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Trek Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

Duration: 09 Days - 08 Nights.

Destination: Cusco.

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This Peru adventure package invites you to trek Choquequirao, “The other Machu Picchu”. Choquequirao is a partly excavated Inca city in the South of Peru. It bears a striking similarity in structure and architecture to Machu Picchu and is often called Machu Picchu’s sister city.

Choquequirao is an extraordinary place built at 3000 meters high, situated at the eye-brow of the jungle, surrounded by the mighty Andean mountain change. Unlike the popular Inca Trail, the Choquequirao Trek takes you to explore remote villages offering on route stunning natural environment with lavish vegetation that leads to the shores of the mighty Apurimac River and then a steep trail towards the Sanctuary. Choquequirao, which means “Cradle of Gold”, is second only to Machu Picchu in beauty.

Besides the trek to Choquequirao, our trip includes a guided tour to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. Travelers have here a good alternative to the sometimes overcrowded traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We invite you to be part of this great adventure of 9 days and experience one of the most fascinating treks in the lands of the Incas.


ITINERARY

DAY 01 / CUSCO – CACHORA – CHIQUISCA (L/D)
At 5.00 am we left Cusco in a private transport that will take us until the little town of Cachora, an Andean community located 4-5 hrs from Cusco at 2800 m/9184 ft. There our carriers and mules for the load will be waiting for us. We’ll be walking approximately 5 hours, going down the Apurimac canyon to Chiquisca, 1800 meters from where we will encamp.

Overnight at Campsite.

DAY 02 / CHIQUISCA – MARANPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO (B/L/D)
After a succulent breakfast, we start our long walk towards the Apurimac River. After crossing the bridge the ascent of approximately 5 hours begins, arriving to Maranpata where we will have lunch. A couple of hours later we will arrive at Choquequirao at 3103 m/10178 ft, where we will encamp and enjoy some free time exploring the terraces and buildings.

Overnight at Campsite.

DAY 03 / CHOQUEQUIRAO (B/L/D)
This morning we will visit the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, considered as “The Last Refuge of the Inca Empire”, exploring the different sectors of this impressive and monumental city. We will observe the three levels of the excavated ruin, where we can appreciate houses, terraces and other parts of this late Inca town, like the ruin in progress of excavation and finally, unexplored areas that are still covered in wild foliage that can tell us about this last refuge of the oppressed Inca Empire.

Overnight at Campsite.

DAY 04 / CHOQUEQUIRAO – MAIZAL (B/L/D)
Early departure after taking a walk by the ruins. We leave the ruins, passing by a humid forest towards the Choquequirao passage. Then, we continue by some terraces called Pincha Huniyoc that mean, where the water jumps. These terraces have peculiar ritual springs. It seems that here the Incas cultivated to provide the citadel of food. We keep going down towards Rio Blanco where we stop for lunch. In afternoon we will climb towards Maizal, where we will encamp.

Overnight at Campsite.

DAY 05 / MAIZAL – YANAMA (B/L/D)
We will walk around the Corihuarachina peak, important because there were found archaeological remains, like Incas channels. Then, following a section of the Inca Trail we arrive to the Minas Victoria passage, where in Colony times the Spaniards extracted silver. We will continue towards the spectacular Valley of Yanama under the shade of the Pumasillo peak where we will encamp.

Overnight at Campsite.

DAY 06 / YANAMA – TOTORA (B/L/D)
After a delicious breakfast, we will be walking surrounded by beautiful mountains of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range, going up towards the Yanama passage, the highest of our trip. In the afternoon we go down following a river towards the little town of Totora, where there is an exquisite tranquility and pure air surrounded by the Salcantay, Pumasillo and Padreyoc glacials.

Overnight at Campsite.

DAY 07 / TOTORA – LA PLAYA (B/L/D)
We leave early in the morning and will begin the descent following the Totora River, allowing us going in a tropical humid forest going through another little town in Lluscamayo. Then, the route continues by the left flank of the Santa Teresa river, where we will see plantations of bananas, granadillas, cacao, coffee and others. Arriving later to a plain of natural grass, where we will encamp.

Overnight at Campsite.

DAY 08 / LA PLAYA – PALTALLACTA – AGUAS CALIENTES (B/L/D)
Early we follow our way by the Santa Teresa river, passing by plantations of bananas, granadillas, cacao and coffee. Then, we cross to the other side of the river and go up by the humid forest to the Puncuyuc passage, to finally descend to our camping in Paltallacta.

The panoramic view is spectacular, since we will see from a different angle the back part of Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Then, we will descend by a route of flowers and orchids to the Acobamba river and cross a metallic bridge near the hydroelectric station. After this, we will arrive to the train line, where we can wait for the train arrival that will take us to Aguas Calientes. Here we will spend a comfortable night in a hotel and relax in its Thermal Baths.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

DAY 09 / AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO (B)
Today, we take the early bus up to the stunning archeological complex of Machu Picchu for a guided tour of these mysterious remains. Then, you will have time to explore Machu Picchu on our own; climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain, where you can experience amazing views of all Machu Picchu (bear in mind that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day). Also you can visit the Temple of the Moon or the amazing Inca Bridge.

In the afternoon, we will descend to the small town of Aguas Calientes by bus. After lunch, we will take the train back to the city of Cusco.

END OF OUR SERVICES

B= Breakfast / L= Lunch / D= Dinner / BL= Boxed Lunch


INCLUDED

- Excursions according to itinerary.
- Spanish / English speaking professional guide.
- Second assistance guide (beginning from 6 people).
- Private transport Cusco – Cachora – Cusco.
- Porters, muleteer and mules to take the luggage (maximum 14 Kg).
- Cook, cook assistant and cooking equipment.
- Dinning tent, kitchen tent, tables and camp stool.
- Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities.
- All the feeding in the route (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea time and snacks).
- Doubles tents, comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season.
- Matras (insulating long cushions to sleep).
- Accommodation for our guides, cook and porters.
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- 1 night in a good Hostel in Aguas Calientes.
- Ticket of entrance to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
- Bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes.
- Expedition Train ticket from Aguas Calientes.
- Transfer train station - hotel in Cusco.


NOT INCLUDED

- Domestic and International flights.
- Airport taxes.
- Drinks.
- Tips.
- Visas required to enter Peru.
- Lunch in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu.
- Personal trekking equipment (boots, clothing, sleeping bag, walking poles).
- Personal items.


What do you need for this Treking?
Bug spray, repellent with more than 30% of deed.
Sun block.
Sun glasses.
Hat.
Rain coat.
Long pants.
Long t-shirt.
Flashlight.
Trekking shoes.
Water.
Small back pack for trekking.
Personal trekking equipment (boots, clothing, sleeping bag, walking poles).
Personal items.