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Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu 6 Days

Created with Sketch. Choquequirao, Yanama, Machupicchu, Cusco, Peru.
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Duration

6D/5N

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

10 people

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Languages

Español, Ingles

Overview

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    Activities: Trekking Adventure
    Shuttle to Capulioc: 3½ hour by bus from Cusco.
    Difficulty Levels: 4 of 5
    Maximum Altitude: 4350 masl. / 14271 ft.
    Accommodation: 1 Day Lodge, 1 Days Hostel, 2 Days Camping
    Optional Activities: Horse Reading, Zipline, Hotspring.
    Locations: Choqueauirao, Machupicchu.
    Departures Day: Daily Departures.
    Starts: Pick up at your accommodation in Cusco around 4:00 AM
    Ends: Drop-off at Cusco around 22:15 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 — Choquequirao Camp Site.
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 Choquequirao Camp 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: Choquequirao — Rio Blanco — Maizal.
Before breakfast, we recommend going to appreciate the magnificent sunrise from this picturesque spot! We will have breakfast at 6 AM.
We start today’s trek passing through and exploring the Choquequirao ruins. We hike uphill through cloud forest, mountains, and valleys to reach the Choquequirao pass.
After 5 hours trekking, the trail continues through agricultural terraces called Pinchinoyoc which means “water jumping forward” (2750 MASL – 9022 FASL).

There we will see different species of birds, varieties of orchids, and local coca plantations.
We will have our lunch near the Rio Blanco. We use the break here to take a refreshing dip in the cold, clear river water if you would like.
We cross the river by walking because there are no bridges.
On the other side, we start the long, steep climb to our camp in Maizal high over the river and closer to the sacred Apus of the Incas. This climb takes about 3 hours. This is the most challenging day. We will camp at 3000 MASL – 9842 FASL.

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: Maizal — Yanama — Santa Teresa.
You leave camp behind and climb past old silver mines to the highest pass of the trip. Abra San Juan at 4,000m (13123ft) affords spectacular views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba mountain range. Here we are going to take our lunch

You then take a delightful and at times precipitous path down to the charming Andean village of Yanama. Here you say goodbye to your muleteers and climb aboard the waiting vehicle for the spectacular drive on dirt road over the Totora pass to the small hamlet of Lucmabamba and finally Santa Teresa. 4:30 hours by bus

We can go to take shower and enjoy the hotspring cocalmayo.

Hiking distance: 18 Km. / 10.7 mile
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hour approximately.
Shuttle to Santa Teresa: 3½ hour by bus from Yanama.
Climate: we start with a cold weather and we end up in a tropical climate.
Acomodation: Camping: Santa Teresa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 4630 masl / 15190 ft. (Paso Salkantay)
Minimum Altitude: 2900 masl. / 9514 ft. (santa Teresa)
Day 5: Santa Teresa — Hidrioelectrica — Aguas Calientes.
After breakfast, we will board our transport to the hydroelectric plant, where the government control is located and the entrance to Machu Picchu National Park (Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary).

At this point we will start our trekking to the town of Aguas Calientes, passing through the area called Intihuatana, a small archaeological site where the guide will share an explanation to better understand the site.

Then we will continue to Inka Rakay, where we will enjoy our lunch. During the journey, we will enjoy and contemplate the majesty of the Machu Picchu mountains, Huayna Picchu as well as other agrological sites in the heights of the mountain.

We will finish the hike in the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the third night of the tour.

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 — Machupicchu — Cusco.
Today we arrive at the long-awaited finale of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu! We will wake up early after a refreshing night at our hostel to beat the crowds to the top of Machu Picchu and enjoy its serenity in the soft morning light. The Machu Picchu entrance check point is open from 06:00 AM until 17:00 PM. We will hike up to Machu Picchu (a bus ride is optional and included if you do not want to walk) and enter the hidden Royal Citadel of the Incas.
Here we will have a 2-hour guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields. Be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas which was so far ahead of their time and still partially a mystery today! Without having modern tools or even steel and iron to work with, the people who built this city were genius in organizing this community in a sustainable and beautiful way on the side of a mountain, even bringing water in canals through its streets for the people to use. When a Peruvian guide showed this site to Hiram Bingham, it was almost unrecognizable, covered in thick vegetation and in a state of disrepair. It has since been cleaned and restored and is now protected and treasured by the world at large!

After this tour, you are free to climb up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (Be sure to book in advance to get tickets for these!). Each mountain takes approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Another lower-impact option for which you do not need an extra ticket is to trek to the Sun Gate, the main entrance from the Inca Trail (this takes about 2 or 2.5 hours round-trip).
Another option is walking to see the Incan Bridge. You will be able to stay and enjoy this magical city for more than 7 hours before hiking back down to Aguas Calientes for the train ride at 6:45 PM to Ollantaytambo. A private bus will pick up our group and drop you off at your hostel in Cusco at about 11:00 PM. Rest your feet and your body now, but we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come!

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)

What is Included?

  • Private transport from Cusco to Cachora trail head
  • Transport from Capulioc to Soraypampa (for all camping and personal luggage)
  • Transport from La Yanama to Santa Teresa
  • 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, Yanama, Machupicchu, Cusco, Peru.

Tour Map Choquequirao Trek 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.
What is Choquequirao?
Choquequirao is named after Quechua Chuqi K’iraw, the cradle of gold. Located just over 3,000 meters high, they are complex Inca terraces and buildings to understand, very similar to the citadel of Machu Picchu, in terms of its architecture. Some even call it the "sacred sister of Machu Picchu" or "second Machu Picchu." The site is not as large as Machu Picchu, but it is much less crowded by travelers, since it can only be accessed on foot, with a tour operator, it is the longest and most complete road in Peru, after this expedition you will not want more make another path the same
when is the best time to visit Choquequirao & Machu Picchu?
Best time to visit Machu Picchu by inca jungle trail is between march and December.
What is the degree of difficulty in shockquirao?
The road must be considered some aspects the time the physical condition Choquequirao remains one of the most memorable experiences around the world, but physically it is stronger than any other road Cusco, 166 kilometers, but especially the 4600 meters of altitude is a real physical challenge , especially if you decide to do the eight days until Machupicchu between them there are two ports to cross at 4,600 mens level. We believe that it is not necessary to be an experienced hiker to make this trip but we recommend that it be better to rent an extra horse and to be able to arrive without problems this challenge to Machupicchu.
Is it recommended to enjoy hot springs?
In Santa Teresa - Cocalmayo, you will find the best hot springs in the area, it only costs 10 soles or 4 USD dollars.
How much money do I have to take on the tour?
We recommend 300 soles or 100 US dollars. This is because sometimes you may need money for water, snacks, extra drinks, any type of emergency.
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 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
  • Sleeping Bag & Walking Sticks ⇨$60,00
  • Private Cabin 2 Nights ⇨$120,00
  • Horse Ride 5 Days ⇨$150,00
  • Private Service ⇨$250,00
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