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Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu 8 Days

Monday, 12 December, 2016 | Choquequirao Trek, Featured Tours, Most Selling | 1 Comentario

If you have eight days for trekking in Peru, consider Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu. This includes exploring the two most outstanding Inca sites: Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. Getting up early to watch the sun rise over the sites is one of the many highlights of this route.

Overview

TOP TREKKING CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU OVERVIEW

Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu is the best trekking program to Machu Picchu; it’s a great introduction to Inca culture and its traditions. Machu Picchu is a very popular destination in Peru where you can arrive by train, but the best option is by foot; means trekking. Because you can enjoy the natural and cultural highlights while you are trekking through the Andes. It provides a good insight into the Inca culture; close-up and fabulous views of the highest peaks on the region; including Salkantay, Padreyoc, soray, San Cristobal, etc., without the struggle with high altitude. Tailored Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu is best suited for those who want to see the two most important Inca sites in one trek: Machu Picchu and Choquequirao.

Many people wish to see Machu Picchu but they do not have time to reach Choquequirao; or they might not be well prepared physically to trek both of them separately. Our wonderfull Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu is an ideal tour program for them. If you want to trek together with your family with your elderly parents and little children, and want to see the mighty Choquequirao and Machu Picchu; learn the history of the Incas; explore mountains and pristine forest; the Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu is a perfect program for you.

The eigth-day Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu is a from easy to difficult walk; that starts with an easy stroll along the world heritage sites of the Apurimac Canyon; where we gain a first distant view of Choquequirao in a clear day. Ths trek brings you through a region of Inca sites, ancient temples, Inca terraces, holy places, high peaks, canyons, wonderful forest and valleys; in the shadow of the Vilcabamba range’s greatest peak.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

Choquequirao Trek Machu Picchu All departures for Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu are guaranteed, so once you’ve booked you can be sure you’re going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

HIGHLIGHTS

Guided trail to Choquequirao
Viewpoint of Choquequirao
Viewpoint of Apurimac Canyon
Watch the soar of the condors over the Apurimac Canyon
Visit picturesque villages
Guided tour of Choquequirao an Inca ruins
Free time at Choquequirao Inca ruins for further exploration
A Moderate trekking through the Vilcabamba mountain range
Sunrise /sunset at Choquequirao
Sunrise at Machu Picchu
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Free time within Machu Picchu for further exploration
Scenic walks and inspiring hikes

ESSENTIAL INFO

LOCATION: About 4 hours drive west of Cusco to the zone of Capuliyoc
ALTITUDE: Min. 1,500 masl – Max. 4,670 masl
TIMING: 8 days and 7 nights
STARTING & ENDING POINT: Cusco hotel
LEVEL: Modearte / Challenging due to steep ascents and descents.
ADVENTURE RATING: The Choquequirao Trek Machu Picchu is one of the better known adventure hikes around Cusco.
DEPARTURE DATES: Any day with two people.
ACCLIMATISATION: Minimum 2 days at altitude (recommended).
ACTIVITIES: 6 days trekking, 1 day explore Choqeuquirao, 1 day explore Machu Picchu, 6 nights in Camping tents and night hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes
DESTINATION: Cusco to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu in Peru
SINGLE SUPPLEMENTARY: US$50 (It will be up to them to apply who do not like to share the tents).
DAILY WALK: Approximately 6-8 hours

BRIEF ITINERARY FOR TOP TREKKING CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU

Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Chikisqha camp

We leave Cusco at 5:30am in our private car and drive for 4 hours to the zone of Capuliyoc; along the route we’ll stop for toilets, get breakfast and purchase some items for the trek. From Capuliyoc we’ll trek to Chikisqha camp.

Day 2: Chikisqha camp – Choquequirao

The trail of today is very warm; the beginning of the trail is down to the bottom of the valley cross the traditional bridge and climb to the shores of Choquequirao Inca settlement.

Day 3: Explore Choquequirao – Rio Blanco camp

We’ll explore the magnificent Inca archaeological sites of Choquequirao, our guide will lead us through the most important sites and then you’ll have free time to explore or rest. After the lunch we’ll hike to Rio Blanco camp.

Day 4: Rio Blanco camp – Yanama community

The trail continues with hard climb to “Minas Victoria” and later to the community of Yanama, the entire day you’ll be surrounded by splendid views of the mountains and great flora and fauna.

Day 5: Yanama community – Totora Pampa

Today we’ll hike toward the highest pass (4,670 masl) from where you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views. Then we continue to Totora community.

Day 6: Totora Pampa – Playa Sawayaco

The trail of today is mainly down through the high Andean valley and near the small river; by the afternoon we’ll hike through the cloud forest with the presence of plants, orchids and different types of flowers.

Day 7: Playa Sawayaco – Aguas Calientes town

The trail start with a short climb to the Llacta pata pass from where we’ll see the mountains of Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu; the trail runs by the skirts of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountain to the town of Aguas calientes.

Day 8: Explore Machu Picchu – return to Cusco.

Very early we’ll take the bus up to Machu Picchu and explore it; our guide will lead us through the most important sectors and then you’ll have free time for further exploration: In the afternoon we’ll ride the train and return to Cusco.

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Day to Day

DETAILED ITINERARY FOR  TOP TREKKING CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU  PICCHU

The Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu  includes trekking and exploration of the Inca Archaeological Complex of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. The trekking start from the zone of Capuliyoc, near the town of Cachora and ends in the Inca ciradel of Machu Picchu from where we’ll return through the valley of Urubamba to  Cusco.

