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Choquequirao trek & Machu Picchu, 9d/8n

The lost sister city of Machu Picchu: Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu 9d/8n


Although Machu Picchu receives all the fame and notoriety, it is not the only Inca ruin perched in the Peruvian Andes. Recently gaining in popularity is the majestic ruins of Choquequirao with its unparalleled vistas overlooking the Apurimac River canyon. Recent restoration of this fascinating archaeological site has brought the world’s attention to this other lost city of the Incas. On this trek you will not only see a recently restored Incan site but also finish this spectacular trek at the world famous ruins of Machu Picchu. The 9 days spent on this trek will truly be one of your most memorable trekking experiences from all it has to offer; history, culture, rugged beauty, and physical rewarding challenges.

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ITINERARY

Cusco – Cachora (by bus). Hike to Chiquisca

 

After an early morning pick up from your hotel we go by bus to the village of Cachora (a 5 hour drive). Upon arriving in the village we will have time to grab lunch at a local restaurant and prepare for the afternoon hike. After lunch we begin hiking on an easy trail that descends sharply down the canyon until reaching our campsite at Chiquisca (about 4 hours). Upon arriving at the campsite you will find the tents pitched and light snack of crackers and cookies with tea or coffee waiting for you. Later in the evening dinner will be served before everyone retires for a good nights rest. Meals included: lunch, dinner

Chiquisca – Maranpata

 

An early morning wake-up call and a hearty breakfast will prepare us for this challenging full day of hiking. The trekking begins with a 2 hour descent eventually reaching the Apurimac River. Here the weather will be almost tropical as we cross a small bridge toward the other side to begin climbing out of the canyon. The climbing over the next couple of hours is steep and uphill and we will take a break at the small village of Santa Rosa where we will have lunch. Having rested we will continue ascending for the remainder of the afternoon until we reach our campsite at Maranpata. You will know that you have arrived as the campsite will be set up with tea, coffee, and a snack will be your reward after a long day of challenging hiking. While you relax make sure to take a moment to enjoy the views of Choquekirau off in the distance. After dinner it is off to bed to get some sleep. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Maranpata – Choquequirao

 

After breakfast it is a short 1 hour hike before arriving at the ruins of Choquekirau. Our guide will provide a tour of the site but you will also have plenty of time to wander off and explore on your own this site that is just now getting recognized as one of the best preserved Incan ruins, right up there with Machu Picchu. A picnic lunch will be served in the afternoon before we begin heading back to the campsite at Maranpata. Dinner will be served and then it is time to check in for a good night’s rest. Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Choquequirao – Maizal

 

After an early morning wake up call, we will depart our campsite within the Choquekirau complex making our way through the ruins as we take the trail to the Choquekirau Pass. The trail on the way to the pass is characterized by high cloud forest. Upon reaching the pass we begin descending past some large agricultural terraces called Pinchoy Unyoc, which means water jumping forward. These terraces were used to grow food for the inhabitants of Choquekirau. From this point our trail leatds us down until reaching the Rio Blanco, where we will stop for lunch. The afternoon portion of the hike will take us through the Maizal Valley, where we will camp for the evening. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Maizal – Yanama

 

After an early morning breakfast we will begin today’s hike walking through the area that is dominated by the Corihuayrachina glacier. Near the glacier are some important archeological remains including some high quality Inca irrigation channels. The next part of the hike takes us by the Minas Victoria – a well known silver mine that thrived in the era between the Spanish conquest and Peru’s colonial period. The last part of the trek takes us down into a valley as we make our way toward the village of Yanama. We will camp here for the evening where we will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the Pumasillo Glacier. Meals inclued: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Yanama – Totora

 

An energy packed breakfast will give us the fuel to enjoy a day of hiking being surrounded by the high mountains of the Vilcabamba range. The trail will lead us towards the Yanama Pass at 4,580 meters or 15,114 feet, which is the highest pass of the entire trek. From the pass we descend back down to the valley where we will walk along the Totora river until we reach the quaint village of Totora. This beautiful little town offers great views of the surrounding glaciers of Salcantay, Pedreyon, and Pumsillo. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Totora – Wiñaypoco

 

Today’s hike has us continuing to follow the Totora river as we descend into the high cloud forest before reaching the village of Colcapampa. This small village is located at the junction of three rivers and also features some excellent natural hot springs. For those that whish there will be time to give those tired trekking muscles a soak in the hot springs before our hike continues onward following the banks of the Santa Teresa river. The area along the river is very tropical and we will see an abudance of lush plant life including a variety of ferns and orchids. This portion of the trek also features a magnificent waterfall as we will see lots of fruit farms as well as coffee plantations. Today’s trek ends at Wiñaypoco, a small settlement, where we camp right next to the Santa Teresa River. As this will be our last night on the trial a special meal, Pachamanca (a typical Andean dish cooked in the ground with hot stones) will be served. Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Wiñaypoco – Aguas Calientes

 

We begin the day by following the trail along the Santa Teresa river passing by more fruit and coffee plantations before we arrive at Miscabamba, where we cross the river by means of a small bridge. We continue following the right side of the river until we meet the Kapac Ñan or Principal Inca trail. We follow this wide trail for a short distance before veering off on a smaller trail that leads us uphill through more cloud forests until we reach Puncuyoc pass. Right before we reach Paltallacta where we eat lunch, we are greeted with a breathtaking panoramic view of Machu Picchu from an angle rarely seen by other visitors. We will also be able to appreciate views of Salkantay and Pumasillo mountains as well as the Aobamba canyon leading into the Vilcanota River Valley. A hanging bridge leads us across the river as we pass under a waterfall that is the result of a nearby hydroelectric plant before we make our way to the train station at Km. 122, before hiking the last two hours along the railroad tracks to the town of Aguas Calientes, located at the base of Machu Picchu. We will spend the last night in a hotel where you will have the opportunity to relax in the nearby natural hot springs. Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Aguas Calientes – Cusco

 

We will wake up early to board a shuttle bus for a 20 minute ride up a winding road to the entrance of Machu Picchu. At the entrance you will be met by your guide for your in-depth tour of this world famous archeological site. The tour lasts approximately 4 hours and includes some time to wander off and do some of your own exploring. Use this time to explore the numerous plazas, buildings and spectacular vistas that have captivated so many since Hiram Bingham first brought notoriety to the site in 1911, while developing your own theory as to the purpose of Machu Picchu.

With your inner-explorer satisfied we will meet at the renowned Sanctuary Lodge for a buffet lunch that allows you to fuel up on some of Peru’s world famous cuisine while soaking in the mystery of Machu Picchu and the beauty of the surrounding area. After lunch we will take the bus back down to the town of Aguas Calientes and then board the train for the 4 hour ride back to the city of Cusco. Upon reaching Cusco we will conclude the trip by dropping you off at your hotel Meals included: breakfast, lunch

PRICES

Number of passengers 2 3 4 5
Choquequirao trek 9 days/8 nights 1,570.00 1,195.00 1,060.00 950.00

Prices are per person and in US dollars. Prices are subject to change around holidays such as Easter, Christmas, New Year and other local festivities.

Price Includes:


• Accomodation in double tent
• Daily breakfast on day 2-9
• Meals indicated
• Transfer Cusco-Cachora-Cusco
• Support staff: Cook, assistants and mule skinners
• English speaking guides
• Dining tent with chairs and tables
• Comprehensive first-aid kid including oxygen bottles
• Biodegradable chemical toilet

Price Does Not Include:

• Meals not specified
• Sleeping bags (can be hired at an extra cost of USD 6.00 per day)
• Travel insurance
• Extras, tips and personal expenses

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