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3-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Short Inca Trail Trek

Delve into the less-trodden Huchuy Qosqo ruins and enjoy the scenic Short Inca Trail over three comprehensive days.


Cusco, Peru


3 Days




March – January

Tour type



3-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Short Inca Trail Trek Overview

Set off on a three-day trek that seamlessly combines the allure of ancient Inca history with the natural splendor of the Peruvian Andes. This tour offers an intimate encounter with the lesser-known Huchuy Qosqo ruins and a journey along the picturesque Short Inca Trail, culminating in the majestic Machu Picchu. As you traverse these ancient pathways, you’ll be enveloped by the serene beauty of the Andean landscapes, discovering hidden gems and gaining insights into a civilization that has captivated the world for centuries.

The experience is crafted to provide an immersive exploration that is as educational as it is visually stunning. Starting from the vibrant city of Cusco, you’ll delve into the heart of the Sacred Valley, uncovering its hidden ruins and learning the stories etched into its stones. The trek combines the tranquility of less-traveled paths with the awe-inspiring vistas of the more famous Inca trails. Each step is an opportunity to connect with history and nature, culminating in the breathtaking experience of witnessing Machu Picchu’s sunrise, a moment that will resonate with you long after the journey ends.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 5:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Huchuy Qosqo, Lamay, Ollantaytambo, Km 104, Short Inca Trail, Machu Picchu

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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
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  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 05:00
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3-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Short Inca Trail

Tour Itinerary

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

Day 1: Journey from Cusco to the Mystical Huchuy Qosqo and Ollantaytambo

Embark on a journey that blends the serene beauty of the Andes with the profound history of the Inca civilization. Your adventure starts with an early morning pickup from your Cusco hotel, setting the tone for an enriching day ahead. As we drive to Sihua, the starting point of your trek, soak in the picturesque Andean landscapes that unfold around you.

The trek to Huchuy Qosqo is a serene hike through breathtaking scenery, leading you to a world shrouded in tranquility and historical significance. Our knowledgeable guides will delve into the site’s rich history, unraveling the stories of the Inca past. After exploring these ancient ruins, a descent to the village of Lamay is followed by a drive to Ollantaytambo. This town, renowned for its preserved Incan architecture, provides a peaceful backdrop for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Boxed lunch during the hike and dinner in Ollantaytambo
Hiking: Approx. 6 hours, 15 km

The day begins with a nourishing breakfast in Ollantaytambo before we embark on a scenic train ride to KM 104, marking the start of the Short Inca Trail. This segment of your journey weaves through lush vegetation, past historical sites, and brings you to the impressive ruins of Wiñayhuayna. As the trail approaches the Sun Gate, you’re greeted with your first breathtaking glimpse of Machu Picchu, a moment that encapsulates the spirit of the Inca Trail.

Upon reaching Aguas Calientes, the vibrant ambiance of the town welcomes you. It’s a perfect place to relax and enjoy a fulfilling dinner. Your stay in a cozy hotel prepares you for the much-anticipated visit to Machu Picchu the next morning.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfats, Boxed lunch on the trail and dinner in Aguas Calientes
Hiking: Approx. 6 hours, 15 km

The final day of your trek is dedicated to exploring the iconic Machu Picchu. A bus ride takes you to the citadel early enough to experience one of the world’s most stunning sunrises. Our guided tour uncovers the mysteries of this ancient Inca site, revealing the ingenious architecture and rich history. For those seeking an added adventure, an optional hike to Huayna Picchu offers an exhilarating perspective of Machu Picchu from above.

As the afternoon arrives, your journey takes you back to Ollantaytambo by train. From there, a bus ride transports you to Cusco, concluding your 3-day exploration filled with unforgettable memories, scenic trails, and a deep connection to the Inca heritage.

