The Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu is an exciting three-day journey that mixes adventure with comfort. You'll hike ancient paths once walked by the Incas, experiencing stunning natural scenery that culminates with a visit to the famous Machu Picchu. On the first night, you will camp under the stars using high-quality camping equipment, enjoying delicious meals that showcase the flavors of the Andes. The second night will be spent in a comfortable 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes.

The journey concludes with a scenic train ride back to Ollantaytambo aboard the Vistadome Panoramic Train, known for its large windows that offer great views. This carefully planned trip ensures an unforgettable experience, filled with both breathtaking sights and insights into the local culture.

Trek details

3 days 2 nights
Adventure - Hiking - Camping
Maximum Altitude
4100 m - 16451 ft
Machu Picchu
Group Size
6 to 10

Join us on the Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu, an exciting 3-day, 2-night adventure. This journey offers a unique blend of nature and comfort as you walk paths once used by the Incas. You will camp in beautiful outdoor spots using high-quality camping gear, ensuring you sleep comfortably under the stars.

During the trek, you will enjoy delicious meals that reflect the traditional flavors of the Andes. These meals are freshly prepared and are designed to give you a taste of the local cuisine while providing the energy you need for hiking.

As you trek through stunning landscapes, you'll see mountains, valleys, and perhaps even some wildlife. After a day of walking, you can relax in carefully chosen hotels that offer peace and comfort. These hotels are perfect for resting and getting ready for the next day's adventure.

The final part of your trip includes a scenic train ride on the Vistadome Panoramic Train. This train has large windows and a glass roof, allowing you to take in the breathtaking views as you travel back to Ollantaytambo. The beautiful scenery and comfortable setting make this train ride a perfect end to your trek.

This journey is not just a trek but an experience that combines the thrill of adventure with the comfort of well-planned amenities. It's an ideal way to explore the path to Machu Picchu and experience the beauty of the Andes in a memorable and enjoyable way.


  • Hike along an ancient Inca Trail from Cusco to Sacred Valley
  • Discover local Villages and lakes, and explore Huchuy Qosqo
  • Shorter wilderness hike to Machu Picchu
  • Experience the Panoramic Vistadome train ride

Huchuy Qosqo Trek at a Glance:

Day 1: Cusco - Tambomachay - Kenko

We depart Cusco at 7:00 AM and drive for 20 minutes to the archaeological site of Tambomachay. The hike to Kenko Village takes about 7 hours. We pass through local communities, beautiful mountain lakes, and vast grasslands where llamas and alpacas graze. We camp in comfortable tents. 

Day 2: Kenko - Huchuy Qosqo - Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, embark on a two-hour hike to Huchuy Qosqo, an ancient Inca city perched above the Sacred Valley and offering stunning views. Explore the ruins, then descend for two hours to Lamay for a special picnic lunch. In the afternoon, take the train to Aguas Calientes and stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 3: Discover Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco

Early morning, take the bus to Machu Picchu and enjoy a 3-4 hour guided tour of the Inca citadel. After the tour, you'll have time for optional hikes to Huayna Picchu or Montaña. Later, take the 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: You must book in advance to access this mountain. It takes 2 hours to finish, and the cost is $68 extra per person.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain: You must book in advance to access this mountain. It takes 3.5 hours to finish, and the cost is $68 extra per person.
Full Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco - Tambomachay - Kenko

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco at 7:00 AM and drive for 20 minutes to the archaeological site of Tambomachay (3812 m / 12506 ft), where you will start your trek to the legendary lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. The first segment is a gentle 4-hour climb through local communities, past beautiful mountain lakes, and across large grasslands where llamas and alpacas graze. This area is also home to various birds, such as Wallatas (Andean geese), partridges, and lapwings, which are often seen throughout the day. 

Lunch will be at Koricocha Lake (4049 m / 13284 ft), where you'll enjoy fresh meals prepared by your trekking chef. After lunch, continue for three more hours, hiking up and down to the campsite in the small Andean village of Kenko (3800 m / 12,467 ft). Here, you have a great opportunity to learn about the local lifestyle, interact with children, and visit homes to see how the villagers live. You may also bring small gifts if you wish.

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

Waking up to the breathtaking views of the Peruvian Andes is an unforgettable experience. After breakfast, embark on a 2-hour hike to the ancient Huchuy Qosqo Inca Site perched atop the Sacred Valley. This city, built over 500 years ago by the Incas, stands majestically on the mountain, showcasing magnificent structures, sacred temples, agricultural terraces, storehouses, water channels, and an Inca reservoir. Explore these historical marvels with your guide and take some time to enjoy the surroundings. Next, descend for 2 hours to Lamay for Lunch.

After lunch, drive to Ollantaytambo. This beautiful town is nestled among the mountains and is rich in natural and cultural history, often described as "the last living Inca city." You'll have time to explore the area and its significant sites. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before catching the 7 p.m. train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and relax after your adventurous day on the Huchuy Qosqo Trek. 

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

On the final day, wake up early and take the first bus to Machu Picchu. Your tour begins with a short hike to the main viewpoints. Follow your guide as they share stories of the Incas and lead you through the most renowned temples, palaces, and streets. After the guided tour, you'll have free time to explore on your own or opt for an additional hike to either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (not included and distinct from the Machu Picchu Citadel).

After your exploration, take the 30-minute bus ride back to Aguas Calientes, where you can enjoy lunch (not included). Later in the afternoon, board the Vistadome Panoramic Train back to Ollantaytambo. The Ultimate Trekking team will be waiting to transfer you back to Cusco, arriving at your hotel around 7:30 pm, marking the end of the Huchuy Qosqo Trek.

