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Choquequirao trek To Machu Picchu 8 Days, is one of the little crowded routes of Cusco but no less attractive than Machu Picchu, since Choquequirao is considered the Sister Citadel of Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Playa Rosalina (Campsite)
Our driver and Guide will pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 a.m. We will drive for 3 hours to Cachora town where we will have our breakfast while our staff will prepare the equipment on mules and horses. From Cachora there is a walk of 4 hours until our lunch spot where we will enjoy a delicious meal and the views of majestic Padrayoc snow covered peaks, at 5482 meters the highest of the area. The hike on this first day is 21km or 8 hours approx. On the way we will see the snow covered peaks of other high mountains in the area and appreciate the beautiful change of the landscape. The first part is quite flat and after lunch we might see condors and different birds from the vantage point of Capuliyoc. The second part is a descent towards the Apurímac Canyon, observing as the vegetation changes with altitude on our way to Playa Rosalina (Campsite at 1550 meters).
Day 2: La Playa Rosalina - Maranpata - Choquequirao Archeological SiteEarly morning after breakfast, we will start crossing the river Apurimac and then walk uphill through zig zag trail until we arrive at Maranpata (approx. 4 hours) where we will enjoy lunch, our first meal prepared by our chef. After lunch we will continue on to Choquequirao arriving around 2pm. First we will visit this magnificent archaeological site with our guide. Then for the rest of the day we will be able to explore the beautifully preserved Inka buildings and structures and enjoy the spectacular views of the canyon. If we are lucky we may see condors soaring over our heads and in the valley.
By the end of the day we will camp close to Choquequirao (altitude approx. 3050 meters).
Day 3: Choquequirao - Pinchinuyoc Archaeological Site - Maizal.After our day in amazing Choquequirao we continue to Maizal. In this part of the tour we will see another archeological site called Pinchinuyoc which is at 3300 meters. Then we will descend to Rio Blanco is at 1900 meters. In Rio Blanco we can take time to refresh ourselves with the cold water and prepare for a 3 hour climb trekking through a cloud forest to Maizal is at 3000 meters where our campsite awaits us in a most beautiful location. We finish our day with great food and a good night’s sleep.
Day 4: Maizal - Minas Victoria- Yanama.Due to the ecosystem’s constant changes, we will take our time to rest and take pictures. In this section in particular, our passenger will have more time to stop, enjoy and take lot of pictures. We start this morning with a great breakfast, making sure we stock up on our water supplies. After we have been hiking for a couple hours we will pass by the impressive Inka mines we call Minas Victoria. We’ll also appreciate original inka trails and beautiful landscapes. At times we will be able to see some villages where people are living close to our destination. Our camping place will be in the little village called Yanama is at 3530 meters.
Day 5: Yanama - Highest Pass Of This Trip- TotoraEarly in the morning, we will head toward the highest pass of this trip. We will be climbing to 4670 meters. The views are amazing and in this land of condors we may see some of them flying over our heads. After the pass we will descend, following a river to the hamlet of Totora where will find our campsite. Torora is in an amazing valley covered in lush vegetation and surrounded by majestic snowcapped mountains. Our campsite will be close to one of the few families leaving in Totora.
Day 6: Totora – La Playa Sahuayaco (Hot Springs Optional)Before leaving Totora we will be able to meet some people indigenous to the area who speak their native language of Quechua, the language spoken by the Inkas. Depending on the season we will be able to appreciate them working on their farms with ancestral Inka techniques.
After leaving Totora we will get into the highland jungle of Lluscamayo valley with many orchids, bromeliads and lots of different vegetation. On the way we may see small waterfalls and have a refreshing natural bath. At the end of the valley of Lluscamayo we will arrive at La Playa Sahuayaco. We will camp close to this village so we’ll be able to try coffee, papaya, passion fruit and avocado which are growing in this area. Here you can choose to go on our coffee tour or opt for a bus drive to Santa Teresa to enjoy the natural hotspring (Bus fares and entrance fees to the natural hot spring is not included in this tour), (coffee tour Is included).
