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Huchuy Qosqo; 1 day

SUMMARY

Huchuy Qosqo Trek It is an excellent option of trekking for those who want outdoor activities but do not have much time, this fantastic option of a single day is something unique and wonderful, in the tour we will enjoy beautiful views of hills, valleys, lagoons, flora and fauna, canyons and the archaeological center of Huchuy Qosqo. In addition, it is not a. overcrowded trail so you can enjoy your walk being the only one in the mountains, our itinerary will help you enjoy unique views on the route.

 

Price: 79 Per Person

Huchuy Qosqo; 1 day
  • Type of Tour:Adventure, Nature, Trekking.                                         
  • Duration: 01 day
  • Start time:06:00 a.m.                                         
  • End time: 5:30 p.m.                                         
  • Maximum elevation point:  4150 masl             
  • Difficulty:Easy, Medium                                         
  • Hidghlights: Lagoons, Mountains, Huchuy Qosqo and Valleys.             

by booking this tour your are planting 1 tree at an indiginous community of Cusco.

ITINERARY

We will pass by the hotel at 06:00 am, time for which you must have already had breakfast and checked out of the hotel. After a 45-minute trip we will arrive at Chinchero, where our walk begins. The first part It will be 1 hour of ascent to the viewpoint from where we can appreciate the wonderful views of the sacred valley. After enjoying these magnificent views, we will continue with our trek that now will be a gradual uphill of 1 hour until arriving at the viewpoint of the lagoons. On the way we will observe llamas, alpacas, sheep, and different wild animals, arriving at the 2nd viewpoint we will rest a bit with a beautiful view towards the Piuray lagoon in Chinchero on one side and towards the other the Qoricocha Lagoon in addition to beautiful valleys with forests and farmer’s houses scattered on it, in addition to small villages along, it is a unique and wonderful view.

Then we will continue with our walk of 1 hour more until our lunch point that will be in a very small town where there is no electricity and the houses are built with adobe and straw, exactly as their ancestors did.

After enjoying our delicious Box Lunch, we will have time to visit one of the families to see how they live, learn from their traditions and customs. When it’s the right time to continue our walk we will get ready. Now we head towards Huchuy Qosqo or small Cuzco, we will walk using the original Inca trail so we cannot miss the unique details of an Inca Trail. We will cross by Inca bridges; we will enter the Puma Punku canyon or the Puma Gate canyon. Suddenly in front of us you will find the sacred valley of the Incas down in the valley, it is a unique and incomparable sight, this is the only walking route that allows you to have a privileged view to the sacred valley of the Incas in all its splendor, we will rest to enjoy this beautiful view before continuing to the archaeological center of Huchuy Qosqo which is only 10 minutes from this viewpoint, once there, we will explore the place and the guide will give you an explanation about the history and the important person who lived there.

Then we will continue with our walk, this time it will be 50 minutes downhill to the sacred valley, once we get to the road our car will be waiting for us to drive us back to the city of Cusco.

Walking distance: 18 km

Weather: Cold, Dry.

INCLUSIONS

Included

  • Professional Guide – We have the best selection of guides, all graduated from the national university of Cusco and grown up in this region with a deep love and passion for teaching their culture. They are fun but professional and will make sure you are safe and happy.
  • Tourist transportation. – We use clean and new vehicles for all our services, with professional drivers that will guarantee you a safe trip. Our drivers are constantly trained in prudent driving and customer service. The car transfer will be from Cusco to the trail head, then from sacred valley to Cusco.
  • Pick up from the hotel. – Our service includes picking up your hotel to start the tour, pick up time will be confirmed according to the location of your hotel, at the end of the tour we will also leave you back at your hotel. (Our service does not include pick up from AIRBNB type houses because many do not have a clear name or address), in that case we will coordinate a place and time to pick up.
  • Meals. – 01 box lunch that will be taken by a support staff.
  • First aid: each of our guides has received training in first aid from a doctor. We hold mandatory training sessions every February, to which all the guides must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scratches, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you out of the way as quickly and comfortably as possible, if necessary, and we will make sure you go directly to a clinic to receive treatment..
  • Permanent Assistance. – We want all the activities you do in our destination to be unique, unforgettable and safe, so you will always have an assigned personal assistant who will be in constant communication with you.

Not included

  • Flights. – Flying to Cusco can be complicated. Delays occur frequently especially between October to March and it is not uncommon for flights to be canceled. Make sure you arrive in the city at least two days before the start date of your hike. LATAM is the most reliable airline. Avianca and Peruvian Airlines are also acceptable companies. You will not return from your tour until around 8 pm So make sure your flight is not the trekking day, rather the next day.
  • Tips – Tips are always appreciated and should be based entirely on your level of satisfaction. Although it may not be usual for you, it has considerable importance for the people who will assist you during your trek.
  •  Travel insurance. – To protect your travel investment, we recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Getting travel insurance before leaving home is highly recommended and very easy. There are many insurance companies depending on your country of origin and at different prices according to your time of stay, take some time to review them and hire the one that best suits you. This is an excellent way to protect yourself while visiting Peru.

