2 days - 1 night / difficulty level: medium - high

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This is a short trek in the surroundings or Cusco. Departing from Piaruy Lake, Chinchero and arriving at Huchuy Qosqo or "Little Cosco", Which is an important but little visited archaeological center. Huchuy Qosqo is located in a privilieged spot overlooking the Sacred Valley. Wr will be using Inca trails, crossing mountain passes or "abras" enjoying a wide diversity of endemic flira and fauna as well as Inca ruins. It is a great trek for people with little time who want to experience adventure at its most.



Morning pick-up from the hotel to take us to Piuray lake in the community of Chinchero. Here we will be met by the horses and porters. After loading our equipment, we will start the trek by an ancient uphill Inca trail. After crossing a lake and a mountain pass (4,450 masl / 14,600 ft) we will start descending by a creek that is surrounded by Inca walls and houses, until we reach Huchuy Q’osqo, where we will be camping. Our campsite will be located on an Inca terrace that sits on top of the complex overlooking the Sacred Valley and its breathtaking snow-capped mountains with the ruins below.


After enjoying a healthy breakfast we will visit this important Inca complex, home to the great Inca Wiracocha. Soon after, we will descend for two to three hours to Lamay, enjoying the spectacular mountains views, towns and crop fields of the Sacred Valley. Our transport will then pick us up and take us back to Cusco.


  • All our equipment will be carried by horses. Each person must bring a daypack with a camera, a light jacket and water bag or bottle.
  • There will be spare horses provided for anyone who gets tired.
  • You may find this trek quite challenging since it covers both up and downhill, so we do recommend the trekker to be in good shape.
  • It is always a good idea to wear-in your shoes before heading out on any trek to avoid discomfort and nasty blisters.
  • Throughout the day the temperature doesn’t go below 10°C (50°F), during the night it can drop until -5 °C (23°F). Depending of the time of the year, it could also rain.
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What to bring

  • Sleeping bag.
  • One bag per person that must not exceed 9 kg / 19 pounds, including sleeping bag and sleeping pad.
  • One daypack to be used during the trek.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for the campsite.
  • Warm clothes.
  • One waterproof jacket or poncho.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen lotion.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
  • Water container.
  • Camera.
  • Optional: Walking poles, towel


  • Private transport from the hotel to Piuray lake and from Lamay to the hotel.
  • Meals: Snack, lunch, tea time and dinner on the first day; breakfast and snack on the second day.
  • Experienced bilingual guide (2 guides for groups of 8 or more).
  • Mules to carry equipment (food, tents, etc.)
  • Mules to carry luggage (maximum 9 kg / 19 pounds per person including sleeping bag and sleeping pad).
  • One spare horse for each 5 persons.
  • MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR expedition tents, capacity for 3 persons but used  for 2 to ensure comfort.
  • 1 sleeping pad per person.
  • Chef and cooking equipment.
  • Dining tent with table and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Water to refill water containers.
  • First aid kit and emergency oxygen.
  • Entry tickets to the ruins.

Not included

  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch and dinner on the second day.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Hotels.
  • Walking poles.
  • Tips and other not specified services and/or expenses.