Huchuy Qosqo is a Quechua word, which means ‘Small Cusco’ or ‘Little Cusco’ in the language of the Incas, is a beautiful Inca archeological site situated at 3,600m above sea level, in the north of Cusco and above the town of Lamay (3,000m) in the outlying area of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
It is believed that Huchuy Qosqo was built during the reign of the eighth Incan Ruler, Wiracocha, and originally had the name Kakya Qawani. It was only remained to Huchuy Qosqo in the 20th century.
As many of the Inca sites in the Cusco region, Huchuy Qosqo was largely demolished during the 1500s. In the present day visitors can still see the many terraces that surround the site as well as evidence of a kallanka (great hall) which would have been 40m long, and a perfect Incan irrigation channels that would have supplied natural spring water to the site. Huchuy Qosqo has great structures, between them the Inca palace or Royal house and some warehouses.
The site can only be reached on hiking (Huchuy Qosqo trek) or horseback, although there is a dirt and bumpy road that runs from Calca to a viewpoint which is located 150m from ruins that can be accessed only by small vehicles.