Choquequirao to Machupicchu 09 Days

This trekking tour is specially designed for hikers which allow you to enjoy the best walking route in Peru as well as the visit of two big and impressive Inca cities such as Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. The walking will take you through the most impressive sceneries of the high land and jungle.

This hiking take you through the less crowded route and it provide the visitor beautiful landscapes, natural sceneries, rivers, Andean villages, hot spring, archeological sites, quiet and peaceful camping night.

 DAY 01: CUSCO – CACHORA – CHIQUISCA

Hotel Pick up to drive to Cachora village (2,850 m.a.s.l (9,350 ft), where will have lunch. after to organize our stuff and equipment will be ready to begin the trekking descending the mirador of Capulliyoc getting the first sight of the archeological site of Choquequirao enough time to enjoy the view of all around the valley. The walking down continues till  the camping site of chiquisca located at 1,900 m.a.s.l (6,233 ft)

Minimum height: 1,900 m.a.s.l (6,233 ft)
Maximum altitude: 2,850 m.a.s.l (9,350 ft)
Estimated distance: 19 km (11 miles)
Estimated walking time: 07 hours approximately

DAY 02: CHIQUISCA – MARAMPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO

After breakfast we walk down to Playa Rosalina to get the Apurimac river then we continue the ascend through a single path enjoying spectacular views of Apurimac canyon till to get Marampata Andean community where some farmer settled near Choquequirao. Will have lunch at outdoor. Then will get the camp site next to the archeological site.

Minimum height: 1500 m.a.s.l (5080 ft)
Maximum altitude: 3100 m.a.s.l  (10 170 ft)
Estimated distance: 13 km (08 miles)
Estimated walking  time: 07 hours approximately

DAY 03: CHOQUEQUIRAO

Day to explore and walk around the Inca city  visiting the most representative places such as Hauqaypata (main square) with the principal Sun Temple, Urin (upper square) with its open temple, Ushno (ceremonial platform), houses of priests, qolqas (storages), irrigation channels and agricultural terraces. Camping will be settled next  to the archeological site.

Estimated walking time: 5 hours approximately

DAY 04: CHOQUEQUIRAO – MAIZAL

Our walking continues climbing to Choquequirao Pass which is at 3,300 meters altitude (10,890 feet). There we have an impressive landscape of high valleys with exuberant vegetation after a descent to rio blanco where we can enjoy a relaxed bath into the crystalline river while lunch is prepared. Then we leave the forest area and the rio blanco territory to go up to the small hamlet of Maizal where we spend the night in a campsite provided by local families.

Minimum height: 3000 m.a.s.l  (9800 feet)
Maximum altitude: 3300 m.a.s.l  (10800 feet)
Estimated distance: 15 km (09 miles)
Estimated walking  time: 7 hours approximately

DAY 05: MAIZAL – MINAS VICTORIA – YANAMA

Still walking up towards the mine of victoria where silver and cooper was extracted by our ancestors at colonial age at our passing over the mines we can appreciate original paved Incas trail. Lunch will be served once on top of the pass 4150 m.a.s.l (13,695 ft) with a wonderful view of all around the snowcapped mountains. Afterward will go down to Yanama hamlet 3800 m.a.s.l (12540 ft) where we spend the night.

Minimum height: 3000 m.a.s.l  (9900 ft)
Maximum altitude: 4150 m.a.s.l (13,695 ft)
Estimated distance: 16 km (10 miles)
Estimated walking  time: 8 hours approximately 

DAY 06: YANAMA – TOTORA

Yanama Valley is surrounded by productive and cultivated fields plus cattle industry. The walking over this valley lead us to the highest pass of the trekking 4670 m.a.s.l (15400 ft) which is surrounded by amazing snowcapped mountains where the condors fly frequently. Afterward walk down to Totora community to set up camp. (11,979 ft).

Minimum height: 3630 masl (11979 ft)
Maximum altitude: 4670 m.a.s.l  (15400 ft)
Estimated distance: 14 km  (8.70 miles)
Estimated walking  time: 07 hours approximately 

DAY 07: TOTORA – COLLPAPAMPA – PLAYA

After breakfast, we are still descending into the tropical area with a warm temperature, variety of flowers and birds will be appreciated along the walking path. Once in la Playa village you have the chance to interact with local people and camping.

Minimum height:  2000 masl (6560 ft)
Maximum altitude: 3630 masl (11979 ft)
Estimated distance: 18 km  (11 miles)
Estimated walking  time: 08 hours approximately 

DAY 08: LA PLAYA – LLACTAPATA – MACHUPICCHU TOWN

Our trekking takes over great original Incas path which lead us to  Llaqtapata archeological site (8,694 feet) where we can enjoy the first view of Machupicchu archeological site then we descend Hidroelectrica where we have lunch. Afterward we continue our walking over the train truck to get finally Machupicchu town where we spend the night in a hotel. Dinner in a restaurant.

Minimum height:  2060 masl (6758 ft)
Maximum altitude: 2800 masl ( 9186ft)
Estimated distance: 15 km  (09 miles)
Estimated walking  time: 08 hours approximately 

DAY 09: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

After an early breakfast we will take a bus to Machu Picchu archeological site which take twenty five minutes, the reason we leave early is to enjoy the sunrise on top of the old city of Mahupicchu a plenty of time will be provided to explore the city. On afternoon we take back the bus to Machupicchu town to get the train with direction to Cusco city.

INCLUDES

  • Hotel pick up and private transport to the starting point of the trekking (Cachora village).
  • Choquequirao and Machu Picchu entrance fees.
  • Professional English speaking tour guide.
  • Sleeping tent (02 Persons per tent in a 04 person’s capacity tent).
  • Dinning and kitchen tents table and chairs.
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Cooking equipment.
  • Cook and Meals (08 breakfasts, 08 lunches, 08 dinners) vegetarian option is provided in a previous booking.
  • Horses (to carry food and equipment of the company).
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu (round trip).
  • Train service from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus connection to Cusco city.

EXCLUDES

  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes town it on day nine.
  • Entrance fees to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes town USD$6.
  • Sleeping bag (hired in our office if you don’t have one USD$ 04 per day).
  • Tips for the crew (guide, cook and horseman).
  • Entrance fee to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain up which is optional an extra cost USD$ 16 (Huayna Picchu is the tall mountain behind Machu Picchu archeological site, it booking must be made in advance too).
  • Personal medical kit.
  • Extra horse to carry your personal items USD$ 25 per day.

WHAT TO TAKE

  • Original Passport.
  • Student card (ISIC Card if you are student).
  • A backpack (for daily and personal items).
  • Warm clothes (nights are cold).
  • First aid kit.
  • camell back or water bottle.
  • Rain jacket and poncho (rains even on dry season).
  • Short pants for confortable walking.
  • Head light or flashlight.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Washing kit and water purifying tablets.
  • Binoculars for bird watching.
  • Insect Repellent and sun block.
  • Personal toilet items (towel, toilet paper, tooth brush, tooth paste, soap, etc).
  • Hat, gloves, scarf, wool socks, sandals.
  • Cash to tip the crew and buy drinks and snacks. (Peruvian currency).

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