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CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK 9 DAYS & 8 NIGHTS

The Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu offer you the visit to the archaeological site of Choquequirao is part of the complex system of Andean cities of the Vilcabamba valley. In the time of the Incas, it was united and in communication with Machu Picchu by a complete network of roads. Choquequirao is located in the foothills of the Sierra de Salcantay at 3035 masl, surrounded by the snowy Apus of Yanama, Ampay, Choquecarpu, Pumasillo and Panta on the right side of the Apurimac River. Choquequirao is an Inca city formed by small sites out in masonry that in its contiguous builds a complex metropolis similar to those of the other regions placed in the top of the hill of the same name Choquequirao.

From USD 1200

Type tour

Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture

Recommended

Those who enjoy hiking and are in good physical shape

Distance - Difficulty

122Km / 75.8 Miles Challenging

DETALLES DEL ITINERARIO

Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Chiquisca – Playa Rosalina

We pick you up at your hotel at 6am and take you with our private van to the village of Capuliyoc (3150msnm). During the trip that lasts about 4 hours, we can enjoy the first beautiful views of typical villages, valleys and snow-capped mountains. We found our porters and their horses that we loaded. There to the viewpoint of Capuliyoc, we take advantage of the great view on the Apurimac canyon and the snowy of Padreyoc (5571msnm), as well as the location of Choquequirao. Full of entusiasmo, we started our trek for a descent of about 3 hours and arrived at the town of Chiquisca to have lunch. After lunch we will take the hike downhill for a couple of hours to the village of Playa Rosalinas (1900msnm) where a delicious lunch awaits us. We enjoyed the tropical quiet of the place and spent the night. Meals: Lunch – Lunch – Dinner Accommodation: Camp Distance: 14 km Time: 5 hours approximately Difficulty: Easy

Day 2 : Playa Rosalinas - Marampata - Choquequiraro

At the beginning of the day we cross the river on a pedestrian bridge. From here we walk uphill for half a day until we reach Marampata, a small meadow where we have lunch. As we climb the steep path, we can appreciate the whole area of ​​the canyon, its vegetation and the environment that surrounds it. The afternoon hike will not be as steep as we approach the valley that houses the Choquequirao complex. We camp in a flat area near the archaeological site that we can explore just before sunset. Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Lunch – Dinner Accommodation: Camp Distance: 16 km Time: about 6 hours Difficulty: Easy

Day 3 : Choquequirao – Paso de Choquequirao - Río Blanco

Choquequirao means “Cradle of gold” in the Quechua language. It is another “lost city” that was rediscovered at the end of the previous century and excavation and restoration began in the 90s. Today, research continues and archaeologists discover new vestiges. Beautiful day! We will be astonished as the vast majority of visitors by a guided tour of this fascinating archaeological site. Choquequirao is scattered on both sides of the Apu Corihuayrachina spur and so far only 30% of the site has been brought to light. Then we need all morning to explore the place and to admire the different palaces, temples and ceremonial fountains, a great Usnu (ceremonial center) as well as the amazing agricultural terraces. With a little luck we will have the opportunity to see a condor. After lunch, we hike along the spur to the astonishing Choquequirao pass located at 3277m. From there we have a great view over the canyon and the surrounding mountains. Then we went down for a couple of hours to the white river (1990msnm), taking advantage of a visit of the archaeological remains of Pinchiunuyoc. We set up our camp next to the river and enjoyed our tropical lunch! Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Lunch – Dinner Accommodation: Camp Distance: 8 km Time: 2h Difficulty: Easy

Day 4 : Río Blanco - Maizal

After a delicious breakfast we crossed the river and started a long climb to the village of Maizal. Along the way we can marvel at the great diversity of microclimates, flora and fauna and great landscapes. We pause to have lunch and then we continue our walk until arriving at Maizal where we camp. Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Lunch – Dinner Accommodation: Camp Distance: 10 km Time: about 6 hours Difficulty: Difficult

Day 5 : Maizal - Paso de Victoria - Yanama

We left at 7am uphill for about 3 hours through the fog forest where we observed a great diversity of plants such begonias, orchids and wild flowers as well as various birds and butterflies. We passed through some ancient mines that were exploited for hundreds of years and visited. Then we follow a section of the original Inca trail that is well preserved and we walk through the Puna where Ichu reigns a type of Andean grass, until arriving at the first step of Victoria (4200 masl). There we had lunch while enjoying the splendor of the mountain range of Vilcabamba with the snowy Apus Pumacillo, Sacsara and Qoriwaynachina. In the afternoon we descend for about 2 hours and arrive at the charming Andean community of Yanama where we set up our camp. Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Lunch – Dinner Accommodation: Camp Distance: 16 km Time: 8h Difficulty: Difficult

