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This archaeological center is one of the most important archaeological centers in the Sacred Valley, after Ollantaytambo and Pisac.
But unlike the places mentioned above, Huchuy Qosqo has a peculiar architecture: the buildings have been built on polished stone bases with a fine finish, with clay touches (they are the best-preserved parts) and the highest floors are made of adobe.
There is a kallanka (rectangular enclosure that could measure up to 70 meters long and which were centers where Inca officials stayed) of at least 40 to 50 meters long. Also, a remarkable building with two stone floors and an upper one of adobe. There are also large terraces, a very wide square.
The Hispanic chronicles refer that Huchuy Qosqo (probably a site known in Inca times as Caquia Jaquijahuana) was the work and preferred place of the Inca Wiracocha. To this, Maria Rostworoski adds, in her work “Historia del Tahuantinsuyo”, that this sovereign consolidated the conquest over the towns of the Urubamba valley and that he chose as his successor his son Inca Urco who, dizzy by power and vices, He proved himself totally incapable of ruling. The Inca royalty was very dazed by this choice and tried to conspire to impose another son of Wiracocha, Prince Cusi Yupanqui. Social unrest and tension increased every day and to make matters worse, the darkest night fell on Cuzco: The Chancas came to the gates of the capital and were ready to destroy it. It is the year 1438. Wiracocha leaves the city to his fate and, accompanied by his son Inca Urco, they took refuge in Huchuy Qosqo.
After the Spanish conquest, Gonzalo Pizarro found here the mummy that supposedly belonged to the Inca Wiracocha and ordered to burn it. The descendants of the Inca kept the ashes in a jar that the chronicler Polo de Ondegardo would discover many years later.
We will pick you up from your hotel around 6:00 am in our private transport, and we will go to the Inca ruins of Tambomachay (3,700 m / 12,139 feet) that will take us 30 minutes driving
from where we will begin the walk, we will walk along an original Inca trail used by our ancestor the Incas to reach the valley Sacred and Machupicchu on the way you will appreciate panoramic views difficult to describe of the city of Cusco. We will pass through ancient Inca constructions before reaching the first pass (4,100 m / 13,714 ft). Where we will take a well-deserved rest to later descend where nature will delight us with green valleys before climbing to the second pass (4,310 m / 14,110 feet) from where we will appreciate a crystalline lagoon called by local people as Qoricocha (Golden Lake). To then descend 40 minutes to our lunch spot. Where our chef will delight us with a Novo-Andean cuisine. After lunch, we will take a short rest and head towards the highest point (4,300 m / 14,360 ft) where we will have a view of the Salkantay and Verónica glaciers. To then descend to our camp Pumamarca (3,980 m / 13,058 feet)
walking distance 15 km / 9.3 miles
Approximate walking time: 8 hours
We will start the day with a succulent breakfast and then continue with our walk to the Archaeological Complex of Huchuy Qosqo (3,450 m / 11,319 feet) that will take us approximately 1 hour. Upon arrival at the place you will be captivated by the flora and fauna and with incredible views of the snowy mountains and the sacred river Vilcanota and then enjoy the guided tour of the place for 1 hour, then you will have free time to visit and explore the complex on your own.
To then continue with the walk for 2 hours downhill towards the community of Lamay where we will have the last lunch of the trek.
After lunch our private vehicle will take us to Ollantaytambo where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes (2040 m / 6692ft). After arriving in Aguas Calientes, your guide will take you to your hotel where you can rest and refresh yourself before dinner.
Walking distance 12 km / 7.5 miles
Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours of walking.
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast and take a bus to the citadel of “Machu Picchu” where you will enjoy a 3-hour guided tour of this magical place. And then you will be given free time to explore and take more pictures. You can also climb the mountains of Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu if you wish. In the afternoon, you will descend by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will have free time to have lunch, explore the city and board the EXPEDITION train back to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy station according to scheduled service and train. After your transportation, a member of staff will pick you up and take you back to your hotel in the city of Cusco.