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Considered one of the last refuges of the Incas, located in the top of a mountain almost 3,350 m. and surrounded by Salkantay and Humantay.
Choquequirao or Choquequiraw means “cradle of gold” in the language of the Incas (Quechua), although this is probably not its original name. “Lost City of the Incas” this remote and mysterious archaeological site preserves its architecture.
During this adventure you will have the company of our team of professionals in adventure trails: professional guides, cooks and porters experienced and also have the support of carriers and their mules.
This expedition will take you to two of the most important archaeological sites in Peru, Cusco: Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
Altitude during the travel
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It is necessary the acclimatization in Cusco, one or two days before starting the journey. For a good acclimatization is necessary to rest as much as possible, eat little, drink plenty of fluids; especially coca tea, that has healing and digestive properties. A proper acclimatization, avoid being affected by the “soroche” or altitude sickness, which can cause numerous health discomfort.
Route Options: Choquequirao – Machu Picchu
- Choquequirao Machu Picchu 9 Days / 8 Nights
- Choquequirao Machu Picchu 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Choquequirao 4 Days / 3 Nights
Inca Trail Choquequirao – Machu Picchu 9 Days / 8 Nights
|Acclimatization||1 – 2 Days in Cusco|
|Total Distance||115 km / 71,5 miles|
Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquiska
Day 2: Chiquiska – Choquequirao
Día 3: Choquequirao – Pinchaunuyoc
Day 4: Pinchaunuyoc – Maizal
Day 5: Maizal – Yanama
Day 6: Yanama – Totora
Day 7: Totora – Playa
Day 8: Playa – Aguas Calientes
Day 9: Aguas Calientes – Cusco
Day 01 Cusco (3,300 m) – Cachora (2,850 m) – Chiquiska (1,800 m)
Early in the morning we will pick you at your hotel in our private car to take you to the village of Cachora (2,850 m / 9,350 ft) on a scenic journey for an approximate time of 4 hours, where we meet our horsemen who accompany us throughout the tour. We started our trek for approximately 2 hours towards the Abra Kapuliyoq (2,800 m / 9,186 ft), where we will have the first amazing view of the deep valley of the Apurimac River and the snow-capped peaks that surround this place, here we can have a little break to continue our journey, descending about 3 hours to take us to our first camp in Chiquiska (1,930 m / 6,332 ft).
Day 02 Chiquiska – Choquequirao (3,033 m)
After enjoying our breakfast we start our descent for a period of 1 hour to get to Playa Rosalina (1,495 m / 4,905 ft), on the way to appreciate the magnificent scenery of the Apurimac Canyon, Playa Rosalina pass the suspension bridge of the Apurimac River. From here we will begin to climb the canyon will be a long hard road for approximately 4 hours to our lunch spot in the town of Marampata (2,850 m / 9,350 ft) from here we will have a beautiful view of Choquequirao, then continue walking towards the archaeological site of Choquequirao (3,033 m / 9,951 ft). We arrive just in time to enjoy the incredible sunset over the snowy peaks before enjoying a delicious dinner and a deserved rest in our camp.
Day 03 Choquequirao – Pinchaunuyuc (2,450 m)
After breakfast, we will have a good time to enjoy the archaeological complex. Can appreciate houses, terraces and other parts of this impressive Inca citadel. We will also have the opportunity to see the progress of the excavations and some unexplored areas. After lunch we walk through Choquequirao, to head to our next camp. We follow the old water channel before our 3 hour hike to the ruins of Pinchaunuyoc, discovered in 1998. We walk through the cloud forest to an open meadow with beautiful views of the mountains and the valley Pinchaunuyoc. Pinchaunuyoc ruins are something very special, because suddenly appear, almost invisible in the cloud forest, covered by a thick layer of moss and vegetation. Overnight here in an ancient Inca terrace.
Day 04 Pinchaunuyoc – Maizal (3,500 m)
This morning we will walk through an interesting vegetation known as the Andean dry forest in which trees and plants look totally different from the ones we saw in earlier days. After a few hours of walking, we arrive at Victoria River, here take the opportunity to take a break and enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool, clear waters. Then we will walk across the river to cross it and start a long and steep walk to where we camp tonight in Maizal, high above the river close to the sacred Inca Apu. During our ascent, we will take a rest in the shade of some small trees and other plants that we find along the way. Lunch at Maizal and then enjoy a deserved rest. Maizal is probably the nicest place to camp for our entire trip. From here we can see the 3 valleys and spectacular snow. It is a good place to relax and think.
