Peru

Huchuy Qosqo Trek - 1 Day

Enjoy a variety of landscapes, ancient ruins, rushing rivers, and gorgeous views on this off the beaten track adventure.

Huchuy Qosqo Trek - 1 Day

Enjoy a variety of landscapes, ancient ruins, rushing rivers, and gorgeous views on this off the beaten track adventure.

This shorter trek combines nature, culture, and history on this full day adventure that will be a highlight of any trip. Besides stunning mountain views, the trail is known for a wide variety of plants and animals. The trek also allows opportunities to meet locals in rural villages and imagine ancient life during the exploration of the Huchuy Qosqo, which showcases some of the most breathtaking architecture created by the Incas.

Trip ITINERARY

Full Day: 3am - 6pm

Distance: 20 km / 12.4 mi
Elevation: 4200 m / 13,779 ft

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and drive for thirty minutes before reaching the trailhead. A short uphill hike brings us to the first pass (4,100 m / 13,451 ft) where we can view the city of Cusco from above, as well as the surrounding mountain ranges. A short distance farther, we reach Lake Qorichocha to rest and eat lunch. One more pass remains (4,200 m/13,799 ft) before we descend into a steep canyon and join with a portion of the original Inca Trail. Here we will explore one of the terraces of the Huchuy Qusqo archaeological site with a guided tour.

This site which is nestled among the Sacred Valley, is rich in history and culture. Formerly occupied by the semi-mythical Virachocha, an Incan ruler during the 1400s, it was taken over by the Spanish a century later. After the tour, we will hike downhill to Lamay where a van will pick us up and bring us back to Cusco.



Additional Trip Info

  • Private transportation to and from your hotel in Cusco
  • Boxed breakfast and lunch prepared by chef
  • Snacks
  • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking guide
  • Fees to access private land
  • First Aid kit including oxygen tank
  • Guided tour of the ruins along the trail
  • Trekking poles
  • Gratuity
  • Insurance


  • Day Pack with Rain Cover
  • Trekking shoes
  • Thermal base layer  
  • Fleece/ Sweater  
  • Insulated jacket  
  • Stocking hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Buff/ Handkerchief
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Sunhat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Lip Balm
  • 1 Liter of water
  • Personal snacks
  • Personal medications
  • Motion sickness tablets (for van ride)
  • Pillow/ blanket (for van ride)
  • Toilet paper
  • Camera/ extra battery
  • Dry change of clothes/ shoes
  • Plastic bag to store wet items
  • Torch/ headlamp
  • Cash and coins for the use of toilets on the trail

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