Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Inca Trail tour

( 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS )

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After the conquest by the Spaniards, Manco Inca and his successors dominated the Vilcabamba region. It included several centers and settlements built in honor of the last dynasty of the Incas: Manco Inca, Sayre Tupac, Titu Cusi Yupanqui and Túpac Amaru I. In accordance with the customs and traditions of other pre-Inca cultures, a neo-imperial state was created to preserve all knowledge of religion and astronomy. Vilcabamba is located northwest of Cusco, in the province of La Convención, in the eastern cordillera of the Andes. It has a chain of snowy peaks and mountains of high jungle with constant climatic changes. The region is bounded by two very deep canyons, the Apurímac Canyon on the left and Willcamayu on the right, these forming the scene of this walk from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu; through so much running the fast rivers have carved and still shape one of the most beautiful and spectacular landscapes of our Andean region.

Duration: 08 Days - 07 Nights
Departures: Every Day, All year.
Altitude: 1550 - 4670 m / 5085 - 15322f.
High season: May - November.
Level of difficulty: Difficult.

Included

  • Private transportation from your hotel in Cusco to the town of Cachora.
  • Transportation of Santa Teresa Beach and Hidroelectrica Station (for all camping and personal luggage).
  • Train from the Hidroelectrica Station to Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus to climb 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 to Choquequirao.
  • Price of the entrance to the Machu Picchu sanctuary. Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
  • High quality camping equipment (we use professional tents, Doite, Model Kailas 3, light / 4.5kgs extra and Doite, Himalaya model, light / 4.5kgs extra, both are big enough for 2 people; table and chairs, toilet service tent).
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks-vegetarian option)
  • Cooking and kitchen equipment.
  • Muleteers and mules, for all the camping equipment and luggage of the clients (up to 8 kg).
  • First aid emergency kit and oxygen balloon.

No Included:

  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Sleeping bag (if you do not have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting one).

DAY 1: CUSCO - CACHORA - CHIQUISCA

We will leave Cusco very early in the morning around 5:30 a.m. First we will go to the small village of Cachora (2850m / 9350f), a pleasant place surrounded by beautiful mountains and the majestic Padreyoc Glacier (5571m / 18278f). Here we will also find our riders who will accompany us during the trip. After having passed the view of Capuliyoc (2800m / 9186f), we will descend to our camp called Chiquisca (1930m / 6332f).

Weather: warm.
Trekking time: approximately 6 hours.

DAY 2: CHIQUISCA - ROSALINA BEACH- MARAMPATA - CHOQUEQUIRAO

After breakfast, we will first go down to La Playa Rosalina- Rosalina Beach (1550m / 4921f) and then we will go up to the town of Marampata (2850m / 9350f). From here we will have a nice view of the archaeological complex of Choquequirao (3033m / 9951f). If we are lucky, we will even see a condor fly at dusk. Our camp in Choquequirao is about 25 minutes from the ruins at 2950m / 9678f.

Weather: warm and cold.
Trekking time: 7 hours.

DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO - CHOQUEQUIRAO PASS - RÍO BLANCO

At dawn we will first make our way to the citadel of Choquequirao (3033m / 9950) called "Cuna de Oro" - and we will enjoy the tranquility in this place. Further on, we will explore this archaeological site, of which only 30% is restored. We will visit the section of the palaces, the liturgical sources, the temple of the High Priest, the section of the flames and the Usnu. Afterwards, our trek will continue towards the Choquequirao pass (3270m / 10728f) and we will pass to the archaeological zone of Pinchaunuyoc (2450m / 8038f). Finally we will go to the deepest point of the small canyon known as Río Blanco (1900m / 6234f) or Río Silvestre, where our campsite will be located.

Weather: warm, with mosquitos.
Trekking time: 6 hours.

DAY 4: RÍO BLANCO - MAIZAL - SAN JUAN PASS - YANAMA

Due to the constant changes of the ecosystem, this day is the most arduous and also the most spectacular. In Maizal (3000m / 9843f) we will have a short break to take a little breath and enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape. Since the Inca Trail in this region is not in good condition during the rainy season, we ask you to watch your steps. In San Juan (4170m / 13681f) we can enjoy the beautiful view of the valleys, mountains and glaciers, of which some peaks are greater than 5000m / 16404f. Our camp will be in the small town of Yanama (3530m / 11581f).

Weather: warm, with mosquitos.
Trekking time: 6 hours.

