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SUMMARY OF THE ACTIVITY
It is considered for some people as the other Machu Picchu, but it stands out for itself as another example of how incredible the Incas were. Trekking to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu will take you 7 days along the Inca Trail visiting other smaller Incas, which offer you breathtaking views of snowy mountains, valleys, flora and fauna.
Have nights by the fire in your camp and mornings with a perfect sunrise. Choquequirao is known as the lost city of the Incas, spectacular in beauty and size and less crowded than Machu Picchu.
Before the walk, your guide will meet you at your hotel for a detailed information session. This provides the opportunity to ask questions and make last minute purchases before leaving Cusco.
The itinerary below is an example. Walking times are an average and will vary according to the group. In addition, lunch and camps may change to meet the needs of the group and conditions.
DAY 1: CUSCO – CCACHORA – CAPULIYOC – CHIKISKA – PLAYA ROSALINA – SANTA ROSA A / C
Pick up is at 4:00 a.m. From your hotel and do not worry, you can sleep on the 4-hour trip to the starting point of the trail, where breakfast will be ready for you. There he also meets the hiking team, riders and horses, who will carry their canvas bags. After breakfast, the expedition to Machu Picchu will begin.
The first 4 hours are downhill, stopping in the small town of Chikiska-Chikiska for lunch there. During the walk you will have a great view of the Apurimac River and the valley, as well as the snowy peaks. After lunch, the weather will be much warmer as we are descending, 2 hours later, the Apurimac River will welcome us to the bottom of the valley. When you see a bridge, that is our signal, which is only 2 more hours of walking uphill to the camp in Santa Rosa.
Walking distance: 18 km
Camping elevation: 1,800 m.
Climate: hot and dry
DAY 2: SANTA ROSA – MARAMPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO D / A / C
After an early breakfast and the expedition will continue with a 2-hour uphill hike to Marampata, this section has many zigzag trails, is at an altitude of (3,100) and offers a great view of the canyon and the surrounding snow-capped peaks.
From this point, the walk is reduced for 2 hours to the famous Inca site Choquequirao, it is the perfect place to have lunch and visit the Inca site. On this tour, the visit is to the most important places: the religious area, the observatory and the terraced sections of llamas and then enjoy the sunset over the valley and mountains before returning to the camp for the night.
Walking distance: 10 km
Camping elevation: 3,300 m.
Climate: warm and humid
DAY 3: CHOQUEQIRAW – CHOQUEQIRAW PASS – PINCHAWNIYOC – RIO BLANCO – MAIZAL D / A / C
After an early breakfast, the walk will begin at 6:30 a.m. to reach the first step of Choquequirao at 3,500m for 40 minutes uphill. Then the easy part of the walk begins, it is about 30 minutes of flat and elevated walk, before starting down the zigzag road for an hour and a half, which will take you to Pinchauniyoc. It is an Inca agricultural site and was a resting point for the Incas when they traveled for one of their expeditions to Machu Picchu.
The walk downhill for another hour and a half until you reach the Río Blanco River at an altitude of 1,750 m for lunch.
IMPORTANT: Always bring mosquito repellent, especially for this segment. After lunch, we will take a 4-hour uphill hike to Maizal, a camp surrounded by Andean mountains.
Walking distance: 14 km
Camping elevation: 2900 m.
DIA 4: MAIZAL – MINAS VICTORIA – CONDOR PASS – YANAMA D/A/C
We will get up early to have a hot drink followed by breakfast. We will start this day taking a rocky path for a 4-hour uphill hike, surrounded by green valleys and also some arid mountain peaks.
Once we reach the top of the pass (at 4,200 m), we will get a lunchbox. The view will include snowy peaks, valleys and perhaps some condors (the largest bird in the Andes). After a rest time, we have a walk downhill three and a half hours ahead before arriving at our camp in Yanama. This is a small indigenous village and, if we have time, you can visit some local homes to see how people live and learn about the ancient traditions they have kept alive for 100 years.
Walking distance: 15 km
Camping elevation: 3,800 m.
Climate: wet, dry and cold.
