Key information: Huchuyqosqo
- Fantastic day-walk in the high Andean landscape beyond Cuzco, and traversing a section of the Sacred Valley.
- Via a steep ridge, follow the trail over and into a plunging valley with its fascinating Inca ruins - the stone and adobe (mud-brick) archaeological site of Huchuyqosqo.
- A great warm-up for one of the longer, multi-day Inca Trails. This walk is still tough, with steep ascents and descents to altiplano and puna grassland. Come prepared.
- See our Inca Trails page for detailed practical information and links to more walks in Peru.
- ANYONE GOT ANY GOOD PHOTOS? WE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO POST THEM!
- Walkopedia rating97
- Natural interest15
- Human interest16
- Negative points0
- Total rating97
- Length: 2-6 hours
- Day or less
- Level of Difficulty: Straightforward
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COMMUNITY COMMENTS AND PHOTOS
Posted on: 17/12/2018
Walko friend Charles Bookman says:
You can visit Huchuy Qosqo on a two-day trek of 12 miles with elevation change of about 2,000’ (see map). Our route began at the Tauca trailhead, forty minutes’ taxi ride from Cusco. Our first day, from Tauca to Huchuy Qosqo involved eight miles and climbing 2,000’. The day was not technically challenging, but everything at that altitude takes more effort than you can imagine. We spent 7 ½ hrs. on the trail, including extensive visits with farmers and frequent pauses to identify and discuss native plants. We walked through the ruins at the end of the first day and then spent two hours there on the second day. The steep, precipitous descent to Lamay involved a little over two hours on the trail.
Guide: Many tour companies can organize a trip to Huchuy Qosqo. Our guide Aurelio Zanabria M. was a fine and knowledgeable trail companion. He readily shared his knowledge of flora, fauna, and local customs. Aurelio works with several tour companies and can help you organize your expedition. EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org TEL: +51 958 125761
Thank you Charles.
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