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Choquequirao Trek 11 Days + city tour, Sacred Valley

Salkantay Trek Luxury Description:

The Cordillera Vilcabamba is an impressive mountain range extending over 260km, Salcantay snow-capped mountain rises to 6,2761mt in height. It is an outstanding snow peak, located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cuzco in south central Peru. Because of its proximity to the city of Cusco, it is easily accessible by car, and it has been climbed since 1952.

In order to complete the Salcantay Trek, you need to have a reasonable level of fitness, age shouldn't be a barrier. The most important thing is to be well acclimatized to the altitude. The highest we go on the whole trek is (4, 650mt/15092 ft.). Two days of acclimatization is ideal for visiting the city of Cusco, plus the four the nearby Inca remains, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas day tour.

Package Name : Salkantay Trek Luxury to Machu Picchu
Trek Duration : 7 Days / 6 Nights
Accommodation: 3 nights Hotel and 4 nights in tent
Type of Trek : Archaeological, Cultural, ecological and Adventure
Activities : Trekking & Walking, Cultural Tours & Sightseeing
Altitude : 2,000 m / 6,560 ft(Aguas Calientes) - 4, 600 m(Salkantay Pass)
Group Size : To suit group requirements
Difficulty degree of this hike : Challenging due to the altitude: we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco or over 3000m/9840ft
Departures Day : - Our company organize daily departures for this unforgettable trekking with the best camp staff.


Day 1: Transfer Airport – Cusco Hotel – City Tour Half Day (Afternoon).

Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour Full Day.

Day 3: Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude: 3900 meters
  • Minimum Altitude: 2850 meters
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 14km

Day 4: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Wayracpunku – Chaullay.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude: 4650 meters
  • Minimum Altitude: 2900 meters
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 22km

Day 5: Chaullay – Collpapampa – La Playa – Lucmabamba.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude: 2900 meters
  • Minimum Altitude: 1600 meters
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 16km

Day 6: Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude: 2400 meters
  • Minimum Altitude: 1600 meters
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 18km

Day 7: The Most Important Day – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

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

Salkantay Trek Luxury Itinerary:

Day 1: Transfer Airport – Cusco Hotel – City Tour Half Day(Afternoon).

Upon arrival in Cusco, take a leisurely half day tour of the city as you acclimatize, we visit the cathedral, holding important, and interesting paintings from colonial times. Afterwards we see the sun temple, built by the Incas when they arrived in Cusco; inside the temple, smaller temples were built dedicated to the sun itself, moon, lightning, etc. We then bus up to the four nearby Inca remains, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay.

Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour Full Day.

During your Sacred Valley Tour, you will have the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful and history-rich towns of the Sacred Valley. We begin the day by picking you up from your hotel in Cusco and heading towards the town of Pisac. Before reaching Pisac, we will stop at both the Qorao and Taray Lookouts so you can take in and admire the beauty of the Sacred Valley. Once in Pisac, we will visit both Pisac´s archaeological site and famous market. For lunch, we will head towards the town of Urubamba, where you will get to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. Continuing on, we will head towards the town of Ollantaytambo where we will also visit the town´s archaeological site. Finishing off, we will visit the town of Chinchero where you will meet some of the town´s women during their textile-making presentation. After your tour, you will be brought back to Cusco and dropped off at your hotel.

Day 3: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa - Humantay Lake.

We start the day with picking you up at your hotel or hostel at 05:00 am. We’ll drive for around 4 hours, crossing Anta, Mollepata and end up at Challancha. Through the windows of the bus you can clearly see the white snowcapped mountains of Salkantay and Huamantay: the holy Gods of the Incas. But also the spectacular scenery of the higher situated areas and the lower valleys with colorful landscapes. After two hours driving there will be a quick stop in Mollepata town. At Mollepata there are toilet facilities, souvenirs shops and an optional short breakfast. When this short break is over we will soon continue to Challacancha, which is the start of our trail. There we will meet with our support staff. The staff will organize all the equipment, horses and mules. Around 9:30 am. we will start our trek to Soraypampa (3850 MASL – 12631 ft). The first section of the path is a hike over a few deep valleys. At some parts of the trail the old water channel can still be seen. The channel still supplies water to the farmers in the lower valleys. The beginning of the trek is 7km (4.35miles) hiking in 3 hours to Soraypampa, where we will have our lunch at the basecamp. After the lunch and a quick nap we continue hiking up to the Humantay Lake (4200 MASL – 13779 ft). This is a 5km (3.1miles) round trip which we will walk in a total of 3 hours. At the Humantay Lake the bottom of the glacier can be seen, and also the most spectacular views of the background with the valley at sunset. Soraypampa is located in the middle of the glacier valleys and at night the sky is so immensely clear that we can really appreciate the stars, constellations and even shooting stars.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude: 3900 meters
  • Minimum Altitude: 2850 meters
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 14km

Day 4: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Wayracpunku - Chaullay.

