Sacsyhuaman – Huchuy Q’osqo – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
This is a wonderful trip if you like hiking, being in the middle of nowhere and being surrounded by nature! We see evidence of the rich culture left behind by the Incas in the ruins and villages that we visit along the way. Despite this, surprisingly few tourists do this hike.
This trek visits the ruins of Huchuy Q’osqo (small Cusco), situated in the Sacred Valley near to Urubamba. It is known as small Cusco because it is said to mimic the exact shape of Cusco but on a much smaller scale. From the ruins are spectacular views over the Urubamba mountain range. It is a fascinating site where the Inca chief Viracocha lived. The mummy that was found here is said to be of him. The ruins are part stone and part adobe; some of the houses are ‘post-Inca’, but in Inca-style, and there is a Spanish-style reservoir.
We also visit the world famous lost city of the Incas – Machu Picchu. These ruins are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. This small but extraordinary city perched atop a mountain at 2,430m is invisible from below and completely self-contained – it is surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural springs. Most interestingly, it is clear that Machu Picchu was no ordinary Incan city – its layout and architecture suggests that it was utilized as a secret and exclusive ceremonial settlement rather than a population centre.
Day One: You will be picked up 6.00am from your accommodation and transported to Sacsayhuaman just above Cusco where we begin our hike. We take the old Inca trail that runs between Sacsayhuamán and Huchuy Qosqo in the Sacred Valley. It is thought that this path was used to transport stones for the construction of Sacsayhuamán. Along the Trail we will pass the lagoon of Llaulliqocha (4000 meters alt.), the village of Pukamarka, (lunch place) and we‘ll see parts of the famous.
Inca Trail from time to time and also the snowy peak “Veronica”. We arrive at Huchuy Q’osqo. To have our overnight camp into the inca complex. Dinner
Day Two: The next day we have breakfast at 7am and take a guided tour of the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo. Following this, we will walk to the village of Lamay where you will have lunch. During the hike you will have a spectacular view over the White Mountain peaks of Veronica and the sacred valley. From here the group will travel to Ollantaytambo train station (time permitting) to take the train on the way to get aguas calientes town.
Overnight in a hostel. Dinner at local restaurant.
Day three: Today, you will be able to choose between hiking up at 4:30 a.m. or take the shuttle bus up to Machu Picchu, into the park you will have a guided tour for about two to three hours for explore, explain and enjoy the incan Citadel plus take many pictures, or if you desire, ascent toward the Huayna picchu Mountain (extra ticket-you need to let us know). After the sightseeing you’ll take the bus down to aguas calientes town for lunch.
After to enjoy a yummy lunch you will board on a train that departs back to the train station of Ollantaytambo (according train tickets purchased) which takes 1 hour and 50 minutes. Once you’ll arrive there, we will have private transfer transportation directly to your hotel in Cusco that takes approx. two hours, You will be back at your hotel save and sound to rest and remember how amazing was the experience.
Departs: Between 6.00 am and 7.00 am from Cusco on Day One.
Returns: Between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm on Day Three.
Included in the tour:
- Professional bilingual guide (English – Spanish)
- Private transport.
- Sleeping bag.
- Transfer from and to accommodation in Cusco.
- Trains Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes; Aguas Calientes – Cusco.
- Overnight stay in hostel in Aguas Calientes.
- Bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes.
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
- Pre-departure orientation meeting, (6.30pm 2 days before departure at your Hotel).
- Entrance to ruins of Huchuy Qosqo.
- Mules and mule men.
Not Included in the tour:
- A few meals are not included – Breakfast on Day 1. Possibly the most important thing to consider – a tip for your guide and the crow.