Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu

Choquequirao known as the Sacred Sister of Machupicchu, its name means Cradle of Gold and is today one of the most important archaeological complexes in the department of Cusco, in addition to having been a connection point between the Amazon jungle area and the Cusco city, was one of the last bastions of the resistance of the Incas against the Spanish.
It is located in one of the foothills of the Salkantay mountain range in the Santa Teresa district. To get there we need to travel from Cusco to Abancay to the town of Cachora.

The Choquequirao and Machupicchu trek is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful roads in the Andes and the most intense full of places that are not visited as it is not a very commercial route and it does not have many towns on the route. This route will take you through unique and varied landscapes with nothing less than impressive scenery through the largest archaeological complex! Photographers will experience sheer ecstasy as they hike ancient and lonely trails – from picturesque grassy highlands to blooming cloud forests, where lush rain forests meet colossal snow-capped mountains as we get to know the snowy Padreyoc and cross the Yanama Pass.

Quick Itinerary:

DAY 1: CUSCO – CURAHUASI – CAPULILLOQ – CHIKISKA – SANTA ROSA.
DAY 2: SANTA ROSA – MARAMPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO – MARAMPATA.
DAY 3: MARAMPATA – RIO BLANCO – MAIZAL.
DAY 4: MAIZAL – VICTORIA MINE – ABRA SAN JUAN -YANAMA.
DAY 5: YANAMA – PASO YANAMA – TOTORA.
DAY 6: TOTORA – CHALLWAY-PLAYA SAHUAYACO-SANTA TERESA-HIDROELECTRICA-AGUAS CALIENTES
DAY 7.- MACHUPICCHU PUEBLO – CUSCO

DAY 1: CUSCO – CURAHUASI – CAPULILLOQ – CHIKISKA – SANTA ROSA.

04.30 am Transfer from hotels or hostels.
05.00 am Transfer from Cusco to Curahuasi.
08.00 am. Breakfast in the town of Curahuasi (not included)
09.30 am. We pass Cachora, we will continue until the end of the «Capulilloq» road
10.30 am. Arrival to Capulilloq (starting point of the trek).
13.30 pm. Chiquiska arrival, lunch.
14:30 pm. Restart of the walk to the first camp (Santa Rosa)
17:30 pm. Arrival at the Santa Rosa camp.
19:00 pm. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 2: SANTA ROSA – MARAMPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO – MARAMPATA.

05:00 am. Breakfast.
06:00 am. Ascent to «Marampata» 3 hours approx.
Once in Marampata, time to rest and continue to «Choquequirao».
11:00 arrival to Choquequirao.
13:30 pm. Lunchtime on the Choquequirao esplanade.
Guided tour and free time in «Choquequirao»
18:00 pm. Tea time
19:00 pm. Dinner and overnight in Marampata.

DAY 3: MARAMPATA – RIO BLANCO – MAIZAL.

5:00 am. Breakfast.
6:00 am. Start of the 8-hour walk to Maizal
12:30 pm. «Rio Blanco» at 1990 masl we will make a stop for lunch
13:30 pm. Restart of the Walk (last section of the day)
17:30 pm. arrival to «Maizal» at 3000 masl (camping site)
17:30 pm. Tea time.
19:00 pm. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 4: MAIZAL – VICTORIA MINE – ABRA SAN JUAN -YANAMA.

5:00 am. Breakfast
6:00 am. Start of the walk to the Yanama farmhouse approx 7 hours.
12:30 pm. Lunchtime before the San Juan Open 4130 masl
13:30 pm. Restart of the last stretch of the day until Yanama.
17:00 pm. arrival at Yanama 4100 masl
17:30 pm. Tea time.
19:00 pm. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: YANAMA – PASO YANAMA – TOTORA.

