Short of time? Huchuy Qosqo Trek is the perfect trek for those who have limited time or are looking for a moderate tour. Explore local villages, lakes, hike along with llamas, alpacas, and finish with Machu Picchu.

Trek details

3 days 2 nights
Adventure - Hiking - Camping+
Maximum Altitude
4100 m - 16451 ft
Machu Picchu
Group Size

Huchuy Qosqo trek takes you hiking along an ancient Inca Trail with llamas, alpacas, lakes, and birds, and visit the archeological site of Huchuy Qosqo, nestled right above the Sacred Valley. Spend a perfect 3 days hike to Machu Picchu and enjoy a fantastic experience that will last for a lifetime.


  • Hike along an ancient Inca Trail from Cusco to Sacred Valley
  • Discover local's Villages, Lakes, and explore Huchuy Qosqo
  • Shorter wilderness hike to Machu Picchu
  • Participate in a Pachamanca Barbecue
  • Experience the Panoramic Vistadome train ride
  • Beat the crowds to Machu Picchu before sunrise
  • Support our Social projects booking with us

Huchuy Qosqo Trek at a Glance:

Day 1: Cusco - Tambomachay - Kenko

Depart from Cusco at 7:00 am and drive for 20 minutes towards the archaeological site of Tambomachay. The hike takes 7 hours to the campsite at Pukamarca Village (3800m/12,467ft), passing through local communities, beautiful mountain lakes, and vast grassland where llamas and alpacas feed.

Day 2: Pukamarca - Huchuy Qosqo - Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, hike for 1 hour to Huchuy Qosqo Inca City, located on top of the Sacred Valley, offering magnificent views. After exploring, head downhill for 2 hours to Lamay for a special Pachamanca barbecue lunch. Take the Afternoon train to Aguas Caliente and spend the night in a hotel.

Day 3: Discover Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco

On the final day, take the early buses up to Machu Picchu and explore the Inca citadel with your tour guide. After the 3-4 hours guided tour, have time to hike Huayna Picchu or Montaña (optional). Afternoon Vistadome panoramic train back to Cusco, arriving at your hotel around 7.30 pm.

Optional hikes after the Machu Machu Picchu tour

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: To be able to access this mountain, you must book in advance. Takes 2 hours to finish, and the cost is $75 extra per person.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain: To be able to access this mountain, you must book in advance. Takes 3.5 hours to finish, and the cost is $75 extra per person.
Full Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco - Tambomachay - Pukamarca

You will be collected from your hotel in Cusco at 7:00 am and drive for 20 minutes towards the archaeological site of Tambomachay (3812 m /12506 Ft), and start the trek. Here, you'll start the expedition to the legendary lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. The first part is a gentle 4-hour climb, passing through local communities, beautiful mountain lakes, and large grassland where llamas and alpacas feed. This area is home to various birds, including Wallatas (love birds), partridges, and lapwings, all of which are regularly spotted throughout the day. Lunch is at Koricocha Lake (4049 m / 13284 ft). After enjoying the fresh meals prepared by your trekking chef, continue three more hours up and down to the campsite is located at the small Andean village of Kenko (3800m/12,467ft). Here, it is a good opportunity to understand their lifestyle, interact with local children, and visit the houses to see how they live and what they have. You can take some gifts if you like.

  • Campsite Altitude: 3800m/12,467ft
  • Distance: 15 km/9.3 miles
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Meals: Snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping under the stars
  • Difficulty: Moderate
Day 2: Kenko - Huchuy Qosqo - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

Awakening in the Peruvian Andes with the most amazing views is an unforgettable experience. After breakfast, you'll for 1 hour and visit the Huchuy Qosqo Inca City, located on top of the Sacred Valley; a city built more than 500 hundred years ago by the Incas. Now lies on top of the mountain, offering us a magnificent view of buildings, sacred temples, farming terraces, storehouses, water channels, and an Inca reservoir. After exploring with your tour guide, you'll have time to enjoy yourself. Then, head to Lamay for 2 hours; lunch today is a special Pachamanca underground barbecue; you'll participate in burying the different kinds of meat, vegetables, and fruits, and finally, enjoy the feast. After lunch, drive to Ollantaytambo, a beautiful city located in the middle of the mountains with many natural and cultural history. We will have time to explore the city considered “the last living Inca city. Dinner will be at a local restaurant, and later to catch a 7 p.m. train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will register at your hotel and relax after the Huchuy Qosqo Trek.