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast in Aguas Calientes
Hiking: Exploration of Machu Picchu with guided narratives

Tour Highlights

3-Day Huchuy Qosqo & Short Inca Trail Trek Highlights

  • Huchuy Qosqo Exploration: Discover the lesser-known but equally captivating Huchuy Qosqo ruins, offering a unique glimpse into Inca history and architecture.
  • Scenic Trekking Routes: Experience the beauty of the Peruvian Andes with picturesque trails that weave through the heart of the Sacred Valley.
  • Guided Insight into Inca Heritage: Gain deeper understanding of the Inca civilization with expert narratives and guided tours at each historical site.
  • Journey Along the Short Inca Trail: Traverse a portion of the iconic Inca Trail, leading to the majestic Sun Gate with panoramic views of Machu Picchu.
  • Sunrise at Machu Picchu: Witness a spectacular sunrise over Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, for an unforgettable experience.
  • Cultural Immersion in Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes: Soak in the vibrant culture and history of these towns, known for their Incan heritage and lively ambiance.
  • Comfortable Accommodations: Enjoy a relaxing stay in carefully selected hotels in Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes, ensuring a comfortable journey.
  • Scenic Train Ride: Experience a scenic train journey to and from Aguas Calientes, offering stunning views of the Andean landscape.
  • Optional Huayna Picchu Hike: For the adventurous, an optional hike to Huayna Picchu offers breathtaking views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding valleys.
  • Sustainable and Responsible Tourism: Engage in a tour that respects and preserves the natural and cultural heritage of the regions visited.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Professional bilingual guide fluent in English and Spanish.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel or office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to the trailhead.
  • Meals: 2 boxed lunches, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts (vegetarian and gluten-free options available at no extra cost).
  • Entrance fees to Huchuy Qosqo, the Short Inca Trail, and Machu Picchu.
  • Transportation from Lamay to Ollantaytambo.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Ollantaytambo (twin bedroom with private facilities).
  • 1-night hotel stay in Aguas Calientes (twin bedroom with private facilities).
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back, including the bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on Day 2.
  • Expedition Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Km 104 and return from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel.


Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Porter for boxed lunch/personal items: Full Porter (12kg) at US$75, Half Porter (6kg) at US$45.
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 1 breakfast.
  • Day 3 lunch.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 80 extra per person).
  • Gratuities for crew (at your discretion).

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • 3-Star Ollantaytambo & Aguas Calientes Hotel: Rest and recharge in a carefully selected 3-star hotel.
  • Mountain Climbing Permits: Choose between Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Vistadome First-Class Train: Enjoy scenic travel from Aguas Calientes with panoramic windows offering spectacular views.
  • Porter Service & Personal Duffel Bag: A dedicated porter will carry your personal items and boxed lunch, up to 7kg.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience at either Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.


Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max



Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max



Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable



Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable



Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person



Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person



Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

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.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

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.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

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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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport and student ID (if applicable).
  • Light day pack with clothes suitable for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots.
  • Warm clothing.
  • Camera.
  • Sunblock and after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (minimum 20% DEET, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (such as biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen with water.
  • Personal medical kit (including special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Walking sticks or poles.
  • Cash for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.


This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

  • Pack Lightly: Remember, if you’re not opting for a porter, you’ll be carrying everything you pack. Make sure your backpack is comfortable and not overloaded.
  • Layering is Key: Weather in the Andes can be unpredictable. Dressing in layers allows you to easily adjust to changing conditions.
  • Stay Hydrated: The trek can be strenuous, so always have enough water with you. Refill your bottles when you have an opportunity.
  • Protect from Sun and Rain: Even on cloudy days, the sun in the Andes can be intense. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat are essential. Equally, rain showers can be sudden, so always have a rain jacket or poncho on hand.
  • Footwear Matters: Your feet will carry you through the journey, so invest in a good pair of hiking boots. Break them in before the trek to avoid blisters.
  • Leave No Trace: The Inca Trail is a treasure. Please carry all your trash with you and consider using biodegradable products to minimize environmental impact.
  • Stay Organized: Use packing cubes or zip-lock bags to categorize your items. This makes accessing what you need easier and keeps your belongings dry and clean.
  • Prepare for Altitude: Consider bringing altitude sickness tablets. It’s also advisable to spend a few days in Cusco before the trek to acclimatize.
  • Personal Valuables: Keep essential documents, money, and valuables in a secure and accessible place, like a money belt or neck pouch.
  • Enjoy the Experience: Last but not least, pack a positive attitude and a sense of adventure. This journey is not just about reaching the destination, but also about enjoying the path that leads you there.

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