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Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu
Choquequirao
Machu Picchu
Trek Tour Duration 07 Days

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu

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Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu map and itinerary
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This is one of the many trails crossing the amazing Andes mountain range. As such, it was featured in traveling magazines and is being considered one of the top ten hikes in the world for its biodiversity and wildlife. Most of the trail passes through the Andes and then touches the jungle where we will see local fruit plantations.

On this trip we, offer selective and exclusive service. Members of our staff are trained and ready for all activities to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. This is one of the luxuries we have to offer - expert guides, rated as such by our clients.

This expedition will take you to two of the major archaeological sites in the Cusco area: CHOQUEQUIRAO and MACHU PICCHU. Both cities were considered towns of nobles and priestesses, and you will get the chance to know about the legends and treasures left by them through time on these majestic mountains. These towns mark the beginning and end of the Incan society. Both cities were abandoned by the Incas before their conquerers could follow them there and then later found by explorers on expeditions in the Andes. Come on this trek and feel the real adventure of nature that is still untouched! During the trek, you will be able to experience hiking on the trail of one of the oldest world cultures.

Choquequirao is situated in the spurs of the mountain range of Salkantay at 3035 MASL – 9957 FASL, surrounded by the snowcapped Apus of Yanama, Ampay, Choquetacarpo, Pumasillo, and Panta on the right side of Apurimac river. Choquequirao is an Incan town consisting of many small sites which form a complex metropolis placed on the crest of the mountain called Choquequirao.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Cusco | Cachora - Playa Rosalina (Apurimac River)

Distance : 22 km – 13.6 miles
Climate : Warm
Hiking time : 7 hours
We will start our lives anew after this trek! Your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley provides breakfast, and then we will pick you up you and start the 5-hour car journey to the travelers crossing Cachora. Once there, we will meet the rest of team (horsemen, cooks, etc.). We then begin trekking uphill, crossing through the pass of Capuliyoc where we might see condors flying overhead! We will have a great view of the Apurimac Canyon and experience the valley’s lush microclimate. At our stopping point, we can see the location of Choquequirao from afar. Finally, we descend through a cactus forest to La Playa Rosalina on the banks of the Apurimac River, the main tributary of the Amazon River. Along the river, there is another microclimate. This first night, we will camp at La Playa Rosalina (1550 MASL – 5085 FASL).

DAY 2: Playa Rosalina | Maranpata - Choquequirao (Golden Cradle)

Distance : 14 km – 8.7 miles
Climate : Warm Day/Cold Night
Hiking time : 7 hours
After a hearty breakfast, you will be given a bag of snacks to nibble on throughout the day. The first part of our day consists of a 4-hour ascent on a long, narrow trail. Our adventure starts by crossing by cable car over the wild river which is surrounded by dense vegetation with several varieties of orchids. Halfway up, we stop for lunch at Maranpata, where we have our first main view of the Choquequirao complex. We then continue hiking 2 more hours to Choquequirao (Golden Cradle), which is considered the sister city of Machu Picchu because of its several similarities. It sits 1500 meters/4921 feet above the Apurimac Canyon, and Machu Picchu sits above the Urubamba Canyon. In the afternoon, you will have free time to take in the sunset views of the canyon – it is spectacular! Here, it is also possible to see Andean condors soaring in the mountains. We will camp near Choquequirao (3050 MASL – 10006 FASL).

DAY 3: Choquequirao | Choquequirao Pass - Rio Blanco - Maizal.

Distance : 18 km – 11.2 miles
Climate : Warm
Hiking time : 9 hours
Before breakfast, we recommend going to appreciate the magnificent sunrise from this picturesque spot! We will have breakfast at 6 AM.  We start today’s trek passing through and exploring the Choquequirao ruins. We hike uphill through cloud forest, mountains, and valleys to reach the Choquequirao pass. After 5 hours trekking, the trail continues through agricultural terraces called Pinchinoyoc which means “water jumping forward” (2750 MASL – 9022 FASL). There we will see different species of birds, varieties of orchids, and local coca plantations. We will have our lunch near the Rio Blanco. We use the break here to take a refreshing dip in the cold, clear river water if you would like. We cross the river by walking because there are no bridges. On the other side, we start the long, steep climb to our camp in Maizal high over the river and closer to the sacred Apus of the Incas. This climb takes about 3 hours. This is the most challenging day. We will camp at 3000 MASL – 9842 FASL.