Day 1: Drive from Cusco to Capuliyoc and trek to Chikisqha camp

Our great Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu begins at 5:00am when we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and we drive our private car to Cachora where we’ll stop for a breakfast, use the toilets ad purchase some items for the trek; we embark on the hike to the lost Incan city of Choquequirao, surrounded by breathtaking views of the Apurimac River and sweeping mountain scenery at every turn.

Even though the lost city of Choquequirao was discovered hundreds of years ago, it still feels as though you may be the first to discover it. The trek to this remote Incan city although challenging, is well worth the effort. Winding trails take you through the Apurimac River canyon with views of the snow-capped Salkantay Mountains making a breathtaking backdrop.

  • Private Vehicle: Cusco – Cachora: 4 hours . Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Choquequirao Full Trek: Cachora – Chiquisca5h30m-6h 10km
  • Meals included:  Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Trek from Chikisqha camp to Choquequirao

After early breakfast we’ll continue trekking through the Apurimac River canyon on the way to Marampata. Keep your eyes open for condors as you make your way up into the cloud forest to Choquequirao, where you’ll camp for the night. Along the trail we’ll see great variety of wildlife.

Choquequirao Full Trek : Chiquisca – Choquequirao 8 hours trekking
Wake up early and begin the steep descent into the Apurimac River canyon, cross over the traditional suspension bridge; continue along to Playa Rosalinas and start the vertical climb following the switch back trail up to Marampata here will be served our lunch. After the lunch, continue upwards to the magnificent Inca ruins of Choquequirao (3,030m/9,872 ft). When the sun swings around onto the mountain face, it can get warm during the climb. Today has a very early start to hike while it’s cool. Make sure to dress in layers, use your sunblock, insect repellent and prepare for a strenuous trekking day.

  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping 2 people per tents
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6 -7 Hours

Day 3: Explore Choquequirao Inca ruins and trek to “Rio Blanco” camp

After breakfast we’ll explore the ancient Inca ruins of Choquequirao, comparable only to Machu Picchu in its beauty, grandeur and architectural accomplishment. After the tour within Choquequirao we continue with a gentle climbing for 3 hours until be at 3,300 masl. Or 10,890 Ft, then we will descend until Rio Blanco camp at 1,900 masl. Or 6,270 Ft. On the way we will pass by Pinchiunuyoj Inca Ruins. There, we will observe different species of birds, different varieties of orchids, and local coca plantations (2,750 masl. Or 9075 Ft.)

Choquequirao Guided Tour:

Today you’ll enjoy plenty of time to explore the Inca site of Choquequirao. The ‘other Machu Picchu,’ Choquequirao is built at the top of an almost untouched mountain in the province of La Convención. Ancient stone walls protect its two-leveled palaces and temples, systems of fountains, canals and aqueducts that fed the fantastic terraces farmed by the Inca during the Inca Pachacutec government (XV century).

  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping 2 people per tents
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6 -7 Hours

Day 4: Trek from “Rio Blanco” camp to Yanama community

Today is our four day and our destination is Yanama community. Continue trekking past Choquequirao with the team of guides, herdsman, and cooks through the Andes following Inca pathways.From Rio Blanco (White river), we will climb up to Maizal (3,000 masl. Or 9,900 Ft.) For about 3 hrs. From here the trail continue with a gentle climbing to the zone known as the Minas Victoria an old Mining center. Almost on the top, we can appreciate original paved Inca trails with stone steps in the middle of the valley. We will pass over (4,150 masl. Or 13,695 Ft.)  And finally descend to our campsite of Yanama pampa(3,800 masl. Or 12,540 Ft.).

  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping 2 people per tents
  • Climate: warm and cold with mosquitoes.
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6 -7 Hou

Day 5: Trek from Yanama to Totora Pampa

Early in the morning, we will head for the highest pass of this trip – the Yanama Pass at 4,670m. If we are lucky we will even see a condor fly in the area. During the day, we will enjoy frequently the view of snowcapped mountains such as Salkantay (6,271m), Pintuyu (5,450m / 15,289 ft) and more. We’ll cross mountain peaks and head for the highest point on the trek, the Yanama pass, the highest point then descend into the valley of Totora (3,400m/11,155 ft) for the night.

  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping 2 people per tents
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 Hours
  • Climate: warm and cold with mosquitoes.

Day 6: Trek from Totora Pampa to “La Playa Sawayaco”

Today is our six trekking day and our destination is Playa Sawayaco located in the beginning area of the Amazon Jungle. After early Breakfast we’ll continuing the trekking downwards this morning we follow a gentle slope, passing farming lands and hesr of anilas including picturesque communities. The trail follows the Totora River. As we go down the Natural life will be more interesting, with lots of hummingbirds, woodpeckers and many species of orchids and begonias. Our cam at Playa Sawayaco is located at 2,125 masl. Or 7,012 Ft. here the Guide will propose to continue to Santa Teresa by car or camp here.why?. The natural hot spring in the town of Santa Teresa is highly recommended

  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping 2 people per tents
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 Hours
  • Climate: warm and cold with mosquito

Day 7: Trek from “La Playa Sawayaco” to the town of “Aguas Calientes”

After early breakfast we continue with our last hiking day. The trail climbs up to Llactapata pass from where we can see the mountains of Machu Picchu and huayna Picchu. It is three hours uphill, along the hillside with great views of the Santa Teresa Valley and some coffee and passion fruit farms. Once we arrive at the top of this mountain, we will be at the famous Inca site of Llactapata, which was built by the Incas. They used it to observe the sunrise during the winter solstice.

Then, we will walk the last three hours, descending down to the hydroelectric station. Here, we will enjoy our last lunch and say goodbye to your trekking chef. From here we continue walking through the Urubamba canyon until the town of Aguas Calientes; here you’ll have accommodation in the hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 Hours
  • Climate: warm with mosquito

Day 8: Explore Machu Picchu and ride on train to Cusco.

