This is easily the shortest of the treks and is best suited for those with a limited amount of time, but who would still like to do a bit of trekking before they see Machu Picchu with fantastic views of mountains and the Andes. It is the lowest in altitude (4340 meters) of the 3 alternative treks and also the shortest in distance (17 kilometers) but still sees some great examples of Inca Stairs and other Inca ruins along the way. This trek is ideal for those passengers who really want to be far in the middle of nowhere with only nature surrounding them as they camp in an area that is scarcely seen by tourists. Huchuy Qosqo (little Cusco) is situated above the Valley of Urubamba and offers very spectacular views over the mountain range Cordillera de Vilcanota. This trek is also a great way for you to enjoy a shorter trek that still includes Machu Picchu and Inca trails (with Inca stairs that are better than the Inca Trail). You will have one night in our Hotel in the Machu Picchu town, Aguas Calientes”.
When to Travel !
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Activities: Camping, Adventure, Inca Trail / Trekking and Hiking.
Locations: Cusco, Huchuy Qosqo, Lamay, Chincheros, Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
Level of Difficulty: Normal / Easy
HISTORY OF HUCHUY QOSQO OR " LITTLE CUSCO"
Huchuy Qosqo is a fascinating Inca site spread over several hectares of a small plateau commanding a magnificent view of the Urubamba valley, about 5 km. upstream from Calca, and 800m. above the valley floor. It is believed to have been the royal estate formerly known as Caquia Jaquijahuana. According to myth the Inca Viracocha built this settlement after conquering the previous inhabitants by setting fire to their town with a stone thrown from his golden sling. He later fled to this place from Cusco, when the invading Chankas threatened to overrun the Inca capita, around 1438. After the conquest the spaniards found the mummy said to be that of Inca Viracocha here.
The Huchuy Qosqo ruins are part stone, part adobe. There is a fine Kallanka - the "great hall" type of building common at Inca royal and administrative settlements-some 40m long. This building looks onto a great esplanade buttressed by terracing, which might have been used for parades and games. There are signs of a post-Inca "transitional" occupation here, during which fine-dressed stones were used to build cruder houses in the Inca style. There's also a Spanish-style reservoir, partly built of fine Inca stones.