Choquequirao & Machu Picchu 7 days

Choquequirao & Machu Picchu « Explorandino »

After the conquest by the Spanish, Manco Inca and his successors took refugees in the area of Vilcabamba. There they built several monuments and administrative centers in honor of the last Inca dynasty: Manco Inca, Sayre Tupac, Titu Cusi Yapanqui and Tupac Amaru I. In keeping with the traditions of other pre-Incan cultures, a neo-imperial state was created, to preserve religious and astronomical knowledge. The trek of Choquequirao to Machu Picchu will make you discover the citadel of the last Inca ruffians, as well as the rich ecosystem of this region.  

Vilcabamba is located northwest of Cusco, in the province of Convención, in the heart of the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes. This territory has an infinite number of microclimates, and is located between snow-capped peaks at over 6000 meters altitude and high jungle through the Andean highlands drowned in a sea of clouds.

Do not miss

  • A trek in grandiose landscapes off the beaten track.
  • Discover the site of Choquequirao, a site still preserved from mass tourism.
  • Go to meet local people and discover their agricultural know-how and customs.
  • Visit the majestic Machu Picchu, in the footsteps of this learned civilization: the Incas.

OVERVIEW

  • Altitude: 1550 - 4670 meters
  • High season: Year round
  • Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
  • Difficulty level: Medium - Difficult

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca - Playa Rosalina

We will leave Cusco at 5.30am and take the road towards the village of Cachora, where we will arrive after 4h30 of driving. On site we will meet the team of cooks and muleteers, as well as their animals, who will accompany us throughout this trek. After loading the mules that will carry all our equipment, we will begin our walk towards the Capuliyoc pass (2800m). Throughout the day, we will observe the evolution of the landscape and vegetation from the depths of the Apurimac Canyon below to the snowy peaks of the mountains that dominate us. We will descend inside the Apurimac canyon to the site of Chiquisca (1930m). We will continue to the middle of the Canyon at Playa Rosalina (1550 m) - where we will set up our camp near the river.

Time of walking: 6 hours
Climate: hot
Elevation : Cusco (3400 m) - Cachora (2850 m) - Chuiquisca (1830 m) - Playa Rosalina (1550 m)

Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Marampata – Choquequirao

After a full breakfast, we will take the road back to the Choquequirao site. En route we can make stops to meet the locals, and try a typical element of the region: sugar cane. We will go up to Marampata (2850m) where we hang our lunch. From here we will enjoy a superb view of the archaeological complex of Choquequirao (3033m), where we will head. Arrival on the site of Choquequirao, we will have a half-day to enjoy a first visit and we can enjoy the sunset, maybe even we will have the chance to watch the theft of condors. Our camp is located 20 minutes from the Inca city.

Time of walking: 7 hours
Climate: hot and cold
Climate : Playa Rosalina (1550 m) - Marampata (2850 m) - Choquequirao (3030 m)

Day 3: Choquequirao – Choquequirao pass – Río Blanco

It is at sunrise that we will visit the archaeological site of Choquequirao, "the Cradle of Gold" (3033m). We will explore this archaeological site, 30% of which has been restored and can be visited, the archaeological site still holds many secrets! We will visit the palace section, the fountains, the Inca religious in the sacred temples, the lamas section and the Usnu. Then, our tour will continue to Choquequirao Pass (3270m) and we will pass the archaeological site of Pinchaunuyoc (2450m). Finally, we will descend to the deepest point of the Río Blanco Lagoon (1900m) or Río Silvestre, where we will spend the night.

Time of walking: 6 hours
Climate: hot with mosquitos
Elevation : Choquequirao (3030 m) - Choquequirao pass (3270 m) - Rio Blanco (1900 m)

Day 4: Río Blanco – Maizal – San Juan pass – Yanama

It is both the most arduous and spectacular day with its multiple ecosystems. In Maizal (3000m) we will take a break to enjoy this wonderful landscape. The Inca Trail is a little damaged by the erosion of periods of rain. In San Juan (4170m), we will enjoy the beautiful views of the landscape (valleys, mountains and glaciers). Our campsite is located in the small village of Yanama (3530m).

Time of walking: 5 hours
Climate: Hot and cold with mosquitos
Elevation : Rio Blanco (1900 m) - Maizal (3000 m) - San Juan pass (4170 m) - Yanama (3530 m)

Day 5: Yanama – Yanama pass – Totorapampa

We will drive in the morning to the highest pass of this expedition "Yanama" (4670m). If we are lucky we will be able to see the theft of a condor. During the day we enjoy the views of the snow-capped mountains like Salkantay (6264m) and Pintuyu (5450m). Our camping place is located in the valley of Totora pampas (3500m).

