Choquequirao and Machu Picchu are two Inca cities that have similarities such as being in the upper part of two deep canyons or having an impressive amount of cultivation terraces. In Choquequirao you can feel the loneliness of being one of the 60 tourists who visit this ancient city every day, also has an extensive area where the different enclosures are scattered throughout the mountain.
Both cities were considered noble cities and you will have the opportunity to explore every corner and learn about the history that the Incas have left through time. These two wonders mark the beginning and end of the great empire of the Incas, which were abandoned before the conquerors could get there and then discovered by explorers on expeditions in the Andes. Come on this hike and feel the true adventure of your life.
Day 1: CUSCO – CACHORA – CAPULIYOC – CHIKISKA – PLAYA ROSALINA
We leave Cusco at 5 am in our minivan on a 4-hour trip through the provinces of Anta, Limatambo, Cachora and finally arrive at the Capuliyoc pass, located on the edge of the Apurimac Canyon, where we will have our breakfast. Once finished, we will meet the rest of the team (muleteers, horses, etc.). Then we begin the walk for 2 hours and a half until we reach Chiquisca (1,800 m.a.s.l.) where we will have our lunch. Then we will continue our walk for 1 more hour until we reach Rosalina Beach (1,500 m.a.s.l.), where we will spend our first night.
Day 2: PLAYA ROSALINA – MARAMPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO
In the morning our alarm will be the river, after recharging energies with a good breakfast, the first part begins crossing the bridge over the Apurimac River that separates the department of Cusco and Apurimac, part consists of a 5-hour ascent along a winding road and narrow. Halfway there, we stop in the small towns of Santa Rosa Baja and Santa Rosa Alta for a short break; Then we go back to Marampata (2,900 m.a.s.l.), where our lunch will be, from here we will have our first view of the Choquequirao complex. Then we continue walking for 2 more hours to Choquequirao, we will camp very close to the archaeological complex and we can see the sunset and some flying condors.
Day 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO – PINCHINUYOC.
Today you will have a sunrise with fresh air and a hot breakfast, then we will start with the guided visit to the main sites of interest around Choquequirao, during the morning we will visit Paqchayoc, the house of the priest, the cultivation platforms. At noon our chef will bring our lunch to the main sector, after a short break we continue with the visit to the sector of llamas, the house of the Inca and the temples. Then we begin the ascent to the Choquequirao pass where you will have a privileged view.
Then we will descend to the terraces of Pinchinuyoc (2487 masl), where we will spend the night with a clear sky full of stars.
Day 4: PINCHINUYOC – RÍO BLANCO – MAIZAL(Cornfield).
After a delicious and refreshing breakfast, we will continue down the valley until we reach the White River (1990 masl), there we will stop, a perfect place to take a refreshing dip in the river and relieve your tired muscles. After our bath, we will return to the opposite side of the valley and begin to ascend towards our camp in Maizal (2891 masl) where we will spend the night.
Day 5: MAIZAL – YANAMA – TOTORA – LUCMABAMBA.
After breakfast we leave and walk uphill through the humid forest, we will pass through the Victoria mines before climbing another hour to the Victoria pass. Where we can have spectacular views of the Vilcabamba mountain range with its glaciers over 5000 meters high. Soon we will descend to the charming town of Yanama where we will have our lunch and say goodbye to our muleteers.
Once we arrive in Yanama, we take the local transport up to 4643 meters above sea level, from the Mariano Llamocca pass with a view of the second highest glacier in Cusco, Salkantay, and then descend to Lucmabamba on a trip of approximately 3 hours. Along the way, we will enjoy the beautiful views of the snowy mountains and the falls.
Day 6: LUCMABAMBA – LLACTAPATA – AGUAS CALIENTES.
Today is the final part of the walk before reaching Aguas Calientes (1900 masl). The main objective of today is a visit to the archaeological site of Llactapata, located on top of a mountain. Following an original and new Inca Trail, we will arrive at Llactapata early and visit the site for half an hour, where we can enjoy the fantastic views of the archeological site and we can also appreciate Machu Picchu from far.
Then we will start a 2-hour descent to the Hydroelectric station where we will have our lunch and here you have two options:
Once in Aguas Calientes, you can rest a little before dinner or stroll through this attractive place. There are no buses in Aguas Calientes, so it is a quiet place. At 7:00 pm, we will have dinner at a local restaurant, where our guide will explain in more detail about the visit to Machupicchu. In your room, you will have a private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, breakfast in the morning and luggage storage while visiting Machu Picchu.
Day 7: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU.
This day is probably the most anticipated by all, to visit Machu Picchu (2850 m.a.s.l.) we have several entry shifts; They can be at 6-7-8- or 9 in the morning, depending on the date of the advance payment of the tour we can book the entrance as early as possible.
Depending on the time of the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu we will get up to have breakfast.
To go to Machupicchu from Aguas Calientes, we have two alternatives:
Already at the entrance of MachuPicchu our guide will start with the tour in the archaeological zone, where we can visit the different places the temple of the sun, sundial, house of the Inca, etc.
If you have a visit to one of the available mountains “Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu”, depending on the start time (first time 7 AM – 8 AM and a second time from 10 AM – 11 AM), our guide will organize everything, you just have to relax and enjoy the tour.
Once the tour is finished they can return walking or by bus, but keep in mind that sometimes the line to board the bus is so long that it can take an hour or more, between 12 to 1 in the afternoon.
Already in Aguas Calientes, it is where we will board the return train until we reach the town of Ollantaytambo, that is where our mobility will be waiting for you to return to the city of Cusco.
THE TOUR INCLUDES:
TO MACHUPICCHU TRAVEL RECOMMENDS TO CARRY:
The Price per person are subject to the service:
|SERVICE||NUMBER OF PEOPLE||PRICES|
|Exclusive||2 people||$ 1150.00/ by people|
|3 people||$ 1100.00/ by people|
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