Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu 5D

Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu 5D

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Peruvian Andean Path operates this trek with a minimum of 2 persons.
This unique trek features two of the finest examples of Inca architecture: Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. Choquequirao is larger than Machu Picchu and there is not much known. It is more reclusive and you will feel as you are the first to discover it. Due to its remote location, Choquequirao (“cradle of gold”) receives fewer visitors. Nestled on a prominent ridge overlooking the chasm created by the Apurímac River, this mythical city must have rivaled Machu Picchu in terms of beauty. It was explored briefly by Hiram Bingham in his search for Vilcabamba.  After a fantastic time continue to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu.  This is a perfect alternative to the Inca Trail but a tough one. If, you are an experienced hiker in fit condition, then this is the trek for you.

Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Apurimac River – Santa Rosa
We will leave early in the morning heading northwest of Cusco (3300m/10800ft) in the direction of Cachora (2909mt/9543ft) for a 4 hour drive. In Cachora you will have the opportunity to stop and stretch or a rest room stop. Continue our drive to Capuliyoc (2915m/ 9561ft) with lovely views of the Apurimac Valley stretched out in front of us. Here we meet the Mule handlers with their mules that will carry all the camping equipment during the expedition. From here, we will walk down a steep trail to the Apurimac Canyon taking in spectacular views as we descend for 3.5 to 4 hours to Chiquisca (1836m/6023ft), with breathtaking drops to our side. After an hour we arrive at the roaring Apurimac River (1550m /5084ft). From the river, we begin to climb to Santa Rosa, which is a tough climb of 2 hours but makes the next day easier! The campsite is further along than the most popular camp, which is often quiet. The area is rich in flora and fauna. Our camp for the night is in Santa Rosa (2200m/7215ft.).
Hiking time: 7 – 8 hours
Distance: 10.5m/15km
Meals: L, D

Day 2: Santa Rosa – Marampata – Choquequirao (Cradle of Gold)
We will have a very early breakfast and start our hike to avoid the hot sun around 05:00am. Our hike starts with a tough uphill climb from Santa Rosa to Marampata (3110m/10120ft) which will take about 3 hours. We will set up our campsite here.  We will take a break here and have our first view of the Choquequirao ruins. From here we hike another 1.5 hours which is a gentler walk to the archeological site. We will begin our tour of the magnificent site and hope to catch views of the mighty condors. Only around 40% of the Inca remains of Choquequirao have been excavated. What can be seen today however, is most impressive and very much worth the challenging trek to get here. The stonework in Choquequirao is not as sophisticated as that found in Machu Picchu, because the stones found here are very difficult to carve, but the buildings are impressive and suggest a site of high status. Choquequirao evokes a sense of awe simply because of the sites’ surrounding beauty and isolation and condors can be seen frequently soaring the skies.  Return to our campsite.
Hiking time: 7/8 hours
Distance: 8.5m /13km
Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: Marampata – Choquequirao – La Playa Rosalina
Today’s focus is on the exploration of Choquequirao. Waking up early we head out on a guided tour of the site which shows you the most important and interesting sections of the city and the opportunity to learn about the Inca culture and the close relationship between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. Compared to Machu Picchu little is known of Choquequirao although the people where aware of its existence. Originally discovered in the 17th century by the Spaniards but abandoned and forgotten until a few years ago, when tourism raised the profile of the city and began exploring it. Walk down the side and be amazed by the series of enormous agricultural terraces, each decorated with a llama motif. After our intense visit we will walk back to Santa Rosa and continue to La Playa Rosalina (1,550m/5,085ft) about a 4 hour hike down. Our camp tonight is at La Playa Rosalina.
Hiking: 7/8 hours
Distance: 9m/15km
Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: La Playa Rosalina – Capuliyoc –  Cachora –  Ollantaytambo – Tourist train  – Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town)
After Breakfast, we will ascend about 5 hours to Capuliyoc (2915m/9561ft) where our transport will be waiting to take us to Cachora and continue our drive to Ollantaytambo for about 4 hours. We can walk around the village before boarding the tourist train to Machupicchu Town to spend the night in a comfortable hostel.
Hiking: 5 hours
Distance: 13k – 8m
Driving distance: 4 hours
Meals: B, L

