Small Cusco Over The Mountains To Machu Picchu

About this activity:

66 km / 41 miles
2 days 1 night
From Cusco
Machu Picchu
Adventure – Cultural – Hiking

Tour details:

The archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo (Small Cusco), which was known during the Inca times, as Qaqyaqawana (which in Spanish means place where you look at the thunder”), is located in the district of Lamay, within the province of Calca, in the department and region of Cusco, specifically in a plain found on the top of a mountain. At an altitude of 3,870 meters (12,700 feet). And it is currently considered, thanks to the Minister of Culture, as Cultural Heritage of the Nation. Get the most iconic travel destination in South America the famous MACHU PICCHU.

Perched atop a mountain, at 3,870 meters, lies Huchuy Qosqo, formerly Qaqyaqawana, an ancient Inca wonder in Lamay, Cusco. Revered as the “Little Cusco”, it looks out on the spectacle of thunder. Now a National Heritage Site, it enchants like Machu Picchu – a majestic testament to South America’s allure.

Full Itinerary: Small Cusco Over The Mountains To Machu Picchu

Our machu picchu  2 day tour starts at 5:30 am and will drive out of Cusco, taking a mountain road to the village of Patabamba where we will start our hike and which is at 3,870 meters (12,700 feet). We will first walk through this village, passing by small villages. We will then reach a stream and after crossing the bridge we will hike uphill for about an hour until we are granted a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. We will stop to rest and then we will continue down the road until we arrive to the village of Sihuas. After passing through this village we will hike up for about an hour to the pass which is at 4,070 meters (13,350 feet). We will descend for about 20 minutes until we reach a preserved Inca Trail. We follow this path into a small canyon with a rushing stream at the bottom. Here we will start seeing Inca architecture and terraces as well as a large Inca gate. We will continue through the canyon until we reach a lookout point of the Sacred Valley below. We will follow this path around the mountain and the see the first impressive terraces of Huchuy Qosqo. We then pass through the Inca entrance gate and will arrive at the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo where the altitude is 3,865 meters (12,680 feet). We will find a place to rest and eat our box lunches, talking about this site that was used as a refuge for the Inca king when his enemy was attacking Cusco. Once we will finish getting photos and nice views we will begin our hike down to the bottom of the valley to Lamay at 2,990 meters (9,800 feet) which follows a dirt road and takes about one and a half hours. At the end of the road our car will be waiting for us, and we will then drive to Ollantaytambo to have dinner and rest in a nice hotel.

  • A choice hotel in the Sacred Valley.
  • Meals Included: Box Lunch/Dinner.

After breakfast at your hotel, we will go to the train station to catch the train to Aguas Calientes 2000 meters (6561.68 feets). Visit Machu Picchu, South America’s most iconic attraction. Located at the top of a steep, forested hill overlooking the Urubamba River, Machu Picchu was hidden by thick cloud forest vegetation for centuries until the American explorer Hiram Bingham began to clear the site after its rediscovery in 1911. Today the city has been extensively restored, creating an unforgettable sight for visitors like you who arrive from all over the world. At afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy Train Station and bus ride to Cusco.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast 

Important Information:

  • Please note that it is not possible to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain with this tour since these mountains can only be climbed in the morning and on this tour we visit Machu Picchu in the afternoon. If you would like to climb one of these mountains, we recommend our 2-Day Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Package.
  • Vistadome or upgrade Train: Our price includes a ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes  and a return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo in the Expedition train. However, if you would like to upgrade your return train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco to the Vistadome train or have and upgrade the price is an additional $50 USD per person. Contact us

Additional Information

  • Destination: Peru
  • Style: Alternative Trek
  • Theme: Adventure
  • Code: SCTM
  • Physical level: Standard
  • Recommended Age: Min 10
  • Group size: Min 2, Max 8
  • This machu picchu 2 day tour is great for those who are short on time but still want to do some hiking before or after Machu Picchu, and also is especially good for older couples or families with children.
  • Travelers looking for a short, challenging hike in a remote area of Cusco Province.
  • Take your time to Photograph the spectacular scenery of the Sacred Valley and surrounding peaks.
  •  It is perfect for everyone, special for kind of people who likes to know more about Incas culture and visit the Inca Palaces.
  • Spend your holidays through 2 day machu picchu tour from cusco to know one of the 7 Wonder of the World

Remember altitude sickness it doesn’t have to be a problem, with couple of days acclimatization you should be ok. Ask for Hotels located at the Sacred Valley to acclimatize quick.

  • Original passport.
  • Water.
  • A small day backpack to carry your personal belongings.
  • Trekking shoes or light hiking boots.
  • Comfortable clothes.
  • Rain gear.
  • Camera.
  • Money to buy souvenirs, tips and meals.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses.

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  • Meals, unless expressly states
  • Personal expenses
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary

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