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CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

 

 

Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu. The legend of Machu Picchu is already known all over the world. Since the re-discovery of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham.

While Machu Picchu is well known, less is known about the Choquequirao ruin.  The archaeological site of CHOQUEQUIRAO is part of the complex system of Andean towns in Vilcabamba Valley, in this adventure you will enjoy landscapes as well as remote villages and the real trails of the Inca culture.

 

 

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TOUR DESCRIPTION:

 

Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Playa Rosalina (Apurimac River).

 

At 05:00 am we will pick up our customers from their hotels, and then we will transfer by our private van to Cachora (4 hours), once we will meet the rest of team (Horsemen and horses). Then we will begin trek go uphill, passing through the high pass of Capuliyoc, where we might see condors and great view of the Apurimac Canyon. Finally we descend through Cactus forest to playa Rosalina on the banks of the Apurimac River, the main tributary of the Amazon River. Camping at playa Rosalina (1550m).

 (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner.

 

 

Day 2: Playa Rosalina - Marampata – Choquequirao.

 

After early breakfast strenuous 5 hours of uphill trek through a long and narrow trail, surrounded by beautiful vegetation with several varieties of orchids. Half way up stop for lunch at Marampata, then continue hiking to more hours to Choquequirao, and  its considered the sister city of Machu Picchu, because of several similarities, it hangs 1500m above the Apurimac Canyon., and Machu Picchu hang above the Urubamba canyon. The view of the canyon is spectacular; it is also possible to see Andean Condors soaring in the mountains. Camping near of Choquequirao (3050m).

 (B) = breakfast / (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

 

 

Day 3: Choquequirao - Choquequirao Pass - Rio Blanco - Maizal.

 

Breakfast will at 7am and then start our trek passing the Choquequirao ruins, uphill through cloud forest, Mountains and valleys to reach the Choquequirao pass. After 5 hours trekking the trail continue through agricultural terraces called Pinchinuyoc which means (water jumping forward - 2750m). There will observe different species of birds, different varieties of orchids, and local coca plantations. We will have our lunch near the Rio Blanco, we use the brake here to get a refreshing bath in the cold and clear river water. We cross walking through the river, since there are no bridges. After our brake we start the long and steep climb to our camp in Maizal, high over the river close to the sacred Apus of the Incas. From Rio Blanco we climb up to Maizal for about 5 hrs. Camping at 3000m.

(B) = breakfast / (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

 

Day 4: Maizal - Minas Victoria - Yamana.

 

Early morning we will trek around the Corihuayrachina glacier, important due to some archaeological remains such as Inca channels. From here we start walking uphill passing by the impressive mines called Minas Victoria and towards the Victoria Pass. Again a long climb, but we walk in amazingly beautiful area - first with cloud forest and then over Andean Puna with the well-known Ichu grass. Then we pass through Minas Victoria, a place that during the colony , silver was extracted from a mine. Almost on the top we can apreciate original paved Inca trails. We take our box lunch at the pass in 4200m with view of the mountain Choquetakarpo, while we had lunch we will be able to appreciate the flight of the condors depending on the climate, and finally descend to our campsite at Yamana, a small isolated settlement at the bottom of a long valley surrounded by mountains (3800m).

(B) = breakfast / (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

 

Day 5: Yamana - Mountain Range - Totora.

 

After early breakfast trekking uphill to the highest pas in this trek, named Yamana. Again the view will be amazing from here we will be surrounded by mountain range of Saqsarayoc and Padreyoc. Once again we have the chance to see condors, and this morning smooth climb bring us through new landscapes - especially the wet grass fields under the snowline that distinguish from everything else seen on the tour. In the pass we might walk in snow, and the descent is a long foggy hike through grassy fields- and bush areas and crossing small poor wood bridges on the way towards the community of Totora, where we spend the in tents in an indescribable beauty, surrounded by pure nature.

(B) = breakfast / (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

 

Day 6: Totora - La Playa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes.

 

This day the trekking will be by 7 hours, descending into Totora River. We will observe the natural wildlife, such as hummingbirds, woodpeckers, many species of orchids and begonias. Then we descend the trail on the left side of the Santa Teresa River where we will see small plantations of bananas, passion fruit, and coffee. On the way will stop at small waterfalls and get a refreshing natural bath. The area also has a big variation of bird the climate and vegetations have changed totally. The Playa is the biggest village on the way, where we can find some small shops to buy snack etc. In this area we can see small plantations of coffee and bananas. Campsite at 2125 m. Alter our last lunch we will take a transport that takes us until the town of Santa Teresa, then we will cross a river of the Vilcanota. Where we will take a transport to Hidroeléctrica, place where we will have an excellent view of a different angle of Machu Picchu and the Aobamba canyon, where another Inca trail can be seen. After a good rest and walk 3 hours we will reach Aguas Calientes town, where we will have dinner. Optional visit the hot spring. We will spend the night in Hostel.

 (B) = breakfast / (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner

 

Day 7: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco.

 

After early breakfast in Aguas Calientes we will take the bus up to Machu Picchu, there you will have a guided tour for all the Archaeological Site, then we will have free time to be in Machu Picchu. At the end of the tour you will come back to Aguas Calientes to have lunch by yourself, and you will have free afternoon. At night you will have to take the train back to Ollantaytambo,o there the bus will be waiting for you to carry you back to Cusco.

 (B) = breakfast.

 

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE.

