Choquequirao – Machu Picchu Trek 8D/7N
TOUR TYPE: CAMPING, HIKING, TREKKING, ADVENTURE, CULTURAL AND HISTORY
TOTAL DISTANCE: 100KM / 60 MILES
DIFFICULTY: DIFFICULT- CHALLENGING
GOOD FOR: THOSE WHO ENJOY HIKING AND HAVE A MODERATE LEVEL OF FITNESS
CONSIDERATIONS: WITH THIS HIKE YOU WILL VISIT MACHU PICCHU PICCHU
HIKING SEASON: BEST TIME TO HIKE DURING THE DRY SEASON APRIL TO OCTOBER
TRAIL CLOSE: RAINY SEASON NOVEMBER TO MARCH
ACCLIMATIZATION: PLEASE SPEND AT LEAST REST DAYS IN CUSCO BEFORE START YOUR HIKE
GROUP SIZE: CAN BE 2 OR 8 HIKER
Choquequira0 trek to Machu picchu is a 100 km long walk, designed for people with physical training and experience to make long routes with different heights and different motifs; With fitness and strength. Choquequirao invites you to discover the last refuge of the Incas, “La Cuna de Oro” (the golden cradle): the ruins of Choquequirao and finish this tour with a visit to one of the wonders of the modern world: Machu Picchu. Both archaeological sites, in a significant way, have a great resemblance to each other, therefore, Choquequirao is known as the “sacred sister” of Machu Picchu, due to the architectural and structural similarity between the two.
This walk has an average run of 7-8 hours per day. It requires a good physical condition, since the trekking regime is high: long distances are traveled daily, passing through different climates (there is a constant change) and the terrain is very bumpy by the presence of canyons. Our hike is geared towards people who have as main goal of their trekking trip due to the days they need to walk it. Also Choquequiraw 8D is made for couples, groups of friends or people who want a more personal trip; Enjoy a great diversity of climates, landscapes and variety of soil, flora and fauna, and meet one of the wonders of the world “Machu Picchu” and the last curve of the Inca presence, “Choquequiraw”.
Day 1: CUSCO / CACHORA / CHIQUISHCA
We will pick you up from the hotel at 5:00 am to start our trip to the city of Cachora (2, 800 masl). On the route, we will pass through different typical villages and also pampa del anta (3, 391 masl) east It is known for its agricultural and livestock production, as well as its wide pampas, prairies, fertile valleys and long rivers. All this makes the area an extraordinary landscape. Upon arrival in Cachora, we will meet our trekking team, muleteers, mules / horses and our staff will take all the camping gear and their personal canvas bags (up to 8 kg). After a short break and a light breakfast , We will start the trek. The first hours of the hike will be on the flat terrain until you reach the observation point and the pass of Capuliyoc (2, 800 masl) Then we will see the chain of the area, the Apurimac Canyon and the Apurimac Mountain . We will also be able to detect Choquequiraw distance. After lunch, we will continue with the walk, descending to our camp Chiquishca (1,930 m.a.s.l.), where Wil will have lunch, dinner and camp.
Distance: 19 km.
Hours of operation: 8-9 hours
Day 2: CHIQUISHCA / SANTA ROSA / CHOQUEQUIRAW
After breakfast we will continue our walk towards the beach of Rosalinas (1,550 m.a.s.l.). Then we will descend through the Apurimac Canyon and the Apurimac River. Here, we can soak in the water to cool off. Then we will cross the other side of the river with the suspension bridge. Right after that, the most difficult part of the route will begin. We will ascend by a winding path that will take us away from the canyon in the direction of the Santa Rosa area (2,290 m.a.s.l.) approx. Later, we will continue ascending to Marampata (2850 m.a.s.l). During our walk we will observe the vast vegetation of the area where orchids and violets take the first and most important place. There is also a chance to see loved ones, anteaters from a distance and a different variety of birds. Once you reach Marapampa, we will have lunch. Then we will begin our trek to the last place of refuge of the Incas: Choquequirao or “Cradle of Gold” (3033 m.a.s.l.) this route will be 1 ½ hike approx.
