Choquequirao to Machu Picchu 8 Days
Less is known about the Choquequirao this expedition will take you to two of the major archaeological sites in the Cusco-area: CHOQUEQUIRAO and MACHU PICCHU. The towns in our history is marking the begin and ended of the Incas society during the trek you live the most big experience hiking on the trail of the oldest culture.
If the both cities was considerate the nobles and priestesses towns, you have a big challenge and chance to know all the legend and treasure let by then trough the time on the majestic mountains.
Both cities was abandoned by the Incas before developed to the conquers, and later found by the specialist who carrying on expedition, come this trek and feel the real adventure the nature is still virgin.
Tourist Package: Choquequirao Trek Imperial
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Type: Culture, Adventures and Trek on the Andes
Group Size: Maximum 10, no minimum required
Level of difficulty: Moderate, scale (0 to 10) it is 8 relative
Departures Day: Any day with two people. We offer affordably priced tours for 2 people so that you can depart when it suits you best.
Highlight:Doing a world famous trek! Beautiful and special Inca towns along the way, your first sight of Machu Picchu
Acclimatization: Minimum 2 days at altitude recommended.
Open season: The dry season (April to December)
Location:Aprurimac and Cusco area, vilcabamba valley and sta Teresa valley 5 hrs. drive from Cusco to start point.
ITINERARY - DAY BY DAY
Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Playa Rosalina (Apurimac River).
It is a new start in our lives that will be the new experience to get the top in trek. Hotels provide breakfast and late to pick up you and drive a car for 5 hours to begin of the travelers crossing Cachora, once we will meet the rest of team (horseman and horses). Then we will begin trek go slop up, passing through the pass of Capuliyoc, where we might see condors and great view of the Apurimac Canyon toughly the valley there are exist the microclimate and stopping to pointing and Choquequirao location. Finally we descend through Cactus forest to playa Rosalina on the banks of the Apurimac River the main tributary of the Amazon River, along to go down river we’ll have the microclimate. Camping at playa Rosalina (1550m).
Distance : 22 km
Climate : warm
Hiking time : 7 hours
Day 2: Playa Rosalina - Maranpata - Choquequirao (Golden Cradle).
That will be the first thick breakfast, and pick up snack bags to get some food on the back pack during the day, because the ascent is 4 hours of uphill trek through a long and narrow trail in switch back, our adventure start crossing the cable car the wild river and surrounded by dense vegetation with several varieties of orchids. Half way up stop for lunch at Maranpata, that is the begin of the mainly view to Choquequirao complex then continue hiking two more hours to Choquequirao (Golden Cradle), is considered the sister city of Machu Picchu, because of several similarities, it hangs 1500m above the Apurimac Canyon., and Machu Picchu hang above the Urubamba canyon. Afternoon is free time to have the sunset views and the canyon is spectacular; it is also possible to see Andean Condors soaring in the mountains. Camping near of Choquequirao (3050m).
Distance : 14 km
Climate : warm and cold at night
Hiking time : 7 hours
Day 3: Choquequirao - Choquequirao Pass - Rio Blanco - Maizal.
Before the Breakfast we recommended go to appreciate the sun rise and late will have at 6am breakfast and then start our trek passing and exploring the Choquequirao remain, uphill through cloud forest, Mountains and valleys to reach the Choquequirao pass. After 5 hours trekking the trail continue through agricultural terraces called Pinchinoyoc which means (water jumping forward - 2750m). There will observe different species of birds, different varieties of orchids, and local coca plantations. We will have our lunch near the Rio Blanco; we use the brake here to get a refreshing bath in the cold and clear river water. We cross walking through the river, since there are no bridges. After our brake we start the long and steep climb to our camp in Maizal, high over the river close to the sacred Apus of the Incas. From Rio Blanco we climb up to Maizal for about 3 hrs. This is one day with many challenge and microclimate, camping at 3000m.
Distance : 18 km
Climate : warm
Hiking time : 9 hours
Day 4: Maizal - Minas Victoria - Yamana.
The wake up on the half way of the uphill, into the forest and birds noise it is a great experience, recharge energy and following the trail up, the landscape is green and if we keep the faith and motivation the gods gives us the clear sky and just sit to appreciate the snowcapped, the uphill is around 7 hours climbing to the summit, important due to some archaeological remains such as Inca channels. From here we start walking uphill passing by the impressive Inca mines called Minas Victoria and towards the Victoria Pass (4200 masl). Again a long climb, but we walk in amazingly beautiful area - first with cloud forest and then over Andean Puna with the well-known Ichu grass. Then we pass through Minas Victoria, a place that during the colony, silver was extracted from a mine. Almost on the top we can appreciate original paved Inca trails. We take our box lunch at the pass in 4200m with view of the mountain Choquetakarpo and Pedrayoc, while we had lunch we will be able to appreciate the flight of the condors depending on the climate, and finally descend to our campsite at Yamana, a small village settlement at the bottom of a long valley surrounded by mountains (3800m).
Distance : 17 km
Climate : warm, windy and cold at night
Hiking time : 8 hours
Day 5: Yamana - Mountain Range - Totora.