Very early we get breakfast and at 5.30am we’ll take the bus up to Machu Picchu (bus included in price) where we’ll have a guided tour of the lost city of the Incas. This is a lifelong dream for many, and also a pinnacle of the Choquequirao to Machu Picchu trek!
Early in the morning (before dawn) we will take a bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu, so that you can appreciate this famous city in the dawn light and before the crowds arrive. You will have a 2 -3 hours guided.

After your tour you can further explore the ruins by yourself or climb Huayna Picchu for that classic photo of Machu Picchu. (You must advise at time of booking and pay an additional fee of $US30 these permits sell out months in advance. Book Early!).
After the all we’ll descent down to the town of Aguas Calientes to enjoy your lunch in one of the restaurants. Late in the afternoon we’ll ride thetrain and return to ollanta train station from where you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Climate: warm with mosquito

ITINERARY NOTES

The times cited in this Top Trekking Choquequirao to Machu Picchu itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group and the guide can change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group. Each guide has their own preferred route and it might not correspond exactly to the route described here.

Included

TOP CHOQUEQUIRAO TREKKING TO  MACHU PICCHU INCLUDES:

  • Pre-trek briefing one night before the trek
  • Pick-up from your hotel in the morning of trek departure
  • Transport from Cusco to Capuliyoc, the trailhead in private car.
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao Inca archaeological site
  • English-Quechua-Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 8 people)
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4-person capacity tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
  • Air mattress for a greater comfort during the trek
  • Chef and cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for large groups)
  • Toilet tent
  • Meals as specified in the program (optional vegetarian food). Our professional Chefs prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies (Please communicate with your guide/chef during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water.
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping gear, food and kitchen gears. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items and sleeping bag (up to 6 kg per person).
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & kitchen tent for the chef to prepare meals
  • Tents for our staff to sleep in
  • Entrance Fees and Admission fee for Machu Picchu
  • Tourist Train ticket return from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • 1 Night in Hotel in Aguas Calientes town
  • A duffle bag is provided for your personal items
  • You need to carry small day-pack with camera, water and snacks.
  • Vegetarian food available upon your request
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

EXCLUDED

  • Breakfast on the first morning in the town of Cachora
  • Lunch on the last day in the town of Agus calientes.
  • Sleeping bags – if you haven’t got a sleeping bag or you don’t want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you, then we have sleeping bags for hire.
  • Tips for the guide, chef and horseman
  • Up-Grade Vistadome train return to Cusco US$ 50 pp (Optional).
  • Trekking poles a pair US$20
  • Entrance to Hauyna Picchu mountain US$ 30

What to Bring

YOU SHOULD BRING FOR TOP CHOQUEQUIRAO TREKKING TO MACHU PICCHU

  • A light daypack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperatures.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf.
  • Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • It you get hot in the Apurimac Canyon; you should also be prepared for hot conditions on this trek.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sunblock
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters and more
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Cash – sufficient for tips and souvenirs, or any drinks or snacks you might want to buy along the way.
  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you).
  • Binoculars (if you have them)

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Choquequirao Standard Trekking 4 Days

Monday, 12 December, 2016 | Choquequirao Trek, Featured Tours, Most Selling | 2 Comentarios

The “Choquequirao Standard Trekking” is awe-inspiring trek to the other Machu Picchu; that is resting practically desolate on the top of the mountain next to the Apurimac canyon. Here tourists do not arrive in comfortable trains, but real adventurers who, after days of exhausting trek, meet with the absolute silence of their mysterious ruins.

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF CHOQUEQUIRAO

THE SISTER OF MACHU PICCHU

Undoubtedly Machu Picchu is considered the most important tourist destination in Peru, +3 millions of tourists visit Peru every year and the 95% of then have visited the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu located in the region of Cusco; but in this region exist more interesting places that can fill the expectation of the intrepid tourist, but due to the little marketing that is given, it does not become known as it is now Machu Picchu in the world.

THE INCA SETLEMENT OF CHOQUEQUIRAO

Since it was opening for tourist few groups arrived to Choqeuquirao and these who have visited say that Choqeuquiraois better than Machu Picchu and if should be considered as the “sister of Machu Picchu”; it is a less visited site doe to arrive there is only by trekking, there are no railways or bus roads that can take you to Choquequirao. The trekking is a moderate but one is rewarded by splendid views of the Vilcabamba mountain range which embraces the highest mountains of the region of Cusco. The trekking is not crowded as the Classic Inca Trail or Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, most time of the year the trekking to Choqeuquirao is with few tourist and other day cero of tourist. For this trek is not necessary a permits as the Inca Trail or Machu Picchu at least for now and you can trek all year around however we recommended from April to November when we are in the dry season.
Since the Inca archaeological site of Choqeuquirao is Not very popularlike Machu Picchu, is NOT easy to join groups, so most times it is operated only in private service, thus increasing operating costs. As an example, only the transportation service from Cusco in a minivan to Cachora or Capuliyoc (starting point of the trek), costs around 250 and the same price to pick up when you’ll return to Cusco. To this cost must be added the fees of the guide, Cook, cargo carriers, honorarium fee for the carriers commonly called muleteer, also the costs of feeding, tents, gas, agency fee, taxes, etc. All these costs make the trip expensive.

HOW DIFFICULT IS THE TREKKING?

