Choquequirao Trek To Machu Picchu 8 Days

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu

DESCRIPTION:

Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu is the place where you will discover the great citadel of the last inca kings and also you will reach the opportunity to enjoy the beatiful ecosystem, mountains, Apurimac river, animals and plants, of mountains and jungle. 



DAY 1: CUSCO-CACHORA-CHIQUISCA

We will leave Cusco early in the morning at about 5:30 am. after we will head for the little village Cachora (2850m/9350f), a nice place surrounded by beautiful mountains and the majestic glacier Padreyoc (5571m/18278f). Here, we will also meet our horsemen who will accompany us during the trip. After having passed the overlooking Capuliyoc (2800m/9186f), we will continue descending to our campsite called Chiquisca (1930m/6332f).
Climate:warm
Hiking time: Approximately 6 hours

DAY 2: CHIQUISCA-PLAYA ROSALINA-MARAMPATA-CHOQUEQUIRAO

After breakfast, we will descend to La Playa Rosalina (1550m/4921f) and then climb up to the village of Marampata (2850m/9350f). From here, we will have a nice view of the archeological complex of Choquequirao (3033m/9951f). If we are lucky, we will even see a condor flying at nightfall. Our camping site in Choquequirao is about 25 minutes from the ruins at 2950m/9678f.
Climate:both warm and cold
Hiking time: 7 hours

DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO-CHOQUEQUIRAO PASS-RIO BLANCO

At dawn, we will go to the citadel of Choquequirao (3033m/9950) called “Cuna de Oro” - the ‘Cradle of Gold’ - and enjoy the quietness at this place. Beyond, we will explore this archeological site, of which only 30 % is restored, in more detail: we will visit the section of the palaces, the liturgic fountains, the temple of the high priest, the section of the llamas and the Ushnu. After, our trek continues towards the pass of Choquequirao (3270m/10728f) and passes the archeological site of Pinchaunuyoc (2450m/8038f). Finally, we will head down to the deepest point of the small canyon known as Río Blanco (1900m/6234f) or Río Silvestre where our camping site is situated.
Climate: warm with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 6 hours br

DAY 4: RIO BLANCO-MAIAL-SAN JUAN PASS-YANAMA

Due to the ecosystem’s constant changes, this day is both the most ardous and the most spectacular one. In Maizal (3000m/9843f) we will have a short break to catch some breath and to enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape. Since the Inca trail in this region is not in good conditions during the rainy season, we ask you to watch your steps carefully. In San Juan (4170m/13681f) we will enjoy the beautiful view of the valleys, the mountains and the glaciers, from which some of the latter peak more than 5000m/16404f. Our camping place will be in the little village of Yanama (3530m/11581f).
Climate: warm and cold with mosquitoes 
Hiking time: 5 hours 

DAY 5: YANAMA-YANAMA PASS-TOTORA PAMPA

Early in the morning, we will head for the highest pass of this trip - Yanama (4670m). If we are lucky we will even see a condor flying. During the day, we will enjoy frequently the view of snow capped mountains such as Salkantay (6264m) and Pintuyu (5450m). Our camping place will be in the valley of Totora pampa (3200m).
Climate: warm with mosquitoes.
Hiking time: 8 hours

DAY 6: TOTORA PAMPA-LA PLAYA

In Totora pampa we will get the chance to meet Quechua-speaking Andean people who live from agriculture and cattle breeding. The vegetation on our way gets more and more bizarre and reveals its diversity of orchids, bromelains and other plants. We will also see some plantations for coffee, papaya, passion fruit and avocado. Our camping site will be in La Playa (2100m/6890f) or in Lucmabamba (2020m/6627f).
Note: According to the group’s whishes, it is possible to change the itinerary a bit and visit the hot springs in Santa Teresa (1830m/6004f) this day.
Climate: warm whit mosquitoes
Hiking time: 7 hours

DAY 7: LA PLAYA-LLACTAPATA-HIDROELECTRICA-AGUAS CALIENTES

Our journey starts early in the morning. First, we will follow the Inca Trail to Llactapata (2650m/8694f). This archeologic site is situated amidst a bizarre vegetation and offers an exceptional view of the mountain Machu Picchu. Our trek continues towards the hydroelectric station (1950m/6398f) from where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes (2050m/6726f). In Aguas Calientes we will spend the night in a hotel.
Climate: warm  
Hiking time: 6 hours 

DAY 8: AGUA CALIENTE-MACHU PICCHU-CUSCO

Waking up early we'll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We'll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you'll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you'll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
Climate: moderate warm
Hiking time: 02 hours

INCLUDED
  • Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to the town of Cachora
  • Transport from la Playa to Santa Teresa and the hydroelectric station (for all camping and personal luggage)
  • Train from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes
  • Bus up and 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 (Machu Picchu, continental or similar)
  • 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 (We use professional tents, Doite, Model Kailas 3, extra light/4.5kgs and Doite, Model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kgs, both 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 7kg)
  • Emergency horse
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle

DOES NOT INCLUDE
  • Sleeping bag (If you don’t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of lending one)
  • Lunch on the last day in Machu Picchu
  • Tips
WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE
  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries
RESERVE