6:00 am. Breakfast
7:00 am. Start of the Walk aprox 6 hours to «Totora».
12:30 pm. Lunch Passing the Yanama pass.
13:30 pm. Restart of the Walk.
17:00 pm. Arrival to Totora.
17:30 pm. Tea time.
19:00 pm. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 6: TOTORA – CHALLWAY-PLAYA SAHUAYACO-SANTA TERESA-HIDROELECTRICA-AGUAS CALIENTES

06.00 am. Breakfast.
07.00 am. Walk to Playa Sahuayaco approx. 06 hours.
13.00 pm. Lunch.
14.00 pm. Transportation from Sahuayaco Beach – Santa Teresa- Hydroelectric.
15:00 pm. Hydroelectric walk to Aguas Calientes. 03 hours approx.
18.00. P.m. Accommodation in Aguas Calientes.
19:00. p.m. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 7.- MACHUPICCHU PUEBLO – CUSCO

04.30 am. Climb on walk to Machupicchu Ruins (1 hour and a half approximate).
06.00 am. Guided tour for 02 hours.
09.00 am. Free time. It is recommended: Climb Cerro Huaynapicchu, visit the Temple of the Moon, the Inca Bridge, etc.
Return to Machupicchu town. Schedule to coordinate with the guide.
Return by Train: Machupicchu Pueblo – Ollantaytambo (According to Availability).
Transfer: Train station – Cusco.

 ITINERARY:

DAY 1: CUSCO – CURAHUASI – CAPULILLOQ – CHIKISKA – SANTA ROSA.

We begin the adventure with many beautiful landscapes and with the first views of our destination «Choquequirao» this will be a long day and full of fresh air, we will cross the Apurímac canyon and ascend the first most difficult part of the first section of our destination, we arrived to the jungle eyebrow and don’t forget to put the repellent on !! It will be a day full of adventure.
We start early in Cusco we will pick you up from the hotel early at 4:00 am to transfer you from Cusco to Curahuasi it will take us 2 hours to get to this point and have a short break where you can take advantage of having something hot or have breakfast if you wish (not included). We will continue with the trip and we will pass the town of Cachora, to continue towards the starting point of our Capulilloq walk 2900 masl – 9514 fasl, we will arrive at 8:30 am, where we will have time to prepare the luggage that we will carry with us and the team that will be delivered to our support team, our 05 kilos to the muleteer and cook who will be responsible for our extra load for 5 days and will carry this luggage on the mules along with food and camping equipment, they will go in front of our group and they are an important part of the team, our guide will give us the last recommendations and we will begin the journey to Chikiska 1800 masl – 5905 fasl, this section is a quiet 3-hour descent and we will make stops at the viewpoints to take the first photos of the canyon of Apurímac and also have the first views of Choquequirao as well as the snowy Padreyoc, upon reaching Chikiska we will have lunch and take a short break, this area will There will be a change in the weather and we will find mosquitoes, time to use the repellent to continue the walk to La Playa Rosalina, the lowest point of the canyon 1500 masl – 4921 fasl, and cross the Apurímac river towards the camp in Santa Rosa 2100 masl – 6889 fasl This part of the section will be downhill for an hour and the ascent will be on average two hours depending on the pace we have. We will arrive at the camp at an average of 17:30 pm and we will have the first night in this place, the temperature and the weather is warm but not Forget that we are in a tropical area and we will still have a few mosquitoes.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
  • Walking hours: 7
  • Walking distance: 14 KM. 8.6 miles
  • Maximum Altitude: 2900 masl – 9514 fasl
  • Minimum altitude: 1500 masl – 4921 fasl
  • Difficulty: medium

DAY 2: SANTA ROSA – MARAMPATA – CHOQUEQUIRAO – MARAMPATA.

We arrive soon to Choquequirao, a tiring day but one of the best. We will start the day ascending and at midmorning we will know Choquequirao, we will explore the Archaeological center with the guide and we will have free time, take the energy we need and have the best visit, we will sleep in Marampata.

We start this day as early as possible, we will have breakfast at 5:00 am and then continue the Walk of Santa Rosa towards the Marampata village 2900 masl – 9514 fasl this section has 4 km -2.4 miles but has a difference of 800 meters to the highest point and it will be a great challenge that we will surely also take advantage of in getting the best views of the canyon and being able to measure our resistance, upon reaching Marampata we will take a short break and get our things ready to continue to the next point, Choquequirao we are only 6 km – 3.7 miles it will take us 2 hours to get to the next point, remember that we will return to Marampata in the afternoon so we will take only what is necessary, we will arrive at Choquequirao 3033 masl – 9950 fasl, by averaging 10:30 am according to the rhythm that we have and we will start the Visit to the most important points: Main square, Hanan Sector, Terraces of the giants or Inca Laboratory, Pikiwasi Sector and the Ushnu, we will have the lunch in the archaeological park our support staff will bring lunch at 13:30 pm to have lunch and rest a little and then have free time, to explore the archaeological park on our own we still have a lot to explore the sector of the flames could be A good option, and then we prepare to return to Marampata where our dinner awaits us and it will also be the place where we will spend the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Walking hours: 8
  • Walking distance: 16 KM. 9.9 miles
  • Maximum Altitude: 3033 masl – 9950 fasl
  • Minimum Altitude: 2100 masl – 6889 fasl
  • Difficulty: Medium – demanding.

