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Choquequirao Machu Picchu Trek 7 Days / 6 Nights.

Choquequirao Machu Picchu Trek 7 Days / 6 Nights.

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Choquequirao Machu Picchu Trek 7 Days

This Choquequirao Archaeological Complex is very interesting and one of the most popular hikes in the Cusco area. This trail is located in the Salkantay Mountain range, at more than 3030m surrounded by the Apus of Yamana, Ampay, Chokecarpu, umasiyo and Panta, on the left bank of the Apurimac River. At the time of the Incas, it was linked and communicated with Machu Picchu by a complex network of roads.

The reasons are many: The fantastic nature with Valleys, Snow-capped Mountains and great variety of plants, birds and animals. Choquequiraw is considered “The last refuge of the Inca Empire”. Visitors can see a complex hydraulic system, probably for domestic, ceremonial and agricultural use. Its geographical location in reference to other complexes of the same period would tend to indicate that its function was that of an Inca enclave towards the valleys of the Apurimac River.

Choquequirao comes from the meaning chuqui which means “gold” and from the word k’iraw which means “cradle,” that is, “Cradle of gold”. It is known as the “Sacred Sister” of Machu Picchu, because it is so important for its architecture and design used in its construction.

Overview

  • Day 1: Cusco – Capulichayoc – Chiquiska – Rosalinda Beach.
  • Day 2: Rosalinda Beach – Marampata- Choquequirao.
  • Day 3: Choquequirao – Pinchiunuyoc.
  • Day 4: Pinchiunuyoc- Rio Blanco – Maizal.
  • Day 5: Maizal – Yanama – Totora – Lucmubamba.
  • Day 6: Lucmubamba- Llactapata – Aguas Calientes.
  • Day 7: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco.

Sites to visit

  • Capulichayoc, Chiquiska, Playa Rosalinda.
  • Marampata, Choquequirao.
  • Pinchiunuyoc.
  • Rio Blanco, Maizal.
  • Yanama, Totora, Lucmubamba.
  • Llactapata, Aguas Calientes.
  • Machu Picchu, Cusco.

Tour Details

  • Minimum trip duration: 5 days.
  • Maximum elevation 4,650m (15,260 ft.).
  • Start Point: Start/End Cusco.
  • Difficulty: Challenge.
  • Best season: Late spring/early fall.
  • Overnight stay: Camping.

Choquequirao Machu Picchu Trek 7 Days

Highlights

  • Learn about the ancient ruins of Choquequirao, Machu Picchu’s “Sister City”.
  • Visit the recently discovered ruins of Picha Unuyoc.
  • Descend to the Rio Blanco for a refreshing swim in the river.
  • Climb the Abra San Juan (4150m) with views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba.
  • Finish the hike at Machu Picchu, and explore the ruins at sunrise.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Cusco - Capulichayoc - Chiquiska - Rosalinda Beach.

We pick you up from your hotel at 4:00 am , afterwards, we will take our transportation to Capuliyoc. Our trip lasts 4 hours, from where we will be able to enjoy the first views of the villages, valleys and snow-capped peaks. Here the porters and horses will be waiting for us to help us in our excursion. Arriving at the Capuliyoc viewpoint, we will take advantage of the great view of the Apurimac Canyon and the snow-capped Padreyoc (5571 masl). We will then descend from approx. 3 hours to the town of Chiquisca for lunch. We then continue hiking to the village of Playa Rosalinas (1900 masl), where we camp and have dinner. In the afternoon we will enjoy the tropical tranquility.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner.
  • Lodging: Camping.
  • Climate: Warm and Sunny.
  • Distance: approx. 14 km
  • Hiking time: 5 hours.
Choquequirao Machu Picchu Trek 7 Days / 6 Nights.

Day 2: Rosalinda Beach - Marampata- Choquequirao.

In the morning we will cross the river. From there we start our hike uphill until we reach Marampata, where we will have lunch. After lunch the hike will not be so steep when we are close to the valley that houses the Choquequirao Choquekiraw complex. We will camp near Choquequiraw and be able to explore the surrounding area.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner.
  • Lodging: Camping.
  • Climate: Warm and cold at night.
  • Distance: approximately 13 km.
  • Hiking time: 7 hours.
Choquequirao Machu Picchu Trek 7 Days / 6 Nights.Choquequirao Machu Picchu Trek 7 Days / 6 Nights.

