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Choquequirao to Machu Picchu 6 Days

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 6 Days Description:

Choquequirao 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 Trek to Machupicchu 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.


DAY 1 – Cusco – Capuliyoc – Chikiska – Playa Rosalinas.

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

DAY 2 – Playa Rosalinas – Maranpata – Choquequirao.

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

DAY 3 – Choquequirao – Rio Blanco – Maizal.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Maizal 2100msnm.
  • Climate : warm, windy and cold at night 
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 12km
  • Hiking time : 8 hour

DAY 4 – Maizal – Yanama – Totora – Santa Treresa. (drive)

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

DAY 5 – Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes.

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

DAY 6 – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco.

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

Choquequirao Trek 6 Days Itinerary:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 To Machupicchu 6 Days
6 Days
Cusco, Choquequirao, Machu Picchu
Group Service:
Price in US Dollars per Passenger:

2 3 - 4 5 - 7 8 - +
$ 1.000 $ 950 $ 900 $ 850
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Departures:
Months: From: January to December
Days: 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 30.

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Trip Code: CHOMAP06

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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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