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CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 9 DAYS

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CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 9 DAYS

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 9 DAYS

9 Days from $ USD 550.00

Machu Picchu

Choquequirao Trek To Machupicchu 9 Days

Choquequirao Trek to Machupicchu, an absolute adventure with locals!

An ultimate adventure for hikers who love history and nature, visit the two most outstanding cities of the Inca period in one trip and immerse yourself deeply in the Inca culture.

The name Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold”. The Inca Archaeological site is considered the brother of Machu Picchu, it is less known and 3 times larger than Machu Picchu where during the days of trekking you will walk through different climates, from cloud forests to powerful mountain passes reaching up to (4664 m / 15,304 ft), crossing crystal clear rivers and admiring impressive snow-capped peaks. Spectacular landscapes, dazzling views, Inca ruins and trails that crown the mountains, and nights of camping under a starry sky in the desert of the Andes make this 9-day trek to Choquequirao one of the most treasured for hikers from all over the world. World to get to Machu Picchu.

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 9 DAYS
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 9 DAYS
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 9 DAYS
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 9 DAYS
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 9 DAYS
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 9 DAYS
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 9 DAYS
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 9 DAYS
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 9 DAYS

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY
1

Cusco - Cachora - Santa Rosa

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DAY
2

Santa Rosa - Marampata - Choquequirao

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DAY
3

Choquequirao - Pinchiunuyoc - Maizal

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DAY
4

Maizal - Minas Victoria - Yanama

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DAY
5

Yanama - Totora

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DAY
6

Totora - Collpapampa - Winaypoco

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DAY
7

Winaypoco - La Playa - Lucmabamba

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DAY
8

Lucmabamba-Hidroelectrica-Aguas Calientes

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DAY
9

Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes-Cusco

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Highlights

Why choose Choquequirao trek to Machupicchu 9 days?

  • Explore 2 largest archaeological sites from the Inca period. Choquequirao and Machupicchu wonder of the world.
  • This Choquequirao route was chosen as the best destination in South America in 2015 by National Geographic.
  • Enjoy the tranquility that this route little traveled by travelers.
  • Get to know the Apurímac Canyon, the deepest in the American continent and which is located next to Choquequirao.

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DAY
1

Cusco - Cachora - Santa Rosa

We will start this trek to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu very early,
We will pick you up at your hotel where we are staying at 4:30 in the morning and we will travel approximately 4 hours in a private bus until we reach Cachora, on the way we will stop to enjoy a delicious breakfast while we contemplate the mountains in the distance. and the snowy peaks of Salkantay and Humantay.
Cachora (2,850 m/9,350 ft), at this point we will not find the rest of the team to make this journey possible. When we finish coordinating some details, we will begin a 4-hour descent walk.

As we continue descending a zigzag slope through a high altitude jungle (or Andean jungle) for which the climate is hot, humid and rainy, resulting in a very rich tropical vegetation and fauna, we will contemplate the impressive landscape that the Apurímac valley offers us as: two giant snow-capped mountains that are Padreyoc (5771 m / 18933.7 ft) and Wayna Cachora.

After this descent we will arrive at Chikiska (1890 m. / 6200.8 ft.) the place where we will have lunch to recover energy.

After having enjoyed the delicious lunch and recovered our strength, we will continue with our adventure. We will begin with an ascent of approximately 2 hours passing through the mighty Apurímac River, whose name means “god that speaks” until we reach Santa Rosa (2095 m / 6873 ft), where our first camp of the day will be.

Food

Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Physical Level

1, Easy

Walking Distance

11.8060 miles – 19 km

Hiking Time

Aruond 6 – 7 h

DAY
2

Santa Rosa - Marampata - Choquequirao

The next day very early our cook and assistants will wake us up with a hot coca tea in our tents before breakfast.

After a delicious and nutritious breakfast, we will start our hike with a gradual ascent to Marampata (2,900 m / 9,514.4 ft). During the ascent we will be able to appreciate the Apurimac river canyon as well as different types of wild flora and fauna, with a bit of luck we will see condors flying over the canyon that surrounds us.
Having arrived at the site of Marampata we will take a break, it is also there where we will have lunch prepared by our chef and from this point in the distance we can already see the archaeological center of Choquequirao.

