8day Choquequirao Trek

Choquequirao Trek

This tour visits the best archeological sites in the region of Cusco, the Choquequirao and Machu Picchu archeological sites. 

 Tour Specifications:

  • Elevation: 4678m. / 15347.77ft.
  • Tour Package: 8day Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu
  • Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Type of Tour: Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu
  • Group Size: Private Tour starting with 1 person

  • Departures Day: Daily departures are available during the year.
  • Difficulty degree of this Trek: Challenging due to the altitude, we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco or over 3000m/9840ft.

Tour Itenirary

Day 1: Cachora – Coca masana – Playa Rosalina

We leave from Cusco early in the morning. Approx. at 7:30 we arrive in Cachora (2,900m asl), a typical Andean town where we meet the rest of our trekking team. After a well deserved breakfast we start a two-hour trek to Capuliyoc (2,915m). On the way we get our first views of the Apurimac Valley stretching below and of the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora (5,482m). Afterwards we descend through the eastern slopes of the Andes to reach Coca Masana (2,330m). The temperature becomes higher and the flora and fauna begin to change. Finally we arrive at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) at 1,550m, where we camp beside the raging Apurimac River.

Day 2: Playa Rosalina – Choquequirao

Again we get up very early to start, after the breakfast, our walk to reach Choquequirao.
Before midday we reach the archaeological site and we get to know it step by step, the great abilities and intelligence which had the people who constructed this archaeological site which makes us seeing again the glorious time of Inca Empire.
Admiring the beauty and with our heads full of ideas, we observe impressed the flyig condors, which around 3 p.m. appear in area of Choquequirao when they fly to higher zones.
Later we take a route to Raqypata where we camp and after dinner we pass the night.

Day 3: Choquequirao all day

That day we dedicate ourselves exclusively to enjoy all the magic of history and splendor of Choquequirao, with a guided visit and time to know whole the site with its 8 sectors, like food deposits, qolqas, houses, sun ceremonial houses, terraces. Again, in the morning and afternoon we have the opportunity to enjoy the majestic flight of condors which with big luck will pass very close to you. In the afternoon we will return to our campsite to have our lunch and then rest and enjoy the quietness of Choquequirao.

Day 4: Choquequirao – Maizal

We leave early in the morning, crossing the ruins and we go out through the other part, walking in a humid forest till the Choquequirao Pass. Then we continue through terraces called Pinchiyoc which means “where the water jumps”. These terraces have an interesting ritual water channels. It seems that here the Incas used to cultivate their products for daily use in Choquequirao.
We continue descending till Rio Blanco where we stop for lunch. After that we start walking up till we reach our campsite in Maizal.

Day 5: Maizal – Yanama

We leave our campsite and take the direction to the San Juan Pass. Again we walk uphill but the way is more and more beautiful, first we are in the cloud forest and then we find ourselves in the Andean high land with its grass called ichu. We take a brake in the silver mines of Victoria to start after that enjoying the fabulous Inca trail made of stones which shine in the sun and are in the perfect conditions, with the classical zigzag. we take a breakfast in the pass on 3900m. with the view of the Mt. Choquetakarpo. From this place we descend till reaching Yanama where we pass the night, in the beautiful mountians.

Day 6: Yanama – Collpapampa

After enjoying our breakfast we hike to reach the highest point of whole the trek, the Yanma Pass, which is located 4678m. We take a deserved rest there, we see on the right side a gorgeous snow-capped mountain and maybe we have luck to see condors again. From there we start descending till reaching Collpapampa where we camp.

Day 7: Collpapampa – La Playa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

This day we continue the walk downhill crossing beautiful rivers and small waterfalls where the flora changes almost completely, we see banana and coffee plantations, where we also can buy fresh passion fruit as a snack, after reach la Playa we will go by car to Hidroelectrica from there we will take the train or walk to Aguas Calientes where we will spend our last night.

Day 8: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - Cusco

This day we walk up or take a bus to reach Machu Picchu where our guide tells us about the time and the history of Incas, about the religion and astronomy for about three hours, when we have a chance to admire Machu Picchu in whole its splendor.
In the afternoon we return to Aguas Calientes to take the train to Ollantaytambo. From there we continue our journey to Cusco.

The following is what is included in this trek:

  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private bus to Cusco Cachora (starting point of the trail).
  • Reliable, knowledgeable, and friendly guides (English and Spanish)
  • Meals are full board. Including: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 7 dinners served with drinks.
  • Triple three season Eureka tents for 2 people, lots of space for your personal stuff.
  • Cooking gear, dinning utensils, food supplies.
  • Thick, comfy sleeping pad provided for free.
  • Cooking Tent
  • Pack mules for the company equipment & your personal stuff.
  • Mules for emergencies up to 6 people.
  • Horsemen ( 1 for 4 mules )
  • Accommodation and food for our guides, cook, horsemen.
  • Guided tour in all archeological sites Choquequirao & Machu Picchu.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Accommodation in Hotel/hostal in Double Basis Room
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • One way bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance ticket to Choquequirao
  • Cooled boiled water is provided each morning

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

  • Last lunch.
  • Entrance fees to hot springs Aguas Calientes town or Santa Teresa. (10 soles)
  • Sleeping bag. you can rent it USD $ 5.00 per day
  • Mules on the 5th and 7th day (on your luggage will be shipped by train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes).
  • Train ticket from “Hidroelectrica” to Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Drinks such mineral water, sodas or alcohol.

Tour Price: The tour prices with discount listed below apply when you book two weeks in advance as minimum and are based on the number of people that books the tour together.

8day Choquequequirao Trek to Machu Picchu
Number of people 1 person 2 people 3 people 4 people 5 people+
Price per Person $1820.00 $910.00 $850.00 $800.00 $750.00

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