This trek that joins these 3 Inca cities represents the beginning, the development, and the end of the great Inca empire that spread throughout Latin America.
Choquequirao is believed to have been a city to control the onslaught of its neighbors, the Chanka tribe, in the beginning, then the city of Machupicchu was a city built in full expansion and finally, we have Vilcabamba, which is a district of Cusco in the province of La Convención. that its name originates from the Quechua Wilka: sacred and pampa: plain. This was formerly the lost capital of the Incas that at the time of the reign of Manco Inca after a bloody fight in the current city of Cusco for the domain of the empire, the Inca army was defeated by the conquering army led by Francisco Pizarro. Then the family, army and the surviving people escaped into the jungle finding refuge in this inhospitable place “Vilcabamba”.
Manco Inca and his sons resisted for 60 years, frustrating each conquering excursion, with the death of Manco Inca in 1559 at the hands of soldiers of the Almagrista faction, the resistance lost its leader and culminated years later with the capture and execution in the current main square of the last heir of the Inca dynasty “Tupac Amaru”.
You can relive that history walking through these wonderful places and what better way to choose to travel with us, then we show you our itinerary.
Day 1: CUSCO – CAPULIYOC – CHIQUISCA – SANTA ROSA.
Very early we will start with this long adventure in the mountains, we will pick you up from your hotel at 4 am and make sure you take all your equipment to the Vilcabamba trek. Then we will take our tourist transport to go to Cachora in 3 hours of travel, then we will continue 1 hour more in our transport to Capuliyoc (3000 masl) where we will have our breakfast and it will also be the beginning of our walk. Here we will meet with all the equipment that will accompany us on the trek (muleteers and horses), from Capuliyoc we will have the first view of the Vilcabamba chain with its glaciers in the distance. We will begin to descend the mountain for 2 ½ hours along a zigzag path, we will pass through small towns such as Cocamasana and Chiquisca (1,800 masl) At this last point it will be our lunch and then we continue our walk to the Apurímac River and cross the point of Playa Rosalina (1,500 masl), then we start to climb uphill for 2 ½ hours on average until we reach Santa Rosa, our first camp.
Day 2: SANTA ROSA – MARAMPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO
This will be a day full of adrenaline to ascend to the Inca city of Choquequirao. After a very energetic breakfast at 6:00 a.m. We will begin our 3-hour hike up a narrow path to Marampata (3050 masl). During our tour, we will observe the dense vegetation of the tropical rainforest and different species of orchids around the route until we reach Marampata where we will take a short break. Then we continue the 2-hour walk until we reach the camping area of the Choquequirao archaeological park. With a privileged view and a delicious lunch, we begin to visit the first sectors within Choquequirao, such as the agricultural terraces sector, the waterfall, and the water temple. This is how a day full of activities ends.
Day 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO – WHITE RIVER – PINCHINUYOC
Today you will wake up with the first songs of the birds, after breakfast we will start with the visit of the temple of the astronomer, the famous terraces of the llamas, the house of the Inca, the main temple in the first part to wait for the lunch that our cook will bring to Choquequirao. In the second part, we will reach the upper part where the water temple is located and then begin our ascent to the highest point and have a unique view of the entire Choquequirao complex and take some photos. Later we will start the tour this time downhill for 2 hours until we reach Pinchinuyoc.
Day 4: PINCHINUYOC – RIVER BLANCO – MAIZAL.
After a refreshing rest and a good breakfast, we will continue descending the mountain until we reach the Blanco River (1900 masl), there we will stop to rest and take a good bath in the cold waters of the river that come from the glaciers.
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 have lunch and spend the night.
Day 5: MAIZAL- OPEN VICTORIA MINES- YANAMA.
Today we will get up with a hot coca tea to give us the energy to continue our journey. After having breakfast and packing our luggage and saying goodbye to the family that lives in Maizal we continue the walk.
The uphill climb today is around 4 hours, in this section full of exuberant vegetation with flowers of different colors, birds of different sizes as you go up the landscape changes in the highest part you can see the chain of glaciers of the mountain range Vilcabamba we will sit down to appreciate this natural wonder at a height of (4200 masl) in the Victoria pass. The descent is 2 hours to the next point, the village of Yanama at a height of (3800 masl), surrounded by houses of local families, where we will have our lunch and spend the night.