Time of walking: 8 hours
Climate: hot with mosquitos
Elevation : Yanama (4670 m) – Yanama pass (4670 m) - Totorapampa (3500 m)

Day 6: Totora pampa – Collpapampa – Lucmabamaba – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes

At Totora Pampa we will get in touch with the Andean people, speaking Quechua. Agriculture and livestock are the main activities, which explains the wide variety of quality products: tubers, fruit trees, coffee, etc. From Collpapampa (3000m), we will take a vehicle that will take us to Lumacbamba (1950m) where we can enjoy some time for lunch, and discover a little more about local activities and Andean flora and fauna. The vegetation is more and more luxuriant and we will be able to identify some species of Bromeliace, orquid, etc ... We will also see plantations of coffee, papaya, passion fruit and avocado. We will continue by bus to Hidroeléctrica where our walk will resume to arrive at the village of Aguas Calientes (2050m). We will spend the night in a hotel.

Time of walking: 7 hours
Climate: hot with mosquitos
Elevation : Totorapamapa (3500 m) - Collpapampa (2900 m) - Lucmabamba (2000 m) - Hidroeléctrica (1950 m) - Aguas Calientes ( 2050 m)

Day 7: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

We will leave the hotel after breakfast at 5.30 am and drive to Machu Picchu (2400m). We will arrive at the Inca city at 06:00. After a guided tour of the archaeological site (including information about daily life, culture, customs and traditions of the Incas), you will have time to explore Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu by yourself. We will leave Aguas Calientes by train at 14h55 or 18h20. Until the departure, you will have time to have lunch in one of the beautiful restaurants of the city. You can also enjoy the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes, to relax. The train will take you to the town of Ollantaytambo where a bus will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Cusco.

Time of walking: 2 hours
Time of transport : 4h30
Elevation : Aguas Calientes (2050 m) - Machu Picchu (2400 m) - Cusco (3400 m)

INCLUSIONS

Included :

  • Information meeting in our offices with your guide 1 or 2 days before the start of the trek at 19h, to be confirmed when booking.
  • Transportation:
  • Private transportation from your hotel in Cusco to the village of Cachora
  • Transport from Playa to Hidroeléctrica (for camping equipment and personal belongings of the
    passenger.)
  • Hidroeléctrica train to Aguas Calientes
  • Bus ride from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Dinner at the restaurant in Aguas Calientes day 6
  • Entrance to the archaeological site of Choquequirao
  • Entrance to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Spanish-English bilingual professional guide (for a French-speaking guide, contact us in advance!
    With additional fees)
  • Camping equipment (Eureka! Timberline 4 professional tents, for 2 people, floor mat + dining room
    tent with table and chairs + toilet tent)
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack / vegetarian option)
  • Professional team of cooks (Chef + kitchen assistants)
  • Team of muleteers and mules in charge of the camping equipment and your personal belongings
    (maximum of 7 kilos)
  • A rescue horse
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle

Not included:

  • The sleeping bag (If you do not have one, you can rent it at the agency)
  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day in Machu Picchu

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING

  • Backpack with a rain poncho
  • Sleeping bag
  • Clothing for hot and cold weather
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sandals or flip-flops (for showers and thermal baths)
  • wool or synthetic socks and a sweater
  • Short and long sleeve t-shirt
  • Rain poncho and hat or cap
  • Swimsuit and towel (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Sun protection, mosquito repellent, hand sanitizing gel, water bottle and purifying tablets, toilet paper
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag), flashlight and spare batteries
  • Bars of cereals, chocolate, dried fruits, etc.
  • Original passport and student card "ISIC", extra money in Soles
  • The climate can be quite cold and wet, in which case your wet clothes will not have time to dry. Take some extra clothes.

HOTEL & RESTAURANT

EL MAPI BY INKATERRA

Waman Hotel Machupicchu

INPORTANT

During the high season (May to August), we are subject to restrictions set by the Ministry of Culture, which provides us with passes for Mach Picchu, so the trek departure dates could be changed to one or two days past, we will then adapt the program so that you can make the most of it.

(1) Huayna Picchu mountain tour or Machu Picchu: To climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu, this requires a good time in advance. We take care of the booking and guarantee your entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu. With, of course, an additional charge of $ 70.00 in addition to the entrance to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, according to the regulation of the Ministry of Culture (this new law came into force on July 18, 2011).

(2) Additional carrier : According to the law (26702) of the Ministry of Employment, the collaboration of an additional bearer will be granted at the request of the customer. However, the customer's luggage must not exceed 12 kilograms. The service costs USD 140 and includes transportation, entrance to the Inca Trail, food and camping equipment.

(3) Gratuities : For guides (and possible porters) are always welcome.

(4) Student card : To qualify for the $ 20.00 student discount, you must have a valid ISIC student card when booking - not just when you arrive in Cusco! The validity must correspond to the whole year in progress. When booking, we will need a copy of your card. The Ministry of Culture is strict when regulating student cards.

(5) CANCELLATION : For any last minute cancellation, the expenses already made by the agency will be at your expense. (See the terms and conditions)

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