  • Hiking Distance: 12 km/7.4 miles
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Meals: breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel
  • Difficulty: easy
Day 3: Discover Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco

On the final day, wake up early to take the first bus up to Machu Picchu. You'll enter Machu Picchu and explore with your tour guide. First, take a short hike to Sungate or Inca Bridge, then follow your tour guide as you learn about the Incas and visit all the most famous temples, palaces, and streets. Afterward, take some free time to explore the site by yourself or take the extra hike to either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain ( not included and completely different from Machu Picchu Citadel). 

Once you finish with Machu Picchu, you'll take the 30-minute bus down to Aguas Calientes, and have lunch in the city (not included). Later in the afternoon, take the Vistadome Panoramic Train back to Ollantaytambo, where the Ultimate Trekking team will be waiting for you and transfer you back to Cusco. We arrive at your hotel around 7.30 pm, when we finish the Huchuy Qosqo Trek.

  • Guide tour duration: 3-4 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast at the hotel


  • English Speaking Professional Tour Guide
  • Second Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Pick up and drop off from your hotel
  • All Transportation Included during the three days
  • Trekking Chef, Porters, Muleteers
  • Horses to carry food, equipment, and up to 7kg of your stuff.
  • 1-night camping under the star
  • 1 night 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Drinkable water during the 1st and 2nd day
  • Snacks, tea times, and hot water were provided during the hike
  • Dietary options such as vegetarian, vegan, and GF
  • 4 men Eureka tents for each 2 trekkers
  • Sleeping foam mattress, pillows, hot water bags
  • Camping equipment (tents, tables, chairs, portable toilets)
  • First aid kit, oxygen tank
  • Entrance to Huchuy Qosco and Machu Picchu
  • Round trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Vistadome Panoramic train back to Cusco

Not included: 

  • Sleeping Bag, trekking poles, air mattress (Can be hired from us)
  • Breakfast on 1st day and lunch and dinner on the last day
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Access tickets to Machu Picchu Mountain (Different from Machu Picchu Citadel)
  • Gratuities (optional)

What is Huchuy Qosqo Trek?

Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu is a lesser-known, 3-day trek in the Cusco region that offers a unique perspective on the Incan ruins and the breathtaking Andean landscapes.

What is the difficulty level of the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?

The Huchuy Qosqo Trek is considered a moderate trek, with an average daily hiking distance of 8-10 km (5-6 miles). The highest altitude reached is approximately 4,400 meters (14,435 feet) above sea level. It is suitable for those with a reasonable level of fitness and some experience with high-altitude trekking.

When is the best time to go on the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?

The best time to do the Huchuy Qosqo Trek is during the dry season, from April to October. The weather is generally sunny and warm during the day, with cooler temperatures at night. The wet season is from November to March, which can make the trail more difficult due to slippery conditions and limited visibility.

What are the main attractions on the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?

The main attractions on the Huchuy Qosqo Trek include the ancient Incan ruins of Huchuy Qosqo, stunning views of the Sacred Valley, Andean mountain landscapes, traditional Quechua communities, and the opportunity to observe a variety of flora and fauna.

Are there any permits required for the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?

No specific permits are required for the Huchuy Qosqo Trek. However, you will need to purchase an entrance ticket to visit the Huchuy Qosqo archaeological site and Machu Picchu.

Do I need a guide for the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?

While it is not mandatory to have a guide for the Huchuy Qosqo Trek, it is highly recommended. A guide will not only provide valuable information about the trek and the sites you visit but also ensure that you follow the correct trail and make the most of your experience.

What should I pack for the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?

Essential items for the Huchuy Qosqo Trek include:

  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Warm and waterproof clothing (layers)
  • Hat, gloves, and scarf
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat
  • Reusable water bottle or hydration system
  • Trekking poles
  • Personal medications and a basic first-aid kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Passport and necessary travel documents

How do I get from the Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu?

Upon completing the Huchuy Qosqo Trek, you will typically travel to the town of Ollantaytambo and board a train to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. From there, you can either hike or take a bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu.