On this 3 day Huchuy Qosqo and Machu Picchu hiking holiday in Peru. you'll hike 2 of the most spectacular Inca sites, stay in an authentic home stay and much more.
It’s incredible how much this Huchuy Qosqo and Machu Picchu hiking holiday in Peru packs in to just three days. Enjoy a long hike across the high sierra of Cusco. Stay a night in a homestay with a charismatic local family (and their incredibly lovable llama, Manuela) in their mountain hideaway compound
Experience spectacular high-Andean scenery, from snow-capped mountains to the verdant floodplain of the spectacular Sacred Valley. Visit the enigmatic, inaccessible ruin of Huchuy Qosqo and spend a night in charming Ollantaytambo, the best-preserved of all Inca villages.
And it is all topped off with a day at Machu Picchu! One of the world’s most spectacular and deservedly famous archaeological sites!
Itinerary for 3 day Huchuy Qosqo and Machu Picchu hiking holiday in Peru
Day 1 Hike to Huchuy Qosqo
We’ll pick you up at 8am and take a short drive to where our hike begins at Tambo Machay. From here we climb gently through alpine pasture to the first of four mountain passes we’ll cross today, affording incredible views of the Cordillera Urubamba.
We’ll pass serene Lake Quellacocha before descending, partly on Inca roads, through the rapidly changing ecological layers that characterise the Andean sierra to the isolated traditional community of Huchuy Qosqo, where we’ll stay the night in a memorable homestay.
Accommodation: Irene’s place, Huchuy Qosqo
Meals: Lunch and dinner included
Walking time: 6-8 hours
Walking distance: 14km (8.7 miles)
Min. Altitude: 3,300m (10,000ft)
Max. Altitude: 4,250m (13,940ft)
Altitude of camp: 3,460m (11,350ft)
Day 2 From Huchuy Qosqo to Aguas Calientes
This morning we’ll explore Huchuy Qosqo. Thought to have been one of the palaces of the eighth Inca, Viracocha, it’s an impressive Inca site with a variety of architecture featuring both stone and mud brick buildings. Because there’s no road access to Huchuy Qosqo, there are few visitors and we’ll probably have the site to ourselves.
After this it’s a steep descent to the road and the village of Lamay, where we’ll have lunch before heading to Ollantaytambo in our vehicle. From here we’ll take the train to Aguas Calientes, where we’ll spend the night.
Accommodation: Family-run hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals: All meals included
Walking time: 2 hours, all steep downhill
Walking distance: 2km (less than 1 mile)
Min. Altitude: 2,700m (8,860ft)
Max. Altitude: 3,460m (11,350ft)
Day 3 Machu Picchu!
A spectacular stone city surrounded by incredibly steep, incredibly green mountains, Machu Picchu needs no introduction and is deservedly one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
We’ll be up at sunrise so there’s time for your guide to show you around Machu Picchu’s main citadel, as well as our favourite hidden nooks and crannies, before the crowds arrive. Then there’s time for your own exploration of the massive, still-mysterious site, before we catch the train back to Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included
At the end of your 3 day Huchuy Qosqo and Machu Picchu hiking holiday in Peru you can fly our of the local airport, stay on in Cusco or join one of our other tours.