Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu USD$ 1,300.00 /per person

9 Days Hiking AT013

Information

There are many similarities between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. The latter was a sanctuary dedicated to the worship of the Inca Pachacutec; Choquequirao was also a sacred site, but one dedicated to other functions that could have had to do with war or with the surrounding Apus. Each is located beside Mt. Salcantay and both are situated above, far above, a great river: in the case of Machupicchu, the Urubamba and in that of Choquequirao, the Apurimac... The ecotourism, fulfilling all the norms of conservation and control, will lead a sustainable development of the zone. The Inca trail to Choquequirao is encounters with the nature area that is without disturbance or contaminating, with a specific abject of admire and enjoy the landscapes along with sylvester plants, wild animals and cultural manifestations

We take small groups, why?

The principal reason to take small groups, is to provide personalized service, in a small group is easy to keep walking together and enjoy the nature of the Inca trail, there is a possibility to make friend and share experiences, interacting more closely with each other. Whereas, in larger groups from (10 – 16) people it trend to split into factions. Moreover, in larger groups tends to be a sizeable difference often over onehour in a section of the trail between the fastest andslowest member, what makes more difficult for the guides, cooks and porters to make their effective labors. In small groups, people are more likely to arrive at roughly the same time to hear the guides explanations. Also our porters are given the same food as the tourists. In larger groups agencies often provide inferior food for the porters. Smallgroups require less space in campsites and this enables the guide to select better locations. In small groups the guide, cook and porters have a more intimate relationship with the tourists and are better able to meet individual needs and attend to environmental issues such as waste disposal, contamination, etc. as the group will be together more of the time. Because of these reason in our standard service we take small groups, only in a group of friends and delegations we manage larger group. So choose small group.

What are the benefits of doing a private tour?

One of the main reasons why the private option is sought after is because you do not need to worry about which dates we have departures set for or if our departures have enough space…Your only concern is whether or not there are permits available…You can choose almost any date that you want if permits are available… In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel….The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the foods that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask at South Adventure Peru Tours how you can arrange your own private tour

  • Starting altitude : 2,901m.a.s.l/ 9516ft
  • Highest altitude : 4,840m a.s.l/15879ft
  • Walking distance : 99 Km or 61 Miles

What to Bring/ Carry:

  • Original passport ( Isic Card , if applicable )
  • Backpaker with Rain shelter
  • Warm sleeping bags
  • Hat and gloves , comfortable trousers
  • Insect repellent
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants
  • Trekking shoes and waterproof
  • Personal medical kit
  • Slippers or sandals 8 For showers and hot springs )
  • Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater
  • Long and short sleeve T-shirts
  • Rain gear or rain poncho
  • Bathing suit ( For the hot springs in Aguas Calientes )
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent , disinfecting alcohol and gel , water bottle
  • Toilet paper , camera
  • Snacks such as Energy bars and dry fruits
  • Extra money for your personal expenses
  • Place of Departure
    Cusco - Cusco - Cusco

Itinerary

  • 1
    Day 1: Cusco - Cachora – Santa Rosa

    At 5:00 am, we will pick you up from your Hotel in Cusco and then you will have an amazing 4 hours of car tour till Cachora which is the beginning of the hike and where will meet with our horses and helper . at the appropriate time, we will leave Cachora and we will take the path works it´s way down into the Apurimac valley where will have fantastic views of snow capped peaks in the distance and the Apurimac Valley spread before us throught the day, also after a fews hours walking we will get to have our first views of Choquequorao sat on the far side of the valley. The area around Choquequirao is rich in life and we will see a wide variety of Flora and Fauna as we make our way down into the valley. We will camp at Santa Rosa located above 220 m.a.s.l / 7215ft. around 6pm, you will have hot drinks such as coffe, hot chocolate, biscuit, popcorn and buffet dinner at 7pm.