Choquequiraw was designed with 9 zones. These areas were built as small towns that surround a plaza to which all the streets of each city will end. The following areas have been identified: upper areas (Hanan), storage areas (QOLQA), main square (Huaqaypata), lower square (Hurin), platform system where crops used for cultivation (Shaqra Anden ), The ceremonial platform (Ushno) and the priests’ houses at the bottom of the hill. Due to all these findings it is presumed that Choquequiraw was a great political and economic center that has been used as a center of commerce and culture of change between the coast, sierra and jungle. It should be noted that Choquequiraw is also known as “Sacred Machupicchu sister”, due to the similarities in design and architectural structure they have.
In the afternoon, after this exciting visit and exploration of Choquequiraw, we can see the flight of the condors, the Andean bird par excellence, and finally spend the night around this enigmatic place.
Distance: 12.5 km.
Hours of operation: 7-8 hours
Day 3: CHOQUEQUIRAW / RIO BLANCO / MAIZAL
After breakfast, we will have plenty of time to enjoy the majestic archeological site before continuing our uphill walk. Along the way, our guide will show us the wonders of this archaeological site. After this tour, we will continue our way to Choquequirao Pass (3,500 m), surrounded by native trees, flowers and orchids. Once at the top, we see the different mountains and the deep canyon of the White River. We descend, towards the archaeological ruins of Pinchayunuyoc (2.850 m), which has been recently restored and is surrounded by a forest of fog. Then we will continue our journey to Río Blanco (1,000 m). Once we arrive, we will settle in, have lunch, take a break and continue the walk. We will walk through an interesting vegetation known as Dry Forest. The vegetation of this area is mainly composed of trees that come to mediate between 4-10 meters in height, with little foliage and separate their abundant component elements. After passing through this forest, you come to the Victoria River. No, let’s cool off in the cold, crystal clear waters of the river. Later, we will cross the river and begin the long, steep and demanding ascent to Maizal (3,000 m). Once we get to Maizal, we will have lunch and a break. Maizal offers the most beautiful camping of the whole hike. From here, we can see three valleys and a snowy mountains right to the end.
Distance: 15 Km.
Hours of operation: 7-8 hours
Day 4: MAIZAL / SAN JUAN / YANAMA
We will leave our camp in Maizal (3.000 m.a.s.l.) and walk at the foot of San Juan (4,200 m.a.s.l.). Here we will have a long climb and a cold climate, but this area is one of the most beautiful of the hike. Initially we will walk through a forest of fog and then enter the highlands of the Andes. Let’s rest in one of Victoria’s mines and learn about various minerals and metals from the area. While we are ascending, we will walk in good condition of the Inca trail. We will have lunch at the highest point in the passage of San Juan. From here, you can see a large chain of mountains called the Cordillera de Vilcabamba. After lunch, we will continue our journey to our camp in Yanama (3,500 m.a.s.l.). A small village at the bottom of a long valley surrounded by mountains.
Distance: 11 km.
Hours of operation: 7-8 hours
Day 5: YANAMA / PASO YANAMA / TOTORA VALLE
After breakfast, we will start walking towards the highest point of the whole trip: Yanama Pass (4,680 m.a.s.l.). On the way, we will have a good view of the snowy Sacsarayoc (5.994 m). We observe breathtaking landscapes, birds and vegetation native to this altitude; After that we will have lunch. When arriving at Yanama pass, we will observe the snowy Salkantay (6,400 m.a.s.l.) and Pintuyo (5,460 m.a.s.l.); We also have the opportunity to see the flight of the condors. We can walk through the snow along this road and before, to the valley of Totora (3,250 m.a.s.l.), our camp. Once you arrrive in Totora, you take a well-deserved break, dine and spend the night.
Distance: 15 Km.
Hours of operation: 8-9 hours
Day 6: TOTORA VALLE / WIÑAYPOCCO
This day, after breakfast, we will descend through a wide variety of vegetation and warmer weather, towards the village of Winaypocco (2,650 m.a.s.l.). On the way, the temperature will increase with the passage of hours. This valley is inhabited by bromeliads, orchids, fruit trees, waterfalls, insects, birds, butterflies and many other species. Let us take advantage of the warmth and presence of beautiful waterfalls for a refreshing natural swim.
In Winaypocco, we will have lunch, dinner and accommodation. There, we find that the people of the area are specialists in harvesting granadilla. We can also observe other crops such as coffee or avocado.
Distance: 10 Km.