DAY 3: MARAMPATA- PINCHIUNUYOC – RIO BLANCO – MAIZAL.

This will be a demanding day, we will start early to get to Pinchiunuyoc where archaeological remains will be apprehended and then we will continue to the lower Rio Blanco area and then continue with the ascent to cornfield, the day is full of hiking and incredible landscapes.

We continue the walk early, at 5:00 am we will have breakfast and we will go through Choquequirao towards Pinchiunuyoc 2750 masl- 9022 fasl, next point of our visit will take us on average 3 hours of walk and 9 km – 5.5 miles, this point was recently discovered and in this sector you can see cultivation terraces, water sources and small religious buildings, on the way we can appreciate different species of birds, varieties of orchids and the huge Apurímac canyon, we will have a brief visit to this sector and then we will continue for 2 hours towards Rio Blanco 1990 masl – 6528 fasl, where we will have lunch to rest to continue the longest and most arduous stretch of the route in the afternoon towards Maizal 3050 masl – 10006 fasl, this stretch has 7 km – 4.3 miles on this climb we will have beautiful views and much more when we reach the top it will take us 3 hours to get there.

Remember that this part will be one of the most complicated of the day so we have to be ready for the second big test the next day, we will have dinner in Maizal and we will camp there.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Walking hours: 8
  • Walking distance: 20 KM. 12.4 miles
  • Maximum Altitude: 3050 masl – 10006 fasl
  • Minimum Altitude: 1990 masl – 6528 fasl
  • Difficulty: High – demanding.

DAY 4: MAIZAL – VICTORIA MINE – ABRA SAN JUAN -YANAMA.

The most incredible day, we will start early with Breakfast and then we will begin the ascent to the San Juan pass to have the best views and then continue to Yanama, remember this day we will be on a very thin road and the adrenaline will be with us all day .

The day will start early, we will have breakfast at 5:00 am. and we will go to Yanama it will take us all day and it will be 7 hours of walking most of the way is uphill and it is a narrow and zigzagging road, we will have the most beautiful landscapes and incredible views from this point, as well as a different vegetation In addition to being a difficult day, it is an incredible day because we will pass through the Inca mines called Victoria mines, from which the precious mineral Ag silver was extracted, the ascent will take us to the San Juan pass at 4200 masl – 13779 east fasl Point is known by local people as the obligatory passage that connects the Apurimac valley with the Santa teresa Valley of Cusco. On the ascent we will have the view of the snowy Padreyoc and Yanama and already at the top we will appreciate the Vilcabamba mountain range in addition to having changes in the climate starting with a tropical climate and then when ascending we will have a frigid climate due to the height in addition to the landscape changing and becoming wild we will appreciate the Ichu or paja brava also We will see Inca paved trails.

Already at the top we will start descending a little towards Yanama if we have a little luck we will be able to appreciate the condors while we have lunch in the sector. We will arrive in the afternoon for dinner and spend the night in the Yanama farmhouse.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Walking hours: 8
  • Walking distance: 17 KM. 10.5 miles
  • Maximum Altitude: 4200 masl – 13779
  • Minimum Altitude: 3050 masl – 10006 fasl
  • Difficulty: High – demanding.

DAY 5: YANAMA – PASO YANAMA – TOTORA.

We will have changes, the most complicated ascent and the best view since we will reach the highest point of our adventure, we will reach high and we will have the possibility of seeing well-known snowcapped mountains and the second highest in Cusco, Salkantay, we get closer and closer to our destination, Machupicchu, the day will end in a beautiful place Totora where we will spend a very good night.