Day 3: Choquequirao - Pinchiunuyoc.

In the morning we will be able to complete the visit of this archaeological site and rest until lunch time. In the afternoon we will start hiking uphill to the Pinchiunuyoc where we will camp and spend the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Lodging: Campground, Pinchiunuyoc 2600masl.
  • Climate: Warm, Windy and Cold at Night.
  • Distance: Approximately 10 km.
  • Hiking time: 7 hours.
Choquequirao Machu Picchu Trek 7 Days / 6 Nights.

Día 4: Pinchiunuyoc- Rio Blanco - Maizal.

After breakfast, in the morning we will walk downhill for 2 hours to the Blanco River (1990 masl) where we will rest for a few minutes. We then begin a long climb of approx. 4 hours to the village of Maizal. Here we have lunch and after a short rest we resume our hike until we reach the camp where we set up our tents to rest.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camp, Cornfield.
  • Climate: warm and humid.
  • Distance: Approximately 10 km.
  • Hiking time: 7 hours.
Choquequirao Machu Picchu Trek 7 Days / 6 Nights.

Día 5: Maizal - Yanama - Totora - Lucmubamba.

We started hiking at 7:00 am for about 3 hours approx. along the edge of the jungle to the Victoria mine. Continuing our trip for 1 hour we will arrive at the Victoria pass (4130 masl). After the beautiful panoramic view, we continue along the Inca trail made of stone steps and continue downhill to the village of Yanama where we have lunch. We then take a collective bus to Lucmabamba village.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Lodging: Campground, Totora 2900 masl.
  • Weather: Cold and Windy.
  • Distance: Approximately 12 km.
  • Hiking time: 9 hours.
Choquequirao Machu Picchu Trek 7 Days / 6 Nights.

Day 6: Lucmubamba- Llactapata - Aguas Calientes

We begin the hike along the ancient Inca trail for about 3 hours. We cross the Puncuyoc pass. We continue to the archaeological site of Llactapata located at 2700 masl. From there we enjoy the unique perspective of the Inka citadel of Machu Picchu. We begin our descent to the hydroelectric plant where we can rest and have lunch. Then we continue our way along the railroad line admiring the flora and fauna that surrounds Machu Picchu. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes we will spend the night and enjoy the beautiful sunset of the town adorned with beautiful Inca statues.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Lodging: Hostel, Aguas Calientes.
  • Climate: Warm.
  • Distance: Approximately 18 km.
  • Hiking time: 8 hours.
Choquequirao Machu Picchu Trek 7 Days / 6 Nights.

Day 7: Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu - Cusco

This day will be our visit to the Inca city of “Machu Picchu” option to walk for an hour and a half to Machu Picchu (2400m), or we can take the bus ($ 24 dollars up/down). Once in the archaeological park of Machu Picchu our guide will start the guided visit to the Inca city of Machu Picchu. At the end we will have a couple of hours to rest and take pictures and then return to the town of Aguas Calientes. Then take the train to Ollantaytambo where a car will be waiting to take you back to Cusco.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
Choquequirao Machu Picchu Trek 7 Days / 6 Nights.

Included

  • Transportation Cusco – Capuliyoq and Ollantaytambo – Cusco.
  • 6 Breakfast / 6 Lunch / 6 Dinner.
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes (double or triple accommodation).
  • Entrance to Choquequirao / Entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Return tourist train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.
  • Cook.
  • Muleteers.
  • Horses for loading.
  • Camping equipment.
  • First aid kit.
  • Professional guide (bilingual).

No Included

  • First breakfast.
  • Last Lunch and Dinner.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Horses for riding.
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Entrance.

Recommendations

Aguas Calientes is 1000 meters lower than Cusco, and the climate varies according to the time of year, especially during the rainy season (December – March). Since the climate is variable, it is recommended to carry.

  • Original passport (the same one used to book the trip).
  • Medium backpack of 30 or 40 liters.
  • Refillable water bottle or water canteen.
  • Comfortable hiking boots.
  • Lantern.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Shorts.
  • Warm clothing.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Raincoat or waterproof poncho.
  • Waterproof gloves.
  • Leisure footwear for camping.
  • Quick drying towel.
  • Portable battery charger.
  • Personal hygiene items.