The Choquequirao Trekking is a moderate trekking in the Andes of Peru which take you to visit the last refuge of the Incas hidden in the Vilcabamba region. Any trek can be hard if you don’t have acclimatization to the Altitude, so that we highly recommended stay in the city of Cusco for at least two day prior to begging you Choquequirao trekking. Read More

Choquequirao Standard Trekking

The panoramic view of the Inca settlement of Choquequirao; which was the last Inca refuge of the Inca Empire to where the Spanish conquistadores arrived in the 1572 – Choquequirao Standard Trekking

Overview

CHOQUEQUIRAO STANDARD TREKKING OVERVIEW

Choquequirao Standard Trekking is an exciting adventure package in the region of Cusco; that takes you to explore the last stronghold of the Inca Empire; where you’ll admire the grandeur of its natural and cultural highlights. Relish the glory of the mighty Vilcabamba mountain range; and savor the beauty that lies in the tranquil mountains. Here is a journey to one of the most visited Inca archaeological site after Machu Picchu; you will find yourself within the grandeur of amazing mountain scenery and history where you could have never felt more freedom.

Embrace the beauty of changing nature as you walk through the scenic Apurimac Canyon; from the foothill landscapes; through the dense rhododendron forests to the majestic mountains themselves.

Our four-day Choquequirao Standard Trekking will let you experience the grace of Peru’s biodiversity; that lie in the region of Choquequirao; also known as the Vilcabamba Region. It provides an opportunity to experience the views of the mountain peaks of Mt. Salkantay  (6,271 masl), Mt. Padreyuc (6,250 masl) and many more. You will also witness diverse species of flora and fauna and uncover the beauty of the Choquequirao region; as you pass through interesting villages. The Choquequirao Standard Trekking is truly awe inspiring trek in Peru.

Our wonderfull Choquequirao Standard Trekking begins in the zone of Capuliyoc; where we start hiking through lush subtropical forests, picturesque villages, farming lands and the great view of the Padreyuc mountain ranges. We will pass the viewpoint of Capuliyoc and descend to the Apurimac canyon. The sunrise and sunset views from Choquequirao are without equal. Ascents to the glorious mountains and descents to the deep canyon with the splendor of beautiful landscapes conspire to make this journey utterly remarkable!.

FAST FACTS

ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights camping
TRANSPORT: All transportation by private vehicle: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Cusco.
CAMPING GEAR: Is included all camping facilities and horses to load the equipment
MEALS: All meals during the trek, prepared by our mountain chef
GUIDED: Services of a professional tour guide: English and Spanish
GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2; Maximum 10.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

Choquequirao Classic TrekAll departures for Choquequirao Standard Trekking are guaranteed, so once you’ve booked you can be sure you’re going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

TREKKING HIGHLIGHTS

Guided trail to Choquequirao
Viewpoint of  Choquequirao (Capuliyoc)
Apurimac Canyon
Watch the soar of the condors over the Apurimac Canyon
Visit picturesque villages
Guided tour of Choquequirao an Inca ruins
Free time at Choquequirao Inca ruins for further exploration
A moderate trekking since it is do it in four days
Sunrise /sunset at Choquequirao
Scenic walks and inspiring hikes

IMPORTANT INFO

LOCATION: About 4 hours drive west of Cusco
ALTITUDE: Min. 1,500 masl – Max. 3,300 masl
TIMING: 4 days and 3 nights
STARTING & ENDING POINT: Cusco hotel
LEVEL: Modearte / Challenging due to steep ascents and descents.
ADVENTURE RATING: The Choquequirao trek is one of the better known adventure hikes around Cusco.

ACCLIMATIZATION: Minimum 2 days at altitude (recommended).
ACTIVITIES: 4 days trekking, 3 nights in Camping tents and guided tour at Choquequirao
DESTINATION: Cusco to Choquequirao in Peru
SINGLE SUPPLEMENTARY: US$50 (It will be up to them to apply who do not like to share the tents).
DAILY WALK: Approximately 6-8 hours

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Playa Rosalina camp

We leave very early from Cusco, drive our tourist car for 4 hours from Cusco to Capuliyoc and trekking down to Playa Rosalina Camp; approximately 6 – 7 hours trek

Day 2: Playa Rosalina camp – Choquequirao

After breakfast we continue trekking up to the shores of the Inca ruins of Choquequirao and watch the sunset from the Inca Terraces.

Day 3: Explore Choquequirao

In the morning we’ll explore the Magnificent Inca settlement of Choquequirao; our Tour guide will lead you through the most important sites; then you’ll have free time for further exploration or you can rest.

Day 4: Choquequirao – Tambobamba – Cusco

Trek from Choquequirao through the Apurimac canyon to Tambobamba and return to Cusco in our Private car. We’ll arrive to Cusco at 8:00pm approximately.

Choquequirao Standard Trekking Video

Day to Day

DETAILED CHOQUEQUIRAO STANDARD TREKKING ITINERARY

The Choquequirao Standard Trekking includes trekking and exploration of the Inca Archaeological Complex of Choquequirao. The trekking start from the zone of Capuliyoc, near the town of Cachora and we’ll return through the valley of Huanipaca, to the village of Tambobamba. With a plenty of time to explore this mysterious ruins of Choquequirao. (Total trekking distance is Km. 50 approximately).

Day 1: Drive from Cusco to Cachora & trek to Playa Rosalina camp

The four-day Choquequirao Standard Trekking stars when the staff of “Sunrise Peru Trek” will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 4:30 a.m. then we travel in our private car, with your tour guide for about four hours until you get to the trail’s head – Capuliyoc at 3,200 m. Here we’ll will meet the trekking team: the horses and horsemen. After you receive a short briefing and snacks given by the cook you’ll commence trekking toward the first camp.

