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Huchuy Qosqo and Short Inca Trail 4 Days

$852.00

If you could not buy the permits for the Inca trail of 4 days, we offer you an alternative of Huchuy Qosqo and Short Inca Trail 4 Days.

TRIP OVERVIEW

TRIP CODE: HIT4D01
TYPE SERVICE: Group Service
TYPE ITINERARY: Fixed
ACTIVITIES: Cultural & History, Hiking & Trekking, Family Friendly
DESTINATION: Huchuy Qosqo, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu

Hike to Huchuy Qosqo and Short Inca Trail
For people who do not want to miss this magnificent and unique trek. This tour combines experiential tourism with a visit to the archaeological center of Huchuy Qosqo. We will hike through beautiful landscapes and visiting lagoons and interacting with people who are engaged in homestay, Demonstration of dyeing and weaving of the Andes with natural products directed by the community of Taucca. Then take the short version of the famous and amazing Inca Trail, We started our adventure at kilometer 104 to walk all day until arriving at approximately 4pm to the town of Aguas Calientes, where a comfortable and clean hotel awaits us. The next day, very early, we will climb to the citadel on the first bus and we will have a guided tour for a couple of hours in this fascinating place, Machu Picchu Wonder of the World.

Highlights

  • Exhilarating day hikes and wonderful homestay experience.
  • Visit archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo.
  • Opportunity to visit less-known ancient Incan sites.
  • Spectacular Day Hike of the Short Inca Trail in the Realm of the Incas.
  • Expert guide to get to know every nook and cranny of Machu Picchu!

TREK ITINERARY

Day 1 – Transport to Patabamba, Hike to Huchuy Qosqo (Homestay)

  • Pick up from your Hotel at 06:00AM begin your journey by transferring from your hotel to the small village of Patabamba (3,850m/12,631ft), a small Andean community that is the starting point of our hike. We start hiking uphill amidst beautiful mountain scenery.
  • As you ascend towards the pass (4,110m/13,484ft), the landscape begins to change dramatically to Andean Puna, with scant vegetation such as “ichu”; from which you enjoy a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the snow-capped mountains.
  • Descend to the village of Siwa (3,900m/12,795ft); then we will continue to the archaeological remains of Pucamarca and enter the Leon Punku Canyon, where we will follow the vestiges of an Incan trail that leads to the archeological site of Huchuy Qosqo (3,700m/12,139ft).
  • Inside of the canyon we will also see the foundation of an Incan bridge. This canyon boasts geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river. Huchuy Qosqo is an Inca archaeological complex with imposing architecture that includes a large open ceremonial center.
  • Living Tourism in Qosqo Huchuy – Homestay; we have the opportunity to share, live together and stay in the house of a local family. Travelers participate in daily activities with the host family, learning about their work and their traditions. Dinner is prepared by the family also they will provide us clean and comfortable bedrooms with toilet facilities.
  • Overnight at Local Family House (Homestay).
  • Meals Included: Box-lunch, Dinner.

Approximate distance: 10 km (6, 21 miles)
Estimated time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,110m/13,484ft

Day 2 – Hike to Chinchero and Experience of Rural Tourism

  • We will wake up and enjoy a breakfast provided by the local family. After eating we visit again the Ancient Incan ruins of Huchuy Qosqo (“Little Cusco” in Quechua).
  • We’ll start to walk though Huchuy Qosqo, taking the Inca trail and ascend to Huallata Pass (4,350m/14,272ft) before arriving at Chinchero. Huchuy Qosqo to Huallata pass it will take approx 3 hours and the descent from the pass to Taucca will take 2 ½ hours where we finish our hike. From this part you have exceptional views of the valley and its surrounding mountains; you will continue your walk to reach the town of Taucca (3,850m/12,631ft).
  • Experience of rural tourism and lunch with the residents of Taucca; we have the opportunity to visit the community of Taucca populated by 20 families and located at an elevation of 3,700 meters. From that height, you will have a most incredible view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the surrounding landscape, and snowcapped mountains.
  • The villagers will share with you their traditional Andean way of life through different activities you can engage in, like weaving demonstrations, plowing with Andean tools, etc. In addition, you will see them spin and dye wool thread using natural dyes as well as weave fabric following their ancient techniques. Finally you enjoy a traditional lunch made by the community women from ingredients organically grown in their fields.
  • After lunch our private transport drives us to Ollantaytambo, where we spend the night.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Ollantaytambo.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate distance: 9 km (5, 59 miles)
Estimated time: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,110m/13,484ft

Day 3 – Inca Trail: Km 104 – Wiñayhuayna – Sun Gate – Aguas Calientes

  • Breakfast at Hotel; at 07:00AM you have to move to Ollantaytambo to catch the train that will take you to KM 104 head of the short Inca Trail where you will meet your guide.
  • We start by visiting the Chachabamba archaeological site (2,170m/7,119ft) here you can quickly take in the beautiful fountains as we begin the 5 hour climb to the Inca Trail. This route will have you enjoying the most magnificent views of the great valley and beautiful waterfall which is in the vicinity of the splendid Wiñayhuayna Archaeological Site (2,700m/8,858ft), which means “Forever Young”.
  • Upon reaching the Inca Trail we continue through slim paths surrounded by lush vegetation made up of broad-leaf plants and huge ferns. The steep mountain precipice adds to the excitement. All of a sudden the stone threshold of the Inti Punku or Sun Gate (2,670m/8,759 ft) materializes along your path and you face truly memorable scenery; a blend of natural beauty and man’s creativity in the form of the enchanting city of Machu Picchu framed by spiraling canyons and forested peaks. The final 45 minutes are spent walking down the royal flagstone pathway into Machu Picchu’s core.
  • The first day ends at a local hostel in Aguas Calientes (2,050m/6,726ft) located at the base of Machu Picchu Mountain, take 30 minutes bus down.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner.

