During your day of exploration, you visit the colorful local market in the town of Chinchero. This is one of the most traditional markets in all of South America, and you will be surrounded by locals in their traditional dress all buying and selling their produce.
Huchuy Qosqo Trek
Huchuy Qosqo Trek, Peru
Guests are collected from their hotel in the morning to start this lovely trek to the little-known Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo, situated on a plateau with stunning views overlooking the Sacred valley and snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba range.
Start your day by driving to the small town of Corao around 30 minutes from Cuzco and the epi-center of all Cusquenan earthquakes before branching off road into the high Andes and the tiny village of Patabamba at 3400m. Here is the start of the local trail to Huchuy Qosqo.
The trail takes you through small hamlets and affords stunning views of the Sacred Valley and Pisac below. The trail climbs steadily to a pass at 4200m, beyond which you will descend to a beautiful canyon, where a picnic lunch is served. By now you are on the original Inca trail from Cuzco to Machu Picchu until you reach the plateau housing Huchuy Qosqo.
After exploring the ruins it is a steep descent to the village of Lamay where your driver will be waiting. This trek is well away from the tourist trail and should last a total of 8 to 9 hours, altough this can be reduced by around 1.5 hours if your vehicle is able to make it to Huchuy Qosqo ruins to pick you up. (This road is commonly blocked by landslips so it is better to expect a descent to Lamay on foot)
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Other experiences in Cuzco
These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.
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