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Choquequirao Machu Picchu 9Days/8Nights

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Choquequirao Machu Picchu 9D/8N

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1450.00 USD$

Style Trip : Trekking to Machu Picchu
Place to Visit : Choquequirao - Machu Picchu
Lenght : 9 Days / 8 Nights
Frequency : Upon Request
Group : Min 2, Max 6
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This expedition will take you to two of the major archaeological sites in the Cusco-area and Peru: Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. The legends and knowledge of Machu Picchu are already all over the world. Since the re-discovery of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in July 1911, the ruin has been a topic of discussions and research about the Incas and finally in 1981 the Peruvian government established “The Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu”, which also was honored by UNESCO as World Heritage in 1983. As much one can find of writings and histories about Machu Picchu, the little one can find about the latter, but not less interesting ruin complex of Choquequirao. The archaeological site of Choquequirao is part of the complex system of Andean towns in Vilcabamba Valley. In the time of the Incas it was united and in communication with Machu Picchu by a complex network of trails. Choquequirao is situated in the spurs of the mountain range of Salcantay at 3,035 m surrounded by the snow capped Apus of Yanama, Ampay, Choquetacarpo, Pumasillo and Panta. On the right side of the Apurimac river in the Santa Teresa district, province of the department of Cusco. Choquequirao is an Inca town formed by small sites spread out in rubblework that in its adjoining constructs a complex metropolis similar to those of the other regions placed on the crest of the hill by the same name- Choquequirao

DAY 1: Cusco (3,375 masl)- Santa Rosa (2,115 masl)
We’ll pick you up from your hotel and will arrive by bus at Cachora town at 06:00 in the morning where we will have breakfast. Our horseman and crew will arrange the equipment on mules and horses. Already from the village of Cachora we can observe the majestic Padrayoc snow covered peaks, the highest in this area is 5,482 masl. The hike on this first day is about 22 kms in 10 hours. On the way, we will observe Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora snow-covered peaks. We might enjoy the beautiful change of the landscape from precipices to snowy mountains. The walk starts quite flat with views to snow covered peaks and small farms on the steep mountainsides. From the viewpoint of Capuliyoc where we might see condors, we’ll descent towards the Apurímac Canyon. As the vegetation is changing from Agave and Tunacactus forest to dwarf tree forest where we’ll have lunch at Chiquisqa (1,950 masl). From here, we’ll continue the descent to the abundant Apurímac River (1,550 masl) in the impressing deep canyon of the same name. After a short brake at the river, we’ll start the steep climb towards Santa Rosa, where we’re gonna camp for the night in a small sugarcane plantation (2,115 masl).

DAY 2: Santa Rosa (2,115 masl) – Choquequirao (3,033 masl) - Raqaypata (2,910 masl)
Early in the morning after breakfast, we’ll continue our hike. The first 2-3 hours are going up steep, but then the terrain changes between flat parts and steep climbs. We will continue walking and our way is surrounded by beautiful vegetation with several varieties of orchids. We will arrive to the archaeological place Choquequirao after approx. 5 hours. After a good lunch and a well-deserved rest, we will walk to the main square of Choquequirao, to enjoy this majestic place, where we will observe the three levels of the excavated ruin. Approximately at 03:00 in the afternoon (depending of the weather) we might be lucky and can appreciate “the flight of the Condors”. The guide will decide where to set our camp in Raqaypata (2,910 masl).

DAY 3: Raqaypata (2,910 masl) – Pinchinoyoc
After breakfast, we’ll have enough time to enjoy the majestic archaeological site. We might enjoy houses, terraces and other parts of this late Inca-town. Besides, we’ll see the ruin in progress of excavation and finally areas unexplored, they can tell us about this last refuge of the oppressed Inca empire. After lunch, we’ll walk through Choquequirao with all equipment and going towards our next camp. We follow the old water channel for a while before we start the 3 hours walk to the Pinchinuyoc ruins found in 1998. We’ll walk through cloud forest, but then all becomes steep open prairie with open views of the Mountains and valleys. Pinchinoyoc - these ruins are something very special. All of a sudden they appear in the cloud forest, almost invisible because of the thick layer of mosses and other vegetation that covers it. Here we spend the night basically on the old Inca Terraces.

DAY 4: Pinchinoyoc – Maizal
This morning, we’ll walk down through interesting vegetation know as Dry Andean Highland Forest. Trees and plants here look different to what we have seen before. We’ll arrive to Victoria River after a few hours and use the break here to get a refreshing bath in the cold and clear river water. We’ll cross walking through the river as there are no bridges. After our break, we’ll start the long and steep climb to our camp in Maizal, high over the river close to the Sacred Apus of the Incas. On the way up, we’ll catch our breath in the shade of small trees and other vegetations on the way up. In Maizal, we’ll have our lunch and enjoy, that we can relax this afternoon with only optional physical activity. Maizal is probably the camp in the most beautiful location! From here, we will see 3 valleys and a great snow peak right across from us, a good place to lean back and think. We will be having dinner and spend the night.