Approximate distance: 9 km (5, 59 miles)
Estimated time walking: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,700m/8,858ft

Day 4 – Sunrise in Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

  • Breakfast at the hotel; at 05:00AM take first bus to Machu Picchu citadel, you will ride a bus to Machu Picchu archeological site (2,430m/7,972ft) and tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets.
  • You can then wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered as the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom. Once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to meditate.
  • You will then have time to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own (not included in the price)
    • Climb up Huayna Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there.
    • You will be given some time to walk till the Sun Gate or Inti Punku.
    • Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs.
  • Back to Cusco: You will descend back down to Aguas Calientes and, later on, board the train for the return trip to Cusco. You will stop at the Ollantaytambo Station and then be picked up and driven to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast.

PRICES PER PERSON

  • 1 person = US$ 1,196
  • 2 people = US$ 852
  • 3 people = US$ 789
  • 4 people = US$ 743
  • 5 to 6 people = US$ 710
  • 7 to 8 people = US$ 687
  • More than 9 people = US$ 673

** Do you want to close your group and not join with more people? Make your group private and close your group to just you and your family or friends for an additional cost of US$ 30 per person.

Discounts Available
1. Students: US$ 30 (students up to 18 years old require a valid International Student Identity Card (www.isic.org).
2. Children: US$ 30 (Children under 17 years of ages old will need only passport copy to apply discount).

Guaranteed Departures – You can start any date that you want – We have no fixed groups.

Extra Optional Services

  • Upgrade hotel to Tourist double or triple room US$ 20 per person.
  • Upgrade hotel to Superior Tourist double or triple room US$ 60 per person.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$ 90 per person.
  • Lunch at the Aguas Calientes Restaurant US$ 20 per person.
  • Lunch at Sanctuary Lodge restaurant (near Machu Picchu) US$ 46 per person.
  • Upgrade train to Vistadome return to Cusco US$ 25 per person.

INCLUDED

  • Pre-departure briefing, the night before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Patabamba (starting point of the trek).
  • Transfer from Taucca community to Ollantaytambo town.
  • Professional English speaking tour guide (2 guides for groups of over 9 people).
  • Meals (3 breakfast, 3 lunches and 3 dinners) some meals will be served by the local families, 2 box-lunches, two meals in restaurant and 2 breakfasts at hostel. Vegetarian or special diets are available at no extra cost.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Short Inca Trail fee (day 3).
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee (day 4).
  • Huchuy Qosqo entrance fee (day 2).
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes in a basic hostel a Double or Triple Room (Being in a Single room costs an extra US$ 25 per night). This will be a clean and safe hostel with breakfast included and private bathroom. You can upgrade Hotel accommodation upon request; please ask your travel agent.
  • 1 night homestay with local family at Huchuy Qosqo community.
  • Demonstration of 3 activities (textiles, medicinal plants, agriculture or guinea pig breeding) in the local community of Taucca.
  • Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu site – Aguas Calientes (day 4).
  • Train ticket from the Ollantaytambo town to Aguas Calientes (day 3).
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition Service) – we can upgrade to Vistadome service upon request.
  • Transfer from Poroy train station-hotel in Cusco.
  • 24 hour support by our local staff.

NOT INCLUDED

  • International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru.
  • Airport departure taxes (Approximate cost US$ 31.00 international flights, and US$ 7.40 for each domestic flight).
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items.
  • Pre & post tour accommodation.
  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day: after the guided tour at Machu Picchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either in Machu Picchu or in Aguas Calientes at your own expense. Arrival in Cusco is estimated after nightfall.
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee: if you want to climb this mountain you have to pay an additional extra cost.
SELECTED HOTELS FOR THIS TOUR PACKAGE
Following is that the list of our recommended hotels that we use for this tour package. Our recommendation relies on the standards of our company concerning quality, charm, personalized attention, warmth, fair price, social responsibility, best practices on environmental care, etc. for each hotel category, but most importantly, on our past customer reports, in which each hotel is evaluated. Hence, our choice includes those who have obtained a higher client satisfaction so far.

We have rated the accommodations according to 3 categories:

City Budget Tourist Superior Tourist
Aguas Calientes

Kantu Inn

Hostal Machu Picchu

Flower´s House Machu Picchu

Hatun Samay Machu Picchu

Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu

El Mapi

Ollantaytambo

Tikawasi Valley

Munay Tika

Ccapac Inka Ollanta Boutique

Pakaritampu

El Albergue (Superior room)

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOTEL CATEGORY

BUDGET
For travellers on very tight budgets. Very simple rooms offering only basic services and facilities. The rooms have private bathrooms and hot water and include breakfast.

TOURIST
Comfortable, simple and with public areas. They majority provide some form of food and drink service: cafeteria, restaurant, bar or other facilities. Their rooms are adequate, functional and equipped with the essentials.

SUPERIOR TOURIST
For travelers on a reduced budget. Well maintained installations and functional rooms, some have first-class facilities. Public areas are very limited or, in most cases, non-existent. The price-benefit ratio is usually good.

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