Fantastic short hikes starting in the surroundings of Cusco, leading to Huchuy Qosqo, an ancient Inca archaeological site perched on a cliff with stunning views over the Sacred Valley of the Incas, crossing mountain passes, Andean communities, plateaus and gorges rich in local flora and fauna.
Huchuy Qosqo is an Inca archeological settlement located 50 km north of the city of Cusco, at an elevation of 3600 masl (11,808 ft). The Quechua name translates into “Little Cusco” and it is accounted to have been built and employed around the years 1000-1400, having been the property of the eighth Inca or governing king, Viracocha ca.1400, according to Spanish chronicles. The place was supposed to be a royal property in the countryside, modelled after the Inca capital of Cusco – hence its denomination.
The site is composed of buildings and remains in both adobe and stone, and stands on a terrace with phenomenal views over the Sacred Valley.
(*) These treks do not end in Machupicchu. If interested in visiting the Inca citadel, please make sure to allow for additional days.