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco
We will pick you up from your hostel early in the morning to take the first bus for a 25 minute ride up to the amazing, Machu Picchu.  Enjoy a professional historical guided walking tour of the magnificent archeological site.  Visit the extraordinary Temple of the Sun with exceptionally carved stones, Temple of the Three Windows features huge trapezoidal windows, Intihuatana the solar clock which translates to the, Hitching Post of the Sun, Funerary Rock Hut believed to be a place where the Inca nobility were mummified, and the many temples, terraces, and corridors. After a glorious, eye and mind opening visit with your guide enjoy some time at leisure to further explore the mystical grounds feeling the positive energy that abounds the area which has withstood time. Head over to the adjacent entrance of Wayna Picchu to climb a narrow path for about 1.5 hours to catch terrific vistas of the Machu Picchu ruins and the valley below. Then return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch (on your own) before boarding the train the Poroy station or Ollantaytambo station. You will be met at the train station by our staff and private transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Meal: B

End of Adventure!

Services Included:

  • Trek briefing before departure.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Cook
  • Wrangler with mules and horses
  • Private bus to the trailhead in Cachora.
  • Entrance fees for Choquequirao.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • All meals indicated on the itinerary (B= Breakfast L= Lunch, D= Dinner). Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free meals on request at no additional cost.
  • Horses to carry your belongings. Maximum weight per passenger: 6
  • kg/12lbs. We provide duffels for personals.
  • Camping equipment: double 4 season tents, sleeping pad, kitchen and dining tent. Tables, stools and all kitchen gear.
  • Toilet Tent.
  • Train: Round trip Expedition
  • Hostel 1 night in Machu Picchu town
  • Round trip bus ticket Machu Picchu town/ Machu Picchu Sanctuary
  • Private transfer from train station to hotel in Cusco.
  • Walkie Talkies are used by Trekperu
  • First-aid kit and oxygen
  • All trash produced is disposed of according to regulations.

 

Services NOT Included:

  • Hotels in Cusco and Lima (we can book for you)
  • Domestic flights (we can book for you)
  • 1st Breakfast, 4th dinner in Machupicchu town, and last lunch in Machupicchu town.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Tours to acclimatize: Cusco City tour and Sacred Valley tour (we can book for you)
  • Any expenses incurred in preparing for the trip, such as, but not limited to, non-refundable airline tickets or travel insurance, nor additional expenses encountered as a result of flight or train schedule changes, delays, strikes, cancellations,  missed connections or acts of God.
  • Personal items like individual gear, sleeping bag (we rent sleeping bags: $25 per person for entire trek**), medicines, laundry, phone calls, etc. ** If you will request one, please send us your height.
  • Sleeping Bag with liner US$25.00 per person for entire trip.
  • Single tent available: $25 per person for entire trip.
  • Walking Poles US$20.00 perset black diamond.
  • Entrance: Huayna Picchu (must book months in advance)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities.

 

Notes:

  • We can book all services for your entire trip (hotels, tours, transportation, airfare, etc.) contact us!
  • We highly recommend at least 2 days acclimatizing to the high altitude before doing the trek in the high Andes.
  • We recommend the City Tour, Sacred Valley Tour, Southern Valley Tour, or San Pedro Ceremony with 4 hour trek off the beaten path. You could also do Arequipa – Colca Canyon and or Puno Lake Titicaca before arriving to Cusco. Let us know so we can make the necessary reservations.

Notes:

  • We highly recommend at least 2 days acclimatizing to the high altitude before doing the trek in the high Andes.