DAY 5: YANAMA - YANAMA PASS - TOTORA PAMPA

Early in the morning we will head towards the highest pass of this trip - the Yanama Pass (4670m). If we are lucky, we will even see a condor fly. During the day we will frequently enjoy the view of the snow-capped mountains such as Salkantay (6264m) and Pintuyu (5450m). Our camp will be in the Valley of Totora Pampa (3200m).

Weather: warm.
Trekking time: 8 hours.

DAY 6: TOTORA PAMPA - LA PLAYA

In Totora Pampa we will have the opportunity to meet Quechua-speaking Andean people who live off agriculture and livestock. The vegetation on the road becomes more and more interesting and reveals its diversity of orchids, bromeliads and other plants. We will also see some coffee plantations, papaya, passion fruit and avocado (avocado). Our campsite will either be at La Playa (2100m / 6890f) or at Lucmabamba (2020m / 6627f).

Weather: warm, with mosquitos.
Trekking time: 7 hours.

Note: according to the wishes of the group, it is possible to change the itinerary a bit and visit the thermal waters of Santa Teresa (1830m / 6004f) on this day.

DAY 7: LA PLAYA - LLACTAPATA – HYDROELECTRIC STATION - AGUAS CALIENTES

Our trip starts early in the morning. To begin with, we will follow the Inca Trail to Llactapata (2650m / 8694f). This archaeological site is located in the midst of strange vegetation and offers an exceptional view of the Machu Picchu Mountain. We continue our trekking to the Hidroelectrica Station (1950m / 6398f), from where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes (2050m / 6726f). In Aguas Calientes we will spend the night in a hotel.

Climate: warm.
Hiking time: 6 hours

DAY 8: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 5:30 a.m. and we will head to Machu Picchu (2400m / 7874f) by tourist bus. We're going to get to the citadel around 6:00 in the morning. After a guided tour of the archaeological zone, you will have enough time to enjoy Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu (2750m / 9022f) on your own. We will leave Aguas Calientes by train, either at 2:55 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. Until then you will have time to have lunch in one of the restaurants. You can also visit the hot springs of Aguas Calientes to relax a little, this being the end of the Choquequirao Trek toMachu Picchu.

Climate: warm.
Hiking time: 6 hours

Note: If you are not so used to walking long distances and are of a more elegant nature, we recommend you to book an extra day and to do the hike in 9 days and 8 nights. Thus you will have more time to enjoy nature and will handlethe relatively difficult path better. From the first to the seventh day (from Cachora to La Playa) we are accompanied by muleteers and mules, which will carry all the camping equipment and private luggage of the client (up to 10 kg). On the seventh day all luggage (including your own bags) will be transported to the Hidroelectrica Station by car. Visit to Huayna Picchu: For the Huayna Picchu Mountain you need to book well in advance; however we charge additional USD $ 15.00 and guarantee your entry to Huayna Picchuta also (this new state law started from July 18, 2011). Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters will also be very grateful for a small donation, for example, clothing or school supplies for their children.

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 8 Days (Group Departure)

Included

  • Private transportation from your hotel in Cusco to the town of Cachora.
  • Transportation to Santa Teresa Beach and Hidroelectrica station (for all camping and personal luggage).
  • Train from the Hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus to climb 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 to Choquequirao.
  • Price of the entrance to the Machu Picchu sanctuary. Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
  • High quality camping equipment (we use professional tents, Doite, Model Kailas 3, light / 4.5kgs extra and Doite, Himalaya model, light / 4.5kgs extra, both are big enough for 2 people; table and chairs, toilet service tent).
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks-vegetarian option).
  • Cook and kitchen equipment.
  • Muleteers and mules, for all the camping equipment and luggage of the clients (up to 8 kg).
  • First aid emergency kit and oxygen balloon.

No Included:

  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Sleeping bag (if you do not have a sleeping bag, you can rent one from us).

What do I need to bring?

  • Backpack with rain coat.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Clothing for warm and cold weather like a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and light pants.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and thermal baths).
  • Wool or synthetic socks and a sweater.+3
  • T-shirts with short and long sleeves.
  • Rain poncho and a hat.
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, alcoholic disinfectant gel, water bottle and sterilization tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag).
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Some snacks such as chocolate bars and dried fruit.
  • Original passport, ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
  • Because the weather can be very cold and humid, your clothes - once wet - will not dry out at night. Then take some clothes to change.

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