The trekking start with gentle up for about 10 minutes up to the view point of the “Capuliyoc” from where you’ll see the deepest part of the Apurimac canyon and the trail that will lead you to Choquequirao; then the trail continues zigzag down to the village of Cocamasa a little community where we’ll rest for about 15 minutes. The views of the Apurimac canyon and the snow-capped mountains around are gorgeous.

From here the trail continues down to the community of Chiquisqha where the cook will be waiting for the group with delicious lunch; after the lunch you’ll have the option of resting and in you need water you can refill you water bottle. From Chiquisqha the trail continues down to the border of the

Apurimac River, where there is a beautiful camping site name “Playa Rosallina”; it is located at 1,500masl and it will be the lows camp on our trek. It is very important to have insect repellent since the zone is very warm here there are mosquitos but NO malarias, if you are with insect repellent everything will be ok.

Today the trek will last for about 6 hours; once in the camp at 5:30 you’ll have a hot drinks (Coffee, tea, chocolate, etc.) and at 7:00pm will be served you dinner after that your guide will give you the briefing for the following day and you can go to sleep to you tent.

  • Climate: warm
  • Hiking time: 6 hours
  • Food Included: Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping tents

Day 2: Trek from Playa Rosalina camp to Choquequirao

After an early breakfast you’ll receive your snacks for the day and continue trekking toward the Inca ruins of Choqeuquirao. For few monutes the trail will continue down to the valley were we’ll find the Aprurimac River; we’ll cross a typical holding bridge over the River, which are the biggest rivers in the region of Cusco and Apurimac. This river is tributary of the Amazon River and the Amazon River goes to the Atlantic Ocean.

After we cross the bridge, the trail start a gentle climbing up for 3 – 4 hours to the village of Marampata (2,900m) where you will enjoy the beautiful landscape and the great views of the Apurimac canyon; here your lunch will served. Our cook will arrive first and waiting for you ready with a great lunch. After lunch you can rest and refill your water bottle. Here there is a nice shower with cold mountain water but the environment is very hot and this cold shower is just well deserved. Maranpata is a very nice place with flat and grassy place where you can lie on the grass and enjoy the nature of the zone

From Maranpata the trail continues undulating and sometimes zigzag up for two hours until the Inca ruins of Choqeuquirao, The trail runs through the rain forest with presences of many flowers and beautiful bromeliads, also we’ll visit the farming terraces of Paqchayoc. During the trek everyone will take his own pace.

Upon arrival to the Inca ruins of Choquequirao your tent already will be set up, and you can go to rest and leaved you belongings into the tent. After a good rest, your guide will invite to you to walk to one of the Inca terraces, from where you can enjoy the views of the deepest part of the Apurimac canyon; with luck you can see the condors overflying the canyon and the sunset which is one of the most beautiful natural highlights of this trek.

In the evening you’ll have a tea time and one hour after your hot dinner will be served in the dining room tent; after that your guide will explain you the program of the following day and then you can go to sleep in your tent.

  • Climate: both cold and warm
  • Hiking time: 7 hours
  • Food Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping tents

Day 3: Explore Choquequirao Inca ruins

Wake up early and enjoy the sunrise over the Apurimac canyon. After an early breakfast you’ll head to explore the magnificent Inca ruins of Choquequirao with your Guide. You’ll walk approximately 30 minutes to the main site of the ruins. Once you arrive, your tour Guide will begin the tour of this impressive Inca settlement.

The tour will last for about three hours; you’ll visit different temples dedicated to the different elements of the Mother Nature; an Inca palace, astronomical observatories, and rooms for living; also you’ll visit the Qolqas or store rooms for food and the awe-inspiring landscape. After the tour you will have free time for further exploration, and then we return to the camp for your lunch and a well-deserved rest; after your lunch you can rest or continue to explore the other sites of Choquequirao with your guide.

You also will explore amazing areas of this mysterious Inca settlement like: the Inca terraces decorated with figures of llamas; which is a steep downhill located at 30 minutes from the camp; there you’ll see a large number of narrow farming terraces. All of the llama depictions were built out of white stones, into the wall. This was most likely built by the Incas to represent the llama constellation in the Milky Way.

You will also get to visit a building known as the Usno; a very nice truncate pyramided which was used by priests to offer open ceremonies to the Apus or the protector spirits of the Mountains, also we’ll visit the temples of the sun, the moon, the starts and the Pachamama (mother nature), all of that buildings are made in a very fine Inca style.

After all we return to the same camp and enjoy the tea time and the last diner. In the evening you can observe the constellations; your guide will explain you the different constellation and why it was very important for the Incas and still is important in the life of modern people in Peru

  • Weather: Hot with mosquitoes
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, tea time and dinner
  • Hiking time: Exploring the Complex of Choquequirao
  • Accommodation: Camping tents

Day 4: Trek from Choquequirao to Tambobamba then drive to Cusco

Wake up very early and get your breakfast served by you trekking cook and then start an easy downhill walk for 4 hours approximately until we arrive to the Apurimac river to the shores of “Playa San Ignacio” there we’ll encounter another bridge to cross; continuing the trek, the trail climb up gradually for one hours to “La Hacienda San Ignacio”, here we stop for our lunch and an extra time for resting.

In the afternoon we’ll walk for 3 hours to the picturesque village of Tambobamba where our car will be waiting for us to return to Cusco. The returning travel will last for 4 hours so, we’ll arrive in the city of Cusco at 8.00pm approximately. And you’ll be transferred to you hotel where you’ll deliver to the guide the duffel bags provide for the tour.