Entrances Tickets to Machu Picchu Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu –Machu Picchu Mountain are limited, check the available www.machupicchu.gob.pe

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions-(FAQ)

How difficult is the Choquequirao Trek?You just need to remember that you are able to go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, pace yourself, and enjoy. Choquequirao Trek is considered a moderate hike, not a technical hike but high altitude may affect some people.Are Trekking poles or Sticks necessary? We recommend the use of Trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known knee problems. There are multiple times during the trek that a Trekking poles is handy, be it ascending a mountain or walking along the rough trails. Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Choquequirao Trek?It's impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full 2 days spent in Cusco (3399m), taking it very easy and drinking plenty of water is enough for some people but if you can arrange to have minimum 2-3 days in case of any travel disruptions as well then this is what we recommend as there is also so much to do here!. The highest point you will reach while hiking the Inca Trail reaches 4280m on the 2nd day. Will I need to bring water?We recommend that you purchase a 1.5 – 2 liter bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle every morning before setting out. If you are planning to drink from any streams or waterfalls, we strongly suggest you bring water purification tablets or filters.Also, you will be able to buy water along the way on Day 1, for the first few hours of Day 2, then again on the afternoon of Day 3, and of course at Machu Picchu.Is the Choquequirao Trek still good during the rainy season?Some people actually like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists but we say please be prepared for wet weather and have suitable clothes and equipment. Possibly snow so be prepared for a possible change of route if a pass is deemed impassable by the guide.We do not recommend this trek in the months of January, February and March. Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Choquequirao?You first encounter Machu Picchu as the sun rises over the high mountains encircling it. It is already dawn but this impressive moment of Machu Picchu coming out of the shadows of the looming mountains is awesome. Will I need any extra money?Yes or yes we recommend to take extra money, tips for your trekking staff, souvenirs, snacks, bottled water, drinks, etc. You should take at least 300 soles as emergency money. Do Tour guides speak English?Completely fluent in English. Our guides are also one of the most popular aspects of our tours some of them being historians and archaeologists and all demonstrate a great passion for their culture and heritage.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It Is Included:

 

•Transfer from your Hotel

•Tourist Transportation Cusco to Cachora

•Professional English-Spanish Speaking Tour Guide

•Assistant Tour Guide for group of 10 people

•Andean horses to carry all Camping Equipment

•Emergency horse

•Professional Cook and asistan

•Food 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Afternoon Snacks and 6 Dinners.

•Vegetarian food Option

•Camping Equipment Tents for 02 people ,dining tent with tables and chairs

•Sleeping matress

•Oxygen bottle, First aid kit

•Hotel Accommodation in Aguas Calientes town

•Bus ticket Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu

•Entrance to Machu Picchu

•Train ticket Expedition service Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo

•Transportation Ollantaytambo – Cusco.

 

It Is Not Included:

• Personal trekking gear, sleeping bag, tips to guide and support staff, city services.

• First breakfast (first day) is normally provided at your hotel before leaving.

• Last lunch at the end of the tour on 7th Day.

• Extra horse and horseman US$ 220

• Single Tent supplement: US$ 40

• Sleeping bag (optional): US$ 40

• Vistadome train upgrade : USD 60.00

 

We recommend to take:

• Trekking day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.

• Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.

• Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.

• Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath

• Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf. Thermal clothing is also recommended.

• Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)

• Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries

• Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)

• Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold

• Sun block cream

• After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body

• Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - although no malaria risk has been reported

• Toilet paper, pack in & pack out

• Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.

• Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.

• We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.

• Your own medical kit with any special medications.

• Small towel or sarong

• Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )

• Cash - sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.

• Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.

• Walking sticks or poles.

 

 

Before booking the Choquequirao Trek, please read the following information carefully:

 

Be sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the date that you enter Peru.

 

Fill out the booking information. We will contact you as soon as possible (within 24 hours) to confirm your booking, accommodation and assist you in customizing a unique package.

Please specify if you would require the services of an extra porter or stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes.

 

Payment Proceed: You must to paid  the total amont  online with credit card. You will proceed with your payments through our secure server paying by Pay Pal, We also accept money transfer or direct deposits.

 

Acclimation Proceed: you to arrive in Cusco 1 or 2 days before Inca Trail departure date to ensure that you are well acclimatized to the high altitude.

 

Student discounts: If you are claiming a student discount you must email us a scanned copy of your ISIC Student card immediately after proceeding with the booking form. Only a valid ISIC card is acceptable. If you cannot provide us with a scanned copy of your ISIC card we will charge you the standard adult trek price. You must take the ISIC card with you on the Inca Trail as it will be checked. Unfortunately no other forms of student id are acceptable. Children under 16 years old receive a US$20 discount. If you are claiming a child discount you must email us a scanned copy of your child's passport (page containing photo and date of birth) after proceeding with the booking form. If you cannot provide us with a scan of your child's passport we will charge you the standard adult trek price for your child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Normal Price $1300.00

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CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

 

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

 

Type of tour          : Hikking,  Archaeologycal

Duration               : 7 Days -  6 Nights

Starting Point       : Cusco

Ending Point        : Cusco

Price                    : $ 1300.00

 

GROUP SERVICE: (02 to 08 People Max): Our most popular Choquequirao treks is recommended for everybody who likes the adventure, Families, Honeymooners and Couples.

 

PRIVATE SERVICE: All inclusive for Families with children, Honeymooners and Couples. Special trek program just for you, and you can depart any day you wish and choose the group size, we don´t add any people, is arranged just for you. All private groups include additional services, such as: extra porters, horses to ride and to carry your personal gear (for alternate treks), and luxury hotels if you required.

 

 

 

 

 

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