or any other illness that prevents you from hiking, and you still wish to visit Machu Picchu by train, we will work with you to coordinate this trip. Since this will be a new trip, it may require additional fees. We will use as much of the original itinerary to keep costs low.

If you experience issues while hiking and can not continue, a porter will accompany you to the closest road and wait while a car comes to pick you up and bring you to the nearest health clinic.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of all different types of people, with various hiking skills and ages. By agreeing to a group tour, you agree that some people might be slower or faster than you are.

Everyone can go at their own pace for the trek, and the guide will work with the group to spend time with everyone. Groups might request some modifications to the tour, and the guide will work with everyone to make the best decision for the group.

Strikes

Unfortunately, strikes are frequent in Peru and can disrupt our tours. Roads are often blocked, and trains stopped. We will make sure your trek continues as planned, even if that means leaving the night before your start date.

Under these circumstances, tours might need to be canceled. But our operations department will coordinate with you in this situation. Your safety is always our top concern and will dictate how we decide.

Lost Items

You are responsible for your items throughout the Tour. Please be diligent about where you leave your things and remember to remove all items from our vans, your tents, restaurant, etc.

Do not leave anything unintended during your hike. Other trekkers or teams might pick it up not knowing whos it is.

Tips

Tipping is part of the tradition of any trek to Machu Picchu. While we pay good wages to our entire team, anything extra is always appreciated. Please know that this is not obligatory and that you should never feel pressured into this.

Typically the participants in a group pool their tipping money together for the porters and chef. The amount recommended is different per trek and listed below.

For the guide, this is more personal and needs to be decided based on your relationship with them and done separately from the group. Porters and Chefs prefer soles if possible. Guides are happy with U.S. dollars, Peruvian Soles, or even your credit card.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is inexpensive and strongly recommended. With trips being planned months ahead of time, you never can predict what could happen. Adventure travel includes more risk than the average trip.

Insurance is a way to protect the investment you have made on this journey. We can help recommend an agent to walk you through this type of insurance if needed.

Weather

Of course, the weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December so just be prepared.

No matter what month you are doing the trek, make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves. Many people forget about gloves, but being cold and wet makes hiking very unpleasant.

Also, prepare for four seasons. Several of the treks through the Andes involve various microclimates and you will need to be prepared. Layers are always key since they are easy to adjust to different temperature changes. Be prepared with a warm packable down jacket since the evening will be cold.

It’s also important to note that the weather can change a listed itinerary. There are times that routes become impassable, and our guides will be forced for your safety to rework your tour.

Altitude Sickness

As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs.

Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air. For this reason, we always recommend spending at least two days in Cusco before beginning any trek in the Andes. Cusco is a marvelous city with lots to do, so if you have more time to acclimate you won´t be bored.

With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office, and we will help you get to a doctor.

Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea.

Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the Coca Plant contain alkaloids that help bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee. They will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.

Remember the trek to Machu Picchu is not a race. Even those in the best shape will suffer from altitude sickness if they race to the top of the mountain too quickly. Go slow, and it will give your body time to adjust to the elevation.

Your healthcare provider may prescribe medications, such as acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before you get to a high altitude. Continue to take it while you are at high altitude.

You must remember that this is your holiday and you do not want to stress out about the possibility of getting sick from the mountains. Do everything slowly and drink lots of water, and enjoy the coca tea.

If anything does happen and you, unfortunately, get sick, let your guide know right away. Xtreme Tourbulencia guides are trained to help you get through it.

Getting To Cusco

The airport in Cusco currently is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.

The best way to get to Cusco is by air, and there are several options in airlines. LAN tends to be the most expensive but has the most options and flights. Expect delays or flight cancellations. Due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land, and any acclimate weather will stop air traffic.

Bus travel is always available, and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses in Peru are very well maintained and comfortable. This option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno. Lima buses will take about 20 hours to arrive.

Packing List

What do I need to bring?

