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Choquequirao Salkantay to Machu Picchu 6 Days

Created with Sketch. Choquequirao, Salkantay, Machupicchu, Cusco, Peru.
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6D/5N

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10 people

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Español, Ingles

Overview

Choquequirao Salkantay to Machu picchu is the second most important archeological site in Cusco region. It has a connection with the last Inca city of Vilcabamba and with Machu Picchu. It is in the middle of different Inca roads that traversed all of the Inca empire. After quite a tough hike we will see fascinating and remote Choquequirao (“cradle of gold” in Quechua) – awesome in design and also location, perched high on a spur above the Apurimac canyon – the third deepest canyon in Peru. This is the great place to see condors inhabiting the area.

We walk along coffee and banana plantations before arriving at Aguas Calientes. The last day is devoted to exploring the Lost City of Incas – Machu Picchu. You must join us on this unforgettable and challenging adventure.

Choquequirao and Salkantay to Machu Picchu new route 2 Important archaeological sites and the magical view of the Salkantay mountain.

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    Activities: Trekking Adventure
    Difficulty Levels: 4 of 5
    Maximum Altitude: 4350 masl. / 14271 ft.
    Accommodation: 2 Day Lodge, 1 Days Hostel, 2 Days Camping
    Departures Day: Daily Departures.
    Starts: Pick up at your accommodation in Cusco around 6:00 AM
    Ends: Drop-off at your accommodation in Cusco around 9:45 PM

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco — Capuliyoc — Marampata.
We will pick you up from your hotel between 3:30 to 4:00 AM to start our trip in a private van for 4 hours to northeast of Cusco city, through small towns until Capuliyoc town (2.800masl) where we have a delicious breakfast and where also we will meet with our trip staff (muleteers and horses).

After breakfast we begin with our hiking for about 20 minutes and will arrive to our first viewer where we have a panoramic view, in front of us we can see the vilcabamba mountain range called ( padreyoc) and the famous Apurimac Canon, after having an amazing view we will start our descend for 3 hours through beautiful landscapes where you will be able to see different medicinal plants which were used by our ancestors ( muña, chilca and different varieties of plants) If we are lucky we will be able to see the majestic Condor, we descend until Chiquisca Hamlet (1800masl) where we have a delicious tipycal Cusco Lunch Buffet.

After having Lunch we will have a 30 min break to continue with or hiking, Descending 45 minutes more until Playa Rosalinas (1700masl), located in Apurimac River separated by two important Peruvian regions CUSCO and APURIMAC

After passing the famous Apurimac river we continue descending for 4 hours until Marampata (3500masl) on the way we will see bird dance, at sunset we will see andean people, how they live in the mountains with a style of life that maybe you wont believe compared to the city. We will arrive to our private Choquequirao trek Lodge approximately at 5:30 pm, after a small break its time for dinner, approximately at 7pm and overnight in our LOGDE, during the night you will be able to see constellations according Andean or Inca religión.

Hiking distance: 15 Km. / 9.3 mile.
Hiking time: 6½ to 7 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: Lodge: Choquequirao Sanctuary Lodge.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 2850 masl. / 9350 ft. (Marampata)
Minimum Altitude: 1475 masl. / 4839 ft. (Playa Rosalinas)
Day 2: Maranpata — Choquequirao — Marampata.
In the early morning you will be woke up with a coca tea and have enough time to organize our stuff. Approximately at 7:30am we will have a delicious typical Breakfast. Then we will continue with our hiking to Marampata, on this day the hiking is going to have a high level physically, where we will be able to see an amazing view of the Archeological Choquequirao Complex (3900masl) through our hiking we will have amazing canon views where our tour guide will explain about the flora and fauna, we´ll have 3 hours to explore all the Choquequirao Complex (cradle of gold) also knew as the lost city where you will visit plazas sector, llamas sector, astronomic sector and other important places.

After to visit all of this places we will start our descend until Choquequirao Camping where our picnic Lunch is waiting for us, after having lunch we will take a 30min break and continue to an amazing place that only us know about it, this place is called cataratas de Pachayoc (water falls) a place where you will be in touch with the nature. Finally we will return to MARAMPATA where dinner is ready and is time to stop over.

