HUCHUY QOSQO TREK 2DAYS-1NIGHT
Price per person: US$370 (Group tour)
Price upon Request: (Private tour)
The tour INCLUDES land tourist transportation from Cusco hotel to Tambomachay start of the Trekking, the combined entrance ticket to Huchuy Qosqo and campsite fees, English-Spanish speaking guide for 02Days Trekking, horses and porters to carry all the camping equipment, all meals & accommodation in tents, land tourist transportation back from Lamay to Cusco and others. Besides pre-trip information + organization and all local taxes. There are not hidden extras in our prices. Other local companies 2016 prices 02DAYS-01NIGHT HUCHUY QOSQO TREK, by group service: US$450 (2016), US$390 (2016), US$420 (2016). The price includes all money transfer fees. For full details see below.
DAY 1: CUSCO – TAMBOMACHAY – PUMAMARKA:
Early morning our driver and guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the archaeological site of Tambomachay, located at 3700m/12136ft, a car trip of 25 minutes. Our trekking will start from this point for about 5hrs (8km), taking us towards the highlands, where graze llamas and alpacas, getting to Sicllaccasa pass (4020m/13186ft). We hike along a path that leads to the Ccauca ravine, where we observe farming terraces still used by local farmers, archaeological remains and wild crops, cactus and bromeliad bushes locally known as Puyas. We continue on the ancient Inca trail, to reach the Queulloqocha pass (4185m/13727ft), from where we will have the opportunity to get pictures to Veronica, Pitusiray and Chicon snow peaks. Then we start to descend along the path to gain the spectacular view to Queulloqocha Lake, where there are huallatas (Andean coots), ducks and local fish. A hiking uphill again in direction to Challu Challu or Rumi Cruz pass (4220m/13842ft), here is located the Inca quarry, place from where the rocks was stracted and taken to build the farming terraces and houses for Huchuy Qosqo community. Observe the Chincheros plains (pampas) and the Piuray Lake, besides the famous Qoricocha Lake (golden lake). A gentle walk of 30 minutes for lunch. Continue hiking uphill for 3hrs to reach the highest point 4380m/14366ft, overlooking the snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Veronica. We descend for 1:30hrs to Pucamarka community 3980m/13054ft, our camping site, surrounded by small farm houses. Dinner in tents. Overnight in Pucamarka
- Land transport: Cusco – Tambomachay
- Walking distance: 16 Km / 9.9 miles
- Estimated walking time: 7 – 8 Hours
- Maximum Altitude: 4230m/13916ft
- Accommodation: Camping tents
- Weather conditions: Cold, rainy December-March and dry
- Trail Conditions: Rocky, narrow, slippery (trekking shoes required)
DAY 2: PUMAMARKA – HUCHUY QOSQO – TAUCCA – CUSCO:
Breakfast included in tents. We leave our camping and start with our trek for 1hour to get Huchuy Qosqo. A downhill walk towards the valley in direction to Leon Punku ravine, which is a narrow canyon with rock formations, where there is remains of an Inca bridge and trail (which was restored), also this place offer to visitors panoramic views of Lamay valley and Calca, besides Wilcamayo River (the sacred river of Incas), continue along the river 1hour walk to reach Huchuy Qosqo at (3600m/11808ft). Arrival in Huchuy Qosqo and guided visit of 1:30hrs to explore this Inca complex, which was originally an administrative and military center at Incan time. Currently this Inca archaeological complex is restored by archaeologists, which includes a large open ceremonial center, with houses, colcas (food storage), and farming terraces, from where we enjoy a panoramic view to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Vilcanota River, the Mountains of Chicon, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Waccaywilca and Veronica (locally known as apus) which are very respected by locals.
After this visit, we have 3hrs hiking until Taucca pass (4400m/14432ft), and 1 more hour walk downhill until lunch place. Finally a gentle walk of 2hrs to reach Lamay village (3000m/9840ft), place where people are dedicated to farming and livestock. Then we board our transport to go back Cusco. Transfer to your hotel.
