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Top Tips on How to trek to Choquequirao

    At 3,050 meters, Choquequirao is one of the highest Inca settlement build in the XV century; it’s also the world’s heritage. To reach there you need to be in the city of Cusco and then drive for 3 -4 hours to the village of Cachora. During the trek you’ll pass several climate zones ranging from rainforest to alpine Mountains; although it is possible to trek to Choquequirao without any specific mountaineering training or equipment.

    FIND A TOUR OPERATOR

    Experts estimate that only 70% of trekkers reach successfully to Choquequirao, but your chances increase significantly if you choose the right operator. It is compulsory to trek with a guide, and authorized travel Agency like SUNRISE PERU TREK. Operators vary from first-class to downright negligent, so it’s important to be selective and to prioritize safety over cost. Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking 

    TIME YOUR TRIP

    It is possible to trek Choquequirao all year round, but some months are distinctly more comfortable than others. There are one optimum seasons for trekking to Choquequirao —from March to November

    PREPARE FOR SUCCESS

    Although mountaineering training isn’t necessary, a reasonable level of fitness goes a long way on Choquequirao Trek. If you’re somewhat lacking in this department, you’ll want to work on your stamina in the months leading up to your trek. Practice hikes also give you the opportunity to break in your new hiking boots, minimizing the chance of debilitating blisters. Exertion at altitude can affect the body in different ways, so it’s a good idea to get a medical check-up before departure. Even the most basic ailments can make your life miserable at 10,000 feet.

    Top Tip: Comprehensive travel insurance is essential. Make sure that your plan includes cover for medical treatment and emergency evacuation.

    Choquequirao Outstanding Trekking

    CHOOSE YOUR ROUTE

    There are four trekking routes to Choquequirao and further to Machu Picchu. Each one varies in terms of difficulty, traffic, and scenic beauty, and choosing the right one for you is a key part of the planning process. Timings depend on which route you choose, with hikes taking anywhere from 3 to 8 days. The routes with the highest success rate are those that take longer and ascend at a gradual rate, allowing trekkers to acclimatize to the change in altitude.

    Top Tip: Allow time for a longer trek in order to maximize your chances of enjoying your holiday.

    PACK CAREFULLY

    For Choquequirao trek is important to find the balance between packing light and making sure that you have everything you need. Layers are crucial given the diversity of Choquequirao. You’ll need sun protection for the lower reaches, and warm clothes. A sleeping bag is essential; as is a basic first aid kit (your operator should provide more extensive safety items, including oxygen). It is possible to rent equipment, although quality and fit vary greatly. Remember to pack spare batteries for your camera,

    Choquequirao Standard Trekking

    GET ACCLIMATIZED

    At the Choquequirao Trek the Altitude sickness is the single biggest reason for failed attempts on Choquequirao. The best way to acclimatize to the mountain’s extreme altitude is to choose a route that ascends gradually. Certain medications (like Diamox and Ibuprofen) may help to lessen the effects of altitude sickness, while hydration (preferably with purified water) is also important. Altitude sickness can affect anyone, regardless of your training or fitness, and as such it’s vital that you are able to recognize the symptoms.

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    Avoiding Altitude Sickness

     

    We highly recommended that you spend at least two days in Cusco acclimatizing before beginning your Choquequirao Trek. We’ll assist you to organize hotels and excursions in Cusco for these all important acclimatization days. Cusco is unfortunately relatively high at 3,400m / 11,150ft so you will undoubtedly start feeling the altitude as soon as you arrive. Try not to exert yourself whilst in Cusco and drink lots of water. You can read more about acclimatisation and altitude sickness here.