CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU 9 DAYS
CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU
You will visit the wonder and the second most important Inca archeological site.
This so called lost city, whose name means “cradle of gold” in Quechua was one of the last refuges of the Incas in times of the conquest. This prodigy of architecture fascinated the 19th century explorers like Hiram Bingham who visited it two years before discovering Machu Picchu.
Long time ago abandoned and taken over by the lush vegetation of the cloudforest, it has only been cleared and restored partially over the last couple of years and there is still a lot to discover about this enigmatic site. On this adventurous route abandoned since long ago, we`ll experience from the Incan roads off the beaten paths, climbing high passes and exploring the mysteries of the rich and enigmatic cloudforest, we combine the two major archaeological sites in the area: the remote Choquequirao that is seldom visited with the famous and legendary Machupicchu. A unique adventure that brings you back to the fascinating past of this area and makes you want to explore more.
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Extreme
- Group Size Medium Group
Starting altitude – 9,515ft / 2,900m
Highest altitude – 15,200ft / 4,645m
Trek distance – 62 miles / 100km
Longest day – Day 6th, approximately 13.63 miles / 21km
Coldest night – Day 5th around 5° Celsius
Overall difficulty – Very difficult, good for people with a high level of fitness
Tour style – Trekking with camping, history, culture, flora and fauna
Highlights – Stay away from the crowd while you are trekking and visiting Choquequirao
• Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office, for an orientation trek and provide you the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. meeting at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.
• Transport: Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to beginning of the trek
• Experienced Guide: English speaking professional and official tour guide.
• Entry fee to Machu Picchu (Huayna Picchu $15 extra – please advise at booking as places are limited) & Choquequirao
• Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Kailas, Pro aconcagua and Rei 4 Outfitter tents are employed when double accommodation is requested.
• Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs.
• Foam mats or sleeping pads: to put under your sleeping bag (carried by horses)
• Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils.
• 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower
• Accommodation: 8 nights in tent
• 1 Duffle Bag: Where you can put your personal belongings (7 kilograms = 15 lbs) which includes your sleeping bag.
• Trekking Cook: In charge to prepared all the meals along the journey, over 6 people cook assistant
• Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 dinners and Snacks (Vegetarian, vegan or special menus are available at no extra cost)
• Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite we will wake you up with a cup of coca tea our support staff will bring the coca tea to your tent in order to wake you up.
• Tea time = Happy Hour: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the cooks will let on the dining table pop-corn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
• Daily snacks – Days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8: Our Snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, Caramels we will give this snack at the beginning of each day trek in a cloth bag to avoid environmental contamination.
• One textile snack bag per person: to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
• Water grooming: Each morning warm water with towel
• 1 Blanket or Liner
• 1 Pillow per person
• Medical kit: Our crew bring the First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
• Train tickets: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition service at 18:20 hrs)
• Transport: Transfer from Ollantaytambo Train Station to hotel in Cusco(Day 7)
• 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit
• Light-Weight plastic rain poncho
• We will create a the trip of a Memorable Lifetime Experience for you.
• We are Direct operators & local owners with the best trekking team on the hike
• Breakfast on the first morning.
• Sleeping Bags: (you can hire from our company), our sleeping bags are -10ºC-comfort (0ºF), mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
• Additional horses for passengers luggage.
• Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
• Last Day: Lunch and Dinner in Aguas Calientes.
• Personal clothing and gear.
• Travel insurance.
• Tips for our staff: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
• Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.
• Entrance to the thermal springs
• Entry to Huayna Picchu.
• Extra activities (ie Cola de Mono zipline)
- Extreme First Day on CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU; CUSCO - CACHORA - CHIQUISQA:
First Day on CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU; CUSCO – CACHORA – CHIQUISQA: Early in the morning we`ll take a scenic bus which in a ride over the Andes we`ll take us in about 4 hours to the village of Cachora where we meet up with our wranglers. Here we start with a gentle hike along an old mining road to the Kapulyoq Pass (2800 m) from where we can enjoy the first breath-taking view of the deep Apurimac Canyon and the majestic surrounding snow peaks. After a rest we start our approx. 3 hours descent on a dusty rural path towards our first camp at the oasis of Chiquiska (1800 m).