Day 05 Maizal – Yanama (3,520 m)
We leave our camp in Maizal and head towards the Paso San Juan. Again awaits us great hiking. This time, in a beautiful and impressive area, first on the cloud forest and then over Andean Puna, where we find a really good grass known as “icchu”. We will rest near the Victoria mines, where the flashes on the stones will reveal the high degree of concentration of minerals and metals existing in the area. On our walk through the Puna we walk on very well preserved Inca Trail, with its classic zigzag shape. Before starting the descent towards Yanama-a small settlement in a valley surrounded by mountains, we have lunch at 4,000 m / 13,123 ft with beautiful mountain view Choquetakarpo.
Will camp and have dinner in Yanama.
Day 06 Yanama – Totora (3,700 m)
We will continue from Yamana, through the valley to the highest point of our tour, Yamana Pass (4,800 m / 15,748 ft). On the way enjoy a spectacular view of the snowy Sacsarayoc and have the opportunity to see the condors flying. In passing, we may have to walk on snow and descent will be a long walk on lawns. On our way towards the community of Totora we will pass by areas of trees and cross small wooden bridges.
We overnight in Totora (3,700 m / 12,150 ft).
Day 07 Totora – Playa (2,320 m)
We will descend 200 meters through changing vegetation to a warmer camp in the village of La Playa (2,320 m / 7,612 ft). This tour will take us about 7 hours walking. Along the way we see small waterfalls where we can take a refreshing swim. As the climate and vegetation will change, we will have the opportunity to see a variety of birds and orchids. La Playa is the biggest village on the way. Here we will see plantations of coffee and bananas.
Dinner and camp at La Playa.
Day 08 Playa – Llactapata (2,650 m) – Aguas Calientes (2,160 m)
This day we will go from the village of La Playa to the hydroelectric plant on the Urubamba River. In the morning we will trek on a newly opened section of the Inca Trail. This road was originally used to transport agricultural products to the population in Machu Picchu and take us through an area of coffee plantations and subtropical fruit crops. Suddenly on the way we will encounter a dense forest, full of trees covered with a thick layer of moss. Then we will see for the first time the impressive Machu Picchu on a mountain in the distance of the valley. After 10 minutes of walking we reach Llactapata for lunch and enjoy a restful sleep. From here, enjoy a beautiful view of the mountains and Machu Picchu. Then we will walk along the river to the hydroelectric plant Urubamba. Here you can visit the Intihuatana while we wait for the train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, we will receive assistance and support to hotel.
Day 09 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (2,490 m) – Cusco
This day we will take the bus from Aguas Calientes to the entrance of Machu Picchu. We begin our tour of the most important archeological site areas and our guide will talk about the importance of this citadel as a religious and astronomical center. We will spend the day in this amazing place and have the opportunity to climb Huayna Picchu or visit the Temple of the Moon(not included in tour). Then we went by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch. In the afternoon take a train back to Cusco, where we wait for our driver with a private car to take you to your hotel in Cusco (arrival at night).
- Briefing where our guide will explain about the walk and give us the maps.
- Additional guidance for groups over 9 people.
- Experienced cook in treks.
- Assistant cook for groups over 9 people.
- Horses that carry camping equipment and food.
- Food along the way: 8x breakfast, 8x lunch, 8x dinner.
- Vegetarian option is free, only inform us in advance, please.
- First aid kit.
- Oxygen bottle.
- Camping equipment: tents and mattresses.
- Kitchen equipment: kitchen tent, dining tent, kitchen utensils.
- Basic accommodation in Aguas Calientes.
- Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu.
- Guided Tour in Machu Picchu about 2 hours.
- Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, Expedition Service, hours: 16:22 hrs. or 18:20 hrs. or 21:50 hrs., depending on availability.
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco.
- Discount of USD $ 25.00 to students with internacional card – ISIC Card (you must send a copy of the card when you book your tour).).
- Ticket to Huayna Picchu: USD $ 65.00.
- 1 Extra horse (14 kg) for assintance with your personal luggage: USD $ 200.00. the extra porter can be shared by 2 people.
- Rent an extra horse to ride when tired USD $ 200.00
- Additional mat: USD $ 45.00.
- Additional tent: USD $ 35.00.
- Sleeping bag: USD $ 45.00 per person.
- Baton x 01: USD $ 15.00 per person.
- Service Vistadome: USD $ 30.00. Return 13:37 hrs. – 15:48 hrs. – 17:23 hrs., subject to availability.
- If you want to extend your stay in Aguas Calientes (the town just below Machu Picchu, contact us for hotel’s prices, please).
Phone: + 51-84-226034
Cell Phone: + 51-944242767 + 51-998898999
Address: Av. Pachacutec 608, Wanchaq – Cusco – Perú