Choquequirao and Machu Picchu 6 Days 5 Nights

6 Days 5 Nights
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Description

The road from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu is a new route for those who love adventure and long walks in the mountains. This route has a connection with the last Inca city of Vilcabamba and with Machu Picchu that is in the middle of different Inca roads that crossed the entire Inca Empire. After a hard walk, we will see Choquequirao (“cradle of gold” in Quechua) fascinating and remote: impressive in design and location, located on top of a spur on the Apurimac canyon, the third deepest canyon in Peru. This is the great place to see condors that inhabit the area. From here we continue our trek to an even more remote territory where we can see the villagers living in the Yanama area, as well as glaciers, valleys and silver mines. The highest point of the trek is the Yanama pass after which we descend to the subtropical area. We walk through the coffee and plantain plantations before reaching Aguas Calientes. The last day is dedicated to exploring the Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu.

This is one of the excursions that cross the incredible mountain range of the Andes of Vilcabamba. As such, it appeared in traveling magazines and is being considered one of the best regions in the world to travel in 2017 by the travel magazine Lonely Planet.

IT INCLUDES:

  • Informative talk one day before the start of the walk.
  • Pick up at your hotel.
  • Transportation from Cusco to Capuliyoc (Start of the trek)
  • Transportation from Yanama to Santa Teresa (for all camping and personal luggage)
  • Mountain tents for two people.
  • Matras inflabes.
  • Train Expeditions from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • 3 star accommodation in Aguas Calientes (a room shared for two people).
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes.
  • Entrance tickets to Choquequirao.
  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu.
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
  • Food: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners and snacks.
  • High quality camping equipment, the stores are big enough for 2 people. Mattresses, dining tent with table and chairs).
  • Cook and kitchen equipment.
  • Horses and mules, for all the camping equipment and luggage of the client (up to 7 kg).
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

IT DOES NOT INCLUDE:

    • Sleeping bag.
    • First breakfast
    • Dinner on the last day.
    • Bus to and from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
    • Trekking sticks.
    • Admission to the thermal springs of Cocalmayo.
    • Zipline in Santa Teresa.
    • Travel insurance.

ADDITIONAL:

  1. If you want to climb the mountain Huayna Picchu you must add more 20 dollars to your ticket to Machu Picchu.
  2. If you wish to return in another type of train service, you must add the cost of the service.
  3. If you want another lodging service in Aguas Calientes you must add the cost of the service.
    Note: Any questions can be contacted with our agent in charge.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Original passport
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Mountain boots and sandals (very important).
  • Trekking sticks.
  • Warm clothes: layers of variable temperatures, especially at night. Thermal / gloves / scarves: wool socks and
  • shirts for the whole walk
  • Headlight (very important).
  • Camera and spare batteries.
  • Sunscreen / hat and sunglasses.
  • Personal medical kit.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Rain clothes: a good raincoat and rain pants and a plastic rain poncho.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Small towel.
  • Extra money for drinks and tips, souvenirs, etc.
  • Water bottle.

Itinerary

1

Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – Chikiska – Playa Rosalina

We leave Cusco at 5 a.m. in our private bus in a 4-hour journey through Limatambo to the Capuliyoc Pass, located on the edge of the Apurimac Canyon and surrounded by impressive snow-capped peaks. Then we will descend for 2 hours until we reach Chikiska where we have lunch. Then we continue our walk for 1 hour more to Playa Rosalinas where we will spend the first night of our journey to choquequirao and Machu Picchu.

Time: approximately 4 hours of descent.
Minimum altitude 1500 meters above sea level
Maximum altitude: 2945 meters above sea level
Distance covered: 20 km
Climate: warm, warm

2

Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Maranpata – Choquequirao

After breakfast. The first part of the route consists of an ascent of 6 to 7 hours on a long and narrow road. Our adventure begins crossing the bridge over the Apurímac River that is surrounded by dense vegetation with several varieties of orchids. At 1 hour and a half are the annexes of Santa Rosa baja and Santa Rosa Alta and we will take a short break, then we will continue until we reach Maranpata, where we can have lunch, in Marampata we will have our first view of the Choquequirao complex. Then we continue walking for 2 more hours until it is considered the sister city of Machu Picchu due to its several similarities on the Apurimac canyon, and Machu Picchu is located on the Urubamba canyon. In the afternoon, you will have free time to enjoy the views of the canyon at sunset, here it is also possible to see Andean condors flying in the mountains. We will camp near Choquequirao where it will be our second night.

