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Sacred Valley Hike to Hidden Inca Ruins

Cusco - Huchuy Qosqo Ruins - Lamay - Sacred Valley
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Service Level:
Premium
Activity type:
  • Hiking
  • Local Culture
  • Archaeology
  • Scenic Vistas
Physical Rating:
Trip Type:
Private Tour & Semi-Private Tour
Trip Length
Full Day
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$ 160
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Sacred Valley Hike to Hidden Inca Ruins, Huchuy Qosqo Hike

A full-day hike through the highlands of Cusco to Huchuy Qosqo ruins, with spectacular Andean scenery, rich history, and the fascinating culture of the region’s indigenous people.

This hike is perfect if you are short on time and want to get away from the bustle of the city and enjoy nature and witness the beauty of the Peruvian Andes. This hike is designed for those who like a challenging 1-day hiking adventure. There is something magical about the way the scenery unfolds in the highland regions of the Sacred Valley. Urubamba Mountain range with wondrous glaciated peaks along, the sky is dotted with birds of prey soaring in search of their next meal, curious llamas grazing free nearby the trail, uncrowded Huchuy Qosqo Inca ruins nestled high above the Sacred Valley, bright flowers burst impossibly from the parched earth.

This adventure explores it all, you’ll have opportunities to learn more about the flora, fauna, history, and geology that comprise this highland desert ecosystem. Get the perspective of locals living modern-day life in the highlands of the Sacred Valley. Enjoy your lunch on polished rocks with spectacular views around. Join us!

Why you will love this tour

  • Embark on this less-beaten trail to Huchuy Qosqo on a fully-supported hike.
  • Hike the lesser-known Trail through the rolling countryside and hidden Inca Ruins in the Sacred Valley.
  • Marvel at towering of snow-capped peaks in the Urubamba Mountain range.
  • Explore the Huchuy Qosqo Incan site perched atop the Urubamba Sacred Valley and hear the history of the Incas who lived in this ancient town.
  • Hike down to the Urubamba River along the spectacularly scenic trail.
  • Learn about the powerful geological forces that carved this remarkable highland landscape.
  • Perfect day hike for those who need acclimatization before any multi-Day Trek around Cusco and Machu Picchu.
  • All our tour experiences are private and semi-private so you enjoy a personal experience, go at your own pace and you will be able to talk to your guide and ask questions and be involved during the tour.

Trip Details

  • Good for those who need acclimatization before going on a multi-day trek around Cusco and Machu Picchu
  • Hiking distance: 16 km / 9.96 miles
  • Tour Duration: Full Day – Hiking time: 8 – 9 hours approx. 
  • Physical rating: Moderate to demanding
  • Elevation gain: 3,400m (14107 ft) – 3,750m(15,900ft)… 
  • Activities Type: Cultural Adventure, Hiking, Archaeology Adventures
  • Group Size: Tours are personalized in private service; you decide the number of travelers in your group.
  • From/ pick up location: Hotels in Cusco. Private Tours can start anywhere in the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo and Urubamba), just let us know 
  • To/ drop-off location: Hotels in Cusco. Private Tours can finish at anywhere in the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo and Urubamba), just let us know 
  • Customizable: Yes! Go private and customize this day hike. Choose your pickup location and drop-off location anywhere in Cusco or the Sacred Valley. Add-ons are all available. You can add this tour to any trek or multi-day tour
  • Consideration: Please remember comfortable shoes – lots of walking around

ITINERARY

Cusco - Huchuy Qosqo Hidden Inca Ruins - Sacred Valley

At 6 AM, your “Cusco Local Friend” guide will come to your hotel to pick you up. You’ll then drive for 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach the trailhead located in the Qenqo community (3.600m/ 11,811 ft). Our first section of the trail is gently uphill for 2 hours to reach the Siwar Pass (4,000m/ 13,123 ft). Once we reach the highest point, we will be rewarded with the spectacular Andean scenery of the Urubamba Mountain range and its glaciated peaks of Veronica, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Chicon, and San Juan; we’ll take a deserved short break to enjoy the views and capture amazing pictures.

Next, we start hiking downhill making our way to the Huchuy Qosqo ruins, along the trail we’ll pass nearby tarwi bushes (lupine plants) and cactus until reaching the ravine called Leon Punku (mountain lion gate), where we will see some parts of the Inca trail and remains of an Inca bridge, your guide will share a rich history of this place and the network of the Inca Trails. Yet, we’ll trek for 30 more minutes to reach Huchuy Qosqo ruins

Huchuy Qosqo is amazing; majestically located on a small plateau in the middle of Andean terraces and overlooking the Cordillera Urubamba and Urubamba Sacred Valley. Also, it is bounded by streams on both sides. Once here, we’ll have enough time to rest, relax, and recover with delicious packed lunch, after that, we’ll be ready for our guided tour within this fascinating Inca complex. After the guided tour, we’ll start descending down to Lamay village for 2 hours by winding path, upon arrival, we’ll take our private van to return to our hotel. End of the adventure.