PRICES

We are known for providing a personalized service and a unique experience, visiting the attractions in not overcrowded times and using roads out of the ordinary, we guarantee 100% satisfaction and we care a lot for your safety during our tours.

Group tour

$. 89 usd per person

Group tour means that your reservation is open so that other people can accompany you on your walk, however, our groups will never be larger than 14 people and with 02 guides, a guide can take a maximum of 08 people.

Private tour

Our specialty is private tours and we will provide you with the best service, the price depends on the size of your group. However, a minimum of 02 people is required to book a Private tour, unless you want to exclusively walk alone then please contact us at info@pptoursperu.com

02 people $. 149 usd per person                           

03 people $. 139 usd per person                           

04 people $. 129 usd per person                           

05 people $. 119 usd per person                           

06 people $. 99 usd per person                           

07 people $. 89 usd per person                           

08 people or more. $. 79 usd per person  

Discount for students

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The student discount applies only to excursions that include a visit to Machu Picchu.

Additional services

For this tour you can hire some additional services available that we detail below:

Walking sticks (pair)          $. 15 per person                                                       

Horse to ride                       $. 49 per horse per day   

TRAVEL INFO

Breafing (Previous Information)

All information sessions are held in our office at 06:00 PM the night before your trek. If you cannot assist to this talk please contact our office staff to serve you better.

Arriving to Cusco

The airport in Cusco is currently quite small and only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline, you must pick up your bags in Lima and then register them again.

The best way to get to Cusco is by air and there are several airline options. LATAM tends to be the most expensive, but it has more flight options. But you also have PERUVIAN, AVIANCA, STAR PERU, LC PERU to choose according to your preference. Expect flight delays or cancellations, due to the high altitude of Cusco, tends to be difficult to land so that on rainy days you can paralyze air traffic. Bus tours are always available and although the journey may be long, especially from Lima, Peru buses are well maintained and are comfortable. This option is recommended if you come from a city closer to Cusco like Puno or Arequipa. Buses from Lima will take around 20 hours to arrive to Cusco.

Pick Up from The Hotels.

We pick up all our clients from the hotel for all tours. While your hotel is in the center of the city of Cusco, we will coordinate this pick up with the guide at the information session. Pick-up times may vary between 20 and 30 minutes depending on traffic conditions and hotel locations.

Cusco is an ancient city with cobblestone streets and very narrow corridors. Very small hotels and Air BNBs are often located on streets that cars cannot pass through. They are also usually located on the side of the hill, with long and steep climbs to the property, difficult to maneuver with luggage. We recommend that you do not stay in one of these places and try to find places where there is easy access to carry your bags.

Health Concerns

It is important that you be honest with your guide about any health problems you may suffer. Although the guides are not medical professionals, they are trained in first aid. We also work with a clinic in Cusco that can help our team.

You are responsible for evaluating if a trek is suitable for you. You should consult your doctor to confirm your physical condition to travel and participate in any planned activity. You should seek advice from your doctor about vaccinations and medical precautions. Peru Private Tours will not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your own circumstances, limitations, fitness level and medical requirements.

If during the trek you get sick of extreme altitude or any other illness that not allows you to continuing with the journey, but you want to visit Machu Picchu by train, we will work with you to coordinate this trip. This will be a new trip and may involve additional costs. We will use as much of the logistics purchased from the original route to keep rates low.

If you experience problems while walking and cannot continue, a porter will escort you to the nearest road and wait while a car comes to pick you up and take you to the nearest health clinic.

Group trips

Group tours are made up of different types of people, with different walking skills and ages. By accepting a group trip, you understand that some people may be slower or faster than you. Everyone can make their own pace for the walk, the guide will work through the group to spend time with everyone. Groups can request some modifications to the tour and the guide will work with everyone to make the best decision for the group.

Strikes

Unfortunately, strikes are very common in Peru and can cause many interruptions in our Tours. Roads are often blocked, trains stopped. We will do everything possible to operate your Tour, even before the start date. Some tours may be canceled under these circumstances. Our Operations Department will coordinate with you in this situation. Your safety is always our main concern and will determine how we decide.

Lost Items

You are responsible for your personal items throughout the Tour. Be diligent about where you leave your stuff and remember to remove all items from our vans, tents, restaurant, etc. Do not leave anything involuntary while walking. Other hikers or teams can pick it up without knowing to whom it belongs.

Weather

The climate in Cusco and Machu Picchu is unpredictable. In general, the dry season in Cusco is from April to October, but this does not prevent the rain from falling in June or the sun coming out in December, just prepare for any weather condition. No matter which month you take the hike or excursion, or which tour you are on, make sure you have adequate clothing that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves.