Day 7: Playa - Llacta Pata - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes.This day, we will make our final uphill climb to Llacta Pata, where we will have an excellent view of the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu on a nearby ridge. After a good rest, we will go 3 more hours down to the Hydroelectric plant. There we will take the train to Aguas Calientes, where your accommodations are awaiting you with the comforts of showers and clean beds. Then you will enjoy the dinner, and by the end of the day our guide will let you know all the information and last details you’ll need for Machu Picchu tomorrow morning.
Day 8: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco.From Aguas Calientes we take bus up to Machu Picchu. We start our visit with a 2 hour guided tour that will bring us to the most important locations at the archaeological site. The guide will tell us about the great importance Machu Picchu enjoyed as astronomical and religious center. The rest of the day is free for you. In this time you will be able to go on to explore Machu Picchu by yourself. If you have booked the Huayna Picchu in advance climb or the walk up Machu Picchu mountain this is the time for you to set off. Afterward Machu Picchu you will go back down to Aguas Calientes town to catch the train to Ollantaytambo. There our private van will meet you and take you back to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel or hostel.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
- Pre-departure briefing in Cusco.
- Profesional bilingual Tour Guide.(2 guides for groups of over 6 people).
- Collection from your hotel in the morning. (we pick you up from where you are staying).
- Transport from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the trek in private car.
- Entry fee to Choquequirao.
- Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks.
- Thermarest(air mat) sleeping mat.
- Camping equipment (tent, cooking and eating tent. chairs and tables).
- Chef and cooking equipment.
- Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 7
- Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 7
- All meals 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 7 dinners.
- Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and night, and also at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
- Vegetarian/special diet options available.
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes(private room,hot shower, tv, wi fi)
- One way bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu on day 8.
- Entrance fee Machu Picchu.
- Tourist train back to ollantaytambo (expedition service at 14:30 pm,18:45pm leaving from Aguas calientes).
- Private transport back from Ollamtaytambo to Cusco.
NOT INCLUDED:Entrance fees to Huaynapicchu .( if you take this entrance it will be charge 25 american dollars to the original price).
Entrance fees to Machu Picchu Montaña .( if you take this entrance it will be charge 25 american dollars to the original price).
Breakfast on first day and lunch on the last day in aguas calientes
Entrances to the hot spring waters or transportation to get there.
Extra horse to ride or for any extra backpack.
Additional horses for passengers luggage.
SHARED GROUP SERVICE
02 Persons / $.960.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS PER PERSON.
03 Persons / $.950.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS PER PERSON.
04 Persons / $.930.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS PER PERSON.
05 Persons / $.910.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS PER PERSON.
06 Persons / $.890.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS PER PERSON.
08 to More Persons / $.870.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS PER PERSON.
DEPARTURE DAYS ARE ACCORDING TO PASSENGER REQUEST.
GROUP SIZE UP ON YOUR REQUEST for people who want a personalize and exclusive service.
All include + description down here.
Private groups include addditional services like 9 extra kilos of luggage care by our horses and trasportation, we provite horses to ride and carry personal belongs, nice train (vistadome), Hotel *** in Aguas calientes “la cabaña”, bus up and down to rich Machu Picchu, walking poles, extra food and wather along the trek.
PRICE PER ADULT PERSON $.1210.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS. MINIMUN 2 PAX
PRICE PER STUDENT PERSON $.1190.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS. MINIMUN 2 PAX
DEPARTURE DAYS ARE ACCORDING TO PASSANGER REQUEST.
What you need to take
- Original passport and Student card (ISIC) green card
- Insurance card is essential
- Hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors )
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- Sleeping bag
- Warm jack
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Rain pants
- Sun hat, Bathing suit (for hot springs in santa teresa and Aguas Calientes)
- Sun protection cream ( factor 35 recommended ) sun is strong
- Insect Repellent 40 % deet ( for mosquitos )
- Water bottle
- Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended)
- Toilet paper
- Personal medication
- Camera and films
- Torch with spare batteries (flashlight)
- Extra contribution suggested money for tipping porters, cook and guide. and for any emergency (300 soles)
- Walking poles ( black diamont or leki brand) Optional items to take
- Short pants
- Walking poles (with rubber tips) they can also be hired from us.$15 usd the all trip.
- Sleeping bags $20 usd the all trip.
- Plaster and bandage.