Included

  • Personal pick-up and drop-off from/to your hotel
  • English speaking “Cusco Local Friend” Tour Guide.
  • Private transportation and driver
  • First aid kit, including oxygen.
  • Packed Lunch 

Not Included

  • Gratuities.
  • Any other extra expenditures
  • Travel insurance

Prices per person

We require a minimum of 2 participants to book this tour
# Price / Person Book Now
1 People We have special rates for SOLO travelers. Get started by filling out the information below. Enquire Now
2 People $ 190.00 Enquire Now
3 People $ 180.00 Enquire Now
4 People $ 170.00 Enquire Now
5 People $ 160.00 Enquire Now
6+ People We have special rates for groups over 6ppl. Get started by filling out the information below. Enquire Now

What to Expect

Breathtaking views, mild to hot temperatures although kind of windy at some places in the afternoons; mostly sunny days during the months of May, June, July, and August; Stops at scenic spots en route; Friendly English speaking tour guide; Your journey your way!

Why Travel with us

Local Knowledge & Expertise

It's great to travel with professional experts from the same destination you are going, that's how you get first-hand information. With deep in-country knowledge, We know the ins and outs of all the logistics, we will ensure you can make the most of your time away.

Personalized Experiences

Your time is precious - we know that. Your experience is our top priority. No big bus groups, No flags to follow! Traveling with a private guide and driver you’ll do what you want, when you want with the freedom to change your plans on the fly.

Friendly Local Guides

Great sights don’t make an amazing tour. Great guides do! Our guides don’t read from a script, we give them the freedom to make each tour their own, and your experience unique. We love what we do and it shows. From the moment you arrive, you'll feel the buzz and excitement that Cusco Local Friend to offer.

Exclusive Itineraries

It’s not all about the destination, it’s also about the journey. We offer only the best itineraries and tours. As local experts, we know first-hand what tours or experiences are the ones that most travelers enjoy and request. Escape the crowds! Never waste any minute, never miss any highlight!

Trip Reviews

Cusco Local Friend has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence due to the most consistent 5-star reviews in Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu for exceptional levels of service and care.

