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 said to have been built and occupied 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 a royal property in the countryside, modelled after the Inca capital of Cusco – hence its name.
The site is composed of buildings and remains in both adobe and stone. It features walls, terraces, an 800m water irrigation canal made of stone, water reservoirs, and also several scattered buildings including warehouses or “qolqas” in which the Inca dwellers kept food such as dry meat, maize, potatoes, quinoa and beans, having their own particular refrigeration system still appreciated today.
Huchuy Qosqo offers phenomenal views over the Sacred Valley: the site stands on a terrace, overlooking the town of Lamay below as well as the surrounding mountain range, with gorgeous snow-capped peaks such as the perfectly-triangled Verónica, San Juan, Chicón and Pitusiray. Huchuy Qosqo is a stunning yet also lesser visited site.
A fantastic full-day hike in the surroundings of Cusco, departing from near Chinchero, following uphill towards a mild mountain pass, crossing smaller archaeological sites to then descend through a picturesque canyon to Huchuy Qosqo. Great local flora and fauna along the way, and stunning views over the surrounding landscape and mountain ranges, as well as over the Sacred Valley of the Incas from Huchuy Qosqo itself.
Enigma’s experienced trekking guides enrich the hikes with their knowledge and sharing, covering diverse topics such as Inca history, archaeology, architecture, social structure, economy, politics, astronomy, and fascinating traditions and beliefs.
A fabulous route providing a real feeling of what it is to walk in the Andean countryside close to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. A great blend of history, archaeology, nature, and of course stunning views and lots of peace, as we hardly find anyone en-route. The way down to Lamay is pretty steep and can be tricky for hikers suffering from knee pain, so make sure to take your time and eventually bring along walking sticks to ease the descent. A genuine hike around the corner from Cusco to get a real taste of Peru.