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INCA TRAIL TO HUCH’UY QOSQO a fantastic hike transcending the pass of the mountains of the sacred valley

This complex HUCH’UY QOSQO is the most important archaeological center of Urubamba, after Ollantaytambo and Pisac.
The ruins are impressive, although the conservation of the site is inferior to that of Ollantaytambo or Pisac, because they are older.
But a difference of places previously specified Huchuy Qosqo has a peculiar architecture:
the buildings have been built on polished stone bases of fine finish, with clay plaster and the highest floors are made of adobe.
A kallanka (rectangular enclosure that could measure up to 70 meters long and which was important state centers where Inca officials were staying)
was observed at least 40 to 50 meters long. Also a remarkable building with two stone floors and one upper one of adobe.
There are also large terraces, a very large square and a large Inca gate through which passes a very well preserved road that leads from Tambomachay.
The Hispanic chronicles refer to Huchuy Qosqo (probably site known in Inca times as Caquia Jaquijahuana) was the work and favorite place of the Inca Wiracocha.
To this, Maria Rostworoski adds, in his work “History of Tahuantinsuyo”,
that this sovereign secured the conquest over the peoples of the Urubamba Valley and chose as his successor his son Inca Urco who, dizzy with power and vices,
proved to be a total incapable to govern. Inca royalty was very confused with this choice and tried to conspire to impose another son of Wiracocha, Prince Cusi Yupanqui.
Social unrest and tension increased every day and to make matters worse, the darkest night fell on Cuzco:
the Chancas arrived at the gates of the capital and were ready to destroy. It is the year of 1438. Wiracocha left the city to his fate and, by his son Inca Urco, took refuge in his palaces in the Urubamba Valley, among which was Huchuy Qosqo.
After the Spanish conquest, Gonzalo Pizarro found here the mummy that, supposedly, belonged to the Inca Wiracocha and ordered to burn it.
The descendants of the Inca kept the ashes in a vat that many years after the chronicler Polo de Ondegardo discovered.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Guided Tours, Trek, Trekking
    • Activity Level Moderate
    • Group Size Small Group


    Cusco Region
    Calca Province
    Lamay District
    Latitude -13.3606
    Length -71.9487
    Altitude 3644 meters above sea level
    Temperature 10 ° C
    Humidity 57%
    Cloudy Condition
    Wind 4 km / h N


    On this expedition we will be experiencing all extremes of the Peruvian weather, from the freezing Altiplano to an extremely hot sunshine. During the day hopefully it will be generally sunny enough for shorts and T-shirts, though having a fleece and rain gear handy is advisable. It will get cold especially in the evenings so bring a warm fleece jacket, a good waterproof and some warm clothes including thermal underwear, gloves, scarf and woolly hat as well as one set of smarter clothes for Cusco. Good quality Alpaca jumpers are available in Cusco. A good quality sleeping bag is essential for your enjoyment of this trip.


    • Comfortable clothes for travel.
    • Smart clothes for night life.
    • Shorts – T-shirts.
    • A warm fleece or down jacket.
    • Thermal underwear.
    • Warm hat, gloves, scarf.
    • Sweater (available in Cusco)
    • Waterproof coat & trousers (poncho)
    • Socks / underwear.
    • Trekking trousers.
    • After trekking trousers & t-shirt.
    • Good, well walking boots.
    • After trek shoes (sandals).
    • Towel.
    • Sleeping bag.
    • Water bottle & purification tablets (optional)
    • Sunglasses .
    • Swim suit.
    • Sun-hat.
    • Head torch & spare batteries.
    • Book, notepaper & pen (optional).
    • Sun block.
    • Lip balm.
    • Binoculars (optional).
    • Camera & batteries.
    • Pocket knife.
    • Insect repellent.
    • Walking sticks & protective rubber (optional).
    • Personal toilet kit.
    • Money belt.
    • Day sack & rain-cover.
    • Personal first aid kit to include: painkillers, plasters (band-aids), general anti-biotic, after-bite, anti-diarrhea tablets, re-hydration salts & personal medication.
    • We carry an extensive first aid kit & oxygen on all trips, but these are generally for emergencies only).

    Please notice:
    The mules carry all your heavy camping gear but this is inaccessible during the day so please bring a small day-pack to carry your personal day gear in – ie water-bottle, iodine tablets, camera, sun-block, insect repellent, light fleece and rain jacket.

    Any excess gear may be stored in Cusco at your hotel.

    Most good quality sporting equipment is unavailable in Perù so if anyone wishes to donate any outdoor clothes, sleeping bags etc they will be gratefully received by anyone of our staff.

    For more information and details on how to make a booking please e-mail Picchu Machu Adventure and Ecological Tour Operator in Peru.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Private transport to Patabamba (starting town of the trek) and from Chinchero to Cusco;
    • all camping and cooking equipment including good quality mattresses,
    • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Kailas, Pro aconcagua and Rei 4 Outfitter tents are employed when double accommodation is requested.
    • dinning (tables and chairs)and cook tent,
    • extensive first-aid kit, including oxygen;
    • professional English and Spanish speaking guides trained in first-aid and
    • C.P.R. Mules and cook team, all meals whilst trekking,
    • included as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day.
    • Sleeping bag.
    • Extra mule or horse (for asking before departing).
    • Archaeological sites entrance fees in Chinchero.
    • Tips for the staff on the trail.
    1. Moderate First Day on: Cusco - Huch'uy Qosqo:

      First Day on: Cusco – Huch’uy Qosqo:
      After the picking up at 9:00 am we go from Cusco by bus to Patabamba, where we do a stop for packing our stuff. Then we`ll walk uphill towards the archaeological site of Qhapac Cancha. This site is perfect for watching almost the 80% of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Then we will descend to the town of Siwa, the place where we`ll stop for a while to observe the roof technique of straw in this picturesque town that remind us the ancient Inca buildings, which makes of the town a welcoming place for a brief rest. After the lunch, we get along passing by the Mirador of Wayllanqaray towards the archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo, where we`ll set up the camp. After a good rest our guide will explain us about this interesting place. All this beautiful place is protected by the snow capped mountain of Sawasiray and Pitusiray, spectacular Apus of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. (Lunch-breakfast).

    2. Moderate Second Day on: Huchuy Qosqo - Chinchero - Cusco:

      Second Day on: Huchuy Qosqo – Chinchero – Cusco:
      After a healthy breakfast we will climb northeast to the Yanaqhaqa, and after passing the forest valley of the Canyon of Pucaqaqa, we’ll arrive to the pre-inca terraces of the Lucre culture, where we do a stop for resting. Then we’ll climb up to the Wallataqasa Pass (4240 m./13,910 ft.) where we will admire the landscape of the authentic Andean Highlands. Then, after enjoying this site we`ll descend to the Tauca village (3850 m./12,631 ft.) near of the lagoon Piuray, where a bus is waiting for us. Some minutes later after the picking-up we will drive about 15 minutes to Chinchero, where we`ll stop for shopping and visiting the market place. (B, L,)