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Huchuy Qosqo the Little Cusco is an archeological site north of Cuzco, Peru it was originally an administrative and military center around Pisaq, with many though-provoking constructions in the surrounding vicinity. You may also observe Inca buildings with fine, perfect stonework & grain-storage structures called Collcas to store and preserve food, because it was an important agricultural center to produce corn. Its name is Quechua for Little Cusco and it is found at an elevation of 3650 meters (11,800 feet), above the 3000-meter high town of Lamay and the Sacred Valley. The site received its name in the 20th century previously it had been known as Kakya Qawani. Pedro de Cieza de León, in his Second Chronicle of Peru, claimed that the palaces were built by Viracocha, the Eighth Inca. Amongst a large number of buildings, some stone, some adobe, is a kallanka (great hall), 40m long. Providing water to the site is a marvelous Inca-built irrigation channel, lined with stones for about 800m. The site is inaccessible by public road.
After the small breakfast on your hotel we’ll pick you up to transport you till the trail head, on the car drive we’ll appreciate the factory fertilizer in Cachimayo more further farming fields of potatoes close to Chincheros town, where we will have time to stop visit the church and spectacular views to snow capped mountains, typical market and the archeological site, then we’ll continue our journey to Tauqaq, village located in the border of Piuray Lagoon and appreciated the small villages and typical Andean life, here the group will begging the trek. After a short briefing about the route the trail is up around 3 hours until Tauqaq Pass (4,000 meters), from there we will see a mountain range to the south of Ausangate, Veronika, Pitusiray and Sahuasiray snowy peaks. Then we’ll descent to our campsite (located some minutes before to Huchuyqosqo) well mostly this day is short and kindly training time.

Early breakfast to continued our adventure until HuchuyQosqo time to explore and visiting for around 3 hours, stopping on the mainly buildings and pointing the mainly Incas God, that is an imposing architecture that includes a large open ceremonial center, from which we will enjoy a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the snow capped mountain range of the same name. We recommended take your lunch on the top on the mountain by the impressive views and take a nap we’ll continue our way to Lamay at 3000 meters. In this point we take our private bus to Ollantaytambo where we will board the train to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a nice hotel.

The ancient day on the trek is start as early possible to go up by hike following the narrow steps for 1 ½ hour, on the clear sky days is able to see the sunrise even when is cloudy is mysteries and majestic, explore with the guide 2 hours after that explore by yourself or to do extra hike surround the city, optional hike to climbing to huayna picchu and Machu picchu mountains you need book in advance a ticket for those last ones, or walk up to the sun gate 2 hours, on the afternoon back down to Aguas Calientes to return by train until Ollantaytambo (18:35 pm) and transport by car to Cusco arrive hotel (10:00 pm approx.).

What is Included?
  • Transports : Cusco to Chincheros town and last day Ollantaytambo - Cusco
  • Train tickets : From Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (expedition service) and return.
  • Professional Guide : Bilingual English, Spanish and Quechua
  • Camping equipment : Tents - 2 persons in each 4-person capacity plenty space, , dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs.
  • Inside the tents : Sleeping pad or matrasses, pillow and extra blanket
  • Entrance fee : Trail entrance, Tickets to HuchuyQosqo and Machu Picchu
  • Accommodation : 1 night in tent and 1 night in hostel Aguas Calientes
  • Cargo Mules : From day 1 to 2 to carry the all camping equipment and your personal baggage 6 kilos)
  • Cook : In charge to prepared all the meals along the journey, over 6 people cook assistant.
  • Meals : 2 Breakfasts/2 Lunches/2 dinners/Snacks and early afternoon tea
  • Water : filter and boiled water for hiking days and each meals hot and cold water
  • Water grooming : Each mooring warm water with towel
  • Safety staff : Our crew bring the first aid kit and oxygen bottle
  • Meals description : pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude
  • Emergency Horse : is included over 8 persons on the hike, under 7 people optional to hire (US D $ 50.00)

What is Not Included?
  • Hire of sleeping bag.
  • Walking stick.
  • Inflatable Matress.
  • Single Tent supplement

  • Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance is essential
  • Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
  • Shorts
  • Walking stick (with rubber tip)
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Extra money
  • Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)

As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air. This is why we always recommend spending at least two days (2) in Cusco before beginning any trek. If you have more time, even better. Cusco is an amazing city with a lot to do, so you won’t be bored. With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office and we will help you get to a doctor. Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the COCA PLANT contain alkaloids which helps bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee. They will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep. Remember the trek to Machu Picchu is not a race. Even those in the best shape will suffer from altitude sickness when they race to the top of the mountain too quickly. Go slowly, it will give your body time to adjust to the mountain. Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines, such as are acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine 2 days before you get to a high altitude. Continue to take it while you are at high altitude. You must remember that this is your holiday and you do not want to stress out about the possibility of getting sick from the mountains. Do everything slowly. Drink lots of water. And enjoy the coca tea. If anything does happen and you unfortunately get sick, let your guide know right away – all Cusco Travel Treks guides are trained in how to help you get through it.

Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop raining from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December – just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the trek, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves. Many people forget about gloves, but being cold and wet makes hiking very unpleasant. Also prepare for 4 seasons. Many of the treks through the Andes involve many micro-climates and you will need to be prepared for all seasons. Layers are always key as they are easy to adjust to the different temperatures. And evenings will always be cold, so please be prepared with a warm winter weight jacket.

Every Cusco Travel Treks guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training every February - every single Cusco Travel Treks guides attend. When guiding you, they will have with them a first aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler's diarrhea, cuts/ scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. They know how to make you feel better. In case something unexpected happens and you feel you can no longer complete the trek, they will figure ou the safest and quickest way off the course and to a clinic. You will never be left alone, you will have a member of the team escort you every step of the way until safely with a doctor. When you are feeling up to it, we will make sure that you still have the chance to visit Machu Picchu and re-connect with your group, traveling by train comfortably.

Because there are so many logistics to plan and pay for before your trek occurs, payment for your trek is due even if you are unable to complete the hike. Please read our BOOKING CONDITIONS carefully so you know what is due. Obtaining travel insurance before you leave home is strongly encouraged. This way, if something happens, and this is rare, you will not be out of pocket a tremendous amount of money.Cusco Travel Treks will provide a letter and your invoice to submit to your insurance in this case to help expedite your processing.

Cusco Travel Treks uses biodegradable soap and transports all our garbage back to Cusco. Our porters are trained to look after the trail and pickup any waste from other groups as well. We also use environmentally-friendly chemical portable toilets that allow us to pack waste out. We believe in leaving no footprint behind.