CHOQUEKIRAO TO MACHUPICCHU -9D/8N
DAY 01: CUSCO- CACHORA –CHIQUISCA.
At 6:00 am pick up from your hotel and travel to Cachora (4 hours by bus):
While the group is getting ready the we will arrange the horses, equipment for
the trek. From the village of Cachora we can observe the majestic Padreyoc snow
covered peaks, the highest is 5482 m.a.s.l. The hike on this day is 16 km or 6
hours. On the way we will observe Padreyoc and Wayna Cachora snow covered peaks.
We can appreciate the beautiful change of the landscape from precipices to snowy
mountains. The walk starts quite flat. From the viewpoint of Capuliyoc, where we
might see condors, the descent towards the Apurímac Canyon starts, and the
vegetation change ,after the lunch at Capuliyoc we will continue hiking but now
down for aprox 30 min. and then 2 hours to chikiska place where we will a camp(
1900 masl). Here we can find a rustic shower, toilette ,and a small store where
you can buy some water bottle.
DAY 02: CHIQUISCA- CHOQUEQUIRAO RUINS.
After an early breakfast 6:00 am. we start walking from here we continue the
descent to the abundant Apurímac River in 1550 m.a.s.l. in the impressing deep
canyon of the same name. After a short rest we continue our hike going up to
Choquekiraw. The first 3-4 hours are going up steep, but then it will change
between flat and climb the rest of the way surrounded by beautiful vegetation
with several varieties of orchids. at the km 28 ,Marampata we will have lunch ,rest
and then continue until Choquequiraw arriving around 3 pm. We explore the ruins
after arriving. The view of the canyon is spectacular, it is also possible to
see Andean Condors soaring in the mountains. Campsite near at Choquequirao. 3033
DAY 03: CHOQUEQUIRAO- MAIZAL.
On this day we walk uphill for a while up to 3299 masl considered as a first
pass and then descend to Rio Blanco, 1909 masl. First we walk through cloud
forest, but then all becomes steep open prairie with open views of the Mountains
and valleys. Pinchinoyoc - these ruins are something very special. All of a
sudden they appear in the cloud forest, almost invisible because of the thick
layer of mosses and other vegetation that covers it. Here we spend the night
basically on the old Inca Terraces. We will have our lunch near the Rio Blanco,
we use the brake here to get a refreshing bath in the cold and clear river water.
We cross walking through the river, since there are no bridges. After our brake
we start the long and steep climb to our camp in Maizal, high over the river
close to the sacred Apus of the Incas. From Rio Blanco we climb up to Maizal for
about 4 hrs. Camp at 3000 masl. (B-L-D).
DAY 04: MAIZAL - YANAMA.
From here we start walking uphill passing by the impressive Inca mines
called Minas Victoria towards the Victoria Pass. Again a long climb, but we walk
in a amazingly beautiful area – first with cloud forest and then over Andean
Puna with the well known ichu grass. We rest at some of the Victoria mines,
where metal shining stones tell about a high concentration of minerals and
metals, which were later used by other miners. Almost on the top we can
appreciate original paved Inca trails. We take our box lunch at the pass in 4200
m.a.s.l. with view of the mountain Choquetakarpo, while we had lunch we will be
able to appreciate the flight of the condores depending on the climate, before
we start the descent towards Yanama, a small isolated settlement at the bottom
of a long valley surrounded by mountains. We pass over 4154 masl and finally
descend to our campsite at 3800 masl. (B-L-D).
DAY 05: YANAMA - TOTORA.
After breakfast we start climbing slowly to our higher pass 4668 masl, again
the view is amazing, we are surrounded by snowcapped mountains the Mt.
Sacsarayoj and Mt. Padreyoj. We continue from Yanama up through the valley
towards the highest point of the tour, The Yanama Pass in 4500 m.a.s.l. On the
way we have a good view of the snow capped Sacsarayoc. Once again we have the
chance to see condors, and this mornings smooth climb bring us through new
landscapes – especially the wet grass fields under the snowline that distinguish
from everything else seen on the tour. In the pass we might walk in snow, and
the descent is a long foggy hike through grassy fields- and bush areas and
crossing small wood/dirt bridges on the way towards the community of Totora,
where we spend the night. (B-L-D).
DAY 06: TOTORA - LA PLAYA.
On this day we descend to the Totora river. As we go down the birdlife is
very interesting specially with hummingbirds, woodpeckers and many species of
orchids and begonias. We walk the about 2000 meters down through the changing
vegetations to the warmer camp in the village of La Playa. Approx. 7 hours
walking. On the way we see small waterfalls and get a refreshing natural bath.
The area also has a big variation of bird life and it is now obvious that the
climate and vegetations have changed totally, and now we see plants recognizable
from the living rooms in Europe and several types of orchids. The Playa is the
biggest village on the way, where we can find some small shops to buy snack etc.
In this area we can see small plantations of coffee and bananas. Campsite at
2125ma sl. (B-L-D).
DAY 07: LA PLAYA -AGUAS CALIENTES.
After a good breakfast we took a transport that takes to us until the town
of Santa Teresa, soon we happened through a Oroya we cross a river of the
Vilcanota, where we will take a transport to Hidroeléctrica, place where we will
have an excellent view to Machupicchu back site, after the lunch, we walked our
last trail that lasts 3 hours until arriving at Aguas Calientes around 4:30pm
where our long walk finishes. We will spend the night in Hostal. (B-L-D).
DAY 08: MACHUPICCHU - CUSCO.
After an early breakfast from Aguas Calientes we will take bus to Machu
Picchu. We start our visit with a 2-3 hours guided tour, that will bring us to
the most important locations at the archaeological site and the guide will tell
us about the great importance Machu Picchu enjoyed as astronomical and religious
center. The rest of the day we spend at this amazing ruin and you will have the
chance to climb Wayna Picchu or visit the beautiful moon temple. We meet in the
afternoon in Aguas Calientes where we take our train ticket back to Cusco. (B).
• Transportation .
• tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort.
• Kitchen tent , dining tent with tables and chairs .
• Entrance fee to Choquequirao and Machupicchu.
• English speaking professional guide.
• Cooker and cooking equipment .
• Horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) and 5 kilos
of your backpack.
• Meals (7 B, 7 L, 7 D daily tea service except last day) .
• boiled water to fill in your water bottle .
• First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
• Hostel at Aguas Calientes
• Bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu (one way).
• Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Backpacker ).
NOT INCLUDED :
• Sleeping bag.
• Breakfast on the first day and Lunch on the last day after the guided tour at
Machupicchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to
have lunch either in Machupicchu or in Aguas Calientes.
YOU SHOULD BRING:
• A backpack.
• Rain poncho.
• Strong footwear,
• waterproof trekking boots .
• Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing .
• Flashlight and batteries
• Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold
• Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
• Sun block
• After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
• Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been
• Toilet paper
Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to
damage the Inca Trail).
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