    Advanced

    Hiking

    10H

    Conventional

    Camp

    Bus

  • 2
    Day 2: Santa Rosa - Choquequirao

    After your delicious breakfast, prepared by our cook we will start with our hardest day of trek. To get the Choquequirao we need to make our way back up the opposite side of the Apurimac valley which involves escending about 800m/2,625ft over a distance of 14km/8.8 miles through hot and humid conditions. It´s quite tough going but the views we get today mixed with the wide variety of flora and fauna you find on this side of the valley make it worth it. Throughout the day we will see a wide variety of bromeliads, orchids and stands of bamboo, we will also hopefully see birds such as Quetzals, Toucans and a lots of hummingbirds. After about a 6 hours of walk we´ll arrive to our campsite close to Choquequirao 3,050 m.a.s.l / 10,005ft and settle in for the night. If the weather is clear the views of the sunsetting from here are amazing and we may be lucky enough to spot Condors soaring over the valley below.

    Advanced

    Hiking

    10H

    Conventional

    Camp

  • 3
    Day 3: Choquequirao - Pinchinuyoc

    After a delicious breakfast, you will be guided around the main sites of the interest throughout Choquequirao and then have some free time to explore on your own. Choququequirao is one of the most extensive Inca sites to be discovered and a large portion of it has yet to be excavated. After our buffet lunch we´ll set off again on our trek heading for the pass above the City. From this pass we´ll make our wey down into the White River below and camp at the terraces of Pinchinuyoc located at above 2,487 m.a.s.l / 8,160 ft. However, free time to walk around our campsite until our hot drinks.

    Medium

    Hiking

    10H

    Conventional

    Camp

  • 4
    Day 4: Pinchunuyoc - Maizal

    After enjoyed our delicious brfeakfast, we´ll carry on down into the valley until we reach the river far below, in the dry season the river is calm and it´s water are warm so it´s perfect place to stop and have a refreshing dip and ease out your tired muscles. After our swim we´ll make our way back up the opposite side of the valley heading for our campsite at Maizal located at 2,891 m.a.s.l / 9,488 ft today, we will see a wide variety of native plants and birds and have beautiful views of tne lush and green White River valley. On our arrivalto our compsite at Maizal, we will have the pportunity to visit around the Inca site. Hot drinks, dinner and sleep well in our water proof tents.

    Advanced

    Hiking

    10H

    Conventional

    Camp

  • 5
    Day 5: El Maizal - Yanama

    This day, the walk takes us from Maizal to the small village of Yanama where the views are amazing where also will see a lots of natives plants and birds , walk along the original Inca Trail and pass by abandoned gold and silver mines from Peru´s colonialdays . Our campsite for tonight it will be at Yanama located above 3,520 m.a.s.l / 11,549ft where we will stay on the land of one of the local families. After the buffet lunch, we will have the change to visit their home and learn about their customs and traditions. Hot drinks, dinner and sleep well in our water proof tents.

    Advanced

    Hiking

    10H

    Conventional

    Camp

  • 6
    Day 6: Yanama - Colpapampa

    Today we will walk from Yanama to the highest pass on the trek located above 4,840 m.a.s.l / 15,879ft having been trekking through mostly lush valleys upto this point you´ll notice the scenery change to the high puna as we head for the pass. Once at the pass we´ll have fantastic views of the surrounding mountain ranges including the might Salkantay located above 6,270 m.a.s.l / 20,570 ft From the pass the path leads us back down to warmer climes again and our path will eventually converge with the Salkantay trek at Colpampa 2,900 m.a.s.l / 9,514 ft where we will camp for the night. Hot drinks, dinner and sleep well in our water proof tents.

    Advanced

    Hiking

    10H

    Conventional

    Camp

    Bus

  • 7
    Day 7: Colpampa - La Playa

    Today, our great destination is the village of La Playa located about 12km down the valley from Colpapam. Our route takes us along the Lluskamayo River through an area that is teeming with life and that has various coffe and fruits plantation. We will camp at La Playa located above 2,400 m.a.s.l / 7,874 ft which is well connected and there are many places where you can buy snacks and refreshments, you can also try some of the local grown coffee. If you are interested there is the option to visit some hot springs that are close by, let us guide know in advance so that he can organize this for you.

    Advanced

    Hiking

    10H

    Conventional

    Camp

  • 8
    Day 8: La Playa - Llactapata - Aguas Calientes

    Today is the final stretch of the trek before we reach Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu, the main focus of tofay is to visit the Inca site of Llactapata sat on the mountainside high above. Following an original Inca Trail we´ll arrive to Llactapata by early to mid morning and can enjoy the fantastic Views of Machu Picchu that we get form here. After a guided tour of Llactapata, we will catch the train straight to Aguas Calientes where our guide will lead us to our comfortable Hotel La Cabaña or another similar one. Free time to enjoy the hot springs or just relax around the main square.