Yanama with the native community around the base camp to get big smile of the children to have a big start on the trail, sun is pointing to camp ground, the waterfall noise, breakfast on the outside table and then start hiking uphill to the highest pass in this trek (5 hrs.), named Yamana pass 4700 m.a.s.l. During the day is clear to observe the Andean farmers growing the potatos on the fields and to see the frozen potatoes. Again the view will be amazing from here we will be surrounded by mountain range of Saqsarayoc and Pedreyoc. Once again we have the chance to see condors, and this morning smooth climb bring us through new landscapes - especially the wet grass fields under the snowline and water stream. In the pass we might walk in snow, it is the new entrance to the valley of Sta. Teresa, and observing one of the Incas God Salkantay Mountain, and the descent is a long foggy hike through grassy fields- and bush areas and crossing bridges on the way towards the community of Totora, where we spend in tents in an indescribable beauty, surrounded by pure nature and native people.
Distance : 20 km
Climate : cold and windy
Hiking time : 9 hours
Day 6: Totora - Cloud Forest - La Playa –Santa Teresa.
This day is more downhill continued the original Inca trail in the forest to appreciate the depth jungle forest the hiking will be 10 hours, sound is good back to the jungle where is hot and harvest some fruits descending into Totora River. We will observe the natural wildlife, such as hummingbirds, woodpeckers, many species of orchids and begonias. Then we descend the trail on the left side of the Santa Teresa River where we will see small plantations of bananas, passion fruit, and coffee and chance to try this coffee. On the way will stop at small waterfalls and get a refreshing natural bath. The area also has a big variation of bird the climate and vegetation have changed totally. The Playa is the biggest village on the way (lunch place), where we can find some small shops to buy snack etc. as well first place with electricity, after lunch we will drive the small van to Sta. Teresa (1600 m.a.s.l) about 40 min. there are base camp, afternoon we recommended drive to hot spring swimming after hard journey.
Distance : 18 km
Climate : warm
Hiking time : 10 hours
Day 7: Santa. Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes
On this day the wake up is late, even we have a time to walk around the town to explore the new city after collapse on the 1997 (phenomenon Niño) such learn about the history of the area, the last breakfast with our crew, after drive to hydroelectric 40 min where is the start point for hike to Aguas Calientes 3 hours, on the trail is clear to appreciate a lot type of orchid and birds, the big scenery is the view to Machupicchu city is situated dense a bizarre vegetation and offers an exceptional view of the mountain Machu Picchu, for sick or tired kickers optional train service (US $ 18.00) there we will spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Distance : 10 km
Climate : warm
Hiking time : 3 hours
Day 8 : Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco.
This is a special day to climb up to appreciate Machu Picchu, we recommended go as early possible from Aguas Calientes we walk or take bus to Machu Picchu, there are a surprise with the sun over the mountains, we will have a guided tour for all the Archaeological Site, then we will have free time to explore the city, maybe to climb the Wayna Picchu or visit the moon temple. Afternoon come dawn back to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco (18:45 pm) arriving to Cusco hotel 11 pm approx.
- Private transport from Cusco to Cachora trail head
- Transport from la Playa to Santa Teresa and the hydroelectric station (for all camping and personal luggage)
- One way Bus tickets up / down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Dinner in Aguas Calientes
- Entrance fees to Choquequirao
- Entrance fees to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
- Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
- High quality camping equipment, tents 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 8 kg)
- Emergency horse over 9 persons First-aid kit and oxygen bottle
- Sleeping bag
- Inflatable mattresses
- Walking stick
- Lunch on the last day in Machu Picchu
- Backpack with rain shelter.
- Sleeping back.
- 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).
- Woolen or synthetic socksand a sweater.
- Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
- Rainponcho cold and sun 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), a flash light and batteries.
- Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
- Original passport, original ISIC student card
- Extra money in soles (s/ 400.00 soles) emergency case and tips.
- Since the weather can be very cold and mostly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.
- An extra horse to carry your personal items: US$ 20.00 Per Day. A horse can carry up to 30 kg.
- Sleeping bag rent: US$ 5.00 Per Day. Our sleeping bags are –18ºC-comfort (0ºF) and mummy form and include a sleeping liner.
- Walking stick lightweight aluminum ($2.00 per day, per stick) two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
- Thermarest inflatable mattress - $4 per trip day
- Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share a tent) $25.00 per person
- Aguas Calientes Extra Day Upgrade Package (optional): This package provides clients the opportunity to stay in Aguas Calientes for an extra night: Price: USD $40 Per Night.
Price: $1000.00 per person(Group Services)
To open a NEW "FIXED DEPARTURES DATE IN A PRIVATE SERVICE"
We only need 2 paxs
2 person group US$ 1250.00 each
3 to 4 person group US$ 1100.00 each
5 to more person group US$ 1000.00 each
To book any tour/trek through with Choquequirao Trek, we do require a $200 deposit per person. PayPal does charge us a fee of 7% which we ask the client to cover. This does add $14 to each deposit, so a total of $214. This taxes is just for deposits, the remaining, you will pay in cash(briefing day) without taxes.