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Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

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Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

(8 days / 7 night)


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Duration: 08 Days – 07 Nights
Depatures: Every day, all year.

When the Spaniards conquered Cusco, Manco Inca and his descendants ruled the Vilcabamba region. Which involved several buildings that honored the last dynasty of the INCAS: Manco Inca, Sayre Tupac, Titu Cusi Yupanqui and Tupac Amaru I. As they did with pre-Incas cultures, they created a neo Imperial state to keep all religious and cultural knowledge. Vilcabamba is at the north-west of Cusco in LA CONVENCION region on the eastern Andes. There is a chain of snow capped mountains and forest mountains with several climate changes. This region is in between two deep canyons, the Apurimac on the left and the Willcamayu on the right where two very fast rivers flow carving the beautiful scenario and landscapes of the region.

Information Altitude: 1550 – 4670 m/5085 – 15322f
High season: May – November
Level of difficulty: Difficult


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Full Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Chiquisca

At about 5:30 am we leave Cusco. First we go to the little town named Cachora (2850m/9350f) which is a nice place among beautiful mountains and the Padreyoc glacier (5571m/18278f). We will meet the horsemen who will come along in the journey. After seeing Capuliyoc (2800m/9186f), we will go down towards our campsite at Chiquisca (1930m/6332f).

  • Climate: warm - Hiking time: Approximately 6 hours

Day 2: Chiquisca - Playa Rosalina - Marampata - Choquequirao

Once we have breakfast we go down to La Playa Rosalina (1550m/4921f) and after that we climb to Marampampa village (2850m/9350f). The archeological complex Choquequirao can beautifully seen from here (3033m/9951f). We might even see a flying condor if we get lucky enough . Our campsite in Choquequirao is 25 minutes away from the ruis at 2950m/9678f.

  • Climate: both warm and cold - Hiking time: 7 hours

Day 3: Choquequirao - Choquequirao Pass - Río Blanco

In the morning we will first go to the citadel Choquequirao (3033m/9950f) which is called “cuna de oro” or “golden cradle” and you can enjoy this quiet place. Later, we will explore the archeological site of which only 30% is uncovered. We will see the palaces, the liturgic fountains, the high priest’s temple, the llamas section and the Usnu. As our trek continues to Choquequirao pass (3270m/10728f), we go through Pinchaunuyoc archeological site (2450m/8038f). We will finally go down to the deepest point in the canyon called Rio Blanco (1900m/6243f) or Rio Silvestre, place of our campsite. Climate: warm with mosquitoes. Hiking time: 6 hours.

Day 4: Río Blanco - Maizal - San Juan Pass - Yanama

Because of constant changes in the environment conditions this is the most difficult and spectacular day. At Maizal (3000m/9843f) we will rest shortly to catch some breath and enjoy the landscape. During rainy season the Inca trail is not always in good conditions, that is why we encourage you to be careful when hiking. We will have a beautiful view of the valleys, mountains and glaciers at San Juan (4170/13681f). We will set the campsite at Yanama, a small village (3530m/11581f).

  • Climate: warm and cold with mosquitoes - Hiking time: 9 hours

Day 5: Yanama - Yanama Pass - Totora Pampa

We will go to the highest pass of the trip very early in the morning, the Yanama pass (4670m). If we are lucky enough we might see a flying condor. Along the day we will frequently see snow-capped mountains as Salkantay (6264) and Pintuyu (5450). We will set the campsite at Totora Pampa valley (3200).

  • Climate: warm with mosquitoes Hiking time: 8 hours

Day 6: Totora Pampa - La Playa

We will have the opportunity to meet Quechua-speaking Andean people at Totora Pampa. They do agriculture and cattle for a living. The vegetation on the way turns more and more weird and shows diversity of orchids, bromeliads and other plants. We will also be able to see coffee, papaya, passion fruit and avocado plantations. We could set the campsite in La Playa (2100m/6890f) or in Lucmabamaba (2020m/6627f).

  • Climate: warm with mosquitoes
  • Hiking time: 7 hours

Note:According to the group’s wishes, it is possible to change the itinerary a bit and visit the hot springs in Santa Teresa (1830m/6004f) this day.

Day 7: La Playa - Llactapata – Hydroelectric station - Aguas Calientes

We start very early in the morning by following the Inca Trail to Llactapata (2650m/8694f). This place is among a weird vegetation and guarantees a wonderful view of Machupicchu. We go on with the trek to the hydroelectric station where we take the train to Aguas Calientes (2050/6726f) where we stay over at a hotel.

  • Climate: warm
  • Hiking time: 6 hours

Day 8: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

After breakfast, very early in the morning we leave the hotel and go to Machu Picchu (2400m//874f) on a tourist bus. We will get the citadel around 6:00am. Then we will have a guided tour around the archaeological site which includes information about how Incas lived and their culture. You will have plenty of time to climb to Wayna Picchu (2750/9022f) by yourself. On a train, we will leave Aguas Calientes at 2:55pm or 6:10pm. You have time to have lunch in one of the fine restaurants until then. Or you can visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax. Climate: moderate warm. Hiking Time: 2 hours.

Note:According to the group’s wishes, it is possible to change the itinerary a bit and visit the hot springs in Santa Teresa (1830m/6004f) this day.

  • If you are not used to long distances hikes or do not enjoy nature that much, we advise you to book an extra day and have the 9d/8n trek. That way you will have more time to enjoy nature and deal better with the difficulty of the trek.
  • From day 1 to day 7 (Cachora to La Playa) we will be helped by horsemen and mules that will carry all camping equipment and passengers private luggage (10kg max). On day 7, all luggage (including personal items) will be transferred by car to the Hidroelectric station.
  • Wayna Pichu Visit: It has to be booked long time in advance but we can charge $15.00 extra to guarantee your entrance to Wayna Picchu. (We have had this new law since July 18th 2011).
  • Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters might also be very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.

What do I need to bring?

  • Backpack with rain shelter.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and Hot Springs).
  • Woollen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved Shirts.
  • Rain poncho and a hat.
  • Bathing suit (for the Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag).
  • Flash light and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
  • Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 8 Days (Group Departure)

Included:

  • Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to the town of Cachora.
  • Transport from la Playa to Santa Teresa and the Hydroelectric station (for all camping and personal luggage).
  • Train from the Hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus up from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
  • Basic hotel in Santa Teresa. Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu, continental or similar).
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes. Entrance fee to Choquequirao.
  • Entrance fee to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
  • High quality camping equipment (We use professional tents, Doite, Model Kailas 3, extra light/4.5kgs and Doite, Model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kgs, both are big enough for 2 persons. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent).
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/ option vegetarian).
  • Cook and cooking equipment.
  • Horseman and mules, for all camping equipment and customer's luggage (up to 8kg).
  • Emergency horse.First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.

No Included:

  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Sleeping bag (If you don’t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting one).

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 8 Days (Private Departure)

Included:

  • Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to the town of Cachora.
  • Transport from la Playa to Santa Teresa and the Hydroelectric station (for all camping and personal luggage).
  • Train from the Hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
  • Basic hotel in Santa Teresa.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu, continental or similar).
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes.
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao.
  • Entrance fee to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
  • High quality camping equipment (We use professional tents, Doite, Model Kailas 3, extra light/4.5kgs and Doite, Model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kgs, both are big enough for 2 persons. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent).
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/ option vegetarian).
  • Cook and cooking equipment.
  • Horseman and mules, for all camping equipment and customer's luggage (up to 10kg).
  • Emergency horse.
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.

No Included:

  • Lunch on the last day in Machu Picchu. Sleeping bag (If you don’t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting one).

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