Choquequirao to Machu Picchu 6 Days

Code: CHOMAP06
6 DAY - 5 NIGHT
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Description

Choquequirao to Machu picchu is the second most important archeological site in Cusco region. It has a connection with the last Inca city of Vilcabamba and with Machu Picchu. It is in the middle of different Inca roads that traversed all of the Inca empire. After quite a tough hike we will see fascinating and remote Choquequirao (“cradle of gold” in Quechua) – awesome in design and also location, perched high on a spur above the Apurimac canyon – the third deepest canyon in Peru. This is the great place to see condors inhabiting the area. From here we continue our trek into even more remote territory where we can see villagers who live in the area of Yanama, as well as glaciers, valleys and mines of silver. The highest point of the trek is Yanama pass at 4800 msnm/15900 feet after which we descent to the subtropical area. We walk along coffee and banana plantations before arriving at Aguas Calientes. The last day is devoted to exploring the Lost City of Incas – Machu Picchu. You must join us on this unforgettable and challenging adventure.

 

Package Name : Choquequirao to Machu picchu 6 Days
Trek Duration : 6 Days / 5 Nights
Accommodation: 1 nights Hotel and 4 nights in tent
Type of Trek : Culture, Adventures and Trek on the Andes
Activities : Trekking & Walking, Cultural Tours & Sightseeing
Altitude : 3.103m/10178ft(Choquequirao)
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.

Itinerary

1

Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Chikiska – Playa Rosalinas.

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.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Playa Rosalina 1550 msnm
  • Climate : warm and sunny
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 12km
  • Hiking time : 6 hour

2

Day 2: Playa Rosalinas – Maranpata – Choquequirao.

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.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Choquekiraw 3100 msnm
  • Climate : warm and cold at night
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 14km
  • Hiking time : 7 hour

3

Day 3: Choquequirao – Rio Blanco – Maizal.

we leave early for the short climb to the pass. Then it is downhill 1400m (4600ft) past the recently discovered ruins of Pincha Unuyoc to the Rio Blanco where you can dip your feet in the cool waters. Just beware of the biting sand-flies. Known as “Pumahuacachi” their name means “makes the puma cry”. Here lunch Refreshed, you climb steeply again, 1,200m (3900ft) to the small and beautifully located campsite of Maizal at an altitude of 3,000m (9840ft). This is probably the toughest day of the trip but if you have prepared well and are determined, you will succeed. Te time and dinner campsite. Full day

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Maizal 2100msnm.
  • Climate : warm, windy and cold at night
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 18km
  • Hiking time : 8 hour

4

Day 4: Maizal – Yanama – Totora – Santa Treresa. (drive)

You leave camp behind and climb past old silver mines to the highest pass of the trip. Abra San Juan at 4,000m (13123ft) affords spectacular views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba mountain range. Here we are going to take our lunch

You then take a delightful and at times precipitous path down to the charming Andean village of Yanama. Here you say goodbye to your muleteers and climb aboard the waiting vehicle for the spectacular drive on dirt road over the Totora pass to the small hamlet of Lucmabamba and finally Santa Teresa. 4:30 hours by bus

We can go to take shower and enjoy the hotspring cocalmayo.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Santa Teresa 2100msnm.
  • Climate : warm and hummed
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 27km
  • Hiking time : 6 hour

5

Day 5:

Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes.

After the breakfast, we are going to take a bus to hidrolectrica half hour.

If you will want to make zipline in santa teresa you can do it about 2 hours zipline and transportation to hidrolectrica, here lunch.

After we pass this small Inca site we will reach the train rails. Next to the rails there is a nice path to walk on; this path will take us approximately 3 hours. After the 3 hours we will arrive at Aguas Calientes, which is located at the foot of Machu Picchu. This section is very interesting because it is the trail that was used by the American Professor Hiram Bingham who rediscovered Machu Picchu after centuries of it being lost.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Acomodación: Hostel, Aguas Calientes 1650msnm.
  • Climate : warm
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 9km
  • Hiking time : 4 hour

6

Day 6:

Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco.

We will have breakfast at 5am and take the first bus to Machu Picchu, just in time for sunrise. It will take half an hour to reach the Machu Picchu archeological site, one of the 7 New Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: an unforgettable experience you will never forget. Your guide will expertly direct you through the astounding vestiges and its main streets. After the guided tour, you will have some free time to wander around the town squares as well as to do some of the following activities on your own:

Climb up Huayna Picchu and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there

Climb Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there

Walk to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku

Visit the new local museum or the hot springs in Aguas Calientes later in the day.

Then you will descend to Aguas Calientes, enjoy a leisurely lunch, and at 6:20pm, you will board the train for the return trip to Cusco.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Tour: 2 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu

Includes

Include: 

  • Private transport from Cusco to Cachora trail head
  • Transport from la Playa to Santa Teresa (for all camping and personal luggage)
  • The north face or Eureka tents- 2 persons
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance fees to Choquequirao
  • Entrance fees to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • High quality camping equipment, tents 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 8 kg)
  • Emergency horse over 6 persons
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle

Not Include: 

  • Sleeping bag
  • Day 1: Breakfast
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day
  • Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Tips: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish

What to bring: 

  • Backpack with rain shelter.
  • Sleeping back.
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
  • Woolen or synthetic socksand a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
  • Rainponcho cold and sun hat.
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card
  • Extra money in soles (s/ 400.00 soles) emergency case and tips.
  • Since the weather can be very cold and mostly, your clothes – once gotten wet – won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.

Map

Prices

Group Service:
Price in US Dollars per Reservation:

2 3 – 4 5 – 7 8 – +
$ 1000 $ 950 $ 900 $ 850

Departures:

Months: From: January to December
Days: 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 30.

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