Choquequirao +Machupicchu 6 Days / 5 Nights

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Itinerary

Choquequirao trek Day 1: Cachora – Coca masana – Playa Rosalina:

We leave from Cusco early in the morning by private transport. Approx. at 5:30 we will arrive after 4 hours in Cachora (2,900m asl), a typical Andean town where we meet the rest of our trekking team. After a well deserved breakfast we start a two-hour trek to Capuliyoc (2,915m). On the way we get our first views of the Apurimac Valley stretching below and of the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora (5,482m). Afterwards we descend through the eastern slopes of the Andes to reach Coca Masana (2,330m). The temperature becomes higher and the flora and fauna begin to change. Finally we arrive at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) at 1,550m, where we camp beside the raging Apurimac River.

  • Hiking time: 6 hours approx
  • Hiking distance: 8 km/ 4.9 miles.
  • Highest point: 2,900m / 9,512 ft
  • Lowest point: 1,500m / 4,920 ft
  • Temperature: Hot to hotter after lunch to the first campsite
  • Highlights: Dramatic views of the Vilcabamba mountain range with snowcapped mountains, the Apurimac canyon.

Choquequirao Trek Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Marampata or Choquequirao:

Again we get up very early to start, after the breakfast, our walk to reach Maranpata or  Choquequirao after middday.
we will reach the archaeological site and we get to know it step by step, the great ability and intelligence which had the people who constructed this vestige which makes us seeing again the glorious time of Inca empire.
Admiring the beauty and with our heads full of ideas, we observe dauntless the condors flying, which around 3 p.m. appear in area of Choquequirao when they fly to higher zones.
Later we take a route to Raqaypata where we camp and after dinner we pass the night.

  • Hiking time: 8 hours approx
  • Hiking distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles.
  • Highest point: 2,950 m / 9,676 ft
  • Lowest point: 1,500m / 4,920 ft
  • Temperature: From cool morning to hotter midday, cool afternoon, and chilly evening.
  • Highlights: First views of Choquequirao archaeological site, more views of the great Apurimac canyon.

Choquequirao Trek Day 3: Choquequirao all day

This day we will dedicate ourselves exclusively to enjoy all the magic of history and splendor of Choquequirao, with a guided visit and time to know whole the site with its 8 sectors, like barns, houses temples and also we will observe the three levels of the excavated ruins of this late Inca-town, like the ruin in progress of excavation and finally unexplored areas that can tell us about this last refuge of the oppressed inca empire terraces. Again, like in the morning this afternoon we have the opportunity to enjoy the majestic flight of condors which with big luck will pass very close to you. In the afternoon we will return to our campsite to have our lunch and then rest and enjoy the quietness of Choquequirao.

  • Highest point: 3,100 m / 10,168 ft
  • Lowest point: 2,950 m / 9,676 ft
  • Temperature: From cool morning to hotter midday, cool afternoon, and chilly evening.
  • Highlights: Exploration of Choquequirao with your private trek leader.

Choquequirao Trek Day 4: Choquequirao -Santa Rosa – Chiquiska:

In the morning after having breakfast, we will get ready to come back by the same pathway that we had walked the previous days to get Choquequirao; from this fourth day we will walk back to Capuliyoc the beginning of the trail, thus we will leave the place to walk downhill until reaching the Playa Rosalina, where we will take a little break, we will then to walk uphill to get to Chiquiska where we will have lunch, in the afternoon we will keep hiking for about 2 hours to get to the Cocamasana, which is the fourth campsite, from this camp we will have amazing vistas of the Apurimac canyon. In the evening we will have tea time, subsequently dinner. All meals included.

  • Hiking time: 9 hours approx…
  • Hiking distance: 17 km / 10.5 miles.
  • Highest point: 2,950 m / 9,676 ft
  • Lowest point: 1,500m / 4,920 ft
  • Temperature: From cool morning to hotter midday and afternoon, cool evening.
  • Highlights: More views of the great Apurimac canyon.

Choquequirao Trek Day 5: Chiquiska – Cachora – AguasCalientes:

We will wake up very early in the morning to leave the last campsite, that way not to be hit by the sun heat, after a couple of hours hiking uphill, we will arrive at the viewpoint of Capuliyoc from where we will have the last views of the side of majestic Choquequirao and the great canyon of Apurimac. At this place, we will have our last lunch with our Terra Quechua Peru crew, and we will say goodbye to our muleteers, cooks, and horses. Next, we will drive for about 4 hours to the Ollantaytambo train station, from where we will take the train at 7:05 pm to Machu Picchu Pueblo, the train journey is for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Once in Machu Picchu Pueblo, we will get to our hotel. All meals included, except dinner.

  • Hiking time: 3 hours approx
  • Hiking distance: 5 km / 3.1 miles.
  • Highest point: 2,900 m / 9,512 ft
  • Lowest point: 2,200 m / 7,218 ft
  • Temperature: From cool morning to hotter midday and afternoon, cool evening.
  • Highlights: Picturesque Ollantaytambo town, train journey.

