Huchuy Qosqo – The hidden treausure of the Incas

Huchuy Qosqo

Huchuy Qosqo, The hidden treasure of the Incas

The closest and most beautiful Inca site in the Cusco area, this spectacular Inca site can be accessed in one or 2 days hiking from Cusco or the Sacre Valley. Huchuy Qosqo can be only be compared with Machu Picchu or Choquequirao; its magnificent location on top of a mountain offers a great view of teh Sacred Valley and the Andes mountains.

Location

Huchuy Qosqo or Little Cusco is an amazing Inca archaeological site located at the north of Cusco at an altitude of 3,650m / 11,975 ft. The name comes from the Quechua language that means “Little Cusco.” This amazing ancient Inca citadel overlooks the Sacred Valley right above the town of Lamay in the Province of Calca.

The location right above the Sacred Valley allows enjoying one of the most amazing views in the Cusco region to Travelers; you can access this site on a hiking tour from Cusco or the Sacred Valley.

History 

Inhabited somewhere around 1400 AD; this belongs to the Inca period. According to the Spanish chronicler Pedro de Cesar de Leon, Huchuy Qosqo was built, and it was the favorite place to live for the eighth Inca King Wiracoca (1410–1438), his Royal Family.

The Name Huchuy Qosqo was adopted in the XX Century. Due to its similarity in shape to the great city of Cusco, the original name that appears in the chronicles is Caquia Jaquijahuana. The archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo or Caquia Jaquijahuana was declared a National Heritage on August 19, 2003.

After the Hispanic conquest, Maco Inca, the rebel king, used this citadel in 1533 to move his army Cusco to the Sacred Valley and later retrieve to Vilcabamba. After this, the conquistador Gonzalo Pizarro ransacked Huchuy Qosqo and burned the mummies of Viracocha around 1534.

What was Huchuy Qosqo?

The citadel structure, the terraces, the irrigation, location, and buildings assumed an important administrative and military center above the Sacred Valley.

The archeological site

Many large buildings called Kallanka (Great Halls) are used as resting places for high-class people. Also, in the higher areas, several buildings called Qolcas use to store food like corn. To provide water for the site has an irrigation canal built by the Inca, about 800m long.

It’s also possible to find impressive farminf¿g terraces adapted to the shape of the mountain.

To visit Huchuy Qosqo, we have the following tours:

Trek to Machu Picchu 3 days

Huchuy Qosqo + Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days

 

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