DAY 4: Maizal | Minas Victoria - Yamana.

Distance : 17 km – 10.6 miles
Climate : Warm and windy day, Cold night
Hiking time : 8 hours
Waking up on the hillside with the sounds of the forest and birds is a truly great experience! Recharging our energy with a good breakfast and following the trail upward, the landscape is lush green vegetation. If we keep up our motivation and the gods give us a clear sky, we will be able to just sit and appreciate the snow-capped mountains around us. The uphill climb today is around 7 hours to the summit, and this trail is historically important due to some archaeological remains and Inca channels along the way. We will pass by the impressive Incan mines called Minas Victoria, from which silver used to be extracted. and head toward the Victoria Pass (4200 MASL – 13773 FASL). This is a long climb, but we will walk through an absolutely breath-taking area, first with cloud forest and then over the Andean Puna with its well-known Ichu grass. As we approach the top, we can appreciate original paved Inca trails. We will have lunch on the pass with views of the mountains Choquetakarpo and Pedrayoc. While we have lunch, we will hopefully be able to appreciate the flight of the condors, depending on the climate. Finally, we will descend to our campsite at Yamana, a small village settlement at the bottom of a long valley surrounded by mountains (3800 MASL – 12467 FASL).

DAY 5: Yamana | Mountain Range - Totora.

Distance : 20 km – 12.4 miles
Climate : Cold and Windy
Hiking time : 9 hours
The native community of Yamana surrounds the base camp. We begin another long day with the big smiles of local children, the sun is shining on camp ground, the noise of a grand waterfall, and breakfast on a table outside to appreciate everything around us. We then start hiking uphill to the highest pass in this trek (5 hours). This is Yamana pass (4700 MASL – 15419 FASL). During the day, it is common to observe the Andean farmers growing potatoes in their fields and possibly even some frozen potatoes. Again, the view will be amazing from here as we will be surrounded by the mountain ranges of Saqsarayoc and Pedreyoc. Once again, we have the chance to see condors flying about, and this morning’s smooth climb brings us through new landscapes - especially the wet grass fields under the snowline and water stream. In the pass, we may be walking through snow in a new entrance to the Santa Teresa Valley. Here, we can observe one of the Incan Gods – Salkantay Mountain. Afterward, we descend on a long, foggy path through grassy fields and bush areas, crossing bridges on the way to the community of Totora. We will spend the night in tents, surrounded by native people and indescribable natural beauty!

DAY 6: Totora | Cloud Forest – La Playa – Aguas Calientes.

Distance : 25 km – 15.5 miles
Climate : Warm
Hiking time : 10 hours
Today’s trek is more downhill, continuing along the original Inca trail in the forest to appreciate the depth of the jungle. Hiking will take 10 hours as we head back into the heat of the jungle to harvest some fruit as we descend to the Totora River. We will observe wildlife, such as hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and many species of orchids and begonias. We then take a trail on the left side of the Santa Teresa River where we will see small plantations of bananas, passion fruit, and coffee (which you can taste if you would like!). On the way, we will stop at small waterfalls along the way for refreshment. The climate and vegetation are very different here than on the other days of our trek. La Playa is the biggest village on the way as well first place with electricity, and here we will have lunch. There are also small shops here to buy snacks and water or use the restrooms. After lunch, we will drive a small van to Hidroelectrica for about 1 hour passing by Santa Teresa. We cross the river of Vilcanota and will have an excellent view of Machu Picchu and the Aobamba canyon from a different angle; another Inca trail can be seen here, as well. From Hidroelectrica, we hiking to Aguas Calientes for 3 hours. This last part of the trek is flat and surrounded by the mountains which house Machu Picchu. If you are tired, there is an optional train ride to Aguas Calientes (US $ 32.00) There is also the option to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes. We will spend the night in a hostel in town, which will have hot water, wi-fi, and comfortable beds for you.

DAY 7: Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Cusco.