After an early wake up with the first daylight at 05:30 am. and a quick breakfast we soon start hiking up to the highest point of the trail: the Salkantay Pass (4650 MASL – 15,255 ft). The distance is a 7km (4.34miles) tough ascent in 3 hours, between the rocky valley bottom and the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6200 MASL– 20,341 ft). When we finally reach the top we can and definitely will appreciate the spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo. The Salkantay Mountain is the second highest mountain in the Cusco region and one of the Inca Gods called “Apu”. After reaching the top of the pass there is a 5km (3.1miles) and 2 hours downhill hike towards the camp for our lunch. The walk downwards is on a serpent shape trail and a rocky gravel path to get to the Huayracmachay lunch spot. In the afternoon we will enter the upper part of the amazon jungle, which is also called “the cloud forest”. This is a 10 km (6.2miles) hike in 3 hours on a wide trail in the thick forests. This hike is truly beautiful, there are decorated the hills with colorful sceneries and a lot of wildlife and native plants. The forests are most times of the year warm or have a temperate temperature. When finishing this magnificent hike we finally arrive at Chaullay Village (2900 MASL – 9,514 ft), our base camp in the jungle.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude: 4650 meters
  • Minimum Altitude: 2900 meters
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 22km

Day 5: Chaullay - Collpapampa - La Playa - Lucmabamba.

At 6:00 am. we will start our trek to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley. We will be hiking for approximately 6 hours. During the hike we’ll see waterfalls, wild orchids, but also coffee, banana and avocado plantations. Here you can taste the famous passion fruit and granadilla fruit. We will see a village called Colpapampa, also called the “forest cloudy brow” where waterfalls, thermal hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to see the famous bird called “the Cock of the Rocks” this bird is the national bird of Peru. After lunch at La playa, we will hike for approximately 1 hour to our base camp called Lucmabamba (2400 MASL – 7874 ft). We will explore the tropical forest for a little while and have a lovely visit at an organic coffee farm. Here you can taste the coffee prepared by the local people. Coffee is the main farming industry of the local people here in the jungle and they farm many hectares of coffee to export to the USA, Asia and Europe. Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia, but it wasn’t until the Spanish invaded Cusco that it was brought to this region. We will also explore an orange and an avocado plantation.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude: 2900 meters
  • Minimum Altitude: 1600 meters
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 18km

Day 6: Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes.

The chef of the trek will wake you up early with a hot cup of coca tea served in your bed. You will get ready for today’s activity while enjoying your last prepared breakfast by the trek chef. We will begin the hike early and you will get the opportunity to enjoy a small part of the famous Inka trail! After a climb of 2 hours with amazing views of the Santa Teresa valley we will arrive at the Llactapata Inca site right in front of Machu Picchu. This will be the first archaeological site we will see of the Lost City of the Incas and a very special place to enjoy and spend time. We will be able to see not only the Machu Picchu ruins from this spot, but also the Huaynapicchu and the Machu Picchu Mountain. We will explore this Inca site with the guide and he will continue the history lessons about the Incas of this beautiful country and of course you will have plenty of time to take as many photos as you want.

After the Llactapata ruins, we will continue our trek with a 2 hours downhill hike. At this hike you’re always able to have views of Machu Picchu until we arrive at the Hidroelectrica train station which is our lunch place. The most impressive part of this area is the natural waterfall of 300 meters high which generates the electricity for the region of Cusco. We will then arrive at the famous Intiwatana. Intiwatana is an ancient rock used as a sundial in the ancient Inca times. According to history, this old Inca stone used to work with the famous sundial stone in Machu Picchu. These could measure and read the winter solstice which was the beginning of the new farming season for the Incas. 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
  • Maximum Altitude: 2000 meters
  • Minimum Altitude: 1600 meters
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 18km

Day 7: The Most Important Day – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco.

