Are you looking for a trek with a difference to enjoy during a stay at Pariwana’s hostel in Cusco? If so, for an adventure you won’t forget, travel to the spectacular Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo, also known as “Little Cusco“. This site is not accessible by road, so it is hard to get to, but definitely worth the effort.
Although it is near to Cusco, this historic area feels truly remote. The trail to the ruins gives amazing views of the Sacred Valley and you will also see the snow-capped Vilcabamba mountains. It’s possible to book tours with various operators from Cusco, with prices for this varying.
For a one-day hike, you can arrange to be picked up by bus or car early in the morning and travel to the Piuray Lagoon, near Chinchero, to start your journey. The first part of the climb is quite gentle, and you will go past lakes and villages. Watch out for llamas and alpacas as you climb this section. The early sunshine on the mountains also makes a stunning visual impact.
The climb is not hard-going, but it will take around nine hours altogether. It is also possible to include Huchuy Qosqo within a longer trek over two days or more, or combine it with a visit to Machu Picchu. After your long journey, you’ll be ready to relax with fellow backpackers when you get back to the Pariwana hostel, with its relaxed atmosphere and great staff.