Price: U$D 1,800

 

CHOQUEQUIRAO & MACHU PICCHU

8 Days / 7 Nights

Code: AVP044

 

OVERVIEW

ITINERARY

INCLUDED

MAP

 

Price

 

Price includes all credit card transaction fees and taxes

 

Starting point

Cusco

Ending Point

Cusco

Duration

8 Days

Activities

Adventure, Trekking, Camping

Altitude

1550 – 4670 m/5085 – 15322f

Departures

Daily Departures minimum 2 people

Meals Provided

(B) Brakfast  /  (L) Lunch  /  (D) Dinner

High Season

March - January

Difficulty

Hard

Day 1: Cusco - Cachora - Chiquisca  (L) (D)

 

• We will leave Cusco early in the morning at about 5:30am.

• First we will head for the little village Cachora (2850m/9350f), a nice place surrounded by beautiful mountains and the majestic glacier Padreyoc (5571m/18278f).

• Here we will also meet our horsemen who will accompany us during the trip.

• After having passed the overlooking Capuliyoc (2800m/9186f), we will continue descending to our campsite called Chiquisca (1930m/6332f).

• Camping

 

Note:

  • Climate: warm
  • Hiking time: Approximately 6 hours

 

Day 2: Chiquisca – Playa Rosalina – Marampata – Choquequirao (B) (L) (D)

 

• Breakfast

• We will first descend to La Playa Rosalina (1550m/4921f) and then climb up to the village of Marampata (2850m/9350f).

• From here we will have a nice view of the archeological complex of Choquequirao (3033m/9951f). If we are lucky we will even see a condor fly at nightfall.

• Our campsite in Choquequirao is located about 25 minutes from the ruins at 2950m/9678f.

• Camping

 

Note:

  • Climate: both warm and cold
  • Hiking time: 7 hours

 

Day 3: Choquequirao – Choquequirao Pass – Río Blanco (B) (L) (D)

 

• Breakfast

• At dawn we will first head for the citadel of Choquequirao (3033m/9950) called “Cuna de Oro” - the ‘Cradle of Gold’ - and enjoy the quietness at this place.

• Beyond we will explore this archaeological site, of which only 30 % is restored, in more detail: we will visit the section of the palaces, the liturgic fountains, the temple of the high priest, the section of the llamas and the Usnu.

• Thereafter our trek continues towards the pass of Choquequirao (3270m/10728f) and passes the archeological site of Pinchaunuyoc (2450m/8038f).

• Finally we will head down to the deepest point of the small canyon known as Río Blanco (1900m/6234f) or Río Silvestre, where our campsite is situated.

• Camping

 

Note:

  • Climate: warm with mosquitoes
  • Hiking time: 6 hours

 

Day 4: Río Blanco – Maizal – San Juan Pass – Yanama (B) (L) (D)

 

• Breakfast

• Due to the ecosystem’s constant changes, this day is the most arduous and also the most spectacular one. In Maizal (3000m/9843f) we will have a short break to catch some breath and to enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape.

• Since the Inca trail in this region is not in good conditions during the rainy season, we ask you to watch your steps carefully. In San Juan (4170m/13681f) we will enjoy the beautiful view of the valleys, the mountains and the glaciers, from which some peak is higher than 5000m/16404f.

• Our campsite will be in the little village of Yanama (3530m/11581f).

• Camping

 

Note:

  • Climate: warm and cold with mosquitoes
  • Hiking time: 9 hours

 

Day 5: Yanama – Yanama Pass – Totora Pampa (B) (L) (D)

 

• Breakfast

• Early in the morning we will head for the highest pass of this trip - the Yanama Pass (4670m). If we are lucky we will even see a condor fly.

• During the day we will enjoy frequently the view of snow-capped mountains such as Salkantay (6264m) and Pintuyu (5450m).

• Our campsite will be in the valley of Totora Pampa (3200m).

• Camping

 

Note:

  • Climate: warm with mosquitoes
  • Hiking time: 8 hours

 

Day 6: Totora Pampa – La Playa (B) (L) (D)

 

• Breakfast

• In Totora Pampa we will get the chance to meet Quechua-speaking Andean people who live from agriculture and cattle breeding.

• The vegetation on our way gets more and more bizarre and reveals its diversity of orchids, bromeliads and other plants.

• We will also see some plantations for coffee, papaya, passion fruit and avocado. Our campsite will either be in La Playa (2100m/6890f) or in Lucmabamba (2020m/6627f).

• Camping

 

Note:

  • Climate: warm with mosquitoes
  • Hiking time: 7 hours
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• According to the group’s wishes, it is possible to change the itinerary a bit and visit the hot springs in Santa Teresa (1830m/6004f) this day.

 

Day 7: La Playa – Llactapata – Hydroelectric station – Aguas Calientes (B)

 

• Breakfast

• Our journey starts early in the morning. First we will follow the Inca Trail till Llactapata (2650m/8694f). This archaeological site is situated amidst bizarre vegetation and offers an exceptional view of the mountain Machu Picchu.

• Our trek continues towards the Hydroelectric station (1950m/6398f), from where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes (2050m/6726f). In Aguas Calientes we will spend the night in a hotel.

• Overnight in Aguas Calientes

 

Note:

  • Climate: warm
  • Hiking time: 6 hours

 

Day 8: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco (B)

 

• We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 5:30am and head for Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f) by tourist bus.

• We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00am.

• After a guided tour around the archeological site, including information about life and culture of the Incas, you will have enough time to enjoy Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (2750m/9022f) on your own.

• We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 4:35pm or at 6:35pm. Until then you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants. Moreover you can visit the Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes to relax a little bit.

 

Note:

  • Climate: moderate warm
  • Hiking time: 2 hours

 

Included

Not Included

Optional Extras

Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to the town of Cachora.

Transport from la Playa to Santa Teresa and the Hydroelectric station (for all camping and personal luggage).

Train from the Hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes.

Bus up from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.

Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.

Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu, continental or similar).

Dinner in Aguas Calientes town.

Entrance fee to Choquequirao.

Entrance fee to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).

High quality camping equipment (We use professional tents, Doite, Model Kailas 3, extra light/4.5kgs and Doite, Model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kgs, both are big enough for 2 persons. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent).

Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/ option vegetarian).

Cook and cooking equipment.

Horseman and mules, for all camping equipment and customer's luggage (up to 8kg).

Emergency horse.

First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.

 

 

 

First breakfast and lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes.

Bus down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.

Sleeping bag (If you don’t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting one).

 

 

 

Sleeping Bag suitable for -5deg. (5.00 USD per day)

Deluxe Sleeping Bag suitable for -10deg. (7.00 USD per day)

Walking stick lightweight aluminum (1.00 USDper day)

Inflatable mattress (Thermarest) (5.00 USD per day)

Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.

Extra Porter for your backpack and Stuffs, only 13 Kg (100.00 USD) for the whole trek included the wages food and Inca Trail Entry.

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