After having lunch and resting, we will begin our trek over smooth, undulating terrain until we reach the ruins of the archaeological site of Choquequirao (3,100 m./10,168 ft.), where we will have the whole afternoon to take pictures and explore. Our guide will explain in detail about the archaeological complex. The extensive set of terraces, irrigation channels and various religious and administrative complexes that extend over 1800 hectares.

Our camp will be near the ruins and we will spend the night in this magical area.

Food

breakfast – lunch – dinner

Physical Level

1, Easy

Walking Distance

11.8060 miles – 19 km

Hiking Time

aruond 6 – 7h

DAY
3

Choquequirao - Pinchiunuyoc - Maizal

On the third day, we will wake up very early with a cup of hot coca tea (this wake-up tea will be used throughout the journey from Choquequirao to Machupicchu) before breakfast.
At the end of enjoying a delicious breakfast, we will leave the Inca city of Choquequirao to first walk gently for 3 hours to the Choquequirao pass (3,300 m/10,890 ft) and then begin to descend to Río Blanco (1,900 m/6,270 ft), to enter the cloud forest. There we can appreciate native mountain trees with crushed and multilayered bark, epiphytes, bromeliads, orchids, various species of birds, as well as water sources. The lush vegetation of the cloud forest that still covers a part of the Pinchiunuyoc Inca agricultural terraces (2487 m/8160 ft).
After our tour guide gives us a brief explanation about this Inca site, we continue descending, passing coca plantations and gradually changing nature to a dry Andean forest. After enjoying our lunch there, we will ascend for another three hours to the town of Maizal (3,000 m/9,900 ft) where we will set up our next camp.

Considerations:

Food

breakfast – lunch – dinner

Physical Level

1, Easy

Walking Distance

11.8060 miles – 19 km

Hiking Time

aruond 6 – 7h

DAY
4

Maizal - Minas Victoria - Yanama

We begin our ascent after an early breakfast towards Victoria Pass (4,150 m / 13,695ft). After a steep 4-hour climb, we arrive at Minas Victoria, an Inca and later colonial silver mining center that is now abandoned. Afterwards, we walk along a hill called Qoriwayrachina, a place where archaeological explorations have recently been carried out. Closer to Paso Victoria, we start to follow an amazingly well-preserved authentic Inca trail with stone steps in the middle! Upon reaching Paso Victoria, we enjoy an impressive view of the snow-capped mountains of Humantay (5,700 m / 18,700 ft) and the snow-capped Salkantay (6,271 m / 20,574 ft), considered by the local population as the “guardian spirit of the jungle”. ! Finally, we descend to the town of Yanama (3,590 m / 11,778.2 ft) where we will spend the night in another camp with views of the Yanama River below us and the Pumasillo Mountain above us.
Considerations:

Food

breakfast – lunch – dinner

Physical Level

1, Easy

Walking Distance

11.8060 miles – 19 km

Hiking Time

Aruond 6 – 7h

DAY
5

Yanama - Totora

We will start walking in the morning towards the Yanama Valley passing through farmland and lush vegetation to then overcome the highest pass of the trek: the Yanama Pass (4,668 m / 15,315 ft). This makes today’s hike more exciting and the day challenging! From this point there are spectacular views of a chain of snow-capped peaks such as the Sacsarayoc and Padreyoc mountains. If we are lucky, we may also spot majestic condors soaring over the surrounding cliffs. Arriving at the pass, we can see a pile of stones that have been added by visitors to thank Apus (a mountain god) for a safe journey and good luck! We then descend to Totora Pampa, where our next camp is near the town of Totora (3,630 m / 11,979 ft). After happy hour and dinner we headed to our tents and rested after a long day.

Physical Level

1, Easy

DAY
6

Totora - Collpapampa - Winaypoco

After having breakfast prepared by our Peru trek chef we will start walking following the course of the Totora river and then gradually descend to a high jungle (or mountain) – known in Spanish as the “Ceja de selva” (literally: eyebrow of the jungle) so that we can notice the rapidly changing vegetation and increasingly warmer temperature, in the high jungle we can observe its typical exuberant vegetation of wild orchids and bromeliads, as well as observe a variety of beautiful birds, then we will descend to the bamboo forests Don’t forget to look behind you from time to time, as you can see snow-capped peaks framed by bamboo leaves behind you!
We pass through the town of Luscamayo and after a 4-hour descent, we arrive at a small settlement of Collpapampa (2,850 m / 9,348 ft), a place of our lunch.
Then, we continue descending with the Santa Teresa River on the left, observing small coffee and tropical fruit crops along the way, at the end we reach the foothills of the Wiñaypoco hill where our camp awaits us (2680 m / 8793 ft).