- Walking distance: 9 Km / 5.6millas
- Estimated walking time: 4 – 5 Hours
- Maximum Altitude: 4230m/13,916ft
- Weather conditions: Cold, rainy December-March, dry
- Trail Conditions: Rocky, narrow, slippery
- Land transport: Lamay – Cusco
WHAT IS INCLUDED: The tour INCLUDES land tourist transportation & escort guide from Cusco hotel to Tambomachay (start of the Trekking), the combined entrance ticket to Huchuy Qosqo and campsite fees, English-Spanish speaking guide for 02Days Trekking, horses and porters to carry all the camping equipment (spacious sleeping tents, sleeping bags, double thickness foam sleeping mattress, cooking equipment, dining tent, kitchen tent and tables), horses for riding in emergency cases, 7hg personal luggage allowance to put on the horses, experienced cook, all meals (1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner), food (includes fresh fruit, avocados, fish, chicken, meat, pancakes, omelettes, pasta, soup and rice) recommended for trekking journeys, also hot drinks as coca tea and coffee, filtered drinking boiled water, hand soaps, dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff, land tourist transportation from Lamay to Cusco. Besides pre-trip information + organization and all local taxes. There are no hidden extras in our prices. Our company, in shared operation with our partner in Cusco provides for our guest comfortable Tents as Eureka, North Face or Doite, in single & double occupancy, besides oxygen & first aid kit, exclusive for foreign.
NOT NCLUDED: Breakfast (1° day) but it can be offered early morning in some hotels in Cusco, sleeping bags for the trekking, dinner at the end of the tour (2° day), we recommend in Cusco where there are restaurants. Optional gratuities for the guide, cook and porters. Our staff is well paid so tipping is voluntary, as desired.
Note: In private or group tour insurance coverage is not included during trekking.
You can see that in Rumbo Explora we have developed for you tailor-made itineraries with the best price as competitive as possible, providing an excellent service and paying our guides 10% above the legal wage agreed with association of the tour guides – Cusco. Our staff are some of the best paid in Cusco & Machupicchu, which allows us to attract only the Best Tour Guides and Land Transportation with national permit, to none other local company, that can only provide a cheaper price by providing a far inferior service and saving on staff costs, ¿How? Hiring tour guides in training without experience and not paying them, besides avoiding taxes to government.
Big Travel companies from Europe, North America, Australia and others work with the Peruvian Tour Operators located in Lima-Peru, who work as middlemen receiving from them good prices from the Tours & Packages, and paying to us 40 to 50% minor the normal price, besides 2 to 3 months delayed, being this the reason that Rumbo Explora have decided to offer tours & packages directly to travelers.
Camping Equipment – Huchuy Qosqo Trek
TENTS & LAMPS FOR OUR CLIENTS:
All of our tents are made of waterproof materials. Rumbo Explora, in shared operation with our partner in Cusco offer deluxe & private services for our demanding clients, supplying solar-powered lamps, for giving an excellent service at night, thus substitute the gas lamps currently employed for group tours by many local companies. The camping equipment with some brands or models:
- Eureka Tunnel Vision – larger groups
- Eureka Timberline 4 Outfitter – double occupancy
- Eureka Timberline 2XT – single occupancy
- Eureka K2XT – double & single occupancy
- Eureka Equinox – single occupancy
- The North Face VE25 – double & single occupancy
- Doite Cima 4 – single & double occupancy
- Doite Kailas 3 – single & double occupancy
- Doite Himalaya – single & double occupancy
TENTS & LAMPS FOR OUR STAFF (GUIDES, COOKS AND PORTERS):
Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping foams, rain ponchos and shoes for our staff are manufactured in Peru. We can guarantee the comfort of our staff during the excursion. For deluxe private Huchuy Qosqo Trek our company, in shared operation with our partner in Cusco supply solar-powered lamps for our staff, to give an excellent service at night, thus substitute the gas lamps currently employed in group tours by many local companies.