The day begins with a delicious Breakfast at 6:00 am and we will continue with our walk to the highest point in our entire route the Paso de Yanama at 4680 masl – 15354 fasl in the morning we will walk through a valley in which we can appreciate with Luckily we will see the condors and the vegetation of the area the walk will be approximately 5 hours and are 9 km – 5.6 miles away, we will be surrounded by the snowy mountains of Padreyoc and Corihuayrachina, to reach the Yanama pass and have the impressive view of the snowy mountains of Salkantay 6264 masl, Humantay 5500 masl, Pintuyo 5460 masl, we will also be able to observe the deep Totora valley where we will go, we will first have our delicious lunch to recharge and then continue the 9 km – 5.6 mile trek to Totora 3250 masl – 10662 fasl, it will take us an average of 3 hours since we will begin the descent and again our path will change and will again show us a cloud forest full of vegetation and of an incredible sample of fauna of this area, in the afternoon we will arrive at our camp we will have dinner and we will talk about all the adventures that we had in these days that were without a doubt wonderful and unforgettable.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Walking hours: 8
  • Walking distance: 18 KM. 10.5 miles
  • Maximum Altitude: 4680 masl – 15354 fasl
  • Minimum Altitude: 3250 masl – 10662 fasl
  • Difficulty: High – demanding.

DAY 6.- TOTORA-COLLPAMPA- PLAYA SAHUAYACO-SANTA TERESA- AGUAS CALIENTES (MACHUPICCHU PUEBLO).

Adventure with climate change, let’s keep warm clothes, greet mosquitoes and continue the walk through the jungle eyebrow. This day we will leave Totora to continue to the Sahuayaco beach to have a delicious lunch, the day will be to descend the mountain that we have just met and continue to our next goal Machupicchu Step by step we reach our goal, we will cross the Santa Teresa valley and we will reach the hydroelectric plant , in the afternoon we continue calm towards hot waters to have the afternoon free and to know the town, we will sleep at the foot of our destination, the energy fills us and the emotion overwhelms us.

Any change the warm weather wakes us up, we will have our breakfast at 06.00am, then we will walk for the time 6 hours towards the small town of Sahuayaco beach (2200 MSNM-7218 FASL) all by our jungle eyebrow with flat ascents and descents, in This route we will appreciate coffee plantations since most of the inhabitants of this area are dedicated to growing coffee, we will also see the diversity of flora, orchids, begonias, bromeliads and many natural plants used for natural medicine, not before also be able to taste the products that this beautiful place gives us such as Passion Fruit, Orange, Tangerine, Granadilla, Palta, Pacay and Mango, with a little luck we could even get to see the national bird of Peru the Cock of the Rocks and soon We will arrive at our lunch point, Playa Sahuayaco, where we will have a “buffet” lunch and board a bus which is included from the lunch point to the camp in Santa Teresa (155 0 MSNM- 5085 FASL) then we will continue our trip towards Aguas Calientes also known as Machupicchu Pueblo, our goal will be to reach this town, it will take us approximately 45 minutes more in a vehicle, passing the well-known rest center of the hydroelectric power station, and we will start the 9 km- 5.6 mile walk that will take us 3 hours to Aguas Calientes where we can simply appreciate the landscape and its environment full of waterfalls with impressive falls which come from the glaciers, we will also have the first views from the terraces of Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu; we will arrive in the afternoon to the mentioned town that is popularly known as «Aguas Calientes» we will have free time to get to know this beautiful town visit the squares, parks and the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes (hence the name comes) (optional), there we will pass the night at the foot of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu between huge mountains and feeling the energy of the mountains around us. Our guide will give us the last details of our visit the next day and will give us all the guidelines of the tour.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Walking hours: 9
  • Walking distance: 23 KM. 14 miles
  • Maximum Altitude: 3250 masl – 10662 fasl,
  • Minimum Altitude: 1550 MSNM- 5085 FASL
  • Difficulty: medium

DAY 7.- MACHU PICCHU!!! – RETURN TO CUSCO.

We have a meeting scheduled with a marvel, we start very early with the walk to the sanctuary of Machupicchu, we will have a day full of history, architecture, culture, mystery and spirituality. In the afternoon return us to Cusco after this incredible adventure.