Hours of operation: 5-4 hours
Day 7: WIÑAYPOCCO / LLACTAPATA / HIDROELELECTRIC / AGUAS CALIENTES
After a good breakfast, we restarted the trek. When descending towards the town of La Playa (2010 m.a.s.l.) and later to Lucmabamba Valle (1,850 m.a.s.l.); Along the way we will pass through plantations of bananas, passion fruit, cocoa and coffee. Then we will leave the valley to go up in the direction of the original Inca Trail. During the tour, you gradually ascend to the top of the mountain, where you will find the archaeological center of Llactapata (2,740 m.a.s.l.). From there, we can appreciate: the citadel of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu, which forms part of the traditional Inca Trail, and the Urubamba River; Meandering along the valley. After a break, the descent through a zigzag path through the shrubs, narrow and slippery in the valley (hydroelectric). From there, we take the train to Aguas Calientes (2,040 m.a.s.l.) and spend the night in a hotel. Optionally, at night we will have the opportunity to go to the thermal baths.
Distance: 19 km.
Hours of operation: 9-10 hours
Day 8: AGUAS CALIENTES / MACHUPICCHU / Aguas Calientes / Cusco
After a hot breakfast, we will wake up early to take the bus to Machu Picchu (2,430 m.a.s.l.) where we will be among the first visitors of the day to enjoy the magic and mystery of one of the wonders of the world. We will have a tour of the citadel for 2-3 hours approx. After the visit, we will make a trek to Huaynapicchu mountain. From there, we will enjoy the splendor of Machupicchu and the landscape, the exotic tranquility of the lost city of the Incas. In the afternoon, we will take the bus to Aguas Calientes. Once in the city, you will have free time to take lunch and later in the day we will take the train back to Cusco Peru Rail – Expedition *.
Upon arrival in Cusco, our transfer will be waiting in our private van to take you back to your hotel. End of services.
Informative meeting, one day before the adventure. Once there, you will receive all the information pertinent to your walk and the guide will answer all your doubts.
- Pick up your hotel private bus to the starting point of the walk
- Round trip bus. Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu / Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes
- Return ticket by train EXPEDITION Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
- Return bus from Ollnataytambo station to your hotel in Cusco
- Camps for 7 days and 6 nights
- One night in Hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Professional guide of tourism in Spanish and English with many years of experience in adventure tourism
- Professional chef
- Horsemen and Horses to carry the necessary equipment and the personal effects of the passengers of up to 7 kg
- Emergency horse, in case someone does not feel well
- Cusco Andean Hike will provide you with boiled water (previously filtered and cooled) from your first lunch, last breakfast and for your bottles before each hike (you decide how many liters you need each day).
- Drinking enough water and hydrating is very important to be able to feel good in the mountains and thus avoid altitude sickness.
- Breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners (breakfast on day 1, lunch and dinner on the last day are not included)
- You have included 7 kg so you can carry your personal belongings (be careful with the fragile items, since it is the horse who will carry it on his back)
- Entrance to Choquequirao
- Entrance to Machu picchu
- High mountain tent for 4 people, but we use it for 2 people (more comfort for you). If you want a personal shop we also have personal
- stores (you must inform us in advance)
- Single mattress
- Bathroom / Bath Chemical
- Choquequirao – Machu picchu 8D / 7N: Breakfast not included first day and dinner of the last day.
- Sleeping bag
- Ticket HUAYNA PICCHU and MOUNTAIN MACHU PICCHU (if you want any of the tickets you must inform us in advance to be able
- to make the reservation – any of the tickets has an extra cost)
- Inflatable mattress
- Walking sticks
- Extra horse to carry personal items of the clients more than those already included (for 7 kilos to 14 kilos) *.
- Personal chair horse.
- Tips for staff
How to book
How to book
For any of our services, you must send your personal information and a deposit of US $ 200 per person, the rest may pay at our office in Cusco two days prior to your trip, to get the student discount you must send your ISIC card original by means of a photo to our mail email@example.com:
- Name and surname
- Passport number
- Birthday date
- Student Card (ISIC if you are a student Yes or No)
- Email – Phone number
- Food preferences
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- Last name: Catunta choque
- Identity number: 42265390
- Address: Urb. Progress Jr-spine L-15
- City: Cusco
- Country: Peru
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