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Choquequirao Trek Machu Picchu 8 Days

Choquequirao Trek is trekking alternative to Machu Picchu that runs over the Peruvian Andes; it is one of the few places where you can actually hike on trough different ecological zones. You’ll enjoy unsurpassed scenery on the drive between Cusco city and the picturesque village of Cachora.

In Our Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu, you will trek through the Vilcanota mountain range. One of the most picturesque mountain range of South America with waterfalls, massive glaciers, cloud forest and wildlife. Explore the less visited Inca site of Choquequirao and the stunning Machu Picchu. The tour has included some out-of-the-ordinary adventures to make your vacation unique.

Choquequirao Trek

Overview

This 8-day Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu, is new trek offered by “SUNRISE PERU TREK”. The mysterious Inca city of Choquequirao is located in the beautiful landscape of the Vilcabamba mountain range over the Apurimac River, According to historians, Choquequirao was the dwelling of the last 4 rebel Incas of Vilcabamba (Manco Inca, Sayri Tupac, Titu Yupanki and Tupac Amaru I).

Like Machupicchu, the Spaniards were thought never to have discovered it; so will be a pleasure for us to show you this beautiful place with our profesional team. And then, we’ll continue the trek toward Machu Picchu, passing through the recently discovered archaeological sites of Qoriwayrachina and Corralpata. This will be expedition combining awesome mountain scenery, visit of remote archaeological complexes, Andean flora and fauna.

PRICE OF THE TOUR

PRICE: US$1,120 (Min 2 pax)

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 01: “Playa Rosalina” camp
We’ll leave the city of Cusco at 05:30 a.m. Then, we’ll have a 4-hour bus journey to the village of Cachora and trek for 8 hours approximately.

Day 02: Explore Choquequirao
We will start very early before the sun hits very strong and make harder the trek and arrive for the sunset to Choquequirao Inca site.

Day 03: Maizal camp
After the guided tour at Choquequirao, we will have lunch here; in the afternoon, we’ll trek over “Victoria Pass” and descend to camp at Maizal

Day 04: Yanama camp
7 to 8 hour-trek over the Vilcanota mountain range with presence of many snow mountains.

Day 05: Totora village
We’ll pass the highest point of the trek and then we will descend observing highland communities and farms of different varieties of crops.

Day 06:  “Playa Sawayaco” camp
We’ll continue descend into the cloud forest where we will see thick vegetation and plenty of flora and fauna.

Day 07: hotel in Aguas Calientes town
We’ll trek for 6 -7 hours to the town of “Aguas Calientes” and you will have accommodation in the hotel and the next day we will visit Machu Picchu.

Day 08: Explore Machu Picchu tour
Full-day can be dedicated to explore Machu Picchu.

Itinerary

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 01: CUSCO – CACHORA – “PLAYA ROSALINA”

The 8-day Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu begins once we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 04:30 a.m. Travel to Cachora (4 hours aprox by our private van); once there, we will meet our muleteers and horses. We will pack all our equipment on the horses, then we will begin the Choquequirao Trek.

The trail is passing through the high pass of Capuliyoc, from there, we will have a great view of the Apurimac Canyon and later we’ll descend to “Playa Rosalina” located on the banks of the “Apurimac River”. L – D.

DAY 02: “PLAYA ROSALINA” – CHOQUEQUIRAO

After breakfast, we’ll continue the trek up to the Inca ruins of Choquequirao; today, we will start very early before the sun hits to much; the trail climb up zigzag until Choquequirao, we will arrive approximately at 04:00 p.m; and then, we’ll contemplate the sunset and the condors overflying the Apurimac Canyon. B – L – D.

DAY 03: CHOQUEQUIRAO – MAIZAL

After an early breakfast, we  will explore the mysterious Inca ruins of Choquequirao. we’ll visit the Temple of the Mother Earth, Temple of the Sun, etc. We leave Choquequirao  and continue toward the pass at 3,300 masl. Or 10,890 ft; then we’ll descend through exceptional flora and fauna until “Rio Blanco Valley” (1,900 masl. Or 6,270 ft.);  On the way, we will pass by Pinchiunuyoj archaeological site.