Kathy C
Kathy C
August 29, 2022.
Most Amazing Guided Tour EVER! I very highly recommend this amazing tour company. We worked closely with Percy and customized a 4 day trip with the incredible Juan Carlos. We had the best time and felt like family since the very beginning of our time. Hats off to our fabulous driver as well. I have already told several friends that THIS is the tour company you want. I have hired many in different countries and this was the best experience. Fell in love with Peru, I'll be back. Thank you Percy, Juan Carlos and Team for making this the best trip ever! Kathy C
Elizabeth M
Elizabeth M
August 4, 2022.
Best tour guides ever! We had Edgar and Abraham as our drivers/guides on a full day tour of the Sacred Valley and they were phenomenal! They were already outside at 7am when we walked out. Both were friendly and held meaningful conversations along the way, in addition to Abraham explaining the historical significance of each site. We loved the unexpected, fun stops we made along the way. They even took us to the train station at the end of the tour and showed us how to get there from the plaza so that we could spend time exploring the area instead of waiting 2 hours at the train station. We highly recommend them!
jason p
jason p
July 24, 2022.
A great service provider Excellent trip arrangements by Hugo to for airport transfer, and visit to Humantay lake and rainbow mountain. He took extra effort to arrange us to get visa in Bolivia consulate in Cusco and bought us SIM card in advanced which is so useful. The tour guide, Smith is also a very nice person and we enjoyed the trip very much even though it was tiring. Thumbs up to Cusco Local Friends !
Dee P
Dee P
July 22, 2022.
Cusco to Ollantaytambo made pain-free Used this service to go from Cusco Airport to Ollantaytambo and then Ollantaytambo to Cusco city. Can't say enough good things about how easy it was to book service with them and I highly recommend using a private taxi vs a bus. I was forced to use a taxi due to the bimodal service via PeruRail having issues with a bus driver strike. This meant that the bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo was canceled. Cusco Local Friend emailed me within minutes of requesting taxi service and charged $35 USD which was such a good deal that I used them to return to Cusco even though the bus driver strike was over. Drivers Daniel and Rafael were safe and efficient on the roads. Recommend that you speak a little bit of Spanish but not necessary.
baron s
baron s
July 12, 2022.
7 day Journey through Cusco, sacred valley, macchu Picchu, rainbow mountain We planed a honeymoon 7 day adventure with local Cusco friends and my wife and I had a 5 star experience. First off the communication between Hugo and Percy were amazing in helping plan this once in a lifetime experience. A lot goes into planning a Trip to Peru including admission tickets, transportation, train tickets etc and everything was orchestrated flawlessly. Ferdinand was out tour guide and he went above and beyond in teaching us about the Incan/ preincan/ modern culture. As well as show us many local spots. Alex was our driver and he was extremely professional and was prompt at making our itinerary move smoothly. I can honestly say that by the end of the trip we were sad to leave Alex and Ferdinand as we have all become good friends. I have already referred this company to two couples that are visiting in the next few months. Go ahead and book with this company you won’t regret it.
demi
demi
July 6, 2022.
Yes - They are locals and they are friends! I had a terrific experience with Cusco Local Friend and wouldn’t hesitate to tell any of my friends to use them. I started working with them back in 2019 to plan my dream trip to Machu Picchu. My private tour all arranged with Cusco Local Friend included hiking the short Inca Trail, a day visit at MP with an additional hike up Huayna Picchu, another day around Aguas Calientes, and then the Belmond Hiram Bingham train back to Cusco. My trip was originally scheduled for April 2020, and the world shut down. I worked with Cusco Local Friend to postpone my trip until further notice, and they did not hesitate to make that accommodation on our arrangements. Then, a year later, I finally rescheduled the trip for September of 2021, but the Delta variant was high and Huayna Picchu was still not open, so I decided to postpone indefinitely again. Again, no issues with this from our Cusco Local Friends! I FINALLY was able to get the trip successfully completed at the beginning of June this year. When we arrived in Cusco, Hugo and a driver were there waiting for us. We went into town for coffee and talk about the details of our planned MP experience. Afterwards, the driver took us to our hotel in the Sacred Valley where we were staying to acclimate for 4 days prior to our trek. On the morning of our trek, we were greeted by our guide, Juan Carlos and a guide in training at the time, Smick. We had an incredible day! The trek was hard, but Juan Carlos kept us on pace and even brought some wine for us to have during lunch, which was a fabulous touch. Note: It was raining most of our trek, so a nice glass of red wine warmed up, and prepared us for the final push, along with our coco leaves, of course. The next day when we toured MP and climbed Huayna Picchu, we had both Smick and Juan Carlos along for the ride. They took amazing pictures for us and answered all our questions. The following day, we had not planned anything, but to relax, but Hugo at Cusco Local Friend said that Smick could hang out with us that day and take us to the butterfly place and do a hike to a waterfall that was close to town. Since Smick was in training and needed the experience, they just threw that time in for us! So generous! We had a great day with Smick! When we finished up our day, Smick got us to the train station, and we said our farewells. Back in Cusco, we planned to see Hugo again and give him our feedback on our trip. He came and met us at our hotel and even brought us a little gift. He also arranged for a transport to the airport for us in a couple days, no extra charge. I had an excellent experience with Cusco Local Friend! They are all LOCALS to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and that is always what is important to me when deciding on what tour company to use. Plus, the communication and number of times we had to change plans, was all smooth and easy. We learned so much on our MP trek, and it will be an adventure that I will never forget. Thank you, Cusco Local Friend!
Aubry A
Aubry A
June 23, 2022.
We Loved Rumi For Helping Our Different Abilities Wonderful experience. My family and I loved Rumi our guide. Unfortunately for Rumi, we got confused about when and where we were supposed to meet Rumi, but he did really well tracking us down in no time even though we were like herding cats. The confusion was our fault not his. On the tour Rumi was wonderful. He had brought a binder full of pictures and references to show us Machu Picchu at different times in history and different references about the area. He was also very sensitive to my family members that had ability differences. He even held my mother-in-laws hands while she walked up and down the more precarious areas of Machu Picchu. Be aware that this isn't an easy hike. My father-in-law had a knee replacement a year prior to our trip and he struggled with the ups and downs and the length of the hike. If you are determined, like he is, you can do it but just be aware its not like an American National Park with rails and flattened walk ways. It was 100% worth it for all of us though. Thank you Rumi and Cusco Local Friend.
Timo W
Timo W
May 15, 2022.
Perfectly organised, great and knowledgeable guide. Unforgettable experience! From start to finish our tour was perfectly organised. During the planning of this trip Percy was our contact person. He replied quickly, proposed ideas and he felt really engaging en determined to create the best experience in and around Cusco for us. During our stay Abraham was our guide and we had a variety of drivers. Abraham was super knowledgeable and found the perfect balance between explaining but not overloading us with knowledge. All of the drivers were super punctual and drove us around very comfortable. We had some challenges as there was a strike in the region that we visited however we never noticed a thing about it. Percy contacted us in advance and was super flexible in changing our itinerary. When the train back from Aquas Calientes was fully booked due to the strike Percy upgraded us to make sure that we didn’t have to change our itinerary. If you are to plan your trip to Cusco make sure to use Cusco Local Friend as they will make sure that you will get an unforgettable journey.
E2WorldTraveler
E2WorldTraveler
May 14, 2022.
Remarkable World Wonder From the pre-booking, to booking, to post-booking, the information given and provided is spot on. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable, gave an in-depth insight into the area and provided "theorized" answers to questions asked. Would rebook hands down without hesitation! September was a great month. Cool weather, slight rain encountered, which made the experience even better as the climate shifting throughout the day could be easily felt.
pandbburleigh
pandbburleigh
May 7, 2022.
Sacred valley tour Our guide Abraham was very knowledgeable, friendly and flexible allowing stops for photos. Edgar our driver had the van so clean and windows clear for taking pictures. He cleaned windows after each stop. We were a small group but had a wonderful experience. Would highly recommend these fine men. We did the Sacred VALLEY. Thank you so much. PAUL AND BARBARA BURLEIGH, CANADA

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