Hiking distance: 8 Km. / 4.9 mile.
Hiking time: 5½ to 6 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: Lodge: Choquequirao Sanctuary Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 3106 masl / 10190 ft. (Choauqueiaro)
Minimum Altitude: 2850 masl / 9350 ft. (Marampata)
Day 3: Marampata — Capulioc — Soraypampa.
On this day we wake up very early (4am) to start our hiking, descending for 3 hours to Chiquisca where we have a healthy breakfast.

After having Breakfast in Chiquisqa (07:00 AM) we will return for the same path to arrive to paso Capuliyoc, from chiquisca we practice horseback riding with profesional muleteers for 2 hours aproximately.

Our private transport is waiting for us to make conection to Salkantay (4 hours approx) during the trip we will see different ecosystems and valleys till arrive to our destination soraypama(3900masl) where we have Lunch.
After Lunch we will continue hiking for about 1 hour and 30 min approx. We will head to one of the most visited places in Cusco called Humantay Lagoon which has con agua turquose water like the men throw Paint on it, which is on the foothills of Humantay snowcapped (vilcabamba mountain rang) then we will make our descent (40min) to our Soraypampa Camping, where you can see the sky and the earth as if they were together.

Hiking distance: 19 Km. / 12.3 mile
Hiking time: 6 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: Camping: Soraypampa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 4200 masl / 13779 ft. (Laguna Humantay)
Minimum Altitude: 1475 masl. / 4839 ft. (Playa Rosalinas)
Day 4: Soraypampa — Salkantay Pass — Wayracmachay — Chaullay
We will head to Salkantay towards the highest peak of the mountain
towards the highest peak of the mountain in front of your eyes the whole mountain Challenge yourself as you move up steep slopes while you contemplate the valley far below until you reach the base of Apu Salkantay. Around noon, you will be in the middle of the Andes mountain range! In the afternoon, we enter the incredible cloud forest and the tropical jungle surrounding Chaullay. This is your most challenging but also rewarding day!


Early with the first light of day at 05:30 am and a quick breakfast, we will start walking to the highest point of the trail: the Salkantay Pass (4650 MASL). The distance is 7 km of difficult climb in 3 hours between the base of the rocky valley and the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6271 MASL). When we reach the top of the pass, we will appreciate the spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and the imposing snow peaks of Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo. Mountain Salkantay is the second highest mountain in the Cusco region. Continuing from this highlight of today's hike, there is a 5 km downhill walk to the place where we have Lunch. The rocky snake-shaped way down to the place where we will have lunch is Huayracmachay. In the afternoon, after our meal, we will enter to the upper part of the Amazon rainforest, which is also known as "the cloud forest". This is a 10 km (6.2 miles) hike is a wide trail in dense and magical tropical forest. During this part of the walk, you will notice a dramatic change in the landscape and energy of the land as we move into the Amazon. This walk is truly beautiful; The hills are decorated with colorful landscapes, wildlife and native plants. The forests are warm and tropical most of the year with temperate climates. At the end of this exceptional hike, we arrive at Chaullay (2900 MASL) for a well deserved rest from our long trekking day!

Hiking distance: 22 Km. / 13.7 mile
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hour approximately.
Climate: we start with a cold weather and we end up in a tropical climate.
Acomodation: Camping: Chaullay.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 4630 masl / 15190 ft. (Paso Salkantay)
Minimum Altitude: 2900 masl. / 9514 ft. (Chaullay)
Day 5: Chaullay — La Playa — Hidrolectrica — Aguas Calientes.
At 06:00 AM, we will begin our trek to the small town of La Playa through the Santa Teresa Valley. You can see this new and exuberant landscape during the 6 hours of walking today! During the walk we will see rivers, waterfalls, wild orchids and plantations of coffee, banana and avocado. We will see a town called Colpapampa, also called "the top of the cloud forest", where you can see waterfalls, birds, hot springs, fruit trees and flora and fauna. If we are lucky, we can even see the beautiful bird called "The rooster of the rocks", the national bird of Peru! After a lunch at La Playa, we will take the local transport to the Hidroeléctrica train station.

Here you will have two options:

1) If you are exhausted, you can take the train to Aguas Calientes ($ 31.00 extra).

2) If you still feel like walking, you can walk from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes for about 3 hours along the train track. There is a nice path next to the tracks through the warm cloud forest paradise. This is the same trail used by the American professor Hiram Bingham who rediscovered Machu Picchu after centuries of being lost to the outside world!