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


  • English Speaking Professional Tour Guide
  • 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)

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. This is the perfect option if the Classic Inca Trail is sold out.

What can I expect from the Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu?

On the Huchuy Qosqo Trek, you will see beautiful landscapes of the Andes mountains, walk through quaint villages, and explore the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo Peru. The journey ends with the breathtaking sight of Machu Picchu, making this trek truly memorable.

How long does the typical Huchuy Qosqo Trek last?

The typical Huchuy Qosqo Trek lasts about 2 to 3 days. The 3-day version is the most popular as it combines a full day of trekking in the Andes, a day visiting Huchuy Qosqo, and on the last day, exploring Machu Picchu.

What type of accommodations are provided on the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?

During the Huchuy Qosqo Trek, you will spend one night camping outdoors with comfortable equipment, allowing you to fully enjoy the natural surroundings. Additionally, you will spend one night in a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes.

What is the total distance of the Huchuy Qosqo Trail?

The Huchuy Qosqo Trail spans approximately 21 kilometers, offering a moderately challenging but incredibly scenic hike.

What are the usual climate conditions during the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?

Weather on the Huchuy Qosqo Trail varies; days are generally warm and sunny while nights can be quite cold. Be sure to pack accordingly to stay comfortable.

What essentials should I pack for the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?

Essential items for the Huchuy Qosqo Trek include hiking boots, layers of clothing for variable temperatures, a water bottle, sun protection, and a camera to capture stunning Huchuy Qosqo photos.

Essential items for the Huchuy Qosqo Trek include:

  • 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

What historical sites are visited on the Huchuy Qosqo Tour?

During the trek, you will hike around the Tambomachay Inca site, Pumamarka Village, Huchuy Qosqo, and finally explore Machu Picchu. Please note that we visit Ollantaytambo, we will only explore the town itself.

Is the panoramic train ride included in the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?

Yes, all our Huchuy Qosqo tours include the Vistadome panoramic train on the return. Please note that only one way is included. This train offers stunning views of the landscape along the Urubamba River and the Andes Mountains.

Is a Huchuy Qosqo Day Trip feasible for experiencing the site?

A Huchuy Qosqo day trip is a great option if you're short on time. However, if you want to connect with Machu Picchu, you will need to spend at least two days. For an experience that includes camping, you should plan for at least three days.

What are the elevation changes encountered during the Huchuy Qosqo Hike?

The Huchuy Qosqo hike involves elevation changes that can be challenging, often going above 3,700 meters (12,139 feet). To prepare, it's a good idea to spend a few days acclimatizing in Cusco before starting the hike.

How should I prepare for the Trek Huchuy Qosqo?

To prepare for the Trek Huchuy Qosqo, focus on physical fitness, especially hiking, to build endurance. Also, pack layers for changing weather conditions and gear for high altitudes.

When is the best season to embark on the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?

The best time for the Huchuy Qosqo Trek is from April to October when the weather is mostly dry and the trails are clearer and safer to navigate.

What cultural experiences does the Huchuy Qosqo Trek offer?

The trek offers rich cultural experiences, including interaction with local communities, and insights into their lifestyle and traditions in the Huchuy Cusco region.

Are meals included in the Huchuy Qosqo Tour?

Yes, fresh meals are prepared starting from lunch on the first day, followed by tea time and dinner. On the second day, the chef will prepare breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon, you will enjoy dinner in Ollantaytambo.

What wildlife might I see during the Huchuy Qosqo Hike?

During the Huchuy Qosqo Hike, you might spot native wildlife such as llamas, alpacas, and various bird species that are native to the Andean region.

How challenging is the Huchuy Qosqo Trail?

The Huchuy Qosqo Trail is considered moderately challenging. It involves navigating mountainous terrain and dealing with high altitude, which can be demanding without proper preparation.

Are there specific age or fitness requirements for the Huchuy Qosqo Hike?

There are no strict age limits for the Huchuy Qosqo Hike, but good physical health and stamina are crucial for safely enjoying and completing the trek. We typically recommend it for travelers aged 8 to 70 years old.

What is the starting point for the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?

The Huchuy Qosqo Trek starts near the Tambomachay Inca Site in Cusco and finishes near the village of Lamay in the Sacred Valley, providing easy access to the trail.

Is it possible to do the Huchuy Qosqo Hike without a guide?

While it is possible to do the Huchuy Qosqo Hike without a guide, having one is highly recommended for navigation, safety, and gaining insightful Huchuy Qosqo history and descriptions.

What historical significance does Huchuy Qosqo hold?

Huchuy Qosqo is of significant historical importance as an Inca archaeological site. It once served as a royal estate with stunning views over the Sacred Valley.

How is the hotel accommodation on the second night of the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?

On the second night of the Huchuy Qosqo Trek, you will stay at either Susanna Inn or Qoya Palace, both of which are 3-star hotels. These accommodations provide a well-deserved rest after a day of hiking.

What is the typical cost of the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?

The cost of the Huchuy Qosqo Trek can vary, typically ranging from $400 to $600, depending on the tour’s length, inclusions, and the level of comfort offered.

Do I need any permits for the Huchuy Qosqo Trek?

No special permits are required for the Huchuy Qosqo Trek itself, but you will need a ticket to enter Machu Picchu, which is usually included in the tour package.

How does the Huchuy Qosqo Trek benefit the local community?

The trek benefits the local community by providing employment opportunities and supporting local businesses, which helps sustain the regional economy. We hire horsemen and chefs from the area, rent campsites, and pay for various services.