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Choquequirao Vilcabamba and Espiritu Pampa 12D/11N

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Choquequirao Vilcabamba and Espiritu Pampa

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1200.00 USD$

Style Trip : Treks and Hiking
Place to Visit : Choquequirao - Espiritu Pampa
Lenght : 12 Days / 11 Nights
Frequency : Upon Request
Group : Min 8, Max 12
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The archaeological site of Choquequirao is part of the complex system of Andean towns in Vilcabamba and Espiritu Pampa or Vilcabamba la Nueva (New Vilcabamba) in the time of the Incas, it was united and in communication with MACHU PICCHU by a complex network of trails. After visiting Choquequirao, we will continue to explore other valleys, this route is one of the last unexplored routes. You will be able to meet local people and see their way of living.

 

 

Itinerary
DAY 1: Cusco (3,350 masl) - Cachora – “Playa Rosalina”
We will pick you up from your hotel and leave Cusco early in the morning by bus, arriving at Cachora City approximately at 08:00 a.m. We’ll start walking after all the equipment is arranged by our horseman and his crew on mules and horses. From here, we might observe the Majestic Padreyoq snowy covered peak 5,482 masl. Today, we’ll hike about 22 Kms. The first 3 hours from Cachora to “Mirador Capuliyoq” are mostly flat and then we continue walking about 4 hours down hill until we reach our campsite for tonight at 1,580 masl.

DAY 2: Playa Rosalina – Choquequirao (3,033 masl)
It is an early start today in order to have breakfast and leave the camp at around 06:00 a.m in the morning.               We will arrive at the archaeological site of Choquequirao after around 6 hours. We will have enough time to enjoy that majestic place, where we’ll observe three levels of the excavated ruins. We might enjoy houses, terraces and other parts of this Inca town. Depending of the weather, we might be lucky to see Condors flying above our heads.

DAY 3: Choquequirao (3,033 masl) – Maizal
We will leave our camp after breakfast at around 07:00 a.m. We will be hiking in the direction of Maizal along a climbing trail to the pass of the Choquequirao 3,300 masl, from which we’ll have impressive views of the Apurimac Canyon. We will descend towards the small archaeological complex of Pinchiunuyoq and “Blanco River”. Where we’ll rest and have lunch. In the afternoon, we will climb around 3 hours until we reach Maizal, we’ll have dinner and spend the night.

DAY 4: Maizal - Yanama
After breakfast, we will leave the campsite at around 07:00 a.m to start the four hour steep climb towards the Yanama Pass (4,500 masl) from which we will have impressive views of the Salkantay snow peak. We will rest after descending towards the Yanama community (3,400 masl) where we will also set our camp for tonight.

DAY 5: Yanama – Incamachay
After a nutricious breakfast, we will leave the campsite at around 07:00 a.m to start the seven hour steep climb towards Choquetacarpo pass (4,720 masl) the highest pass of the entire trail. During our hike, we might enjoy the cloud forest and maybe spotting bears eating bambu. From the pass, we will have impressive views of the Vilcabamba district and other mountains, we will descend towards the camp, where we’ll have dinner and spend the night.

DAY 6: Incamachay – Huancacalle
We will depart from our camp at around 08:00 a.m after enjoying our breakfast. We walk downhill until Huancacalle, we will descend differents levels and along we will see locals working in the fields where potatoes, corn and other products grow. After arrival in Huancacalle, we will have dinner and camp there.

DAY 7: Huancacalle – “Vilcabamba la Vieja”
Early in the morning after breakfast, we’ll visit the archaelogical complex of the Rosaspata, Vitkos and Ñusta Hisp’ana. After lunch, we will depart in the direction of “Vilcabamba la Vieja” (“Old Vicabamba”)  along a climbing trail which takes us through different levels of vegetation. We’ll see little groups of houses and for this area typical flora, small wild birds and spectacular views of the surrounding mountain peaks.                                   After aproximately 4 hours of walking, we will arrive at our campsite.

DAY 8: Vilcabamba la Vieja – Otuto
We will wake up at around 07:00 a.m and after breakfast we will leave towards Otuto. Today, we will ascend to the Qollpaqasa pass, from this point; we will see the whole Valley of the Concevidayoq. After the pass, we will descend to Otuto where we’ll set our camp and enjoy dinner.

DAY 9: Otuto – Vista Alegre
Today, we walk mostly downhill and we might enjoy the vegetation of cloud forest. We will enjoy the freshness of the Concevidayoq river, as we are having lunch by the the river shore. After a rest, we’ll continue walking until we arrive to Vista Alegre, where we will camp.

DAY 10: Vista Alegre - Concevidayoq
After breakfast, we will enter the Valley of Concevidayoq, with its warm climate. We’ll arrive to Q'asa Cross a beautiful place, where we can enjoy abundant flora and fauna and we might be lucky to spot the Cockerel of the Rocks (Peru’s national bird) we’ll continue walking towards Tunkimayu in order to direct us toward Concebidayoq where we’ll set our Camp.

DAY 11: Concevidayoq – Espiritu Pampa – Chuanquiry
Today, we will get up at 05:00 a.m to enjoy an early breakfast and start our last hiking day, leaving Concevidayoq. About 2 hours later, we’ll arrive to Espiritu Pampa situated in the highland jungle. We could feel the different climate as it is now tropical and humid in this valley. We will visit the last refugee of Manco Inca or Manco II and see a rich flora and fauna. We will arrive to Chuanquiry the place of our seventh camp.

DAY 12: Chuanquiry – Kiteny – Quillabamba – Cusco (3,375 masl)

Today our journey will take us by bus towards the city of Kiteni. We’ll travel up the “Alto Urubamba Valley river”. After about 6 hours, we will arrive to Quillabamba and there we’ll take the bus back to Cusco.
Departures and arrival times are approximately
 

INCLUDE:

  • Pick up from your hotel on the first day and transfer by private bus to Cachora, starting point of the trek
  • Bus (or truck) from Chuanquiry to Quillabamba and bus ticket to Cusco
  • Igloo tents, 3 person tents for 2 people sharing (allowing higher comfort and plenty of space for you and your backpack)
  • One mattress per person
  • Professional English speaking Guide
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • 1 horse for emergency
  • Acommodation for our guides, cook and horseman
  • Meals during the trek (snack and tea time service every day)
  • First-aid kid including emergency oxigen bottle

DOESN'T INCLUDE:

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Sleeping bag (can be hired from us, without deposit!)

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