TOUR: Choquequirao 09 Days / 08 Nights

Choquequirao 09 Days / 08 Nights

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Choquequirao 09 Days / 08 Nights
Choquequirao 09 Days / 08 Nights

This expedition will take you to two of the major archaeological sites in the area of Cusco and Peru: Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. Most everyone knows the legends and knowledge of the ruins at Machu Picchu. From the re-discovery of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in July 1911, the ruin has been a topic of discussion and research regarding the Incas, and finally in 1981 the Peruvian government established the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, and in 1983, the site was honored by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. As much as one can find the writings and stories about Machu Picchu, very little can be found about the latter, ruins of Choquequirao offering no less meaning of interesting.

Choqequirao, meaning “Cradle of Gold” is a magnificent archaeological complex located in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, in the region of Cusco. It is believed that this range was the last refuge of the Incas as they resisted the conquest, led by Manco Inca II.

On our trip, we will enjoy spectacular geography, flora and fauna typical of the Yunger rain, valleys and rainforest.

The temperature on this trek can range from a low of -10 ° C at night and a maximum of 23 ° C during the day.

DAY 1: CUSCO (3350m.) – CACHORA (2850m.) – CHIQUISCA (1930m.)
We leave Cusco very early (6:00 am), the road that goes north-west through the famous Pampa de Anta or Yawar Pampa (Pampa blood because of the fierce battle between the Incas and the Chankas for possession of Cuzco city). We cross the mountains and descend to the warmer climated town of Limatambo, where the archaeological site of Tarawasi is located.
We continue in the direction towards the Cunyac bridge over the Apurimac River, the natural border between Cusco and Apurimac regions. Follow the path to Curahuasi, famous for its aromatic liquor: Anise Macerated. Our last stop is the town of San Pedro de Cachora (2850m) about 4 hours from Cusco, in the province of Apurimac, surrounded by majestic snow peaks, such as Padreyoc (5,771 m). Here we find our “carriers” (riders), and we start our walk, leaving town heading north, with a spectacular view of the Padreyoc snowcap mountain. We cross the Cachora creek and climb through a forest of eucalyptus and restoration of native vegetation to the dirt track which is passable by car, from where the road is flat until the lookout at Capuliyoq (2800m). Estimated time to reach this point is approximately 3 hours. From the viewpoint, you will have a spectacular view of the Apurimac River and Choquequirao. Here we will enjoy our lunch.
We begin our downward descend on a winding path through shrub and later a forest of native trees called Phaty which will last about 3 hours. After six hours of hiking we finally arrive at our first camp called Chiquisca (1,930 m). We can expect a warm night in the valley.

Meals during the day: Lunch / Dinner.

DAY 2: CHIQUISCA (1930M.) – PLAYA ROSALINA (1550M.) – MARAMPATA (2850M.)
After a hearty breakfast, we begin our descend to Playa Rosalina (1550m), where we pass through the INC checkpoint and we cross the bridge over the Apurimac river. This time point will be about 1 hour. We begin our walk uphill on a winding road, towards Santa Rosa (2095m), where we can take a refreshing break, and maybe buy some refreshments. We continue upwards towards Marampata (2850m), a flat place where you can rest under conditions similar to those of Santa Rosa, enjoying a splendid view of Choquequirao. Time from the Apurimac river to this location is about 4-5 hours. The gradient varies from almost flat to very steep. We continue forward on the trail that starts flat and has several ups and downs before the INC campsite at Choquequirao. This campground provides restrooms and a cold shower.
We hike for about 7 hours throughout the day in a rather warm climate, with a total distance of 14 km to the campsite.
Meals during the day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO (. 3033M) – CHOQUEQUIRAO PASS (3270M.) – PINCHINUYUC (2.450 M).
After breakfast we have will have time to enjoy the majestic archaeological area. We can appreciate houses, terraces and other parts of this late-Inca city. We can also see the ruins in excavation process and unexplored areas – which can tell us about this last refuge of the oppressed Inca Empire. After lunch we walk through Choquequirao, with all of our equipment to head to our next campsite. We follow the old water canal for a while before you start the 3 hour hike to the ruins found in Pinchinuyoc. First we walk through cloud forest, but then all becomes steep open prairie with open views of mountains and valleys. Pinchinoyoc – these ruins are considered very special as they suddenly appear in the cloud forest. Pinchinuyoc is 2450 meters above sea level and means “water springing forward” – these terraces have some curious ritual fountains. The terraces in the times of the Incas were cultivated for food from the locals. We will camp the night out on the terraces. Hiking time is approximately 7 hours.
Meals during the day: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: PINCHINUYOC (2450 M.) – MAIZAL (3000 M.)
After breakfast we walk through the interesting vegetation known as the dry Andean mountain forest. Trees and plants here look different to what we have seen before. We reach the Victoria River after a few hours and have a break here to take a dip in the waters of the cold and clear river. We cross walking along the river, since there are no bridges. After our brake we start the long and steep climb to our campsite in Maizal, which is high over the river close to the sacred “Apus” of the Incas. On our way immerse yourself in the shade of the small trees and other vegetation along the way. In Maizal we will have our lunch, and where you will relax in the evening. Maizal is the most beautiful campsite on this tour. From here we see 3 valleys and a great snow peak right across from us. Hiking time is approximately 7 hours.
Meals during the day: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: MAIZAL (3000 M.) – YANAMA (3530m.)
We leave our campsite in Maizal and walk towards the passage of San Juan. It will be a long climb in a humid area, but it is an incredibly beautiful with a cloud forest and then the Puna area with the famous “bunch grass”. We rest in some of the mines in Victoria, where the shiny metal has a high concentration of minerals and metals. On our way through the Puna we walk amongst very well preserved Inca trails, among other characteristics findings such as the classic zigzag trails. We eat lunch at the passage of San Juan at 4200 meters above sea level with a view of the Choquetakarpo Mountain. After lunch, we descend towards Yanama (3530m), a small isolated village at the bottom of a valley surrounded by mountains. This place has indescribable beauty and tranquility. Hiking time is approximately 9 hours.
Meals during the day: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: YANAMA (4580M.) – TOTORA (3200M.)
We continue through Yanama towards the highest point of the tour, the Yanama Pass 4600m. On the way we have a good view of the Sacsarayoc snowcapped mountains. Once again we have the chance to see condors, and this trek in the morning without problems will lead us to new landscapes – especially the wet grass fields under the snow that differ from anything else seen on the tour. In the pass we might walk in snow, and the descent is a long walk through foggy grass fields and bushes crossings in small wooded areas / dirt bridges on the way towards the community of Totora (3200m), where we stay for the night. Hiking time is approximately 8 hours.
Meals during the day: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: TOTORA (3200M.) – PLAYA (2100M.) – SANTA TERESA (1830m.)
Today we walk through changing vegetation with the warmest climate in the village of La Playa (2100m). Approx. 7 hours walking. On the way we will see small waterfalls and take a refreshing swim in some of the natural hot springs. The area also has a large variety of birds and is now obvious that the climate and vegetation have completely changed, as now we see plants and various types of orchids. La Playa is the largest town on the road, where we can find some small shops to buy snacks etc. In this area we can see small plantations of coffee and bananas. Arriving at La Playa we have the opportunity to continue onward on the road to Santa Teresa (1830 m), where we will spend the night in a shelter or stay at La Playa.
Meals during the day: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: SANTA TERESA (1830m.) – HYDRO (1900M.) – HOT WATER (2050m.)
Continuing the walk we cross the Vilcanota River, also known as Willcamayu, in a typical transport of this area – the funicular. Continuing through this hot and humid climate we will soon reach the hydro-electric station (1900m) where we will have a delicious lunch. We continued walking along the railway, 3 hours approx. until we arrive to Aguas Calientes (2,050 m.). Upon arrival, we will stay in the hostel or hotel of your choice (included in this package). Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in your evening.
Walk: 7 hours
Meals during the day: Breakfast, Lunch.