  • Weather: Hot with mosquitoes
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch
  • Hiking time: 8 -9

ITINERARY NOTES

The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group and the guide can change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group. Each guide has their own preferred route and it might not correspond exactly to the route described here. However the most important highlight of this trek, is to explore the mysterious Inca settlement of Choqeuquirao

Included

CHOQUEQUIRAO STANDARD TREKKING INCLUDES:

  • Pre-trek briefing one night before the trek
  • Pick-up from your hotel in the morning of trek departure
  • Transport from Cusco to Capuliyoc, the trailhead in private car and the returning way
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao Inca archaeological site
  • English-Quechua-Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 8 people)
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4-person capacity tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
  • Air mattress for a greater comfort during the trek
  • Chef and cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for large groups)
  • Toilet tent
  • Meals as specified in the program (optional vegetarian food). Our professional Chefs prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies (Please communicate with your guide/chef during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water.
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping gear, food and
  • kitchen gears. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items and sleeping bag (up to 6 kg per person).
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & kitchen tent for the chef to prepare meals
  • Tents for our staff to sleep in
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

EXCLUDED

  • Breakfast on the first morning in the town of Cachora
  • Dinner on the last night upon your arrival to Cusco
  • Sleeping bags – if you haven’t got a sleeping bag or you don’t want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you, then we have sleeping bags for hire.
  • Tips for the guide, chef and horseman

What to Bring

YOU SHOULD BRING FOR CHOQUEQUIRAO STANDARD TREKKING

  •  A light daypack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperatures.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf.
  • Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • It you get hot in the Apurimac Canyon; you should also be prepared for hot conditions on this trek.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sunblock
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters and more
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Cash – sufficient for tips and souvenirs, or any drinks or snacks you might want to buy along the way.
  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you).
  • Binoculars (if you have them)

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THE TERMS AND CONDITION

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It is not commitment that you have to book tours, trekking, expedition or any other service with Sunrise Peru Trek. There are not any service charges for inquiries.

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Please kindly inform us, if you are inquiring information or quotation for promotion or business propose. Please inform us, if you are travel agency, tour leader or other organization to propose for group.

You are permitted to send as many inquiries to finalize tailor-made itinerary as per your desired holiday (date, route, type services, standard of accommodation, etc). In case of fixed itinerary, you have to be convinced as per groups plan.

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You need to provide us follow personal detail, information of flight (arrival at Cusco and departure from Cusco), Photocopy of passport and photographs.

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  • Family Name:
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We will procedure for necessary booking of services required for your trip.
Send you information of availabilities of services.
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We kindly request with all our client to make payment 40% total bill as booking deposit at the time of booking made. Once you decided to book the trip with us, we will give you our bank account. The balance invoice of your booking to be paid on your arrival at Cusco; You will pay us in cash.

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Choquequirao Standard Trekking

The views of the Choquequirao Standard Trekking

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Choquequirao Standard Trekking takes you to explore the Inca ruins

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At Choquequirao Standard Trekking you’ll se the sunrise over the Mountains

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Nice route at Choquequirao Standard Trekking

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Explore all the sites – Choquequirao Standard Trekking

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Apurimac Canyon – Choquequirao Standard Trekking

Weather for Choquequirao Standard Trekking

4-day Choquequirao Standard Trekking is an epic multiple day journey through the mountain of Peruvian Andes. The Weather in the Andes is really unpredictable at times and can change very quickly from sunny, to rainy and back again.

Dry season (April to November)

  • Day temperature of 20 º C / 35 º C
  • Night temperature 5 º C / 10 º C

Rainy season (December – March)

  • Day temperature 17 º C / 22 º C
  • Night temperature 0 º C / 7 º C
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STANDARD TREKKING FAQ ‘S

So you have decided that you would like to hike Choquequirao Standard Trekking; what next?
You will obviously have many questions that you would like answer to help you to prepare for your adventure of a lifetime; but where do you start? You will find below some of the most frequently asked questions that that will help you prepare to hike Choquequirao Standard Trekking.
Why should I choose Choquequirao Standard Trekking?
To hike to Choquequirao, there are 4 routes used to reach only Choqeuquirao or add to your itinerary Machu Picchu, each has its own characteristics and offers a different perspective and challenge. The most popular route is the Choquequirao Standard Trekking; which attracts the majority of all visitors to Peru. The Choquequirao Standard trekking route is a very popular route and as a result can also be very busy; these routes are typically completed in 4 days.
When is the best time trek Choquequirao Standard Trekking?
It is possible to hike Choquequirao Standard Trekking all year round; however the months outside of the rainy seasons are more desirable. The best months are from April to November. The finest weather is usually in the middle of the year from June to september, which are typically the warmest and driest months of the year.
How many people will be in a group?
We have a maximum of 8 people per group. We believe that a small, intimate group is one of the most important factors to ensure our guests will have an amazing experience on Choquequirao Standard Trekking. We can arrange trips for larger groups if required.
Will I need to purchase travel insurance?
You must arrange adequate travel insurance for your Choquequirao Standard Trekking. You should ensure that your policy covers you for high altitude trekking as most standard policies will not include this.
How fit will I need to be?
Anyone of reasonable fitness should be capable trekking to Choquequirao; it is more likely that altitude sickness, rather than a lack of physical fitness will prevent you from the trekking. That said the more preparation and training that you can do prior to hike Choquequirao Standard Trekking the more enjoyable you will find it.
What clothing & equipment should I take?
You do not require any technical equipment on Choquequirao Standard Trekking; however you will experience changing weather conditions and be exposed to temperatures ranging from +30 degrees to cero degrees, so you should be prepared for this. You should take thin layers that can be added, or taken away depending on the weather conditions. But remember there is a limit to the weight that the porters can carry and your kit bag must be a maximum of 8Kg. You will also have a rucksack that will contain your basic kit for a day’s walking.
How much equipment will I carry?
Your rucksack should contain all of your personal kit for the day ahead; a 30L – 35L rucksack will be sufficient. On an average day you would expect to carry; waterproof clothing, hat, gloves, water, first-aid kit, spare laces, valuables, pack lunch and snacks.