  • Small backpack with rain shelter (30 or 40 litters is well enough)
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket
  • Trekking shoes
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs)
  • Woolen or synthetic socksand a sweater
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts
  • Rainponcho and a hat
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel and toilet paper
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card (In case you are student) and extra money in soles
Conditions & Terms
  • Please note that the program deposit is non-refundable. The deposit is used to purchase the  ticket entrance to  Machupicchu and also for booking the train ticket and hostels. And once a space is purchased it cannot be resold.
  • XTreme Tourbulencia will not give any refunds if a participant decides to cancel the trip prior to departure or during the trip (except from the entrances to the archaeological sites and the bus/train tickets)
  • If XTreme Tourbulencia doesn’t confirm the reservation, your payment will be refunded totally.
  • All participants have to carry their own back packs, including sleeping bag and mattresses unless they booked an extra porter or the service includes porters, horsemen or mules.
  • A participant must declare if he/she has any sickness or medical disorder and must bring his/her own medicines.
  • All participants must bring their original passport and, if available, their original student card ´ISIC´.
  • It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. XTreme Tourbulencia cannot be accounted for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her own.
  • In case force majeure occurs, like impossibility to operate the program or trek due to unusual or unforeseen circumstances outside XTreme Tourbulencia’s control like: extreme weather conditions, landslides, strikes not allowing operation or putting it at risk, sudden inaccessibility of route, etc.
  • XTreme Tourbulencia will propose viable solutions to operate the program within the available dates, or if impossible, will then propose an alternative program. If the alternative program chosen by the client is of lower value than that originally booked then the client is entitled to a refund of the price difference.
  • All costs derived will be at the expense of the client. In case none of these would be feasible, XTreme Tourbulencia would refund all the money paid except all the incurred expenses so far.
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Colin L
Colin L
2024-06-11
Great experience! The trail was really satisfying to walk. Our guide Rolando really took care of us and gave a lot of information about the Inca's and the nature. And of course the porters were amazing. The effort they put into the journey every day is admirable. Every day they set up all the tents and prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner for us. It was delicious. And don't forget that they carried all the equiment over the same trail we had to walk with only our daypack. Much respect for them! Of course Machu Picchu is incredable but also the other Inca-ruines alongside the trail were wonderfull. And there is nothing more rewarding than walking for 4 days arriving at the Sun Gate looking to Machu Picchu. It is also nice to know that by doing the trail you support the local community and may support the porters to eventually go to college to learn a profession the really love. Due to the guide, the porters and my fellow traveller it was an amazing experience!
María Gabriela A
María Gabriela A
2024-06-10
Extraordinaria Experiencia Hermosa experiencia, hicimos el camino del inca de 2 días con Jaime,un guía de lujo. Muy buena onda y muy lindo escuchar los relatos acerca de los incas. Lo volvería a hacer !!!! Gracias Jaime!
seb
seb
2024-06-09
Trek salkentay 4jours Belle expérience sportive et aussi humaine avec notre guide Oliver, notre cuisinier Elojio et notre muletier Augusto ! Ils ont été adorables, à l'écoute et attentionnés. Les repas étaient topissimes. Le trek était bien plus difficile qu'imaginé et ils ont su s'adapter ! Merci !
Marcos W
Marcos W
2024-06-09
trilha de 4 dias até Machu Picchu Excelente serviço prestado pela agência , facilitando e agregando valor a trilha de 4 dias até Machu Picchu, e parabéns ao Donato que foi nosso cuzinheiro e ao Hector nosso guia que comentou sobre os pontos históricos ao longo da trilha
Itsik A
Itsik A
2024-06-06
A great experience with an excellent company that takes care of every detail. High level guide We had a great trip to Machu Picchu. A 3-day trip that included: a train ride, the Inca Trail and a day and a half tour of the Machu Picchu site. The trip was excellent in terms of organization, guidance and accompaniment. warmly recommended
Lady H
Lady H
2024-06-06
Camino Inca 2024 Una gran experiencia fue hacer Camino Inca. Frank, el guía, tiene mucho conocimiento siempre fue amable, atento y me hizo sentir segura en los 4 días que dura este trekking. Los portadores, unas personas increíbles, no dejaba de admirarlos cada vez que los veía pasar, muy amables y atentos a todo lo que necesitábamos. La comida era increíble, el cocinero A1 todo estaba delicioso. Los campamentos impecables. Recomiendo mucho a la agencia. Gracias por todo.
Franck F
Franck F
2024-06-05
Expérience incroyable Nous avons fait le trek de l’inca, une expérience magnifique et inoubliable avec une équipe formidable!!! En petit groupe dans une ambiance familiale Un grand merci à notre guide francophone, Oliver qui alterne l’anglais et le français sans oublier l’espagnol et le quechua Un grand merci et une très grande reconnaissance pour nos porteurs, serveur et cuisinier qui font un travail formidable, dur, efficace… sans eux le trek n’est tout simplement pas possible Encore merci à notre cuisinier Alejandro pour le gâteau réalisé pour nous le dernier jour Merci, merci, merci
Samantha K
Samantha K
2024-06-04
4 day Inca trek of MP with Dario Our four day Inca trek with Dario and the group of porters was fabulous! Dario is so knowledgeable about the history and the area and made the tour extremely fun with lots of learning and laughs. The porters were amazing too, so fun and helpful!! 10/10 recommend this experience.
polonis
polonis
2024-06-04
Caminho Inca com a melhor empresa fe Cusco!!! O passeio foi muito bem organizado por essa empresa, os funcionarios que nos acompanharam por 4 dias foram excelentes, Dario, nosso guia, nota 10. Vicente o chef, comidas maravilhosas, enfim tudo foi sensacional
Akshita T
Akshita T
2024-06-04
Best tour ever! I had the best time doing this Inca trail. Our tour guide was Dario and he is just the best. He is so informative, patient and just an overall amazing guide. It was a once in a lifetime experience for me and Dario just made it that much more special. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. Thank you Dario for everything .
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