DAY 9: HOT WATER (2050m.) – MACHU PICCHU (2430M.) – CUSCO
After an early breakfast, we will try to take the first bus at 05:30 am from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. The journey takes about 20-30 minutes. In the early morning we will enjoy the ruins of Machu Picchu, as the sun slowly appears heating the site and stale air. Enjoy a guided 2 ½ hour visit of the great sanctuary of Machu Picchu, the city, and afterwards you can visit the site at your own leisure. There is an optional excursion for the more energetic and adventurous in the group, to the top of Huayna Picchu Mountain – pyramid shaped peak that overlooks Machu Picchu. After our visit, we will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes, where we will enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot springs. In the afternoon take the train back to the Poroy station, just outside Cusco, and we will bring you to your hotel.
Meals during the day: Breakfast

NOTE: You will get a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo train station at 14:00 or 18:00 which takes 1 hour and 40 minutes. In Ollantaytambo, you will have bus transportation to your hotel in Cusco takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
You will be back to your hotel around 17: 30-18: 00 or 9:30 pm to 10pm.

IMPORTANT:

  • Your passport number
  • If you have any special dietary requirements (ex. vegetarian)
  • The address of your hotel
  • If you have any special dieses to keep in mind (you are responsible for bringing their own medicine). We will provide a basic first ad kid and oxygen.

For the tour we provide a duffle bag, where you can put your personal belongings and sleeping bag. You are allowed to take approximately 7 kilos that the mules can carry. For the duffle bag, you have to go to Songo Peru in the street of plateros N° 314. The office is located near the Plaza de Armas of Cusco.


OVERVIEW

INCLUDED

  • Private transportation: hotel - Cachora
  • Private transportation: Poroy or Ollantaytambo train station - Hotel
  • Guide: Professional English speaking guide
  • Riders and horses for each team (Horses can carry up to 10 kilos for each our clients).
  • Entrance - Choquequirao
  • Tents double occupancy: dining tent and toilet tent, tables and mats, plus all utensils etc.
  • Food: 09 breakfasts / 08 / lunches / 08 dinners, snack
  • Hostel: Double accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Train tickets: from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy.
  • Entrance: Machu Picchu
  • Bus Ticket: Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes.
NOT INCLUDED
  • Breakfast Day 1
  • Lunch last day.
  • Personal equipment (sleeping bag)
RECOMMENDED PACKING LIST:
Below is a list of equipment we recommend you bring:
  • Original passport
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Strong footwear
  • Change of clothes, jacket, and clothing for cold weather
  • Good Socks
  • Camera, films and extra batteries
  • Water bottle, ideally non disposable canteen (boiled drinking water provided)
  • Flashlight, plus extra batteries
  • Broad - brim or cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries and toilet paper, small towel, swim trunks
  • The selection of snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, energy bars, etc
  • Cash in soles and dollars
  • Binoculars.
Optional: Walking poles and sticks with rubber covers required).