A minimum of 2 people is needed for this hike. This expedition will take you to two of the main archeological sites in the area of Cusco and Peru: Choquequirao and Machu Picchu; The legends and knowledge of the ruin of Machu Picchu are already around the world, since its discovery of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in July 1911, the ruin has been a topic of discussion and research on the Incas, and finally in 1981 The Peruvian government established the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, the same that in 1983 was honored by UNESCO as a world heritage site, both one can find writings and stories about Machu Picchu, the little one can find about the latter, but not less Interesting ruin complex of Choquequirao.
Choquequirao, which means “Cradle of Gold”, is a magnificent archaeological complex located in the Vilcabamba mountain range in the Cusco area. It is believed that this mountain range was the last refuge of the Incas that resisted the conquest; directed by Manco Inka II.
On our walk, we will enjoy a spectacular geography, flora and fauna; Inter-Andean valleys and rainforest.
The temperature on this hike can range between a minimum of 5ºC at night and a maximum of 23ºC during the day.
|Duration:||6 Days / 5 Nights.|
|Altitude:||1500 – 3030 m.a.s.l.|
||Cusco – Chiquisca – Marampata – Choquequirao – Coca Masana – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu.|
DAY 1: CUSCO – CACHORA – CHIQUISCA
We leave Cusco early (5:00 am), driving along the road that goes northwest through the famous Pampas de Anta or Yawar Pampa (Pampa de Sangre, due to the fierce battle between the Inkas and the Chankas for possession from the city of Cusco). We cross the mountains and descend to the warm city of Limatambo (2.600 m.a.s.l.), where the archaeological site of Tarawasi is located. We continue in the direction of the Cunyac Bridge over the Apurimac River, the natural boundary between the region of Cusco and Apurimac, and follow the road to the Curahuasi settlement, famous for its aromatic liquor: Macerated Anise. Our last stop is the city of San Pedro de Cachora (2.800 m.a.s.l.) about 04:00 hours by car from Cusco. Here we will meet our “arrieros” (riders), and begin our walk. We cross the Cachora stream and climb through a refreshing eucalyptus forest and native vegetation to the dirt track that is passable by cars. From here the road is flat to the Capuliyoq viewpoint (2.850 m.a.s.l.). The estimated time to reach this point is 03:00 hours. From the viewpoint where we will enjoy our lunch, we have a spectacular view of the Apurimac and Choquequirao River.
We went down for 03:00 hours on a zigzag path, crossing thickets and later a forest of native trees called Phaty. Finally, we arrive at our first camp called Chiquisca (1.930 m.a.s.l.) after 06:00 hours of walking. We can expect a warm night in the valley. Climate: warm with mosquitoes Walking time is 07:00 hours
DAY 2: CHIQUISCA – PLAYA ROSALINA – MARAMPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO (1930-1550-2850 M.S.N.M.)
After breakfast, we begin our descent to Playa Rosalina (1.550 m.a.s.l.), where we will climb uphill on a zigzag road, towards Santa Rosa (2095 m.a.s.l.). After a recovery time, we continue up to Marampata (2850 m.a.s.l.), a flat place where we can rest in conditions similar to Santa Rosa; enjoying a splendid view of Choquequirao. The time from the Apurimac river to here is around 04:00 to 05:00 hours. The gradient varies from almost flat to very steep. We follow the road that starts flat, and then we have several sections uphill and downhill before camping in Choquequirao (3.033 m.a.s.l.). This campsite has bathrooms and a cold shower. We made a 07:00 hour walk this day in a fairly warm climate, with a total distance of 14 km. to the camp.
DAY 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO – MARAMPATA (2850M.S.N.M.)
We have a full day to discover the huge Choquequirao complex. Your guide will try to show you the most recently discovered areas, the agricultural terraces and the sector of the Llamas sculptures that are a more remote sector. Archaeologists are still discovering new parts of the complex that is covered by an intense jungle. You will have time to explore the complex on your own. In the late afternoon we will start the walk back, and we will make the camp in Marampata (2.850 m.a.s.l.) (approximately 2 hours). Our hike will be approximately 05:00 hours in a fairly warm climate.