Day 6: YANAMA – LLUTUPAMPA – MESA PATA – QUELLQA MACHAY
Today we start the day with another coca tea, saying goodbye to Yanama and its friendly people, we will follow an ancient Inca trail for approximately 3 ½ hours through the Quellqa Machay valley on smooth terrain and surrounded by the surrounding forests and mountains until we reach to Mesa Paw place for our lunch. Then we will climb another 3 hours to Quelca Machay (4000 masl), where we camp and have dinner at night. Here the nights are cold and can reach minus 4 degrees Celsius below zero.
Day 7: QUELLQA MACHAY – OPEN CHOQUETACARPO – COLLPA – INCA MACHAY – HUANCacalle.
Today after the traditional coca tea and a very hot breakfast, we will continue our adventure walking through some narrow trails to the highest point of the route, El Paso Choquetacarpo (4600 masl), this is a spectacular pass with an incredible view of the entire valley.
At this point, we will have the opportunity to take beautiful photos walking along an almost perfectly preserved Inca route. On this journey, you will marvel at the skill of Inca engineering that created these unique trails. From this point we begin the descent for approximately 2 hours to Collpa, resting place and our lunch, on the way we will see how the vegetation appears again as we go forward and at the end of the day we will arrive at the town of Huancacalle (2900 masl).
Day 8: HUANCACALLE – VITCOS ROSASPATA – SANTA TERESA.
After a good night’s rest, our day will once again start early, at approximately 7:30 am. From here, we will go up to visit the interesting Inca cities of Vitcos-Rosaspata and the temple of Ñustahispana, during the morning, in which our guide will share information about the life of the last Inca kings who lived in these places fighting against the conquering excursion.
Back in Huancacalle and having our lunch we will say goodbye to our muleteer and cook and then take our private transport to the city of Santa Teresa (1500 meters), where we will have plenty of time to rest in a hostel and then visit Cocalmayo with its thermal waters.
After relaxing the tired muscles we will return to Santa Teresa for our dinner and sleep.
Day 9: SANTA TERESA—HYDROELECTRIC—AGUAS CALIENTES.
After breakfast, we have the opportunity to do an extra activity the Zip Line if you are interested you just have to coordinate it with our guide, if you do not want to do it we will board our transport in the direction of the hydroelectric plant, where the control to the National Sanctuary of Machu is located. Pichu.
At this point we will begin our walk for 2 ½ hours to the town of Aguas Calientes, if you are tired here we have the opportunity to go by train to Aguas Calientes with a cost of $30 US dollars (not included) following the train track.
During the trip, we will enjoy and contemplate the majesty of the mountains of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu.
We will finish the walk in the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the third night of the tour.
Day 10: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO.
Today will be a day awaited by the whole group, after a relaxing night in our hotel, to start the visit we will get up early, around 5 in the morning.
For the visit of MachuPicchu we have different schedules they can be; at 6-7-8-9-10, depending on availability we can reserve at the first time.
We also have two options to go up to Machupicchu de Aguas Calientes:
Taking the bus has a cost of 24 US dollars, round trip (not included).
Go walking, for 2 hours.
At the entrance to Machu Picchu, the guide will be waiting for you to start the tour inside the archaeological zone and to be able to visit the different sectors such as; the temple of the sun, solar clock, the temple of the condor, etc.
After this tour, you can climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (make sure you book 6 months in advance to get tickets for these two places for $20 extra). Each mountain takes about 3 hours to go up and down. Another low-effort option for which you don’t need an additional ticket is to walk to Puerta del Sol, the main entrance to the ancient Inca Trail (this takes around 2-2.5 hours round trip).
Another option is to walk to see the Inca Bridge, however, you must take into account that you must first visit these two places before starting the circuit in the archaeological zone, because we only have one option to enter Machu Picchu, if you for any reason you leave to go to the bathroom or another activity, you will no longer have a second option for re-entry”
Once the tour in Machupicchu is over, we will return to Aguas Calientes for the return train trip to Cusco. Depending on the reservation date we can reserve the train at the best time. From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo it is 2 hours and from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by minivan another 2 hours. Hoping that you have enjoyed one of the most beautiful treks in Peru, Thank you.
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Prices are per person and are subject to service:
|SERVICE||NUMBER OF PEOPLE||PRICE|
|PRIVATE||2 to 3 Persons||$1,800.00 (Per person)|
|GROUP||1 to 3 Persons||$1,700.00 (Per person)|
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