Looking for a hike far away from the tourist crowds with a visit to an impressive Inca site? This one to Huchuy Qosqo is for you!
In the early morning, you will be picked up and driven to Tauca, passing the beautiful Piuray Lake, where you will start your hike. You will cross the ‘Abra Tauca’ pass which is situated at about 4,400 m (14,435 ft) the highest point of the hike. You will continue downhill towards Huchuy Qosqo. Unlike most Inca buildings, clay bricks were used for roof construction. Set on a plateau and surrounded by Inca-style terraces, Huchuy Qosqo offers a spectacular setting and magnificent views of the Vilcabamba mountain range. The steep descent is challenging but definitely worth it, offering impressive views of the breathtaking Urubamba Valley.
A well-deserved early dinner awaits you at the casual restaurant of La Base de Lamay once you have descended from the archaeological complex. Make sure to pick up some bio goodies from their shop that you can take home as authentic souvenirs. The products sold are all sourced from small local providers, supporting the community. After a delicious, organic meal, prepared with local and seasonal ingredients, you will be dropped off at your hotel.
A good physical condition, as well as previous acclimatization, is required for this hike. We do not recommend this excursion for travelers with knee issues due to the challenging descent.
Distance to hike: 13 – 14 km (8,7 miles)
Walking time: 6 – 7 hours
Max. altitude: 4,400 m (14,435 ft)
Your driver will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco (the transfer takes about 1 hours - approx. 45 km/28 miles).