Huchuy Qosqo + Inca Trail 4D

Is Classic Inca Trail sold out? Fear not! Huchuy Qosqo + Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the perfect Alternative Inca Trail option that will allow you to hike in the mountains near Cusco, following an ancient Inca Trail and combining it with the Short Version of the Inca Trail. Arrive in Machu Picchu twice and through the Sun Gate (Intipunku).

Huchuy Qosqo Trek + Short Inca Trail (The Alternative Inca Trail) is a 4-day trek to Machu Picchu across the Mountains nearby Cusco city, exploring an ancient Inca Trail that connects with the Sacred Valley, follows the Urubamba River, and Joins the last section of the Classic Inca Trail arriving at Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate right before the sunset.

Along the way, you will have a fantastic view of Cusco from the Mountains, visit local communities, hike with Llamas and alpacas, and visit beautiful archaeological sites such as Huchuy Qosqo Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Wiñaywayna, and Machu Picchu. This trail was used by the Last Inca King Manco, who moved his rebel army in 1536 from Cusco to the Last Capital of Incas (Vilcabamba) during the XVI century.

Highlights of the Alternative Inca Trail 

  • Book with Confidence and Flexibility
  • Explore the mountains around Cusco
  • Follow the ancient Inca Trail from Cusco to Sacred Valley.
  • Arrive hiking to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate
  • Ride the panoramic trains on the way back (Vistadome or 360°)
  • Support social projects in the Andean Villages

Price per person: 680.USD     
 

To book the Alternative Inca Trail, you need to make an initial payment of 200.USD per person, the remaining balance can be paid online, in installments, or Cusco with any credit card at no booking fees at all.

You can also book this tour as a private service!

Student Discount:
All travelers under 17 will have a $40. If you are 25 years old or under at the time of traveling, you can get the 40$ discount with your student ID. Please advise by email to give you a code for the discount.


Day by Day Summary:

Day 1: Cusco – Tambomachay – Qenqo (13 Km, 8 Hrs).

Depart your hotel at 7:00 am, drive to Tambomachay, and start the 8-hour hike to Quenqo Village at 3800m (12467ft). You will see mountains, grasslands, birds, and beautiful lakes along the way. Spent the night camping with comfortable equipment.

Day 2 Qenqo – Huchuy Qosco – Lamay –Ollantaytambo (8 km, 7 hrs).

Wake up in your tent with a hot cup of coffee or tea and get ready for the second day of the hike to the Huchuy Qosqo Inca Site, a spectacular ancient city on top of the Sacred Valley. Along the way, you pass lakes, beautiful canyons. Spend the night in a hotel in Ollantaytambo.

Day 3: Ollantaytambo– Km104 – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (15km 7hrs).

After breakfast in the hotel, you will take the first train to Km 104 to start the Inca trail, passing Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, Sun Gate, and finally arrive at Machu Picchu late in the afternoon and have the unique opportunity to see almost empty. After Exploring the upper part and enjoying the sunset, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes check in to your hotel to spend the night.

Day 4: Machu Picchu (Lost City Of The Incas).

On the last day, you will have breakfast, take the first bus up to Machu Picchu, and explore the best of Machu Picchu, terraces, urban areas, temples, palaces, and a free time to explore by yourself before taking the train back to Cusco. Arrive at your hotel around 7.30 pm


Included:

  • Safety briefing the day before the tour at 6:00 pm in our Office
  • Pick up from your hotel on the morning of the tour.
  • All transportation during the duration of the Trek
  • Duffle bag up to 7 kilos for your stuff to be carried by porters
  • Professional tour guides
  • Experience happy chefs, porters
  • 1-night camping
  • Sleeping bags, foam mattress
  • 1 night 3-star hotel in Ollantaytambo
  • 1 night 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • All meals during the Trek except last lunch
  • Entrance ticket to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Buses in Machu Picchu
  • Train to the Inca Trail (expedition or Voyager)
  • Panoramic Train to return (Vistadome or 360°)
  • All booking fees and taxes

Not Included:

  • First Breakfast & Last Day Lunch
  • Huayna Picchu or Montaña entrances
  • Tips for porters, chefs, guides

Optional:

Huayna Picchu Mountain – Tickets must be booked in advance at $75 per person. It takes 2 hours round trip.

Machu Picchu Montaña – Tickets must be booked in advance at $75 per person. It takes 3.5 hours round trip.


Covid-19 measures to keep you safe during traveling

  • Face masks are required for travelers and staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff at all times
  • 100% online payments with no booking fees at all
  • Flexible bookings during COVID – 19 outbreak

Day 1: Cusco – Tambomachay – Qenqo Village

We will Depart from your hotel at 7:00 am and drive to Tambomachay, just 20 minutes outside Cusco. We will start slowly hiking up to the highest mountain passes of Cusco, with vast grasslands, birds, and beautiful lakes along the way. The hike is about 4 hours to lunch at Koriccocha Lake at 3700m (12130ft).

