Choquequirao Trek Machu Picchu 8 Days

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ALTITUDE: 1500 - 3030 m
DURATION: 05 Days
SIZE: Up to 8 people
HIGH SEASON: The whole year

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The Choquequirao is considered the “Sacred Sister” of Machu Picchu. The only way to reach this citadel is a superb 5-day trek, passing along the deep canyon of Apurimac, in the midst of snow-capped mountains and humid forests with rich fauna and flora.

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Itinerary

1st Day: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca

We will leave Cusco early in the morning at about 5:30 am. First we will head for the little village Cachora (2850m/9350f), a nice place surrounded by beautiful mountains and the majestic glacier Padreyoc (5571m/18278f). Here, we will also meet our equestrians who will accompany us during the trip. After having passed the overlooking Capuliyoc (2800m/9186f), we will continue descending to our campsite called Chiquisca (1930m/6332f).

  • Climate: warm
  • Hiking time: Approximately 6 hours

2nd Day: Chiquisca – Playa Rosalina – Marampata – Choquequirao

After breakfast, we will first descend to La Playa Rosalina (1550m/4921f) and then climb up to the village of Marampata (2850m/9350f). From here, we will have a nice view of the archeological complex of Choquequirao (3033m/9951f). If we are lucky, we will even see a condor flying at nightfall. Our camping site in Choquequirao is about 25 minutes from the ruins at 2950m/9678f.

  • Climate: both warm and cold
  • Hiking time: 7 hours

3rd Day: Choquequirao – Choquequirao pass – Río Blanco

At dawn, we will first head for the citadel of Choquequirao (3033m/9950) called “Cuna de Oro” – the ‘Cradle of Gold’ – and enjoy the quietness at this place. Beyond, we will explore this archeological site, of which only 30 % is restored, in more detail: we will visit the section of the palaces, the liturgics fountains, the temple of the high priest, the section of the llamas and the Ushnu. Thereafter, our trek continues towards the pass of Choquequirao (3270m/10728f) and passes the archeological site of Pinchaunuyoc (2450m/8038f). Finally, we will head down to the deepest point of the small canyon known as Río Blanco (1900m/6234f) or Río Silvestre where our camping site is situated.

  • Climate: warm with mosquitoes
  • Hiking time: 6 hours

4th Day: Río Blanco – Maizal– San Juan pass – Yanama

Due to the ecosystem’s constant changes, this day is both the most arduous and the most spectacular one. In Maizal (3000m/9843f) we will have a short break to catch a breath and to enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape. Since the Inca trail in this region is not in good condition during the rainy season, we ask you to watch your steps carefully. In San Juan (4170m/13681f) we will enjoy the beautiful view of the valleys, the mountains and the glaciers, from which some of the latter peak more than 5000m/16404f. Our camping place will be in the little village of Yanama (3530m/11581f).

  • Climate: warm and cold with mosquitoes
  • Hiking time: 5 hours

5th Day: Yanama – Yanama pass – Totora pampa

Early in the morning, we will head for the highest pass of this trip – the Yanama (4670m). If we are lucky, we will even see a condor flying. During the day, we will enjoy frequently the view of snowcapped mountains such as Salkantay (6264m) and Pintuyu (5450m). Our camping place will be in the valley of Totora pampa (3200m).

  • Climate: warm with mosquitoes.
  • Hiking time: 8 hours

Note: According to the group’s wishes, it is possible to change the itinerary a bit and visit the hot springs in Santa Teresa (1830m/6004f) this day.

6th Day: Totora pampa – La Playa

In Totora pampa we will get the chance to meet Quechua-speaking Andean people who live from agriculture and cattle breeding. The vegetation on our way gets more and more authentic and reveals its diversity of orchids, bromelains and other plants. We will also see some plantations for coffee, papaya, passion fruit and avocado. Our camping site will either be in La Playa (2100m/6890f) or in Lucmabamba (2020m/6627f).

  • Climate: warm whit mosquitoes
  • Hiking time: 7 hours

7th Day: La Playa – Llactapata – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes

Our journey starts early in the morning. First, we will follow the Inca Trail until Llactapata (2650m/8694f). This archeologic site is situated amidst a bizarre vegetation and offers an exceptional view of the mountain Machu Picchu. Our trek continues towards the hydroelectric station (1950m/6398f) from where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes (2050m/6726f). In Aguas Calientes, we will spend the night in a hotel.

