Exclusive Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu
This unique trek features two of the finest examples of inka arquitectura, Choquequirao and Machupicchu. Choquequirao is considered by many tourists who visited it like the other Machu Picchu and sometimes many tourists dare to say that it is better than Machu Picchu. The best thing about this archeological center is that it can only be accessed by walking as it does not exist, railroads or roads that can take you to or near Choquequirao, so it is done full trekking many tourists consider this crossing as a Pilgrimage, an escape from the routine, an own challenge, escape from the bustle of the city, and being not well known sometimes the route is empty (without tourists) and on other occasions one can run into some tourists and these are few. Of course, sometimes the route can be full of tourists (nationals, school promotions and foreign tourists.). But almost the whole year the route is with few tourists.
Itinerary Day By Day
Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Santa Rosa
We depart early in the morning heading northwest of Cusco (3300m/10800ft) in the direction of Cachora (2909m/9543ft) for 4 hours drive. In Cachora you will have the opportunity to stop and stretch or a rest room stop. Continue our drive to Capuliyoc (2915m/561ft) with lovely views of the Apurimac Valley stretched out in front of us. Here we meet the Mule handlers with their mules that will carry all the camping equipment during the expedition. From here, we will walk down a steep trail to the Apurimac Canyon taking in spectacular views as we descend to Chiquisca (1836m/6023ft), with breathtaking views. After an hour we arrive at the roaring Apurimac River (1550m/5084ft) where we begin to climb to Santa Rosa (2200m/7215ft), our next campsite.
Hiking time: 7 – 8 hours
Meals: L, D
Day 2: Santa Rosa – Marampata – Choquequirao (Cradle of Gold)
After an early breakfast we start our early hike to avoid the hot sun. Our walk starts with a tough uphill climb from Santa Rosa to Marampata (3110m/10120ft) which will take about 3 hours. We will take a break here and have our first view of the Choquequirao ruins. From here we hike another 2 hours to the archeological site and to our campsite (3110m/10120ft) nearest to the ruins where we will have lunch. After lunch, we head to the Choquequirao complex for the afternoon. We will begin to explore the area, and then see the sunset and keep our fingers crossed for the chance to see condors. Only around 40% of the Inca remains of Choquequirao have been excavated. What can be seen today however, is most impressive and very much worth the challenging trek to get here. The stonework in Choquequirao is not as sophisticated as that found in Machu Picchu, because the stone found here is very difficult to carve, but the buildings are impressive and suggest a site of high status. Choquequirao evokes a sense of awe simply because of the sites’ surrounding beauty and isolation and condors can be seen frequently soaring the skies.
Return to our campsite for dinner and to relax under the many stars above us.
Hiking time: 5 hours
Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: Marampata – La Playa Rosalina – Chiquisca
After an early breakfast we start our hike. We will descend down to La Playa Rosalina (1550m/5085ft) for about 4 hours by the banks of the Apurimac River. Enjoy a break by the river and admire the surroundings. Afterwards, we hike up to our campsite at Chiquisca (1836m/6023ft) for about 3 hours. Enjoy the subtropical surroundings and tranquility of the area.
Hiking: 6 hours
Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Chiquisca – Capuliyoc – Cachora – Ollantaytambo – Tourist train – Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu Town)
After Breakfast, we will ascend about 2 hours to Capuliyoc (2915m/9561ft) where our transport will be waiting to take us to Cachora and continue our drive to Ollantaytambo for about 4 hours. We can walk around the village before boarding the tourist train to Machupicchu Town to spend the night in a comfortable hostel.
Hiking: 5 hours
Driving distance: 4 hours
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Meals: B, L
Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco
Pick up in the early morning to take the bus up to the magical Sanctuary. Enjoy a professional guided walking tour of the grand Machu Picchu (2400m/7874ft). Visit the extraordinary Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Three Windows and much more. After a glorious, eye and mind opening visit with your guide enjoy some time at leisure to further explore the mystical grounds feeling the positive energy that abounds the area which has withstood time. Then return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch (on your own) before boarding the expedition train to Poroy. You will be met at the train station by our staff and private transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
End of Services.
Services Included for Trek:
- Trek briefing before departure.
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) guide.
- Camp cook and assistant(s).
- Wrangler with mules or horses.
- Emergency mule or horse.
- Private bus to the trailhead and back to Cusco.
- Tourist train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and Aguas Calientes to Poroy.
- Entrance fees for Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
- Hostel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom, hot water and breakfast included.
- All meals indicated on the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner). Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals on request at no additional cost.
- Samextoursperu walkie-talkies on trek for emergencies.
- Camping equipment: double 4 season tents, sleeping pad (Thermarest), kitchen and dining tents, tables, stools and all kitchen gear.
- Portable biodegradable chemical toilet with tent.
- First-class trekking services including: hot water and biodegradable soap.
- Maximum weight per passenger: 7kg/15lbs. We lend a duffle bag for personal belongings and must be returned at the end of the trek.
- First-Aid kit oxygen bottle.
- All trash produced during the trek is disposed off according to regulations.
Services NOT included for Trek:
- Hotel in Cusco (we can book for you).
- Domestic flights (we can book for you).
- Tours in Peru (we can book for you).
- Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak.
- Any expenses incurred in preparing for the trip, such as, but not limited to, non-refundable airline tickets or travel insurance, nor additional expenses encountered as a result of flight or train schedule changes, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections or acts of God or war.
- Personal items like individual gear, sleeping bag
- Single tent available: $25. per person for entire trip.
- Walking Pole set: $20.
- Sleeping bag with liner: $25.
- Passengers should bring a lightweight pack (25 liters) for their personal effects (Bottle water, suncream, insect repelent, camera, jacket, rain gear, cap, etc.).
- Towel for washing.
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This example tour has costs beginning at US $ 1,420 per person, based on two sharing accommodations. If more will travel in your private party, it will benefit you as the cost “per person” will reduce.
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