The name Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold.” The Inca arqueological site is considered, the sister to Machu Picchu, it is less known and 3 times larger than Machu Picchu. It was one of the last refuges, for those Incas who continued to resist Spanish occupation after the conquest. The site was eventually abandoned and became covered by dense cloud forest vegetation and to this day archeologists continue to discover new sectors of the city.
On this adventurous trek we will walk on Inca highways, hike through high andean landscapes with magestic glaciers, descend into deep canyons where the condors fly and pass through biologically diverse cloud forest ecosystems. You’ll also visit Inca silver mines and isolated Inca communities.
This program combines visits to two major archeological sites: remote and seldomly visited Choquequirao and legendary Machu Picchu. It is a fascinating adventure through part of the old empire of the Incas and one of Peru’s most unspoiled wilderness areas.
|Package Name :||Choquequirao Trek to Machupicchu 7 Days Luxury|
|Trek Duration :||7 Days / 6 Nights|
|Accommodation:||1 nights Hotel and 5 nights in tent|
|Type of Trek :||Culture, Adventures and Trek on the Andes|
|Activities :||Trekking & Walking, Cultural Tours & Sightseeing|
|Group Size :||Maximum 8, no minimum required|
|Level of difficulty :||Moderate, scale (0 to 5) it is 4 relative|
|Departures Day :||Any day with two people. We offer affordably priced tours for 2 people so that you can depart when it suits you best.|
|Highlight :||Doing a Peru famous trek! Family trips recommended for nature passionate and adventure.|
|Acclimatization :||Minimum 1 days at altitude recommended.|
|Open season :||The dry season (April to December)|
|Location :||Apurimac and Cusco area, vilcabamba valley and sta Teresa valley 5 hrs. drive from Cusco to start point.|
We leave Cusco at 5am in a private van for a 4 hour drive to Capuliyoc, situated on the edge of the Apurimac Canyon and surrounded by impressive snowcapped peaks. Then we hike down for 2 hours until we arrive at Chikiska where we have lunch. Afterwards we continue our hike for 1 more hour to Playa Rosalinas (1550 metres/5084 feet), where we will spend the night.
Departing early, we ascend to Santa Rosa and to Maranpata where we will have lunch. The climb from the river takes about 4 hours and is tough. From our lunch spot we can see the remains of Choquequirao. Then we have 2 more hours to hike to reach the Choquequirao Archeological site (3110 metres/10120 feet). We spend the evening there and get to watch the sunset and some condors flying.
After breakfast it is possible to explore more of the archeological site of Choquequirao, and have a little rest before lunch. In the afternoon we will climb over a ridge and hike to the remains of Pinchinuyocwhere we will camp for the night (2 hours of hiking down). This is definitely the easiest day of the trip
After a delicious breakfast, we hike down hill for 2 hours and arrive at the canyon of the Rio Blanco (1990 metres/6527 feet), where we have a rest before starting a difficult climb to our campsite of Maizal. The climb is 3- 4 hours long.
We leave at 7am, and walk uphill for about 3 hours through a semi-jungle towards the Victoria Mines. We visit them as well as some Inca Ruins before climbing 1 hour more to the pass of Victoria (4130mt/13,546 ft). There are spectacular views from the pass as we descend to the charming village of Yanama (about 2 hours walk) following a section with some well constructed inca steps.
Once we get to Yanama, we take the local transport all the way to Lucmabamba. Along the way, we get to enjoy the gorgeous views of snow-capped mountains and wáterfalls.
On this day we walk for 3 hours by the original Inca Trail and through the cloud forest to the Puncuyoc pass then onto Llactapata Inca remains, an Inca site (2,700m/8,907ft), which is located straight in front of the Citadel of Machu Picchu.
Once there, we enjoy the unique perspective of MachuPicchu from far away. Then we hike downhill for 2 hours to the hydroelectric plant where we have lunch. We continue to walk to Aguas Calientes through the National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, enjoying the surroundings of the iconic Machu Picchu and the wall which surrounds the Inca Citadel.