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Huchuy Qosqo known as “Little Cusco”, which was built by the Inca empire and was known as Qaqyaqawana (meaning “place of thunder”) according to the chroniclers was inhabited by the Inca Wiracocha until his death. Today we can see the intact city of Huchuy Qosqo built on top of the mountains of the Sacred Valley of the Incas with a perfect location, from this point that is a perfect view you can see the entire sacred valley and the snowy mountains. so get ready for an amazing adventure 1 hour from Cusco.
The Huchuy Qosqo Trek takes you to the lovely trek to the lesser-known Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo. This site is situated on a plateau with stunning views overlooking the Sacred valley and the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba range.
The day starts by driving to the small town of Corao, around 30 minutes from Cusco, before branching off the road into the high Andes and the tiny village of Patabamba at 3848 MASL/12624 FASL. It is at this location where the Huchuy Qosqo trailhead is located.
This trail will first take you to the little village of Sihua, then up to the Pukamarca pass (4150 MASL – 13615 FASL), overlooks the village with the same name. Here, you will have a splendid viewpoint of the Urubamba mountain range and the Sacred Valley. After reaching the top of the pass, there is a 2 km/0.6 mile (approximately 30 minute) downhill hike to the Pumamarka Community for lunch.
After lunch, you will continue your trek to the Puma Puncu canyon ( “the puma door” ). From here, you will hike along an original Incan trail, which has be restored as part of the Qapacñan project. This trail will lead you to the isolated and mysterious Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo (“the little Cusco’’) perched above the Sacred Valley of the Incas at 3600 MASL/11811 FASL. Once in the site, your guide will walk you through and show you all the site’s amazing Inca buildings like sacred temples, storehouses, Inca terraces for agriculture and the Inca reservoir used to store water during the dry season.
After your guided tour of the site, we will begin our 2-hour walk downhill to the village of Lamay (2,800 meters) by the Urumbamba River in the Sacred Valley, where a bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.
Walking Distance – 12 km / 7.46 miles
Starting point of the hike – 3848 meters ASL / 12624 feet ASL
Maximum Altitude: 4150 meters ASL/ 13615 feet ASL
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch (Plus Snack)
Hiking Hours: 7 Hours