Huchuy Qosqo Trail

This is easily the shortest of the Machu Picchu treks and is best suited for those with a limited amount of time, but who would still like to do a bit of trekking before they see Machu Picchu. It is the lowest in altitude (4350m) of the alternative treks and also the shortest in distance (17 km) but still sees some great examples of Inca stairs and other Inca ruins along the way.



  • A short but fascinating trek visiting the ruins at Huchuy Qosqo.
  • Tour the village of Tauqaq on the Piuray Lagoon.
  • Private tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Tent based expedition.


Open Group
There are no open groups for the Huchuy Qosqo Trail.
Private Trek
Private treks can be arranged on any day and for any party size. Price from £799 pp $1240 pp. Enquire.

What’s included on our tours

Our trek prices include:

  • All transfers, excluding airport transfers
  • 4 x nights in hotel accommodation as per itinerary
  • Standard train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • All Machu Picchu trekking permit fees, park entry fees, camping fees
  • Service of qualified mountain guides, porters and cooks
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the trek
  • Access to emergency oxygen and first aid kit
  • Prices are based on 2 people sharing a tent and, in a hotel, a twin or double room
  • Single tent and hotel occupancy costs an additional £150 pp / $250 pp and must be requested at time of booking
Not included in our trek prices are:

  • Airfares and departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Permit to climb Huayna Picchu is not included but can be booked separately
  • Tips for crew, for recommended tip rates see here
  • Travel insurance (you must be insured, and specifically for treks up to 6000m) – see here for details
  • Your personal trekking gear – see here for a equipment checklist
  • Your personal medicines, prescriptions and snacks
  • Meals & drinks not specified

Huchuy Qosqo Trail Route Description and Map

Huchuy Qosqo Trail Itineray

The city of Cusco sits at an altitude of 3500m and is a great place to acclimatise before you start your Inca Trail trek. You’ll have plenty of time to explore this charming city and soak up the local atmosphere. DAY 2 : ACCLIMATISATION DAYA day free to explore Cusco as your body gets used to the altitude. Optional city tour available.

Early morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Chinchero where you will visit the church, a typical market and an archeological site, before continuing our journey to Tauqaq, a village located on the edge of Piuray Lagoon, where you will begin the trek. After a short briefing about the route, you will walk for 3 hours until you reach Tauqaq Pass (4,000m), where you will have views of Ausangate, Veronica, Pitusiray and Sahuasiray. From the pass you’ll descend to our campsite, located just before Huchuy Qosqo.

After breakfast you will visit Huchuy Qosqo, an imposing architectural Incan complex that includes a large open ceremonial centre. You will have a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley and the Vilcanota River from here. After a guided tour of this site you will continue our way to Lamay at 3000m where you take a private bus to Ollantaytambo.From here you will take the train to Aguas Calientes for an overnight stay in a hotel.

Today, you will be given a guided tour of the Lost City of the Incas and then have time to explore the ancient ruins for yourself. There is an option to climb Huayna Picchu, the famous mountain behind the ruins. In the afternoon, you will catch the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, where you will be met by our driver who will transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.

A private transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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