Choquequirao to Machupicchu Trek 8D/7N
Hike and visit the Choquequirao plus the Machu Picchu
Hike and visit the Choquequirao plus the Machu Picchu
Choquequirao is considered the last house, constructions if the Incas after arrive the Spaniards, and these days is known like the second Machu picchu, because is located in a strategical mountain and is so fantastic like the Machu picchu.
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 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.
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 archeological site (3110 metres/ 10120 feet). We will spend late evening there and we can watch the sunset and some condors.
After breakfast it is possible to explore more of the archeological site then have a little rest before lunch. In the afternoon we will climb over a ridgeand hike to the remains of Pinchinuyoc where we will camp for the night (2 hours of hiking down). This is definitely the easiest day of the trip
After a delicious breakfast, we hike down for 2 hours and arrive at the canyon of the Rio Blanco (1990 metres/6527 feet) where we have a rest before starting a difficult climb to our campsite of Maizal. The climb is 3- 4 hours long.
We leave at 7am, and walk uphill for about 3 hours through semi-jungle toward the Victoria Mines. We visit them as well as some Inca Ruins before climbing 1hour more to the pass of Victoria (4130 metres/ 13 546 feet). There are spectacular views from the pass as we descend to the charming village of Yanama (about 2 hours walk),following a section with some well constructed inca steps.
Once we get to Yanama, after the lunch we will continue walking to Colpapampa for 4 hours more, on arrival at campsite, we will enjoy the afternoon with hot drinks before the delicious dinner. On the way, we will appreciate beautiful rivers, surprising vegetation and fauna.
Today is another early start after breakfast; we walk for around 5 hours until La Playa site by the Salkantay Trek, where we have lunch. During the trail by the mountainside, we can see various types of orchid’s flowers, species of plants, some cornfields, fruit fields, and an exquisite waterfall, with a tropical microclimate where locals grown passion fruits, oranges, avocados, papayas, and coffee. After lunch, we continue by local car until organic coffee farm, where we will have an incredible visit with the different kinds of coffee and we will tasting the coffee prepared by ourselves with the help of the farmer; after that we are continuing until Santa Teresa Village campsite, and to Cocalmayo hot springs to swim in the pools. In the evening, we have a delicious dinner and time to enjoy of the wood fire organized by the camping owner, and rest at camp.
On this day after breakfast at 05h30, we will take a local transportation to Lucmabamba (40 minutes ride) to our start hiking point. we walk for 3 hours by the original Inca Trail and through the cloud forest to the Puncuyoc pass then onto Llactapata Inca remains which are located at 2,700m/8,907ft. (an Inca site located straight in front of the citadel of Machu Picchu)
Once here we enjoy the unique perspective of Machu Picchu from far away. Then we hike downhill for 2 hours to the hydroelectric plant where we have lunch. We continue to walk to Aguas Calientes through the National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, enjoying the surroundings of the iconic Machu Picchu and the wall which surrounds the Inca Citadel.
Note: If the group do not want to walk more, today we will catch the traditional trail directly to Hydroelectric without Llactapata. It will depend of the group.
Traditional Trail: You start the day at around 8:00 am with breakfast and then a 3 hour hike to the Hydroelectric plant (Hidroelectrica), where we have lunch to later continue for 4 hours more along the train rail to Aguas Calientes village (Machu picchu town) where we have a touristic hotel for the last night and the dinner in a local restaurant.
We will have breakfast at 5am and take the first bus to Machu Picchu. 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. 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:
The time stated within this program is approximate and walking time may differ depending on the group´s capabilities the guide may change the lunch spot and campsite if it is required. Each guide has his or her own preferred route and it may not follow the exact schedule described here. However all items listed within the above schedule will be covered.
Trek conditions also vary according to the season. In the dry season ( May – September) the trail can be very dusty and hot in the day time, in the wet season (October – March) it can be slippery and muddy and during the shoulder season the conditions can be variable. All year round in the mountains landslides can happen at any time, particularly after heavy rains. Do Adventures Perú takes no responsibility for trail conditions.
This Trek is adventurous and a challenging experience, crossing several high passes and the Rio Blanco which does not have a substantial bridge and can be dangerous to cross in periods of heavy rain. This region is not frequently visited by tourists, therefore tourist infrastructure is limited. Visitors should be aware that things change, or may not go to plan. This is all part of the adventure! We can change the date of your train ticket to the following day. Hotels costs and costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. Please also note that your entry ticket to Machu Picchu is valid for one day only, if you wish to visit the ruins on a second consecutive day you will need to purchase the ticket again. Please bring an open mind, flexibility and a good sense of humor.
We strongly recommend this trek for experienced trekkers or campers.
We include in our price these additional things, which normally are not included by companies.
• Original ID documents (Passport)
• A good backpack or day backpack to carry your personal things
• Sleeping bag recommended -5 as minimum, walking sticks are recommended.
• Waterproof trekking boots.
• Warm clothes ( you can experience the four seasons in one day).
• 6 T-shirts, sun hat, two pairs of pants for the trek, gloves, 8 pairs of socks, raincoat, 1 warm jacket, extra layers.
• Camera with extra battery.
• Sunblock, sunglasses, insect repellent.
• Essential toiletries, toothbrush, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.
• Water bottle (no need to bring water pills).
• Personal first aid kit.
• Head lamp.
• Some plastic bags in the rainy season.
Dayly Departures since two trekkers
Private tours are available and priced by party size, write us for a private tour.
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