For Huchuy Qosqo Trek program it is employed dining tents and kitchen tents. Additional to camping equipment we have porter backpacks, support belts, shoes, duffle bags, porter jackets, all manufactured in Peru. Besides our partner in Cusco have provided free insurance for all huchuy Qosqo Trek staff, we can guarantee that our staff are well paid in Cusco region, we consider them as the absolute minimum requirements for treating our camp staff fairly and as human beings.
SLEEPING MATS/PADS & SLEEPING BAGS:
For giving a top comfort service for all our clients at Huchuy Qosqo Trek we work widely with three layers of orthopedic foamy pads, to guarantee a good rest, after a long hiking.
Our company, in shared operation with our partner in Cusco provide for our guests clean and comfortable sleeping bags (eureka), who offers different models in remote areas far away from city for different temperatures.
KITCHEN EQUIPMENT / TABLEWARE & CUTLERY:
For ensuring a maximum hygiene and the best service possible, our company, in shared operation with our partner in Cusco buy all fresh produce and food directly from local markets, where we can find out fresh fruits, meat, fish, potatoes, vegetables and others. Also it is employed for Huchuy Qosqo Trek cutlery which is stainless steel, dishes, cups and glassware made in China, as Huchuy Qosqo village is located in the Andes, in remote areas far away from Cusco city, the weather is cold and plastic equipment not good. Besides the kitchen is equipped also with ovens, exclusive for our clients.
WATER FILTERS FACILITIES:
Rumbo Explora guarantee all meals and food along the journey. Travellers do not have to bring water purification tablets or water filters on the trek. Be sure that we operate in areas where water source is clean besides it is filtered for cooking and boiled for drinking purposes, and it is regularly monitored, for not put our clients’ health at risk. We use biodegradable soup and detergent, in shared operation with our partner in Cusco, exclusive for clients of Rumbo Explora.
Toilet facilities: As Huchuy Qosqo Trek program takes several days, our company, in shared operation with our partner in Cusco employ (toilet tent) portable toilet facilities including biodegradable bags (manufactured in United States). Some organic wastes are taken out and buried in remote areas far away from Trail, or carried back to Cusco. On the journey of Huchuy Qosqo Trekking there are not proper flush toilets.
In Cusco & Machupicchu: On the Huchuy Qosqo Trek (protected area) is not allowed drop-off rubbish or polluting the environment that is why our Company put in operation the collecting of garbage from all our excursions where we operate following the Peruvian regulations, respecting the protection to environment.
In Puno & Lake Titicaca: Rumbo Explora recommends to all our drivers during the excursions, put on tourist transportations and motor boats a small rubbish bin and all this will be taken to the garbage collector and then to the Municipal dump, to avoid the pollution in Lake Titicaca region.
In Arequipa & Colca Valley: As the excursion to Colca Valley takes 02Days or more, people carry water in plastic bottles for several days, which produces garbage against the environment. We decided to collect all wastes possible from all our tours, especially from our Trekking program in Colca Valley where we operate, taking back to Arequipa to send to Municipal dump.
Lima & Nazca-Paracas and other places: Lima, Nazca and Paracas are towns located on the desert, where the temperature in summer gets warm up to 30°-35° degrees, and wastes produce contamination. We suggest to all our visitors put the wastes into the rubbish bin.
FOR EMERGENCIES – FIRST-AID-KITS & OXYGEN BOTTLES:
Inca Trail program, Salkantay, Ausangate, Lares Treks and others implies downs and ups along the trekking and not medical centers, in some areas our clients will cross hiking over 4300m/14,100feet, is our priority to carry for emergencies oxygen & first aid kit, exclusive for foreign. Our guides are trained in first aid, and we can guarantee the trekking for the Inca Trail program and all treks where we operate. In a future not far away we will provide satellite phone as a priority for our services on Inca Trail program, exclusive for our clients and staff, just for emergencies.