Choquequirao – Machupicchu 9D/8N

Choquequirao is the second most important archeological site in Cusco. It has a connection with the last Inca cities of Vilcabamba and with Machu Picchu and is in the middle of different Inca roads that traverse all of the Inca empire. We can see on our journey, various villagers who live in all of the area of Yanama, as well as glaciers, valleys and mines of silver and lead from the past that were being exploiting until just a few years ago. You must join us on this unforgettable adventure.

PROGRAM CHOQUEQUIRAO – MACHUPICCHU
LENGTH 09 DAYS – 08 NIGHTS
AVAILABILITY March to December
ACTIVITY TYPE CULTURAL/ECOLOGICAL/ADVENTURE
DIFFICULTY EASY – MODERATE.
CODE APMS 005

DAY 1:CUSCO – CACHORA – CHIQUISCA.

We leave the city of Cusco at 6:00 in the morning, in the direction of the village of Cachora, (2850msnm) from where we begin our trek. We trek for around 3 hours until the place called Capuliyoc, where we can see in the distance the archaelogical site of Choquequiraw, in the canyon of APURIMAC where we take our lunch. Afterwards, we continue our descent for about 3 hours more to our campsite at Chiquisá (1950msnm).

MEALS: Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2: CHIQUISCA – CHOQUEQUIRAO

After breakfast, very early, we return to the trek, descending until the Puente Rosarinas where we cross the Apurímac river to begin the ascent to our first rest stop, Santa Rosa. Here we can enjoy chicha de caña (cambray) and after continue climbing until the small village of Maranpata where we will have lunch with a beautiful view. Afterwards, we continue to our campsite at Choquequirao (2850msnm). If the tourists feel they have energy, they can visit the archaelogical site in the afternoon, where they can see the sunset and have the first explanation, later descending to the campsite.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO – PINCHIHUNUYOC.

In the morning, we begin our ascent again to the construction to make a second visit and to see this site completely which is larger than Machu Picchu and is only about 35% restored. We can visit other sectors such as the sector of the llamas which we find about 20 minutes from the main part of the complex, as well as the last works of restoration that have been made.

Later, we have our lunch and continue ascending to the pass (3250msnm) from where we then descend to our campsite, Pinchihunuyoc (2500msnm).

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: PINCHIHUNUYOC – MAIZAL

On this fourth day, we continue our descent to the river Blanco (1950msnm), then we begin climbing for 3 or 4 hours more to the campsite of Maizal (3050msnm). For a stretch, this trek is a switchback enjoying a beautiful landscape. This day is short so we can relax a little, and have a free afternoon until the next day.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: MAIZAL – PASAO VICTORIA – YANAMA

This day will be the most scenic. After breakfast, we continue our ascent to the Victoria silver and lead mines which were being used until recently. Arriving at the Victoria pass (4075msnm), we can appreciate what may be the best view, of all the chain of mountains belonging to the Vilcabamba range. It is very common to see condors in this area. And below is the Yanama valley… later we continue down for 2 hours until our campsite at (3500msnm).

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: YANAMA – COLLPAPAMPA

Today will longer than the others, and we will also ascend to the highest point of our trek, crossing the pass at Yanama (4575msnm) arriving here after a walk of about 4 hours. From here, we descend enough to arrive at our lunch spot, Pucara, and later continue walking about 3 hours more until our campsite at Collpapampa (2850msnm). On this route, we can appreciate the change in the ecology, from the mountain range to the subtropical forest. On this day too, we will walk 7 hours without seeing many tourists but at Collpapampa we will encounter more trekkers as this point meets point with those trekking the Salkantay trail. But always we make our trek with only our group.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: COLLPAPAMPA – LA PLAYA –SANTA TERESA.

This day will be the one of the easiest, as we will walk 5 hours on a more flat trail, without much climbing. We are trekking into warmer, more humid, weather. Along this trek, we can see a beautiful waterfall, fruit trees and coffee plantations. We arrive at la Playa (2100msnm) where we will have our lunch and later take a transport to the village of Santa Teresa, where we can go to relax in the thermal baths of Cocalmayu, the most beautiful in all of Peru. We will make our campsite in the village of Santa Teresa.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: SANTA TERESA – HIDROLECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES

Today, we will walk 3 hours along the sides of the Urubamba river to arrive at the hydroelectrical plant of Machu picchu where we will have our lunch. Afterwards, we continue walking for 10 more kilometers along the train tracks to arrive at Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a basic hostal with a hot shower. Dinner tonight will be in a restaurant. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: MACHU PICCHU

On this day, we will leave very early to take the first bus to Machu Picchu which leaves at 5:30 so that we can be at the citadel early to see the sun rise. In this place, we will have a thorough explanation of the Inca construction, at a time where there will be the least number of people. Later, many more people from the city of Cusco will arrive. We can also secure our entry to the mountain of Waynapichu from where we can appreciate Machu Picchu from a different vantage point. Later, we will again descend to the pueblo of Aguas Calientes to take our return train to Cusco, and then return you to your hotel. End of our services. Meals: Breakfast (in the hotel)

IMPORTANT NOTES

The time of hiking will depend on the group. The guide can change the places for having lunch and camping according to the physical condition of the group.

