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Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 8 Days

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 8 Days Description:

Less is known about the Choquequirao this expedition will take you to two of the major archaeological sites in the Cusco-area: CHOQUEQUIRAO and MACHU PICCHU. The towns in our history is marking the begin and ended of the Incas society during the trek you live the most big experience hiking on the trail of the oldest culture.

If the both cities was considerate the nobles and priestesses towns, you have a big challenge and chance to know all the legend and treasure let by then trough the time on the majestic mountains.

Both cities was abandoned by the Incas before developed to the conquers, and later found by the specialist who carrying on expedition, come this trek and feel the real adventure the nature is still virgin.

Package Name : Choquequirao Trek to Machupicchu 8 Days Imperial
Trek Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Accommodation: 1 nights Hotel and 6 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 3 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 – Cachora – Playa Rosalina (Apurimac River).

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Playa Rosalina 1550 msnm
  • Climate : warm and sunny
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 16km
  • Hiking time : 6 hour

DAY 2 – Playa Rosalina – Maranpata – Choquequirao (Golden Cradle).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Choquekiraw 3050 msnm
  • Climate : warm and cold at night
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 13km
  • Hiking time : 7 hour

DAY 3 – Choquequirao – Choquequirao Pass – Rio Blanco – Maizal.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Maizal 3000msnm.
  • Climate : warm, windy and cold at night 
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 18km
  • Hiking time : 8 hour

DAY 4 – Maizal – Minas Victoria – Yamana.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Yanama 3800msnm.
  • Climate : warm and hummed 
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 17km
  • Hiking time : 8 hour

DAY 5 – Yamana – Mountain Range – Totora.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Totora 1900msnm.
  • Climate : cold and windy
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 20km
  • Hiking time : 9 hour

DAY 6 – Totora – Cloud Forest – La Playa – Santa Teresa.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Santa Teresa 1600msnm.
  • Climate : warm
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 18km
  • Hiking time : 10 hour

DAY 7 – Santa. Teresa – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes.

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

DAY 8 – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco.

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

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 8 Days Itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Playa Rosalina (Apurimac River).

It is a new start in our lives that will be the new experience to get the top in trek. Hotels provide breakfast and late to pick up you and drive a car for 5 hours to begin of the travelers crossing Cachora, once we will meet the rest of team (horseman and horses). Then we will begin trek go slop up, passing through the pass of Capuliyoc, where we might see condors and great view of the Apurimac Canyon toughly the valley there are exist the microclimate and stopping to pointing and Choquequirao location. Finally we descend through Cactus forest to playa Rosalina on the banks of the Apurimac River the main tributary of the Amazon River, along to go down river we’ll have the microclimate. Camping at playa Rosalina (1550m).

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Playa Rosalina 1550 msnm
  • Climate : warm and sunny
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 16km
  • Hiking time : 6 hour

Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Maranpata – Choquequirao (Golden Cradle).

That will be the first thick breakfast, and pick up snack bags to get some food on the back pack during the day, because the ascent is 4 hours of uphill trek through a long and narrow trail in switch back, our adventure start crossing the cable car the wild river and surrounded by dense vegetation with several varieties of orchids. Half way up stop for lunch at Maranpata, that is the begin of the mainly view to Choquequirao trek complex then continue hiking two more hours to Choquequirao (Golden Cradle), is considered the sister city of Machu Picchu, because of several similarities, it hangs 1500m above the Apurimac Canyon., and Machu Picchu hang above the Urubamba canyon. Afternoon is free time to have the sunset views and the canyon is spectacular; it is also possible to see Andean Condors soaring in the mountains. Camping near of Choquequirao (3050m).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Choquekiraw 3050 msnm
  • Climate : warm and cold at night
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 13km
  • Hiking time : 7 hour

Day 3: Choquequirao – Choquequirao Pass – Rio Blanco – Maizal.

Before the Breakfast we recommended go to appreciate the sun rise and late will have at 6am breakfast and then start our trek passing and exploring the Choquequirao remain, uphill through cloud forest, Mountains and valleys to reach the Choquequirao pass. After 5 hours trekking the trail continue through agricultural terraces called Pinchinoyoc which means (water jumping forward - 2750m). There will observe different species of birds, different varieties of orchids, and local coca plantations. We will have our lunch near the Rio Blanco; we use the brake here to get a refreshing bath in the cold and clear river water. We cross walking through the river, since there are no bridges. After our brake we start the long and steep climb to our camp in Maizal, high over the river close to the sacred Apus of the Incas. From Rio Blanco we climb up to Maizal for about 3 hrs. This is one day with many challenge and microclimate, camping at 3000m.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Maizal 3000msnm.
  • Climate : warm, windy and cold at night 
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 18km
  • Hiking time : 8 hour

Day 4: Maizal - Minas Victoria - Yamana.