The highlight of the trek, Machu Picchu! We will wake up early at the hotel. This is better for visiting Machupicchu, before the mass of people arrive. The Machu Picchu entrance check point is open from 6:00 am. until 17:00 pm. We will hike up to Machupicchu (a bus ride is optional for $12.00) and enter the city really early with a lot fewer tourists than during the midday. Here we will have a 2 hours guided tour through this incredible ancient city. We will visit temples, palaces, priest houses, a sundial, the industrial sector and the farming fields. After this guided tour you are free to climb up to Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain (book in advance to get your tickets!). Both mountains take approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Or for the less adventurous you can trek to the sun gate, which is the main entrance of the Inka Trail. You’ll stay and enjoy the city for more than 7 hours in the afternoon. We will organize the train ride at 18:20 pm. back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then a bus ride to Cusco to arrive at approx. 22:00 pm. The bus will drop you off at your hotel/hostel in Cusco.

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

Note that even though there is an itinerary planned, there may be issues out of our control like road closures, campsite availability, weather, natural events etc. which we’ll do anything in our power to work around but may change the itinerary.

Included:

Not Included:

What to bring:

What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter waterbottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important.

What Clothes To Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required, and we recommend Neoprene socks and water shoes for this trip.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you’re interested in.

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Discounts

  • Student Discount (with valid ISIC card) - $20
  • Sleeping Bag (4 season) - $25 (Maximum size 1.95m / 6´4")
  • Pair of Walking poles - $20
  • Air Matress - $20

TRAIN TIMES:

On the fifth day we will take the 2:55, 4.42 or 6:45PM train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantayatambo and then we will transfer you back to Cusco and your hotel.

HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN:

Please, if you are thinking of climbing Huaynapicchu mountain you must book this at the same time as your Salkantay trek. Only 400 people can hike Huaynapicchu per day. You will climb it on your own after the tour in Machu Picchu around 10 .00 am. The price is $25 per

HORSES OR PORTERS:

On this trek we provide horses to carry your food and the camping equipment, but there will be one cook and his assistant, two horses men and one porter who is cleaning the trail from what other hikers throw away as they go. You will have a personal allowance of 7kg for your gear. This will not be available during the day as the horsemen will be ahead of the group.

OUR GUIDES:

Most of our guides began as porters before they went to Cusco University and Institute where they learned about the Inca history. They are always training in order to be the best guide. They each speak English beautifully and of course all of them speak Spanish and Quechua, the Inca Language. They are all able to communicate with natives from around the area and of course he will have lots of history to share with you.

OUR FOOD:

Definitely one of the highlights of the tour is the food. It is always fresh and most of it is organic. There is always a lot to eat and lots of options including vegetables, meat, chicken, fish and other types of protein and carbohydrates. Everyone sits down to eat together and we go out of our way to accomodate all dietary requirements including vegetarian options and any food allergies. We do not provide any alcoholic drinks on the trek but if you would like you can bring your own.

OUR EQUIPMENT:

We provide 4 man tents for only 2 people and foam mattresses for everyone. Our dining equipment includes a spacious dining tent, tables and chairs, plates and utensils. We do NOT supply sleeping bags, air mattresses or walking sticks, but all can be rented from Puma Path. We bring an extra blanket for all our hikers for those especially cold nights. Just ask and your guide will provide you with this. Please note that if you are over 1.95 meters / 6´4" tall then you won´t be able to rent a sleeping bag in Cusco. In this case it is recommended to bring your own.

WE ARE RESPONSIBLE:

We try to treat our hikers, our porters and all the local people from the villages with the upmost respect. We travel in small groups to give personalized tours to each traveller, we pay good salaries to our porters and follow the porters law. We provide all our porters with their hiking gear such as shoes, pants, jackets, t-shirts, hats, sleeping bags and most importantly, with health insurance.

FITNESS:

The Inca Trail is certainly not easy but you do not need to be an athlete or a trekking expert to complete it. Fitness is naturally important but the Inca Trail is the kind of trek that anyone with a positive attitude and determination can do. Obviously the more fit you are the more you will enjoy the trail and the more chance you will have to take in the scenery and appreciate the Inca ruins dotted along the way. If you do not exercise regularly, it is advisable to do some extra walking or some kind of aerobic activity in the months leading up to your trip. Many people worry whether they will be able to cope physically but complete failure is rare and would usually only result from severe altitude sickness or a person lacking even a basic level of fitness. People of all ages (from teenagers to pensioners) complete the trek and age itself is no barrier if you are positive minded and live an active lifestyle. Before departing for your tour, we recommend visiting your doctor who will be able to provide you with more information.

