Huchuy Qosqo and Machu Picchu: A Comprehensive 2-Day Exploration

Combine a trek to the serene Huchuy Qosqo with a visit to the legendary Machu Picchu in a fulfilling two-day tour.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

2 Days

Difficulty

6/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Step into a world where ancient history and breathtaking landscapes converge in our carefully curated 2-day trek. This journey is an invitation to intimately experience Peru’s rich cultural tapestry and its stunning natural wonders. Day one immerses you in the serene beauty of Huchuy Qosqo, an often-overlooked gem that offers a unique perspective on Inca architecture and history. This part of the trek is a serene escape from the usual tourist paths, allowing you to connect with the tranquil spirit of the Andes.

As dawn breaks on the second day, prepare to be mesmerized by the majestic Machu Picchu, a testament to Incan ingenuity and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The experience of witnessing the first light over these ancient ruins is nothing short of magical. This tour is tailored for those who yearn for an authentic and profound connection with the historical and natural essence of Peru. It’s a journey that not only traverses physical landscapes but also journeys through the rich tapestry of time, offering insights into a civilization that continues to fascinate the world.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 5:00 AM - 5:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Huchuy Qosqo, Andean Highlands, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu
Price
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 05:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 05:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 05:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 05:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 05:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 05:00

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Your adventure begins with an early morning pickup at 5:00 AM, immersing you into the tranquil pre-dawn atmosphere of Cusco. The drive to the trailhead introduces you to the captivating Andean landscape as the city's energy fades into the morning mist.

Upon arrival, you'll embark on a 4-hour hike, leading to the enchanting Huchuy Qosqo. By 10:30 AM, you'll delve into the heart of this archaeological treasure. Wander through the remnants of Inca civilization, unraveling the site's history and marveling at the intricate stonework.

Following the exploration, descend for 2 hours to the charming Lamay village. From here, a short drive takes you to Ollantaytambo, the gateway for your train journey to Aguas Calientes. Arrive in the early evening and settle into your hotel. You might choose to unwind in the local hot springs, a perfect prelude to the wonders awaiting the next day.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals: Boxed lunch and dinner in Ollantaytambo or Aguas Calientes
Hiking: Approx. 6 hours, 15 km

Day 2: Sunrise at Machu Picchu and Return to Cusco

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Exploration of Machu Picchu with guided narratives.

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Tour Highlights

  • Early Morning Trek to Huchuy Qosqo: Begin your adventure with an invigorating morning hike to the less-explored Huchuy Qosqo. Experience the tranquility of this hidden Incan archaeological site, offering unique insights into Inca history and culture.

  • Guided Exploration of Huchuy Qosqo: Delve into the heart of Incan architecture and engineering as you walk through the remnants of this ancient civilization, guided by our knowledgeable experts who bring history to life.

  • Scenic Train Ride to Aguas Calientes: Transition from your hike to a scenic train journey, traversing the breathtaking landscapes of the Sacred Valley as you head towards the town of Aguas Calientes.

  • Sunrise at Machu Picchu: Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of a sunrise over Machu Picchu. As the first light illuminates the citadel, experience the magic and mystery of this iconic Incan site.

  • Comprehensive Tour of Machu Picchu: Explore the nooks and crannies of Machu Picchu with a guided tour, uncovering the secrets of its construction, history, and significance in Incan and world heritage.

  • Optional Huayna Picchu Hike: For the adventurous, the optional Huayna Picchu hike offers a challenging ascent with a rewarding panoramic view of Machu Picchu and the surrounding valleys.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Peru Tripper accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances - Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Peru Tripper will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Peru Tripper does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 2-Day Huchuy Qosqo Trek with Machu Picchu Visit. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 2-Day Huchuy Qosqo Trek with Machu Picchu Visit, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Remember that you’ll need to carry everything you bring. Only pack the essentials and leave some extra room for souvenirs.
  • Organize Your Pack: Use packing cubes or ziplock bags to keep your gear organized and easy to find.
  • Prepare for the Weather: The weather can change quickly, so pack for all conditions. Always have a rain jacket or poncho handy.
  • Secure Your Valuables: Keep your passport, money, and other valuables secure and on you at all times.
  • Layer Up: Dressing in layers is key. It allows you to quickly adapt to changing temperatures.
  • Waterproof Everything: Ensure that your pack is waterproof or that you have a rain cover. Keep all electronics and important documents in waterproof bags.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider using eco-friendly products and always take your trash with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

Can I store my luggage at the Peru Tripper office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Peru Tripper offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

How difficult is the trek?

The trek is of moderate difficulty. While no prior trekking experience is required, a good level of fitness will help in navigating the terrains and altitude.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek is accessible year-round. However, the dry season, from May to September, offers clearer skies and a lower chance of rain.

Do I need to tip the trek crew?

While tipping is optional, it’s a kind gesture to show appreciation for the services provided by the guide, chef, and other team members.

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