Time: Approximately 6 to 7 hours.
Camp: Choquequirao 3100 masl.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Distance: 14 km.
Minimum height: Rosalina beach 1500 meters above sea level.
Maximum height: Marampata at 2918 meters above sea level.
Choquequirao height: 3100 meters above sea level.
Climate: warm and cold at night.

3

Day 3: Choquequirao – Rio Blanco – Maizal

After our breakfast we leave to begin the tour through the ruins of Choquequirao our guide will take you through the most important archaeological sites, around noon we will start the way to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu we will pass through the Choquequirao pass and then descend to 1400 m (4600 feet) passing the recently discovered ruins of Pincha Unuyoc to the Blanco River, where we will have a refreshing break by immersing ourselves in the fresh waters, then we will climb steeply, at 1,200 m (3900 ft) to the small and beautifully located Maizal camp at an altitude of 3,000 m (9840 ft). This day is probably the hardest day of the trip, but if you have prepared well and is determined, you will succeed.

Time: 7 to 8 hours of promotion approximately.
Camp: Cornfield.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Minimum height: Rio Blanco 2700 masl.
Maximum height: Cornfield 3000 meters above sea level.
Distance: 18 km.
Climate: warm and cold at night.

4

Day 4: Maizal – Yanama – Totora – Santa Treresa

After a delicious breakfast we will leave behind the camp in Maizal and make a final ascent through the old silver mines of La Victoria until we reach the highest pass of the road in the San Juan Pass. This route offers spectacular views of the Cordillera de Vilcabamba. Here we will have a short break and we will taste our lunch.

Then we will continue along a charming and sometimes steep road to the Andean town of Yanama; Here they say goodbye to their muleteers and then get on board the vehicle that will be waiting for us to head towards the town of Santa Teresa on the route we will pass over the Totora pass and then the small village of Lucmabamba and finally Santa Teresa. In Santa Teresa we can go to take a shower in the hot springs of Cocalmayo.

Time: 5 hours of walking and 4 hours by bus.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Camp: Santa Teresa 2100msnm.
Minimum height: Santa Teresa 2100 masl.
Maximum height: Open San Juan at 4,150 meters
Total distance: 27 km.
Warm weather.

5

Day 5: Santa Teresa – HidroElectrica – Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, we will take a bus that will take us to a hydroelectric power station 40 minutes away where we will have our lunch.

After lunch we will have to take a walk next to the train tracks, this road will take us about 3 hours and then we will arrive at the town of Aguas Calientes, where will be our last night

Note: If you want to do adventure sports such as zipline or canoeing in Santa Teresa you can do it in about 2 hours.

Time: 2 to 3 hours of walking and 40 minutes by bus.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Camp: Aguas Calientes 2100msnm.
Minimum height: Aguas Calientes 2200 masl.
Machu Picchu: 2400 masl.
Total distance: 10 km.
Warm weather

6

Day 6: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu

This day will be the most outstanding for the excitement of going up to Machu Picchu to remember that for the entrance to Machu Picchu there are two shifts to visit the citadel and explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while enjoying the beautiful sunrise from this unique point of view in the life. Your group will learn about this mystical place on a two-hour guided tour of the ruins. Then, you can choose to climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu or the mountain Machu Picchu (if you have booked in advance) or walk to the Puerta del Sol or the Inca Bridge (without additional tickets). With our guide you will visit each one of the archaeological remains such as the inti huatana, the temple of the condor, the Inca house among others. At the end of the tour we will return from Machu Picchu and take the train to the imperial city of Cusco.

Time: 40 minutes by bus and 3 hours of guidance.
Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Minimum height: Aguas Calientes 2200 masl.
Machu Picchu: 2400 masl.
Total distance: 9 km.
Warm weather.

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