- Extreme Second Day on CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU; CHIQUISKA - CHOQUEQUIRAO:
Second Day on CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU; CHIQUISKA – CHOQUEQUIRAO: After having breakfast we continue our descent to the valley floor where we cross the thundering Apurimac river over a modern suspension bridge (1495 m.a.s.l.). From here we climb a long steep and hot path (appr. 5 hours) to our destination: The enigmatic and impressive archaeological complex of Choquequirao. We arrive just in time to enjoy a fantastic sunset over the deep canyon and the surrounding mountains (3000 m).
- Extreme Third Day on CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU; CHOQUEQUIRAO:
Third Day on CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU; CHOQUEQUIRAO: During the morning we`ll visit the restored section of Choquequirao and explore the parts that are still covered by the lush cloud forest vegetation. With luck we may get the latest news regarding discoveries, excavations, cleaning and restoration process from the archaeologists of COPESCO working on site. After lunch those who choose can visit the Cascade House (restored constructions and terraces some 300 m below the main constructions of Choquequirao) and we can help with the preparation of a typical Pachamanca (traditional earth oven dish). From the highest point, El Usno, we can enjoy a breathtaking sunset over the magical Apurimac canyon and with luck a majestic condor may pass by.
- Extreme Fourth Day o CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU; CHOQUEQUIRAO - MAIZAL:
Fourth Day o CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU; CHOQUEQUIRAO – MAIZAL: After a fortifying breakfast we start hiking early as we have a long distance ahead of us. A short but steep climb brings us up to the ridge from where we have a last panoramic view of Choquequirao and the Apurimac canyon below. A 1 hour descent leads us to the archaeological site of Pinchaunuyoc, still covered by vegetation. After visiting the constructions we continue our dusty descent to Rio Blanco, where we can refresh ourselves during our lunch break. A steep, dusty and hot climb brings us to our camp at Maizal in the afternoon.
- Extreme Fifth Day on CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU; MAIZAL - YANAMA:
Fifth Day on CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU; MAIZAL – YANAMA: Once again we take advantage of the cool morning air to start hiking. During our climb over the rural and Inca paths we gain altitude quickly and the vegetation changes from cloud forest to high Andean grassland. From the San Juan Pass we can enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding snow peaks, including Pumasillo (Puma’s Claw). After a delicious lunch we continue our hike with a 2 hour descent, passing some abandoned silver mines (narrow paths with sheer drops) until we reach the community of Yanama. From here it’s a gentle climb to our campsite.
- Extreme Sixth Day on CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU; YANAMA - BATIA PAQUISKA:
Sixth Day on CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU; YANAMA – BATIA PAQUISKA: Today we hike amid snowy peaks, climbing up to La Rinconada Pass where we have lunch. In the afternoon we start our long descent towards the high cloud forest, arriving in the late afternoon at our beautiful campsite at Batía Paquiska.
- Extreme Seventh Day on CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU; BATIA PAQUISKA - LA PLAYA:
Seventh Day on CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU; BATIA PAQUISKA – LA PLAYA: An easy walk along the Salkamayo River, through the increasingly lushy vegetation, passing waterfalls, passion fruit and coffee plantations. In the afternoon we arrive at our campsite at the village of la Playa (2155 m.a.s.l.), where we can refresh ourselves in the river before dinner.
- Extreme Eighth day on CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU; LA PLAYA - LLAQTAPATA - AGUAS CALIENTES:
Eighth day on CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU; LA PLAYA – LLAQTAPATA – AGUAS CALIENTES: After having breakfast we cross the river and start climbing – passing through coffee plantations- up to the Mirador (2860 m.) from where we have an exceptional view of the Lost City of the Incas: legendary Machupicchu, from an unusual angle. We enjoy our last lunch from the vantage point of Llaqtapata (2650 m) from where we can view both Machupicchu and Salkantay and take a good rest. A 2 hour descent brings us to the hydro-electric plant of Machupicchu from where we reach the village of Aguas Calientes in the late afternoon. Here we can choose to relax in the natural hot springs before dinner and a well-earned rest in our hotel.
- Day9 Ninth day on CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU; MACHUPICCHU - CUSCO:
Ninth day on CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU; MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO: After an early breakfast we take the first bus up to Machupicchu to enjoy the sunrise in this magical place before the first tourists arrive from Cusco. We enjoy this enigma in the company of an experienced guide. We`ll have enough free time to explore the site by ourselves or do some hikes before we descend to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon. Train ride back to Cusco, transfer to the hotel and overnight.
Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Kailas, Pro aconcagua and Rei 4 Outfitter tents are employed when double accommodation is requested.