Once in Aguas Calientes, you can rest a little before dinner or stroll through this attractive place that has the feeling of being a California Gold Rush city. There are no cars in Aguas Calientes, so it's a quiet place to be. At 7:00 PM, we will have dinner at a local restaurant. All expenses in Aguas Calientes are covered by the company, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight stay at our hostel. In your room, you will have a private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, breakfast in the morning and luggage storage while visiting Machu Picchu.

Hiking distance: 26 Km. / 16.1 mile
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hour approximately.
Climate: we start with a cold weather and we end up in a tropical climate.
Acomodation: Hostel: Aguas Calientes.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 2900 masl. / 9514 ft. (Chaullay)
Minimum Altitude: 2040 masl. / 6692 ft. (Aguas Calientes)
Day 6: Aguas Calientes — Machu Picchu — Cusco.
The Expectation towards Machu Picchu will increase as we go through the forest in the morning to reach the site before most other tourists, even the Inca Trail hikers! You will have plenty of time to explore this magnificent wonder of the world while enjoying the beautiful sunrise from this unique point of view in life. Your group will learn about this mystical place on a two-hour guided tour of the ruins. Afterwards, you can choose to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain (if you have reserved tickets) or walk to Puerta del Sol (without additional entrance tickets).

Today we will reach the long-awaited end of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO: Machu Picchu! We will get up early after a refreshing night in our hostel to beat the crowds to the top of Machu Picchu and enjoy their serenity in the soft light of the morning. The entrance control point to Machu Picchu is open from 06:00 AM to 17:00 PM. We will walk to Machu Picchu (a bus trip is optional for $ 12.00) and we will enter to the Real City of the Incas which is hidden in the mountains. Here we will have a guided tour of 2 hours through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priests' houses, the sundial, the industrial sector and the fields of cultivation. Surprise yourself with the engineering ingenuity of the Incas, which was far ahead of its time and even today it is a mystery! Without having modern tools, not even steel and iron to work, the people who built this city were great at organizing this community in a sustainable and beautiful way on the side of a mountain, even carrying water in water ways through its streets so that people can use.When a Peruvian guide showed this site to Hiram Bingham, it was almost unrecognizable, covered in thick vegetation and in poor conditions. Since then, it has been cleaned and restored and now is protected and treasured by the world in general.

After this tour, you can go up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (make sure to book tickets in advance!). Each mountain takes about 3 hours to go up and down. Another option with less impact for which you do not need an additional ticket is to walk to Puerta del Sol, the main entrance from the Inca Trail (this takes around 2 or 2.5 hours round trip). Another option is to walk to see the Inca Bridge. You can stay and enjoy this magical city for more than 7 hours before returning to Aguas Calientes for the train trip at 16:22 hrs (according Train Tickets availability) to Ollantaytambo. A private bus will pick up our group and drop you off at your hotel in Cusco at approximately 9:45 p.m.

Distance Travelled: 8 Km. / 4.9 mile
Hiking time: 2 hour approximately.
Optional: Shuttle to Machu Picchu:25 minutes from Aguas Calientes.
Machu Picchu guided tour: 2½ hour.
Climate: tropical warm.
Shuttle to Cusco:3 hours by train and bus from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast.
Maximum Altitude: 3399 masl / 11151 ft. (Cusco)
Minimum Altitude: 2040 masl. / 6692 ft. (Aguas Calientes)

Include:

  • Private transport from Cusco to Cachora trail head
  • Transport from Capulioc to Soraypampa (for all camping and personal luggage)
  • Transport from La Playa to Hidroelectrica
  • The north face or Eureka tents - 2 persons
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
  • Hostel Basic in Aguas Calientes
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance fees to Choquequirao
  • Entrance fees to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • High quality camping equipment, tents are big enough for 2 persons. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent)
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks / option vegetarian
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, for all camping equipment and customer’s luggage (Up to 7 kg)
  • Emergency horse over 6 persons
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle

Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Day 1: Breakfast
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day
  • Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Tips: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Choquequirao, Salkantay, Machupicchu, Cusco, Peru.