  • Climate: warm
  • Hiking time: 6 hours

8th Day: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 5:30 am and head for Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f) by tourist bus. We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00 am. After a guided tour around the archeological site, including information about life and culture of the Incas, you will have enough time to enjoy Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (2750m/9022f) on your own. We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 2:55 pm or at 6:10 pm. Until then, you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants. Moreover, you can visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax a bit.

  • Climate: moderate warm
  • Hiking time: 02 hours

Inclusions

Included:

  • Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to the town of Cachora
  • Transport from la Playa to Santa Teresa and the hydroelectric station (for all camping and personal luggage)
  • Train from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
  • Basic hotel in Santa Teresa
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (MachuPicchu, continental or similar)
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance fees to Choquequirao
  • Entrance fees to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • High quality camping equipment (We use professional tents, Doite, Model Kailas 3, extra light/4.5kgs and Doite, Model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kgs, both are big enough for 2 persons. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent)
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks / option vegetarian
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, for all camping equipment and customer’s luggage (Up to 10kg)
  • Emergency horse
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle
  • Cold boiled water during the all trek.

Not included:

  • Sleeping bag (If you don’t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of lending one)
  • Lunch on the last day in Machu Picchu

Notes

  1. From the first to the seventh (from Cachora to La Playa) we are accompanied by horsemen and mules that will carry all camping equipment and the customer’s private luggage (up to 9 kg). On the seventh day all luggage (included your own bags) will be transferred to the hydroelectiric station by car.
  2. Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional $ 15.00 and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well (This new State law began since the 18th of July, 2011).
  3. Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.

Important

What to bring?

  • Backpack with rain shelter.
  • Sleeping back.
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
  • Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
  • Rainponcho and a hat.
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
  • Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes – once gotten wet – won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.

Important:

During the high season (May to August), it is difficult to ensure the exact date of departure desired – there may be only availability the day before or after. We will of course do our best to ensure the best service, but we must adhere to the daily people limits policy established on this tour.

IMPORTANT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  1. We require an immediate deposit of $150.00USD for all bookings.
  2. For all tours and treks, the balance must be paid in full up to 48 hours prior to the start of the program. If you want to pay the balance in the office of XTreme Tourbulencia, we only accept cash payment. Failure to pay the trek balance will result in tour cancellation.
  3. If you decide to cancel during the briefing 2 days prior to departure, you must pay the full amount of the trek. XTreme Tourbulencia, however, will cover the expenses for the hotel and train ticket to visit Machu Picchu. This offer must be confirmed in writing at the briefing.
  4. You may cancel the booking at any time provided that the cancellation is communicated to info@x-tremetourbulencia.com in writing. Cancellation charges will be applied as shown below calculated from the day written notification is received by info@x-tremetourbulencia.com. All reservations cancelled less than 15 days prior to the departure date of the tour are subject to a cancellation fee
  5. The Lares Trek is non-transferable, non-reimbursable and the participant cannot change the date of departure.
  6. If the traveler makes the decision to abandon the excursion during the program, no reimbursement will be made and no claim will be accepted. XTreme Tourbulencia does not cover the expenses made by the traveler for the hotel and the transport back to Cusco or to Aguas Calientes, as well as a hotel in Aguas Calientes. Also, the traveler will be accompanied by a representative of XTreme Tourbulencia back to the train station.
  7. Certain services might be interrupted or even cancelled due to weather conditions, natural disasters or other disturbances. These are out of the control of hotels, service suppliers, XTreme Tourbulencia or its partners and therefore, no refund will be given.
  8. To receive the student discount of $20.00USD, we require a copy of a university student card with valid expiration date and picture. It is very important to bring your original student card to validate the discount. In the event that we don’t receive the scanned copy of the student card along with your reservation form, we will process your reservation at the full, adult price.
  9. If XTreme Tourbulencia doesn’t confirm the reservation, the deposit will be refunded.
  10. In the case of force majeur, when a trek cannot start or be completed, XTreme Tourbulencia will find an alternative route to go to Machu Picchu. If this alternative is of lower value than the originally booked excursion, XTreme Tourbulencia will refund the difference.
  11. It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accidents, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. XTreme Tourbulencia cannot be considered responsible for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her own actions.
Period before departure written notification is received.Cancellation fee as a percentage of the holiday price
15-10 days.50%
9-7 days.80%
6 days or less.100%

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