Physical Level

1, Easy

DAY
7

After a healthy breakfast, the trail continues towards the Aobamba River, passing through bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations that provide perfect opportunities for bird watching (hummingbirds, woodpeckers).
We walk along fantastic unspoilt paths where strawberries grow at our feet and passion fruits are right above our heads, all this decorated with carpets of begonias and purple orchids! After 2 hours and a half, we arrive at a small place called La Playa (2100 m / 6890 ft) where we have a short rest accompanied by an exquisite lunch

Later, we continue walking until we reach the town of Lucmabamba (2,250 m / 7,381.89 ft), the site of our next night. This is another day of easy walking, during which we enjoy observing the lush vegetation and getting acquainted with various plants grown in this area such as bananas, avocados, coca leaves, coffee, etc. a habitat of a spectacled bear and many parrots. It is also at this point that we will have a demonstration about coffee, about the process that is carried out to obtain a good natural coffee.

Physical Level

1, Easy

DAY
8

Lucmabamba-Hidroelectrica-Aguas Calientes

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Physical Level

1, Easy

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Included

  • Pre-departure briefing: Before your departure Choquequirao trek to Machupicchu 9 days, you will meet your guide at your hotel where you are staying, for an orientation before your trek. At this time, it is where we will provide you with the duffel bags for your items that our horses will carry. The meeting takes place in the evening before the trip begins.
  • Experienced Guide
    Travel guides are part of the core of PMA TRIPSand your perfect local companion.
    Our team of PMA TRIPSLeaders is comprised of passionate, local travel veterans, seasoned tour veterans with rich backgrounds in history, culture, geology, archeology, biology, cuisine, and more.
    They will make sure your trip is memorable.
  • Camping Equipment
    Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs, and cooking equipment (all carried by the horses).
  • 1 duffle bag: There, you can carry your personal belongings (including sleeping bag) up to a maximum weight of 6 kg / 14 lbs.
    All duffel bags will be carried by your porters or horses and will only be available at your campsite every day (morning and evening). Any items that are necessary during the hike should be packed in your backpack
  • Medical Kit: All PMA TRIPSguides have received first aid training. Your tour guide will always have a first aid kit for basic medical situations (traveler’s diarrhea, altitude sickness, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we will evacuate you from the road as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.
  • Meals: PMA TRIPSchefs cook the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. We respect all food restrictions (vegetarian, vegan or special menus are available at no additional cost), so be sure to add the ones you have on your booking form and let your guide know at your briefing. Food is typically served family style.
    Meals
  • Wake up tea: Every morning at the camp, you will wake up to a cup of hot drink! Our staff will bring the tea to your store
  • Tea time daily: Happy hour for tea and snacks! Every evening before dinner, our chefs will provide you with popcorn, hot chocolate, cookies, teas, coffee, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won’t have to wait until dinner to relax.
  • Snacks on the trail daily: Every morning we’ll give you your snack to enjoy it during the walk; our tour leader will provide you a Cloth bag with local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, caramels, etc. We will give this snack to you at the beginning of each day in your cloth bag.
  • Products for hygiene:  You will be provided with a small towel before each meal to clean your hands.
  • Transport
    Day 1: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and travel by private transport to Cachora, the starting point of the Choquequirao trek to Machupicchu 9 days.
    Day 9: Once you complete the tour, we will take you back to the door of your hotel in Cusco.
  • Cargo Mules
    The muleteers are responsible for carrying your luggage from 1 to 6 days.
    The pack mules carry all the camping equipment and your personal travel bag (7 kgs / 15 lbs).
  • Entrance Tickets
    Entrance ticket to Choquequirao
    Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu

No Included

  • Travel insurance: Travel and health insurance.
  • Gratuities for our staff: cook, porters or muleteers and other personnel.
  • Additional cost: Delays beyond management’s control:
    landslides, bad weather conditions, modification of the itinerary due to a security problem, illness, pandemic, change in government policy, political instability, strikes, etc.

What to Bring

  • Original Passport
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film with extra batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Daypack

Optional Services

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