Day 6 : Yanama - Totora - Colcapapampa

Today is a day of high mountain peaks; It is preferable to start walking early to appreciate the mountain range of glaciers that nature offers us. We ascend moderately to the second step, which is the highest point of our walk: the Yanama Pass (4670 masl). There we have a great view on the nearby snowy mountains and the valleys. After the passage we descend for 3 hours until we reach the community of Totora where we have lunch. Then we continue the walk down a couple of hours to the town of Colpapampa (2870msnm), place of our camp. Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Lunch – Dinner Accommodation: Camp Distance: 22 km Time: about 9 hours Difficulty: Difficult

Day 7 : Yanama - Totora - Colcapapampa

Today is a day of high mountain peaks; It is preferable to start walking early to appreciate the mountain range of glaciers that nature offers us. We ascend moderately to the second step, which is the highest point of our walk: the Yanama Pass (4670 masl). There we have a great view on the nearby snowy mountains and the valleys. After the passage we descend for 3 hours until we reach the community of Totora where we have lunch. Then we continue the walk down a couple of hours to the town of Colpapampa (2870msnm), place of our camp. Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Lunch – Dinner Accommodation: Camp Distance: 22 km Time: about 9 hours Difficulty: Difficult

Day 8 : Llactapata - Hidroeléctrica - Aguas Calientes

After breakfast we visit the interesting vestiges of Llactapata. It was rediscovered by the professor and archaeologist Hiram Bingham, the same one who rediscovered Machu Picchu. Only the Ministry of Culture began its restoration. Then we went down for about 2 hours to the Hidroeléctrica where we had lunch. Afterwards, we will continue the trekking along the railway line, crossing the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, to reach the town of Aguas Calientes. If we have time, we can visit the hot springs that are very good for muscle aches. In the evening we enjoyed our celebration dinner and stayed in a hotel with a hot shower! Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner Accommodation: Hotel Machu Picchu and Presidente Distance: 14 km Time: about 9 hours Difficulty: Moderate

Day 9 : Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Early in the morning (before dawn) we take a bus to the citadel of Machu Picchu (the bus is included in the price) so you can appreciate this famous city with sunrise and before the crowd arrives. Then you will have a 2.5 hour tour to Machu Picchu with your guide and after your tour you can explore the ruins on your own, walk to Puerta del Sol or climb the Wayna Picchu. In the afternoon, you will have to return to Aguas Calientes to take the Expedition train from 4.22pm to Ollantyatambo and the agency’s private vehicle to your hotel in Cusco. Food: Breakfast Difficulty: Easy

INCLUDED

  • Pre-departure information.
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer by private transport to Cachora – Capulioc (starting point of the trek).
  • High quality camping equipment (professional tent, Doite Cima 4, for 2 people)
  • One mat per person.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Professional Guide (2 guides for groups of more than 10 people)
  • Cook and kitchen equipment.
  • Charge animals (to carry camping tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 4.
  • Load animals to carry the personal equipment, up to a maximum of 7 kg per person (including mat and sleeping bag) – day 1 to 3.
  • Meals (3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches 3 Dinners).
  • Vegetarian menus are available at no extra cost.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Entrance ticket to Choquequirao.
  • All guided tours described in the itinerary – Group services.

NOT INCLUIDED

  • Breakfast on the first day, and dinner on the last day.
  • Sleeping bag Walking poles Snacks. Travel insurance.
  • Arts of personal trekking.
  • Tips.
  • Extra expenses arising from itinerary changes or other causes of force majeure or other circumstances beyond the control of Choquequirao Trek.

WHAT YOU SHOULD TAKE FOR THIS TOUR

  • Backpack, sleeping bag. Strong, comfortable shoes.
  • A complete change of clothes. Sweater and jacket (something warm).
  • Water bottle .
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Hat or cap to protect the sun, sun block (sun protection cream), insect repellent. Toiletries, towels and toilet paper. Selection of snacks, chocolate, nuts, biscuits, etc.
  • Camera, lots of movies and spare batteries. Swimwear . If you have any questions about the private service to Choquequirao and Huanipaca, Please contact our staff for more detailed information.

Booking Form

Go to the booking page and fill out our booking form.You make a person fill out the form for the group, so be sure to book all together. Have your passport ready, that is important for us that you enter all your information details.

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