DAY 5: YANAMA – MARIANO LLAMOCCA PASS – TOTORA D / A / C
Around 6 in the morning the expedition begins. On this day, the walk is through the famous Vilcabamba mountain range, the last city of the Incas. It will take about 5 hours to reach the pass, with some stops along the way to rest and listen to unforgettable information given by the guide.
Once you reach the pass at 4,500 m, a lunch box will be provided. This is the last leg of the trip to Machu Picchu and the special part of this section is the view of Salkantay and Humantay. The grandfather’s glacial peaks.
Roads can sometimes be slippery in the rainy season, but dusty and rocky in the dry season. Along the way, you can see some black bears and Andean birds such as hawks, eagles, hawks, condors and geese. Once you arrive at the camp, there are some hot drinks and a delicious dinner.
Walking distance: 16 km
Camping elevation: 3500 m.
Climate: cold, dry and wet.
DAY 6: TOTORA – CCOLPAPAMPA – LA PLAYA D / A / C
After breakfast, the walk will begin with 3 hours of walking downhill towards Ccolpapampa, where lunch will be and say thanks and goodbye to our riders, it is time for them to return home.
From there, the chargers will continue by car and continue the adventure on foot, it will take approximately 5 hours to reach the camp at La Playa. On the way you will see waterfalls and fruit plantations and you can also visit some coffee plantations.
Walking distance: 16 km
Camping elevation: 2,400 m.
Climate: hot and dry
DAY 7: LA PLAYA – HYDROELECTRIC – AGUAS CALIENTES D / A / C
Our last day of hiking will end around lunchtime. The walk is approximately 6 hours, 3 of them uphill, along the hillside with a great view of the Santa Teresa Valley. Once you reach the top of this mountain, you will be at the famous Inca site Llactapata, it is an observation point built by the Incas to watch the sunrise during the winter solstice. Also to see Machu Picchu for the first time, including the valleys and mountains of Machu Picchu (Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains).
Then the walk is 3 hours, descending to the hydroelectric station. There will be the last lunch on the road and say goodbye to the trekking chef and the porters.
The train is around 3:30 p.m. After an hour’s train ride to Aguas Calientes, you will be taken to your hotel for a hot shower. If you wish, you can visit the famous hot springs in Aguas Calientes (the entrance fee is $ 3 per person) and enjoy dinner at a restaurant.
Walking distance: 12 km
Aguas Calientes Elevation: 2,000 m
Climate: warm and humid
DAY 8: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO: (D)
Once again it is an early day to get to Machu Picchu for sunrise. Start with a breakfast at the hotel and then take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu or you can walk to the citadel with your tour guide (you must coordinate this with your trekking guide the night before).
In Machu Picchu, you will go to the most famous places, so you can get beautiful images, also enjoy the sunrise (if the weather allows it). After this it is a walking tour and visit the most important places of the Machu Picchu complex, such as the Temple of the Sun.
The walking tour lasts between 2 or 3 hours, if you have obtained additional permits, you can climb the Huayna Picchu mountain after our tour. (which will be during the second slot, at 10 a.m. and ends around noon). Afterwards, you will still have time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. Around 3 p.m., you must take the bus back to Aguas Calientes for lunch in one of the many restaurants.
After lunch, it is time to pick up your bags from the hotel and walk to the train station. The 2-hour train ride departs at 4:20 p.m. (tourist class / expedition) and we will take you to the town of Ollantayatmbo, we will be waiting for you to take you back to Cusco. You will arrive at your hotel around 8:30 p.m.
Note: Lunch is not included on day 8.
On this trip we use horses to carry camping equipment and canvas bags, so be sure to bring a small backpack to carry your necessary personal items during the day. One thing we want to highlight is that the weather is extremely variable and often changes from hot to cold and wet. Also, be sure to bring mosquito repellent.
UPGRADES / RENTALS
Vistadome train (one way) – US $ 55.00
Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (subject to availability) – US $ 70.00
Hiking poles – US$20.00
Sleeping bag – US$20.00
Sleeping bag Deluxe Package (+ Pillow & Liners) US$30.00
Private Tent – US$30.00
8 days 7 nights