Choquequirao Trekking Challenge 3 Days

Monday, 12 December, 2016 | Choquequirao Trek, Featured Tours, Most Selling, tour | 1 Comentario

Choquequirao Trekking Challenge is the most exiting trek in Peru; starts in the city of Cusco and takes you to the last refuge of the Incas in the mysterious region of Choquequirao known as the Vilcabamba mountain range

Overview

Three-day Choquequirao Trekking Challenge is an excellent adventure package which lets you explore the breathtaking Apurimac Canyon and the Inca building of Choquequirao, the most important VX century Inca settlement in Cusco – Peru; the trekking is challenge but one is rewarded by splendid views of the Apurimac Canyon, the Vilcabamba mountain range and the iconic Choqeuquirao; the trail is open all year around but we recommended from April to November; during this time we are in the dry season; the rest of the year there is some landslides and the trail cam be closed. It is important to be in a good physical condition since this trek demands long distances each day.

American explorer Mr. Hiram Bingham the first who visited the region of Vilcabamba in 1909 and since then, the Inca site of Choquequirao has turned out to be a daydream experience, for huge number of trekkers all around the planet. The daunting and rewarding Choquequirao Trekking Challenge gives the incredible opportunity to walk through the deepest Canyon and over the Capuliyoc’s viewpoint for capturing awesome panoramic views. Passing through Scenic Mountains, ancient Inca temples, several highland settlements, meeting generous people living along the route and understanding their way of life are some of the highlights of Choquequirao Trekking Challenge. Significantly, the last retreat of the Incas from where they offer resistance against the “Conquistadores/Conquerors”. This trek will entirely enchant you.

The three-day Choquequirao Trekking Challenge starts once we pick you up from your hotel in the city of Cusco and travel four hours with a scenic view to Capuliyoc zone. Then, walk through the Apurimac Canyon; passing interesting villages  and traversing the Apurimac River.  Our Choquequirao Trekking Challenge takes you to a national park, home for over 2,300 plants with flower from which approximately 300 are orchids; Also different animal species like mountain bears, deer, pumas, condors, chinchillas, and several other wild lives.

Our Choquequirao Trekking Challenge takes you to xplore the mountainous settlements, valleys and canyons around the magnificent region of Choquequirao; accommodating in Camping tents and learning about the cultures of the famous Incas will leave spellbinding effect.

FAST FACTS

LOCATION: About 4 hours drive west of the city of Cusco in Peru
ALTITUDE: Min. 1,500 masl – Max. 3,300 masl
TIMING: 3 days and 2 nights
STARTING AND ENDING POINT : Cusco hotel
LEVEL: Difficult, but not at high altitude. Challenging due to steep ascents and descents.
ADVENTURE RATING: The Choquequirao trek is one of the better known adventure hikes around Cusco.
DEPARTURE DATES: Any day with two people. Not available during the rainy season. (December through March)
GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2 people average 8 people
DAILY WALK: Approximately 7-8 hours

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

Guided trail to Choquequirao
Viewpoint of  Choquequirao
Apurimac Canyon’s viewpoint
Watch the soar of the condors over the Apurimac Canyon
Visit picturesque villages
Guided tour of Choquequirao
Free time at Choquequirao for further exploration
Challenge trek since it is do it in three days and two nights
Apurimac Canyon sunrise or sunset
Scenic walks and inspiring hikes

BRIEF ITINERARY FOR CHOQUEQUIRAO TREKKING CHALLENGE

Day 01: First walking day

For Choquequirao Trekking Challenge, we leave Cusco very early by car to the zone of Capuliyoc and then trek for about 8 – 9 hours to Santa Rosa camp; today’s trek is considered hard and challenge.

Day 02: Explore Choquequirao

We continue very early the trail trekking up to the Inca ruins of Choquequirao; once we arrive, you’ll have a guided tour and free time for you own exploration, then we’ll return to Santa Rosa Camp. Today’s trek is considered hard but beautiful for the history and the great scenery.

Day 03: Return to Cusco

Early breakfast and continue the trek to Capuliyoc where our car will be waiting for us and return to Cusco. Today’s trek is considered hard and challenge but you’ll fill great because you just finish a wonderful trek.

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Day to Day

 DETAILED CHOQUEQUIRAO TREKKING CHALLENGE ITINERARY

Our three-day Choquequirao Trekking Challenge itinerary has been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

Day 1: Drive from Cusco to Capuliyoc and trek to Santa Rosa Camp:

For Choquequirao Trekking Challenge we’ll Pick-up you from your hotel in Cusco at 04:00 a.m; then, we’ll drive our private car for four hours approx. to the town of Cachora where we’ll stop for a quick breakfast and also purchase some items for the trek (Water, snacks, etc.); then, we’ll continue 30 minutes more to the zone of Capuliyoc (the starting point of the trek). Here, after we arrange the equipment on mules and horses, we’ll start the trek downward. The trail goes zigzag down until the place of “Playa Rosalina” where will be served our lunch and you can rest your knees that will be tired from walking down.

After a deserved lunch in the middle of exotic views of the Apurimac river/Valley and the scenic mountains, we continue a few minutes down to the border of the Apurimac River, which will cross by a bridge; after that we’ll start the climb up by a zigzag trail to the campsite of “Santa Rosa” where you can take a deserve cold shower (the place is very nice and warm). And enjoy the views of the Apurimac Canyon. Here, there is a small village and you can also find a place if you want to buy some water, snacks or sodas.

