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Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu

2 Days / 1 Night

Peak Elevation :

4,300 m / 14,107 ft

Low Altitude:

2,040 m / 6,690 ft


Overall Difficulty:



Please note that all distances and elevations are approximate. Trek times are estimated; various factors -- such as weather conditions, individual fitness levels, and how each trekker manages at altitude -- may affect the time it takes to reach each point.


The evening before your trek, you will meet with your tour guide at your hotel. Your guide will give you an overview of your trek to help you prepare and pace yourself for the physical and mental challenges that lie ahead. You'll have the opportunity to ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have regarding the trek. Your guide can advise you on where you may rent or purchase last-minute supplies.  Your pick up time will be confirmed. 



Cusco | Tauca | Tauca Pass | Huchuy Qosqo Archaeological Complex | Lamay | Ollantaytambo | Aguas Calientes

You will be picked-up at your hotel around 6 am; an earlier pick-up time will depend on your location and any additional passenger pick-ups. You will travel in a private vehicle to Tauca, a town close to Chinchero (about 1 hour from the city center). From here, you will begin your trek. It will be a 3 hour gradual climb to Tauca Pass where you'll have a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. From there, you'll descend gently for 2 hours along a zig-zagged path to the Huchuy Qosqo Archaeological Complex overlooking the Sacred Valley. You'll break for a boxed lunch, then go on a brief guided tour of the site. Afterwards, you'll continue to descend steeply for about 2 hours to the town of Lamay. From here, you'll go by private transport to Ollantaytambo, approximately 1 hour. You'll then catch your train to Aguas Calientes. Just a short walk from the train station, you'll check into your hotel. You'll have some free time before you meet up with your guide at 7 pm to enjoy a fabulous dinner. Dulces sueños.



Hours of Trekking


Elevations for the Day

Cusco - 3,400 m / 11,150 ft 

Tauca - 3,750 m / 12,305 ft 

Tauca Pass - 4,300 m / 14,105 ft  highest

Huchuy Qosqo Archaeological Complex - 3,500 m / 11,480 ft 

Lamay - 2,940 m / 9,645 ft 

Ollantaytambo - 2,790 m / 9,150 ft

Aguas Calientes - 2,040 m / 6,690 ft  lowest

Meals Served

Boxed Lunch / Dinner at a Restaurant


★★★ Hotel in Aguas Calientes


- You'll be doing quite a lot of trekking on this first day, but you'll probably be too distracted by the beautiful views to even notice.

- There will be some steep downhill passes, so please be sure to watch where you step!

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Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu Citadel | Ollantaytambo | Cusco

You should be up by 4:45 to have breakfast at the hotel and meet up with your guide to catch the early bus to Machu Picchu at 5:30. You'll have a 2-3 hour guided tour of the archaeological complex. Afterwards, if you had already pre-purchased a ticket, you may proceed to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain.

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You will then take the bus back down to Aquas Calientes, grab lunch on your own, retrieve your gear at the hotel, and wait for your return train to Ollantaytambo. Private transport will await you there to take you back to your hotel in Cusco. Thank you!


Hours of Trekking

2-3 hour guided walking tour at Machu Picchu Citadel

Elevations for the Day

Aguas Calientes - 2,040 m / 6,690 ft  lowest

Machu Picchu Citadel - 2,400 m / 7,875 ft 

[optional: Huayna Picchu Mountain - 2,720 m / 8,925 ft]

[optional: Machu Picchu Mountain - 3,082 m / 10,110 ft]

Ollantaytambo - 2,790 m / 9,150 ft

Cusco - 3,400 m / 11,150 ft  highest


Meals Served

Breakfast at hotel


Final Day - No Overnight Accommodations


- Machu Picchu!

-You'll only be permitted to carry a small daypack no larger than 20 liters into the citadel. The rest of your gear may be placed in storage at the hotel. You may also rent a locker for S/5 (US $1.50) by the entrance of Machu Picchu.

- Trekking poles are allowed inside the citadel only under special circumstances.

- After your guided tour, you'll have several hours to explore the citadel, grab lunch and walk around town on your own before you head back to Cusco via train and private transport.

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prices per person in USD

Group of 2: $695*

 Group of 3: $645

Group of 4: $595

Group of 5: $545

Solo traveler: $1,375

please inquire about pricing for larger groups

Our prices include these upgrades

- a ride on PeruRail's Vistadome train with a panoramic view and live entertainment*

- dinner at a top Aguas Calientes restaurant

- accommodations at a highly-rated hotel on the final night

*most tour operators include tourist-class train service and offer Vistadome as a $50-$75 add-on

What is Included

What is Included


- Experienced, Professional Tour Guide

- Responsive, U.S.-Style Customer Service


       - Safe, Responsible Drivers


- Machu Picchu Ticket

- Entrance Fee to Huchuy Qosqo Archaeological Complex


From hotel pick-up on Day 1 to hotel drop-off on Day 4:

- Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to Tauca

- Private transport from Tauca to Lamay

- Private transport for Lamay to Ollantaytambo

- PeruRail train tickets:

       - Expedition from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes

       - Vistadome from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

             - This is a comfortable, upscale service with panoramic views (side and ceiling windows) 

- Consettur bus tickets

       - From Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

       - From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

- Private transport from Ollantaytambo back to your hotel in Cusco


Day 1:

- A boxed lunch

- Dinner on will be at one of Aguas Calientes' top-rated restaurants on TripAdvisor (e.g., Mapacho or a comparable restaurant

Day 2:

- Breakfast will be provided by the hotel


- First Aid Kit

- Oxygen Tank

Day 1

       - Private room (double occupancy) at a top-rated hotel in Aguas Calientes (e.g., Panorama B&B, La Cabaña, El Quetzal or one on par with these hotels)


These extras and upgrades come as standard services when you book with

Banderitas Adventures in Cusco

WHAT IS NOT Included


- Ticket to climb either Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain on Day 2. It may be purchased through us for $30 USD. Please let us know as soon as you book if you wish to purchase a ticket as they are subject to availability.  

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- Trekking Poles (rubber-tipped, per pair) $5 USD


(Not applicable to solo travelers paying double)

- For your own hotel room based on availability $85 to $95 USD


- Lunch on Day 2

(you will have many restaurants and cafes to choose from in Aquas Calientes)


Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains

During your visit to Machu Picchu Citadel, you'll have the option to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. We prefer that you decide upon booking your trek as entrance tickets are limited to 400 per day per mountain. Tickets for each mountain cost $30 USD. Both are moderately challenging hikes with stunning views from the top. Climbing and descending Huayna Picchu, on average, takes 2 to 2.5 hours; Machu Picchu can take 3 to 3.5 hours. Tickets to Huayna Picchu tend to sell out quickly, but don’t be discouraged if they’re sold out during your visit; Machu Picchu mountain may not be as popular to climb, but it is less crowded, and the views are just as beautiful, if not more. 

Huayna Picchu
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