Huchuy Qosqo, or “Little Cusco,” is one of the most important archaeological centers of the Urubamba Valley after Ollantaytambo and Pisac. According to Spanish records, Huchuy Qosqo was the favorite place of the Inca Wiracocha. Travelers can visit Huchuy Qosqo via a two-day hiking adventure along the main trail made by the Incas. Along the way, you can enjoy stunning views of the Sacred Valley before arriving at the amazing archaeological remains. If you’re lucky, you may spot a variety of Andean birds, including the American Chested Buzzard Eagle, the Andean Goose, and the Andean Lapwing, as well as several changes in vegetation along the course of the hike.
The archeological site, with three high stone and mud structures, will amaze you almost as much as the views and the streams that dot the trail to them. However, the journey isn’t only about landscapes and history of the site and area. You will also pass through the Qoriqocha Lagoon and the Apacheta Pass where you will see herds of alpaca and llamas in their natural habitat. You’ll have time to relax and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch in the beautiful setting while recharging your energy before we connect with the Qhapaq Ñan, or the Inca Trail, that will take us to the archeological site.
To make the experience unforgettable and unique to your preferences, we have two different options for you. The first one is for travelers who want to experience more of the Andean culture by doing a homestay. Your host will greet you with an Inca ritual and show you Andean traditions and gastronomy during your stay. In the morning, you will wake up to a delicious Andean breakfast accompanied by songs in Quechua. The second option is for travelers who want to have a bit more adventure and nature in their experience. With this option, you will be camping in tents. If you’re looking for a great adventure under the stars, this is the option for you.
Whichever option you choose, the final day of the hike includes a walk along a zigzagging trail down the face of a mountain. At the bottom, a car will be waiting to take you back to Cusco or the Sacred Valley.