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Choquequirao Trek to Huanipaca 5 Days

Created with Sketch. Choquequirao, Marampata, Huañipaca, Cusco, Peru.
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Duration

5D/4N

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

10 people

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Languages

Español, Ingles

Overview

choquequirao is one of the Inca citadel with a magical history because its name means the “cradle of gold” for sure place where the best goldsmiths lived, and located near silver and gold mines. with a unique architecture, choquequirao located on the way to the Amazon and with connection to the last citadel of the Incas “vilcabamba”

The name Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold.” Located above the raging, glacier-fed Apurimac River, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks and seated on a high ridge, Choquequirao is a remote and rarely visited ¨lost city of the Incas¨.  The Inca archaeological site is considered, the sister to Machu Picchu, it is less known and 3 times larger than Machu Picchu.  It was one of the last refuges, for those Incas who continued to resist Spanish occupation after the conquest.  The site was eventually abandoned and became covered by dense cloud forest vegetation and to this day archeologists continue to discover new sectors of the city.

On this adventurous trek, we will walk on Inca highways, hike through high Andean landscapes with majestic glaciers, descend into deep canyons where the condors fly and pass through biologically diverse cloud forest ecosystems. You will also see native animals such as Andean Condors, birds, native flora and fauna, orchids and so much more.

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    Activities: Trekking Adventure
    Shuttle to Capulioc: 3½ hour by bus from Cusco.
    Difficulty Levels: 3 of 5
    Maximum Altitude: 4350 masl. / 14271 ft.
    Accommodation: 2 Day Lodge, 2 Days Camping
    Optional Activities: Horse Reading, Hotspring.
    Locations: Choqueauirao, Huañipaca, saywite.
    Departures Day: Daily Departures.
    Starts: Pick up at your accommodation in Cusco around 4:00 AM
    Ends: Drop-off at Cusco around 18:15 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
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.

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 Camp Choquequirao where dinner is ready and is time to stop over.

Hiking distance: 4 Km. / 2.4 mile.
Hiking time: 3½ to 4 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: Lodge: Camp Choquequirao.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 3106 masl / 10190 ft. (Choauqueiaro)
Minimum Altitude: 2850 masl / 9350 ft. (Marampata)
Day 3: Choquequirao.
After breakfast, we will visit the magnificent archeological site of Choquequirao for the entire day. Enjoy the private guided tour and explore all of the beautiful sections of the temples, terraces, palaces, the llamas’ section, and much more. We will return to our same campsite for tea and spend the night.

Choquekirao means “Cradle of Gold” in Quechua Inca’s language although this is probably not its original name. It is another “Lost City of the Incas” rediscovered officially late in the 20th century. It is located high on a ridge spur almost 1750 metres above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and is surrounded by the towering Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped peaks. Excavations and restoration of the 1810 hectares site began in the 1990s, and it is estimated that only 30% of the site has been restored to date. Every day archeologists are finding new things.

Hiking distance: 4 Km. / 2.3 mile
Hiking time: 4 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: Camping: Choquequirao.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 3040 masl / 9973 ft. (Choquequirao)
Minimum Altitude: 2919 masl / 9576 ft. (Choquequirao Camp)
Day 4: Choquequirao — San Ignacio — Villa De Loros
Today is one of the easier days of our trek. We will walk downhill for two hours to the magnificent Apurimac River (1,450m/4,787ft). We then cross the bridge to walk uphill for one hour to San Ignacio for lunch where we can enjoy the beautiful scenery and a great waterfall! After lunch we walk a moderate uphill trek through a beautiful valley towards Villa de Loros (2,600m/8,580ft) where we set up camp for the last evening.

Hiking distance: 16 Km. / 9.9 mile
Hiking time: 5 to 6 hour approximately.
Climate: we start with a cold weather and we end up in a tropical climate.
Acomodation: Camping: Choquequirao.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Maximum Altitude: 3040 masl / 9289 ft. (Choquequirao)
Minimum Altitude: 1450 masl / 4350 ft. (Playa San Ignacio)
Day 5: Villa De Loros — Saywite — Conoc — Cusco
Today is the relaxing and cultural day of our trek. After enjoying a delicious breakfast we take our private transport to the archeological site of Saywite, where we can explore and see an Inca monolith, several water fountains, and ritual platforms. After spending time enjoying the site we drive to the hot spring of Conoc to relax after several days of walking. After lunch we head back to Cusco dropping you at your hotel


Climate: we start with a cold weather and we end up in a tropical climate.
Shuttle to Cusco:4 Hours from Villa los Loros.
Meals: Breakfast.
Maximum Altitude: 3500 masl / 11482 ft. (Saywite)
Minimum Altitude: 3136 masl / 10288 ft. (Huañipaca)

Include:

  • Pick up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
  • Private transport from Cusco to Cachora (starting point of the trek) and from Villa de Loros to Cusco
  • Entry fee to Choquequirao and other Inca sites
  • English speaking, experienced professional guide
  • Private Guided tour in each archaeological complex
  • Comfortable tents for two people in a four-person tent
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you’re feeling exhausted or unwell
  • All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent
  • Tent for our staff to sleep in
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen
  • 7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes and sleeping bag will be carried by our mules
  • Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes
  • Entry fee to the hot springs

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, Marampata, Huañipaca, Cusco, Peru.

Tour Map Choquequirao Trek to Huanipaca 5 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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What will the weather be like on a Choquequirao trek?
The Andean weather can be unpredictable, despite the sharp divide between dry and wet seasons. The dry season runs from May to October or November; the rainy season goes from December through to April. Nevertheless, Choquequirao lies in the forested fringes of the Amazon basin, where showers can occur at any time of year. Therefore, even in the “dry” season, your daypack should always include full rain gear (both jacket AND trousers). Daytime temperatures can vary greatly, with daytime highs ranging from 10ºC/50ºF to 32ºC/90ºF, and night-time lows ranging from 10ºC/50ºF to a cold 4ºC/40ºF, though seldom much lower. The floor of the Apurimac Canyon gets very hot during the day. Bring your swimsuit for a delicious dip in the river.
What's the most difficult section?
We expected the 1800+m (ft) climb from the Apurimac River up to Choquequirao to be excruciating.Yet for us it did not seem difficult. (Perhaps it was the excitement of finally arriving at the ruins.) If you hike one of the longer routes, the day following your visit to Choquequirao may well be the most difficult.
What footwear is best for Choquequirao?
You want to wear what fits you best and what works for you. No blisters! Most experts recommend hiking boots: A pair of good boots and gaiters will make you feel invincible in the mud, with modern boots being remarkably light and comfortable. Some muleteers, by the way, hike in recycled-tyre sandals!
Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?
Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit off guard. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes, and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a headache and a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time, 1 to 2 days for most people. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude - proceed slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible, so it’s important to drink lots of water, and to slow down! This sounds simple, but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen, so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some coca leaves - the native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries, thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take altitude sickness pills (Soroche): these are sold over the counter all over Peru, and are just a few dollars.

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  • Sleeping Bag ⇨$30,00
  • Private Cabin 1 Nights ⇨$60,00
  • Horse Ride ⇨$90,00
  • Private Service ⇨$250,00
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