STORAGE DURING THE TREK:

During the Inca Trail trek your main luggage will be stored in Cuzco and you will receive a small duffle bag at your Inca Trail briefing (briefings are normally set for the evening before you start the trek) to pack clothes for 3-4 days. Your team of porters will carry these bags together with the food and equipment for the trail. Please note that you will not have access to these items until the end of each day as the porters will always be ahead of the group, you should therefore bring a day pack in which you can carry personal belongings such as your camera, water and sun screen etc. By Peruvian law the duffle bag carried by the porters must not weigh more than 7kg (14pounds). You can either store your luggage at your hotel or you can leave it with us.

BOOKING:

Salkantay is available to depart any day of the week as long as we have two people. You< still need to book in advance.
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Salkantay Trekking FAQS

1.What will the weather be like on a Choquequirao trek?
The Andean weather can be unpredictable, despite the sharp divide between dry and wet seasons. The dry season runs from May to October or November; the rainy season goes from December through April. Nevertheless, Choquequirao lies in the forested fringes of the Amazon basin, where showers can occur at any time of year. Therefore, even in the “dry” season, your daypack should always include full rain gear (both jacket AND trousers).
Daytime temperatures can vary greatly, with daytime highs ranging from 10ºC/50ºF to 32ºC/90ºF and nightime lows ranging from 10ºC/50ºF to a cold 4ºC/40ºF, though seldom much lower. The floor of the Apurimac Canyon gets very hot during the day. Bring your swimsuit for a delicious dip in the river.
2.Who should NOT hike Choquequirao?
This is a good hike for almost anyone with overnight hiking experience. The well-tramped trail is steep — but relatively easy if you hire pack animals.
Those with chronic knee, ankle or back injuries should choose another hike. There may be rough & muddy sections. Evacuation is difficult.
3.What's the most difficult section?
We expected the 1800+m (ft) climb from the Apurimac River up to Choquequirao to be excruciating.Yet for us it did not seem difficult. (Perhaps it was the excitement of finally arriving at the ruins.)
If you hike one of the longer routes, the day following your visit to Choquequirao may well be the most difficult.
4.Should I bring a GPS?
It is a great idea if you are doing one of the longer routes. Keep a record of your route. We could post it on this website.
5.Do hikers ever get lost?
Yes, it is possible to get lost between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. This is good reason to hire an arriero or guide.
If you are only hiking Cachora to the ruins, return — no problem. There is more signage here than on any trek in the world! Two competing series of coloured distance markers, both inaccurate, may confuse you.
6.What special gear should I bring?
Don’t forget:
Sunglasses
Toilet paper
Waterproof jacket
Sufficiently warm clothing
Lip protection from sun and wind
Cash
Disinfectant alcohol gel
We recommend disinfectant gel (sometimes called instant hand sanitizer) which you use to clean your hands before snack breaks & after toilet stops in the woods. Alcohol gel is essential hiking gear.
Stove fuel for almost any stove system can be purchased in Cuzco. Do not fly with it, obviously.
7.What footwear is best for Choquequirao?
You want to wear what fits you best & what works for you. No blisters!
Most experts recommend hiking boots. Modern boots are remarkably light & comfortable. A pair of good boots & gaiters make you feel invincible in the mud.
Some arrieros, by the way, hike in recycled-tire sandals!
hiking boot abandoned on the Trail
8.Do I need a water filter?
You definitely must treat water. Much of the trek is in grazing land.
Some make a distinction between these two:
Water filter removes protozoa & most bacteria
Water purifier removes protozoa & bacteria and deactivates viruses
Viruses are too small to be filtered so purifiers add something to disinfect them.
Make sure your purifier is well maintained & frequently cleaned.
You must either filter, boil, use iodine or water purification tablets.
Choquequirao Trek Luxury 11 Days
11 Days
Cusco, City Tours, Sacred Valley, Choquequirao, Machupicchu

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Choquequirao Trek was great at answering any questions we had before the trek, and put all of us at ease the day before we left. If you're debating about what company to go with for your Peruvian trek, go with this one.
5.0
Gabriela Davis from United Kingdom
Well organized trek. Communication to set-up the trek was efficient and helpful. The food, guide and transportation exceeded expectations. The trek was an excellent adventure. The scenery was stunning. Highlight was watching three Condors working the thermals from the upper portion of the ruins.
5.0
Rick Salter from Austria
Three of us did this difficult but thrilling trek. Choquequirao Trek was a wonderful organization to work with. They may cost a bit more, but it is money well spent. They clearly treat all the staff with respect and are trying to help local people make a decent living.
5.0
Robert Dowson from US
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