DAY 5: Maizal - Yanama
We’ll leave our camp in Maizal and walk towards the San Juan pass. Again a long climb but we’re gonna walk in a amazing beautiful area, first with cloud forest and then over Andean Puna with the well known Ichu grass. We’ll have some rest at the Victoria mines, where metal shining stones tell about a high concentration of minerals and metals. On our way through the Puna, we’ll walk on very well preserved Inca trails among other characteristics it shows the classical zigzag. We’ll take lunch at the pass in 4,000 masl with a view of the mountain Choquetakarpo, before we start the descent towards Yanama, a small isolated settlement at the bottom of a long valley surrounded by mountains. We will enjoy a nutricious dinner and camp in Yanama.

DAY 6: Yanama - Totora
We’ll continue from Yanama up through the valley towards the highest point of the tour, the Yanama Pass in 4,500 masl. On the way, we’ll have a good view of the snow-capped Mountain of Sacsarayoc. Once again, we will have the chance to see condors and this mornings smooth climb bring us through new landscapes, especially the wet grass fields under the snowline that distinguish from everything else seen on the tour. In the pass, we might walk in snow and the descent is a long foggy hike through grassy fields and bush areas and crossing small wood/dirt bridges on the way towards the community of Totora, where we’ll spend the night.

DAY 7: Totora – La Playa
Now, we’ll walk about 2kms down through changing vegetations to the warmer camp in the village of La Playa. Today, we are walking approx. 7 hours till we reach our camp. On the way, we’ll see small waterfalls and have the chance to get a refreshing natural bath. The area also has a big variation of bird life and it is now obvious that the climate and vegetations have changed totally.We’ll see plants recognizable from the living rooms in Europe and several types of orchids. “The Playa” is the biggest village on the way, where we might find some small shops to buy snacks etc. In this area we could see small plantations of coffee and bananas. We’ll enjoy dinner and overnight.

DAY 8: La Playa - Hidroelectrica - “Aguas Calientes” (2,000 masl)                                                                              

After breakfast, we’ll start our walk towards “Aguas Calientes”, where hot showers are waiting for us! This morning, we will walk on a newly opened Inca trail. This trail originally was used to transport agricultural products to the population on Machu Picchu and it takes us through an area with coffee plantations and subtropical fruits and crops. As we come up higher the trail the vegetations changes between dry and grassy with flowers and moist cloud forest. In the pass we are suddenly in a cool dense wood, full of trees covered with thick mosses. Shortly thereafter, we’ll see for the first time the impressive site of Machu Picchu on a mountain saddle further into the valley. 10 minutes more and we’ll arrive to our lunch spot called Llactapata. Here, we will have our lunch while enjoying the views of Machu Picchu and the beautiful mountains. Then, we’ll walk on the last part downhill and along the river to Hydroelectric. Here, we can visit on fine Intihuatana while waiting for the train or continue walking to Aguas Calientes where we’ll arrive in the afternoon. We’ll spend the night in a nice hotel.

DAY 9: Aguas Calientes (2,000masl) – Machu Picchu (2,425 masl) – Cusco (3,350masl)
From “Aguas Calientes” we will walk or take the bus up to Machu Picchu. We’ll start our visit with a approx. 2hour guided tour, that will bring us to the most important locations at the archaeological site and the guide will tell us about the great importance Machu Picchu enjoyed as astronomical and religious center. The rest of the day, you can spend exploring this amazing ruin and you will have the chance to climb Wayna Picchu or visit the beautiful moon temple. If you are interested in climbing Huayna Picchu, please inform us at the time of your booking as we need to obtain a permit for you! We meet in the afternoon in “Aguas Calientes” where we’ll take the train to Ollantaytambo and from here bus to Cusco. The tour ends in the Main Square (Plaza de Armas).

  • Professional English speaking Guide and Assistant Guide (for groups of 10)
  • Collection from your hotel on the first day, around 6:00 - 6:30 am 
  • Bus to Cachora (trailhead)
  • Tourist train (Backpacker) back to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
  • Please note: the departure times of the train are:18:45
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Food: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 8 dinners
  • 4 people tents for 2 people sharing, to ensure spacious comfort and safe keeping of your backpack
  • Camping equipment, cooking and eating tent, Chairs, tables  
  • Foam Sleeping mattresses note (if you want, you can hire comfortable air mattress from us)
  • Cook, cooking equipment
  • Horseman, mules or porters (to carry food, cooking and camping equipment and your backpack)
  • 1 night accommodation in a hostel Aguas Calientes 
  • Oxygen balloon for any emergency 
  • First Aid kit
  • *Vegetarian/special diet options available
  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrances to the hot springs (Santa Teresa,10 soles ) Aguas Calientes,10 soles )
  • Sleeping bag with thermal fleece for the first night ( oldest and highest camping spot )
  • Extra horse to ride or for any extra backpack

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