Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 8D/7N

8 DAYS - 7 NIGHTS
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Description

When faced with the Spanish invasion, Inka rebels lead by Manco Inka II travelled to the Vilcabamba mountain range, using it as their last hiding place during the resistance, and staying hidden for almost 40 years. The site of Choquequirao was possibly used by this last Inka dynasty. The Archaeological parks of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu are located in a chain of mountains dominated by the Apu (Sacred Mountain) Salkantay, linked by a spectacular trail full of history, geography, flora and fafauna.The scenery will take your breath away. This alternative Inka trail, it’s necessary to be in good shape, as the walk is classified as CHALLENGING, this includes steep climbs, long descents and high mountain passes over 4600 m/ 15091 f. The path takes us over muddy and rocky terrain. The best time of year to visit this area is between the months of March and November; is it mainly dry, the nights are cold (0ºC / 32ºF), and the solar radiation is strong during the day (25ºC / 77ºF). We also operate during the rainy season as we have the equipment to face an adverse climate.

Included

  • Private tourist transportation Cuzco – Cachora
  • Professional Guide
  • Sleeping bag per person (-10 ºC – Eureka – Cimarron – mummy form, our sleeping bags are cleaned after every use)
  • Sleeping liner
  • Pillow
  • Inflatable sleeping pad (Therma Rest)
  • Cook and assistant
  • Cooking equipment
  • Snacks
  • Daily tea service
  • Dining equipment including chairs and tables (Travel Chair)
  • Cooking, eating and bathroom (The Pett) tents
  • Portable environmental toilet (The Pett)
  • Food (6 breakfast, 7 lunch, 7 dinner) – nutritionally balanced menu
  • Vegetarian menu at no extra cost
  • Two person tents (3-people capacity tent used as doubles – Eureka – K2 XT – 4 seasons)
  • Single tents available for extra cost
  • Mule-handlers
  • Mules
  • Saddled horse (for every 6 passengers there is one saddled horse)
  • One Peru Eco Camp kit of 100% biodegradable products (toiletries)
  • First-aid kit
  • Emergency oxygen bottle
  • Peru Eco Camp water resistant duffel bag for carrying personal stuff (on loan)
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Train ticket Hydroelectric – Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Round trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo
  • Private tourist transportation Ollanta – Cuzco

Not Included

  • Not mentioned meals
  • Evacuation expenses
  • Optional tip for field staff

What to Bring

  • Water-resistant trekking shoes and sandals
  • Warm clothing (thermal underwear, fleece, hat, gloves, socks)
  • Waterproof clothing (poncho)
  • Synthetic or cotton clothing (socks, trousers, shorts, t-shirts)
  • Sunhat and sunglasses ( a Baseball cap,wide brimmed hat or Boonie cap Style).
  • Sun tan lotion and insect repellent
  • Water bottles equivalent to a Nalgene bottle
  • Basic medications
  • Walking sticks
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Personal items
  • Personal snacks
  • Previous acclimatization in Cusco city, for at least 2 days and general good health.
  • Peru Eco Camp, offers easy one day and half day routes which can be completed before the main trek
  • Original Passport

Itinerary

1

Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chichisca

We will leave the city of Cusco early heading northwest, towards the Apurimac region. We cross the pampa of Anta or Yawarpampa (“Blood pampa” – so called because of the fierce battle that took place here between the Inkas and the Chankas, from which the Inka Cusi Yupanqui, later known as Pachacutek, emerged victorious). Then we cross over the mountains to access the Limatambo valley, we follow the Apurimac River to the town of Curahuasi which is known for its famous aniseed liquor. An omissible site to visit is the enigmatic Saywite rock, possibly a representation of the Andean Kay Pacha. We continue on our route, which brings us to the town of San Pedro de Cachora, and the trail head Capuliyoc lookout, where we will have a spectacular view of the Apurimac Canyon and of Choquequirao. After a snack and a short rest, we will begin our descent to a place called Cocamasana where we will have lunch. We continue our descent, crossing through a forest of native trees, named Phati ,full of bromeliads and spectacular flora. We will arrive at the campsite of Chikiska, which has toilets, facilities, and cold showers. Dinner will be served and we will stay overnight.

Meals: Lunch and dinner will be served.

  • Maximum Altitude: 2900 m / 9514 f
  • Minimum Altitude: 1836 m/ 6024 f
  • Distance Travelled: 19 km / 11.80 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6 hr.

