Experience Peru like never before on this is a fantastic 2 day trek which enables you to hike from Cusco across the Sacred Valley entertwining present and past. Even though it would appear to be in a populated area, you soon discover the true remote wilderness of the Andes. This is a beautiful hike and Huchuy Qosqo has an interesting history amongst this set of ruins that are believed to have been abandoned by the time the Spanish arrived in Peru. On day 2 we can arrange a tour to Machu Picchu if your heart desires.
At 6am, we will start driving from your hotel to the small Village of Tauca (3750m), the beginning of your trek. We will be on level terrain and the landscape will be that of typical andean valleys rich in corn, potatoes, barley, quinoa and other andean tubers. As you ascend towards your pass at 4050m, the landscape begins to change dramatically to the classic of High Andean Savannah or Puna, with scant vegetation, mainly “ichu” or high altitude grass. The views of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range peaks are spectacular: Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and San Juan snow peaks. Soon after the pass you will start your descent toward the Huchuy Qosqo plains hiking along a path that leads to the Cauca ravine, where you will be able to see archeological remains and wild crops, such as tarwi, and a large quantity of cactus.
You will walk downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where you will find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. This canyon boasts geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3650 m. Huchuy Qosqo ("Little Cuzco") is a noteworthy Inca complex. It boasts very fine stonework in a large Kallanka (rectangular Hall), some residential and defensive quarters and interesting two-story buildings in stone and adobe. Huchuy Qosqo is located on a plateau, surrounded by Inca agricultural terraces and allows superb views of the Vilcabamba range. Afterwards we’ll go downhill to Lamay at 2900m where we will catch our transport driving to Ollantaytambo the place where we'll continue by train to Aguas Calientes. Then overnight in a hotel.
We leave our hotel after a very early breakfast to take the bus for the journey up to Machu Picchu ruins. Once inside the citadel, we are provided with a 3 hour tour with plenty of free time for further exploring, taking photos and the option to climb >Huayna Picchu or go up to the Sun Gate. Then back to Aguas Calientes and approximately at 2:55pm or 4:00pm, we take our return train to Ollantaytambo with a bus connection to Cusco arriving at your hotel in the evening.
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