Tour Map Choquequirao Salkantay to Machu Picchu 6 Days

FAQs

What Should I Bring for the Tour?
– Original passport
– For students: ISIC card
– Insurance card/certificate
– Walking stick ( Highly Recomemded )
– Hiking boots
– Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
– Warm jacket
– Hat and gloves
– 2-4 t-shirts
– 2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
– Long underwear for sleeping
– Hand sanitizer
– Comfortable trousers
– Sun hat or cap
– Sunscreen
– Insect repellent
– Water
– Toiletries/ Toilet paper
– Personal medication
– Camera
– Flashlight or headlamp
– Extra money for tips/snacks/beer.
How is the weather in the inca jungle tour?
Weather in the Inca jungle trail change a lot special the first day. however the weather is very warm in Santa Maria, Santa Tereza and Aguas Calientes. all this towns are located lower then Cusco and they are not higher then 2400 meter about the see level.
Temperature during all year is between 10°C and 25 °C.
Only in the biking portion you will need warm jacket and rain jacket.
when is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?
Best time to visit Machu Picchu by inca jungle trail is between march and December.
How hard is the biking tour ?
It is not that difficult and not that challenge however we recommend passenger have some king of experience with the bike. then with our tour guide recommendation you will have a great time with our tour.
Do I need experience for the tour?
Actually you don't need that expert experience on biking, rafting, or zipline. In any moment you fell these activities is to much for you. You can decide to not continue with this activities and take and optional way.
When should I book inca jungle trek?
Never is to early to book you tour with us, It is because you will have enough time to book in advance updates like Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña. This tickets are sold out very fast and you need to book approximately 2 months before departure.
How much is to enjoy hotspings?
In Santa Tereza - Cocalmayo, You will find the best hotspings in the area, it only cost 10 soles or 3.5 USD dollars.
How hard is the hike on the second day?
It is not that hard. It is a medium exercise hike, However we recommend bring just belongs you will really need in the hike. Lite back pack is more confortable for hike this area.
How much money do I have to take in the tour?
We recommend 200 soles or 70 USD dollars. This is because sometimes you can need money for water, snacks, extra drinks, any kind of emergency.
How hard is hike from Aguas Calientes o Machu Picchu?
It is 1:30 hours hike . The first part is 30 minutes flat and then 1 hour steps up to Machu Picchu.
When Machu Picchu open and close ?
Machu Picchu Open at 6:00 am and Close at 5:00 pm.
How long people usually take in machu picchu?
Usually people stay in Machu Picchu for 5 hours then they prefer to go to Aguas Calientes for lunch or spend sometime in the town.
Do you serve vegetarian food in machu picchu jungle tour?
Yes we do . Please when you book this tours don't forget to tell us if yu are vegetarian or you have any kind of allergy.
Huayna Picchu VS Machu Picchu Montaña
Many people ask about Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Montaña and few people know the difference about this 2 climbing hike mountains in Machu Picchu.

Huayna picchu: It is located at the northeast area and it is famous because since the summit you can enjoy a beautiful landscape and Machu Picchu.

huaynapicchu have a steep road and people arrive to the summit in approximately 45 minutes hike up. In the summit you can enjoy and take picture for not longer then 20 minutes. This is because huaynaPicchu pick do not have a big space and not to of people can login there.

if you plan hike up to Huayna Picchu You need to book in advance . it cost 25 American dollars per person.

Huayna Picchu altitude: 2789 masl.

Montaña Machu Picchu: It is the taller Mountain. You need at list 3:30 hours to enjoy the hike up to this Montaña. This mountain ofer different altitudes view of Machu Picchu and also a amazing panoramic view of all machu picchu, Aguas calientes, hidroelectrica and others areas around.

In the summit you can spend longer time. this is because not lot of people go to this mountain yet because the new accest it is.

if you plan hike up to Montaña, You need to book in advance . it cost 25 American dollars per person.

Montaña altitude: 3240 masl.

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  • Mountain Huayna Picchu ⇨$25,00
  • Mountain Machu Picchu ⇨$25,00
  • Buffet Lunch in Machu Picchu ⇨$35,00
  • Bus Up and Down ⇨$25,00
  • Vistadome Train 360º | Return ⇨$40,00
  • Private Cabin 2 Nights in Choquequirao ⇨$120,00
  • Horse Ride 3 Days ⇨$60,00
  • Private Service ⇨$250,00
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