Today’s Highlights: Your excitement for our rendezvous at Machu Picchu will rise as we are hiking early in the morning through the forest to reach the site before most other tourists – even the Inca Trail trekkers!! You will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint. Your group will learn about this mystical place in a two-hour guided tour of the ruins. Afterwards, you can opt to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain (if you have pre-booked tickets) or walk to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge (without extra tickets).
Today we arrive at the long-awaited finale of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu! We will wake up early after a refreshing night at our hotel to beat the crowds to the top of Machu Picchu and enjoy its serenity in the soft morning light. The Machu Picchu entrance check point is open from 06:00 AM until 17:00 PM. We will hike up to Machu Picchu (a bus ride is optional and included if you do not want to walk) and enter the hidden Royal Citadel of the Incas. Here we will have a 2-hour guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields. Be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas which was so far ahead of their time and still partially a mystery today! Without having modern tools or even steel and iron to work with, the people who built this city were genius in organizing this community in a sustainable and beautiful way on the side of a mountain, even bringing water in canals through its streets for the people to use. When a Peruvian guide showed this site to Hiram Bingham, it was almost unrecognizable, covered in thick vegetation and in a state of disrepair. It has since been cleaned and restored and is now protected and treasured by the world at large!

After this tour, you are free to climb up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (Be sure to book in advance to get tickets for these!). Each mountain takes approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Another lower-impact option for which you do not need an extra ticket is to trek to the Sun Gate, the main entrance from the Inca Trail (this takes about 2 or 2.5 hours round-trip). Another option is walking to see the Incan Bridge. You will be able to stay and enjoy this magical city for more than 7 hours before hiking back down to Aguas Calientes for the train ride at 6:45 PM to Ollantaytambo. A private bus will pick up our group and drop you off at your hotel in Cusco at about 11:00 PM. Rest your feet and your body now, but we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come!

Included

What is Included?

  • Private transport from Cusco to Cachora trail head (starting point of the trek)
  • Transport from La Playa to Santa Teresa and the Hidroelectrica train station (for all camping and personal luggage)
  • One way Bus tickets up / down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao
  • Entrance fee to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Professional, bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • High quality camping equipment. Tents are big enough for 2 people. There will be mattresses, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a bathroom tent.
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks; Vegan, vegetarian, or other special menus available at no extra cost)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Horsemen and cargo mules for all camping equipment and trekkers’ luggage (Up to 7 kg)
  • Emergency horse for groups more than 8 people
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle


Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Lunch on the last day in Machu Picchu
  • Extra night at Aguas Calientes
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Trekking poles


What to bring:

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Clothing for warm and cold climates and a waterproof jacket
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants
  • Trekking shoes
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs)
  • Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater
  • Long- and short-sleeved polos/t-shirts
  • Rain poncho and hat
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, hand sanitizer, water bottle and water-sterilizing tablets, toiletries, and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light, and batteries
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, dry fruit, and granola
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card (if applicable) 
  • Extra money in soles (400 soles) in case of emergency and for tips
  • Since the weather can be very cold and moist, your clothes, if wet, will not dry at night. Take some clothes to change.

 

Price

TRIP LENGTH 7 DAYS
2017 LAND COST FROM $1000.00 PER PERSON
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Pre payment per person:
$500
Balance:
$500
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tour guides Your tour will be led by a trained and highly experienced professional with a very solid guiding background, years of hiking and wilderness experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into unforgettable adventures.
They never stop learning so that they can be the best possible guides. They all speak English and of course they also speak Spanish and even Quechua, the Incan Language. They are all able to communicate with natives from around the area and will have lots of history to share with you. Check out the Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Our Cooks

our cooks After a challenging trek we know how important a good hot meal can be to prepare your body and warm you up. That’s why on every trek with Salkantay Trekking we employ chefs with years of experience cooking on the trails so that they provide filling and nutritious meals using fresh ingredients and a variety of flavors.
Every chef prepares different meals depending on what food is available. ...More info.

Meals: What to Expect

Meals on the hike All of our hiking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.
For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.
We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee. ...More info.

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Our Horseman and Horses Our Horseman and his horses are in charge of all our gear and will always await us within the safe and comfortable camp sites. 
Our horsemen are hired from the areas where the trekking route goes and therefore have extensive knowledge of the area. 
Besides trekking and camping gear every horse carries a total of 40 kg of guest's belongings.
You will have a personal allowance of 7kg/165lb for your gear....More info.

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