Also be prepared for four seasons in a day. Many of the excursions through the Andes involve many microclimates and you will have to be prepared for all seasons. The layers are always key because they are easy to adjust to different temperatures. And the nights will always be cold, so get ready with a warm jacket.

Altitude sickness

As soon as the people reserve the trip to Peru, specifically to Cusco, they begin to wonder about altitude sickness. High altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. For few days at high altitude your body adjusts to the least amount of oxygen in the air.

The first symptoms of altitude sickness may be; headache, fatigue, followed by loss of appetite, nausea or vomit, dizziness, trouble sleeping, difficulty breathing during exercise. If any of these effects worsen, contact our office and we will help you get to a doctor.

Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easy activities and walk slowly, allowing your body to adapt. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. The leaves of the coca plant contain alkaloids that help carry oxygen to the blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee because it will make you urinate more often and you will become dehydrated. Avoid smoking, Smoking makes it difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They can cause shallow breathing at night, which makes it difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.

Many people prefer to visit the doctor to give them a treatment with pills even before traveling to avoid problems during their stay. Your doctor may prescribe medications, such as acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before reaching a high altitude. Continue taking it while you are at high altitude.

Travel insurance

To protect your travel investment, we recommend buying travel insurance. Getting travel insurance before leaving home is highly recommended and very easy. There are many insurance companies depending on your country of origin and at different prices according to your time of stay, take some time to review them and hire the one that best suits you. This is an excellent way to protect yourself while visiting Peru.

RECOMMENDATIONS

THE MOST IMPORTANT:

  • Original passport – It must be the same one you sent us in the reservation.
  • Good backpack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water bottle: a water tank like the Camelback is recommended, enough for at least 1-32liters.
  • Comfortable mountain boots (light with good soles).

PERSONAL CARE ITEMS:

  • Sunscreen. Very important, use it every day.
  • Personal medication Do not forget to bring them with you, especially if they are medicines for daily use.
  • First aid kit: band- aids, mole skin, etc.

WITHIN YOUR DAILY BACKPACK:

Backpacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller ones, but with enough space to carry everything you will need in the trek.

  • Water: Regularly when we walk we drink a double dose of the usual; we recommend to take about 1 to 2 liters of water.                
  • 1 sun hat Radiation at high altitudes is much higher, the cap helps protect.
  • Rain clothes. Especially lightweight waterproofs.
  • Camera. With the battery fully charged as there will be no place to charge.
  • Music (iPhone). Optional.
  • Toilet paper and small plastic waste bag. Accumulate the waste produced and at the end of the day there will be a place to leave it.                  
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks and tips. If it is in soles much better.

EQUIPMENT & FOOD

Our porters

The owner and founder of Peru Private Tours (PPT) was born in one of the communities where most of our porters come today, worked on the Inca trail as a porter from 2006 to 2008 and knows the hard work that involves being a porter, walking every day with a heavy load on your back and when you arrive at the camp where instead of resting, continue working to prepare everything for our visitors. Likewise, he lived in his own flesh as some companies treated and paid better to their porters than others, however, not enough was done for them and their families. We could not have a company without them and that is precisely why we want them as our family, we want to know them, listen to them, help them in everything that is within our reach to improve the quality of their lives, their children and their families in general.

All our porters range from 18 to 50 years old and come from different communities near Parobamba, where the founder of the company was born, we employ around 50 porters. Quechua is their main language and many of them do not speak Spanish, being a porter is a secondary economic activity for them because they are mainly farmers.

  • Inca Community Cancha 10 porters
  • Yuraq Turuyoc Community 15 porters
  • Parobamba Community20 porters
  • Bombón Community 5 porters

Our commitment to our porters.

As we said at the beginning we could not exist without our porters and they have promised us that they will work hard and do everything they can to make our visitors live a wonderful and unique experience, so we too have committed ourselves to do everything necessary and everything possible to help them and improve the quality of their lives. In addition to doing everything possible to make their job as easier as possible at the same time as comfortable as possible.

The communities where our porters live are 3 to 4 hours away from Cusco, what we do is provide everything they need before, during and after the treks. To enter the Inca Trail, the porters must pay an entrance of S /. 45 soles or $. 15 dollars, we pay that entrance very apart from their payment. We always try to be better than any other company. Payment for their job is done on the last day of the trek directly in cash, avoiding them to do a trip to our offices, so they can leave quickly with their families. All of them have health insurance that covers medical care because of their hard work, unfortunately this is not common since they are free workers and they are not on payroll, even so, we want them to be healthy and strong, we provide them with all the necessary equipment so that they can carry out their job in the most optimal way possible. We visit their communities to provide them with basic needs such as toothpastes, brushes, soap and school supplies for their children.

This is only the beginning for us, because we have so much to give back to them for the enormous work they do, we are sure that all this will continue, it would not be possible to do all this without the support of our clients who often send us donations of any kind to make them get to our porters.

Huchuy Qosqo; 1 day

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