The approximate time of the hike is about 8-9 hours (Including the stops for lunch, resting and drink water). On this day, we will pass the small village, Capuliyoc (2,915 m.a.s.l.) impressive lookout point from where we can see the Apurimac Valley, Huayhuacalle (2,970 masl), Tinajayoc (2,630 masl), Mirador (2,370 m.a.s.l.), Cocamasana (2,330m.a.s.l.), Torowisqana (2,285 masl), Chiquiska (1,950 m.a.s.l.) grove place where we can find water, Playa Rosalina (1,550 m.a.s.l.), La Huerta (2,705 m.a.s.l.) and finally, we’ll arrive to Santa Rosa camp (2,115 m.a.s.l.).

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Acomodation: Campig tents
Climate : warm and sunny
Distance Travelled: Approximately 15km
Hiking time : 8 hour

Day 02: Trekking up to Choquequirao explore it and return to Santa Rosa camp.

After an early breakfast, we’ll continue another hard section of the Choquequirao Trekking Challenge so, an early morning wake up is needed, where delicious breakfast will be waiting for you; the trail provides some clear water spring inviting to get it; we recommend do not drink water from the spring because the bacteria of the water are not good for your health. At around 9:30a.m, we’ll arrive to the archaeological site of Choquequirao where you’ll receive a guided tour; after which you’ll have free time for further exploration and also enough time to rest. While you are exploring the Inca settlement of Choquequirao you kitchen team will prepare your lunch which you will enjoy after you finish explore the extraordinary Inca settlement.

During the tour, we will observe the three levels of the excavated Inca settlement, where you’ll see the houses, terraces and other parts of this late Inca-town, like the ruin in progress of excavation and finally the areas unexplored that can tell us about this last refuge of the oppressed Inca Empire. After all, we start the walking down to the camp of Santa Rosa and enjoy your last dinner.

The Inca ruins of Choquequirao are considered as “The Last Refuge of the Inca Empire”. The oldest reports assign to Juan Arias Diaz as one of the first people that explored the zone in 1710. Our bilingual guide will explain the history and importance of the site.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Acomodación: Camping tents
Climate : warm and windy
Distance Travelled: Approximately 12km
Hiking time : 7 hour

Day 3: Trek from Santa Rosa Camp to Capuliyoc and drive to Cusco.

After an early breakfast, we’ll pack all camping gear and start walking down to “Playa Rosalina” It is the lowest point of the trek. On the way, we can observe one more time the Apurimac Canyon; if we are lucky, we’ll see Andean Condors flying over the Canyon. We also will see the exuberant vegetation and its variety of flowers and orchids. From “Playa Santa Rosa”, we’ll continue walking up to Chiquiska where we’ll stop for our last lunch and also you can rest; this is a very hot place so that we recommend drinking enough water.

From the zone of Chiquiska, we’ll continue the trail zigzag up to Capuliyoc where our private car will be waiting for us and return to Cusco. Here in Capuliyoc you’ll have last choice to take pictures of the route, and see the trail that took us to Choqeuquirao. After all, we’ll take the car and return to the village of Cachora where the car will stop for going to the toilets and  you also can purchase some items for your car trip to Cusco. We’ll arrive to Cusco at approx. 08:00 p.m and you’ll be transfer you to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Climate : warm and sunny
Distance Travelled: Approximately 11km
Hiking time : 7 hour

ITINERARY NOTES

The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group and the guide can change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.

Included

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREKKING CHALLENGE INCLUDES:

Pre-trek briefing one night before the trek
Pick-up from your hotel in the morning of trek departure
Transport from Cusco to Capuliyoc, the trailhead in private car and the returning way
Entrance fee to Choquequirao Inca archaeological site
English-Quechua-Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 8 people)
Tents – 2 people in a 4-person capacity tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
Air mattress for a greater comfort during the trek
Chef and cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for large groups)
Toilet tent

Meals as specified in the program (optional vegetarian food). Our professional Chefs prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies (Please communicate with your guide/chef during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water.
Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping gear, food and kitchen gears. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items and sleeping bag (up to 6 kg per person).
1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill
Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & kitchen tent for the chef to prepare meals
Tents for our staff to sleep in
First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

EXCLUDED

Breakfast on the first morning in the town of Cachora
Dinner on the last night upon your arrival to Cusco
Sleeping bags – if you haven’t got a sleeping bag or you don’t want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you, then we have sleeping bags for hire.
Tips for the guide, chef and horseman

What to Bring

YOU SHOULD BRING FOR CHOQUEQUIRAO TREKKING CHALLENGE

  • A light daypack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperatures.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf.
  • Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • It you get hot in the Apurimac Canyon; you should also be prepared for hot conditions on this trek.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sunblock
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters and more
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Cash – sufficient for tips and souvenirs, or any drinks or snacks you might want to buy along the way.
  • Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you).
  • Binoculars (if you have them)

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Photo Gallery

Choquequirao Trekking Challenge

The descending part of the Trek with the lovely views of the Apurimac Canyon

Choquequirao Trekking Challenge

The Panoramic view of the iconic Choquequirao; viewed from the upper part of the ruin

Choquequirao Trekking Challenge

Exploring the mysterious Inca ruins of Choquequirao with professional tour guide

Choquequirao Trekking Challenge

Choquerquirao is the last refuge of the Incas; they leaved here until the 1572

Choquequirao Trekking Challenge

The incredible Inca terraces of Choquequirao located in the lower part

Choquequirao Trekking Challenge

Part of the rout to Choquequirao with splendid views to the Canyon

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