The access to the Huchuy Qosqo Trek hasn’t been regulated by the Peruvian government yet; however, the entrance tickets to the Archelogical Inca Site of Huchuy Qosqo will be needed to access the site (entrance ticket is included in the total amount to be paid.
When hiking this route, it is important to not leave trash behind and maintain the area as pristine as possible. There are several tour operators operating this route with little government supervision; therefore, it is important to service of a tour operator which is going to pick up their trash and take it to a collection point.
The 1 Day Huchuy Qosqo Trek starts at Lake Piuray nearby the town of Chinchero. This is a full day activity and it should be planned accordingly since the entire excursion from Cusco City can take anywhere from 8 to 10 hours.
How difficult is the hike?
This is an easy to moderate hike with a physically demanding ascent of 3 to 4 hours. Hikers need to be in good physical shape and used to the high altitude of the area before embarking in this journey. This hike is a great opportunity to train for a longer duration trek such as the Salkantay or the Choquequirao treks.
Should I be in good physical shape to embark on the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?
This is a great 1 day trek which is still physically demanding due to the elevation gained in only 3 or 4 hours hours in a place where it is already high up in the Andes (11,270 feet above sea level / 3,435 m.a.s.l.) Thus, it is important to be in good physical shape and most importantly used to the altitude of a high altitude city such as Cusco before starting it. It is recommended that you stay in Cusco City or another high altitude city a couple of full days prior to starting the trek. In addition, you might choose to take high altitude sickness pills or chew coca leaves during the trek.
What's the most difficult section?
The first leg of the hike is the hardest one due to the elevation gained (2,780 feet above sea level / 847 m.a.s.l.) in about 3 or 4 hours.
Can I hike the Huchuy Qosqo Trek at any time?
Yes, but at some times of the year it is not recommendable. There are not legal constrains against to get to Huchuy Qosqo at any time during the year. However, during the rainy season (from December to mid-March) it is not safe to hike the trek due to the abundant rain which can generate mud slides and electrical storms.
Can I bring children?
Children under 9 years old should not be at this hike. Also, children should be used to hiking long distances and most importantly get accustomed to the altitude of a high altitude city.
When is the best time to hike the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?
The dry season is the best time to do the trek. The dry season runs from April to early November, while the wet season runs from early November to March. During the dry season, it is possible to get anywhere from 5 to 9 days of rain during April and October, and from 1 to 5 days of rain from May to September with June as the driest month of year. A trip from mid-April to mid-September is highly recommended due to its sunny days and less chance of rain.
What is the weather like?
During the dry season, weather is at its best, little chance of rain with sunny days. Early in the morning and late in the afternoon it will be cold a possibly windy (mainly in the late afternoon.) During the wet season, it is expected to rain at least half of the days of the month (Dec.-Mar.) In this section of the Andes, when it rain it pours. Rain usually develops in the early afternoon and it can continue during the afternoon and night. Electrical storms are familiar to this area.
What should I bring to the trek?
Mainly comfortable waterproof hiking shoes, long sleeve shirt, t-shirt, a good waterproof jacket (light and compactable), raincoat, hat, hiking socks, sunglasses, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, a small first aid kit, hiking poles (we will provide 2), small backpack, and off course a camera.
Is altitude sickness a possibility in the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?
This trek starts at a high elevation, therefore it is possible that symptoms of altitude sickness show if coming from sea level and starting the trek on the same day. Travelers should spend at least 2 days in Cusco before embarking in this journey.
What should I do to avoid altitude sickness?
To avoid altitude sickness, give yourself time to acclimatize to the change in altitude. (Two days minimum is recommended in Cusco City). Try to avoid alcohol, and make sure you eat lightly and drink plenty of water. Make sure to stay hydrated, walk slowly and take frequent breaks. Drinking coca leaf tea always helps. It is widely available, and your hotel in Cusco will probably offer it as well.
What should I do if I get altitude sickness?
Drink plenty of liquids, (coca leaf tea will definitely help), take a nap and try to rest. If you are in the middle of the trail and start feeling dizzy, extremely tired, nauseated, and have a headache, ask for advice from your guide. Guides have plenty of experience in this matter.
Is water available along the trail?
Yes. We will provide you a half litter bottle of water at the beginning of the trek. Once at Huchuy Qosqo, we will refill it with boiled water.
Are there bathrooms during the trek?
There aren’t public bathrooms in this hike. At Lake Piuray or Lamay Town, there are local restaurants with bathrooms but facilities are quite basic.
Are there small shops along the trail?
Nothing will be available for sale once the ascent to the site starts. Trekkers will need to have all what is needed for the trek at the moment of leaving Lamay Town.
Are mosquitos and flies an issue in this trek?
It is unlikely to see mosquitoes in these areas.
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The Huchuy Qosqo Trek is a one day excursion starting at the Piuray Lake located southeast of the town of Chinchero. This journey provides breathtaking views of the Andean mountains and landscape, a visit to the Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo, and a privileged view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas while enjoying a delicious lunch prepared by one of our professional cooks at Huchuy Qosqo.
Day 1: CUSCO - PIURAY LAKE - HUCHUY QOSQO - LAMAY TOWN - CUSCO (L)
Daily departures available. Book the departure date of your preference
40% OFF for groups of 4 to 6
50% OFF for groups of 7 to more
At 7:00am, your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and take you to Piuray Lake where you will get ready to start your one day journey. Lake Piuray is located at 11,270 feet above sea level (3,435 m.a.s.l.) In about 2 hours you will reach the small lake of Cusiccocha which is surrounded by impressive mountains. Next, you will overtake the most difficult portion of the trek in about 1 hour. This portion of the trek will take you to the highest point located at about 14,050 feet above see level (4,282 m.a.s.l.) Here you will have a breathtaking view of three lakes and the Pitusiray snowy peak.
The reminaing if the trek will be a constant descent. Your first stop will be the Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo which will be reached in about two hours and a half. Huchuy Qosqo is also known as Little Cusco and it is located at 11,980 feet above sea level (3,650 m.a.s.l.) Here your cook will prepare a delicious lunch at one of the most important Inca sites in the Urubamba Valley because it is believed that it was the royal estate of the Inca Emperor Viracocha.
After lunch, you will continue your trek towards Lamay Town which will be reached in about one hour and a half. Once at Lamay, your transportation will take you back to your hotel in the city of Cusco.
At the archeological site of Huchuy Qosqo you will meet the Andean priest (shaman) who will conduct a traditional offering to the Pachamama (mother earth). At the end of the ceremony, you will enjoy a traditional Pachamanca which is a meal cooked in the ground using local ingredients.
After lunch, you will go back to the Lamay Town. This trek will take about 2 hours and once in Lamay Town you will be taken back to your hotel in Cusco.
Price per person - USD
(2 people minimum per booking)
We offer daily departures for the Huchuy Qosqo Trek all year long unless weather conditions prevent us from departing.