The wake up on the half way of the uphill, into the forest and birds noise it is a great experience, recharge energy and following the trail up, the landscape is green and if we keep the faith and motivation the gods gives us the clear sky and just sit to appreciate the snowcapped, the uphill is around 7 hours climbing to the summit, important due to some archaeological remains such as Inca channels. From here we start walking uphill passing by the impressive Inca mines called Minas Victoria and towards the Victoria Pass (4200 masl). Again a long climb, but we walk in amazingly beautiful area - first with cloud forest and then over Andean Puna with the well-known Ichu grass. Then we pass through Minas Victoria, a place that during the colony, silver was extracted from a mine. Almost on the top we can appreciate original paved Inca trails. We take our box lunch at the pass in 4200m with view of the mountain Choquetakarpo and Pedrayoc, while we had lunch we will be able to appreciate the flight of the condors depending on the climate, and finally descend to our campsite at Yamana, a small village settlement at the bottom of a long valley surrounded by mountains (3800m).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Yanama 3800msnm.
  • Climate : warm and hummed 
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 17km
  • Hiking time : 8 hour

Day 5: Yamana – Mountain Range – Totora.

Yanama with the native community around the base camp to get big smile of the children to have a big start on the trail, sun is pointing to camp ground, the waterfall noise, breakfast on the outside table and then start hiking uphill to the highest pass in this trek (5 hrs.), named Yamana pass 4700 m.a.s.l. During the day is clear to observe the Andean farmers growing the potatos on the fields and to see the frozen potatoes.  Again the view will be amazing from here we will be surrounded by mountain range of Saqsarayoc and Pedreyoc. Once again we have the chance to see condors, and this morning smooth climb bring us through new landscapes - especially the wet grass fields under the snowline and water stream. In the pass we might walk in snow, it is the new entrance to the valley of Sta. Teresa, and observing one of the Incas God Salkantay Mountain, and the descent is a long foggy hike through grassy fields- and bush areas and crossing bridges on the way towards the community of Totora, where we spend in tents in an indescribable beauty, surrounded by pure nature and native people.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Totora 1900msnm.
  • Climate : cold and windy
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 20km
  • Hiking time : 9 hour

Day 6: Totora – Cloud Forest – La Playa – Santa Teresa.

This day is more downhill continued the original Inca trail in the forest to appreciate the depth jungle forest the hiking will be 10 hours, sound is good back to the jungle where is hot  and harvest some  fruits descending into Totora River. We will observe the natural wildlife, such as hummingbirds, woodpeckers, many species of orchids and begonias. Then we descend the trail on the left side of the Santa Teresa River where we will see small plantations of bananas, passion fruit, and coffee and chance to try this coffee. On the way will stop at small waterfalls and get a refreshing natural bath. The area also has a big variation of bird the climate and vegetation have changed totally. The Playa is the biggest village on the way (lunch place), where we can find some small shops to buy snack etc. as well first place with electricity, after lunch we will drive the small van to Sta. Teresa (1600 m.a.s.l) about 40 min. there are base camp, afternoon we recommended drive to hot spring swimming after hard journey. 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Acomodación: Campamento, Santa Teresa 1600msnm.
  • Climate : warm
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 18km
  • Hiking time : 10 hour

Day 7: Santa. Teresa – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes.

On this day the wake up is late, even we have a time to walk around the town to explore the new city after collapse on the 1997 (phenomenon Niño) such learn about the history of the area, the last breakfast with our crew, after drive to hydroelectric 40 min where is the start point for hike to Aguas Calientes 3 hours, on the trail is clear to appreciate a lot type of orchid and birds, the big scenery is the view to Machupicchu city is situated dense a bizarre vegetation and offers an exceptional view of the mountain Machu Picchu, for sick or tired kickers optional train service (US $ 18.00) there we will spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.

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

Day 8: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco.

This is a special day to climb up to appreciate Machu Picchu, we recommended go as early possible from Aguas Calientes we walk or take (Optional bus $12)bus to Machu Picchu, there are a surprise with the sun over the mountains, we will have a guided tour for all the Archaeological Site, then we will have free time to explore the city, maybe to climb the Wayna Picchu or visit the moon temple. Afternoon come dawn back to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco (18:20 pm) arriving to Cusco hotel 9:30 pm approx.

  • 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 8 Days
8 Days
Cusco, Choquequirao, Machu Picchu
Group Service:
Price in US Dollars per Passenger:

2 3 - 4 5 - 7 8 - +
$ 1.250 $ 1.150 $ 1.050 $ 950
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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: CHOMAP008

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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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