2

Day 2: Chikiska – Choquequirao

We will leave early in the morning to avoid the blazing midday sun. We will descend to the Apurimac River to cross over the Playa Rosalinda bridge. Here our climb to Choquequirao begins. We pass by Santa Rosa, where we will meet our good friend Julian, who owns the agricultural land and a small shop where we can buy anything from water to rehydrating drinks. We will continue uphill until we reach Marampata. At this point we are getting close to Choquequirao. We will have lunch here and rest, enjoying the wonderful view of the Apurimac River and Choquequirao, then we will continue on a path of short uphill and downhill sections until we arrive at the check point and campsite. Dinner will be served and we will spend the night at the camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Maximum Altitude: 3061 m / 10,043 f
  • Minimum Altitude: 1836 m/ 6,024 f
  • Distance Travelled: 14 km / 8.69 ml
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 hr.

3

Day 3: Choquequirao

After a good rest and a delicious breakfast, we will have the whole day to explore the ruins of Choquequirao, visiting the principal complex for around 6 hours. We will then return to the campsite to have lunch, and later on in the afternoon, we will visit the lower part of the complex. Dinner will be served and we will spend the night at the camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

4

Day 4: Choquequirao – Maizal

After an early breakfast, we reach the top of Choquequiraw. There will be spectacular views of the main part of Choquequiraw and the canyon. Then we will continue our walk towards Pinchiunuyoq. We will see small remains of agriculture terraces before we arrive to Rio Blanco. Then we will cross the river and climb up to Maizal through the native woods where we have the chance to observe a large variety of birds. Dinner will be served at the camp and we will stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Maximum Altitude: 3012 m / 9881 f
  • Minimum Altitude: 1500 m/ 4921 f
  • Distance Travelled: 9.70 km / 6.20 ml
  • Approximate Walking Time: 7 hr.

5

Day 5: Maizal – High pass Mina Victoria – Yanama

We leave our campsite and continue uphill crossing a beautiful forest of native trees on a stone path before arriving at the high-pass Mina Victoria, where we will have a spectacular view of the Cordillera of the snow-capped peaks of Choqetacarpo and Pumasillo. Afterwards we will descend to our lunch spot and after a brief rest, we will continue onto the community of Yanama, where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Maximum Altitude: 4,200 m/ 13,779 f
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,800 m/ 12,467 f
  • Distance Travelled: 8 km / 4.97 ml
  • Approximate Walking Time: 7 hr.

6

Day 6: Yanama – Apacheta Pass – Machu Picchu

This will be a big day. We will depart early in our transport and drive up to Yanama high-pass. In route we will be able to appreciate a beautiful contrast of ecological levels as we arrive in the Puna, a spectacular view of the snowcapped mountain of Salkantay, afterwards we will descend into the Totora River Valley. Later on, we will arrive at the river towards at the point where both rivers meet (the Totora River and Santa Teresa River), then we will follow it downstream. Exuberant vegetation and beautiful waterfalls will be seen during our drive to reach the train station at the Hydroelectric plant. We will then take our train to Machu Picchu. Accommodation in the chosen hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Maximum Altitude: 4,600 m / 15091 f
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,088 m / 6850 f
  • Distance Travelled: 8.32 km / 11.38 ml
  • Approximate driving Time: 5 hr.

7

Day 7: Tour of Machu Picchu – Cusco

Early this morning we take the bus from the town of Machu Picchu to the archaeological site. We will have the option to climb up the Huayna Picchu mountain, which is difficult, but rewards us with spectacular and different views, it is even possible to see the Apu Salkantay. The tour of Machu Picchu will allow us to understand what a high level of development the Andean civilization achieved under the Incas. A supreme religious site, Machu Picchu demonstrates the superior knowledge achieved in astronomy and astrology. This knowledge is indispensable for measuring weather cycles (rainy and dry seasons) through the solstices, for the development of agricultural activity; the primary means of survival in the Andes. We will try to spend as long as possible in the archaeological complex, depending upon what time our train leaves to return to the city of Cuzco.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

  • Maximum Altitude: 2,437 m/ 7,995 f
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,070 m/ 6,791 f
  • Distance Travelled: 150 km / 93 ml

8

Day 8: Cusco – Home

Depending of your flight schedule we will transfer you to the airport where we part as friends and our services sadly end.

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