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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
Starting from
$ 160
per person

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

# 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.

Cat Z
Cat Z
January 26, 2022.
We love Cusco Local Friend! Lovely tour of Sacred Valley! We visited Chinchero, Moray, the Maras Salt Mines and Ollantaytambo. Percy was extremely helpful and communicative, going above and beyond to make the best suggestions and be flexible with our travel situation. Our tour guide Hugo was super friendly, talkative and informative. He introduced us to a few unique and off the beaten path options like a stop to drink some homemade chicha, a casual 1-hour hike down the Maras Salt Mines that ended up in a small village near the Urubamba River, and many pit stops to see additional sites, photo ops and interesting history lessons. Our driver Edison was also very polite. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a private, detailed tour of anywhere in Cusco!
SaltySunburns
SaltySunburns
January 10, 2022.
A wonderful Sacred Valley day tour! Percy helped design a tour for us during the day including our transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. The price was very fair and we had an amazing day, including a memorable lunch at a little spot with llamas everywhere! Our guide Carlos was super knowledgeable, friendly and professional and I'd recommend Cusco Local Friend to anyone!
Scotty W
Scotty W
December 31, 2021.
Peru’s Sacred Valley Tour These guys are amazing! They were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and made sure I was always well taken care of. They were also reasonable on prices. Highly recommended!
peacher2017
peacher2017
December 6, 2021.
3rd trip with Cusco Local Friend exceeded expectations ! Last July / August I took my 3rd trip with Hugo from Cusco Local Friend. Just like my two previous trips with them, it completely exceeded all expectations. And I’m already planning a 4th trip with them this coming summer! Hugo and Cusco Local Friend are the reason we fell in love with Peru. Hugo is professional, flexible, very knowledgeable and most of all FUN! The first two trips ( 2017 and 2018) I traveled with my two very food allergic daughters (allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, seafood and sesame). Hugo and Mario asked a lot of questions, took the allergies very seriously, and found us some great restaurants. We even ate a pachamanca lunch with Hugo’s parents on their farm. So delicious. This time, I traveled alone. I texted Hugo my list of places I wanted to visit, things I wanted to do, and how long I wanted to spend in each location. He created the perfect itinerary and made the most of my time in Peru. We hiked for three days - Rainbow Mountain ( Vinicunca ), Seven Lakes ( Siete Lagunas ), and the alternative Rainbow Mountain - Palccoyo. The hikes were so stunningly beautiful. Hugo planned the hikes perfectly. He paid attention to health and safety and carried supplemental oxygen, snacks and water for me. And, he made them fun! We also visited the Potato Park ( Parque de la Papa ) , spent the night with a host family, and visited Pisac. We were supposed to do a food tour on my last day in Cusco, my my stomach was a bit upset. So he planned some alternative things to do. He also arranged my COVID test prior to my flight home. I can’t wait for my next trip with Cusco Local Friend! Call or text them with WhatsApp at +51 984 585 909 or +51 996 550 700. Email at CuscoLocalFriend@gmail.com . Have a great trip!
Ferhat D
Ferhat D
November 2, 2021.
Perfect 👍🏻 Hugo was a great and knowledgeable person. He was so friendly and very patient with our questions. As a group, we really enjoyed our trip. I highly recommend him!! Thank you very much for the great experience, Hugo!!
shama842018
shama842018
November 2, 2021.
nice Everything went well. The tour was organised as individually as possible and all our wishes were taken into account immediately. Good guys, I recommend them.
Ahram A
Ahram A
October 26, 2021.
Thank you Hugo! I want anyone to know that you can trust Hugo from Cusco Local Friends. My wife and I spent 4 different days with Hugo hiking into Machu Picho, Rainbow Mountain, and on a beautiful, secluded hike to the Sun Gate above Ollantayambo. Hugo made everything easy with private car pick ups from the airport, and he is very knowledgable about the history of every place. I would hire Hugo again anytime when I go back to Peru. Thank you my brother! Ahram + Jennie
Andrew De Donato
Andrew De Donato
October 14, 2021.
Fantastic Tour on Short Notice Hugo was a fantastic guide to spend the day with. He met us in the morning at our hostel in Aguas Calientes and helped us get set up for the day as we picked up some last minute items like snacks, water, and insect repellant. We took the bus to Machu Picchu together and once we got to the site, he provided a really in-depth and interesting tour. He had great answers to every follow up question we had, took fantastic photos throughout the day, and was generally just a really nice and helpful person! I learned so much and will definitely use Cusco Local Friend again next time I visit. I should also add that I originally reached out to him only two days before we were slated to be in Aguas Calientes and he was easy to work with on such short notice and able to source some hard-to-find entry tickets for the time we wanted to visit.
Jessica K
Jessica K
August 17, 2021.
MAGICAL TOUR DURING OUR AMAZING HONEYMOON!! Hugo was truly our Local Friend! We had an amazing tour of Machu Picchu that made our Honeymoon even more fantastic than it already was. He gave us some very interesting and amazing details about the ruins and Incan culture. We would love to return to Peru to learn more and hop on another one of his tours. On top of everything, he even met up with us the next day to help us in Cusco get our Covid Antigen tests so we could fly home (We originally didn't know we needed them to return). Absolutely fun and professional man. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!
Bean
Bean
July 15, 2021.
Best tour experience ever! The best thing I can say about our 3 days touring with Hugo is that we left having made a great friend and look very forward to seeing him again. He led us on sensational tours of Ollantaytambo, Moray, Maras, Chinchero, Pisca, Rainbow Mountains and gave us valuable advice, counsel, and information for our self guided tour of Machu Picchu. Every day seemed to exceed the grandeur and historical significance of the previous day. Each day, with Hugo's terrific guiding, we found ourselves more captivated with Peru and it's history. Hugo is incredibly well versed in the history and lore of the Cusco region and is thoughtful and engaging in sharing his knowledge. He adjusted our tours to meet our needs, interests, age and fitness levels. He was always gracious, thoughtful, kind and understanding. If we were ahead of schedule Hugo always had an additional archeological site or worthwhile additional "something" to see. Sarah and I have travelled throughout the US, Scandinavia, Europe, and Southeast Asia. This was the single greatest travel experience we've shared. And a great deal of the credit is due to Hugo's thoughtful, caring personality and his singular interest in making each of his participants have a fully developed, well organized, educational, and enjoyable experience. I can't make a stronger recommendation than to say using any other tour service in the Cusco region would diminish your experience compared to what Hugo and Cusco Local Friends would give you.

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