How to Get

ARRIVING IN CUSCO. 

Cusco has an airport for local or national flights. In order to get to Cusco, all travelers must disembark in Lima and go through migration, even if their flight to Cusco is on the same day and with the same airline.

WHICH ROUTE SHOULD I TAKE, BY AIR OR BY LAND? 

The best travel option to Cusco is by air. Currently, there are several airlines that provide the Lima-Cusco air transportation service, among which we can mention: LATAM, VIVA AIR, SKY AIRLINE, and STAR PERU. Of all of them, LATAM is the most recommended, due to the variety of schedules it handles.

The land travel option is also a good option, but you always have to look for the best options that offer adequate comfort for the trip. The trip by bus is 22 hours. If your trip is from Puno or Arequipa, you can take this option since the trip is usually cheaper and it is only about 12 hours of travel.

DEPOSIT FOR LUGGAGE.

To be able to travel on domestic flights, you have to take into account the type of service contracted since there are rates where you can only get a maximum of 8 kilos of luggage. If you travel with more, make sure to hire it in advance and avoid setbacks when boarding.

If you have luggage, it can be left safely in the accommodation, or we can also provide you with a place of deposit at the Andino Tours Peru offices, but take into account the opening and closing hours of the office.

If you arrive before the Check In Time at the hotel, you can leave it totally free in the hotel deposit to be able to go out to carry out your activities or rest in the hotel lobby.

CUSCO HAS THE HIGHEST AVERAGE ELEVATION IN THE WORLD. 

That is why people who travel at a lower level suffer from altitude sickness, “Soroche”. This is because at higher altitudes, less oxygen is contained than those who are at sea level, so the body works harder to get the oxygen it needs. That is why for long walks it is recommended to stay at least two days in Cusco.

Symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, sleep problems, loss of appetite, trouble breathing. Most of the time, the symptoms will be mild, but if they get worse, consult a doctor or contact our offices.

Coca tea is a recommended infusion for this disease, so within the accommodation it is always offered to counteract altitude sickness.

You must remember that you come to enjoy a trip through wonderful trails with people who will always be willing to help you, so you can relax and enjoy every moment.

THE WEATHER IN CUSCO. 

One of the big questions is how the weather is in Cusco. It is easy to get this information on the internet, but you also have to take into account that each season and during these times the climates are changing. The dry season in Cusco is from April to October, but there will always be a sudden rain with lightning and thunder.

It is always advisable to have the appropriate rain gear, such as rain ponchos or waterproof jackets, waterproof gloves, and suitable shoes that do not slip in the rain.

FIRST AID.

Each member of the Andino Tours Peru staff has received first aid training from a specialist doctor. Every year we carry out this mandatory training, and on each of our excursions you will have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (Traveler’s Diarrhea, scrapes, cuts, etc.) and, in fact, oxygen should not be lacking.

TRAVEL INSURANCE.

To protect your trip, the purchase of travel insurance is recommended. Having insurance before the trip is highly recommended. I have agreements with companies that provide this service that will make your trip more pleasant and peaceful in Peru.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT.

For all our excursions, we have biodegradable soap, and all our garbage is returned to Cusco. Our staff is trained to take care of the environment. We use environmentally friendly chemical portable toilets.

We launched a program where for each traveler who reserves with us, we donate 10 trees that will be delivered to the communities of Mikaypata, Ninamarca, Huatoqto, and others, committing them to caring for the environment.

Why choose Andino Tours Peru

WHY ANDINO TOURS PERU?

We are a travel agency tour operator located in the city of Cusco, we have tourism professionals dedicated to quality service.

Our team is integrated by professionals with experience and responsibility to meet each of the requirements of our passengers and offer the best moments and unforgettable trips during their estimated travel time.

why travel ANDINO TOURS PERU?

Our company is legally constituted for more than 3 years in the market, we are registered in SUNARP and SUNAT, as regulatory authorities of commerce in Peru, as well as registered in the GERCETUR-CUSCO as tour operators and retail travel agency. We have also received the certification as Licensees of the PERU BRAND, and registered in PROMPERU and IPERU.
In order to provide the best service to our customers we are in constant search of certifications that endorse us as a travel agency 100% recommendable.

 

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