Along the trail one can observe different species of birds, different varieties of orquids, and local coca plantations (2,750 masl. Or 9075 ft.), From “Rio Blanco”, we will climb up to Maizal camp. 3,000 masl.    B – L – D.

DAY 04: MAIZAL – YANAMA

Continuing with our trek, we’ll walk uphill passing by the impressive Inca mines called “Minas Victoria”. Almost on the top, we’l find original paved Inca trail. We will pass over 4,150 masl and then we’ll descend to our campsite (3,800 masl at Yanama community) / B – L – D.

DAY 05: YANAMA – TOTORA

Early breakfast and we’ll continue with soft climbing to the highest pass of the trek (4,670 masl. Or 15,410 ft); from here, you will be rewarded by stunning mountain landscape, we will be surrounded by several snowcapped mountains, then we’ll continue decent to Totara campsite at 3,630 masl. Or 11,979 ft. B – L- D.

DAY 06: TOTORA – “PLAYA SAWAYACO”

After breakfast, we’ll continue to descend through the spectacular Andean Valley next to “Totora River”. As we go down, the Natural life will be more interesting, with lots of hummingbirds, woodpeckers and many species of orchids and begonias. Pass waterfalls where you can take shower, the weather will be warmer because we are at low altitude. 2,125 masl. B – L – D.

DAY 07: “PLAYA SAWAYACO” – “AGUAS CALIENTES”

After breakfast, we’ll continue 30 minutes down to Lucmabamba and then walk up through the coffee and banana field to Llactapata pas; from here you can see Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountain: After a good rest, we’ll continue down to the Hydroelectric plant on Urubamba River; from here, we’ll continue by the skirts of Huayna Picchu mountain until the town of “Aguas Calientes” and have accommodation in the hotel. In the evening, you could go to relax in the natural hot spring and be ready for the following day.

DAY 08: “AGUAS CALIENTES” – MACHU PICCHU FULL-DAY – CUSCO

After breakfast, we’ll leave our backpacks in the hotel and take the first bus up to Machu Picchu. Since other groups arrive at midday, your tour will be quiet and relaxing; after 2 hours and 30 min of tour, you will have free time to walk around, climb up the Wayna Picchu Mountain where you could experience spectacular views or visit the Temple of the Moon.

In the afternoon, we’ll meet at the town of “Aguas Calientes” for lunch and then we will take the train back to Cusco, where we’ll arrive after nightfall.

What's Included

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK INCLUDES

Transportation: Tourist bus from Cusco to Cachora starting point of the trek and; tourist train from “Aguas Calientes” to Cusco. Bus up and down from “Aguas Calientes” to Machu Picchu.
Camping equipments: we’ll provide four people capacity tent for two people, brand new four season tents, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toiled tent, seats, tables, tent for guides and porters, kitchen gears, bag packs for the porters, warm clothes for the porters and life insurance for the porters. You don’t have to worry how the helpers of your expedition are.

Acommodations: 1 accommodation’s night at the hotel in the town of “Aguas Calientes”
Entrace Fees to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 hot lunches, 7 hot dinners delicious meals prepared by professional chef food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), we offer vegetarian option, We provide available boil water each mourning for your water bottles.

Guide: English speaking professional guides, 2 guides over 8 people.
Chef: Professional chef and Chef assistants.
Horses: For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears as well to carry your personal items (10kg per person) in duffel bags that we provide. Muleteers.
Others: First-aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle.

EXCLUDED:

Sleeping bag(s): can be rented in our office for US$ 30 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
  Breakfast: on the first morning. Some hotels offer early morning breakfast service. If not, we’re gonna stop at Curahuasi for your breakfast and also you can buy some items for the trek.
  Meals: in the town of “Aguas Calientes” on the final day you must consider a bugged of US$ 15 to 20 in average restaurant.
  Entrance to the thermal baths in “Aguas Calientes” (optional) US$ 3.
  Tips for the staff.

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