We start the last day of our adventure towards one of the 7 wonders of the world, we will have breakfast early remember that we still have a walk of around 2 hours ascending some steps to the sanctuary, or we can take the bus that will take us to the Inca city of Machupicchu (optional), The archaeological park is open from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We will make the visit at the time coordinated with the guide, we will have approximately 2 hours a visit to the most important sites with your guide through the most important places: viewpoint of the guardian’s house, the Inca palace, the priest’s house, the main square, intihuatana or sundial, the industrial sectors and the cultivation terraces. You will be amazed at the size of Machupicchu because it will still have many places to explore because later you will be able to explore the mysterious city at your own pace. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720 MSNM / 8923 FASL) It takes 45 minutes to reach the top, this tour is additional and optional and you may have to leave the Machu Picchu tour to be able to get a Permission to climb this mountain needs to be booked well in advance (not included). The way back is the same 1 hour and 30 minutes walk back to Aguas Calientes or we can take the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes (optional) You will have free time to have lunch there (not included) according to the train schedule ( show up 30 minutes before) which we will take to Ollantaytambo where the transport will wait to move to Cusco as coordinated and organized according to the chosen program and itinerary.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Walking hours: 3 -5
  • Walking distance: 14 KM. 8.7 miles
  • Maximum Altitude: 2430 MSNM-7972 FASL
  • Minimum Altitude: 2040 MSNM- 6692 FASL

INCLUDED:

  • Previous meeting with the guide prior to the departure of the Trek.
  • Transportation Cusco – Capuliyoc
  • Transportation from Santa Teresa to Hydroelectric.
  • Entrance to Choquequirao.
  • Professional guide service.
  • Chef.
  • Kitchen assistant.
  • Food: 06 breakfasts, 06 lunches and 06 dinners.
  • Pack horses and muleteers: For 5 days. (5 kilos per person).
  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu.
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes.
  • Return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Transfer Ollantaytambo / Cusco train station.
  • Camping equipment: dining tent, kitchen tent, quadruple sleeping tent for double use, mat, table, chairs.
  • Emergency medical kit: Oxygen bottle and first aid kit.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast on the 1st day and Lunch on the 7th day.
  • Sleeping bag (necessary) and walking sticks.
  • Bus up and down in Machupicchu.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Passengers must personally carry the following: Cleaning supplies, a small first-aid kit containing a couple of bandages, cream for muscle pain, pills for: altitude sickness, fever, upset stomach, pills to purify water, sunscreen , mosquito repellent, bottled water, flashlight, plastic rain ponchos, dark glasses, binoculars, camera, walking stick, trekking shoes, thermal clothing for the night, light clothing for the day, money at your discretion do not forget to bring your Original Passport.
Students must carry the valid ISIC card.

OPTIONAL:

We offer to rent sleeping bags for the 04 days: Fiber $ 15.00 and pen $ 20.00.
Likewise, for passengers who carry extra (excess) cargo horses during the 03 days in the US $ 90.00 each.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES:

The 7-day and 6-night hike takes place between «the Choquequirao protected natural area and the Machupicchu natural conservation area» and also largely through the «Apurímac» grand canyon which gives it an extra dose of adventure to the visitor, during the tour different types of geological floors with notable micro climates are crossed, from the cold of the Andean highlands and the high temperatures offered by the Grand Canyon, also an impressive variety of flora such as orchids endemic to these areas, giant ferns , magüéis, American bamboo, qeuñas, ichu, cacti among others, being fauna among the most important are the Andean condor, Sihuayro, great variety of snakes, parrots, spectacled bear, chinchilla, taruca, foxes, etc.

NOTES

  1. In the case of students with Student card (after consultation) and Children up to 07 years old, the rates are reduced in the following amounts: Students: USA $ 20.00, and Children: USA $ 60.00.
  2. To go up to Cerro Huaynapicchu the entrance fee is US $ 20.00 and must be purchased in advance. Spaces are limited, at different times from 06:00, 07:00 to 08:00 am and from 10:00 to 11:00.
  3. The rates are subject to any increase or readjustment that the Ministry of Culture of Peru, Peru Raíl SA or Inca Rail may determine and are subject to change depending on the Peru Rail schedule and availability, The local train is only for Peruvians and the purchase of this is in person and with a copy of the DNI.
  4. In the pool system the group is made up of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 16 passengers.
  5. The camps can vary depending on the climate and the state of health of the travelers.

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