The Little-Known Ruins of Huchuy-Qosqo

11bird Huchuy-Qosqo
The Spanish took control of Huchuy Qosqo in the 1500s, after the Manco Inca Revolution (approx. 1540) and used the site as a farm. The Incas had constructed several small reservoirs for irrigation. During their time at Huchuy Qosqo the Spanish demolished some other Inca structures to build the larger reservoir you see today.

Below the main Huchuy Qosqo site is the recently restored store houses qolqas for dried meat and crops such as corn, potatoes, quinoa, and beans. In this two-story structure, you can see the historic cooling storage system known as ´conjeras’. A spectacular two-day hike
After breakfast at your hotel, our guide will pick up from your hotel and we will drive through winding hills towards the Sacred Valley until reaching the Piuray Lagoon, located near the town of Chinchero. In the nearby community of Tauca, you will start the 6 hours hike. As you set out on the trail, you will be rewarded with the breathtaking sight of the sun’s early morning rays on Mount Veronica, slowly lighting up the entire Vilcabamba Range. You will gradually head uphill towards the Pucajasa Pass, where you will enjoy incredible views of the mountain range that surrounds the Sacred Valley. The crossing at the pass is about 200 meters long, and located at over 14,000 feet (4393 meters). From here you will begin to descend again and start to see sections of an Inca trail. Along the way the landscape will change as you head towards lower altitudes. you will continue hiking across open country before following a valley down through a traditional Quechua village we reach the gateway to the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo.Upon arrival at Huchuy Qosqo, located at 12,099 feet (3688 meters), you will stop to enjoy our Boxed Lunch and snacks. After a short rest, you will begin to explore this archeological complex where you will see well-preserved ruins that are characterized by double jamb doorways, three story houses, and mixed constructions of stone and adobe, sprawling over the mountain top and surrounded by spectacular views of the surrounding mountain terrain. We stay at a simple homestay near the ruins with our Quechua hosts. L.D

A leisurely breakfast and time to explore the ruins. Here we rest and explore these seldom visited ruins. Commanding a magnificent view of the valley floor we explore the ruins on foot. There is a fine "Kallanca" or great hall some 40 meters long overlooking a ceremonial esplanade with fine terracing and many ancillary buildings. We can also visit the Condor lookout – spectacular on the lip of the Sacred Valley and if lucky you might see an Andean Condor. Remounting we detour to a lookout with stunning views of the Vilcabamba mountains. Winding our way down a long ravine to Calca we turn east along the floor of the Sacred Valley with the Urubamba River on our left. We'll arrive in Lamay mid-afternoon. Our van will be waiting to drive you to your hotel in Cusco. B: L.

  • All the necessary land transport (Private bus)
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Food: As described above
  • First-aid kit
  • Entrance fee Huchuy Quosqo
  • Night in local Homestay
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not included in the program
  • Optional Tips to staff