    Advanced

    Hiking

    10H

    Conventional

    Camp

  • 9
    Day 9: Full Day Guided tour to Machu Picchu

    After your buffet breakfast at the hotel, picked up and transfer to Poroy station in our private vehicle (It takes 25 minutes) where you will have fantastic journey through the sacred valley of the Incas and the remote canyon of Vilcanota to Aguas Calientes village. Once you arrive there, you will be picked up by our English speaking guide and then you will be immediately by transferred by shared touristic transport up to the most spectacular ancient city in the World which is Machu Picchu (By bus takes around 35 minutes by unpaved road) Machu Picchu was built by the Inca Pachacutec and comprising stone blocks fitted with masterful precision, Machu Picchu harmoniously blends into the mountain landscape. There are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants or a sanctuary for the Incas.

    This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. If the time permit and according the coordination with the guide and your entrance to Huayna Picchu mountain (Young mountain) you can climb but it takes around 2 hours up/down (recommendable climb in 2 days trip) Afternoon and depending on your train schedule back to Cusco, you will have to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco. After the guided tour, our guide will give you all the instructions for your bus down and train back to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Poroy station, you will be meeting again by our staff and then transfer back to your Hotel. Note: If you decide to climb to Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Montaña and due to the limit of entrances, you must let us know in advance or when you book the full day tour to Machu Picchu. There are only 400 entrances per day, this climbing depends much of weather conditions especially from January to March is not recommendable for rainy season.

    • Duration: 1 Day trip ( Cusco – Machu Picchu – Cusco )  
    • Season: All year 
    • Departure: On requested :The Expedition train leaves at 7:40 am / Vistadome leaves at 6:40 am / Hiram Bingham 9:00 am

    Medium

    Hiking

    5H

    Conventional

    Not Include

    Train

Maps

Include

  • Briefing night before of your hike into our office by our English speaking guide
  • Assistance by English speaking staff from the beginning till your return.
  • Pick up from your Hotel in Cusco
  • Private transport Cusco – Cachora / Train station – Hotel in Cusco
  • Buffet meals ( Optional: vegetarian food as free )
  • English speaking guide ( Other languages, upon the request of our customers )
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Personalized service in a private transport ( Full equipped )
  • Horses to carry food and camping equipment only along the way and your 10 Kilos of stuff
  • Experienced cook and Cooking equipment
  • Teatime everyday (coffee, tea, popcorn, biscuit)
  • 4 capacity tent - 2 persons per tent with plenty space
  • Sleeping mattress and totally clean
  • Water supply (boiled) after every dinner or breakfast time
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent & Porters insurance
  • Plenty of snack for every mornign before start your hike
  • Bus tickes Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Train tickets Hidroelectric – Aguas Calientes - Cusco
  • Free first Aid kit and oxygen if is necessary for altitude sickness
  • Peruvian taxes or IGV 18%

Not Include

  • International and domestic airfares , local flights can be purchase upon customers request
  • Entrance fee to the thermal baths everywhere
  • Entrance to Choquequirao complex ( 60 Soles each )
  • Sleeping bag ( can be hired into our office USD$ 60 for whole trip )
  • Breakfast on Day1 and lunch , dinner on Day9
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña US$20
  • Upgrade to Vistadome ( Luxury train ) US$ 60 Machu Picchu – Cusco
  • Walking poles USD$50 ( A couple )
  • Inflatable mattress USD$ 60 for whole trip
  • Extra horse USD$ 250 for whole trip
  • Alcoholic drinks and airport taxes
  • Travel insurance if something happens during your trip
  • Tip for the guide, cooks, and porters. It´s a tradition
  • Guided tour to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña ( Additional cost $ 45 x 2 people )
  • Extra horse for your personal items ( 9 Kilos $90 / 18 Kilos $180 )

Prices

Number of People 2 3 4-5 6-7 8+ Group service
USD$ 998.00
Price per Person in USD$ 1,523.00 1,432.00 1,386.00 1,340.00 1,295.00 Ask first for availability

Extra Services

Vistadome (Luxury train service) + USD$ 75.00/person
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