Once lunch is over, we will start the second part of the day with 2 hours hike to Qenqo Village at 3800m (12467ft); along the way is possible to sport herds of Llamas and alpacas that belong to villagers; Quenqo is a small village with few hundred inhabitants who survive from the agriculture. 

  • Distance: 10 km/8.1 miles
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Meals: lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Difficulty: moderate

Day 2: Qenqo – Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay –Ollantaytambo

Enjoy the beautiful views from the Local Village early in the morning with a cup of coffee while you enjoy the first rays of the sun. After breakfast, we will start a gradual uphill to the highest mountains with spectacular views of the Sacred Valley; then, we will go 2 hours downhill to Huchuy Qosqo, 3600m (1118127ft), a stunning ancient city on top of the Sacred Valley. On the way, you pass refreshing streams, beautiful canyons, and breathtaking views of the Andes mountains. After exploring the Inca Site, we will continue for 1.5 hours into the Sacred Valley for our last picnic lunch. The final part will be traveling by van along the Sacred Valley until we arrive in Ollantaytambo, where we check-in in a hotel.

  • Distance: 8 km/5 miles
  • Duration of hike: 5 hours hike
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Tunupa Lodge or Similar
  • Difficulty: easy

Day 3: Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes)

Wake up early in your hotel, have breakfast, and then take the first trains from Ollantaytambo to Km 104 to begin the Inca Trail. Once you pass the checkpoint, you will start the Short Inca Trail for 7 hours until you arrive at Machu Picchu in the afternoon. You will visit astonishing Inca Sites such as Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, Sun Gate and see a wide variety of flora and fauna.

The Short Inca Trail Trek allows you to visit the most important sites inside the Classic Inca Trail, and you will have the chance to arrive twice at Machu Picchu; if you plan the times correctly, you can arrive after 4:00 pm to Machu Picchu and find the place almost empty since everybody starts leaving the citadel early.

After enjoying a full day in the Inca trail and Machu Picchu, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, check-in in the hotel, have dinner in a local restaurant, and sleep early for the next day.

  • Highest altitude: 2700m / 8858ft
  • Distance: 15km, 7 hours
  • Meals: Lunch, snacks, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Susanna INN,
  • or similar
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4: Machu Picchu (The Lost City of  the Incas)

On the final day, you will wake up early in your hotel, have breakfast, and take the first buses up to Machu Picchu. If the weather is good, you will be able to witness the fantastic sunrise over Machu Picchu, which is truly an unforgettable experience.

The guided tour takes about 2 to 3 hours, where your tour guide will show you the best of Machu Picchu. Later you will have time to explore by yourself or either climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Montaña. These tickets need to be booked in advance. After you are done exploring Machu Picchu, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch ( not included)  and then take the Panoramic train and bus back to Ollantaytambo and Private van to Cusco. TreXperience Team will return you safely to your hotel around 7.30pm.

  • Guided Tour: 2 – 3 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast (hotel)
  • Accommodation: not included
  • Difficulty: Easy

Select a departure month

Upcoming departures

Saturday Oct 01, 2022
->
Sunday Oct 02, 2022
650.00
590.00
Sunday Oct 02, 2022
->
Monday Oct 03, 2022
650.00
590.00
Monday Oct 03, 2022
->
Tuesday Oct 04, 2022
650.00
590.00
Tuesday Oct 04, 2022
->
Wednesday Oct 05, 2022
650.00
590.00
Wednesday Oct 05, 2022
->
Thursday Oct 06, 2022
650.00
590.00
Thursday Oct 06, 2022
->
Friday Oct 07, 2022
650.00
590.00
Friday Oct 07, 2022
->
Saturday Oct 08, 2022
650.00
590.00
Saturday Oct 08, 2022
->
Sunday Oct 09, 2022
650.00
590.00
Sunday Oct 09, 2022
->
Monday Oct 10, 2022
650.00
590.00
Monday Oct 10, 2022
->
Tuesday Oct 11, 2022
650.00
590.00

Inquire about this Tour

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
  •  Huchuy Qosqo Canyon - Alternative Inca Trail
  • Hikers inteh Inca Trail - Alternative Inca Trail
  •  Arrival to Sungat - Alternative Inca Trail
  • Campsite - Alternative Inca Trail
  • The Inca Trail - Alternative Inca Trail
  • Lunch Time - Alternative Inca Trail
  • Dinner Time - Alternative Inca Trail
  • Intipunku Hotel Aguas Calientes - Alternative Inca Trail
  • Vistadome Panoramic Train - Alternative Inca Trail