 

Choquequirao Trek Day 6: Aguas Calientes-Machupicchu-Ollamtaytambo -Cusco

Today a great breakfast at the hotel makes us ready for a full morning exploration of Machu Picchu on a private tour with your Trek Leader. We’ll take the bus back to Machu Picchu early in the morning for an amazing tour until 12:00 pm (Machu Picchu permits will issue for the first group which is from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm).

If you have booked a permit for Wayna Picchu mountain, you’ll climb the mountain first; however, spaces are subject to availability. In the unlikely event that Wayna Picchu permits are not available for your departure date, you will climb Machu Picchu Mountain instead.

After a great time at the Incan emperor’s palace, we’ll take the bus down to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes town), where we’ll have lunch (not included). In the afternoon we’ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station and/or Poroy train station, as of this place continue driving to your hotel in Cusco. Only breakfast included.

Included / Not Included

1 : What is included during the Choquequirao trek

  • Private transportation from hotel to Capuliyoc (trailhead).
  • Private transportation from Capuliyoc to Ollantaytambo train station.
  • Private transportation from train station to your hotel in Cusco
  • Round trip bus ticket in Machu Picchu.
  • Round trip train tickets on expedition class.
  • One night hotel in Machupicchu Pueblo.
  • Entrance ticket to Choquequirao
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Camping equipment 4 season tent in  North Face  (04 people tent for 02 people),
  • Therma-Rest mattresses a.
  • Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
  • Transportation from the train station to the hotel in Cusco.
  • Trek Leader.
  • Meals (Option for vegetarians, or other options): Breakfast (5), lunch (5), dinner (4), and snacks.
  • A professional Quechua chef.
  • Horses, and muleteers; horses carry your 8-kl / 16-pound personal items.
  • Oxygen tank.

Doesn’t Include

  • Sleeping bags (available for renting, $5 a day).
  • Trekking poles (available for renting, $5 a day).
  • Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, laundry, telephone calls, personal taxis, souvenirs etc. Tickets for the hot Springs in Aguas Calientes.
  • Gratuities for the guides, porters or muleteers, and other staff (expected but NOT compulsory, your own appreciation).
  • Travel insurance (you need to have it to travel with us bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.

What you Need to Take:

  • Walking boots (with ankle protectors )
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Insect repellent minimum 30% deet
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries

Optional items to take:

  • Shorts
  • Walking poles (with rubber tip) they can also be hired from us
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit (for hot springs) in conoc , ( optional )
  • Extra contribution suggested money for tipping porters ,cook and guide and for any emergency  (200 soles )

  • Warm clothes/waterproof jacket (depending on season)
  • Sun protection cream (depends on season)
  • Insect repellent minimum 30% deet
  • Original passport

Prices & Availability

Price information:Price per person 2021 – 2022
Prices per person depend on the group size, the larger the group the lower the price per person.

  • Price
    From US$ 1000/ 6 Days.A personal porter included to carry your 8kg / 16 pounds personal items.
    The price is based on two-person. Whether you would like to take a private service, our service would increase in US$350 with two-person, US$300 with three-person, US$250 with four-person or more, these prices are applied to each person. We need a minimum of two people to run the tour to Choquequirao Machu Picchu Trek. We guarantee that your tour will be limited to a maximum of 8 people.

Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative)

  • Students: US$ 6.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
  • Teenagers: US$ 6.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
  • Children: US$ 12.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)

Departure Dates: Daily departures are available along the year, although the period March to December is recommended to avoid the heart of the rainy season.  All private service departure dates are adapted to your request.

OUR FIXED DEPARTURE 2021-2022

January: 11th,15th,17th
Fefruary:
March:
April:
18th,21st,24th,26th,27th,30th
May: 3rd,7th,9th,10th,12th,14th,15th,18th,21st,24th,26th,27th,30th
June: 16th,18th,19th,20th,21st,23th,24th,25th
July: 1st,2nd,5th,8th,10th,13th,16th,18th,19th,20th,21st,23th,24th,25th
August: 14th,15th,18th,21st,24th,26th,27th,30th
September: 10th,12th,14th,15th,18th,21st,24th,26th,27th,30th
October: 
18th,21st,24th,26th,27th,30th
November: 
14th,15th,18th,21st,24th,26th,27th
December:

Frecuently Asked

Appropriate clothing along this hike:

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, eventually complemented by sweaters, fleeces and jackets in the evening. We recommend convertible hiking pants and / or shorts as some parts of the route run at low altitude and warm weather. It is also very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required along the route. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.

Climate

Cusco’s climate is divided into two differentiated seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January – March); and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night.

Along the route to Choquequirao, temperatures range from 15-25ºC during the day if it’s sunny, to 10-20ºC during the day if not sunny. Temperatures drop in the evening and at night, especially in Choquequirao, at a higher elevation, reaching 5ºC although rarely below. Warm clothes are hence however necessary for this hike.

Difficulty:

Very Challenging: The route has steep ups and downs, with changes of altitude in one day of over 1600m/5200ft and usually warm weather during the day due to the lower altitude vs Cusco. We recommend allowing one-day acclimatization in Cusco prior to the trek departure.