DAY 4: MARAMPATA – COCA MASANA
After breakfast, we continue our return trip, starting with a steep descent towards the Apurimac River where we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon we will ascend for approximately 04:00 hours and then we will camp in Coca Masana (2.150 m.a.s.l.). The uphill hike will be easier than on the second day. We walk about 07:00 hours today in quite warm weather.
DAY 5: COCA MASANA – CACHORA – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
Day 5 will be the last day of trekking and we can appreciate the Apurimac canyon while we follow the path that crosses the canyon to the point where the trek began. We arrive at Cachora (2.850 m.a.s.l.) and take our bus to Ollantaytambo. In the evening, you will take the train (1:30 Hours) from the train station in Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night in a hotel. Your guide will not follow you until Ollantaytambo, but will have a new guide waiting for you the next morning.
DAY 6: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES – CUSCO
Early in the morning we take the bus from Aguas Calientes (2.050 m.a.s.l.) to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. You have the opportunity to climb the difficult path to the top of the Huayna Picchu mountain (2.700 m.a.s.l.) the pyramid-shaped peak that dominates Machu Picchu, which offers spectacular and different views. From Huayna Picchu, it is even possible to see the famous Apu Salkantay snow mountain captured.
The guided tour of 02:30 Hrs. Machu Picchu allows us to appreciate the high level of development achieved by the Andean civilization through the Incas.
Machu Picchu demonstrates the superior knowledge achieved in astronomy and astrology. The knowledge of the rainy and dry seasons through the solstices was indispensable for the development of agriculture; the source of the life of the Andes. In the afternoon, in Aguas Calientes, you can enjoy a relaxing bath in the local hot springs before taking the train back to Cusco.
- Transportation in and out: Cusco – Cachora
- Transportation from Cachora to Ollantaytambo
- Professional guide of English and Spanish (Request Language)
- Cook: in charge of food preparation
- Riders and horses: carry tents, kitchen utensils and carry backpacks, sleeping bags and mattresses (maximum 08 kilos per person)
- Emergency horse: in case someone needs help
- Entrance: entrance to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu
- Meals: 5 breakfasts / 5 lunches / 5 dinners / snacks and afternoon tea
- Equipment: tents (2 people for every 3 people), mattresses, dinner tent, bathroom tent, kitchen tent, tables and chairs, first aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle
- Bus ticket: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (last day)
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Tourist train service: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
- Transportation to and from: Hotel -Train station- Hotel
- Breakfast the first day and lunch on the last day
- Sleeping bag. Recommended packing tape Below you will find a list of equipment that we recommend you bring.
- Original passport
- Sleeping bag.
- Strong footwear.
- Change of clothes, Jacket, Clothing for cold weather.
- Good socks
- Camera, films and additional batteries
- Water bottle, ideally non-disposable canteen (boiled drinking water will be provided)
- Torch / flashlight, plus additional batteries
- Cap for the sun
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries and toilet paper, small towel
- Swimsuit, for hot springs in Aguas Calientes
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruits, cookies, energy bars, etc.
- Cash in soles and US dollars
- Optional: binoculars and walking sticks / poles (rubber covers needed).
- All rates are expressed in US dollars (optional for currency exchange) and are scheduled per person.
- Rates valid only for Peruvians include IGV.
- All our rates are subject to availability and change.
- The Deposit is not refundable.
- There is no deposit refund when the visitor decides to leave the trip.
- All passengers must carry the following documents: Passport and student card when appropriate.
- Passengers must have their travel insurance covering the following: Personal Accidents, Medical Expenses and Loss of Belongings.
- The first 50% deposit will be at 24 Hrs. confirmed the availability of spaces since the Inka Trail has a greater demand for visitors.
- The remaining balance of 50% will be paid 20 days before the Adventure Tour.
- All trips that are canceled 15 days prior to the trip departure will be subject to the withholding of cancellation fees for services already paid.