Each guide has his own way of leading his groups but always his decisions will be for the benefit of the tourists. • If you would like an extra night in Aguas Calientes please let us know at the time of your reservation so that we do not have problems with your return train tickets.

CHOQUEQUIRAO. This is an adventure tour that we must enjoy, to the maximum with good weather or, if not, always we must have an open mind, a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.

INCLUDED:

  • An explanation two days before departing
  • Tranport in private bus to the start of the trek
  • Transfer to your hotel on return
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Meals according to the program (Vegetarian available)
  • Boiled water on all days for your bottles
  • Snacks before trekking
  • Camping tents for 2 and 4 persons depending on the requirements
  • Camping equipment, dining tents, kitchen, tables, chairs
  • Cook and assistent cook
  • Kitchen/eating utensils
  • Pack animals (mules and horses) to carry the baggage and equipment
  • Emergency horse
  • Wranglers to care for the pack animals
  • Professional guide who speaks English, Spanish and Quechua
  • Assistant guide for groups larger than 8 people
  • Entrance tickets to Choquequirao
  • Last night celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes in a restaurant
  • Entrance into Machu Picchu
  • Bus up to and back down from Machupicchu
  • Return train ticket to Cusco
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom and hot water
  • First aid equipment and oxygen tank
  • Dinner the last day.in aguas calientes.
  • Entrances to hot springs
  • Transport from la playa to santa teresa.
  • Transport to the hot springs.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Breakfast the first day.
  • lunch the last day.
  • Tips for personnel: guide, cook, wranglers (according to their job)
  • Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office).
  • If you would like to rent an additional horse, the cost is $10 per day.

WHAT TO BRING ON THE TREK

  • 1 small nylon reinforced backpack to carry the things you need for the trek (camera, drinks, etc.)
  • 1 large backpack or suitcase to keep the things you don‘t need in your hotel in Cusco until you return from your trek
  • Sleeping bag good for -5°C (which can be rented in Cusco)
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries
  • 1 water bottle (1 liter) or a small plastic throw away bottle
  • Hiking boots
  • Tennis shoes
  • 1 jacket (of nylon with hood and water and wind resistant)
  • 1 Fleece Jacket
  • 1 pair of gloves and hat of wool (they can be bought during your trip)
  • 3 or 4 short sleeved shirts (preferably “dryfit” that don’t retain water)
  • 2 pairs of shorts such as bermudas.
  • Socks: 4 pairs of wool and 4 of fiber (coolmax) for the trek (avoid cotton as these can retain water)
  • 1 sun hat and sunglasses
  • Personal medications and toiletries in small containers
  • Sunscreen for your skin and lips
  • Insect repellent
  • Moisturizer lotion to avoid the drying out of the skin
  • Bathing suit for the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes

OPTIONAL

  • Heated sleeping mat
  • Sleeping bags which can be rented in the office for $5 per day and good for – 10°C.
  • Professional walking sticks can be rented in the office for $2 per day
  • Energy foods: chocolates, granola bars, dried fruits, etc. (they can be purchased in Cusco. 2010 Prices Choquequirao to Machu Picchu 9 days / 8 nights – if you are interested in trekking for 8 days / 7 nights, you can write to us for the prices.
  • If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour, letting us know which date you wish to leave, and you must make your reservation a week ahead of time so that we can organize your tour.
  • If you wish to go with other people, we can let you know what dates are available and you can join an existing group.
  • Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions DISCOUNTS
  • Students: $20 U.S. (only for students who have a current international student card (ISIC card)
  • Children: $20 U.S. (minors of 16 years with proof of passport)

2017 Prices Choquequirao to Machu Picchu 9 days / 8 nights

if you are interested in trekking for 8 days / 7 nights, you can write to us for the prices.

Number of People 2 3 4 5-6 7 or more
Price per person in $ $ 1255 $ 1120 $ 985 $ 890 $ 850

If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour and must let us know when you make your reservation
If you wish to go with other people, we can let you know what dates are available and you can join an existing group.
Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions

DISCOUNTS

Students: $30 U.S. (only for students who have a current international student card (ISIC card)
Children: $30 U.S. (minors of 16 years with proof of passport

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